Project 2: Wikitravel Writing

Project 2: Writing for Wikitravel

Wikitravel Rubric

For this project, you will research, write, and post an entry on Wikitravel, a wiki-based Web travel guide.

Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia started in 2001 that is edited and maintained by its readers. Wikipedia’s goal is “to create a free, democratic, reliable encyclopedia—actually, the largest encyclopedia in history, in terms of both breadth and depth,” and any visitor can edit any entry. As part of our explorations of writing in electronic environments, we will create an entry for another wiki-based project, Wikitravel. Wikitravel is a project to “create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide.” Since Wikitravel has been less fully developed than Wikipedia, it offers us many opportunities to create and edit entries.

Guidelines and requirements:

To begin, visit Wikitravel’s Main Page and Project Home. Explore the site, noting especially the conventions specified for entries—what they look like, what headings are used, what kinds of details are included in each section, whether or not pictures are included, etc. Next, look at local entries and see what might be missing or need revision or completion.

What will make places “good” for this project?  First, good places are places you know well.  If you’re thinking about adding a new entry to Wikitravel, consider choosing your hometown or another place where you’ve spent a lot of time.  If you’d like to revise an existing entry, be sure you can share more about your place than the entry’s original author.  Finally, if you’re thinking about expanding an existing entry, make sure you know—or can find out—a lot about the specific aspect of the place you’re choosing to expand upon.  All Wikitravel entries include the following sections: “Get in,” “Get around,” “See,” “Eat,” and “Sleep.”  Can you add more material to one of these categories in an existing place’s entry? If so, you may have the makings of a good entry expansion. Another option to consider is whether you can provide a new angle on an existing location. For example, there’s already a Wikitravel entry for “Newport, RI,” but there’s also an entry titled “Newport, RI: Day trip on a budget” that offers a different guide for readers with different needs.

As part of the prewriting process, you will be asked to post your ideas for places that might make for good new Wikitravel entries, good revisions of existing entries, or good expansions of existing entries. Before you draft your entry, you will also need to establish a free account on Wikitravel.com. Instructions for how to do this will be provided later.

Be sure that what you write for the guide follows the format and conventions specified by Wikitravel. Part of this project is learning to work in a writing “ecology” where your contributions are affected by others’ needs and expectations.

To submit Project 2 for assessment, post your entry on the Wikitravel wiki, then save an HTML version of your page (make sure to select Web page and complete so that you return whatever styles and images necessary to display your entry correctly).

Also, upload the following to your Project 2 Dropbox Folder on Sakai before 11:55 pm on Saturday, October 17.

  • Wikitravel HTML files/folder
  • Your Project 2 postwrite
  • Please also e-mail me the link to your Wikitravel entry

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