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A message to our supporters in lockdown

By Lucy Crompton-Reid, Wikimedia UK’s Chief Executive. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well during the current crisis. I think if there is a silver lining to this horrible situation it’s that I see more care and concern from friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have only met a small… read more »

Growing our volunteer community in Scotland

In 2019 we hired Dr Sara Thomas as our Scotland Programme Coordinator. As Sara’s expanded our reach across Scotland, the demand for volunteers and trainers has increased hugely. Though it’s odd to think about in-person meetings while working from home, the Train the Trainer course in Glasgow has set up a network that’s prepared us… read more »

Yorkshire Editathon championing women in STEM

By Katie Crampton, Wikimedia UK Communications & Governance Assistant We kicked off February in collaboration with University of York with another editathon to help close the gender gap on Wikipedia. Focused on Yorkshire women in STEM, the editathon aimed to highlight the diverse set of role models women have in the field. And with women’s… 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 »

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 »

How should journalists use Wikipedia?

Wikipedia receives about 18 billion page views per month from around 1.4 billion unique devices. While many people use Wikipedia for basic research into subjects which they want a simple understanding of, Wikipedia and its sister projects also have many uses which can be useful for journalists to make part of their research process. Traditionally,… read more »

Women’s History Month retrospective – Rosalind Franklin’s birthday

This month we are taking a look back at some of the Wikipedia gender gap projects we have worked on over the past couple of years. Today, we go back to July 2013… Back in July 2013 Wikimedia UK partnered with the Royal Society and the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) to celebrate the… 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 »

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