Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon in Madrid, Spain. Events like these took place around the world on International Women's Day, to increase gender diversity on Wikipedia. 
Photo by Carlos Delgado, CC BY-SA 4.0

Librarian as public knowledge leader: ways to use Wikipedia

Wikipedia has become one of the most influential portals for internet-based research — providing readers with an initial overview of almost any topic and acting as a first stop for expert researchers. Moreover, the platform increasingly favours both scholarship and openness: a recent study showed that journals published as open…

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"Wednesday - Wikimedia Conference 2015 - WMES - 06" by Kadellar, under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Evaluation helps Wikimedia leaders learn together

Evaluation practices can build Wikimedia’s capacity as a movement, by helping community leaders plan and execute their programs more effectively. Here are some of the tools and resources shared by the Wikimedia Foundation’s Learning and Evaluation team in Berlin, to help leaders design, track and measure Wikimedia programs.

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Wikimedia Programs Evaluation reports show that Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events were six times as likely to be rated as featured pictures, such as this one. Main du juive à Tikjda, 5º prize on Wiki Loves Earth Algeria 2014. Photo by Chettouh Nabil, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

First 2015 Wikimedia Programs Evaluations reports examine Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events

What is the impact of Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events? The first two Wikimedia Programs Evaluation reports show that these programs contributed 14% of the media uploaded to Commons from September 2013 to September 2014.

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Women gather for "WikiWomen Day" in Pune, India, to help each other contribute to Wikipedia and increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. Photo by Abhishek Suryawanshi, under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

This month’s focus: Women in Wikimedia

This month, we’re featuring stories about women and gender diversity in the Wikimedia movement, in honor of International Women’s Day and WikiWomen’s History Month. Learn more. (…)

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The new Education Toolkit provides a blueprint for implementing successful Wikimedia programs. Photo by María Cruz, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

New Education Toolkit helps program leaders develop more effective Wikimedia programs

This first toolkit provides a blueprint for implementing successful Wikimedia programs. It includes best practices, tips and ideas for planning, teaching and evaluating educational programs. (…)

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Help close the gender gap: share what you learned about bringing diversity to Wikimedia projects. Image by María Cruz, free license under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Working to bring diversity on Wikimedia projects? Share what you learned

Diversity inspires, motivates and encourages creativity. Share new ideas to close the gender gap — and earn (…)

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Participatory grantmaking works because of committees such as this one. These community members review proposals for funding and help decide what to fund. Photo by Adam Novak, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Report finds the Wikimedia Foundation to be the largest known Participatory Grantmaking Fund

A report by the The Lafayette Practice group found that the Foundation’s participatory grantmaking program is “innovative and groundbreaking”, with the largest peer-review participation of any funder of this kind. (..)

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Sharing knowledge is a beautiful thing: a growing library of 'learning patterns' helps Wikimedians share what they learn about organizing activities like edit-a-thons. Max Reinhardt Library in Schloss Leopoldskron, by Jorge Royan, under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

An easier way to share knowledge through learning patterns

An updated library of ‘learning patterns’ helps Wikimedians share what they learn about organizing activities like edit-a-thons. (…)

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Examples of Wikimedia programs under evaluation this year. Can you help collect more data? Slide by María Cruz, CC-BY-SA 4.0. Photo by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, public domain

Help fill in the gaps: Contribute to the story of Wikimedia programs

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Learning and Evaluation team invites you to help collect data about Wikimedia programs, so we can evaluate their impact. Here’s an overview about this initiative and how you can contribute. (…)

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"Wikimedians in Residence - Report May 2014" by MCruz (WMF), under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Wikimedians in Residence: a journey of discovery

In April of 2014 I found myself digging deep into analytics in search of possible improvements and insight into what we do as a chapter. What brought me there? One of our most renowned programs, Wikimedians in Residence. […]
Wikimedia UK has been involved with WiR in the UK with varying degrees of support and supervision. Since the creation of the chapter, we always felt that the program was worth running, seeing it as one of the key ways we can engage with external organizations. However, I never knew for sure, if that was just a feeling. Toward the end of 2013 we decided to explore these notions. …

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