Category: Visiting Scholars

Category: Visiting Scholars

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Why academic institutions are supporting experienced Wikipedia editors

The Visiting Scholars Program at Wiki Education creates a bridge between academic institutions and experienced Wikipedia editors. This bridge allows Wikipedians to disseminate Universities’ scholarly sources and collections to the millions of reader accessing Wikipedia every month. The Wikipedian is thus supported in their efforts to continually improve the world’s largest repository of free knowledge; … Continued

Empowering millions by ensuring the future of facts

Representing knowledge accurately and extensively for the public is integral to Wikipedia’s mission and that of Wiki Education. Millions of people look to Wikipedia to make political and behavioral decisions in their lives, so we’re taking purposeful steps to improve the site’s coverage of subject areas like public policy, political science, law, history, environmental science, and sociology. … Continued

Why this Wikipedian believes in sharing knowledge freely

Dr. Jackie Koerner is a Visiting Scholar partnered with San Francisco State University’s Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability. The Visiting Scholars program connects experienced Wikipedia editors, like Jackie, with access to academic sources. The partnering university thus expands the reach of their collections, and a Wikipedian is better equipped to continue spreading knowledge. More than a … Continued

Learn about deep carbon science on Wikipedia thanks to RockMagnetist

Did You Know … that extraterrestrial diamonds in meteorites preserve their history from before the Solar System formed? Extraterrestrial diamonds are a common substance (not much bigger than a molecule) found in space, often in meteorites and stars. If you were to read the Wikipedia article about them, you could learn about their formation in our … Continued

Announcing Jean-Philippe Béland as the Visiting Scholar for Rutgers University

Jean-Philippe (User:Amqui) has been a Wikipedian since 2006. He has improved and created many articles on French-language Wikimedia projects as well as the English Wikipedia, including writing several featured articles for Wikipedia and Wikivoyage. In fact, he has created over 1,900 articles on the French Wikipedia alone. Currently, he is working in the Wikiversity to … Continued

Visiting Scholar Gen. Quon writes about his passion for Wikipedia editing

Paul Thomas is an experienced Wikipedia editor and the University of Pennsylvania’s Visiting Scholar. Through UPenn’s Department of Classical Studies, Paul has access to academic sources to improve Classics topics on Wikipedia. Here, he reflects on what the Visiting Scholars program has meant for his editing work. During my undergraduate years, I spent much of … Continued

Rosiestep is putting faces to pre-20th century women’s history

Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, User:Rosiestep on Wikipedia, is a prolific editor who improves the encyclopedia in a number of ways. One of these ways is by uploading photos of pre-20th century women writers to Wikimedia Commons, which she then uses to illustrate biography articles that she’s written about them. Thanks to access to academic databases provided by Northeastern University, … Continued

How access to academic sources empowers already prolific Wikipedia editors

Gary Greenbaum, also known as User:Wehwalt on Wikipedia, is a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University. Through the Visiting Scholars program, Gary gets access to George Mason University’s academic sources and databases, expanding the reach of those collections and improving his own abilities to create and maintain Wikipedia articles. Here, Gary shares an example of how … Continued

UPenn Visiting Scholar Gen. Quon is making real progress improving Wikipedia’s coverage of Classics

Paul Thomas is User:Gen. Quon, an active Wikipedian who has helped an impressive 267 Wikipedia articles reach Good Article status, as well as several to reach Featured Article status. In October, we announced that Paul would receive access to scholarly databases to help in his efforts to improve the world’s favorite online encyclopedia. And now, thanks to the … Continued

Wehwalt is ensuring the quality of Wikipedia’s coverage of American political history

Every experienced Wikipedia editor has a different way of improving the valuable resource that is Wikipedia. There are plenty of tasks that fall to these volunteers editors, not only in terms of adding missing content, but also in copy-editing existing material, fact-checking sourced content, checking sources for reliability, consulting with other editors about Wikipedia policy, … Continued