Open the Knowledge: Stories

Meet the people making Wikimedia projects more equitable

Open the Knowledge: Stories is a celebration of these inspiring humans who make knowledge equity on Wikimedia projects their priority. Here, you can meet the contributors, creators, and communities whose work is helping the world learn about notable people and topics who are often overlooked. Read it. Share it. Get inspired.

Behind Wikipedia and other well-loved free knowledge projects, there are hundreds of thousands of Wikimedia movement volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the sum of all human knowledge is included. These collaborators edit articles, upload media, organize and engage others, all while building the largest free knowledge resource in human history. For some of these volunteers, collaborating also means an opportunity to close knowledge gaps derived from human biases that affect not only Wikimedia projects, but information as a whole.

SusunW is on a mission to write women into history with Wikipedia

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“We need to be respectful of other perspectives and consider them so that our work is balanced.”
– User:SusunW, volunteer Wikipedia editor
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Women Do News: Tackling the Gender Divide in Journalism Through Wikipedia

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“The more representation we add to Wikipedia, the more opportunities these women will have in the journalism industry to make an impact.”
– Jareen Imam, Women Do News
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Six years, 100,000 articles: WikiGap is on a mission to close Wikipedia’s gender gap

“The history on Wikipedia is not written by governments, large companies, or formal stakeholders — it is written by everyone who wishes to take part. It is a huge possibility as well as a huge responsibility.”
– Eric Luth, WikiGap
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How Art+Feminism is using Wikipedia to promote equity in the art world

“To create change, we want to work with these editors — beginners or not — because we believe that meaningful and impactful changes come from and for the people.”
– Juliana Monteiro, Art+Feminism?
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Whose Knowledge? — A movement for inclusive representation on Wikipedia

“Open the Knowledge invites us to critically look at our efforts so far, and make sure that nobody is left behind, and everyone has a voice in opening the knowledge.”
– Mariana Fossatti, Whose Knowledge?
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Kelly Doyle Kim and this new Smithsonian museum are writing women into Wikipedia

For me, Wikipedia is the very best of the internet and a realized dream of the early internet days: community, crowdsourcing, and freely shared information.”
– Kelly Doyle Kim, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Continue reading →

Closing the gender gap: Women in Red’s efforts to add more women to Wikipedia

“We tell people who join, we don’t care who you are, or where you are, just every day, write an article about a woman.”
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Behind the Wikipedia articles educating thousands about the 1838 Jesuit sale of enslaved people

“Generations past have gifted us with a wealth of information. It is our job to study it honestly and make it publicly accessible. Through that process, we can arrive at truth.”
– Ergo Sum, Wikipedia editor Continue reading →

The Smithsonian’s quest to expand the history of Black women in food and drink on Wikipedia

We hear over and over again how if something or someone isn’t on Wikipedia, [people] assume it doesn’t deserve to be included on the site, that this has already been decided and it’s not worth researching further.”
– Kelly Doyle Kim, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Continue reading →

Black artists belong on Wikipedia
Black Lunch Table is making it happen

It’s up to each of us to help advocate for artists, whether that’s improving their article or increasing their notability through posting a photo of their work or themselves.”
– Eliza Myrie, Black Lunch Table Continue reading →

Celebrating eight years of AfroCROWD diversifying Wikipedia

“When you join Wikipedia as an editor, [you should] know that there is a supportive community there waiting to welcome you.”
– Sherry Antoine, AfroCROWD Continue reading →

The free knowledge movement is made of people like you, who are passionate about opening the knowledge and making it accessible to all.

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