Reflections on Burns Night Editathon and My First Experience of Giving Training

This post is written by new Assistant Wikimedian in Residence, Ellie Whitehead. On Burns Night, 25th January, I ran my first Wikipedia Editathon event. The event looked to add more Scottish traditions, information about Robert Burns, and Scottish women in literature onto Wikipedia. Together we made 557 total edits, added 15.5k words, created 7 new […]

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Happy 23rd Birthday Wikipedia!

This post is written by new Assistant Wikimedian in Residence, Ellie Whitehead. 23 years ago, on 15th January 2001, Wikipedia was launched as an independent, online open-source encyclopaedia. In its first year it amassed 20, 000 articles appearing in 18 different languages. Since then, Wikipedia has grown to be an internationally known and respected symbol […]

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digital badgers

As previously teased, I am a  delighted to say we are launching a 3-year pilot of BadgEd, a new Open Digital Badge service, so that students and staff can earn their stripes and show off their achievements in black and white! It’s taken me a while to get this in place. I am indebted to …

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“Digital Volunteering with Wikipedia” – the Edinburgh Award

We know that many students are involved in activities alongside their studies such as volunteering, part-time work, and getting involved in the University community. To help these activities to stand out from the crowd, our University has a new Award for “Digital Volunteering with Wikipedia” to sit beside other available Edinburgh Awards– the Edinburgh Award […]

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Recovering Histories – Improving Equality and Diversity Online

Three students co-authored an application to take part in a Student Experience Grant project over a 14-week time period, learning how to edit Wikipedia and how to fill in diversity gaps on the website: Eleanor– PhD Student researching LGBTQ+ History. Sian – PhD student researching Black History. Kirsty  – Undergraduate student researching Gender History. Each […]

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