Content on Wikimedia projects is created, edited and managed by thousands of volunteer editors like you. This page aims at collecting resources to help you contribute to them. You can improve existing content and create new content. There are many ways to contribute.
Wikipedia is the most known of the Wikimedia projects. It aims at building a free encyclopedia about the sum of all human knowledge. You can become a Wikipedia editor. No previous experience is needed to start editing.
Guides to contribute to Wikipedia:
- Introduction to Wikipedia
- Editing Wikipedia
- Editing Wikipedia: A guide to improving content on the online encyclopedia (PDF)
- Introduction to free licences (PDF)
- Wikipedia Article Creation Wizard
- Writing better Wikipedia articles
- Wikipedia: Manual of Style
- Wikipedia: Manual of Style for Canada-related articles
- Help: Wikitext
- Video on Content Translation
See below for thematic suggestions about articles to improve or to create on Wikipedia, as well as useful references to do so.
Another great and easy way to start contributing to Wikimedia projects is to contribute to Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons is a collection of freely usable media files, such as photographs, drawings, videos and sound files, to which anyone can contribute. You can upload your own media content as long as you accept to put the files under a free licence and ensure that they can have an educational purpose. Note that Wikimedia Commons serves as a common repository for all Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia. Wikimedia Commons uses the same wiki-technology as Wikipedia and everyone can edit it.
Guides to contribute to Wikimedia Commons:
- Illustrating Wikimedia: A guide to contributing content to Wikimedia Commons
- Simple media reuse guide
- Illustrating Wikipedia: A guide to contributing content to Wikimedia Commons (PDF)
- What can I upload to Wikimedia Commons? (one-page handout)
Wikidata is a free database developed collaboratively that is more and more popular.
We have compiled a few videos published that can help you to understand, to use and to contribute to Wikidata.
- A brief intro to Wikidata and how to set up an account
- How to add an image to Wikidata
- How to add a new item to Wikidata
- Add a sculpture to Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons in 20 minutes
- How to use the Wikidata Query Service
- Creating a Mix’n’Match set for Queensland Biota on Wikidata
- How to take data from OpenRefine to Wikidata through QuickStatements
- Atelier d’initiation à Wikidata (partie 2, partie 3)
- Atelier de contribution à Wikidata (partie 2, partie 3, partie 4, recap)
- Introduction au service de requêtes de Wikidata (partie 2, partie 3, recap)
Futhermore the video series developed as part of the WikiCite Discussion Series organised by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is exploring different topics around Wikidata:
- Wikidata and Digital Transformation in Libraries with Jason Evans and Simon Cobb
- An Introduction to Wikibase and Wikidata with Barbara Fischer and Sarah Hartmann
- Wikidata and Wikisource with Nicolas Vigneron
- Mind the Gap! How Wikidata complements and completes metadata work with Ahava Cohen
- Critical issues in Knowledge Equity with Stacy Allison-Cassin and Karim Tharani
- Scholarly Profiles, Wikidata and Academic Libraries with Meg Wacha