Education

Is Wikipedia Relevant to University Web Managers?

This guest post is by Brian Kelly and was originally published here. Re-used with kind permission. Areas Apparently Not Being Addressed By Web Managers Recently in a post entitled “Pondering the Online Legacy of my Work” I described how two recent Facebook messages highlighted areas which appear not to be being addressed widely across the web management community. The post… read more »

Mediwikis – a collaborative medical learning platform based on Mediawiki

This guest post was written by Stuart Maitland, Founder, Mediwikis Mediwikis is a platform built on Mediawiki that supports the medical learning community in the UK. Medical students use Mediwikis to collaborate and share best practice, ideas, and learning strategies at their university, and to tap into the knowledge of students at other universities. Medical students are… 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 »

Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills report

The House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills today published its report. Wikimedia UK submitted evidence to the consultation, which you can see here. In the report the Committee makes a series of important recommendations which will influence the future digital skills of the UK. Perhaps chief among these is the recommendation to “define… read more »

Wikipedia on the agenda at BETT 2015

This post was written by Dr Toni Sant, Education Organiser Wikipedia was highlighted through a keynote presentation by Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and participation in a panel at BETT 2015. This is the annual UK trade show, formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology show, which showcases the use of information technology in… read more »

Wikimedia and UNESCO team up to share the world’s culture

By John Cummings, Wikimedia volunteer I have been working with the Sector for External Relations and Public Information unit at The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to make images from their archive available on Wikimedia Commons, the media site for all Wikimedia projects including Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the most used educational resource in the… read more »

Understanding Sustainable Agriculture Through Wikipedia

By John Cummings, Wikimedia volunteer Wikimedia volunteer John Cummings has worked to make available on Wikipedia 2400 images of tropic agriculture research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and 4000 new images of vegan food, all the images were originally posted on Flickr by people who share their content under a Creative Commons… read more »

A review of EduWiki Conference 2014

This post was written by Lorna Campbell and was originally published here. Re-used under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License  Last Friday I went along to the EduWiki Conference in the distractingly beautiful St Leonard’s Hall at the University of Edinburgh. I have to confess to being a bit of a Wikimedia fangirl; I’m… read more »

Free information, the internet and medicine

This post was written by Vinesh Patel, a junior doctor and an alumnus of Imperial College, London A new adventure for Wikimedia UK began this summer with a project in collaboration with Imperial College School of Medicine. In a recent BBC article, Wikimedia UK highlighted the need for everyone looking for medical information to remember Wikipedia… read more »

Finding our place in the world of Wikipedia

This post was written by Dr Stephanie Wyse from the Royal Geographical Society (User:Stephaniejwyse) The geographers who joined in a Wikimedia UK workshop at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) in early July found out how Wikipedia can help them to develop their communication skills, enhance their teaching practice and have… read more »

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