Volunteers and community

Volunteers are at the heart of the Wikimedia projects, as a community-driven enterprise. In Scotland, we work to support a number of individuals and groups of volunteers engaging with open knowledge in general and the Wikimedia projects in particular.

Events

In the past we’ve organised various meetups in Glasgow and Edinburgh; if you’re interested in organising or coming to one, please do get in contact with scotland@wikimedia.org.uk

We’d very much like to see these meetups extend beyond the Central Belt. 

Volunteer opportunities and support

We have a range of volunteer opportunities available at different times; including a group of volunteer Wikimedia trainers who support events throughout Scotland. 

Wikimedia UK can also offer volunteer and small project grants, which can be used to support items such as volunteer expenses and event costs.

Read more about all the ways Wikimedia UK support our volunteer community.

Find out more

You can read more about what we’ve been doing to support our most recent cohort:

Growing our volunteer community in Scotland

Online training for online trainers – a response to Covid-19

We also invite you to join the ScotWiki mailing list – a low-traffic list for info and discussion on all things relating to Wikimedia in Scotland.

Protests & Suffragettes

Code the City

Scots & Gaelic Wikipedia

Mary Barbour 1915 Rent Strike – Wikipedia Editing Workshop. ‘Protests and Suffragettes’ project. t s Beall and others. CC BY 2.0

We’ve been working with Glasgow-based community group Protests & Suffragettes (formerly Strong Women of the Clydeside) since around 2017, providing training and support for editathons surrounding their research into the history of Scottish Suffragettes and the Protest movement on the Clydeside.  One of the group attended our most recent Train the Trainer course, and over the lockdown period they have begun to run their own online Wikipedia workshops on Zoom. 

Aberdeen map showing Wikidata, Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons items
Aberdeen map showing Wikidata, Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons items.

Code the City are a civic hacking initiative based in Aberdeen. Since 2019 we’ve worked with them to reach the wider open data community in the North of Scotland, particularly with regard to Wikidata. We’ve provided training and support for in person training on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata, and supported hackathon weekend activities focussing on the History and Heritage of the North of Scotland.  

Ian Watt, co-founder of Code the City, won an honourable mention for Wikimedian of the Year in 2020.

Following the National Library of Scotland’s Uicipeid Residency in 2017, we would like to continue our work with Gaelic Wikipedia, and with Scots.  These are very small communities in comparison with English Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects, and we welcome and hope to support any of those who would like to get involved.  If you are a speaker of either of these languages and would like to know more about contributing, please contact scotland@wikimedia.org.uk 

Our Scotland Programme Coordinator is currently supporting the Scots wiki community following the surge of interest in the project, including providing training and support for community editathons.