Let’s get serious about Wikipedia

This post was written by Dr Martin Poulter, Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador If you use Wikipedia to read about shell shock, look at the skeleton of a greater flamingo, or investigate the Enquiry into the Cost of the National Health Service, you benefit from scholarly content shared by academics or institutions. Over the last year, I’ve… read more »

Ten ways educators can use Wikipedia

This post was initially published on the Jisc Inform website here Wikipedia is meant to be a starting point, not a final source of knowledge. It is permanently incomplete and evolving, with continuous formal and informal review. Delving into that process, learners can explore critical reading, digital literacy and deep questions of knowledge. Dr Martin… read more »

Crowdsourcing: the wiki way of working

This post was written by Dr Martin Poulter, Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador To influence education institutions, we need to speak their language and we need to put information in the places where they are looking for it. The Jisc infoKits are online booklets for management, technologists and other staff in Higher and Further Education. This is… read more »

One sentence on Wikipedia: a microcosm of information literacy

This post was written by Dr Martin Poulter, Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador What are the building blocks or “atoms” of Wikipedia? A Wikipedia article can have many elements, but at its core is it built of originally-worded statements of fact with a citation to a reliable, published source which is independent of the thing written about…. read more »

Telling the stories of rural England with Wikipedia

This post was written by Dr Humphrey Southall, Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth, written with Dr Martin Poulter, Jisc’s Wikimedia Ambassador and was originally published here In November, at the EduWiki Conference 2013, academics and Wikimedians spent two days discussing a range of issues of common concern. David White of the University of Oxford’s… read more »

Wikipedia: Learning by sharing knowledge

This post was written by Martin Poulter. You can read the original here. Billions of people around the world crave education, but lack the resources we take for granted. Adequate libraries and current textbooks are out of their reach, but they are increasingly getting internet access. Meanwhile, every day in universities and schools, talented students are… read more »

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day

15 October is recognised as Ada Lovelace Day and is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Wikimedia UK is proud to be a part of those celebrations. Along with Jisc, we’re supporting an editathon focusing on women in science which takes place today at the University of Oxford. Additionally,… read more »

Announcing a veterinary science editathon

This post was written by Dr Martin Poulter as part of the collaboration between Jisc and Wikimedia UK Two projects that provide free information about animal health and disease are joining forces in an event this November, for the benefit of the veterinary profession and the wider public. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has around a… read more »

Jisc and Wikimedia UK to bridge between academia and Wikipedia

Jisc and Wikimedia UK are collaborating on a project to bring the academic world and Wikipedia closer together. This will create opportunities for researchers, educators, and the general public to contribute to the world’s freely available knowledge. Jisc, the UK education charity championing the use of digital technology in education and research, is supporting this… read more »

Jisc and Wikimedia UK to jointly recruit a Wikimedia Ambassador

This post was written by Daria Cybulska, Wikimedia UK Programme Manager Jisc, working with Wikimedia UK, has today announced the joint recruitment (via a tender) of a Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador. This is the first education-focused long term residency project that Wikimedia UK is embarking on. Both organisations share the goal of giving the widest possible… read more »