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muench - 21 Feb 2017 16:42
Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: Wikipedia edit-a-thon on 19-21 March - example outcome: much improved groundwater pollution article
Dear SuSanA Working Group 11 members
(on groundwater protection),

You have an interest in the topic of groundwater protection, and we need your help to spread information about this topic on Wikipedia!

We are planning to provide 48 hours of expertise to improve WASH-related Wikipedia articles.

Why? Educating the public will be critical if we are to achieve Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 (SDG6): “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.

What: World Water Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

When: 19-20 March

Where: Wherever you and your computer are on March 19-20 (or the two weeks before then)

Who: You can contribute solo, or work with a group of friends

Why you? You’re an expert or an interested member of the public committed to achieving sustainable sanitation for all (and SDG6)

Why Wikipedia? Achieving water and sanitation for all requires educating and informing all stakeholders. Wikipedia reaches over 500 million people each month, making it the 5th most often visited website.

Next steps required from you:
  1. Post here in this thread by 6 March to register your interest in helping with the edit-a-thon.
  2. Look at the example Wikipedia articles listed below in the next post which I think could be of relevance to this Working Group and which ones you have a personal interest in. You can also suggest additional ones. Join the conversation on how best to include groundwater topics in Wikipedia!
  3. Subscribe to this thread (by clicking on the blue subscribe flag when you are logged in) where we will post short videos and further information on how to edit Wikipedia articles: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/213-wo...d-the-clock-together - we will also email the same information to anyone who has registered their interest

What if you can’t make it on 19-20 March?
No problem. You can edit Wikipedia anytime. Please let us know what you’re working on. This effort is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to SuSanA (see here for more information: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-ann...l-knowledge-platform) and we want to keep track of how many SuSanA members contribute to the Edit-a-Thon. So please let us know.

What if you don’t have a reliable internet connection?
As an editor you can help in many different ways, be it writing new content, correcting and improving existing content, adding images, adding references, internal links, external links etc.
More detailed information about online and offline options to get involved and help will be provided very soon on the forum in the general Edit-a-thon thread mentioned above.

You can click here to look at a list of Wikipedia articles the other SuSanA Working Groups will be working on: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/213-wo...clock-together#20524 .

Questions? Just ask. We want to make it easy for you.

Kind regards,
Elisabeth (supporting Leif Wolf and Andrea Nick, the leads of Working Group 11)

together with Ruth Miskelly (Water Aid), Carol McCreary (PHLUSH), Esther Shaylor (Oxfam), Diane Kellogg - members of the Grant Consortium of the SEI grant by BMGF on “Supporting SuSanA and the broader Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Community of Practice through an online platform”
muench - 21 Feb 2017 16:53
Re: Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: please take part in edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia for groundwater
A list of possible Wikipedia articles that could be of interest to members of Working Group 11 on groundwater protection includes, I think:


And for all WGs we are suggesting the Wikipedia article on the SDGs :
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Development_Goals

as well as World Water Day:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Water_Day

I am wondering if we should add some content about regulation into the article on groundwater or on groundwater pollution? So far there is only some information about regulation in the U.S. about groundwater:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundwater#Regulations

I am also wondering if the term groundwater protection should get its own Wikipedia article? At the moment groundwater protection is re-directed to groundwater pollution. There, you do find sections on prevention and on management. However, would readers find it more helpful if there was a separate article on groundwater protection? One would have to avoid dublication though, e.g. the causes why groundwater protection is necessary should remain in the article on groundwater protection and not be fully repeated in the potential new article on groundwater protection.

Regards,
Elisabeth
kanalwolf - 22 Feb 2017 10:40
Re: Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: please take part in edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia for groundwater
Dear All,

In addition to what Elisabeth wrote, please consider also the following:

Some of Wikipedia articles are already quite detailed and well described. But the OTHER LANGUAGES either have no or very basic information on groundwater protection ans sanitation aspects.

If some of you speak two languages, you cold provide a big support by translating the most important sections.

Also, I would like to share my view that, while Wikipedia articles are an excellent way to get a first introduction into a subject, the authorship is anonymous and they DO NOT replace the expert literature / manuals / text books, where somebody is responsible and accountable for the content. Thus, I think that it is good to work with a lot of references and quotes.

Best regards
Leif
Arjen - 22 Feb 2017 18:25
RE: [Wg11] Groundwater enthousiasts: Join the edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia
Count me in!

Arjen Naafs
Regional Technical Advisor WaterAid
muench - 23 Feb 2017 00:41
Re: RE: [Wg11] Groundwater enthousiasts: Join the edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia
Dear Leif,

Your suggestion about other language Wikipedias is a good one! Most people probably don't realise: but you can check which other language versions already exist by looking at the left of the Wikipedia article. E.g. when you look at the article on groundwater (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundwater), look on the left hand side and you will see that it exists in MANY different language already which is great. Note that the different language versions are NOT a 1:1 translation of the English article! Often they are quite different and might be a lot shorter. They may be better or worse, it just depends on who put time and effort into it.

It could be worthwhile to ensure that the other language versions of the article on groundwater mention the issue of groundwater pollution in the same way as the English article does. And if not, do add it in.

Note the article on groundwater pollution (which I actually created) only exists in English so far. Is anyone keen to translate it into another language?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundwater_pollution

I have not worked with the translator tool myself but Chris Canaday has. He has told us about it here:
forum.susana.org/component/kunena/198-wi...ish-to-spanish#19553

Translation in Wikipedia is slower than a normal translation, since one has to respect the links to bibliography and definition of words, plus in many cases reconstruct the latter.

