NCA-Wikipedia Initiative

Welcome to the NCA Wikipedia Initiative Portal!

In conjunction with the National Communication Association Wikipedia Initiative, we are a community dedicated to improving communication articles on Wikipedia.

  • Anyone can edit articles on Wikipedia.

  • We will to teach you how. Join us!

Step 1 - Create a Wikipedia Account/ Log in to Wikipedia

To join the NCA Wikipedia Initiative, you must have a Wikipedia user account and be logged in to Wikipedia. This will allow you to create new articles (pages), upload images, and rename pages. You will also have access to special features enabling you to keep track of articles that you are editing, bookmark other interesting pages, and interact with others editing the same articles and become a trusted member of the community.
It is easy to create a Wikipedia account and you are not required to provide any personal information:

  1. Click the "Create Wikipedia Account" button below: this will open a new window with a Wikipedia create account page
  2. Create your unique Username
  3. Enter a password
  4. Click create account (Please note that if you enter an optional e-mail address, you will receive an activation e-mail from Wikipedia. You must follow the instruction in that e-mail before registering with the NCAWI.)

Once you have created a Wikipedia account (or logged into Wikipedia if you already have an account), return to this page and click the "Step 2" button below to move on to the next step of the registration process.

Click Step 2 to continue

Step 2 - Sign up and Consent

To better understand the utility of the NCA/Wikipedia portal, we are conducting experiments to evaluate the effect of employing different tools and procedures in different classes. Would you be willing to participate in the experimental version of the portal? If you agree, you may (or may not) have access to some new, social tools for your course, depending on experimental condition. If you do not agree to participate you will have access to only the default set of features.

The NCAWI is recruiting scholars and their students to improve the communication articles in Wikipedia, online encyclopedia. We have developed a portal to help members of the initiative edit Wikipedia articles. The portal provides information about communication articles that need improvement and guidelines on how best to improve these articles. We will ask you some questions to assess your areas of interest and expertise and then suggest articles that could benefit from your expertise. You can work on these articles at any time you wish.

Participant Requirements
Although anyone can edit Wikipedia, participation in this research evaluating NCA's Wikipedia Initiative is limited to people age 18 and older with at least basic knowledge in the domain of communication.

The risks and discomfort associated with participation in this study are no greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during other online activities. The experiences you will have in this research are very similar to those you would have in any other social website and online community.

You can benefit from participating in this research by becoming more knowledgeable about communication concepts, the Wikipedia encyclopedia, and the Wikipedia community. This knowledge should make you more helpful and influential in the community. In addition, through your volunteer efforts, you will be improving a source of knowledge about communication that thousands of people use daily and contributing to knowledge about how to help volunteers be more effective in online communities.

Compensation & Costs There is no compensation for participation in this study, and there will be no cost to you if you participate in this study.

Confidentiality The data captured for the research does not include any personally identifiable information about you. All information will be linked to your Wikipedia username. Your real name or IP address will not be captured.

Confidentiality of your data will be maintained in the following manner:

Your data and consent form will be kept separate. Your consent form will not be disclosed to third parties. By participating, you understand and agree that the data and information gathered during this study may be used by Carnegie Mellon and published and/or disclosed by Carnegie Mellon to others outside of Carnegie Mellon. However, no personal identifiers will be mentioned in any such publication or dissemination of the research data and/or results by Carnegie Mellon. Data from the research will be shared with the National Communication Association.

By participating in this research, you understand and agree that Carnegie Mellon may be required to disclose your consent form and data as required by law, regulation, subpoena or court order.

Right to Ask Questions & Contact Information
If you have any questions about this study, you should feel free to ask them by contacting the Principal Investigator, Robert Kraut, Herbert A. Simon Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, (412) 268-7694,

The Carnegie Mellon University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved the use of human participants for this research. If you have questions pertaining to your rights as a research participant; or to report objections to this study, you should contact the Research Regulatory Compliance Office at Carnegie Mellon University. Email: . Phone: 412-268-1901 or 412-268-5460.

Voluntary Participation
Your participation in this research is voluntary. You may discontinue participation at any time during the research activity.

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To create your NCAWI account, enter your Wikipedia Username. This offers you a smooth entry into the process of creating and editing Wikipedia articles. The portal provides tutorial materials, tools to match articles with your interest and expertise, and communication facilities. This portal also allows NCA to evaluate the progress and success of this initiative and recognize individual contributions.

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