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WikiProject Limnology and Oceanography (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconThis article is part of the WikiProject Limnology and Oceanography to improve Wikipedia's coverage of the inland waters and marine environments. The aim is to write neutral and well-referenced articles on limnology- or oceanography-related topics, as well as to ensure that limnology and oceanography articles are properly categorized.
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This looks like a great tool to help integrate education and resource editing.

  • This is an excellent example of a geology/oceanography course that has their students edit Wikipedia

Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself and my course. I have just my enrolled my Wetland Ecology course in the WikiEdu Dashboard for Fall 2019. I will be teaching 6 upper level college students and am planning on introducing a resource editing project. We will be learning about wetland ecology and would love to add our knowledge to the resource community and to this WikiProject specifically. I have selected about 20 stub and start articles for us to edit, most of them are linked to this WikiProject. I am a wetland ecologist with interests in wetland assessment and ecological integrity, as well as geographic information system (GIS). Again, I just wanted to say hello and I look forward to interacting with this great community. Any advice and suggestions are very much welcome.--KHillWells (talk) 16:50, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Hi KHillWells! That's great to hear. We have a few short "introduction to resource editing" materials that might be helpful on this WikiProject page. If you do come across articles that aren't linked to this WikiProject but you think fall under the scope (which I think most if not all the articles should), please add the WikiProject L&O banner to the talk page. That will help us find articles that are in need of improving and under the scope of the project. Additionally, having your students link to your WikiEdu dashboard on each article's talk page will help other editors know that major edits are planned for the given article and likely from a new-to-wikipedia editor (maybe you know all this already from WikiEdu help pages). We also have some workshop materials / presentations that we'd be happy to share over email if that would be useful - these materials mostly cover a brief background on Wikipedia, motivation for WP L&O, and how to get started editing (let me know if your interested and I can send some your way). We also haven't expanded to classroom activities but think this is a great way to improve articles and teach students valuable research skills - we'd love to hear your experience after the class is finished and if you're up to it, maybe you (+ others) could create a 'lessons-learned' or 'best practices' section on the WP L&O page for integrating resource editing in the classroom. There are many academics that contribute to this project and some might be inspired by this section to integrate into their own classroom. Thanks for saying hi and let us know how we can help! Oh, and we also have some stickers with the WP L&O logo on it if you want to hand out to your students. Let us know if you're interested in some stickers and we can send them your way at no cost. Jayzlimno (talk) 17:17, 17 July 2019 (UTC)


from teahouse:

Hello, Jayzlimno. Welcome to the Teahouse and congratulations on setting up your new wiki project on Limnology and Oceanography. The tool you need for achieving this task is 'auto wiki browser' see WP:AWB. It is an extremely powerful and versatile tool for making multiple edits. It would allow you to create a list of pages from a named category and then to automate edits to those pages. I very much doubt you could add an assessment to each article because this is subjective matter, best done by editors manually, but adding a talk page template should be very straightforward (though I've not done this myself with a AWB). I've taken the liberty of giving each of the participants listed in your project a welcome message from Wikipedia, full of a host of useful links. Might I suggest you urge participants to create a 'user page', and to add a few lines about themselves there? Please encourage them all to seek help from us here at the Teahouse, should they get stuck on anything. Understanding the "dos and don'ts" is never easy for new editors, and transitioning from academic writing (where primary sources are king) to encyclopaedia writing (where reliable secondary sources are far more important) can take some getting used to. Best wishes, Nick Moyes (talk) 22:38, 29 October 2018 (UTC) -- Preceding unsigned comment added by Jayzlimno (talk o contribs)

Five ways academics can contribute to Wikipedia. -- Preceding unsigned comment added by Jayzlimno (talk o contribs) 21:12, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Updating assessment

Follow these two steps Jayzlimno (talk) 15:48, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

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Welcome, comments

I'd like to welcome the participants in WikiProject L&O to Wikipedia. As far as I'm aware, there hasn't been a group of experts joining en masse before. I hope your editing experiences are pleasant, and you are able to improve Wikipedia's coverage of limnography and oceangraphy related subjects.

