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.
This portal offers you everything you need to know about volunteering with us. 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'll find interesting case studies of work undertaken by our volunteers to inspire you. You can read the stories behind some of our projects, such as Wikipedia Takes Coventry, EduWiki and GLAM-Wiki. Whether you're interested in large conferences or small and informal meet-ups, there's an event for you. You can also discuss upcoming volunteering opportunities and ideas for projects to collaborate on with others, as well as learn about other activities that volunteers are working on.
For those newcomers who aren't members of the charity, why not consider joining? Membership costs just £5 per year and you can find all of the information you need here. You can also subscribe to our newsletter and learn more about the charity's staff and board of trustees here.
Finally, a big thank you for getting involved in the Wikimedia projects. Your contributions - whether editing, helping at events, donating money or anything else - are helping to make the sum total of all human knowledge available to all. That's a really powerful thing and something you can be genuinely proud of.
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 email@example.com.
I have been a contributor to Wikimedia projects
||If you're already a contributor to the Wikimedia projects but new to the work of the chapter - welcome!
Wikimedia UK exists to support and promote the Wikimedia projects. We do this by working 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 about editing the projects, and we work closely with GLAM institutions (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) 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.
Experienced Wikimedians are always welcome and we are always grateful for your input and suggestions. If you're interested in volunteering on a specific project that's already established, or you have an idea for a project you would like the chapter to support, please do get in touch via email on volunteerwikimedia.org.uk.
- Dan Garry is an experienced Wikipedian and trainer with Wikimedia UK. He has assisted with, and organised, events to teach others about contributing to Wikipedia.
I had known that Wikimedia UK existed for several years, but my first contact with the chapter was when I saw an announcement of the Train the Trainers.
I had started editing Wikipedia between classes when I was at college, and it all kind of spiralled from there. I'd been editing the English Wikipedia for eight years when I first got involved with Wikimedia UK. I'd been an admin for seven years, and a bureaucrat, checkuser and oversighter for around six. I previously served on the Arbitration Committee and Mediation Committee, and had just started a term on the Wikimedia Foundation's Ombudsman Commission.
I did have some experience with training; I had been a demonstrator on a course that taught basic mathematical and computational modelling techniques to new biology PhD students. Part of that demonstration involved giving a lecture on programming, and running a one week intensive programming course. At the Train the Trainers events, I learned quite importantly that there is a big difference between running a technical mathematical training course and delivering Wikimedia training courses. I also learned a lot about my own learning style. It's helped me to tailor my training to my audience, so that the training is much more effective. It's also helped me design training courses that have a good mix of audio, visual and tactile components so that the training is as effective as it can be.
I've recently run the Women in Science 2013 Editathon on Ada Lovelace Day in Oxford (blog post) with Martin Poulter and Doug Taylor. The editathon was aimed at an academic audience, from undergraduates to professors, to contribute articles about women in science. Our aim was to improve the English Wikipedia's coverage of women in science, but we were also open to answering any questions anyone had about Wikimedia. Numerous articles were created as a result of the event.
From volunteering with Wikimedia UK, I've met lots of great people, and it's great to know I'm making a difference to something which is used by billions of people worldwide. The idea that something that I write can be instantly accessible to the entire world is really inspiring. To others considering volunteering, I would say: don't be afraid. Get stuck in to volunteering, no matter what your experience with Wikimedia projects in. Wikimedia UK benefits greatly from anyone who volunteers, and people with no Wikimedia experience have as much to contribute to Wikimedia UK as those with years of experience.
- Dan 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.
Featured volunteer project
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.