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The University of Edinburgh Wikimedian in Residence Project.
View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
Following successful collaborations with Wikimedia in 2015, the University of Edinburgh are hosted a Wikimedian in Residence in from January 2016 to January 2017 as part of a year-long project to advocate and raise awareness of Open Knowledge, working with academic staff, students, library & archive staff and Wikimedians throughout Scotland. As of January 2018, the residency has now been extended for a third year to continue & build on the successes of the first two years.

If you're interested in becoming involved in any way please contact Ewan McAndrew at ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk


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Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Welcome[edit]

The University of Edinburgh Residency

The University of Edinburgh began a year-long Wikimedian-in-Residence project in January 2016. The success of the residency for the University has meant that it has been extended to three years, until January 2019. It is the third successive residency to be established in Scotland, following the National Library of Scotland Residency which began in July 2013 and the Museums and Galleries Scotland residency which began in January 2015.

The vision of the University of Edinburgh is: The creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.

Collage of images with relevance to the University of Edinburgh residency
Alumnus: Charles Darwin - John G Murdoch Portrait restored

What the residency involves[edit]

The University of Edinburgh residency is to facilitate a sustainable relationship between the University and Wikimedia UK to the mutual benefit of both communities through improving knowledge exchange. To do this, the WiR will be an advocate of open knowledge and deliver training events & workshops which will further both the quantity & quality of open knowledge and the university’s commitment to digital literacy. More practically, this will involve arranging & delivering skills-training sessions which will fit in with and, importantly enhance, the learning & teaching within the curriculum. The WiR will also stage events outside the curriculum which will draw on the university’s, and Edinburgh’s, rich history & knowledge.

Editathons will be a large part of this however, there will be many different ways where staff & students can get involved & directly contribute their knowledge & expertise to develop Wikimedia UK’s diverse range of projects, including: Wikipedia; Wikivoyage; Wiktionary; Wikispecies; Wikiquotes; Wikisource; Wikiversity; Wikibooks; Wikinews; Wikimedia Commons; Wikidata; and more besides.

The Resident is based in the Learning, Teaching & Web Services Division within Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh.

For general information about the Wikimedian-in-Residence programme, the following articles may be of interest:

University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon
Wikipedia, an introduction

Wikipedia and Open Knowledge: a little light reading[edit]

  1. Reasons to use Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia and Student Writing - Wiki Edu Blog 14/10/2014
  3. Wikipedia's ongoing search for the sum of all human knowledge - Oxford Internet Institute.
  4. Wikipedia amplifying impact of Open Access publications - The LSE Impact Blog
  5. Wikipedia: The Digital Gateway to Academic Research - Referencing Made Easy Blog site.
  6. Brits trust Wikipedia more than the news: survey (CNBC.com)
  7. 97% of instructors would teach with Wikipedia again - WikiEdu.org blog 25/03/2016
  8. "The Internet’s Favorite Website" - As web traffic shifts toward mobile, a new study finds Wikipedia remains the most popular informational site around.
  9. 'Shiver-inducing contacts with the past' - Bodleian Wikimedian, Martin Poulter, says that the digital world can play a crucial role in sharing those shiver-inducing moments of contact with the past, such as seeing Charles Darwin’s actual handwriting, and libraries can involve more people in that authentic experience.
  10. Ten basic rules of editing Wikipedia - Logan DW, Sandal M, Gardner PP, Manske M, Bateman A (2010) Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia. PLoS Comput Biol 6(9): e1000941. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000941
Wikipedia and Information Literacy - Ruth Jenkins, Academic Support Librarian at the University of Edinburgh Medical School.
Teaching with Wikipedia - Dr. Chris Harlow (Reproductive Biology research session at Edinburgh University)

Wikimedia UK and Universities[edit]

Wikimedia UK have set up a new website as a central reference point for university educators to find out about Wikipedia in Higher Education including details of past assignments, current assignments and courses planned for the future at universities the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. The page was created in August 2016 but has been populated with a number of examples already; including many from the University of Edinburgh. The intention is that educators can better communicate & co-ordinate their efforts both with Wikimedia UK and with other educators if information is available from a central point of reference.

