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The exterior in December 2013

Andy Mabbett, User:Pigsonthewing, is Wikipedian in Residence at the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, part of Birmingham Museums Trust.


A Wikipedian in residence is an experienced Wikipedian (or Wikimedian), who works as such, inside an institution, much like an artist in residence.

This means that Andy is paid by the Trust, to act as an advocate among its staff, partner organisations, members, and the general public, to encourage them to improve the coverage of the museums collections and related subjects in Wikipedia, its sister projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, and other initiatives with an "open content" ethos, and to engage with - and support the work of - the Wikipedia community.

Among other things, this may involve:

  • Explaining what "open content" means in this context, what the projects are, and how they work
  • Supporting existing contributors to the projects, in improving coverage of relvant content
  • Training people to edit Wikipedia and other projects
  • Advocating and explaining the use of open licences
  • Running public engagement events, such as editathons
  • Giving talks to interested groups
  • Speaking at conferences
  • Writing guest blog posts or articles
  • Encouraging the use of Wikimedia projects in education
  • Acting as a liaison between interested parties
  • Encouraging the reuse of content from the projects
  • Deploying existing Wikimedia projects, such as voice recording article subjects and QRpedia


Andy is working one day per week (on average, actual days vary). A project diary will note headline events and milestones.

We held our first editathon on 7 March 2015.

We will be holding our second editathon on 28 May 2015. All welcome, but booking essential!


Key articles[edit]

Articles needed[edit]

For a list of articles we've created or improved; see the project diary.

We could write articles about any of the following, but check they meet the notability criteria:



Articles to improve[edit]


For all of the above; check that Wikidata items exist, and are correctly populated.



See also[edit]

Project page on Commons


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