Programs

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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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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Yale Information Society Project’s Big Data Symposium: Expanding the conversation in an international context

Every time you send an email or a text message or save a file to the cloud, pieces of data related to your activity are created—the type of computer you are using, your IP address, where you are, the types of files that you’re uploading. Big data[1] and the tools…

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Beginning to Understand What Works: Measuring the Impact of Wikimedia Programs

Radio Edit-a-thon in Argentina, on April 5, 2014. Across the globe, Wikimedia organizations and volunteers are engaging in online and offline activities to get more editors to contribute to Wikimedia projects. There are expansive efforts to attract new editors and to mobilize existing editors who can contribute diverse and high-quality…

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Egyptian students help narrow gender gap on Wikipedia

Fewer than 15% of Wikipedia editors around the world are female and the coverage of articles about women on Wikipedia is often not very good. Although the Arabic Wikipedia suffers the same imbalance in its content, this is not the case for the Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt. The number…

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