  1. Click here to find out more about Teaching with Wikipedia in Higher Education with examples from the University of Edinburgh.
  2. Click here to visit Wikimedia UK's newly created Universities page.
  3. Click here to see the Wikimedia Education Dashboard where educators can plan courses and manage student assignments.

Courses involving Wikipedia assignments[edit]

Contact Ewan McAndrew, the Wikimedian in Residence for Edinburgh University at ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk if you would like to find out more.

'Changing the Ways the Stories are Told' - Melissa Highton speaking at the Wikipedia Science Conference - 3 September 2015

Background to the residency


The University of Edinburgh residency is a result of a long term engagement and also a credit to the quality of the UK Wikimedians and their ability to support, impress and influence senior managers, who in turn, shape institutional strategies and investment.

The lead for the partnership at University of Edinburgh is Melissa Highton. When she was Director of Academic IT at University of Oxford her teams attended the editathon organised by JISC (June 2012) to improve articles on World War One. Oxford holds the Great War Archive and they were keen to ensure, in advance of the centenary, that their collection of open educational resources (OER) could support public engagement and school teaching on the topic. Martin Poulter was the Wikimedian in Residence at JISC at the time.

In 2013 Oxford hosted an editathon for Ada Lovelace Day. Martin Poulter provided training for the event and brought several other Wikimedians to help. Liz McCarthy and Kate Lindsay worked with Martin to make the whole event a great success.

Oxford hosted another editathon for Ada Lovelace Day 2014, but by that time Melissa had moved job to become Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services at University of Edinburgh. There had not yet been any Wikipedia editathons at Edinburgh so Melissa brought her teams to the EduWiki conference to find out more. Ally Crockford (Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland) spoke at the event and she highlighted the WiR scheme. Melissa met with Gill Hamilton (Digital Access Manager at the NLS) to learn about the job descriptions, support and work plans which would be successful for a WiR partnership.

Edinburgh University runs an annual Innovative Learning Week designed to enable staff and students to attend day long, or week long events outside of normal timetabling patterns. The first Edinburgh editathon ran during ILW 2015. Ally Crockford and Sara Thomas (Wikimedian in Residence at Museums & Galleries Scotland) came to help deliver the: Women, Science and Scottish History editathon series. Ally was very bold and went for an event spanning the full 4 days.

Images from the Women, Science & Scottish History editathon for Innovative Learning Week 2015[edit]

“We certainly couldn’t have done it without Ally and Sara but the striking thing for me was how quickly colleagues within the University took to the idea and began supporting each other in developing their skills and sharing knowledge amongst a multi-professional group. This inspired me to commission some academic research to look at the connections and networking amongst the participants and to explore whether editathons were a good investment in developing workplace digital skills. This is the research I presented at Martin’s Wikipedia Science Conference which underpinned my business case for establishing a WiR at University of Edinburgh with focus on skills development as part of the University’s commitment to open knowledge.“

“I have been repeatedly impressed by the quality of the Wikimedians and the generosity of their host organisations to help at events. It seems to me only fair that University of Edinburgh which has benefitted so much from our local WiRs should now host a WiR to continue a sustained involvement with the scheme and the Wikimedia UK community. Once Edinburgh has shown the way I hope the other Scottish universities will follow suit to ensure that there is always at least one WiR for the nation.” - Melissa Highton - Director of Learning, Teaching & Web Services at University of Edinburgh.

Events and Workshops

EuroStemCell Wikipedia Editathon at the University of Edinburgh's MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine - July 2016

The Resident will be organising a variety of events, including edit-a-thons and training sessions, during the course of the residency.

