Relevant bibliography for my Wikipedia contribution

I have decided to contribute to the Spanish Wikipedia article about Jack Dorsey,one of the founders of the worldwide known social network Twitter. The reason why I chose this article is clear, the lack of information. Furthermore, I did not like the way it was written as it seemed somehow chaotic. Thus, in order to improve this article I looked for the English version, which was much more complete. But this was not easy because I had to start a translation task, not only looking for the meaning in Spanish of the words I did not understand, but also trying to figure out what the author of this version wanted to say. In fact, although I thought it will only take me a couple of hours to do so it was much larger.

Regarding the infobox, I focused on the English version, paying special attention to the information which was missing and looking for it in other sites. Nonetheless, the hardest part here was to make sure that the previous work somebody else had done was not destroyed but improved. Thus, I tried to make things in a slow and cautious way and not eliminate data which could be useful.

All in all I have to say that most of the data I have used was retrieved from Wikipedia, although I corroborated it before writing about it. What I liked most about this tools is the opportunity it brings to us to link other Wikipedia article which might be related to ours in order to help the reader understand better what he is reading. I have also looked for external information in order to complete the Spanish version with some more data, but once more everything was in English so I had to translate it Finally, I have to say that when the teacher asked us to carry out this task I was not very sure about it because I believed it would be very difficult. In fact, I had to make a great effort and spend several hours on it but now that I look for the Wikipedia article about Jack Dorsey and I see it is my work I feel proud of myself and the result I have obtained.


Review of my IM tools.

During this semester we have been working with a wide range of different tools that have been quite useful for us. Although we already knew some of them, we had the opportunity during these months to discover others. 

As we have mostly used Wikipedia, we were asked to look for references to complete our sandbox. In order to do so we had to bear in mind that not everything we might find on the internet is reliable, so it is essential to follow certain strategies to process information and look for it in the accurate type of source. Thus, we took advantage of known sites such as Googlescholar or Oceano, where we can find several articles, magazines or even books from professors and lecturers. They were all in different languages so the amount of information available is almost infinite.

Once we have gathered all the sources we considered as relevant, we had to create a kind of bibliography, citing those references in the correct way. Instead of doing a simple list of elements, we were able to use two tools which I must admit are incredibly useful. First of all, Refworks, which was easy to use, as there are many web sites that are directly linked to it so you just have to select the reference you want and it will be kept in your Refworks account.  The latter was connected to the second tool we used, Flow ProQuest. Although it is quite similar to the previous one, it gives us the chance to gather the references we have found into different folders that can be private or shared. As a result, we will have our references distributed according to the topic we are working with and this helps us not to get lost. For instance, our group topic was “social networks”, thus we created that folder so all the members of our group could collaborate in it.

Furthermore, we were able to use mindmaps and factsheets, whose aim is to sort information from different sources. The latter is a way of presenting information highlighting key point concepts and words related to that topic. Nonetheless, I cannot deny that mindmaps were doubtless very useful, as it allowed us to organize data visually, with different coulours and ways of organizing the information.

On the other hand, social networks have been an important part of this course once more, but we have not only used twitter as last year, we have also discovered, which helps us to follow the latest news about those topics in which we are interested and, what is more, sharing those topics with our followers. Finally, in order to carry out the presentation about our Wikipedia experience we were able to know another key tool which is Storify, allowing us to gather all our tweets, googledocs and more elements in a single presentation.

All in all, this semester has served to discover new aspects of the internet and the opportunities it brings to us, getting to know new tools and realizing about the importance of reliable sources.

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About Minority Sports

We all know that the media do not give us a lot of information about some sports. This is the aim of this blog, keep you up-to-date about three main sports which would never appear in the news, like rhythmic gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming.

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BBK LIVE festival in Bilbao

Do you like good music? Would you like to know new groups? This is your festival! Musicians from all over the world come for three days in July to make us enjoy summer. BBK live is a meeting of people from USA, Europe, Spain… It is music what matters.


Basque Country

Basque Country

What a wonderful place! Basque Country… you can enjoy our beautiful city of Bilbao, the great “pintxos” in San Sebastian, and the old buildings in Vitoria. Tourists are coming more and more and nobody is disappointed, in fact, everybody comes back.


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