SLA Wikipedia Talk and Info Session, Edinburgh

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Do you have the facts on Wikipedia? Special Library Association Europe talk - In a nutshell

About the event[edit | edit source]

This event will feature Ally Crockford, Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland, who will provide the real facts on Wikipedia. Introducing participants to the world of Wiki, she will explain how editors contribute and moderate content and on what basis we can trust the world’s largest online encyclopaedia, dispelling common myths and addressing concerns. Ally will talk about sources such as Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons licensing for Wikimedia’s digital content, and the risks and benefits of working with Wikimedia personally and professionally. She will also talk about her exciting role as Wikimedian in Residence at the Library and how she is keen to recruit further contributors to these resources.

This promised to be a fascinating event that offers the prospect of attendees gaining a deep insight into a key resource as well as an introduction to contributing to Wikipedia in a personal or professional capacity.

Programme[edit | edit source]

The talk will start at 6pm - please arrive at the Library in good time. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, and then by drinks and nibbles kindly sponsored by Springer International.

Outcomes[edit | edit source]

The workshop focusing on the NLS WiR programme and introducing participants to Wikipedia policies and guidelines was held at the National Library of Scotland, hosted by Special Libraries Association Europe (SLA Europe). Approximately 15 people were in attendance and once again there was a positive response, with several participants expressing interest in attending future events. Contacts with SLA Europe board members and representatives were made.