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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

History of Psychiatry Online: Wellcome Library Wikimedian in Residence

Wellcome Library Wikimedia UK CollageWellcome Collection have a Wikimedian, Alice White, who works with librarians, members of the public, researchers and other organisations to encourage contributions to the development of Wikimedia content like Wikipedia articles, and to make the Library's content more publicly accessible.

The Wiki-work is especially focussed on making Wikipedia (and other sites like Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata) more diverse. One way we're doing this is to focus on mental health and history of mental health: Wellcome Library digitised historical records of key UK psychiatric institutions and personnel, which we're encouraging people to research, share, and use to add information to Wikipedia. We're also focussed on creating articles on women in medicine and science (to help to address Wikipedia’s gender gap).

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Suggest pages to be created or developed at editathons
  • Attend editathons at the Wellcome or host a satellite event somewhere else
  • Suggest or plan events / talks / activities that could happen in conjunction with editathons
  • Or... something else – feel free to suggest things!

Please get in touch via the project page or email Alice if you'd like to get involved in any way

 

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