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Just one week left to sign up for our 2020 AGM!

Photo: Wikimedia UK 2019 AGM , by John Lubbock. CC BY-SA 4.0. We’re gearing up for this year’s Annual General Meeting with just over a week to go until the event! On Saturday 18th July we will be meeting virtually, and though we won’t see each other in person we’re hoping to make the day… 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 »

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 »

Nick Poole becomes Chair of Wikimedia UK’s Board

By Lucy Crompton-Reid, Wikimedia UK’s Chief Executive. Wikimedia UK is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chair of the Board of Trustees, Nick Poole.  Nick Poole is the Chief Executive of CILIP, the UK’s library and information association. His previous roles, before joining CILIP in 2015, include CEO of Collections Trust and National… 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 »

Remote working the Wikimedia UK way

Blog by Sara Thomas, Wikimedia UK’s Scotland Programme Coordinator Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s likely that more and more of us across the UK are going to be working from home. Here at Wikimedia UK, two of us (one in Scotland, one in Wales) are remote-workers by default, and so with our whole organisation… read more »

Wikimedia UK and COVID-19: A local and global response

By Lucy Crompton-Reid, Wikimedia UK Chief Executive This is not the blog that I thought I was going to be writing this March. Through a combination of Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day and Wikimedia’s own project Art+Feminism, Wikimedia UK would have been involved in a wide range of events with some amazing partners across… read more »

Fashion and digital citizenship at Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University in the UK had its first ever Wikipedia assignment, as part of a Digital Citizenship module for undergraduates studying Business Management Fashion. The results are mostly in user sandboxes, but some new articles have been created. Bath Spa University, located in South West England, recently had its first, tentative, Wikipedia student assignment. The… read more »

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