The Royal Society is recruiting a Wikimedian-in-Residence to facilitate closer working with the Wikimedia movement.


We're looking for a Wikipedia editor with experience of delivering successful events, workshops or training.

The position would suit someone with experience of working with professional scientists and with the Wikimedia community.

The position is part-time for a fixed term of 6 months. The successful candidate will be expected to work for one day per week (the day of the week may change as needed).

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The application window closes on 6 October 2013. You can read more about the Wikimedian-in-Residence scheme here.

About this position

This post is a pilot exercise, aiming to learn the best way for Wikimedia and the Royal Society to collaborate in future. During the pilot, the Wikimedian will work with the Society to achieve three main objectives.

1. Improve access to information about scientists from underrepresented groups

One of the Society’s objectives is to promote diversity in UK science. In October 2012 the Society held a successful ‘Women in science’ edit-a-thon in collaboration with Wikimedia to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. The event introduced people to Wikipedia for the first time, made improvements to a number of key articles and achieved significant media coverage. The Wikimedian-in-Residence will help to organise further events to improve information about women in science as well as information about scientists from other underrepresented groups - such as those who are black or minority ethnic, disabled or gay. These events would help to address some of the underrepresentation within Wikimedia and to introduce new editors to the encyclopedia.

2. Open up the Society’s historical collections

The Society curates the world’s most important collections of history of science material (books, manuscripts, pictures and objects). We are keen to open these up to the public and to scholars. The Wikimedian-in-Residence will help to train library staff and users in editing Wikipedia and liaise with Wikimedians about what information they need from the Society in order to improve the encyclopaedia. The Wikimedian-in-Residence may also run editing workshops focussing on particular highlights in the Society’s collection, with assistance from curators and archivists at the Society.

3. Improve the quality of scientific articles

The Society’s Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. There are approximately 1,450 Fellows and Foreign Members. In addition the Society funds hundreds of the most promising early career scientists through our prestigious grant schemes and hosts over 20 large conferences for scientists each year. The Wikimedian-in-Residence will run workshops with Fellows, grant recipients and conference delegates to help them to contribute to Wikipedia and use it more effectively. This initiative would help to recruit new editors and to disseminate the principles of Wikipedia to influential world-class scientists.

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