Wikinews and Wikipedia at the London Paralympics

09/04/2012

Laura Hale and friends have been very busy at the Paralympic Games with their Wikinews reporting.

The amount of Wikinews and Wikipedia material available to refer to the Games is staggering. All my posts in The Conversation use Wikipedia links.

This is Jacqueline Freney’s profile in recent days:

and for Matt Cowdrey:

A group of dedicated Wikipedians is updating the profiles of athletes each day and including news of medal winners. The time difference in Australia from London means that all profiles are updated at 9 a.m. AEST.

Postscript

A day after posting this I received an update from Laura Hale:

Complete list of Wikinews articles to date featuring original reporting at London 2012 Paralympics

This is the complete published list to date.  (We have about six articles awaiting review.)  Between them, I think over 75 countries are mentioned.  In some cases, a few countries have new articles that still have not had ten articles published about them since 2007.

They represent a wide swathe of Paralympic sports including athletics, track cycling, wheelchair basketball, shooting, goalball, judo, boccia, table tennis, equestrian, athletics, rowing, 5-a-side football, and 7-a-side football. (We have an article about wheelchair fencing awaiting review.) We have had four interviews published.  (We have one more awaiting review.)  We have covered the press angle, written about some of the behind the scenes things like the gym and equipment repair, and covered two press conference.  One article was picked up by a newspaper in Sierra Leone and printed in paper.

We have about five more days left, but really, really happy with what we havve had so far. A big round of thanks are heartily deserved to everyone who helped make this happen at the APC and Wikinews and Wikimedia Australia. :)  This work comes on top of making sure an article exists about every 2012 Australian Paralympian, taking at least 35 of those to the front page of Wikipedia, getting profile pictures donated by the APC for every 2012 Australian Paralympian for use on Wikipedia and Wikinews, creating articles that better explain Paralympic classification with that preparation work being done before the start of the Games.

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Greg_Smith_named_as_Australia’s_2012_Paralympic_Games_flag-bearer
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/1964_Australian_Paralympic_medalist_Trevor_French_dies
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Papua_New_Guinea_represented_by_two_Paralympians_in_London
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone_sends_lone_athlete_for_the_nation’s_second_ever_Paralympic_Games
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/2012_Paralympic_Village_occupied_by_competitors_as_nations_ready_for_the_Games
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Algerian_2012_Paralympic_coaches_express_optimism
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Athletes_prepare_for_2012_Summer_Paralympics_at_the_Paralympic_Fitness_Centre
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Australians_make_Paralympic_Village_uniquely_their_own
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/International_Paralympic_Committee_holds_first_press_conference
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/IPC_criticizes_US_Paralympic_coverage
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/2012_makes_five_Paralympic_Games_for_Côte_d’Ivoire
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Vanuatu_sends_lone_Paralympian_to_London
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Paralympic_cyclists_test_out_the_London_Velodrome
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Micronesia_left_behind_by_the_Paralympic_movement
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Preparedness_for_2012_Paralympic_Games_differs_between_National_Paralympic_Committees
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Turkey_men’s_wheelchair_basketball_team_practices_ahead_of_2012_Summer_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Canadians_express_optimism_regarding_medal_potential_at_2012_Summer_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Australian_shooters_start_their_2012_Paralympic_campaign
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Australia_wins_its_first_medal_of_the_Paralympics_with_shooting_bronze
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_Oceania_Paralympic_Committee_President_Paul_Bird
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Kate_Lundy_watches_Australian_women_qualify_for_the_women’s_R2-10m_air_rifle_final
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Australia_and_South_Africa_men’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_teams_play_in_their_2012_Paralympics_opener
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Brazil_women’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_team_loses_first_game_in_its_2012_Paralympic_campaign
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/South_Korean_men’s_national_goalball_team_defeats_Algeria_4-3
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Great_Britain’s_Powell_loses_to_Germany’s_Matthias_Krieger_in_judo_event_at_2012_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Day_two_of_Paralympic_judo_underway_in_London
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Judo_round_of_sixteen_underway_at_London_2012_Summer_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/United_States’s_Cynthia_Paige_Simon_loses_to_Spain_in_women’s_57kg_judo_quarter_finals
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Ukraine_beats_Great_Britain_women’s_sitting_volleyball_in_straight_sets_at_2012_Summer_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Frank_Ponta_inducted_into_the_Paralympic_Hall_of_Fame
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Kate_Lundy_watches_Australian_women_qualify_for_the_women’s_R2-10m_air_rifle_final
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Gliders_win_against_Brazil_in_their_2012_Paralympic_opening_match
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Defending_Paralympic_table_tennis_gold_medalist_Ying_Zhou_defeats_Slovene_Andreja_Dolinar_in_group_play
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Paralympic_table_tennis_silver_medalist_Piotr_Grudzien_beats_Poland’s_Richard_Csejtey
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/China_leads_medal_race_after_day_two_of_competition_at_London_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_tours_London_Paralympic_Village_wheelchair_repair_workshop
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Grace_Bowman_withdraws_from_2012_Paralympic_Dressage_Individual_Championship_Test_-_Grade_II_event
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Canada_women’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_team_gets_its_first_win_of_London_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Australian_Jayme_Paris_wins_bronze_in_the_London_Paralympics_Women’s_Individual_C1-2-3_500m_Time_Trial
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/IPC_inducts_new_members_into_its_Hall_of_Fame
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_winner_of_55_Paralympic_medals,_Trischa_Zorn
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Medals_given_out_at_final_day_of_rowing_at_London_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Fifteen_medals_awarded_on_London_Paralympics_fourth_night_of_track_and_field
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Gliders_suffer_first_loss_in_London_Paralympics_against_Canada
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Slovenia_goes_down_to_China_in_their_final_sitting_volleyball_game_in_pool_play_at_London_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Australia_women’s_national_goalball_team_loses_0-3_to_United_States_in_pool_play_in_London
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Argentina_loses_to_Iran_at_7-a-side_football_in_pool_play_at_the_London_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_Tyan_Taylor,_Australian_goalball_player
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Slovakia’s_Alena_Kanova_defeats_Sara_Head,_taking_bronze_in_class_3_table_tennis
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Brazil_defeats_China_in_5-a-side_football_in_group_play_at_London_Paralympics
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_Katie_Hill,_Australian_Paralympic_wheelchair_basketball_medallist