We are working with scientists, scholars, learned societies and funders to help experts improve Wikipedia and its sister projects, bringing that expertise to the widest possible public.
Many scholarly societies are, like Wikimedia UK, registered charities whose mission includes informing and educating the general public. These common goals are advanced with internal training events, publications and public events. This work complements WMUK's partnerships with galleries, libraries, archives and museums as well as its support for higher education.
|Researchers are sharing many thousands of freely licensed images and media through Wikimedia.|
We are preparing print brochures to show researchers and public engagement professionals how Wikimedia can magnify the impact of their work. Improvements and suggestions are welcome.
- Wikimedia as a public engagement tool for scientists
- Wikimedia as a public engagement tool for the arts and humanities
Frequently Asked Questions
A separate page answers questions we have been asked by potential expert contributors.
- From July 2013 to March 2014, Jisc and Wikimedia UK are jointly supporting a project to encourage a range of audiences (librarians, teachers, researchers and students) within learning and research to engage with Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia projects. This includes a programme of workshops in institutions on "Wikimedia: linking research impact and open education". Follow the links for more details.
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council funded a Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library for one year. Among other activities, this provided workshops for researchers and postgraduates in universities and research centres.
- In the Summer of 2011, Wikimedia UK collaborated with the charity Wildscreen to improve Wikipedia's articles on threatened species. This involved using some of the text content from Wildscreen's ARKive project on Wikipedia. You can still help the project by improving target articles: see the project page.
- A guide for expert contributors to Wikipedia published in PLoS Computational Biology by a group of Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute scientists (and Wikimedia UK volunteers)
- Feature article for the Physics World magazine and site (free registration required) by Martin Poulter and Mike Peel
Workshops and editathons
- Jisc/ The British Library
Medicine and biosciences
- Medical Research Council
- Training workshops for MRC staff and MRC-funded projects
- Women in Science editathons with the Royal Society
- Cancer Research UK
- Parkinson's UK
- European young researchers network/ Sphingonet
- University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust
- WikiProject Medicine editor outreach event with Wikimedia Canada
- Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
- University of Oxford Department of Zoology
- The Geological Society
- The Institute of Physics
- The Royal Society
- British Psychological Society
Presentations and conference sessions
- Office for National Statistics
- Institution of Civil Engineers
- IDEoGRAMS group, University of Leicester
- Seminar on "Wikipedia: Elitism for the Masses" by Martin Poulter
- Theoretical Archaeology Group
- Andy Mabbett presented on a meeting of the "how archaeologists can use Wikipedia to disseminate their work to both specialist & popular audiences"
- Biology Online Media Group (BOMG)
- Martin Poulter presented at this Social Media Lunch for scholarly societies
- International Institute for Environment and Development
- ESRC seminar on "Digital Policy, Connectivity, Creativity and Rights"
- Library Camp UK
- Science Online London (SOLO11) conference
- Investigating Academic Impact conference
- Charted Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals (CILIP)
- Conference stall run by Oliver Keyes, Tom Morris and Kim Bruning
Get in touch
Please contact Wikimedia UK if you would like to run a joint event or if you want a speaker or a guest article.
Call for volunteers
Wikimedia UK is seeking volunteers to give introductory talks, promote Wikimedia at conferences or deliver training. We can support travel and subsistence, and we can provide handouts and freebies to distribute. Drop a message to daria.cybulskawikimedia.org.uk stating your username on Wikimedia projects, where you can travel to and any relevant background.