WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge
The Challenge is intended to be a monthly feature, beginning on or around the 1st of each month and ending at the end of the month.
Thanks for playing. Good luck!
Here are the current challenges for this month and last month.
This Month: April
Six years ago this month, the United Nations passed a resolution celebrating the beginning of the space era for mankind. The UN General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared April 12th as the International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”
12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. On 20 February 1962, Astronaut John Glenn flew the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission in his Friendship 7 capsule as the first American to orbit the Earth. He was the fifth person in space.
In the UN resolution, the General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived there from.
The photo to the right shows the John Glenn panel and Yuri Gagarin statue at the former NASA office on Wayside Drive in Houston, Texas.
You can join this month's challenge and help bring the WeRelate pages on these two people to life.
Last Month: March
Last month's Challenge highlighted two famous television personalities from the late-1950s to early-1970s who had passed away on the same day earlier this year, on January 26, 2017.
Mike Connors, the legendary actor who played detective Joe Mannix on the long-running crime drama "Mannix" series, a role which earned him a Golden Globe Award in 1970, passed away at the age of 91.
Barbara Hale, a movie actress who found her most famous role on television as steadfast secretary Della Street in the long-running “Perry Mason” series on CBS from 1957 to 1966, winning an Emmy as best actress in 1959, died at the age of 94.
Interestingly, both stars acted together on a season 8 episode of "Perry Mason."
Congratulations to the winners of March's Hollywood personality challenge, User:GayelKnott (for Mike Connor's page) and User:Btomp (for Barbara Hale's page).
Purpose, Objective & Goal
- This challenge, primarily, is intended to be fun, educational and rewarding.
- It is also designed to help users, participants and WeRelate members strengthen their research skills, enhance wiki-page proficiency, work toward data-entry mastery, and provide practical experience in validating and substantiating factual events with supporting sources in a collaborative, crowdsourcing environment.
How to Play the Game
- Select the subject page or pages during the period of the challenge and add vital statistics, factual events, and historical data which is supported by reliable primary and secondary sources.
- Whoever enters the most valid edits on the subject page(s) before the challenge is closed at the end of the month wins the challenge (as reviewed and approved by the program manager).
- Save the page after each event post, fact update, or additional source inclusion.
- Primary sources should be sought and used.
- Keep in mind the basic WR guidelines about not entering any information about living people.
- Ensure any images you add to the page(s) are in the public domain or meet acceptable exceptions to copyright laws.
- Each challenge will end at midnight on the last day of each month.
- Challenge winners will be determined by the contest manager.
- Each winner will receive a special graphic badge added to their user page showing their research prowess.
Challenge will be based on additions and edits of information, which will be awarded points for credit.
- Contributors will receive one full point for each event addition or data edit on the page.
- All genealogy event edits should be supported by valid sources recorded on the page for each event.
- Each valid supporting source or bibliographical reference entered will also be given a full point.
- Since the purpose of all genealogy is to expand family lines, challenge points will be granted for the addition of connected family members as well, such as identifying information and genealogical data for parents, spouse(s), and children not previously entered in WeRelate.
Examples of edits that will win points:
- Reference to vital records such as birth, marriage and death certificates.
- Census data linked to an online source.
- Photos of the subject or source references.
- Mention of the subject in a biography, history book or genealogy book.
- Inclusion in a newspaper article.
- Burial information and photos of a headstone.
- Edits that correct an error or resolve a dispute of information gleaned from an earlier source may also receive a point at the discretion of the manager.
- Finding and linking to subject's Wikipedia page or Wikidata reference. (Remember that Wikipedia and Wikidata are compiled "knowledge base" references, so should not be considered as primary sources.)
Past Subjects & Winners
- A WINNER award badge will be posted on the user page of each challenge winner (with at least three creditable edits).
- A PLAYER badge will be presented to other contenders who enter at least three approved edits on the subject page during the challenge period.
- Subject pages not receiving at least three edits will be considered not to have a winner.