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"It is a difficult task to give novelty to what is old, authority to what is new, brilliance to the common-place, light to the obscure, attraction to the stale, credibility to the doubtful..."

— Pliny on his encyclopedia
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Ipigott is short for Ian Pigott. Born in Newcastle in the north east of England, I am now retired and share my time mainly between Denmark and Luxembourg where I have lived since 1973. Before that, I was in Montreal, Canada.

My principal interests are IT and culture in the widest sense as well as multilingualism, machine translation, history, new energy resources, public speaking, walking, cycling and exploring the quieter areas of Europe, in particular - but not exclusively - in Denmark, France and Luxembourg. I also try to encourage ordinary citizens to participate in building up knowledge resources on the web. Wikipedia is a great catalyst in this connection. I am fluent in Danish, French, German and Spanish and have a good reading knowledge of the other Scandinavian, Germanic and Romance languages but prefer to spend most of my editing time on the English Wikipedia in view of its extensive readership.

I always appreciate reactions and additional contributions to the articles I have started. If you wish to contact me by email, write to my Wikipedia user name at yahoo dot com.


Main areas of interest have included:

blac See here for a list of the pages I started (the most recent appear at the top). I say "started" advisedly as the better articles have all benefited from the work of other editors. If you are more interested in my most recent additions, you can find them here. For those interested in statistics, you can find my overall edit counts here.

I sometimes use the following sandboxes for developing new articles but now more often begin writing them in the mainspace.

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Most recent first:


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Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week - 17 September 2016 for your vast, multilingual promoted content additions. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:SusunW submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

I nominate Ipigott to be Editor of the Week for his tireless efforts to improve WP. Ian speaks multiple languages (English Danish, French, German, Spanish, as well as having a working knowledge of Dutch, other Scandinavian and romance languages) and is an amazing resource for other editors in helping with translations and sourcing. He has been extremely active in creating articles focused on Scandinavia, Luxembourg, music, art, architecture, literature and women. Truly a Renaissance man, his expertise in many areas is staggering and his contributions to GA have included over 20 entries, not the least of which were creation of Malouma, the improvement of Jean Sibelius for his 150th anniversary and improvement of Carl Nielsen which he later promoted to FA. Besides creating over 6,000 pages and bringing over 200 articles to DYK, he is a tireless behind the scenes editor, sending invitations and thank yous for editathons, helping source newly created articles, creating lists to eliminate orphaned articles, adding categories, and in general encouraging and supporting other editors. Ipigott is reliable, authentic, bright, and articulate. If he says he's going to do something, he does it. A polyglot, his translation assistance is invaluable. A champion of the Women in Red project.
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Always amazes me how committed you are to Women in Red long term. You never seem to tire or lose interest. Keep up the great work you do! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:09, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

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A barnstar for your many contributions

120 new articles were created

Women in Photography worldwide online edit-a-thon

Starting now: Women in Entertainment and Women in Jewish History

--Rosiestep (talk) 13:52, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

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The Mary Wollstonecraft award for all your contributions on Women Writers
Almost 400 new articles were created

Women Writers worldwide online edit-a-thon

(check out our next event Women in Photography worldwide online edit-a-thon)

--Rosiestep (talk) 16:33, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

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For your excellent article Y Gymraes, what a lovely little treasure to find. Hats off! FruitMonkey (talk) 21:08, 29 April 2016 (UTC)
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A Barnstar to thank you for your contributions
Over 800 new articles were created in connection with Art and Feminism

Women's History Month worldwide online edit-a-thon

(check out our next event Women writers worldwide online edit-a-thon)

--Rosiestep (talk) 13:55, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

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Thanks for the help so far on my article. I know you are all busy this month on the Art+Feminism so I appreciate it. I hadn't seen that citation style before. I'm fascinated and it's great to learn new things. ☕ Antiqueight chatter 23:21, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

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Your assistance on Parti des déshérités de Madagascar is greatly appreciated. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:05, 25 February 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for participating in the

Black Women's History edit-a-thon

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  • February 2016
  • More than 170 articles were created
  • Hosted by Women in Red

(... check out our next event)

--Rosiestep (talk) 02:44, 19 February 2016 (UTC)

Barnstar for your active paricipation in the

Women in Music edit-a-thon

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  • January 2016
  • More than 250 articles were created
  • Hosted by Women in Red

(... check out our next event)

--Rosiestep (talk) 15:04, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

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Thank you, Ian, for creating and sending out the WiR invitations and thank yous for each event, plus compiling potential and actual participant lists. You are appreciated! Rosiestep (talk) 15:37, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

