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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 »

Aaron Morris at WiciMon! Promoting the Welsh language with WikiWales

Hi, I’m Aaron Morris and I was appointed WiciMôn Project Officer nearly two years ago. I’m based at the offices of Menter Iaith Môn, the project organisers, at Llangefni, Anglesey, North Wales. We are funded by the Welsh Government and Horizon and have received valuable support from Wikimedia organisations in Wales: both Wikimedia UK and… read more »

Wikipedia in the History Classroom

By Charles West, Lecturer of History and Wikipedia Advocate at the University of Sheffield Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in the world, and as the digital revolution continues to unfold, its dominance seems unlikely to be challenged in the near future. The rate at which new pages are created has slowed, but the website itself continues… read more »

How should the music industry engage with Wikipedia?

By John Lubbock, Communications Coordinator If I was a music industry promoter, I would make sure the artists I worked with had accurate Wikipedia pages, because those pages will come at the top of the Google rankings when you search for the artist’s name. In practice, this doesn’t happen, largely because they don’t understand how… read more »

Lucy Crompton-Reid on Feminism and Museums

Wikimedia UK Chief Executive Lucy Crompton-Reid has been published in a new book on Feminism and Museums by Museums Etc. Lucy’s chapter is on Wikimedia and the Gender Gap and in Volume 2 of the book. Under and agreement with the publisher, we are allowed to share the chapter with you on our blog! Closing… read more »

Welsh Wikipedia reaches 100,000 articles

Wicipedia Cymraeg, the Welsh Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles. Welsh Wikipedians have been working hard over the past year to reach this target, which is a big achievement for a minority language Wikipedia. Wikimedia UK is committed to diversifying Wikimedia’s content and contributors and supporting the Celtic British languages, and reaching this milestone demonstrates the… read more »

Introducing Wikimedia UK’s new Programme Coordinator

By Hannah Evans, Programme Coordinator Hello out there Wikimedia Community… I’m the new Programme Coordinator for the coming year, working alongside our now three other coordinators across the UK. I’ll be concentrating on our Wikimedia In Residence programmes as well as our educational outreach projects. Both of these areas fill me with great anticipation, and… read more »

Data on the history of Scottish witch trials added to Wikidata

By Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh The first Wikidata in the Classroom assignment at the University of Edinburgh took place last semester on the Data Science for Design MSc course. Two groups of students worked on a project to import the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft database into Wikidata to see… read more »

Celtic Knot 2018

The Wikipedia language conference is back, and it’s coming to Wales. By Jason Evans, National Wikimedian for Wales Celtic Knot provides a stage and a meeting place for contributors to small and minority language Wikipedia’s from all around the world. You can now submit a paper and register for this years conference, which will be… read more »

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