Department for Education, Science & Culture
The department is tasked with promoting free content in the fields of education, science and culture. It also develops innovative, target-group-oriented information and advice services, to enable people and organizations to use free knowledge in their respective context and to make their digital treasures more accessible for everyone. In addition to this, the department also stages events with partners and arranges international exchanges with various organizations. In order to develop open, forward-looking methods, products and services, the team also initiates research and development schemes and supports innovative projects.
- Dr. Dominik Scholl (team lead)
- Christian Friedrich (advisor)
- Valentin Münscher (project manager)
- Christina Rupprecht (project manager)
- Elly Köpf (project manager)
- Christopher Schwarzkopf (project manager)
- Sarah Behrens (project manager)
- Holger Plickert] (project manager)
- Claudia Bergmann (assistant)
- Hanna Burckhardt (assistant)
General contact: email@example.com
- Wikimedia Deutschland's education program portal (in German)
- Wikimedia Deutschland's science program portal (in German)
- Wikimedia Deutschland's culture program portal (in German)
Current Activities (2018)
The Free Education Alliance
The Free Education Alliance (Bündnis Freie Bildung) was officially launched at the Open Educational Resources Conference in 2014. The alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals with the common goal of establishing and promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) in politics and society. Founded on the initiative of Creative Commons, the Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland, it has grown to a forum for everyone engaging in free education and open licenses in education.
The Free Education Alliance is a network that strives to encourage public and political debate on Open Educational Resources and put forward concrete proposals on how to strengthen the role of OER in the teaching and learning landscape.
Open Science Fellows Program
The Open Science Fellows Program was launched in 2016 year by Wikimedia Deutschland in collaboration with the Stifterverband. Since the second edition in 2017/2018 the collaboration is extended by the VolkswagenStiftung.The program promotes opening up research and teaching in accordance with the principles of open science, a movement that enables researchers and society as a whole to access scientific research findings. The goal is to support scientists in making their own research more accessible. The idea of improving access to science and research in accordance with the principles of open science is at the heart of the program, with transparency, reproducibility and comparability of scientific research as basic prerequisites. In particular, exchanges and networking between individuals active in open science must be promoted in order to further advance the opening up of science and research. In addition, the program offers participants the opportunity to network with experts from various disciplines who will provide insights into their independent research practices. More Information about the Open Science Fellows Program can be found on Wikiversity.
GLAM on Tour
The GLAM on Tour project promotes the networking of Wikipedia volunteers and cultural institutions on a local level. Based on existing initiatives from many volunteer Wikipedia activists, cultural practitioners become acquainted with Wikipedians. These organize together with the cultural institutions and with the support of Wikimedia Germany special tours for Wikipedians, scientific lectures on current exhibitions, photo excursions or writing workshops.
Coding da Vinci
Coding da Vinci - The culture hackathon is a joint project of the German Digital Library, the Research and Competence Center Digitization Berlin (digiS), the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and Wikimedia Germany.
As an interdisciplinary project it manages to create links between the cultural and technical realm and shows the surprising possibilities in open cultural data. In a six-week sprint phase, teams of hackers collaborate with cultural institutions to develop working prototypes. for apps, web pages, data visualizations, games, or interactive installations that show surprising and inspiring ways how institutions can convey and use collection objects in new ways.
Past Activities (2010-2015/16)
A list of our past activities can be found here
"Charting Diversity - Working together towards diversity in Wikipedia" deals with diversity and its importance to Wikipedia, documenting our current knowledge on the matter, setting out fields of action and concluding with a catalogue of measures to serve as motivation for our future work. The study incorporates the opinions and ideas of male and female Wikipedians, gathered at numerous meetings, workshops and at the 2013 Wikimedia Diversity Conference in Berlin.
"Open Content - A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences" was published by Wikimedia Deutschland, the German Commission for UNESCO and the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) in 2014. Its intention is to provide interested individuals and organisations with practical guidelines for the use and application of open content licences.
"Wiki Dialogues - A concept for digital learning in Wikipedia communities" was published by Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia CH and Wikimedia Österreich in cooperation with Beuth University of Applied Sciences in 2015. A Wiki Dialogue is an online format for digital, dialogue-oriented learning, where Wikipedians discuss various topics related to Wikipedia and its sister projects and work on topics together. These topics go beyond writing Wikipedia articles to focus more on overarching aspects of working together within Wikipedia.
A Framework of Practice for OER in Germany was published by Wikimedia Deutschland in 2016. The Framework of Practice proposes concrete recommendations to policymakers and educational actors regarding the ways in which the creation, distribution, and use of OER can be funded and supported. The report identifies challenges, puts forward concrete ideas, and demonstrates prospects for a broad implementation of OER in the German education system. It was the summary of the project Mapping OER, funded by the ministry of education in Germany.
- Report on Educational Activities 2010-2012
This report is self-critical reflection upon the education programmes as run between 2010-2012. Its main focus is on the concepts and conduction of these, frame conditions and infrastructure. The report tries to balance strengths and weaknesses and helps to deduce new quality-improving measurements.
wiki:team (speakers network)
- When Wikimedia Deutschland discontinued their programmes based on the network of Wikipedia speakers that had been built up since mid-2010, 15 of the most active speakers formed the independent wiki:team network to continue the succesful work and develop further initiatives.
- The members of the wiki:team network are either active Wikipedians or professional media literacy trainers, many of them actively engage in discussions and other projects regarding the use of Wikipedia in education.
- The network welcomes new speakers from the Wikipedia community or with an appropriate professional background who share the same goals.
- For more information see www.wikiteam.de (in German)
- See the current list of speakers on the wiki:team website.
Areas of work
- Wiki:team specialises in workshops for both teachers and students (middle through high school), focusing on a critical and mature use of Wikimedia content.
- Presentations, lectures, and speeches about Wikipedia for a general audience.