Wikipedia results and previews dominate Google Search results. Organisations whose mission is making information accessible need to understand Wikipedia and have a plan for engaging with it and the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who write it. The image-repository Wikimedia Commons and the open structured database Wikidata are equally important for heritage organisations, and libraries need to be aware of the new project Wikicite, which aims to create a Wikidata object for every publication.
Dr Mike Dickison, New Zealand’s first Wikipedian-at-Large, will present an overview of Wikipedia, and discuss some possible engagement strategies for heritage organisations.
When: Wednesday June 5, 2019
Time: 6pm (doors open 5:30pm)
Venue: Hao Room at Te Hāpua Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Road
About Dr Mike Dickison
Mike Dickison is an entomologist, museum curator, and New Zealand Wikipedia editor. He was curator of natural history at the Whanganui Regional Museum, after moving to Whanganui in 2013. He became interested in Wikipedia in 2009. In 2012, he created a community group "Whanganui Wiki Wednesday" which met once a month to edit local pages on Wikipedia. He then began to run Wikipedia workshops around New Zealand. In 2018, he received a $61,000 grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to become New Zealand's first "Wikipedian-at-Large".