Help:Getting started

From Ed•sy•clopedia

The Edsyclopedia is a stable, cumulative, collaborative space for synthesizing research on education systems, integrating these findings into broader literatures, and distilling messages for education policy.

Beginning in 2021, all researchers affiliated with RISE are invited to contribute to the Edsyclopedia. They may create, augment, edit, and comment on articles in it, in line with Edsyclopedia norms. It will gradually be opened to contributions from additional individuals. If you are a RISE researcher and want to access your Edsyclopedia account email the RISE Communications Team.

Video guides for getting started with contributing to the Edsyclopedia are available further down this page.

Adding and editing articles

RISE team members are encouraged to add, augment, and edit the articles. See the links under help guides to learn how to get started adding and editing articles.

  • To create a new article in the wiki, type the name of the article into the search bar. If an article by this name does not come up in the search the wiki will give you the option to create a page by that name on the wiki.
    • If the is an article you would like to add already exists, you can edit or augmenting the existing article.
    • For article titles and categories, use sentence case, where only first letter of the first word is capitalised (e.g. "School management committees", not "School Management Committees"). Exceptions to this convention are: proper nouns (including concepts that are typically spelled using title case, e.g. "Voice and Choice" within the RISE 5x4 framework), and paper summaries where the article title should follow the original paper title.
  • When starting a new article, assign it to an appropriate topical category or categories. A list of existing categories in the wiki can be viewed on the main page.
    • When using the visual editor: To assign an article to a category, click on the menu button (at the top right, next to Help), and select "Categories" in the drop down menu, and use the "Add a category to this page" text box.
    • When using the source editor: To assign an article to a category, add [[Category:Category name]] to the bottom of the text of the page, below the references.
    • If your article does not fit in an existing category you may create a new category.
  • To create a new category:
    • Assign your article a category name that is not yet used, and save your article.
    • Your new category will now appear in red on the bottom of your article. Click on the new category and the wiki will give you the option to create the category page.
    • Assign your new category to a parent category. This will allow your new category and the article you assigned to it to appear on the main page list of articles.
      • The main Edsyclopedia parent categories are: Systems thinking for education, Cultivating student learning, Key relationships in education systems, and Countries & their education systems.
      • When using the visual editor: To assign a category page to a parent category, click on the menu button (at the top right, next to Help), select "Categories" in the drop down menu. Type the parent category name into the "Add a category to this page" text box, then save the page..
      • When using the source editor: To assign a category page to the parent category "Topics", type [[Category:<parent category name here>]] in the text box for your new category and save the page.
  • When drafting articles, be sure to include references to any other work that you cite.
    • References can follow any conventional format that gives complete details on the source, e.g. APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.
    • If citing a website, include the date that you accessed it, e.g. "[Website name], [website URL], Accessed 1 August 2021".
    • When using the visual editor: Use the "Cite" drop-down on the navigation bar.
    • When using the source editor: Guidance on using the <ref> tag for citations is available here.
  • If you have an idea for an article for the wiki, but don't have time to complete it, you can create a stub page instead to come back to later or to encourage other to add to. To create a stub article follow the steps to create a new page, and add the page to the category "Stub".
  • You are more than welcome to edit and add to text written by other contributors, but please refrain from wholesale deletion of text. If you disagree with text that someone else has written, we encourage you to instead highlight the point of contention and explain the counterarguments. (The exception here is any text is both factually inaccurate and unsubstantiated, in which case deleting it would be a service to the wider community. If you make any substantial deletions, try to note them down on the "discussions" tab of that page.)

Types of articles

Articles in this wiki can take three different forms:

Types of RISE wiki articles
Type Description Example
Thematic synthesis Articulates arguments or messages based on a review of research on a broad theme Implications of learning profiles for the global learning crisis
Topic overview Summarises key features, studies, and/or debates on a specific topic Girls in education systems
  1. Paper profile
  2. Person profile
  3. Organization profile
Outlines the contributions of a particular study, person, or organization to education systems change
  1. "Four Hard Lessons from PISA-D"
  2. Rukmini Banerji
  3. Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA)

When using the visual editor, you can assign an article to the appropriate type by clicking on the menu button (at the top right, next to Help), selecting "Categories" in the drop down menu, and typing the appropriate article type into the "Add a category to this page" text box.

When using the source editor, you can assign an article to the appropriate type by adding one of the following to the bottom of the text of the page:

  • [[Category:Thematic synthesis]]
  • [[Category:Topic overview]]
  • [[Category:Paper profile]]
  • [[Category:Person profile]]
  • [[Category:Organization profile]]

You can create a stub without assigning it a particular format.

Templates for creating a profile of a paper, person, or organization

The easiest way to create a profile of a paper, person, or organization is to type their name into the appropriate input box below, and click "create".

The text you type into the input box will become the name of a new article page, which will be pre-populated with the appropriate template. For paper profiles, type in the short title of the paper, in double quotation marks.

Create a paper profile:

Create a person profile:

Create an organization profile:

Edsyclopedia norms

  • Be rigorous, but bold.
    • Only add content for which you have good reason to believe that it is true.
    • That said, if you are confident about a particular point but can't remember the study it comes from (or your fieldwork confirms the point but the endline evaluation hasn't been completed, etc), feel free to add it along with a note like "citation to be added".
  • Substantiate consistently.
    • All relevant and reliable sources are welcome; whether research publications, high-quality journalism, or practitioner perspectives; and whatever academic discipline or conceptual framework they may draw on.
    • Where possible, include links to open-access (i.e. ungated) versions of each source.
  • Contribute collaboratively and constructively.
    • Assume that others' contributions and edits have been made in good faith.
    • As a collaborative repository, articles are not attributed to specific authors, but all contributors are acknowledged in a sitewide contributor list.
  • Articles can have either an argumentative or an expository point of view.
    • The Edsyclopedia does not share Wikipedia's neutral point of view because we have a specific purpose: advancing the discourse on education systems, so that education systems can better serve all children. To that end, we welcome constructive argumentative discussion.
    • If you disagree with text that someone else has written, add a respectful explanation of the counterarguments, rather than deleting the text wholesale. Education systems are complex, and understanding them requires multiple perspectives.

Video guides for getting started

Part 1: Basic editing and citations

Part 2: Adding images and links

Part 3: New pages, categories, and redirects

Credit: thanks to Taylor Panzer for creating these video guides.

MediaWiki help guides

The Edsyclopedia runs on MediaWiki software. Mediawiki is the same software that runs Wikipedia, so the Edsyclopedia can be edited in the same way. There are many guides available from MediaWiki to help get you started. Some basics are listed below.

Wikipedia also offers some useful resources:

For help, feedback, and suggestions

For questions and suggestions on the Edsyclopedia, email

You can also post suggested improvements in content or formatting to the sandbox page by using this input box: