User:Pigsonthewing

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Pigsonthewing
— Wikimedian  —
Amsterdam, December 2011
Amsterdam, December 2011
Name Andy Mabbett FRSA
Birth place Birmingham
Current location Birmingham
Country  England
Contact info
Website pigsonthewing.org.uk
Skype Ask!
LinkedIn pigsonthewing
Twitter [http://m.twitter.com/pigsonthewing @pigsonthewing]
Flickr pigsonthewinguk
Account statistics
Edit count > 110,000
A recording made in February 2013, for the Voice intro project which I founded.


I have been the Wikipedian in Residence at Queen Street Textile Mill Museum, Burnley; also the Wikipedian in Residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall; Wikipedian in Residence at Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service (winter 2012/2013) and Wikipedia Outreach Ambassador to ARKive (summer 2011). I have also set up and run backstage pass/ editathon events at the Black Country Living Museum, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the West Midlands Police Museum. In January 2013, I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts "for your work on open data, Wikipedia and social media".

I have attended the following international Wikimedia events:

At these events, I variously spoke about my work at ARKive and about QRpedia, about GLAM collaboration, and microformats on Wikipedia; and enjoyed meeting many on-line collaborators and making new friends. While in Washington for Wikimania, I met with senior staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and gave an address to staff of the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institute. I spoke and mentored at Wiki Academy Kosovo, 22-24 February 2013.

Among other things, I introduced Wikipedia's microformats (and have deployed them on sister projects including Wikimedia Commons, Wikivoyage, Wikiquote, Wikinews, Wikibooks and Wikisource; as well as the OpenStreetMap wiki), conceived {{Coord}} for our coordinates, and liaised with Google to have that template used for the Wikipedia layer on their maps. I also conceived {{URL}}, {{Start date}} and {{End date}} to emit metadata; and {{Flatlist}} and {{Plainlist}} to make our lists more accessible and HTML-standards compliant. I am accredited as a trainer by Wikimedia-UK, in all three of the available categories. I instigated the voice intro project, which asks article subjects to record a sample of their spoken voice, so that Wikipedia readers may know what they sound like, and how they pronounce their names. I'm working with the BBC, to run a related event in London, on 18 January 2014, where we'll be uploading audio extracts from radio programmes, under an open licence. I'm also one of the people behind QRpedia. I sometimes write about Wikipedia.

Why do I do this? I couldn't put it better than Wilfred T. Grenfell:

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men but from doing something worthwhile.

Pigsonthewing is my unified login for all public Wikimedia projects. I am an administrator on uk.wikimedia.org. I maintain an alternative account, User:PigsOTWing, with default settings, which I use for testing, training and demonstration purposes.


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