Bristol Wiki Academy 1

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When: Saturday 19 March 2011
Where: Room 1.06, Merchant Venturers School of Engineering, Woodland Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1UB



Presenters/ facilitators

Note for presenters
  • We will get a room with a networked Windows PC and Powerpoint. Presenters should bring slides on a USB stick. We will make the slides available online afterwards. Use of slides isn't mandatory: talk through the relevant WP pages if that's more informative.


The focus of the day was on thinking strategically about mutual benefit, not so much the process of editing. The aim of the event was also to drum up interest in subsequent events where people are trained to edit and contribute.

At the end of the event, attendees would:

  1. understand the aims of Wikimedia UK and how they overlap with those of their own organisations;
  2. understand the diversity of value created by the Wikimedia projects (not just the encyclopedia);
  3. think of specific things their organisation or group can do
    1. Join an edit-party to be trained up?
    2. Enter a cultural partnership?
    3. Engage with a specific activity such as QR codes or Spoken Wikipedia?
    4. Apply for microgrants?
    5. Host a Wikipedian-in-residence?
  4. have a sense of a community with a common goal
    1. find people interested in a wider event to train people in using WP
    2. create interest in an ongoing series of Bristol meetups
Note for guests

It's not compulsory, but consider bringing with you something you think should be "on" Wikipedia or its related projects. It might be a book with some interesting information, a photograph, a document or a physical object that we can photograph. If suitable, we will try and get it onto the relevant Wikimedia project during the day.


Morning session


Thanks to the University of Bristol for providing free food to back up our gift of free knowledge.

Afternoon session

  • Maximising the educational benefit of Wikipedia - Alex
  • Creating a watchlist - Martin
  • MediaWiki: a free platform for collaboration - Steve W
  • GLAM sector partnerships - Alex
  • Wikipedia in public spaces: QR codes & engagement with Derby Museum - Roger
  • Group discussion and one-to-one assistance

Handouts and materials

Coverage and commentary


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