Wikinews and Wikipedia at the London Paralympics

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.


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.’s_2012_Paralympic_Games_flag-bearer’s_second_ever_Paralympic_Gamesôte_d’Ivoire’s_wheelchair_basketball_team_practices_ahead_of_2012_Summer_Paralympics’s_R2-10m_air_rifle_final’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_teams_play_in_their_2012_Paralympics_opener’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_team_loses_first_game_in_its_2012_Paralympic_campaign’s_national_goalball_team_defeats_Algeria_4-3’s_Powell_loses_to_Germany’s_Matthias_Krieger_in_judo_event_at_2012_Paralympics’s_Cynthia_Paige_Simon_loses_to_Spain_in_women’s_57kg_judo_quarter_finals’s_sitting_volleyball_in_straight_sets_at_2012_Summer_Paralympics’s_R2-10m_air_rifle_final’s_Richard_Csejtey’s_national_wheelchair_basketball_team_gets_its_first_win_of_London_Paralympics’s_Individual_C1-2-3_500m_Time_Trial,_Trischa_Zorn’s_national_goalball_team_loses_0-3_to_United_States_in_pool_play_in_London,_Australian_goalball_player’s_Alena_Kanova_defeats_Sara_Head,_taking_bronze_in_class_3_table_tennis,_Australian_Paralympic_wheelchair_basketball_medallist

Following the London Paralympics

I am really enjoying the London Paralympics.

I like the atmosphere created by the ABC’s coverage of the Games. I am very impressed by the quality of the official Paralympic Games website.

The Conversation has a section dedicated to the Games.

Overnight I read Senator Kate Lundy’s blog post about Capturing Paralympic History. Senator Lundy is the Australian Federal Minister of Sport.

Kate linked to the Wikipedia information page about the History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia and the National Library of Australia’s Oral History Project.

One of the HOPAU Wikipedians, Greg Blood, is updating the following pages during the Games:

Laura Hale is working very hard as a Wikinews reporter at the Games. She has produced a large number of posts including Did You Know? insights. Her most recent post is an interview with Trischa Zorn, the most decorated Paralympian of all time (55 medals, 46 of them gold, earned between 1980 and 2004).

I am keen to read Stella Young’s views of the Games. Her first post concludes with her observation that “I’m here in London for a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to really immersing myself in London life while I bring you some news from the Paralympics. So far, it’s rather agreeing with me!”

I hope to read more of John Kessel’s posts too. This morning I received an alert to his Missing John Armuth post. I thought it was beautifully written and moving.

Photo Credit

Opening Ceremony (Laura Hale)

Australian Fandom Online

Laura Hale has submitted her PhD thesis for examination.

The title of her thesis is Australian Sport Fandom Online: the online shaping of demographic, geographic and social characteristics of the Australian sport community in response to events.

Her abstract is:

The Internet has a glut of social media data available for use by researchers interested in the online sport community. Most of the existing research fails to use these data and relies on qualitative data to understand fan behavior and production. This thesis argues that a quantitative methodological framework provides a fertile approach to describe and understand existing Australian online sport fan communities.

The methodological framework presented in this thesis is called Social Response Analysis. This analysis is informed by multiple existing approaches in order to examine online communities. The methodology is used to develop and present multiple case studies in Australian sport, with a particular focus on the National Rugby League and the Australian Football League and events that took in these communities during 2010 and 2011.

This thesis argues that the value of Social Response Analysis is that it provides a grounded methodology that clubs and sport marketers can use to understand better their fans, their characteristics and how the online community composition changes over time and in response to events.

Some of the contents of the thesis include:

  • Popularity of Australian sport fandom on Twitter
  • Soccer: A History of and Characteristics of Australian fandom
  • Australian Fans at the World Cup: Foursquare and Gowalla Checkins
  • Cycling: A History of and Characteristics of Australian fandom
  • Anna Meares: Twitter Growth in Response to Gold
  • Rugby league: A history of and characteristics of Australian fandom
  • Online Activity in the Wake of the Melbourne Storm Controversy
  • NRL Semi-Final: Raiders Fandom versus Tigers Fandom in Canberra
  • Joel Monaghan’s Mad Monday and the Online Canberra Raiders Fan Base
  • Code Flirting and Greg Inglis: Rabbitohs and Essendon Fan Response Online…….. 123
  • Australian Rules: A History of and Characteristics of Australian Rules Fandom
  • Google, the Melbourne Demons, Port Adelaide Power and That Game in Darwin
  • The Impact of Jason Akermanis’s Comments on the Western Bulldogs’s Online Fan base
  • Data Absent Context Can Change the Meaning: Did Julia Gillard Hurt the Bulldogs?
  • St Kilda Saints Nude Photo Controversy
  • #Fevola @BrendanFevola05
  • Derryn Hinch: Journalist traffic Versus Wikipedia Traffic in Response to St Kilda Controversy