Kevin Gorman is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at a U.S. college or university and will be providing University of California Berkeley undergraduates with guidance on publishing their academic work on Wikipedia. Gorman had previously helped to design and facilitate a Wikipedia-based assignment for a Berkeley course on prisons, and in his new role, he intends to write guidelines on designing and implementing Wikipedia-based class assignments and post these how-to’s online for instructors everywhere to use. There have been more than 50 previous Wikipedians-in-residence assigned to cultural institutions, such as the British Museum, the Gerald Ford Presidential Library, and the U.S. National Archives.
The Wikipedia Education Program (WEP) is creating its own non-profit, the Wiki Education Foundation, which will support the goal to have the WEP directed by volunteers. Educators in the WEP ask their students to contribute to Wikipedia as part of their coursework and educational projects are underway in more than 60 countries worldwide. The board chair of the new non-profit is is Diana Strassmann, a professor in the Practice of Humanities at Rice University, and the founding editor of the journal Feminist Economics.