Learning patterns/Focus on content

A learning pattern forProject planning
Focus on content
problemYou are not sure how to maximize the impact of your education program on a Wikimedia project.
solutionFocus on content gaps to identify partners and increase program impact.
creatorKHarold (WMF)
created on26 January, 2015

What problem does this solve?


Planning your program around the kind of content that is missing from your language Wikipedia will help you decide who you should partner with. Focusing on content gaps means that even small programs can have a noticeable impact on Wikimedia projects.

What is the solution?


Think about crafting the focus of your education program around what can get you the most impact for your language Wikipedia.

Here are some examples that may help you think about a particular focus:

  • Does your language Wikipedia have many holes in specific subjects (e.g., humanities, social sciences, history)? Then you should focus on working with university or Ph.D. students who are studying those subjects.
  • Does your language Wikipedia or Wikivoyage for your region lack images or articles about cultural subjects? If so, consider working with immigrants and second language learners or tourism students to create this content.
  • Does your language Wikipedia lack gender diversity? Then you should target women's schools or subjects in which women make up the majority of students (such as languages or arts).
  • Does your language Wikipedia lack articles? Consider working with language students (of any age) who can translate articles from larger Wikipedias into your language.

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See also

Education Toolkit Learning Pattern
This learning pattern is part of the Education Program Toolkit.
Go to the toolkit.

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