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Your contributions to the Women in Red edit-a-thon this month have been nothing short of stellar so far! Keilana (talk) 19:40, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

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For your hard work and effort in organizing editathons and invitations for the women project. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:21, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

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A hearty congratulations on your first featured article. Almost achieved the impossible in promoting Carl Nielsen here!! Hope to see many more. Thankyou for all of your hard work on this, and that goes for Mirokado, Smerus and anybody else who helped edit and review it too, especially Nikkimaria, Brian, Tim and SchroCat! Thanks also to Gerda Arendt as without her comment to Crisco I'd not have even considered nomming!♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:17, 5 June 2015 (UTC)]]

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I have no idea how you got through all those articles. You are truly an amazing mentor and an inspiration. SusunW (talk) 16:07, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

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The Mary Wollstonecraft Award is awarded to contributors who have helped improve the coverage of women writers and their work on Wikipedia through content contributions, outreach, community changes and related actions. In particular, thank you for your efforts with the WikiProject Women writers start-up; your ideas and contributions are much appreciated. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:21, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

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For your hard work in getting the top five Danish cities to GA status. Congratulations!! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:48, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

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Thank you for once again taking a lead in coordinating women's biographies during Women's History Month, this time emphasizing women of dance. Rosiestep (talk) 23:13, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

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Congratulations on promoting Copenhagen to GA! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:13, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

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Excellent work on Skagen related articles of late. Very impressive stuff. We'll have Skagen up to GA by the end of the month and, um, Uppsala Cathedral! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:07, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

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Thank you Ipigott for helping to promote Aalborg to Good Article status. Please accept this little sign of goodwill from me. --Sp33dyphil ©hatontributions 01:31, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

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If I may say so, I think Swedish churches suddenly got a whole lot better coverage! Thanks for getting me going on the frescos! Yakikaki (talk) 20:50, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

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For your impressive work on improving coverage of women on wikipedia. ♦ Dr. ☠ Blofeld 13:48, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks for adding to wikipedia's coverage with all the new and expanded bios! Rosiestep (talk) 14:20, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

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Thank you for your help regarding copyedit of Amdavad ni Gufa. Nizil (talk) 19:44, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

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For your amazingly productive contributions over the past few weeks and the quantity of good quality starter articles. You are exactly the sort of editor wikipedia needs. Keep up the great work! ♦ Dr. ☠ Blofeld 17:15, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

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For your tremendous contribution to the coverage of Danish culture and art on Wikipedia Ramblersen (talk) 14:24, 8 April 2010 (UTC)
this WikiAward was given to Ipigott by Ramblersen (talk) on 14:24, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

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For your invaluable contributions to a wide range of articles on arts and culture, and in particular the overarching topic improvements to architecture, painting and photography. Your efforts surely made a great difference for many editors and readers. Elekhh (talk) 05:35, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

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For your work on Carl Nielsen which raised the article to B-class and the creation of related articles, significantly improving the coverage of this composer. Mirokado (talk) 08:13, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

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For your excellent work writing Danish sculpture! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:07, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

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To Kaldari, Ipigott, and WereSpielChequers: Thank you for helping make Wadsworth Jarrell a Good Article! I really appreciate the keen eye and contributions you made to improve the article. Much #wikilove to you all and I hope to work with you on another GA soon! SarahStierch (talk) 14:12, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

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For your outstanding contributions to Wikipedia's coverage of Architecture of Denmark and Jørn Utzon's oeuvre, as well as your role in stimulating a friendly collaborative editorial environment. Elekhh (talk) 21:55, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

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Bellavista - another great contribution to architecture! 01:23, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

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Thanks for all your great work improving and adding to the List of female architects, as well as the many new articles you have created as a result. I've no idea how you find the time!! Sionk (talk) 02:01, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

A Barnstar!
Golden Wiki Award

Thanks for your recent contributions! (talk) 13:45, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
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For being an outstanding wikipedian and assisting in articles and translations. You are a credit to the site! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:49, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

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For creating Neoclassical architecture in Milan. Spectacular work! Why didn't I think of that! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:35, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

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I greatly appreciate your assistance with translation and the bibliography of encyclopedias, so a small token of my appreciation of your help and interest. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:47, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

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This Barnstar is for your tireless contributions to Wikipedia related to the Archives of American Art. Thank you and I look forward to your continued contributions! SarahStierch (talk) 15:20, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

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I, Sarah Stierch, hereby award you, Ipigott, with the Archives of American Art Barnstar for your contributions related to improving coverage about American art on Wikimedia projects, and especially assisting in helping Louise Nevelson become a good article! Thanks so much! SarahStierch (talk) 22:44, 10 October 2011 (UTC)