If you haven’t already done so, please join the Decolonising Wikipedia Network on Wikipedia’s outreach dashboard, using the unique code included in your introduction email. This will enable your Wikipedia editing and creating to be recorded as part of the LCC Decolonising Wikipedia Network. If you haven’t had an introduction email, you will need to first register with the network using this online form.
Once you have done the above, you can start editing or creating Wikipedia entries, with support from or in collaboration with LCC Changemakers and/or other members of the network.
Here are some tips for getting started:
Identifying pages to edit
- Look up in Wikipedia a practitioner or topic you’re interested in or know about.
- Is there anything in Wikipedia about the practitioner or topic? If so, what kind of information and how much?
- Does the Wikipedia entry reflect the breadth of the practitioner’s achievements and practice? Everything there is to know about the topic?
- Do you know anything off the top of your head that is not on the page? If this is the case, chances are there will be a lot more for you to add once you start researching.
Identifying reliable and credible sources
- For entries to be published in Wikipedia, they need to meet certain notability criteria, and this relies on the reliability and credibility of information being added.
- UAL Library is a great place to start for finding credible sources of information. Many physical books have been uploaded as e-resources in light of the pandemic, and you can always search ‘Articles Plus’ to find much more reliable content from reputable sources such as journals, specialist magazines and theses.
- Check to see if information sources are peer-reviewed as this can increase their credibility.
- If you come across a source and you are unsure of its credibility, check out the Help + FAQs page, where you can find guidance or get in touch with a member of the Network for help.
Don’t worry – Editing a publicly available resource can be daunting! Don’t forget that Changemakers can help answer any questions or queries. Feel free to post in the forum or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget – Our aim is to decolonise Wikipedia by expanding the representation of practitioners and topics overlooked within the traditional Eurocentric canon. If you feel that your edits aren’t contributing to this common goal, get in touch so that we can offer help.
Here are some helpful links and resources for further guidance:
- Academic Support: Research – Basic guidance from UAL for credible and effective research
- UAL Library – Find online/physical books and use Articles Plus to explore peer-reviewed journals
- UAL Code of Practice on Research Ethics – A useful lens through which to view research
- UAL Connect with Learning Resources – Links to various learning resources for help with researching
- Past event dashboard – Statistics from our previous Wikipedia editing event
- Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia
- Is my source credible? – From University of Maryland; encouraging scrutiny in sources
- How Wikipedia identifies reliable sources
- What is decolonising methodology? – From Warwick University; a beneficial framework for understanding how decolonisation can be actioned through research methodology
- Concrete Ways to Decolonize Research – An in-depth look at decolonial research practice
Still got questions or need help?