Wiki work wins award

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AN INSPIRED idea by a University of Portsmouth geographer has resulted the winning of a top award for making knowledge more accessible.

Professor Humphrey Southall set his first year geography students the task of finding out more about villages in England whose entries on Wikipedia amounted to just one or two sentences. They then had to update the Wikipedia pages.

Prof Southall was presented with the award for UK Educational Institution of the Year 2014 by Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales in recognition of the work.

Prof Southall said: ‘I’m pleased Portsmouth students at the beginning of their academic lives have been recognised for unearthing the rich history of numerous villages in England.’