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Wikimedian in Residence and Wikipedia LGBTQI project

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Region Sörmland has worked with Wikipedia as a tool for creating and sharing knowledge to support the SDGs. Together with the museum of Sörmland the regional library services hired a Wikimedian in Residence. The purpose of this project was to develop how the library services and the regional museum could work together to share their collections and knowledge to free and open repositories such as Wikipedia. In the same vein, Region Sörmland has run a project to improve Swedish language Wikipedia from an LGBTQI perspective by increasing the amount of articles, data, and media resources relating to the topic.

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The project aligns with both organisations’ goals to make knowledge available, create new knowledge, and create opportunities for co-creation. It also promotes and provides an outlet for local knowledge and local cultural heritage, making it accessible to a global audience.
In the same vein, Region Sörmland has run a project to improve Swedish language Wikipedia from an LGBTQI perspective by increasing the amount of articles, data, and media resources relating to the topic. Research3 has shown that even though translation of articles about LGBTQI people and events are prevalent, the Wikipedia content might not be representative of the (e.g lingusitic) community that is reading the encyclopædia, which can create a sense of invisibility for the marginalised group. This project serves to create local representation for local readers.
In addition to Region Sörmland’s Wikipedia initiatives, they have organised activities related to media and information literacy, climate fiction, and open data as accelerators for sustainable development.

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