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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.

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 volunteer@wikimedia.org.uk.

Five Wikimedia UK trainers at a training event in Oldham

I have been a contributor to Wikimedia projects

People learning to edit at a workshop for PhD-candidate and post-doc researchers 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 volunteeratwikimedia.org.uk.

Featured volunteer story

Harry Mitchell at the Wikimedia Foundation office
User:HJ Mitchell is an experienced Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons editor with over 60,000 edits on the English Wikipedia

I've been editing since March 2009, first on the English Wikipedia before also becoming active on Wikimedia Commons. I'm an administrator on both projects these days. Like many other editors, I was browsing a Wikipedia article and saw the edit button, and thought "well, that looks interesting", so I clicked on it and started editing. Now, nearly five years and 60,000 edits later, I'm still around, so obviously the experience wasn't too traumatic!

These days, I'm probably best known for my admin work on the English Wikipedia where I've been known to handle both the routine stuff that just involves a few clicks and some of the more complex tasks that require thought and judgement. I would hope that people think I do a reasonable job and tend to make the right decisions. Having said that, I'm a writer first and foremost, having been the main contributor to six featured articles and also dozens of others that are considered to be of a good quality. One of these featured articles appeared on the frontpage of the English Wikipedia in April, which resulted in over 36,000 visits to the article on the day.

While what I do on Wikipedia every day is different, which is what makes it so interesting, most of my writing has been about military history. There's a great support network among editors in that area, where we all pitch in to make sure each others' articles are up to scratch before they are put forward to Wikipedia's more formal assessment processes.

To learn and improve as an editor over the years has take plenty of trial and error, with the aid of guidance and advice from some friendly experienced editors along the way. Being an editor on Wikipedia has definitely made my writing better. I thought it was pretty good to start with, but the feedback you get when you put your articles up for the higher levels of assessment really helps you to make your writing stand out. My admin work has also made me a more patient person - evaluating everything to make the right decision, rather than rushing in and making a quick but possibly incorrect decision.

If you're thinking about editing Wikipedia or one of the other sister projects but haven't done so yet, I would highly recommend and encourage you to take that step. If you're passionate about a subject, or you know about something that you think is overlooked, you like working with other people, you like being part of a vibrant community where you're judged on the merits of your contributions alone, or if you just have some spare time you want to fill, you'll enjoy being a Wikimedian! The best way to start is always to just dive right in. Find something you're interested in, find some sources and start adding information. Don't worry too much about the formatting - you'll pick the basics up pretty quickly, and other people will help you out.

If you ever get stuck, or find yourself lost and confused, don't be afraid to ask for help. A good place to look for help from more experienced editors on the English Wikipedia for example might be the list of active admins. Alternatively, just type your question on your user talk page which you can find on the top of any page once you're logged in and write "{{help me}}" after it - someone should then be along to answer your question shortly.

Harry can be contacted on his user talk page here

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

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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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