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Category: thinking

This post is written by new Assistant Wikimedian in Residence, Ellie Whitehead. On Burns Night, 25th January, I ran my first Wikipedia Editathon event. The event looked to add more Scottish traditions, information about Robert Burns, and Scottish women in literature onto Wikipedia. Together we made 557 total edits, added 15.5k words, created 7 new […]

When the Wii console was released it was a huge success. It was nearly impossible to buy it anywhere. I was among those crazy individuals who really wanted to have one. There were forum posts with info when it was last seen or expected delivery. After several hunting days I got mine. I was so […]

As an eLearning Systems Developer in a dynamic small team, my role revolves around creating custom web applications, university-wide platforms, and extensions for the central virtual learning environment, Blackboard Learn. With over 20 applications under our belt, each presenting unique challenges and varying complexities, my days are a blend of technical expertise, collaboration, and continuous […]

This post is written by new Assistant Wikimedian in Residence, Ellie Whitehead. 23 years ago, on 15th January 2001, Wikipedia was launched as an independent, online open-source encyclopaedia. In its first year it amassed 20, 000 articles appearing in 18 different languages. Since then, Wikipedia has grown to be an internationally known and respected symbol […]

In today’s interconnected world, education is evolving at an unprecedented pace, breaking down barriers and transcending borders. One of the key drivers of this transformation is Artificial Intelligence. AI technology has the potential to reshape many aspects of our lives. One recent example I experienced was via my never-ending quest to learn French. After numerous […]

It has been a while since I sat down with my thoughts. I have been talking about making time to blog and reflect and today is the day!  If you’re new here, hello! This will not be an ideological masterpiece or reference books I read related to the role but more a personal reflection for […]

I spoke to staff in the University of Edinburgh’s 24 schools & Deaneries in summer/autumn 2023 about how they examine students and what some of the challenges are. It got me thinking about exams… what are they, what’s changed recently and what’s coming next? Exams are nothing new Examinations to assess knowledge, skill or aptitude […]

Let me take a moment to share my thoughts around one of our newer services with Learning, Teaching and Web: Anthology Ally. Accessibility is fast becoming one of my favourite topics working within DLAM. A Humanities graduate myself, maybe the link between Hermeneutics (Interpretation theory) and digital transformations in accessible design play a part. Whilst […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes ‘We Have Great Women in STEM’ colouring book Our volume three colouring book ‘We Have Great Women in STEM’ is now available on Edinburgh Diamond, the University of Edinburgh’s digital service for hosting Diamond Open Access books and journals. Hosting our books on Edinburgh Diamond Although we have our books available on the Colouring Books website having them […]

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s finally here! The third edition of the “We Have Great Stuff” colouring book has been in the works all summer, and is finally ready to be shared! This edition has been a huge group effort, and took a lot of collaboration from the Edinburgh community. Over a series of three workshops, UoE students, professors, […]


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