Outreach

Wikipedia for Schools Project

Teachers and students in Nyeri, Kenya listening to a tutorial under the Wikipedia for Schools Project. In 2005, SOS Children, the world’s largest charity for orphan and abandoned children[1] [2] launched the “A World of Learning” project, which handpicks Wikipedia articles and categorizes them by subject for schoolchildren around the…

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Are you the next Wikipedia Visiting Scholar?

Wikipedia Visiting Scholars gain full university library access. Many Wikipedia editors are limited by the sources they have access to. The Wikipedia Visiting Scholars (WVS) program is a novel approach that aims to connect Wikipedia editors with reference resources at top research universities. The WVS program adapts an existing model…

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Call for Individual Engagement Grant proposals: community experiments wanted

IEG barnstar Do you have an idea for a project that could improve Wikipedia or another Wikimedia community? The Wikimedia Foundation and the Individual Engagement Grants Committee are seeking proposals for community-led experiments to have online impact in the Wikimedia movement. Individual Engagement Grants support individuals and small teams of…

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Wikipedia helps immigrants learn Swedish

Some of the SFI students in Värnamo during their introductory Wikipedia workshop. To start using the Internet as an adult can be hard. In 2013 Wikimedia Sverige decided to reach out to a very underrepresented group of people – immigrants. In Sweden, research has shown that immigrants learning Swedish as…

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Editing Wikipedia, a print guide for new contributors

Editing Wikipedia brochure For newcomers, figuring out how to edit Wikipedia can be challenging. Although help pages abound, many new contributors like to have something to hold on to: printed guidance. That was the motivation for the first Welcome to Wikipedia brochure we created in 2010, and since then it’s…

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Presenting about Wikipedia to academic audiences

Leigh At the SALALM conference Through its Participation Support program, the Wikimedia Foundation has graciously funded three opportunities for me to present about Wikipedia at various seminars, including the New Mexico Association of Museums in November 2012, the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) in May…

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A guide to getting started on Wikimedia Commons

Illustrating Wikipedia: A guide to contributing content to Wikimedia Commons With more than 18 million freely licensed media files, Wikimedia Commons is the repository for files illustrating Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. But as many new contributors find out, understanding the world of free licenses and encyclopedic content can be…

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Catalan Wikipedia hits the 400,000 articles milestone during 35-hour edit-a-thon

The GLAM movement in Catalonia has been very active the past few years. Edit-a-thons and workshops have taken place in all kinds of institutions, but the one that was held this April in Fundació Miró in Barcelona (Catalonia), co-organized by Amical Viquipèdia, was really special: the edit-a-thon lasted for 35 consecutive hours, split…

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Have a question about Wikipedia? Ask a WikiWoman on January 17!

“What’s it like to be a Wikipedian?” “How did you get started editing?” “How do you make an account on Wikipedia?” “How do you upload a photo on Commons?” …those are just some of the many questions that people often ask those of us who edit Wikipedia and contribute to…

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Wikimedia Chile hosts Wikipedia editathon, photo awards ceremony

On 15 December, in the BiblioGAM library at the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM Cultural Center), Wikimedia Chile celebrated the prize ceremony of the Wiki Loves Monuments Chile 2012 photo contest, where we awarded prizes to the 10 winning photographs that represented Chile in the international contest, along with the 5 honorable mentions highlighted…

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