Martin Poulter

Open Culture, Open Data, Open Education

I train and advise academics, librarians, and other experts on how to work with open projects such as Wikipedia and Wikidata. I demystify geek stuff and help institutions get the maximum benefit in terms of reach, engaging the crowd, and creating educational resources.

Training and consultancy

Past and present clients include the Khalili Foundation, University of Oxford GLAM Division, the Voltaire Foundation, Jisc, Coventry University, University of Leeds (for Wikipedia/Wikidata/Wikisource training), University of Gloucestershire (for social media training), and BBC Research & Development (for decision theory expertise).

I am a certified Lead Trainer for Wikimedia UK. As a volunteer, I have delivered training and other events for the Institute of Physics, the British Psychological Society, the National Institute for Medical Research, and universities including Leicester and Edinburgh.

My Wikimedia UK profile lists wiki training events I have participated in.


I was educated at the University of Oxford (BA Philosophy and Psychology) and the University of Bristol (PhD Philosophy).

My doctoral thesis, Value and Belief, applied decision theory to issues of rational and irrational belief.

Public speaking

I have given more than forty talks to student groups, humanist groups, and Edinburgh Fringe audiences about topics including cult recruitment, cognitive psychology, and critical thinking.

I was the opening keynote speaker at Repository Fringe 2016 and at the University of Oxford's Open Access Week 2019.

Educational content & advocacy

As seen in...

My Wikipedia user page lists my Wikimedia-relevant publications. My ORCID profile has a broader list but is updated less frequently. Some of my articles about Wikidata are available on Medium.



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