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WikiPilipinas is an open-content reference website where you can do your research. It gives anyone with Internet access the opportunity to share information and contribute to the growing knowledge. As an online encyclopedia on history, culture, entertainment, sports, economy, and other fields of knowledge about the Philippines, WikiPilipinas has a Who's Who of prominent Filipinos; contains a directory listing of Philippine schools, corporations, government institutions, and even the coolest hang-outs; and boasts of an almanac of useful and interesting records and data about the Philippines.

Welcome to WikiPilipinas: The Hip ‘n Free Philippine Encyclopedia We aim to be a multi-dialect, web-based, free content Philippine encyclopedia project. WikiPilipinas is written by Filipino volunteers from all around the world in order to build the largest source of Philippine knowledge base. With the success of Wikipedia and for believing in an open and participative content development, WikiPilipinas also strives to be the leading source of contents on the Philippines that can be enjoyed and used by Filipinos worldwide. The name WikiPilipinas is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a type of collaborative website) and Pilipinas, an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. The project was conceptualized in 2006 in connection with the requirement of Filipiniana.net—a full-featured digital library and research portal—for a more voluntary contents of its giant knowledge base on Philippine studies. To date, Filipiniana and WikiPilipinas have become two of the largest Philippine reference websites on the Internet. WikiPilipinas differs from a paper-based reference source as its contents in particular will tend to be more comprehensive and balanced. Unlike a paper reference source, WikiPilipinas can be constantly updated, making its knowledge base contemporary, balanced, and fairly accurate. WikiPilipinas is a registered trademark of Filipiniana.net, which has created a vast repository of digitized public domain documents, books, and images for free. As an open-content reference website, WikiPilipinas welcomes and encourages you to send your original content—as well as your corrections, clarifications, or any related edits—to other contents to the WikiPilipinas in-house team. If you have not tried WikiPilipinas, we invite you to take a few moments to read What WikiPilipinas is, so that you have an understanding of how to use, rely upon, or contribute to WikiPilipinas as you continue. Further information on key topics can be found on Project List. If you can't find what you are looking for, try the Frequently Asked Questions or see Where to Ask Questions. For help with editing and other issues, see Help:Contents.


About WikiPilipinas

History

WikiPilipinas was founded as the solution for an Open Content Management System that requires voluntary contribution of Filipiniana.net. Its first CMS application was Plone peer review that requires highly qualified contributors, writers and editors, but the writing of articles was seen as very slow. In September 2006, after the birth of Filipiniana.net, Gaspar Vibal, a New York-based founder and publisher of Filipiniana.net and Richard Grimaldo, whom Vibal had employed to work as the webmaster of his web projects, discussed various ways to supplement Filipiniana contents with a more open, complementary project that will host the biggest Philippine knowledgebase that can propel by itself. On 13 February 2007, during their Project Meeting, Grimaldo presented the WikiPilipinas project to Gus Vibal and other in-house staff, explaining the Philippine “wiki concept.” Vibal, a techie guy himself, had a full admiration of the Wikipedia model projects and agreed that it would be an excellent model they could adapt with same vision of a more open, less formal encyclopedia project to be pursued, developed, and shared with the Filipinos. Immediately after the presentation, the WikiPilipinas team was formed to come up with initial master lists of priority contents for WikiPilipinas. There were disagreement from the part of Filipiniana editors and consultants over to the idea of coming up with the name. There were several name suggestions submitted; however, Vibal and Grimaldo already knew what what to do with its own branding and name recall strategy. Wiki was already accepted as a common internet "lingo" and "Pilipinas," which aims to define and discuss anything about the Philippines. Eventually, the WikiPilipinas project was pushed early in 2007 and launched on its own domain, WikiPilipinas.org, on 15 March 2007, going live on the Internet on 12 June 2007 in time for the 109th Celebration of Philippine Independence. The bandwidth and server (located in Manila) and was powered by VConnect, the technology partner of Filipiniana.net. WikiPilipinas statistics Minor contents of WikiPilipinas were lifted from the Philippine contents of Wikipedia but were updated and expanded inside the WikiPilipinas. Nonetheless, most of its content have been written collaboratively by the site's in-house team and thousands of other volunteer contributors around the world. The WikiPilipinas team has built a vast stubs and contents on the Philippine and other related studies. One of its biggest article collections are the Who's Who of the Philippines, Philippine Gazette, Cultural Encyclopedia, Historical Encyclopedia and more. With the same copyleft principle of Wikipedia, all the text in WikiPilipinas, and most of the images and other content, is also covered by the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). Contributions remain the property of their creators, while the GFDL license ensures the content will remain freely distributable and reproducible (see the copyright notice and the content disclaimer for more information).

Who writes WikiPilipinas?

WikiPilipinas has a pool of dedicated editors and librarians—everyone from expert scholars to casual readers who are assigned to each every subject categories that WikiPilipinas identifies. Anyone who visits the site can send edits and articles to encourage contribution of a tremendous amount of content. The site is a project of Filipiniana.net, which is partially involved in daily operation and writing.

Making the best use of WikiPilipinas

Exploring WikiPilipinas

WikiPilipinas aims to provide Filipinos and other countries a site to acquire and share knowledge with on the Philippines. You can start exploring the homepage, which already features interesting, mostly timely articles that you can accessibly read. As we build the contents, dozens of articles are being improved concurrently, carefully and logically spread over various interesting categories or “portals.” If you are curious to know how the website creates or edits articles, you can view the changes at the Recent Changes page. You also can view random articles to be updated with the latest activity of the site. While WikiPilipinas does its best to stay true to its “hip-and-free” mantra of presenting knowledge on the Philippines, it continuously strives to provide readers and researchers with scholarly and encylopedic entries that they may use academically. It also aims to become a multi-dialect encyclopedia, an ambitious endeavor to make it more localized and truly Filipino in nature. It has identified 16 major dialects so far. All of these will be maintained, updated, and managed by separate communities, and often include thought-provoking information and articles which can be hard to find through other common sources.

