Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
I started working on library outreach in 2011 when I contacted HighBeam Reference for an account. They said, "How about 1000?" I was hooked. I started managing and expanding research account donations. To combine and extend our many library-related projects into a shared, helpful, and powerful universe of resources, I started The Wikipedia Library in 2012 and have continued to work on it through a WMF Individual Engagement grant in 2013. I'm a passionate believer in free culture and open knowledge--and a cheerleader for universal access, scientific and cultural literacy, and all kinds of research.
skills: I'm a connector and organizer. My strength is in finding ways to unite people to share their talents with the community. I'd like to help coordinate our community of passionate library and research experts to build a powerful, open, and free hub for conducting the vital work they do, and helping others join in, too.
Been hanging around libraries and researching all my life. Increased access to the vast quantity of material behind online paywalls for our contributors who do not live near a major library will improve the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia, and Wikinfo.
I'm a web developer at PubMed Central, and a big Wikipedia fan. Anything that can help reduce the friction of getting reliable sources into the hands of competent editors is big win for everybody.
skills: Web development, scripts, formats, standards, linked data
I'm very interested in the public library connection to Wikipedia and the sister projects. The role of the public library space is changing, and with it the role of the public librarian. I see my contributions as twofold: educating public librarians about the depth/breadth of Wikipedia (more than just article writing), and helping public library institutions develop programs where they, Wikipedia and the library patron intersect. I envision a day soon when every person considers themselves a librarian, library patron and Wikipedian.
I've been involved with a GLAM project and from that learned about the power of Wikipedians to get things done! I loved the collaborative/community experience with contributors of all skill sets and backgrounds. I believe that information wants to be free, and that openable content should be open
skills: I'm a community builder, and have lots of time in as a project manager. I'm involved with the Program Evaluation folks here, in part because the US presence is currently soft. I'm also on mission (crusade?) to educate public librarians in my semi-rural mid-Western area about Wikipedia/sister projects, and have developed teaching tools for that.
I've worked in a variety of academic, special, and state library organizations since 2001 usually in positions that have blended technology administration with the more perennial library skill sets including reference, cataloging &c. over the last couple of years, I've become more and more interested in open education resources, including MOOCs, wikipedia, OA publishing.
skills: I'd like to work on continuing to promote wikipedia within the research/info lit sphere, particularly projects that connect wikipedia to local library collections, collaborative or blast editing as a research or specialist exercise
I am a long-term Wikipedian mostly active in German Wikipedia since 2005.
skills: Founding member of Wikimedia Deutschland's outreach programme for schools and universities from its very start in 2010 till the end in 2013. Public speaker on Wikipedia in education. Would like to help connect the Wikipedia Library to German-speaking academia, libraries, and publishers.
I am a post-doctoral researcher in English Literature and the medical humanities, so I am a long-time library user. I'm also a significant advocate of open access education and open knowledge platforms like Wikipedia. I'm currently working at the National Library of Scotland as the Wikimedian-in-Residence.
skills: As the Wikimedian-in-Residence at the NLS, I'm trying to create and strengthen connections between Wikipedians and Librarians, Curators, and Cataloguers in the Library; this includes organising public events and internal workshops to introduce NLS staff to the Wikipedia community and to unite those with extensive access to and knowledge of the Library's collections with those who are actively improving Wikipedia's knowledge base. However, as a researcher myself, I am also hoping to promote Wikipedia amongst academic colleagues as well and to encourage more academics to contribute to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the world's most consulted source of health information and I want every health article to be perfect. The availability of good health information helps people make better health decisions, and better health decisions result in better health for everyone. To make Wikipedia's health content better I want everyone to have access to all the research resources they need to collaboratively and continually develop it.
I'm a student. But I don't want to learn only what's in my syllabus. I want to learn more about the world. Which means I want to learn what I can learn beside my syllabus. So this is why I want to work with libraries which will help me to learn.
