I’m delighted to announce two new listings for Wikipedians in Residence, on both coasts of the U.S. Both offer experienced Wikipedians the opportunity to help respected non-profit organizations update their practices to incorporate the improvement of Wikipedia content, and to build relationships with the Wikipedia editorial community. Both offer compensation, an increasingly important factor as expectations of Wikipedian in Residence programs rise, and as opportunities for experienced Wikipedians proliferate.
Consumer Reports, a magazine and organization devoted to serving consumers with useful and unbiased information, offers a three month position (with a $4,000/month stipend) based in Yonkers, New York. This Wikipedian in Residence will be focused on consumer health issues, and will design programs that bring Consumer Reports staff and Wikipedians together to present useful information in both publications. A background in the sciences is desirable for this position.
The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which provides services including the WorldCat database that underlies the inter-library loan system, offers a position (with compensation based on experience) in its San Mateo, California offices. This Wikipedian in Residence will have the opportunity to help OCLC to adapt its own practices to incorporate Wikipedia, and also guide libraries in Wikipedia engagement.
Wiki Strategies is pleased to have the opportunity to work with both organizations, in defining a strong foundation for an effective engagement with Wikipedia. We look forward to seeing the results of these unique and exciting positions, which represent a significant expansion in the kinds of organizations bringing on a Wikipedian in Residence.