If you're interested in running an event with the Wikimedian in Residence, please get in contact through Ewan McAndrew's talk page. Or alternatively, you can email: ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk or follow/message me on Twitter: @emcandre

University of Edinburgh Spy Week Wikipedia edit-a-thon
University of Edinburgh Spy Week
Edinburgh Gothic - Wikipedia editathon for Robert Louis Stevenson Day

For details of past events such as our Spy Week:Women in Espionage editathon and our Eurostemcell editathon please visit the Events page

Upcoming Events[edit]

Event Name Date Location Organiser Event Details
Amnesty International: Human Rights Defenders editathon at the Glasgow Women's Library 19 May 2018 10am-4pm Events Space at Glasgow Women's Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow G40 1BP Sara Thomas, Scotland Programme Co-ordinator for Wikimedia UK Come to a masterclass on how to become a Wiki-Editor and create Wikipedia entries on women human rights defenders!
Teaching with Wikipedia: What do I need to know first? at Edinburgh University Main Library 6 June 2018 12:30pm-2pm Room 1.09, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh) This is a workshop aimed primarily at anyone who is interested in learning how to Teach with Wikipedia with examples of recent best practice at the University of Edinburgh.
Processions - Celebrate 100 years of votes for women on Wikipedia at Edinburgh University Main Library 8 June 2018 12pm-7:30pm Room 1.11, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh) Join us to write new Wikipedia articles to surface knowledge about the suffragettes, the women's rights movement, the history of marching and the history of banner-making.
Academia and Wikipedia: Critical Perspectives in Education and Research 18 June 2018 Maynooth University, County Kildare, Ireland. Dr Alison Hood, Maynooth University An exciting one-day exploration of research into Wikipedia and its use as a teaching instrument, featuring contributions from academics in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America. Full Conference Programme.
Getting started with Wikipedia workshop - Editing using the new Visual Editor interface at Edinburgh University Main Library 21 June 2018 10:30am-12.30pm Room 1.08, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Andrew Kirk (Digital Skills trainer at the University of Edinburgh) This is a workshop aimed primarily at anyone who is interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia but, up until now, were never entirely sure how or why to begin.
Sharing research to Wikipedia and Wikidata - disseminating knowledge and improving impact at Edinburgh University Main Library 27 June 2018 4pm-5pm Room 1.07, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh) Citing high quality academic research on Wikipedia improves the quality of the information people access every day and it has never been easier thanks to Wikipedia's new Visual Editor interface. These citations are automatically picked up by impact-measuring tools like Altmetric. In this session, open to all University of Edinburgh staff, we will discuss best practice when adding University of Edinburgh research to Wikipedia and Wikidata pages.
Introduction to Open Data with Wikidata and Histropedia - the timeline of everything at Edinburgh University Main Library 28 June 2018 11:30am-12:30pm Room 1.07, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh) In this session we will explain why Wikidata is so special, why its users are so excited by the possibilities it offers, why it may overtake Wikipedia in years to come as the project to watch and how having a centralised hub of structured, machine-readable, multilingual linked open data is quietly on course to change the world.
Introduction to Wikipedia's sister project: Wikisource - the Free Digital Library at Edinburgh University Main Library 28 June 2018 2pm-4pm Room 1.07, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh) In this session we will introduce you to Wikisource: Wikipedia’s sister project and a free digital hyper library of openly-licensed source texts. We will provide an introduction to what Wikisource is and how you can engage with it, a short practical activity where you will learn how to navigate Wikisource and proofread a page of text; examples of how an out-of-copyright/openly-licensed PhD thesis has been transcibed to Wikisource so the text is now 100% searchable, quality-checked and linked to from Wikipedia just 1 click away.
The Celtic Knot: Wikipedia Language Conference 2018 5-6 July 2018 The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU. Jason Evans (National Wikimedian for Wales) The Celtic Knot Conference 2018 is the second Wikipedia language conference focusing on supporting Celtic & Indigenous Languages. This year the conference will be organized in collaboration between the National Library of Wales and Wikimedia UK.
Teaching with Wikipedia: What do I need to know first? at Edinburgh University Main Library 12 July 2018 12pm-1pm Room 1.11, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh) This is a workshop aimed primarily at anyone who is interested in learning how to Teach with Wikipedia with examples of recent best practice at the University of Edinburgh.
Train the Trainer event - Learn how to run Wikipedia training for inside/outside the curriculum at Edinburgh University Main Library 12 July 2018 2pm-4pm Room 1.07, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh) The University's Information Services team will run a training session for anyone who wants to learn how to run Wikipedia editing sessions for use inside or outside the curriculum.
Wikipedia editathon workshop at EAHIL 2018 13 July 2018 Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Castle Grounds, North Rd, Cardiff CF10 3ER Marshall Dozier (Academic Support Librarian, University of Edinburgh) This is the first European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Conference to be held in Cardiff the capital city of Wales. Our How to run a Wikipedia editathon is a practical workshop on 13 July which will be run by three Academic Support Librarians from the University of Edinburgh; Marshall Dozier, Donna Watson and Ruth Jenkins.
Getting started with Wikipedia workshop - Editing using the new Visual Editor interface at Edinburgh University Main Library 17 July 2018 10:30am-12.30pm Room 1.08, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Andrew Kirk (Digital Skills trainer at the University of Edinburgh) This is a workshop aimed primarily at anyone who is interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia but, up until now, were never entirely sure how or why to begin.
Wikipedia Women in Red meetup - a project to add biographies of women to Wikipedia at Edinburgh University Main Library 17 July 2018 2pm-7pm Room 1.11, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh) This is a workshop aimed primarily at anyone who is interested in learning how to edit and helping to create biographies of notable women. No experience necessary. All welcome. Drop in and join us when you can anytime between 2pm and 7pm.
Getting started with Wikipedia workshop - Editing using the new Visual Editor interface at Edinburgh University Main Library 4 September 2018 10:30am-12.30pm Room 1.08, Meeting Suite, first floor, Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square Andrew Kirk (Digital Skills trainer at the University of Edinburgh) This is a workshop aimed primarily at anyone who is interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia but, up until now, were never entirely sure how or why to begin.

