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How should the music industry engage with Wikipedia?

By John Lubbock, Communications Coordinator If I was a music industry promoter, I would make sure the artists I worked with had accurate Wikipedia pages, because those pages will come at the top of the Google rankings when you search for the artist’s name. In practice, this doesn’t happen, largely because they don’t understand how… read more »

Lucy Crompton-Reid on Feminism and Museums

Wikimedia UK Chief Executive Lucy Crompton-Reid has been published in a new book on Feminism and Museums by Museums Etc. Lucy’s chapter is on Wikimedia and the Gender Gap and in Volume 2 of the book. Under and agreement with the publisher, we are allowed to share the chapter with you on our blog! Closing… read more »

Welsh Wikipedia reaches 100,000 articles

Wicipedia Cymraeg, the Welsh Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles. Welsh Wikipedians have been working hard over the past year to reach this target, which is a big achievement for a minority language Wikipedia. Wikimedia UK is committed to diversifying Wikimedia’s content and contributors and supporting the Celtic British languages, and reaching this milestone demonstrates the… read more »

Introducing Wikimedia UK’s new Programme Coordinator

By Hannah Evans, Programme Coordinator Hello out there Wikimedia Community… I’m the new Programme Coordinator for the coming year, working alongside our now three other coordinators across the UK. I’ll be concentrating on our Wikimedia In Residence programmes as well as our educational outreach projects. Both of these areas fill me with great anticipation, and… read more »

Data on the history of Scottish witch trials added to Wikidata

By Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh The first Wikidata in the Classroom assignment at the University of Edinburgh took place last semester on the Data Science for Design MSc course. Two groups of students worked on a project to import the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft database into Wikidata to see… read more »

Celtic Knot 2018

The Wikipedia language conference is back, and it’s coming to Wales. By Jason Evans, National Wikimedian for Wales Celtic Knot provides a stage and a meeting place for contributors to small and minority language Wikipedia’s from all around the world. You can now submit a paper and register for this years conference, which will be… read more »

#1Lib1Ref in Scotland

Glasgow Women’s Library; the Scottish Poetry Library; the Scottish Storytelling Centre; James Kelman’s classic How Late It Was, How Late; and Helen Cruickshank – all Wikipedia articles that were improved during the course of SLIC’s #1Lib1Ref activity.   In case you missed the hubbub around the campaign, #1Lib1Ref is the annual drive to get more… read more »

How should journalists use Wikipedia?

Wikipedia receives about 18 billion page views per month from around 1.4 billion unique devices. While many people use Wikipedia for basic research into subjects which they want a simple understanding of, Wikipedia and its sister projects also have many uses which can be useful for journalists to make part of their research process. Traditionally,… read more »

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