World Bank’s Water Sector Writing Contest on Wikipedia

World Bank Wikipedia Project

The World Bank Wikipedia writing contest is an effort by the World Bank to engage with Universities for its Wikipedia Pilot Project (WPP). The competition is open to students currently enrolled at participating universities worldwide. First place contestants will be offered invitations for a week-long paid visit to the World Bank Water Week from 31 January – 04 February 2011 in Washington D.C.

The WPP project started in 2006 and maintains overviews of the water sector in a particular country or city, in the categories  water supply and sanitation, water resources management, integrated urban water resources management, and irrigation.  So far World Bank staff largely compiled these pages on Wikipedia, but now it is asking the broader academic community to participate in their preparation and maintenance.

The World Bank Wikipedia writing contest includes three categories in which to compete (contestants may only choose one):

  1. writing an original Wikipedia note on a water topic
  2. updating current Wikipedia notes on water
  3. or preparing a comparative analysis based on existing Wikipedia water notes.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2010.

The three winners, one in each category, will be announced on 14 January 2011.

For more information and to register, please send your inquiry to: lacwikipedia@worldbank.org.

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