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 »

#WikipediaDay – Wikipedia turns 18

By John Lubbock, Wikimedia UK Communications Coordinator January 15 is the anniversary of the day on which Wikipedia was launched in 2001. I first got involved with Wikipedia in 2011, when I volunteered at a party organised by a friend of mine for Wikipedia’s 10th anniversary. 18, although a coming of age in many countries,… read more »

Wikipedia and Open Access: making research as useful as it can be

This post was written by Martin Poulter, Wikimedian in Residence at Bodleian Libraries, and was first published on Open Access Oxford. The Budapest Open Access Declaration is one of the defining documents of the Open Access movement. It says that free, unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scholarly literature will “accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning… read more »

Happy birthday to us! WMUK turns 4 today

It’s four years to the day since Wikimedia UK was incorporated. In that time, we’ve achieved many great things. We’ve become a registered charity. We’ve made significant contributions to the global movement. A great many people have become engaged with our projects due to Wikimedia UK initiatives. All of this is possible because of the… read more »

Wikipedia turns ten this week!

This week Wikipedia is celebrating its tenth birthday. To mark this momentous occasion, people all over the world are gathering at events to celebrate Wikipedia, the fifth most popular website in the world with 410 million monthly readers (comScore, November 2010). There are three key events in the UK this week: Thursday 13th January (12pm to… read more »