Advocacy

Scots Wiki – moving forward

By Dr Sara Thomas, Scotland Programme Coordinator As Wikimedia UK, we work to support language communities living in, or connected to the UK. This translates to a range of projects, including Scots Wikipedia.  Up until recently, there were only a relatively small number of regular, active editors of sco.wiki. However, as of the end of… read more »

Supporting the Turkish Wikimedia community from the UK

By John Lubbock, Communications Coordinator As many of you know, Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey since 2017. While it’s still possible to access the site from Turkey via proxy sites and VPNs, it’s much harder to edit Wikipedia from Turkey, which means that the content is not being updated and the Turkish language version… read more »

Wikimedia UK announces Wikimedian and Partnership of the Year

At Wikimedia UK’s 2019 Annual General Meeting on Saturday we awarded our prizes for Wikimedian and Partnership of the Year. These awards recognise people and projects which have made a significant impact on the Wikimedia projects and community over the last year. Wikimedian of the Year Winner: Dr Jess Wade With her persistent work Dr…. read more »

How Wikimedia UK is working with the music industry to improve Wikipedia

By John Lubbock, Communications Coordinator at Wikimedia UK Why should the music industry engage with Wikipedia? Firstly, they already do, but often they don’t do it very well, and get content deleted which they add to artists’ pages because they don’t follow the site’s guidelines. Second, a Wikipedia page is important in that it gives… read more »

‘Can my business have a Wikipedia page?’

So you’re a business. You’ve got a company that’s number #3 in the UK at making spoons, or something like that, and you want to make sure that when people search for your company, they can see you’re legit because a Wikipedia page confers an aura of legitimacy on your noble pursuit of creating the… read more »

How to run a Wikipedia editathon – for health information professionals at the EAHIL conference

By Ruth Jenkins, Academic Support Librarian at the University of Edinburgh. For some time, Wikipedia has been shown to be a resource to engage with, rather than avoid. Wikipedia is heavily used for medical information by students and health professionals – and the fact that it is openly available is crucial for people finding health information, particularly in developing countries… read more »

OER18, FLOSS UK and CELT Conference Reflections

By Lorna M. Campbell, University of Edinburgh Earlier this spring I was honoured to be invited to keynote at three open knowledge conferences in the UK and Ireland, which presented a great opportunity to highlight the work of the Wikimedia community to a wide and diverse audience. The first event was the OER18 Open for… read more »

Wikipedia in Higher Education… How students are shaping the open web

Co-authored by Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Edinburgh and Jemima John, 4th year undergraduate student at the University’s School of Law and Digital Skills intern Since the early 2000’s, Wikipedia has acquired somewhat of a negative reputation for being unreliable. Educators are normally wary of allowing Wikipedia as a source that anyone… read more »

Aaron Morris at WiciMon! Promoting the Welsh language with WikiWales

Hi, I’m Aaron Morris and I was appointed WiciMôn Project Officer nearly two years ago. I’m based at the offices of Menter Iaith Môn, the project organisers, at Llangefni, Anglesey, North Wales. We are funded by the Welsh Government and Horizon and have received valuable support from Wikimedia organisations in Wales: both Wikimedia UK and… read more »

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 »

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