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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 »

3000 new articles added to the Welsh Wicipedia

Volunteers at the National Library of Wales have been translating important health articles from English into Welsh – image by Jason Evans CC BY-SA 4.0 By Jason Evans, National Wikipedian for Wales Improving health related content on the Welsh Wicipedia The Welsh language Wicipedia is the most viewed website in the Welsh language, and articles… read more »

US Second World War propaganda films migrated to Commons

Victor Grigas, a video producer and storyteller who has worked with the Wikimedia Foundation for a number of years, posted on the Wikimedia Video Production House Facebook group yesterday that he had migrated Frank Capra’s Second World War films from YouTube to Commons so they can be used on Wikipedia. The Why We Fight series… read more »

A guide to the past: hillforts and Wikimedia

What is the Atlas of Hillforts? Hillforts are enormous archaeological sites dotted around Britain and Ireland. There are some of the most impressive remains from prehistory. Just five years ago the best guess for how many there might be was ‘likely … over 4000’, but now thanks to the efforts of the University of Oxford… read more »