I probably got radicalized on the topic of open knowledge starting in 2004, when I began two years as the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow at NCSU Libraries. Although I had just earned a PhD in English literature, I hadn't fully realized just how expensive library resources were becoming in the digital age, and how foolish it was in an age of instant individual publishing to the web. Right now I am Research Assistant Professor and THATCamp Coordinator at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, helping scholars worldwide organize their own version of The Humanities and Technology Camp, “an inexpensive, open meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.” Before that, I was an Assistant Research Scholar in the Archives and Public History program at New York University, where I helped develop a model curriculum emphasizing digital skills, and where I developed and taught the graduate course “Creating Digital History.” My research interests center on the history of poetic form, specifically the villanelle.
skills: Connecting Wikipedians with universities and university libraries, encouraging editathons at THATCamps, maybe doing more Wikipedia editing than I've gotten around to.
Martin of Sheffield
I've been a bit of a bibliophile from childhood. I worked for a year and a half in a county central library (in the 1970s), and often took my breaks up in the reserve stock finding all sorts of hidden gems. I now work in the computer industry, but have retained my bookish interests. We have an estimated 5,000 volumes at home (non-fiction) and I'm slowly working through cataloguing them using Dewey abridged. Most of my Wiki editing is around Kent (UK) or the Northeast of England.
skills: Mainly I've been involved with content, but as a programmer I may become more interested in templates and the like.
I'm work for OCLC, a non profit that is committed to helping libraries effectively share resources, collaborate, and cut costs. I work in OCLC Research and have had the priviledge of working with our Wikipedian in Residence. I've worked in libraries since 1988 and I'm passionate about making our fabulous library resources more available to the public. On the Wikipedia side, I've had an account since 2005; while I'm not a super active editor, I do what I can. I'm an active member of the GLAM-US Consortium Advisory Group.
skills: I love to talk to librarians and archivists about how to leverage Wikipedia. I've been talking to librarians about their interest in this project. If you would like to talk to me, consider me your friendly library colleague!
I am a librarian in the public system in Vancouver, Canada. I have been editing Wikipedia since late 2008. My desire is for Wikipedia to be not only the world's largest free repository of knowledge, but a reliable source of information as well. Libraries provide the raw materials to build reliable articles. I'd like to be part of the process of bringing libraries and Wikipedia editors together.
skills: Community organizing, outreach to libraries, experience with library cataloguing, metadata, knowledge of databases and bibliographic resources
I'm a self improvement and professional development specialist, exploring how to quantify personal learning environments and advocate for the adoption of emergent technologies for professional development within organizations.
skills: I have passion for connecting people to innovative learning solutions that are cost effective and relevant, active in Academic Institutional outreach activities with strong online research skills.
Longtime military researcher and voyager to far-flung countries, now with a PhD. Have had field time in the DR Congo, Sierra Leone, and Timor Leste. Several published articles on modern militaries.
skills: As my edits will show, I do a lot on military units and formations, and things like the Military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Be very interested in sharing knowledge of countries that En-Wiki is not very strong on, especially in Africa.
I graduated with a Juris Doctor with a certificate in international law. I was awarded an Admissions Scholarship Award, the Gillis Long Public Service Award, and my law school's Skills Curriculum Award. I earned a Master of Laws degree in Taxation. From 2001 to 2003, I was a Presidential Management Fellow. I am an attorney, who is admitted to practice in District of Columbia, Louisiana (currently inactive), U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. The New York Times interviewed me because of my Wikipedia articles on North Korea and on feminism.
I'm a librarian who works with data, and my interests as an aspiring Wikipedian are intertwined with my professional identity as a librarian. In general, I believe that contributing to Wikipedia can help librarians, archivists, and curators reframe their professional relevance in new ways. What interests me the most is the potential for translating between the data formats used by libraries and archives and those used by the Wikipedia community. Recently, I've been involved in working on a tool called the Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP) editor that tries to do some of that cross-community conversion.
skills: Familiarity with a variety of metadata formats and an eye for structured data. Academic background in Latin American and Caribbean studies (emphasis on Brazil) and English literature. Good at copyediting and happy to be a WikiGnome.
