Para-sport articles on Wikipedia created through a joint initiative by the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and Wikimedia Australia are achieving viewing rates of more than 1.4 million annually.
The Wikipedia articles have been written by a group of volunteer contributors as part of the Australian Paralympic History Project known as ‘HOPAU’, which aims to capture, manage and preserve the history of the Paralympic movement in Australia.
Since January 2011, 814 articles have been published and mostly centre around Australian athletes, officials, results and the nation’s involvement in each of the Games.
An analysis conducted in October 2014 found that the articles were viewed 117,941 times during the month – an indicator of the growing interest in Paralympic sport and Australia’s Paralympic athletes, said APC Knowledge Services Manager Tony Naar.
“When we created this program in collaboration with Wikimedia Australia in 2011, there were almost no articles about Paralympic sport or Paralympic athletes,” Naar said.
“More than 600 articles were created before the London 2012 Games, and these were viewed almost 2 million times during the Games period, showing the interest in Paralympic sport and the need for information to be accessible to all.”
Another finding was that articles about some of Australia’s earliest Paralympians continue to be regularly viewed. During October 2014, the Wikipedia page dedicated to 1960 Paralympian Kevin Coombs was viewed 267 times.
Almost 8% of the Paralympic project articles have achieved a rating of ‘Good Article’ or higher, compared with just 0.6% of Wikipedia articles overall.
The APC is looking to expand this volunteer group to improve the depth of articles and meet its goal of including photos with every Paralympic article.
Potential contributors should contact Tony Naar on 0418 684 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to become involved with the project.
Highlights of the analysis include:
Top 10 most popular articles – athletes
Sam Bramham 4,604 views
Kurt Fearnley 1,446
Peter Trotter 1,134
Ellie Cole 1,049
John Maclean 1,020
Jacqueline Freney 912
Louise Sauvage 658
Daniel Bell 628
Ahmed Kelly 540
Janet Shaw 521
Top 10 most popular articles – other
Disability sport classification 2,043 views
2000 Summer Paralympics 1,295
Para-alpine skiing 1,195
Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics 845
T44 (classification) 730
Para-athletics classification 637
Australia at the 2000 Summer Paralympics 629
Para-cycling classification 527
T43 (classification) 514
Types of articles
Australian athletes (584 articles) 75,881 views
Australian coaches/officials (28 articles) 2,938
Sports and Australian Para-sports teams (20) 4,798
Classification (131) 24,118
Lists (7) 476
Games, etc (44) 9,730
Good article status 63 of 814 (7.7%)
Articles with photos 454 of 814 (56%)
By APC Media