Projects in Development[edit]

Discussions & preparations are under way to deliver the following projects. Any expressions of interest in helping with these events would be welcome along with any suggestions on individuals or groups, either within the university or outwith the university, who maybe interested in either attending these events or assisting in their preparation would also be welcome.

Planned Projects[edit]

  1. 200 word Wikipedia assignment in Social Anthropology in session October 2018.
  2. Translation Studies MSc continues for its 4rd iteration in February 2018
  3. (Re)making Middlesbrough editathon at Teesside University on 27-28 April 2018.

Project Ideas[edit]

  1. The Kelvin Hall relaunch (in Glasgow)
  2. International Alumni project – Celebrating the international students who studied at Edinburgh University and gone on to have a huge impact abroad.
  3. International Development editathon for students.
  4. Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program - editathon and Swahili translate-a-thon
  5. World Music Day editathon
  6. International Nurses Day
  7. Vet School Wikipedia research session - Edit-a-thon event for Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies students to research & create new Wikipedia articles on Veterinary Medicine.
  8. Engineering - 150th Anniversary editathon
University of Edinburgh ILW editathon goodies

Press about the residency[edit]

  1. Edinburgh University searches for 'Wikimedians' - Edinburgh Evening News, 8th October 2015.
  2. University of Edinburgh to employ ‘Wikimedian in Residence’ web editor - The Student Newspaper.org, October 13th 2015.
  3. The History of Medicine gets mentioned in the ILW Awards 2016
  4. The OER16 Conference, co-chaired by Melissa Highton and Lorna M. Campbell, won Wikimedia UK’s Partnership of the Year Award
  5. 'Wikidata and Wikisource Showcase' mentioned on IS News site.
  6. The Wikimedia Residency, as part of the University Of Edinburgh's Open Education team, won 3rd place in ALT's Learning Technologist of the Year awards.
  7. Open Education team (including Wikimedia residency) come third in ALT Learning Technologist of the Year awards - story on the IS News site.
  8. Wikipedia's women problem - Melissa Highton writes for the Dangerous Women project 10th October 2016
  9. STV News 'Live at Five' covers the Ada Lovelace Day - Women in STEM Wikipedia editathon.
  10. New College take on Wikipedia edit-a-thon - Women and Religion 2 November 2016.
  11. Brenda Moon remembered in Wikipedia editathon - article in IS News
  12. Wikipedia editathon and Mary Stewart - Edinburgh Gothic Sat 12 November.
  13. Wikipedia editathon at the University of Sheffield's Centre for the History of the Gothic
  14. Collaborating to built a city of information literacy, a city of Wikipedia - Interview by OEPS Scotland
  15. #1Lib1Ref at the University of Edinburgh - Blog article by Gavin Willshaw, Digital Curator - 2nd February 2017
  16. Fake News and Wikidata - a roundup of the Wikimedia UK Education Summit
  17. Host a Wikimedian - You can't afford not to (blog article)
  18. 'Wikipedia, research and representation- - Dr Amy Burge, Academic Developer at the Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh.
  19. Mary Susan McIntosh and the Women in Red - Lorna Campbell.
  20. What do you do with a dead chemist? - Anne-Marie Scott.
  21. Wikipedia and Writing - Michael Seery, Reader in Education, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh.