I gather you are coordinating your activities somewhere outside of Wikipedia. I'm not sure if you're communicating electronically, or are physically present together somewhere. If you are using electronic communication, and it's not a totally private forum, it would be good to include a link to the place where discussion is happening on the WikiProject page, or consider migrating that discussion here. A major reason to have a WikiProject is to provide a forum for collaborative communication, so the WikiProject isn't really fulfilling it's potential if the discussion is happening elsewhere. If you are having an edit-a-thon where you are physically present together, I hope you become comfortable enough with resource to continue contributing after the event ends; do consider documenting the results of your event here.

I think the scope of the project could use some clarification (perhaps it will become clearer as more articles are tagged for the project). There are already [ Resource: WikiProject Oceans|WikiProject Oceans]], WikiProject Lakes, and WikiProject Ecology. What sets the scope of this project apart from the previously existing projects? WikiProject Lakes is very much focused on articles on particular bodies of water as geographical entities (as is Oceans, to a lesser extent). I'd guess maybe you are wanting to focus more on basic concepts in L&O, theories, study methods and instruments, etc.? I don't want to define the scope for you. Most of the science related WikiProjects I'm familiar with tend to have many articles on the particular objects of study (e.g. species, geological formations, astronomical objects), and relatively few article on the scientific field per se; WikiProject Chemistry is the major exception with articles about the field ( WikiProject Chemicals as a separate project).

Again, welcome to Wikipedia. It's nice to have some experts interested in contributing. If I can help you in any way, please let me know. Plantdrew (talk) 20:24, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome, Plantdrew! We have coordinated our initial editathon via email and a private slack channel along with some very early discussion that was in person. Our initial editathon was a pilot to see how editing would go for people who haven't edited resource before and to work out any kinks about the wikiproject and editing L&O articles before casting a wider net for contributors. Another big part of the off-Wikipedia conversation was the lack of experience of editing resource (e.g. it was easier to have conversations outside of Wikipedia), our trust in each other, and some fear of harassment from Wikipedians if we asked dumb questions or made mistakes. The pilot has gone well so far and we will definitely move our conversation and coordination to resource in the future now that we are all more experienced with editing.
We are working on defining the scope of the project as we progress and the WP assessment bot has been down for a while so there are over twice as many articles currently tagged as is shown in our assessment table. Oceans WP appears to be inactive; WP Lakes has a different goal like you said it is more focused specific water bodies; and I would say we're more closely aligned with WP Ecology although L&O includes more chemistry-, physics-, and hydrology-related topics and more focused on methods and concepts, although also can include scientists, field sites, and site-specific topics. This WikiProject is only about a month old so we need a little bit of time to work on the scope and get some more experience under our belts, but so far I think the L&O participants agree that there is plenty of work to be done on the L&O related articles. Maybe we can keep revisiting this scoping question every month or so...
Thanks for the offer to help and comments, we appreciate it! Jayzlimno (talk) 21:20, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Consistent maps for big bodies of water

Please sea here!!!! Anna Frodesiak (talk) 00:49, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

@Anna Frodesiak: great idea! Have you checked in with WikiProject Lakes about this? They have designed templates for adding lake attributes and could make one for consistent maps for large water bodies. Jayzlimno (talk) 21:55, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Adding photos

This tool is great for finding articles that need photos to be uploaded - Jayzlimno (talk) 21:01, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Guidance for writing biographies on transgender or non-binary scientists

The LGBTQ WikiProject has some guidance on how to write biographies for transgender or non-binary people and also how to talk about gender and sexuality in general. Jayzlimno (talk) 23:13, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

Tracking progress across multiple Wikipedia's (languages)

Some advice for tracking edits in multiple languages for an edit-a-thon. Looks like assigning an article in another language will work.