At first, this went slowly, working online. Then I translated the whole remainder off-line and then cut and pasted it on top of the rough draft that Wikipedia provides, dancing around the links. The rough draft that is provided does not seem to be from Google Translate and should largely be ignored. The good thing is that it maintains the links to citations and tries to reestablish links to definitions of words, which one must contribute considerably to, especially since many pages have not been done in Spanish yet.

I also translated into Spanish and built up the ArborLoo page:
es.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArborLoo
(which already has a great version in French)

I encourage everyone to translate the Wikipedia pages on the topics they find most important, into the languages they speak.


Regards,
Elisabeth

P.S. Regarding your second point about references, I agree 100%! This is also the reason why you don't need to be an expert to edit Wikipedia articles. You just need to know which references to cite and how to write in an easy to understand language. Many professors nowadays set student assignments for students to improve Wikipedia articles - it is good practice for them!
mmadrid - 27 Feb 2017 05:33
[Wg11] Groundwater enthousiasts: Join the edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia
Hi Elisabeth!

I will be happy to join the Wg11 Wikipedia edit-a-thon. I can start on March 13. I can also help edit contents in both English and Spanish.

Kind regards, Miguel

Environmental Specialist Ottawa, Canada miguelmadrid.net
mmadrid - 17 Mar 2017 03:02
Re: Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: please take part in edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia for groundwater
Dear Leif/Andrea,

I just created my account on Wikipedia. This is my first time as an editor. I’m currently looking at Elisabeth’s excellent video trying to get familiar with the system.

I would be happy to help edit the article on Groundwater Pollution (I already started drafting offline a few ideas) and develop a version of it in Spanish. I also think that an independent article on Groundwater Protection would be ideal. This could include the concepts of vulnerability, wellhead protection, risks/hazards, and specially refer to groundwater as a water supply source within the (WHO) Water Safe Plan (WSP). There is already and article on WSP in Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_safety_plan).

I’m wondering what the best way to communicate during the edit-a-thon is; through the article talk page?

Kind regards,
Miguel

Environmental Specialist
Ottawa, Canada
miguelmadrid.net
muench - 17 Mar 2017 17:14
Re: Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: please take part in edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia for groundwater
Dear Miguel,

Great, I am happy to welcome you to our little team of Wikipedia editors on the occasion of this edit-a-thon!

Have you already registered on the Outreach Dashboard to make your edits count for this edit-a-thon? I don't recognise you here in the list of editors but perhaps your user name is not related to your name (which is fine):
outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Su..._March_2017/students

If you haven't yet registered for the event, just click on this registration link:
outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Su...2017?enroll=xjwmpagf

We currently have 30 people signed up which is great!

If you do any Spanish translations, then let me give you the same hint I gave to the others about French and Italian somewhere else on the forum yesterday:

I was looking something else up in Wikipedia and came across this page which looks helpful for new people wishing to translate articles (perhaps you have already seen it):
meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Babylon/Tra...translators/Articles

Many Wikipedias have their own guidelines for how to handle translations.
See here the guidelines from the Spanish Wikipedia:

es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Traducciones

I hope this helps a little bit.

I think it would be an interesting (but not easy) exercise to separate out "groundwater protection" from "groundwater pollution". You'll have to think about how to avoid overlap (it's my pet hate to see the same content on two different pages). E.g. right now the article on groundwater pollution already contains a bit on groundwater protection as well.

I suggest you write on the talk page of the article on "groundwater pollution" what you have in mind? Don't work for too long off-line - the sooner you take it online (first to the talk page and later to the article), the better. You never know who else might be working on it in parallel.

I look forward to meeting you in the Virtual Workroom some time during the 48 hour period starting this Sunday at 1 pm CET!

This is the link to the room:
seint.adobeconnect.com/wpeditathon/

You don't need a password, just enter your name and click "enter as guest".

Regards,
Elisabeth
mmadrid - 21 Mar 2017 19:19
Re: Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: please take part in edit-a-thon on 19-20 March (and before) to improve Wikipedia for groundwater
Hello folks!

I finished my major contributions to the "Groundwater pollution" article (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundwater_pollution) and I´m working on the version in Spanish "Contaminación de aguas subterráneas". I may edit more later on. Everybody is welcome to revise it.

Kind regards,
Miguel
muench - 21 Mar 2017 23:33
Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: Wikipedia edit-a-thon on 19-21 March - example outcome: much improved groundwater pollution article
Hi Miguel,

You have blown me away! I think you are the first novice Wikipedian I have seen who has done such huge improvements to an existing article without making the common mistakes that many people make when they are new (including myself when I was new).

Well done! You are living proof that it can be done. I know Wikipedia editing is not easy for novices. What was your secret?

OK so please everyone from the groundwater working group, have a look at the much improved and expanded article on groundwater pollution on Wikipedia and give Miguel some comments. Either here or on the talk page of the article. Or make changes directly yourself here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundwater_pollution

Miguel what is your plan now regarding splitting off a new article on groundwater protection or not? Have you decided to rather keep it all together? I can see pros and cons for both approaches.

Also if you are now translating into Spanish, perhaps wait a few days to see if any improvements to the English version come in before translating to Spanish (unless you have a window of time right now then better use it ).

Please also send an email to the Working Group 11 mailing list about this. I really find it a major achievement! Perhaps someone from the Working Group will be alerted to it from the mailing list.
Just send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(it's a moderated list so will take about a day before the e-mail is let through by the secretariat)

Thank you for taking part in our Wikipedia edit-a-thon during 19-21 March and getting this big piece of work done!

Regards,
Elisabeth
kanalwolf - 22 Mar 2017 00:25
Working Group 11 (groundwater) members: Wikipedia edit-a-thon on 19-21 March - example outcome: much improved groundwater pollution article
Great work! I see more than 60 Edits on the Wikipedia Groundwater Pollution Page in just 3 days.
Thanks Miguel and also thanks to "EMsmile".
Leif.
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