Wolvopedia: Make Wolverhampton a Wikipedia city

I suggest we run workshops to train local people to edit Wikipedia, so that they can add new articles and improve those that are already there.

No_avatar_small Submitted by Andy Mabbett
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How can we use people, and local assets to make Wolverhampton a better place?

There are already lots of Wikipedia articles about Wolverhampton and its features and history, but there could be many, many more.

I suggest we run workshops to train local people to edit Wikipedia, so that they can add new articles and improve those that are already there.

We could run sessions for people to bring and scan their old photographs of Wolverhampton, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons; and encourage them to take and upload new pictures. these would be used to illustrate the new and improved articles.

We would engage with minority communities and language students, and Wikipedia's international on-line community, to have articles translated into other languages - and to ensure that those communities were written about in English..

Finally, with permission, we would affix QRpedia QR codes ( see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QRpedia ) to or near historic buildings, statues and public art etc. Then, every visitor to Wolverhampton would have a free guidebook to the city, in their mobile phone, in their preferred language.

As well as improving coverage of Wolverhampton, his would also embed digital skills and confidence in the community, moving people from being passive content consumers to content producers, so that they could go on to blog, make Facebook pages or use other tools to engage online.

This project can be as big or small as resources allow - there would be some costs (project coordination, QRpedia plaques for buildings, for instance), and we would need suitable venues with Wi-Fi or computers, and help publicising the initiative.

I'm Andy Mabbett, and I've been a Wikipedia editor for eight years and have run Wikipedia training for a number of institutions, including Wolverhampton Art Gallery. I'm one of the people who run QRpedia, and was involved in Monmouthpedia, a similar project in Wales..