The Smithsonian’s quest to expand the history of Black women in food and drink on Wikipedia
The history of Black Americans has often been lost, overlooked, or credited to others. Unfortunately, that also includes the influence of Black women on the United States’ food and drink history. Meet Lena Richard: the first Black woman to host a cooking television show in the United States. That may sound like a big achievement,….
Celebrating eight years of AfroCROWD diversifying Wikipedia
Wikipedia is known for being the world’s largest encyclopedia that anyone can edit—but that does not mean everyone does. Whether due to social, political, or technological barriers that prevent people from sharing what they know with the world, the site is still missing out on a lot of the world’s wealth of knowledge. In particular,….
Black artists belong on Wikipedia — Black Lunch Table is making it happen
The school lunchroom can conjure up all kinds of memories. For the founders of the non-profit Black Lunch Table (BLT), it brought inspiration. The lunchroom offers a shared space for people to come together and connect. Black Lunch Table aims to replicate this experience. Since its founding in 2005, the oral history archiving project has….
The journey to make Wikipedia’s technology more equitable
I will start by saying that I am a process-turned-product person. That is, I’m a process-turned-product person with a passion for making systems just, equitable, and transparent. It’s these values that drew me to the Wikimedia Foundation in the first place. I wanted to be part of the nonprofit with a vision where everyone, everywhere has access….
Wikimedia Foundation launches #KnowWithWiki campaign to promote access to and sharing of free knowledge
Explores the breadth of Wikipedia and its abundant, reliable troves of knowledge, to help internet users “know” their world better Collaborates with popular Indian content creators to amplify and support the social media campaign Uses short video format to engage with the Indian youth on Instagram and Youtube May 6, 2022, New Delhi/San Francisco: The….
Ten ways to close the gender gap on Wikipedia and beyond
Women’s History Month in March serves as a designated time to commemorate women and highlight their contributions to society. As we showcase the many women who have shaped our world, however, their struggles to be recognized and seen for their many achievements also become clear. This is especially true in the information landscape, the universe….
Amplifying Black and Diverse Histories is the Focus of New Wikimedia Foundation Collaboration with Global Artists
To kick off Black History Month, the Wikimedia Foundation, the global nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, announced the launch of Wiki Unseen, a collaboration with artists aimed at expanding the visual representation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in Wikimedia projects and advancing knowledge equity. Launched today, the first iteration of the project, a….
Series: Reflections on representation this Black History Month
October marks the start of Black History Month, in the UK and Ireland. At the Wikimedia Foundation, this month is an exciting opportunity to honor the lived experiences, stories, and contributions of Black people, Africans, and Africans in the diaspora around the world. We are also digging deeper into the meaning of representation — exploring….
Wikimedia Foundation launches campaign with South African creative community to promote access to and sharing of free knowledge
September 28 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa – Today, on the International Day for Universal Access to Information, the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia, is launching a campaign in collaboration with the South African creative community to showcase the power of knowledge and everyone’s right to access, create and share it. Over the next….
Celebrating Latinx stories, culture, and contributions on Wikimedia projects
Today marks the start of a Heritage Month focused on celebrating the history, culture, and influence of Latinx communities in the United States. The official name of the month itself (National Hispanic Heritage Month) is a living example of the power of language — its history and inequities in who controls it, and its impact….