Wikimedian in Residence

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 »

A guide to the past: hillforts and Wikimedia

What is the Atlas of Hillforts? Hillforts are enormous archaeological sites dotted around Britain and Ireland. There are some of the most impressive remains from prehistory. Just five years ago the best guess for how many there might be was ‘likely … over 4000’, but now thanks to the efforts of the University of Oxford… read more »

Reflections on a Wikipedia assignment – Reproductive Medicine

This was originally posted on Ewan McAndrew’s blog where he writes about his role as the University of Edinburgh’s Wikimedian in Residence Wikipedia as an important source of health information and not medical advice. “The Internet, especially Wikipedia, had proven its importance in everyday life. Even the medical sector is influenced by Wikipedia’s omnipresence. It has… read more »

Wikimedia UK and National Library of Scotland announce new Gaelic post

The Gaelic language is to be promoted through one of the world’s most popular websites thanks to a new role based at the National Library of Scotland. Dr Susan Ross, who learned Gaelic as a teenager and has since gained a doctorate in Gaelic studies, has been appointed the world’s first Gaelic Wikimedian in Residence…. read more »

Wikimedia projects aren’t built in a day – Roman coinage on Commons

This article is based on a paper given at this year’s Museum Computer Group held at the Wellcome Trust on October 19th. Legacy and sustainability were two of the biggest issues York Museums Trust (YMT) grappled with when running two Wikimedian in Residence programmes with Wikimedia UK. During these residencies we made real progress and… 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 »

The Shiver: communion with the past in a digital age

This post is adapted from a text originally published in the CILIP November 2015 update. __________________________________________________________________________________ Bodleian Wikimedian Martin Poulter says that although the digital world finds it hard to capture the intimacy of being in the presence of historical objects and texts, it can play an important role in adding value to the collections… read more »

A year as Wikipedian in Residence at the National Library of Wales

This post was written by Jason Evans, Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Wales and first published on their website. Hundreds of new articles created, thousands of images shared and millions of hits on Wikipedia It’s been a year now since I began my journey into the world of Wikipedia. My brief was… read more »

Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library

The post was written by Phoebe Harkins, Communications Co-ordinator at the Wellcome Library. It was originally on the Library’s blog. Incurably curious? Interested in the history of medicine? Know a bit about Wikipedia? Would you like to work with us on a fantastic new project and be our Wikimedian in Residence? Building on our previous… read more »

How to fix your museum’s Wikipedia page: an FAQ

This post was written by Sara Thomas, Wikimedian in Residence at Museum Galleries Scotland As Museums Galleries Scotland’s Wikimedian in Residence, I’m often asked what a museum or other GLAM organisation can do with regard to their Wikipedia page.  And the answer is often not as simple as you’d think. Wikipedia has strict policies concerning… read more »

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