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Visual Training Module

We have a training module in Adobe Flash that takes just a few minutes to run and teaches you how to add a page - correctly nested within a category (which makes for easier search and discovery), how to add a map into your article, and also how to add a tag to your article. Click here for training

(Please be patient as it takes a few minutes initially to load the files. Your speakers cannot be on mute to hear the voiceover. The last page of the training is a blank page - be sure to close out the training window only when you are done and not the wiki window!). If video is not working, try installing Adobe Flash Player on your computer. ALSO: Please note that the training initially refers to a Special pages link - this can be found in the left-hand navigation bar toolbox area down below.

Adding a New Page

There are a few different ways to create a ‘wiki article’.

  1. First, use the search box in the left navigation bar to search for the page you would like to see or create, and find if it exists in watershed central. If there is no exact match to your search terms, a list of articles partially matching the terms will be provided. The information of interest may be listed with a slightly different title than your search terms.
  2. At the top of the search results, the wiki will prompt you to create the page for your exact search terms. If the page of interest is not listed as a partial match, you can use this link to go to a new, clean page and create the article for your tool.
  3. Another way to create the page is to navigate to appropriate category page for the article you would like to add and create an article from there using the "Create a page" utility at the top right-hand side of the category page. Creating it this way will automatically tag the article make it easy for folks to find.
  4. Enter text for the page. Include a link (URL) if appropriate.
  5. Tag your article - a list of terms provided at the bottom of the editing page, called a tagcloud, provides possible categories for your entry. Categorizing, or tagging, an article will make your entry easy to find when searching. To tag your article as a tool, just click on "tools" in the tagging cloud and this will automatically add your article to the category "tools". You can also add additional keywords that may not be listed in the cloud. Note: Tags should be separated by semicolons with no spaces between keywords.
  6. Provide a quick overview of the tool you added. Upon creation of your new article, you will see a block of code, which creates a template for you to provide a quick overview of the tool - just fill in the appropriate information about your tool after each of the categories listed in these lines of code. If the article you have created is not about a tool, then you may choose to delete this code.

Tip: If you are unsure how to organize your article, look at existing articles in the Category your new article falls under. You can copy the format by going to the "Edit" tab, selecting then copying the text that appears in the edit box, and pasting this into your new article. Then, simply replace the text from the existing article with similar text about the subject of your article while preserving the style.

Tagging your Article

Tagging an article will add it to a category page and makes it easier for users to find your page. The 'edit" tab for an article has at the bottom a tagging tool that automatically provide list of official EPA search terms. In the "Tag it!" box you can start typing categories of information for which someone might search for your information. The words should be separated by "semi-colons" and not contain "spaces." If you format this way, the tool will suggest Tags for you. (The box below categories shows common tags; you can choose from these or just start typing. The Tags are different sizes reflecting how commonly they have been used - the larger they are, the more frequently they have been used.) Go to this page to see a list of categories that are already being used. Also, please try to adhere to the Tagging Guidelines for Watershed Central.

Adding a spreadsheet to your Page

You can use the upload file link (in the toolbox on the sidebar), or you can save your spreadsheet as an HTML file. Then you can view the source code of the HTML file and 'cut and paste' the text into the text box for a wiki article.

Adding a Map to Your Page

Need maps? The Watershed Central Mapping Tools page contains a full description of this wiki's mapping functionality and viewable spatial data.


If you would like to practice your wiki editing skills, or try out a new one before making a change to a page, use the WatershedCentral:Sandbox. This is the place where you can make mistakes; the page will be wiped clean on a regular basis.

You can create your own sandbox in your userspace. For example, if your username was "Angela," your sandbox could be at "User:Angela/Sandbox." You can find your user sandbox here. (And if it doesn't exist yet, feel free to create it!)

Additional Editing Help

For information on specific editing tasks, search Mediawiki's Editing help Table of Contents. Some pages that may be particularly useful include:

Wikipedia also offers detailed editing instructions

Glossary of Wiki Terms

Confused about the difference between a Category and an Article? Search this Glossary of Wiki Terms to clarify.

Coming Soon

More trainings are coming! In the meantime, try searching Mediawiki for help not listed here.

Also, feel free to add suggestions for Wiki related trainings that would be useful on the discussion page of this article. Thanks!