31 episodes

Lifting the lid on the weird and wonderful world of Wikipedia. The World According to Wikipedia is a show that takes a good long look at the inner workings of Wikipedia and the people that keep it running. Our guide is Rebecca, a longtime Wikipedia editor, with Fionnuala to ask all the Wiki questions you want to know the answers to! We talk to Wikipedia editors, experts, and advocates to explore the oddly complex world of Wikipedia.

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Lifting the lid on the weird and wonderful world of Wikipedia. The World According to Wikipedia is a show that takes a good long look at the inner workings of Wikipedia and the people that keep it running. Our guide is Rebecca, a longtime Wikipedia editor, with Fionnuala to ask all the Wiki questions you want to know the answers to! We talk to Wikipedia editors, experts, and advocates to explore the oddly complex world of Wikipedia.

    Wiki Witchfinder General

    Wiki Witchfinder General

    In our final episode of the season we talk to Maggie Lin about the Witchfinder General data visualisation project at the University of Edinburgh. We talk spooky stories and Halloween food like Barm Brack

    Fionnuala finally has enough of the Wiki rules when Rebecca talks about a wiki-essay.
    Our Wikihero is Wikidata - Congratulations on their 10th Birthday.

    Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia
    Website: https://www.headstuff.org/the-world-according-to-wikipedia/
    Find Rebecca on Twitter at @restlesscurator and Fionnuala at @Ickle_tayto

    • 42 min
    Wikipedia: Junior Edition

    Wikipedia: Junior Edition

    In this episode we talk to Koldo Biguri about the Basque children’s Wikipedia, Txikipedia.

    The "Rule" this episode is around Fringe Theories on Wikipedia. Our hero is Public Access Photos (and the Nobel Prize & Lizzo).

    Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia
    Website: https://www.headstuff.org/the-world-according-to-wikipedia/
    Find Rebecca on Twitter at @restlesscurator and Fionnuala at @Ickle_tayto

    • 42 min
    Wikimedians Assemble!

    Wikimedians Assemble!

    In this episode Rebecca talks about her time at the Wikimedia Summit in Berlin and the 2022 European GLAMwiki Coordinators meeting in Prague. We hear from a number of the attendees in Berlin.

    We discuss the rules around starting over on Wikipedia and go a little deep on death.
    We also talk about the cultural impact of the Child of Prague. Video of an incident with a chicken.

    Our hero this episode is the Italian language group, Wiki Donne alongside Europlanet Society, Women In Red, 500 Women Scientists, Wikimujeres, Wikimedia Belgium and Wikimedia Espana. 

    Transcript of Anass from Morocco: “Hello, this is Anass from Wikimedia Morocco. I came to this summit in Germany and met many people from several countries. We talked about our different projects and activities in our regions. I spoke about the MCDC, the movement charter drafting committee that I am a member of. Thank you very much all. I hope that you are doing well”

    Transcript of Ivan from Mexico: "Hello, my name is Ivan, volunteer at Wikimedia Mexico. One of the most valuable things for me of the Wikimedia Summit is to have reconnected with people, to have seen them face to face after so long and moreover the excitement of knowing that we will continue together doing nice projects."

    Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia
    Website: https://www.headstuff.org/the-world-according-to-wikipedia/
    Find Rebecca on Twitter at @restlesscurator and Fionnuala at @Ickle_tayto

    • 34 min
    Wikipedia in a nutshell

    Wikipedia in a nutshell

    In this episode we talk to Jake Orlowitz, founder of the Wikipedia Library and Wiki Blueprint. Rebecca explains the Wikipedia equivalent of Too Long: Didn't Read, and our Wiki Hero is actually a correction! We go into more detail about Swedish Wikipedia.

    Jake's book: https://www.jakeorlowitz.com/book/
    The Wiki-Library: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library

    Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia
    Website: https://www.headstuff.org/the-world-according-to-wikipedia/
    Find Rebecca on Twitter at @restlesscurator and Fionnuala at @Ickle_tayto

    • 39 min
    Laying down the Law on Wikipedia

    Laying down the Law on Wikipedia

    In this episode we talk to Brian McKenzie, senior lecturer at Maynooth University in Critical Skills. Rebecca talks about her favourite essays and our Hero of the episode is Neechalkaran who used village level data released openly by the Tamil Nadu government to populate more than 25k articles on Tamil Wikipedia.

    Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia
    Website: https://www.headstuff.org/the-world-according-to-wikipedia/
    Find Rebecca on Twitter at @restlesscurator and Fionnuala at @Ickle_tayto

    • 37 min
    Live at Wikimania 2022

    Live at Wikimania 2022

    In this episode we are live at Wikimania with Darach O'Séaghdha as our guest of honour. 

    Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia
    Website: https://www.headstuff.org/the-world-according-to-wikipedia/
    Find Rebecca on Twitter at @restlesscurator and Fionnuala at @Ickle_tayto

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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Jane023 ,

Wikipedia and local editors

Thanks for emphasizing the importance of local editors. I enjoyed this episode, though Wikisource is an untapped wall of text that I have wrestled with grasping. The scanning of chapbooks sounds like a great idea though and any other shortish scans could easily be taken up by other libraries: old pamphlets, posters, or newsletters would be good. The Arctic Knot has some interesting footage on YouTube: the scots Wikipedia story underlines the future of any small language that depends on its readers & speakers to carry their heritage forward online.

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