Are USGS Water resource regions in scope?

Hello! I was referred here from WP:WATER, and I was curious if USGS Water resource regions are in scope for this project? The region and subregion information is currently filled out with information and maps listed in the USGS document published in the 80s, but I'm not good enough at GIS to put in the most recent data, update the region/subregion assignments, or upload updated maps. My stretch goal is to eventually have similar hydrological information for Canada and Mexico (I believe they also produce similar datasets due to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation). If this topic is in scope and/or anyone here wants to edit them, please feel free! -Furicorn (talk) 21:39, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

Hi Furicorn, thanks for reaching out. I think these articles might be on the fringe or outside of the scope of this project as we're tentatively making a distinction from this WikiProject and WP:RIVERS, WP:OCEANS, and WP:LAKES by dividing articles between processes/concepts vs. geopolitical-based. The HUC regions seems a little bit more place-based and might fit better within the scope of WP:Rivers or WP:Geography. Having said that, I work with several USGS employees who deliver water information and/or work with HUC datasets a lot and I can ask if any one of them would like to contribute to this effort. Thanks! Jayzlimno (talk) 13:52, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

A new newsletter directory is out!

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Ocean, Sea, World ocean

Each of Ocean, Sea and World ocean has a "not to be confused with" hatnote listing the other two articles. But this is unhelpful, because there is no description of WHY the 3 articles are different. Could one or more editors from this WikiProject work up a better hatnote, using the {{about}} template with for statements, to specify what each of the 3 articles discusses? Thanks! UnitedStatesian (talk) 20:16, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

Thanks UnitedStatesian, you're right that isn't very useful. We'll ask around and come up with a more useful distinction in the hatnote. Cheers, Jayzlimno (talk) 13:07, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Discussion at Talk:Sea#Merger proposal

 You are invited to join the discussion at Talk:Sea#Merger proposal. Sdkb (talk) 04:18, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

Great Oxygenation Event listed at Requested moves


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Request for information on WP1.0 web tool

Hello and greetings from the maintainers of the WP 1.0 Bot! As you may or may not know, we are currently involved in an overhaul of the bot, in order to make it more modern and maintainable. As part of this process, we will be rewriting the web tool that is part of the project. You might have noticed this tool if you click through the links on the project assessment summary tables.

We'd like to collect information on how the current tool is used! How do you yourself and the other maintainers of your project use the web tool? Which of its features do you need? How frequently do you use these features? And what features is the tool missing that would be useful to you? We have collected all of these questions at this Google form where you can leave your response. Walkerma (talk) 04:24, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

The Limnology and Oceanography Barnstar

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I've made the Template:The Limnology and Oceanography Barnstar. Awarded to users who've shown great editing skills in improving Limnology and Oceanography related-articles. Jerm (talk) 20:32, 8 January 2020 (UTC)

Thanks Jerm! This is great! Jayzlimno (talk) 12:13, 10 January 2020 (UTC)

Scope of Seafloor mapping

I have also commented on the article's talk page. The article looks slightly off-topic to me, but I am not an expert. I expected to see more on the types of maps of the seafloor, what they are used for, and methods of producing them. What I found is mostly data acquisition methods - not too far off-topic, but not quite what the title suggests. · · · Peter Southwood (talk): 11:52, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

Sea listed at Requested moves


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One of your project's articles has been selected for improvement!

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Enabling AI predicted article rating at the top of every page

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Link ORCID to resource username

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Safety and harassment on Wikipedia

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"Point break" listed at Redirects for discussion

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Reviewers for student-generated content

Please add your username and expertise if you're interested in reviewing aquatic content generated by students as a part of this Wikimedia grant.

  • Jayzlimno (talk) 15:40, 1 November 2020 (UTC) ; aquatic biogeochemistry, limnology

Tsunami-proof building

Please help improve this short article. Bearian (talk) 21:08, 21 December 2020 (UTC)

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