  22. Language and Politics - my takeaways by Mina Theofilatou.
  23. How is it almost August? - Lorna Campbell.
  24. While in Scotland - Käbi Suvi, Wikimedia Estonia.
  25. Celtic Knot Conference 2017 in Edinburgh - Astrid Carlsen, Wikimedia Norge.
  26. Wikipedia in the Classroom: developing information literacy, online citizenship and digital research skills - Teaching Matters blog 13th June 2017.
  27. Congratulations to our Wikimedian of the Year - Wikimedia UK blog 1st August 2017.
  28. University of Edinburgh journal vol.48 no.1 - Article about the Edinburgh residency on p.25
  29. Ada Lovelace Day 2017 - celebrating Women in STEM - article on the WiR blog on 1st September 2017.
  30. Scotland loves monuments - article for Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 on the Wir Blog - Friday 8 September 2017.
  31. Wanderings with a Wikimedian - Blog article by Anne-Marie Scott for Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 - Monday 11 September 2017.
  32. Mortuary Chapel, Revisited - Anne-Marie Scott's blog September 30 2017.
  33. Ada Lovelace Day – Professor Elizabeth Slater - Lorna Campbell's blog on October 10 2017.
  34. Ada Lovelace Day - knitting resources
  35. Ada Lovelace Day 2017 photos.
  36. Wikipedia is a very lovely place to be - Anne-Marie Scott's blog.
  37. The 17th century map of Iceland released by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Research Collections gets a mention in Creative Commons' influential 'State of the Commons report'.
  38. Wikipedia has always depended on the kindness of strangers - Outcomes of Ada Lovelace 2017 on the Wikimedian in Residence blog 19 October 2017.
  39. Wikipedia assignments – getting past the ‘Penguin effect’ and down to the brass tacks of sharing open knowledge - Teaching Matters blog.
  40. Ada Lovelace Day 2017 – Celebrating women in STEM - Edinburgh University Science Magazine.
  41. Another Story about Maps - Blogpost by Anne-Marie Scott 27 October 2017.
  42. Open Tumshies for Halloween - blogpost by Lorna Campbell 31 October 2017.
  43. Internet Transmitted Infections – I’ve got the SPLOTS - Anne-Marie Scott, 16 November 2017.
  44. Wikidata in the Classroom on the Wikimedian in Residence blog 22 November 2017.
  45. Open for all - Mansfield Traquair images hosted on Wikimedia Commons. Blog by Anne-Marie Scott 23 November 2017.
  46. Take an Equal Bite - Blogpost by Melissa Highton about EqualBITE: Gender equality in higher education and the the positive power of wikipedia editathons. 2nd December 2017.
  47. Wikipedia Games / SPLOTPoint - Anne-Marie Scott blog, January 1st 2018.
  48. 2017 Highs, Lows and Losses - Lorna Campbell blog, January 3rd 2018
  49. Wikipedia at 17 – Facts matter. - January 16th 2018.
  50. Reflections on International Women’s Day 2018 and Wikipedia – A Gude Cause - 8 March 2018.
  51. New SPLOT Wikidata tutorial - Wikidata Basics.
  52. Collaborated with John Lubbock at Wikimedia UK to produce Wikimedia UK blogpost: Data on the history of Scottish witch trials added to Wikidata on 9 March 2018.
  53. Libraries, Literacies & Learning – presentation at SCURL event 23 March 2018
  54. Digital Transformation and Data — The Wikimedia Residency at the University of Edinburgh on Medium.com
  55. Wikimedia resources – how to get started.
  56. The OER 18 EdTech editathon 'SPLOT' resource.
  57. Wikimedia at the Open Educational Resources Conference 2018

