Category: Profiles

Category: Profiles

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How Wikidata is helping the CU Boulder library

Wikidata’s overlap with cataloging has increased in recent times, prompting many librarians to transition into using it more. Chris Long, who is the Director of the Resource Description Services Team at the University of Colorado Boulder’s library, has been an avid user of Wikidata since 2019, creating and editing a variety of items. Though Long’s … Continued

Improving Asian American journalists’ biographies

Wiki Education recently collaborated with the Wikimedia Foundation and the Asian American Journalism Association (AAJA) to host a 6-week training course in order to give AAJA members and others the time and space to learn how to add Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists’ biographies to Wikipedia. One course participant was Pamela Ng, homepage editor … Continued

Improving Wikipedia’s coverage of OER

For being the world’s largest open educational resource (OER), Wikipedia’s coverage of OER-related topics left something to be desired. That’s why Wiki Education collaborated with the GO-GN Global OER Graduate Network and the Hewlett Foundation to run two Wiki Scholars courses aimed at improving Wikipedia’s coverage of OER, broadly defined. The call for participants snagged … Continued

How writing for Wikipedia helps journalists

Yiwen Lu is a student journalist based in Chicago and the Communications Director of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). She was a participant in Wiki Education’s recent AAJA Wiki Scholars course, which was made possible by the Wikimedia Foundation. In the course, AAJA’s members worked together to increase Wikipedia’s coverage of Asian American and … Continued

Seeing yourself as a Wikipedian: Michael Dabrowski

Michael Dabrowski is a Spanish educator who has been incorporating Wikipedia in his classrooms. His many other titles include Academic Coordinator of Spanish at Athabasca University and a Spanish Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary, former president of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIE), project lead of the Spanish Open Educational Resource … Continued

Sharing the history of Northwest women on Wikipedia

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington, is a Smithsonian Affiliate — which made their staff eligible to participate in one of Wiki Education’s recent Wiki Scholars courses, themed around the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative. Northwest Museum Curator of History Freya Liggett signed right up. “I’d never considered becoming a Wikipedia … Continued

Expanding Opal Lee’s Wikipedia article

Opal Lee is known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.” A civil rights activist and community leader in Fort Worth, Texas, she had campaigned for decades to see Juneteenth become a national holiday. And, until earlier this year, she didn’t have a Wikipedia biography. She does now, in part thanks to Erica Schumann, a member of … Continued

Implementing Wikipedia into classrooms as an open educational resource

Cynthia Orozco is currently pursuing her PhD in Information Studies at UCLA and is a librarian at East Los Angeles College. As a PhD student, she researches the role of archives in California community college libraries in relation to the communities in which they are situated. She recently completed a Wiki Scholars course we ran … Continued

Adding NC women’s history to Wikipedia

Jan Davidson, a museum historian for the Cape Fear Museum in New Hanover County, North Carolina, had thought about editing Wikipedia articles, but she’d never actually clicked the edit button. The Cape Fear Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. As part of the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative, these Affiliates were invited to participate in a … Continued

Contributing to the Open Educational Resource movement with Wikipedia

Since Wikipedia’s launch, it has served as an open educational resource (OER) for everyone to learn new information. However, Wikipedia’s own coverage of OERs still needs development. Talea Anderson, who is a scholarly communication librarian at Washington State University, participated in Wiki Education’s OER Wiki Scholars course to help with expanding Wikipedia’s OER coverage. As … Continued