Basic navigation in WikiPilipinas

WikiPilipinas articles are all linked or cross-referenced. Wherever you see highlighted text like this, it means there is a link to some relevant article or WikiPilipinas page with further in-depth information elsewhere if you need it. Holding your mouse over the link will often show you where a link will take you. You are always one click away from more information on any point that has a link attached. There are other links toward the ends of most articles, for other articles of interest, relevant external web sites and pages, reference material, and WikiPilipinas Category or organized categories of knowledge which you can search and traverse in a loose hierarchy for more information. Some articles may also have links to Filipiniana.net resources and other related site in the making. You can add further links if a relevant link is missing, and this is one way to contribute.

Using WikiPilipinas as a research tool

As a wiki, articles are never complete. They are continually edited and improved over time, and in general this results in an upward trend of quality, and a growing consensus over a fair and balanced representation of information. Users should be aware that not all articles posted in WikiPilipinas are of encyclopedic quality from the start. Indeed, many articles start their lives as partisan, and it is after a long process of discussion, debate, and argument that they gradually reach consensus and take on a neutral point of view. Others may for a while become caught up in a heavily unbalanced viewpoint which can take some time—months perhaps—to extricate themselves and regain a better balanced consensus. In part, this is because WikiPilipinas operates an internal resolution process when editors cannot agree on content and approach, and such issues take time to come to the attention of more experienced editors. The ideal WikiPilipinas article should be balanced, neutral and encyclopedic, containing notable verifiable knowledge. An increasing number of articles reach this standard over time, and many already have. However this is a process and can take months or years to be achieved, as each user adds their contribution in turn. Some articles contain statements and claims which have not yet been fully cited. Others will later have entire new sections added. Some information will be considered by later contributors to be insufficiently founded, and may be removed or expounded. While the overall trend is generally upward, it is important to use WikiPilipinas carefully if it is intended to be used as a research source, since individual articles will, by their nature, vary in standard and maturity. There are guidelines and information pages designed to help users and researchers do this effectively, and an article that summarizes third party studies and assessments of the reliability of WikiPilipinas.

Strengths, weaknesses and article quality in WikiPilipinas

WikiPilipinas' greatest strength comes from articles that are written by consensus according to editorial guidelines and policies. The MediaWiki software which runs WikiPilipinas retains a history of all edits and changes, thus information added to WikiPilipinas never "vanishes", and is never "lost" or deleted. A diverse in-house editor base provides access and breadth on subject matter. A large number of editors contributing at any moment also means that WikiPilipinas can produce excellent encyclopedic articles and resources covering newsworthy events within hours or days of their occurrence. As an encyclopedic in nature, WikiPilipinas aims to be as broadly as reliable as possible, and that's why it invites users to correct anything they deem not balanced in nature. Writers and editors must include reliable resource and good reference point on its subjects.

How WikiPilipinas differs from a paper encyclopedia

Major areas of difference between WikiPilipinas and a traditional paper encyclopedia include the very low "cost" of adding additional articles or information, or expanding existing material; the ability to provide both overview summaries and extensive detail without becoming hard to read; ease of reading due to wikilinks replacing in line explanations; timeliness accessibility and ease of editing in the editorial cycle; and low environmental cost (no paper or distribution impact on the environment).

Disclaimers

WikiPilipinas disclaimers apply to all pages on WikiPilipinas WikiPilipinas, as common with many websites, makes its disclaimers highly visible, a practice which at times has led to commentators citing these in order to support a view that WikiPilipinas is unreliable and a project in process.

Contributing to WikiPilipinas

Editorial administration, oversight and management

To ensure quality articles and avoidance of having fake news and vandals, WikiPilipinas articles are written and edited only by an in-house team of editors. The team follows a full style and content manual, as well as a variety of positive systems for continual article review and improvement. Examples of the processes involved include peer review, good article assessment, and featured articles. Articles go through a rigorous review, which aims to meet the highest standards and showcase WikiPilipinas’ capability to produce high-quality work. In addition, specific types of article or fields often have their own specialized and comprehensive projects, assessment processes (such as biographical article assessment), and expert reviewers within specific subjects. Also, a variety of software assisted systems and automated programs help editors to watch for edits and recent uploads.

Feedback and questions

WikiPilipinas is run as a communal effort. It is a community project whose end result is an encyclopedia. Feedback about content should, in the first instance, be raised on the discussion pages of those articles. You are invited to be proactive and to submit edits and comments on pages to add information or correct mistakes if you are knowledgeable and able to do so.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

FAQ index: Index of all WikiPilipinas FAQ pages Research help and similar questions Facilities for help for users researching specific topics can be found at: WikiPilipinas:Requested articles- to suggest or request articles for future. WikiPilipinas:Reference desk- to ask for help with any questions, or in finding specific facts.

Because of the nature of WikiPilipinas, it's encouraged that people looking for information should try and find it themselves in the first instance. If, however, you come across valid information missing from WikiPilipinas, you are highly encouraged to send a message through our open channels.

Contacting individual WikiPilipinas editors

If you need more information, the first place to go is the Help:Contents. To contact individual contributors, leave a message on their talk page. Standard places to ask policy and project-related questions are the village pump, online, and the WikiPilipinas mailing lists, over e-mail and other open channels.

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