Dominic McDevitt-Parks joins the Smithsonian as Wikipedian in Residence for Summer 2013
At the end of May, Dominic McDevitt-Parks joined the Smithsonian as its Wikipedian in Residence intern for summer 2013. Founded in 1846 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Dominic will work closely with Smithsonian staff to assess the state of the current Smithsonian WikiProject and advise on strategies to further our shared goal of increasing access to knowledge for people around the globe.
First editathon at the National Library of Medicine
We had a backstage tour of the National Library of Medicine, as well as presentations, meetings with staff, and editing training. Our outcomes included improvements to articles on womens' health.
This was a truly inspiring event, held in collaboration with Wiki Project Med, and we were all impressed by the commitment of NLM/NIH staff to getting reliable health information out to the public! We hope this event will spark ongoing efforts to improve Wikipedia's health-related articles.
News in brief
World Digital Library project launches on Wikipedia with the aim of improving Wikipedia content in seven different languages. Get involved here.