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Collecting my "Honourable Mention" award, Wikimania, August 2014. The Mac is not mine!
Collecting my "Honourable Mention" award, Wikimania, August 2014. The Mac is not mine!
Name Andy Mabbett FRSA
Born Birmingham
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First edit 16 October 2003
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It's important to realise that our mission is not to make a website, but to share knowledge, freely available for reuse.

— Posted by me as @WeAreWikipedia, retweeted by Jimmy Wales; quoted at Wikimania 2014 by Bill Thompson.

I am Wikipedian in Residence at ORCID and Wikimedian in Residence at The Physiological Society and at the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group. I have previously been Wikimedian in Residence at TED, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Wikipedian in Residence at Thinktank, Birmingham; Wikipedian in Residence at Queen Street Mill; 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. While in Washington for Wikimania 2012, 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. 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 gave three presentations at Wikimania 2014, in London, where I also received an "Honourable Mention" in Wikimedia UK's annual awards. I gave two more at Wikimania 2016. Also in 2016, I undertook a four-week tour of Australia, and Indonesia, giving talks about Wikidata, and Wikipedia's GLAM collaborations; and taught a course on Wikipedia at the Polytechnic University of Milan.

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.

Elsewhere, I spoke and mentored at Wiki Academy Kosovo, 22-24 February 2013. I attended the ORCID Outreach Meeting and Codefest in Chicago on 21-22 May 2014 and ORCID/CASRAI conference in Barcelona on 18-19 May 2015; in part to speak about the use of ORCID in Wikipedia & Wikidata. I also spoke about authority control in Wikipedia and and its sister projects at a World Digital Library's Arab Peninsula Regional Group conference in Qatar in May 2015. On behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry, I have given talks about Wikipedia to chemists around the UK, and at the University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia, and to a Delegates' Assembly of the European Young Chemists' Network in Berlin. I was compère at OpenStreetMap's State of the Map 2013 in Birmingham, and spoke (about Wikidata and more) at State of the Map US 2015.

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 worked with the BBC, to run a related project, 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 all 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 I maintain an alternative account, User:PigsOTWing, with default settings, which I use for testing, training and demonstration purposes. I have separate user pages at:

as well as soft redirects on various other Wikipedias, for testing purposes. Oh, and I have permission from TBL to use the web whenever I like.

A shortcut for this page is

Declaration of Interests


I aim to make all my edits in compliance with Wikimedia Foundation policies, and this Wikipedia's polices on neutrality and conflict of interest. Accordingly, I declare that:

If you have concerns about any of my edits, in the light of the above or otherwise, please let me know on my talk page, or by e-mail if you prefer to preserve your privacy.

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