Reports[edit]

Institution Resident's name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 11 Jan - 11 Feb 2016 (first month of residency) 24 Feb 2016 1st Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 Feb - 11 Mar 2016 (second month of residency) 15 Mar 2016 2nd Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 Mar - 11 Apr 2016 (third month of residency) 11 Apr 2016 3rd Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 Apr - 11 May 2016 (fourth month of residency) 17 May 2016 4th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 May - 11 June 2016 (fifth month of residency) 15 June 2016 5th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 June - 11 July 2016 (sixth month of residency) 17 July 2016 6th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 July - 11 August 2016 (seventh month of residency) 26 August 2016 7th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 August - 11 September 2016 (eighth month of residency) 15 September 2016 8th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 September - 11 October 2016 (ninth month of residency) 17 October 2016 9th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 October - 11 November 2016 (tenth month of residency) 17 November 2016 10th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 November - 11 December 2016 (Eleventh month of residency) 21 December 2016 11th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 December - 11 January 2017 (Twelfth month of residency) 16 January 2017 12th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 11 January 2016 to 11 January 2017 (Review of last 12 months) 12 February 2017 12 Month Review - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 January - 11 February 2017 (Thirteenth month of residency) 13 February 2017 13th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 February - 11 March 2017 (Fourteenth month of residency) 17 February 2017 14th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 March - 11 April 2017 (Fifteenth month of residency) 14 March 2017 15th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 April - 11 May 2017 (Sixteenth month of residency) 16 May 2017 16th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 May - 11 June 2017 (Seventeenth month of residency) 12 June 2017 17th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 June - 11 July 2017 (Eighteenth month of residency) 25 July 2017 18th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 July - 11 August 2017 (Nineteenth month of residency) 30 August 2017 19th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 August - 11 September 2017 (Twentieth month of residency) 14 September 2017 20th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 September - 11 October 2017 (Twenty-first month of residency) 23 October 2017 21st Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 October - 11 November 2017 (Twenty-second month of residency) 24 January 2018 22nd Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 November - 11 December 2017 (Twenty-third month of residency) 24 January 2018 23rd Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 December - 11 January 2018 (Twenty-fourth month of residency) 24 January 2018 24th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 January - 11 February 2018 (Twenty-fifth month of residency) 7 March 2018 25th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 February - 11 March 2018 (Twenty-sixth month of residency) 7 March 2018 26th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 11 January 2016 to 16 April 2018 (Review of last 2 years) 16 April 2018 Two year review - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 March - 11 April 2018 (Twenty-seventh month of residency) 10 May 2018 27th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 April - 11 May 2018 (Twenty-eighth month of residency) 10 May 2018 28th Month Report - read in full
University of Edinburgh Ewan McAndrew 12 May - 11 June 2018 (Twenty-ninth month of residency) 12 June 2018 29th Month Report - read in full



