Author: LiAnna Davis

Author: LiAnna Davis

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Telling communities’ stories on Wikipedia

As the chief public engagement officer for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Doug Roberts often refers to and uses content from Wikipedia in his work. So, he says, he recognized that there is a need for Wikipedia to better represent women and other underrepresented groups. When the opportunity presented itself for Doug … Continued

Why museum professionals should learn to edit Wikipedia

The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University in Illinois has an extensive collection featuring the art of Apsáalooke artist Wendy Red Star. So it was only natural that when Schingoethe Center collections curator Laura Santoyo took one of Wiki Education’s Wiki Scholars courses on how to edit Wikipedia, she would expand Red Star’s biography. The course … Continued

Empowering diverse stories of cultural heritage

Tony Pankuch works as an archivist for the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron in Ohio, where part of their work involves increasing the representation of diverse voices from the institution’s collections in their programming, exhibitions, and social media. So when Tony saw an opportunity … Continued

How Erik Olin Wright inspired João Alexandre Peschanski to become a Wikimedian

Image: Erik Olin Wright with teaching assistants in 2010, including João Alexandre Peschanski, far left. All rights reserved. As an undergraduate student, João Alexandre Peschanski had read several scholarly works by Dr. Erik Olin Wright, but he’d never met him. That changed in 2008, when João, who is from Brazil, was contemplating which Ph.D. program … Continued

Bringing U.S. women’s history to the public

Sarah Emma Edmonds was a veteran of the 2nd Michigan Infantry during the American Civil War — in which she served as a man named Frank Thompson. Or did she? Until earlier this year, Wikipedia’s article on her had a warning banner indicating the article contained disputed information. That made the article on Edmonds ripe … Continued

Centering diversity in stories of Mississippi’s history

As an exhibits content specialist for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jessica O’Connor’s job is to help center diverse voices in the stories they tell. So when she heard about the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI) Wiki Scholars course for Smithsonian Affiliates, focused on improving Wikipedia biographies of notable American women in … Continued

Amplifying Iowan women’s accomplishments through Wikipedia

This spring, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative (AWHI) hosted a series of Wiki Scholars courses with Wiki Education, focused on training Smithsonian Affiliates in how to create biographies of American women relevant to their local communities and collections. One such Smithsonian Affiliate is Grinnell College in Iowa; public librarian Monique Shore often collaborates with … Continued

Welcome, Reema!

We are excited to announce a new addition to the Wiki Education team. Reema Haque will be serving as the marketing and communications intern this summer at Wiki Education. Reema will be helping tell the story of the Scholars & Scientists Program. Her work includes identifying communications opportunities and marketing needs, writing and designing marketing … Continued

Student wins U-Mich writing award for Wikipedia article

The University of Michigan’s William P. Malm Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Writing in Japanese Studies is awarded each year for an outstanding undergraduate paper. Past honorees were usually honored for writing traditional academic papers. But this year’s award went to Aja Brandmeier for improving the Wikipedia article on Birth control in Japan. “I have … Continued