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Dr Mike Dickison[edit]

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I'm a Pākehā biologist and museum curator from Christchurch, New Zealand; my research interests are carabid beetles and moa, but I taught graphic design, IT skills, and science writing for many years. I first became interested in Wikipedia for education at the University of Canterbury, and since 2014 I've been active in running edit-a-thons, teaching Wikipedia workshops, and promoting Wikimedia tools as part of an outreach strategy for the museum and science community: more about those activities at my User:Giantflightlessbirds page. For the last two years I've also organised Wikipedia support for the Critter of the Week project, a collaboration between Radio NZ and the Department of Conservation. One of the great opportunities of the "Wikipedian at Large" project will be actively promoting open science and Creative Commons access to collections in the gallery/museum sector.