CaroleHenson Project management (25 years experience), researcher
I have been a consultant and project manager for more than 25 years, particularly around people and IT process solutions - and my strengths are seeing the big picture and being dogged in working out details. I particularly like research - and doing what I can to review and update articles. One editor that I worked with on a series of articles called me a "forensic editor" for my efforts to validate sources, source information, context, application of WP guidelines, etc. in article review. I particularly like historic, visual arts, biographies, and humanities article types. So far, I have created several hundred articles and worked/edited more than 7,000 articles with 312,222 edits.
skills: research, project management, source information validation or acquisition, and copy editing
I have been active with Wikipedia since 2006 because Wikipedia is free for everyone to access. Every article that appears on the main page of Wikipedia is read by at least hundreds of readers and normally thousands. The average academic journal article is only read by between 3 and 4 people, mainly because journal subscriptions and journal database subscriptions are prohibitively expensive for the average global citizen. Humanity has amassed an overwhelming amount of knowledge, and the majority of that knowledge is out of the grasp of the average person because it is too expensive to access. As academics, we have spent an inordinate amount of time and energy producing novel treatises on novel concepts rather than disseminating the knowledge that we have already attained. Wikipedia allows us to give our knowledge to the world, instantly and free of charge.
skills: I am a Master of Library and Information Science student. My Wikipedia-related research is focused on human trafficking.
Hello, I'm an associate editor at the scientific journal PLOS Biology (Hashi Wijayatilake) and I'm seeking advice from the WikiProject Academic Journals group. Currently the wikipedia page for PLOS Biology is under populated and not very useful and also partly inaccurate. We'd be keen to see this updated so that it provides a useful description of the journal. Would members of this project be ok with me editing this information? I wanted to introduce myself first so there are no perceived conflicts of interest. Thanks for your help in advance
skills: I enjoy snooping around libraries on the hunt for sources and I like perusing through archives for historical documents. Google News, Google Scholar, Google Books, adn the Internet Wayback Machine are my bread and butter.
I've been editing wikipedia since 2010. I've created 100 articles and contributed to more than 700. I am a wikisloth in that I range freely and fearlessly -- and some would say haphazardly -- across the universe of knowledge, but most of my work relates to history or geography. I may be of limited utility to this project because I know practically nothing about computers and have only the most basic knowledge about how one edits wikipedia. Getting this blurb published here was a challenge for me! Moreover, to my eternal discredit, I have little interest in improving the sorry state of my technical ability.
I like to research and I like to write. I create content and I love obscure subjects which require a diligent search for scraps of information. Thus, I am interested in securing for myself and others the widest possible free access and open dissemination of information. I'd be happy to participate in any activity with that aim.
I am a researcher who likes to work in a variety of areas on Wikipedia. I joined The Wikipedia Library to return my appreciation for the access to sources which have helped improved articles in various subjects including my academic interests.
skills: Finding resources and assisting new editors
Gustavo Sandoval Kingwergs
Diffusion was a big interest for me during adolescence, when I first read several Mexican and international science diffusion journals. My first research jobs were during my courses to obtain the BSc in psychology (UNAM). My first awareness about digital libraries/information was during my translation courses at El Colegio de México. I started using Wikipedia during my daily job as a certified English-Spanish-English translator of official documents. I soon realized the importance of free knowledge for diffusion. Now I am vicepresident at Wikimedia México and am deeply interested in the mixture of all these ingredients, with the aim of diffusing free knowledge (science, technology) for the general public.
skills: I'd love to contribute writing and doing research about sleep science (insomnia, sleep disorders) and the use of translation inside Wikipedia to improve articles about these issues.
I'm Richard Jensen, a retired history professor with an interest in a range of American & European history topics. I've organized day-long to month-long workshops for history teachers, grad students and professors, with emphasis on statistical methods and computers (we started with punch cards in 1968!) I directed 14 of these workshops at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and did others at 29 universities and 9 high schools.
skills: organize and teach workshops for Wiki editors with historical interests; introduce them to the historiography and journal resources; write grant proposals to foundations