On March 17th we sent out a short survey about Wikipedia. We were interested in archivists' perceptions of the encyclopedia and wanted to see whether they already contributed information about archival resources to it. The survey also sought feedback concerning people's interest in training related to the service - and what form any training should take.
54 people completed the survey and this post summarizes the responses.
Survey respondents' locations:
Frequency of use:
Reliability and usefulness of Wikipedia:
Opinions of Wikipedia by type of user:
There's a clear correlation here between people's opinions of Wikipedia and their frequency of using the service.
Next we asked people if they had ever edited Wikipedia themselves:
Respondents told us about the types of resources they currently have online:
About a quarter of respondents have already put links to their resources into Wikipedia, whereas half have not considered doing so:
Four out of five respondents wanted to learn more:
And when asked how they wanted to learn, these were the replies:
Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. It's still open here if you want to add your own views. There's an article in the forthcoming issue of Off The Record on this topic, and we hope to organize some training in the not-too-distant future, too.
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