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#WMUKED17 – Wikimedia UK Education Summit: a roundup

By Lucy Crompton-Reid, Wikimedia UK Chief Executive I was delighted to be part of planning and delivering Wikimedia UK’s Education Summit in partnership with Middlesex University in February and wanted to share some notes, insights and presentations from that event with a broader audience than the 45 or so students, educators, academics and Wikimedians that… read more »

Wikimedia UK Education Summit #WMUKED17

Blog post by Josie Fraser, educational technologist and trustee of Wikimedia UK If you would like to attend, please sign up on the Eventbrite page. The Wikimedia UK Education Summit takes place on February 20th at Middlesex University, London, in partnership with the University’s Department of Media. It follows on from the successful 2016 Wikimedia UK… read more »

Wikidata: the new hub for cultural heritage

This article is by: Dr Martin Poulter, Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford – This post was originally published on the Oxford University Museums blog. There is a site that lets users create customised and unusual lists of art works: works of art whose title is an alliteration, self-portraits by female artists, watercolour paintings wider than… read more »

Announcing a new Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford

The University of Oxford now employs a Wikimedian In Residence (WIR). Martin Poulter is working half-time on a one-year project to embed Wikipedia, Wikidata and related sites in the university’s teaching, research and public engagement. Dr Poulter served as the WIR at the Bodleian Libraries for one year ending in March 2016. He led wiki… read more »

Aaaand we’re back! Oxford University to train Open Knowledge Ambassadors

This post was written by Martin Poulter, Wikimedian in Residence at Bodleian Libraries and published on the Bodleians’ blog. In a national first, Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries and  IT Services are collaborating on a four-part course to help academics, students, and related staff work with Wikipedia. Oxford University staff and students will earn an ‘Open… read more »

First Welsh university edit-a-thon creates new articles on medieval women

This post was written by Robin Owain, WMUK’s Wales Manager, and originally published on the Wikimedia Foundation’s blog On 28 January 2015, Prof. Deborah Youngs and Dr Sparky Booker of Swansea University ran the first edit-a-thon at a university in Wales. The aim was to improve articles on women and reduce the gender gap on… read more »

Altmetrics and Wikipedia

‘Impact’ is a perennial concern for organisations, including Wikimedia chapters. Showing that what you’re up to makes a difference: contributing to free knowledge. It’s a familiar topic if you’re a researcher and can affect whether you get funding. It’s one thing to be able to say that your article has appeared in a journal with a… read more »

Women and Wikipedia Editathon, Swansea

This post was written by Prof. Deborah Youngs and Dr Sparky Booker of Swansea University On Wednesday 28th January, 2015, Prof. Deborah Youngs and Dr Sparky Booker of Swansea University ran the first editathon in Wales organised to improve articles on women on Wikipedia. This day was focussed on reducing the gender gap on Wikipedia… read more »

The truth gets its shoes on: the Black Death on Wikipedia

A recent article by @monicaMedHist identifies the disease in Royal 6 E VI, f 301, as leprosy: http://t.co/PmatI7obgF pic.twitter.com/ysEb3X9VNA — Medieval Manuscripts (@BLMedieval) January 13, 2015 This post was written by Richard Nevell Mark Twain said “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” The same… read more »

Who writes Wikipedia’s health and medical pages and why?

By Nuša Farič, UCL, Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education (CHIME) Half of the editors working on Wikipedia’s 25,000 pages of medical content are qualified medics or other healthcare professionals, providing reassurance about the reliability of the website, according to our newly published research results. Those editors, who are contributing their time for free, are… read more »

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