Shani Evenstein Sigalov
Visiting Research Fellow
February 2022 - August 2023
Shani is an educator, lecturer, researcher and Free Knowledge advocate, exploring the intersection of Education, Technology, Innovation and Openness. As part of her PhD research at the Technology & Learning Program, School of Education, Tel Aviv University (TAU), Shani explores how the Semantic Web, more specifically Wikidata, could be used as a learning platform. As a Visiting Fellow she is interested in examining how Open Knowledge, Wikimedia projects and Digital Humanities tools and approaches, can advance engagement with information and Data Literacy, in the Educational and Cultural Heritage sectors.
As an educator and lecturer at TAU, Shani served as an EdTech Innovation Strategist at the School of Medicine. She is also integrating elements from the Open Knowledge Movements into the academic curriculum, focusing on gender equality, knowledge equity and a positive social impact, by advancing Open Education and the creation of OERs among other things. In this capacity she has designed and directed the first, for-credit, academic courses in the world to integrate Wikipedia & Wikidata into higher education, which she has been leading since 2013.
As a Free and Open Knowledge advocate, her volunteer work is devoted to initiating and supporting Open Education and Open Culture (GLAM), Open & FAIR Science and Open Data initiatives. She serves as the editor-in-chief and Chairperson at Project Ben-Yehuda, the largest, free digital library for Hebrew writings; and also serves as the Vice Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects worldwide.