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Volunteer with Wikimedia UK

Welcome to the Wikimedia UK volunteer portal! Volunteers are at the very heart of the Wikimedia projects and the global Wikimedia movement. This portal is a resource for all of our volunteers, whether you're an experienced Wikimedian or are new to the movement.

As the UK chapter of the international movement, we support and assist those who are working in a way that benefits the Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wikinews. You'll find information about editing the projects, and our events and programmes. There are experienced Wikimedians on hand to help you so don't be nervous about asking for help.

There's a virtual library where you can download our publications, such as guides to editing and wiki mark-up, our annual reviews, and booklets about our outreach work with education and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums).

You can subscribe to our newsletter and learn more about the charity's staff and board of trustees here. If you'd like to learn more about how to volunteer with Wikimedia UK, or learn about any aspect of the charity and its work, please email volunteer@wikimedia.org.uk.

Five Wikimedia UK trainers at a training event in Oldham
Wikimedian Deryck Chan on being a volunteer
Wikimedian Natalie Chan on being a volunteer

I have been a contributor to Wikimedia projects

People learning to edit at a workshop for PhD-candidate and post-doc researchers Wikimedia UK works with volunteers to help them deliver projects that improve the content of Wikipedia and its sister sites. We help them to deliver events, to gain access to cultural and educational materials, and to find new ways to make good use of the projects, such as in higher education. We deliver training sessions for people who would like to learn to edit, and we work closely with partner institutions to provide access to cultural materials that can improve the content of the projects.

We encourage the use of open licenses for cultural and educational materials so that they be freely shared. We also offer project grants to members of the chapter, to help pay for equipment, source materials and other resources that will help them with their editing or outreach work.

Featured volunteer story

John Cummings
John Cummings is an experienced Wikipedia editor and event organiser who started the Monmouthpedia project in 2011 and was more recently the Wikipedian in Residence at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum, in London.

I first got involved with Wikimedia UK when I attended TedX Bristol in 2011. Roger Bamkin and Steve Virgin were there talking about the project that had been done at Derby Museum - where QRpedia codes linking to articles had been placed on exhibits. I wanted to reuse and expand upon their idea for my hometown of Monmouth in Wales. The project grew to become MonmouthpediA.

I became a volunteer because Wikimeda were doing something amazing - and I didn't need permission to join in. It's easy to organise a Wikimedia event with a host organisation. Often host organisations will come up with the idea for an event, but Wikimedians are very welcome to initiate projects themselves - it's what I did in Monmouth. Once a host organisation understands the ubiquitous nature of Wikipedia (Wikimedia projects get 21 billion page views per month) and that they are able to make it a richer resource it becomes a very easy conversation to have.

I have received lots of support from Wikimedia UK, like advice on how to run events and projects, loans of equipment, funding for projects and desk space in their office when I need it!

If I could offer advice to people who want to run an event, it would be to try to attend an event before you run one yourself, and to teach someone you know before trying to teach strangers, maybe friends or family, try to pick people with different levels of computer literacy. And most importantly, be specific about what you want to achieve running an event.

John can be contacted on his user talk page.

I am new to Wikimedia projects

If you're new to Wikimedia projects then you're in good company. You're joining the estimated 75,000 people around the world that regularly contribute to the largest reference work the world has ever seen. As one of the 14,000 new editors new to Wikimedia projects, there's a variety of ways that you can become involved in sharing the world's knowledge. Whether you are simply interested in editing Wikipedia, or you're an expert in education looking to support the development and utilisation of open educational resources in formal education settings we can help you to enjoy contributing in a way that suits you. Doug Taylor helping with a participant at an event with the Manchester Girl Geeks

Featured volunteer project

Megaphone

The Wikipedia voice intro project is a project by Wikipedia editor Andy Mabbett to make audio recordings in which Wikipedia subjects - whether they are celebrities like Stephen Fry, or those notable for other activities like scientists or artists - speak their name and introduce themselves in a short segment lasting around ten seconds or so. The recordings are then uploaded to Wikimedia Commons and shown on the subject Wikipedia article, so that readers know what the person sounds like and how to correctly pronounce their names.

Aside from Stephen Fry, contributors to the project so far include lunar astronaut Charlie Duke and British peer Jim Knight. You can find all of the voice recording made for the project so far on this Wikimedia Commons category.

A related project that Andy has been working on is the BBC voice project where the corporation is releasing hundreds of audio snippets of notable people talking recorded on some of their radio programmes over the years. At an event at New Broadcasting House on 18 January 2014, over three hundred suitable clips were identified by volunteers, which the BBC are in the process of reviewing, processing, and uploading to Wikimedia Commons. Examples of clips that have been uploaded and used on the English Wikipedia include that of World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

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