Do you have ever thought adopting a word? To take care of her and to do grow ?
Now you can. There is a project of crowdsourcing born inside the Staff Web of the APT Services Tourism Emilia Romagna. The idea is to grow more the project involving in the translations and of the voices wikipedia related to Spanish and in English region .
By “saving a word” you choose to take care of it, becoming somehow the “foster parent” of the related Wikipedia entry. In practical terms, you are expected to:
- ·check the quality of the existing entry;
- ·improving it with text, pictures, links or other materials
Once the process is completed, the entry is “grown up” and it is accordingly returned to the community with richer and improved information.
The goal and meaning of the project lies in this very simple formula. Save a Word is indeed about taking care of the things and places around us, collecting and sharing trastable information about them.
Who is entitled to take part into the project? Participating into “Save a word” is open to everyone- citizens, tourists, Municipalities, Tourism Boards, Associations- and everyone is welcome!
For what reasons have you rolled out the project? Promoting tourism and culture in and about Emilia Romagna is the our institutional mission. And we strongly believe that checking and improving the Wikipedia entries about the Region is by no means part of it.
Does Emilia Romagna Tourism earn anything from the project? In monetary/financial terms we do not earn anything from “Save a Word”. On the other hand, the cultural gainings are potentially immense. Through the rolling out of the project, indeed, we hope to help improving the Wikipedia entries about culture, geography, food, notable women and men, tourism in Emilia Romagna.
Do I earn anything from the project? In monetary/financial terms you do not earn anything: those who decide to take part into “Save a Word” do it on a voluntary basis. On the other hand, you might find it rewarding to put your wiki-knowledge to work and help improving the digital commons for the rest of the community.
How many entries am I entitled to save? You can “save” as many words as you want. However, since taking care of an entry is by no means similar to taking care of a baby, and thus requires time and attention, we suggest that you start by saving a single entry.
I entered the project and “adopted” a word. What am I supposed to do now? All you’re expected to do now is checking the existing version of the word on Wikipedia. Then it is up to your choice what to do to improve the entry and how to do it.
What kind of materials am I allowed to insert into the entry? Provided that you do not trespass the boundaries set by the existing copyright laws and by Wikipedia rules [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents/Policies_and_guidelines] you can basically do anything to improve an entry: adding/editing portions of text, adding pictures or videos, inserting hyperlinks.
Is there a deadline for the completion of the saving operations? There’s no formal deadline. However, we strongly encourage participants to work out their entries once they have adopted them, and return them to the community ASAP
The entry I have decided to save is already well curated. What am I supposed to do? No problem: by checking a given word and assessing that it is rich in, say, information and references you are already taking care of it and contributing. At the same time, consider that no Wikipedia entry is ever complete: there is always a picture, a link or a reference that is not there yet, and that may thus bring a further improvement.
What if I realize that I do not have time enough for properly taking care of the “foster child”? No problem. Just drop us an email at emiliaromagnatourism [at] gmail [dot] com and we will insert back the word into the registry of the project.
I would like to save a specific word, but I can’t find it into the registry Well, if there’s an entry you’d be happy to save, and you can’t find it into the registry, just contact us via email and we will help you
What is the function of the SAW Google Map? The map allows people to get a visual overview of the project, checking which entries have been taken already, and which on the other hand are still available.
Once I save a given entry, will it be mine forever? Nope. Wikimedia entries belong to no one but the community, and anyone can step in at any time and edit them. Thus, once a given word is “grown up” it becomes available again for further improvements by other people.