Resources

Wikipedia in the Classroom case studies[edit]

Lesson plan[edit]

Wikidata in the Classroom case studies[edit]

Tools[edit]

Videos[edit]

  • The Wikimedian in Residence channel on Youtube now has accrued over 30,000 views of its 63 videos from 165 countries around the world with 144 subscribers.
"I use Wikipedia a lot, so it was good to be able to understand exactly what goes into editing it. The assignment also helped me understand where to find valuable references in places I would not have known to look.

Reproductive Biology Hons. student

"I had the opportunity to translate a small part of Milton's poems, and it was a great translation practice. I became more informed about how Wikipedia works and how to create and edit an entry."

Translation Studies MSc student

"It is nice to see my work published and online, and the content translation tool meant that I didn't have to spend much time worrying about formatting"

Translation Studies MSc student

"It demystified creation of online resources especially in this context, Wikipedia. I believe we had all the help and resources necessary for a successful article. Thank you for this wonderful exposure, enabling in us the "I can" spirit."

World Christianity MSc student

"It surprised me that editing a Wiki article would be such fun."

World Christianity MSc student

External video
Wikimania 2017 in Montreal WMUK photos 40.jpg
University of Edinburgh's Melissa Highton and Ewan McAndrew discuss how WIRs can create value for educational institutions.

Getting started with Wikipedia[edit]

Getting started as a Wikipedia Trainer/Course leader[edit]

Getting started with Wikimedia Commons – the free & open media repository[edit]

Getting started with Wikidata – the free & open knowledgebase of structured linked open data[edit]

Getting started with Wikisource – the free digital[edit]

Wikipedia Games[edit]

Lots more resources can be found on the Resources page.

About the Wikimedia projects

Wikimedia is a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world. Wikimedia is the collective name for the Wikimedia movement, revolving around a group of inter-related projects, including Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and others, which aim to use the collaborative power of the Internet, and the wiki concept, to create and share free knowledge of all kinds.

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Wikipedia is a project to build free encyclopedias in all languages of the world. Virtually anyone with Internet access is free to contribute by contributing neutral, cited information.

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Wikidata aims to create a free knowledge base about the world that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike. It provides data in all the languages of the Wikimedia projects, and allows for the central access to data in a similar vein as Wikimedia Commons does for multimedia files.

  • Wikidata: The New Rosetta Stone - 25-11-2015 | Alex Hinojo CCCBLAB Research and Innovation in the Cultural Sphere. "With more than fifteen million items compiled in the space of just three years, Wikidata is set to become the main open data repository worldwide. The eagerly awaited promise of linked open data seems to have finally arrived: a multilingual, totally open database in the public domain, which can be read and edited by both humans and machines."
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Wikimedia Commons aims to provide a central repository for free photographs, diagrams, maps, videos, animations, music, sounds, spoken texts, and other free media. It is a multilingual project with contributors speaking dozens of languages, that serves as a central repository for all Wikimedia projects.

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Wikivoyage aims to create the world's largest free, complete and up-to-date worldwide travel guide. Wikivoyage was launched in January 2013 and is written by volunteers in the same spirit of sharing knowledge that makes travel so enjoyable.

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Wikisource is a multilingual project to archive a collection of free and open content texts. It is not only a superior format for storing classics, laws, and other free works as hypertext, but it also serves as a base for translating these texts. Wikisource has several editions in many individual languages.

  • e.g.Gavin Willshaw, Digital Curator at the University of Edinburgh, has uploaded a PhD thesis by Thomas Jehu to Wikisource here.


Year two of the residency - 24 months in review

The University of Edinburgh Wikimedia residency - Year Two


Year one of the residency - 12 months in review

The University of Edinburgh Wikimedia residency - Year One