UK Wikimedian of the Year 2021

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The UK Wikimedian of the Year Awards recognise the work of community members and partner organisations in sharing open knowledge. We have held them every year since 2012, and this year's winners were announced at our Annual General Meeting in July.

2021 UK Wikimedian of the Year[edit | edit source]

Marco Cafolla

Cobra 3000 won the award for their efforts supporting the Scots Wikipedia. They have been a key part of the wiki, organising editathons which not only improved content but fostered a community of editors working together. Having people within a community who can step up and organise is invaluable, and those efforts mean that Scots Wikipedia is improving every day.

Honourable Mention - Ian Watt

Ian is a tremendously active volunteer and advocate for open knowledge, working with Commons, Wikidata, and Wikipedia. Over the last year he has run public-facing workshops and editathons, and he is hosting and supervising an Edinburgh University post-grad student running a mass transcription of the Register of Returned Criminals (1869-1939).

2021 Partnership of the Year[edit | edit source]

London College of Communication

London College of Communication won the award for the Decolonising Wikipedia Network was set up in 2020 involving students and staff to improve Wikipedia's coverage of under-represented topics. The Student Changemakers (who had a prominent role in leading the decolonisation efforts) were powerful advocates for the project and presented to staff and fellow students. The successful project will expand over the next academic year to include the whole of University of Arts, London, of which LCC is a part.

Honourable Mention - Scotland, Slavery and Black History project at the University of Edinburgh History students were invited to improve public knowledge of Scotland’s Black history, and to help make Scotland’s deep connections to Atlantic slavery better understood. They have provided videos on their reflections on this work to local Edinburgh secondary schools who are also interested in Dundas and improving black history on Wikipedia.

2021 Up and Coming Wikimedian (jointly awarded)[edit | edit source]

Abd Alsattar Ardati

Abd is one of Wikimedia UK's accredited trainers and has been proactive in helping his university engage with Wikimedia. He has also been a great help in supporting events and reflecting on how Wikimedia UK runs training. He is researching online training as part of his PhD research, and has been actively developing tools for online learning.

Lucy Moore

Lucy is an excellent advocate for Wikimedia. She has organised events at her workplace in Leeds Museums & Galleries, contributes to the excellent Women's Classical Committee wiki editing efforts, is an active member of Women in Red, and has written position pieces advocating for her field to actively engage with the Wikimedia projects and contribute to their diversity. She supports Wikimedia UK's work and helps others engage with Wikimedia.