Category Archives: Wikipedian in Residence

The ethics of Wikipedia work, part 1: review

One of our core values at Wiki Strategies is dealing with Wikipedia (and the collaborative Internet in general) in a way that is responsible and ethical. Wikipedia is a project that requires neutral presentation of factual material. Conflicts of interest … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and education: what’s the right fit?

I just submitted a talk and an edit-a-thon session, along with my colleague Sara Frank Bristow, for the upcoming Open Education Conference in Washinton DC. We plan to explore the best fit between Wikipedia and academia, drawing on our experience … Continue reading

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Wikimedia’s proposed Terms of Use update

In February, I argued in a Wikipedia Signpost op-ed that a proposed change to Wikimedia’s Terms of Use (TOU) was less than ideal. The proposal would require of all editors of Wikipedia, and all other Wikimedia projects, that they disclose … Continue reading

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Five things a Wikipedian in Residence can do

Are you a Wikipedian? Do you want to help a museum, a library, a university, or other organization explore ways to engage with Wikipedia? Great – you should offer your expertise as a Wikipedian in Residence! If you find yourself in … Continue reading

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Where is the real report on the Belfer Center’s Wikipedia program?

For those seeking more context for this blog post, I recommend this summary by William Beutler. Last week, Sue Gardner of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) reported on WMF’s role in placing a paid Wikipedia writer (“Wikipedian in Residence” or “WIR”) … Continue reading

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There are better ways of combating unethical paid editing

My op-ed piece on the proposal to modify the Wikimedia Terms of Use was published in the Wikipedia Signpost: An effort is underway for Wikimedia to codify a principle that has been a cornerstone of my Wikipedia training and consulting … Continue reading

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Pete Forsyth on openness and museums

Last week, I had the honor of talking on Brian Lehrer TV along with Seb Chan of the Cooper Hewitt Museum. We were asked about efforts among museums and cultural institutions to be more open and engaging in their practices, … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports on the value of a Wikipedian in Residence

Last year, Wiki Strategies helped the respected non-profit Consumer Reports (CR) explore working with Wikipedia to advance the shared goal of providing factual, verifiable information to the public. As a result, CR launched a “Wikipedian in Residence” program in conjunction … Continue reading

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Wikipedians specializing in medicine, featured on BBC News Magazine

Today, BBC News Magazine featured 12 Wikipedians, interviewed at the Wikimania 2012 conference, on the front page of its U.S. & Canada web site. Lane Rasberry, a Wikipedian I worked to bring to Consumer Reports, is among them: Dr. James … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports to support Wikipedia article improvement

A Wikipedian in Residence, in a six month engagement at the offices of Consumer Reports magazine, will guide collaboration between experts on consumer issues, experts in medical science, and experts in Wikipedia publishing. Using a model and practices established by … Continue reading

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