Photo from the University of Edinburgh's 'Women, Science, and Scottish History' editathon series, which ran during the University's Innovative Learning Week 2015, from 16-20 February 2015. The event was organised by the University of Edinburgh's Learning, Teaching, and Web Team, with support from the Moray School of Education, the University of Edinburgh Library, EDiNA, and Academic Support Librarians. Training run by Ally Crockford, Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland. 'Changing the Ways the Stories are Told' - Melissa Highton speaking at the Wikipedia Science Conference - 3 September 2015. CC BY-SA 4.0 File:Wikipedia Science Conference - 2015-09 - Andy Mabbett - 25.JPG
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The mission of the University of Edinburgh and the mission of Wikimedia.
A Wikimedian in Residence is a Wikimedia editor based with an organisation or group of organisations, usually a Higher Education institution or GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive or Museum) with the aim of increasing the quality and volume of content on the encyclopaedia and associated Wikiprojects concerning the organisation(s).
So - where the objectives of each organisation overlap - which is in the creation, curation & and dissemination of knowledge - the Wikimedian in Residence programme sits.
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Public Domain pic of Robert Louis Stevenson https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Louis_Stevenson_by_Henry_Walter_Barnett.jpg
Slide adapted from Timothy E. Putman PhD’s presentation, Scripps Research Institute (2017)
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From Google Talk, December 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESVQknHESuA
Digital Transformation and Data - the Wikimedia Residency at the University of Edinburgh
Ewan McAndrew – Wikimedian in Residence
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @emcandre
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things.
“Facebook defines who we are,
Amazon defines what we want
and Google defines what we
think.” (Broeder, 2016)
Zuckerberg may downplay Facebook’s role as “arbiters of truth” (Seethaman, 2016)
just as Google downplay their role as controllers of the library “card catalogue”
(Walker inToobin, 2015) but both represent the pre-eminent gatekeepers in the
”This challenge is not just for school
librarians to prepare the next
generation to be informed
but for all librarians
to assist the whole population.”
• To raise awareness of Wikipedia and its sister projects
• To design and deliver digital skills engagement events
• To work with colleagues all across the institution to find ways
to benefit from and contribute to the development of this
huge open knowledge resource. #OpenKnowledgeFTW
“I feel that it can play a vital role
in formal educational settings”
Chronicle of Higher Education
NLS – Gaelic
Women, Science & Scottish
The University of Edinburgh
residency began in Jan. 2016
+ NEW WIKI ROLE AT SLIC!!!!
Supporting Scottish Public
Apply by March 29
12 month stats infographic:
An editathon can be anything you want it to be!
1. an internet connection.
2. a few pages to create/edit.
3. a few quality sources
4. a few would-be editors.
Wikipedia training takes
60-90 mins approx.
We have a lesson plan and
video tutorials to help there.
Tea, coffee and cupcakes help too!
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The creation, dissemination and curation of
“To empower and engage people
around the world to collect and develop
educational content under a free license
or in the public domain, and to
disseminate it effectively and globally.”
TWO HOUSES BOTH ALIKE IN DIGNITY.
IN FAIR EDINBURGH WE LAY OUR SCENE
The Wikimedia residency:
Making connections across the university
History of Medicine,
Online History MSc,
Postgraduate Certificate in
Academic Practice Social
European Research Labs.
National Library of Scotland
National Galleries Scotland
University of Sheffield
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons (Glasgow)
Global Health MSc
Data Science for Design
185 STAFF TRAINED185 STAFF
Digital Sociology MSc
Global Health MSc
Data Science for Design MSC (importing data on 3,219 accused Scottish witches into Wikidata)
(scoffs) “If it’s on Wikipedia, it must be true.”
DON’T CITE WIKIPEDIA, WRITE WIKIPEDIA!
The 21st century skills that a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and
Wikimedia UK help develop include:
• A critical Information Literacy
• Digital Literacy
• Academic writing & referencing
• Critical thinking
• Literature review
• Writing for different audiences.
• Research skills
• Communication skills
• Community building / Online citizenship
“Students have said that simply knowing that
an audience of editors existed was enough to
change how they wrote.
They chose words more carefully. They
double-checked their work for accuracy and
And they began to think about how best they
could communicate their scholarship to
readers who were as curious, conscientious,
and committed as they were.”
All edits are recorded in the View History tab.
“SEARCH IS THE WAY WE LIVE NOW”
GOOGLE and WIKIPEDIA
• Google depends on Wikipedia. Click through
rate decreases by 80% if links to Wikipedia are
• Wikipedia depends on Google. 84.5% of visits to
Wikipedia are attributable to Google.
• Google processed 91% of searches
internationally and 97.4% of searches from
mobile devices. (2011 figures).
• Google has a “funnelling effect” – The sources
clicked on are reduced to the 1st page of results
90% of the time.
• With 42% click through on first choice alone.
There is agency
to Wiki editing
The new WYSIWYG Visual Editor interface makes editing
“super easy”, “fun”, “really intuitive” and “addictive as hell.”
2. Bold / italic
3. Bullet point
4. Internal links
5. Citations &
Download the slides to play: http://bit.ly/WikiGames
One of our new pages: Bessie Watson
9 year old Scottish suffragette
Image courtesy of Capital Collections CC BY-SA 4.0 via
WIKIPROJECT WOMEN IN RED
– turning red-linked pages about notable women
that don’t yet exist into blue clickable links that
•“Wikipedia is today the gateway
through which millions of people
now seek access to knowledge.”
• (William Cronon)
Estimates from Crossref show that
Wikipedia has risen from the 8th
most prolific referrer to DOIs to the
5th (at least)
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (Q1512)
Spouse (P26): Fanny Stevenson
Place of birth (P19): Edinburgh Q23436
Place of death (P20): Vailima, Samoa Q548806
Father (P22): Thomas Stevenson
Educated at (P69): Edinburgh Uni Q160302
Occupation (P106): Writer Q38180
Creating a new data literate workforce to support
Scotland’s growing digital economy.
Tinyurl.com/UoEtimeline Tinyurl.com/RLSWorks2 Tinyurl.com/NLWtimeline
What new insights can
be gained from
leveraging from other
linked datasets and
Wikidata is a free linked database
of secondary data that can be
read and edited by both humans
“Wow! The Possibilities are
endless!” – Erin McElhinney
Glasgow Women’s Library
• Linked data
• Verifiable data
• Secondary data
• Structured data
• Multilingual data
• Open data
Wikidata: the new Rosetta Stone
“The promise of linked data seems to have finally arrived.”
“Wikipedia is the single greatest Open Education resource the world has ever seen”
• The fifth most popular website in the world.
• 120,000 regular contributors (of which only 3455
or so are considered ‘very active’ Wikipedians).
• 500 million visitors every month.
• Visited by 1.5 billion unique devices every month.
• Trusted more than the BBC, ITV, the Times, theTelegraph,
The Guardian and more according to Yougov survey (2014).
Tim Berners-Lee on Channel 4 News (20 March)
“We need to rethink our attitude to the internet.
It is not enough just to keep the web open and free
because we must also keep a track of what people are
building on it.
Look at the systems that people are using, like the social
networks and look at whether they are actually helping
Are they being constructive or are they being
Building a civic digital society we can be proud of.
“Knowledge is alive and growing and… it is
most useful when it is used; not just static, but
engaged with, built upon, expanded on.”
Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation
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