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Wikipedia: The Missing Manual Posted on Wikipedia--O'Reilly Media Alert
Edit the Book on Wikipedia
Sebastopol, CA--The Missing Manuals series, published by O'Reilly Media,
today announced the migration of its book about Wikipedia to Wikipedia. As
of today, the entire contents of "Wikipedia: The Missing Manual"
(O'Reilly, $29.99) by John Broughton is available for free online for
editing and updating just like any other Wikipedia entry.
"What makes this project different than any of the other zillion books
online today is the format we've chosen--a wiki," explains Peter Meyers,
Missing Manuals' managing editor. "Book viewers will be able to do all the
same things they do on any other wiki: view the document, edit it, add to
it--in short, whatever they want. The book is going to reside in the
site's Help area
naturally, since the book is all about helping people edit and navigate
their way around Wikipedia."
Adds Meyers: "Once it's live, our hope is that the Wikipedia community
will flock to the book and 'curate' it by adding tips, tricks, and by
updating the material to reflect changes to Wikipedia since we've
published the original edition. Down the road, when it comes time for us
to consider publishing a second edition of the print book, we'll think
about whether to incorporate some of the community's changes into the new
The drive to post "Wikipedia: The Missing Manual" to Wikipedia was
spearheaded by author John Broughton. Broughton, a registered editor at
Wikipedia since 2005 with more than 20,000 edits under his belt, says he's
looking forward to seeing what changes and improvements his fellow
Wikipedians will make to his book.
"Wikipedia already has thousands of pages of documentation on how to be a
good editor. This 'Missing Manual' book is different--it offers
systematic guidance for people who want to learn the 'core curriculum,'
the critical information needed to avoid running afoul of the rules. The
book is organized as a structured process for learning to edit, with
numerous tips and tools for easier editing. With this book, Wikipedia now
has something that charts the path from novice toward expert, with
step-by-step illustrations for every topic along the way."
John Broughton plans to talk more about the migration of this book at
O'Reilly's upcoming Tools of Change Conference, which will be held in New
York City, Feb. 9 through 11, 2009.
"The Wikimedia Foundation is thrilled that John Broughton and O'Reilly
have decided to release John's book under a free license," says Sue
Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. "For years, John
has done great work creating instructional materials that offer guidance
for new Wikipedia editors. Now that the Missing Manual is being released
under a free license, people will be able to reuse, update, translate and
customize the material in it for different purposes and different
audiences, which will make it even more useful for everyone."
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