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Subject: News release: Bridging the gap between academia and Wikipedia








News Release
27 June 2013

Bridging the gap between academia and Wikipedia

 <> Jisc and
<> Wikimedia UK are
collaborating on a project to bring the academic world and Wikipedia closer
together. This will create opportunities for researchers, educators, and the
general public to contribute to the world's freely available knowledge.

Jisc, the UK education charity championing the use of digital technology in
education and research, is supporting this initiative so that the widest
possible audience will benefit from the world-leading projects that it
supports. These include open educational resources, online repositories of
research, and collections such as the 19th century newspapers archive and
<> Manuscripts Online,
which holds British written and early printed materials from 1000 to 1500AD.

Wikimedia UK is the national charity supporting Wikipedia and its sister
projects such as Wiktionary and Wikiversity. It works with professionals in
universities, museums, libraries, and other institutions to improve the
knowledge that those projects make freely available. It is investing in this
project to involve more of these experts in improving Wikimedia projects for
everyone's benefit. This project is part of the charity's wider commitment
to higher education, shown through efforts such as their annual EduWiki
conference and participation in the global Wikipedia Education Program. The
charity recently appointed its first education co-ordinator in order to gain
greater focus on higher education. 

This is a national project, based at the University of Bristol. It will
train experts in their workplaces and also run 'editathon' events which will
be open to the public. Dr Martin Poulter, who is a Wikipedia editor as well
as a professional creator of educational materials in the university, will
be an ambassador between the two communities. This will include working with
Jisc's communities to identify specific topics for development.

Peter Findlay, Jisc programme manager said: "We at Jisc are delighted to be
working in partnership with Wikimedia UK to allow people to take full
advantage of Wikipedia's sophisticated open publishing systems. Our
communities have worked hard to develop academic rigour but equally
Wikimedia's community has developed a rigorous approach to publishing
crowdsourced knowledge; it makes perfect sense for us to join forces for the
advancement of teaching, learning and research."

Jon Davies, chief executive of Wikimedia UK, said: "I'm pleased that we are
working with Jisc on the Wikimedia Ambassador project. Both the academic and
Wikimedia communities are committed to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge.
Bringing the two communities together can help demystify Wikipedia to people
who work in higher education, and at the same time create and improve
Wikimedia content by encouraging more experts to edit."

The project is jointly funded by Wikimedia UK and Jisc and will run for
around nine months.


Contact details

For Wikimedia UK press enquiries please call Stevie Benton, communications
organiser, on +44 020 7065 0993 or 07803 505 173 (out of hours). You can
also email  <>

For Jisc press enquiries please call Rebecca Whitehead, press and PR
manager, on 0117 331 0657 or email  <>

Notes to editors

Wikimedia UK
Wikimedia UK is the Wikimedia chapter for the UK. It works to support,
develop and promote Wikimedia Foundation projects, such as Wikipedia. It
does this by bringing together the Wikimedia community and by building links
with UK-based cultural institutions, universities, charities and other

Wikipedia is the largest reference work ever created. It's the sixth most
visited website in the world, attracting around 480 million unique visitors
every month. 

The Wikimedia Foundation's projects include Wikipedia, Wiktionary,
Wik-inews, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikibooks, Wikispecies, Wikiversity and
Wiki-media Commons.

Jisc is an independent education charity, owned by the Association of
Colleges (AoC), GuildHE and Universities UK (UUK). It provides UK higher
edu-cation, further education and skills sectors support on the use of
digital tech-nologies. It provides advice, guidance and access to online
collections through Jisc Collections and Janet Limited, which provides an
academic telecommunications network infrastructure and digital content
services for over 19 million users across the UK.

Jisc's vision is to make the UK the most digitally advanced education and
research nation in the world. It does this by enabling the education sector
in the UK to perform at the forefront of international practice by
exploiting fully the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content
and connectivity.

Find out more at  <> or contact a member of the Jisc press team at





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