Category: Profiles

Category: Profiles

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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

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

Improving discoverability and accessibility of information resources with Wikidata

Jay Colbert is the Metadata & Discovery Strategy Librarian at the University of New Hampshire, where he develops policies, best practices, standards, and directions for all forms of metadata. Having a background in participating in many Wikipedia edit-a thons including organizing Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons at the College of William & Mary and the … 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

Discovering new comics with Wikidata’s powerful tools

Daniel A. Reboussin is a cultural anthropologist who serves as the African Studies Collections Curator of the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. With his interest in open access digital resources and gaining a new perspective on expanding his own collections, he felt prompted to enroll in Wiki Education’s Wikidata Institute with 10 other … 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

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