Scotland

Virtual volunteering with the National Galleries of Scotland

Over the course of lockdown in Scotland, we’ve seen a variety of responses to the conditions of the pandemic reflected in our partnership work.  At the National Library of Scotland, staff worked to upload and transcribe the Scottish Chapbook collection to Wikisource.  Student internships adapted and moved online/remote, and Wikimedia UK rolled out online training… read more »

Women EmpowerED: Wikipedia Editathon

By Sarah Lappin, final year computer science and artificial intelligence student at the University of Edinburgh, and President for Edinburgh University Women in STEM (EUWiSTEM).  In Summer 2020, I organised my first Wikipedia Editathon as part of the Women in STEM Connect series. With an eye-opening talk, physicist and Wikipedia diversity advocate, Dr Jess Wade… read more »

Editing Wikipedia: Stars, robots and talismans honours course

By Glaire Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Islamic Art at the University of Edinburgh. I have steered my students away from Wikipedia for years, envisioning my role as a teacher to show students how to carry out ‘real’ research. But this year convinced me it was time to change my attitude, and so for 2020’s Fall term… read more »

Happy Birthday Wikidata!

It’s Wikidata’s 8th birthday today, and we’re incredibly proud of Wikipedia’s lesser known little sister. Twenty years ago an incredible idea was made reality in the form of a democratic encyclopedia built from the bottom up, all by volunteers with no corporate influence or advertisement. Now, there are many projects related to Wikipedia that make… read more »

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 »

Reflections on Roberta’s internship as it comes to an end

In 2019 Wikimedia UK, Archaeology Scotland and The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland recruited a graduate intern through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities Internship programme. These funded placements give PhD researchers the opportunity to spend up to three months with a partner organisation; improving their research skills and giving them an opportunity to… read more »

My first week as the new Wikimedia Training Intern

Hannah Rothmann is an intern at Edinburgh University, training with our Wikimedian in Residence who is based there, Ewan McAndrew. Hannah wrote this post for the University’s blog. Hi, my name is Hannah and I will be going into the final year of my Classics degree in September. I have just finished week 1 of… read more »

Wikidata and Aberdeen – a virtual hackathon

Introduction by Sara Thomas, Wikimedia UK’s Scotland Programme Coordinator. Over Easter weekend I attended a virtual hackathon, hosted by Code The City. It was originally supposed to be held in person in their space in Aberdeen, but what with lockdown and all, to Zoom we went.   The hackathon was concerned with a number of areas… read more »

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