The World According to Wikipedia

The World According to Wikipedia

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.

Episodes

October 26, 2022 42 mins
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/ Twit...
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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 ...
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September 28, 2022 34 mins
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,...
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September 14, 2022 39 mins
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.trish...
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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 We...
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August 17, 2022 38 mins
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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August 3, 2022 35 mins
In this episode Rebecca talks to Taha Yasseri, an Associate Professor at UCD's School of Sociology. Rebecca also talks about her time at the Wikimedia+Libraries International Convention in Maynooth. We talk about draft manifesto that came out of discussions at the conference. Our hero of the episode is the Ukranian Wikipedia editor Antanana for continuing her 100 Wikidays despite the invasion of Ukraine. Links mentioned in th...
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In this episode we talk to Annie Rauwerda, the creator of the social media phenomena - The Depths of Wikipedia. Rebecca goes into more detail on the requirement for high quality references on Wikipedia. The Wiki-heores of the episode are all those undertaking the 100 Wiki-days editing challenge. Rebecca reminisces about her 100-Wiki days.  Depths of Wikipedia links: https://twitter.com/depthsofwiki https://www.instagram.com/depth...
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June 29, 2022 32 mins
In this episode Rebecca talks to Lodewijk Gelauff - The winner of the Wikimedian of the year 2021, "20th Year Honouree", award. Fionnuala learns the rules around biographies of living people. And the episode's hero is WikiProject: Video Games. 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...
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In this episode, we talk to Carma Citrawati (Citra) an Indonesian teacher, short story writer, and Wikimedian Newcomer of the Year 2021. Rebecca discusses wikipedians and changing lightbulbs and our hero of the episode is Colin Morris who has figured out the least viewed pages on english language Wikipedia. We also talk abou the upcoming Wiki-related conference in Ireland:  Wikimedia+Libraries International Convention Logo des...
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September 22, 2021 36 mins
In this episode, we will talk to Siobhan Leachman, a citizen scientist and prolific Wikidata editor. Rebecca tries to figure out which WikiFauna represents her best. And our Wiki hero is the incoming CEO Maryana Iskander. 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/ This show is part of the H...
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September 8, 2021 35 mins
In this episode, we will talk to Jan Ainali, a Codebase Steward for the Foundation for Public Code and a complete Wikidata fanboy. The wiki-rule of the episode is that no-one owns an article and we celebrate the many Wikimedians of 2021, including past guest Netha Hussain.  Some interesting links from the Interview with Jan: https://www.datastory.org/services/election-tracker https://www.govdirectory.org/ Logo design by Tri...
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In this episode, we will talk to Sandister Tei, the Wikimedian of the Year 2020. Rebecca gives us the reasons why Wikipedia frowns on edit-wars (or pistols at dawn). Fionnuala tries to sing Michael Fry's banger of a tune Derry/Londonderry and fails. An our wiki-hero this week is the first virtual Wikimania - taking place this week.  Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.c...
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July 28, 2021 39 mins
In this episode, we will talk to Evelin Heidel, also known as Scann, a member of Creative Commons who has worked with Open GLAM projects for a number of years. Rebecca explains why there are no vampires on Wikipedia (The No Biting rule).   We discuss the way images are used on Wikipedia and the differences in representation between the different language Wikipediaes   Examples: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambio_clim%C3%A1tico...
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July 14, 2021 41 mins
In this episode, we will talk to Raju Narisetti, a journalist, and a member of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees. Rebecca explains more about the Board of Trustees and the three community seats on it. Rebecca also lets us know if she's Team Inclusionist or Team Deletionist on Wikipedia. I don't think it's a shock which team she turns out to be on. Our Wiki-heroes this episode are the people behind the Dagbani Wikipedia, which ha...
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June 30, 2021 36 mins
In this episode we talk to Gavin Willshaw about using WikiSource in the Library of Scotland. Rebecca explains the Pokemon test and the hero of the Episode are the organisers behind the Arctic Knot conference. 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/ This show is part of the HeadStuff P...
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June 16, 2021 30 mins
Rebecca and Fionnuala talk PRIDE. Rebecca interviews Shaun O'Boyle, a science communicator and founder of House of STEM. Fionnuala gets educated on sock-puppets, meat-puppets and the Wiki concept of the Duck. This episodes heroes are Librarians.. all the librarians. Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia Website: https://www.headstuff.org/the-world-ac...
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June 2, 2021 30 mins
In this episode we talk to Eric Steuer, the Creative Director at Creative Commons. Rebecca explains about Open Principles & the Do's and Don'ts of canvassing on Wikipedia. We also talk a lot about Mattie Bán, Ireland's favourite Uncle. Our hero of the week is the new vodcast(?) WikiAfrica_Hour Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia Website: https://www...
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May 19, 2021 30 mins
In this episode we talk to Anastasiia Petrova, the international coordinator for Wiki Loves Earth. Rebecca explains Ramsar sites, Wiki Cabals, and why robots may in fact already be ruling the wiki world. Our hero of the week is the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom project. Logo design by Trish O'Flaherty: https://www.trishoflahertydesign.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/world_wikipedia Website: https://www.headstuff.org/the-...
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Back for season 2, Fionnuala and Rebecca meet with members of the Scots' Wikipedia Community to see how things are going since the discovery last year of so many invalid articles on the wikipedia. Dr Sara Thomas, Marco Cafolla and Ciphrius Kane share their thoughts on the progress made in the last year. Rebecca schools Fionnuala in what it takes to be an administrator on Wikipedia and the Wiki-hero of the episode is the collabora...
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