Join us for “Wikipedia in a generative AI world”

Everyone’s been talking about generative AI like ChatGPT and how it will change our lives. But have you considered its impact on Wikipedia? We’re pleased to announce the next edition of the Wiki Education Speaker Series, regular Zoom-based conversations where we bring together experts in Wikimedia and open knowledge for lively discussions of topics relevant to … Continued

Diversifying Wikipedia’s U.S. editors

The vision of the Wikimedia universe is to collect “the sum of all human knowledge”. But that’s hard to do when, as the latest Wikimedia Community Insights Report shows, your core community of contributors fails to reflect the spectrum of human diversity. In particular, the report concludes that “In the United States, Black and Hispanic contributors continued … Continued

Telling the story of an African American engineer on Wikipedia

Eugene M. DeLoatch founded the School of Engineering at Morgan State University, Maryland’s only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). He spent his career educating African American engineers. But, like many STEM figures from historically marginalized communities, DeLoatch lacked a Wikipedia article — until Kimberly Ivy created it. DeLoatch’s life story is one of championing … Continued

Adding Latinx scholars to Wikipedia

Marina Corrales’s career goal is to become a university librarian. She was excited when she took Dr. La’Tonya Rease Miles’s Social Innovation for Social Impact Leaders class at Santa Clara University this spring and discovered she’d be writing a Wikipedia article as part of the course. “I’ve referenced Wikipedia extensively throughout my academic career and … Continued

Diversifying Wikipedia’s STEM biographies

This spring, students at diverse colleges and universities across the United States tackled a glaring hole on Wikipedia: adding biographies of people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to Wikipedia. This term was the first of a planned three-year project, funded by the Broadcom Foundation, aimed at engaging a diverse group of students in writing … Continued

Welcome to our Equity Outreach Coordinator, Andrés!

Knowledge equity has been a cornerstone of our programs since our founding. Thanks to our efforts, content related to equity on Wikipedia has steadily improved over the years. By empowering students and other subject matter experts to add content to Wikipedia, we ensure the public’s most used reference is more equitable, accurate, and complete. Not … Continued

Wikipedia Student Program professor featured in Black EOE Journal

“Most stories about LGBTQ+ pioneers are white, cisgender men with access to certain forms of economic and cultural capital,” Dr. Christina Carney says in this summer’s issue of the Black EOE Journal. “Unfortunately, queer folx such as Marsha P. Johnson and William Dorsey Swann are often elided in the LGBTQ+ archives.” William Dorsey Swann, the first … Continued

When a Wikipedia research project becomes a thesis

Maria Murad decided to take Heather Sharkey’s course at the University of Pennsylvania because it involved learning how to write a Wikipedia article. “I was already working for my school newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, and I wanted to explore more avenues that allowed me to create short form, accessible content on important topics,” Maria explains. … Continued