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Libraries Week – how librarians can help improve Wikipedia

Wikipedia’s greatest strength is the sheer number of people who contribute information to it. Every month the collective effort of some 70,000 writers keeps the world’s most popular encyclopedia up-to-date, and make sure that its content is verifiable. That accountability is central to Wikipedia’s reliability and usefulness. At the foot of any article should be… read more »

Get involved: WikiProject Social Housing in the United Kingdom

By John Lubbock, Wikimedia UK Communications Coordinator There’s been a lot of discussion over the past six months about housing policy in the UK, and the rumblings of discontent about the housing crisis that is particularly affecting London and the South East have been going on for years. I used to work as a community… read more »

People of the Enlightenment: an opportunity for Wikipedians

By Dr Martin Poulter, Wikimedian in Residence, Bodleian Libraries Oxford A major scholarly database is offering free access to selected Wikipedians, thanks to an arrangement with Oxford University Press. Housed at the Bodleian Libraries, Electronic Enlightenment (EE) is is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across… read more »

Press release: National Library of Wales appoints first ever permanent Wikimedian at a UK cultural institution

  From 1 August, the National Library of Wales will employ the UK’s first permanent Wikimedian. As National Wikimedian, Jason Evans will make Wikipedia and its sister projects a core aspect of the Library’s activities and services. Building on the successful collaboration between the Library, Wikimedia UK and the Wiki community, he will lead activities… read more »

Congratulations to our Wikimedians Of The Year!

Every year Wikimedia UK holds the UK Wikimedian of the Year Awards at our Annual General Meeting to recognise the work of the vibrant community that our charity depends on. 2016-17 was an important year for Wikimedia UK, with nearly half a million pages improved on the Wikimedia projects and 20,000 hours contributed by volunteers…. read more »

Welsh music is No.1 on Commons

Welsh Record company releases seven thousand sound clips to Wikimedia Commons on an open licence. Article by Jason Evans, Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Wales Wales, or ‘The land of song’ as it has been coined, is a country famous for its love of music. This tiny nation has given us some… read more »

A message from Josie Fraser, new Wikimedia UK Chair

I am delighted to have become the new chair of Wikimedia UK at today’s AGM. I was initially elected to serve as a trustee in July 2015, and re-elected to serve a further term last year until 2019. Over the last two years I’ve been privileged to be able serve the organisation through both the… read more »

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