Barn Raising

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Some Definitions

BarnRaising
Planned event, where community meets to build wiki content together. Participants learn how to build and use the wiki, interact with each other, create support network.
BarnRaising - Wiki Patterns
Wiki
A website that allows easy creation and editing of linked web pages.
StatiPedia
a wiki devoted to the Federal Statistical Community, providing info on projects, people, methods, software & code, and information technology.
MediaWiki
The software behind Wikipedia & Statipedia
Category
A tag added to each page to organize the wiki.

Agenda

  1. Introductions
  2. Background (how we got here)
  3. BarnRaising
    1. Overview, with some structure and basic instructions
    2. People Category - Create your own personal page.
    3. Categories and Subategories - brief discussion followed by naming and creating several
    4. Content Pages - Roll up your sleeves and start building. Rough frames are okay. Ask neighbors to lend a hand.
  4. Celebrate! - Step back and take a look at what we created.

Overview

Wiki: A website that allows easy creation and editing of linked web pages. Statipedia (what we’re here to create): a website devoted to the Federal Statistical Community, providing info on projects, people, methods, software & code, and information technology. https://??? (address, requires login)

[[Category:People]]

People Category

1st activity (15 minutes):

  • Find your name on the People Page & click it.
  • Add some content. This will be your personal page.
  • Add the Category:People tag anywhere on the page.
  • Go back to the People Page & view others’ pages.
    • See a style you like? Copy it on your page.
    • Want to add your image? Look here. Ask for help. -- maybe we should not encourage that right away, since we have a disk space limit? Meyer 20:31, 25 August 2010 (UTC)
    • Do you have hobbies? Favorite websites? Add some links. Here’s how.
  • Take a look at the Category:Stats page.

Categories and Subcategories

Goto Special:Categories Not many categories yet. No subcategories.

  • Should Agencies be subcategories of People?
  • How about EPApeople as subcategory under People? EPA could then be an independent category.

Create new category by typing Category: Category name, but replacing Category name with your new category’s name.

Sidebar

What items should be shown on the sidebar?

  • Are the defaults okay?
  • Any special additions?
    • People?
    • Getting Started?
    • Other?
  • Should any be removed?

Note: Administrators can edit the sidebar.

Organizing Content

  • Sketch out the wiki “boundaries”? -- yup, got to. got to avoid politics, legislation, obscenity, profanity, and even harsh conflict, especially in the short run.
  • Is it worth taking some time to organize the contents?
  • At a high level, what are the major content categories? agency ; surveys ; estimation ... we can start these now.
  • How should users be categorized? /What are the category names?
[[Category:EPA]][[Category:BLS]][[Category:People]][[Cattegory:Wiki]]
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