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What does decolonisation mean for Wikipedia?

By Richard Nevell, Project Coordinator at Wikimedia UK Wikipedia is a magnificent tool for sharing knowledge with an enormous reach. Its pages are read 20 billion times every month. But like the world around us, it reflects some long-standing inequalities. At Wikimedia UK one of our strategic priorities is to increase the engagement and representation of… read more »

Welcome to the British Library’s new Wikimedian in Residence

By Lucy Hinnie, Wikimedian in Residence at he British Library, on Twitter at BL_Wikimedian Hello, I’m Dr Lucy Hinnie and I’ve just joined the Digital Scholarship team at the British Library as the new Wikimedian-in-Residence, in conjunction with Wikimedia UK and the Eccles Centre. My role is to work with the Library to develop and support colleagues… read more »

Women EmpowerED: Wikipedia Editathon

By Sarah Lappin, final year computer science and artificial intelligence student at the University of Edinburgh, and President for Edinburgh University Women in STEM (EUWiSTEM).  In Summer 2020, I organised my first Wikipedia Editathon as part of the Women in STEM Connect series. With an eye-opening talk, physicist and Wikipedia diversity advocate, Dr Jess Wade… read more »

The wiki gender gap and Women’s History Month

By Lucy Crompton-Reid, Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK. Wikipedia’s vision is a world in which everyone has access to the sum of the world’s knowledge, but to do this, we must have representation from all the world’s voices. For the past five years Wikimedia UK has been working to address inequality and bias across the… read more »

Introducing George Colbourn – our new Fundraising Development Coordinator

In January we started the year as we mean to go on, by ensuring that Wikimedia UK is sustainable for the future. We grew our fundraising capacity by recruiting George Colbourn for the newly created role of Fundraising Development Coordinator. George joins our Development and Communications Team, headed by Natasha Iles, and accompanied by Katie Crampton… read more »

Editing Wikipedia: Stars, robots and talismans honours course

By Glaire Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Islamic Art at the University of Edinburgh. I have steered my students away from Wikipedia for years, envisioning my role as a teacher to show students how to carry out ‘real’ research. But this year convinced me it was time to change my attitude, and so for 2020’s Fall term… read more »

London College of Communications – decolonisation through Wikipedia

Written by the London College Communications Teaching Hub for their blog. Back in April and May we collaborated with London College of Communications students and staff around decolonising Wikipedia, building on work they’ve been doing to decolonise the curriculum. As part of that we are looking at a partnership with a focus on decolonisation, the visibility… read more »

Happy Birthday Wikidata!

It’s Wikidata’s 8th birthday today, and we’re incredibly proud of Wikipedia’s lesser known little sister. Twenty years ago an incredible idea was made reality in the form of a democratic encyclopedia built from the bottom up, all by volunteers with no corporate influence or advertisement. Now, there are many projects related to Wikipedia that make… read more »

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