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2023 Fellows: Luis Carrasco

Luis Carrasco

📍Santiago, Chile

🏷️ #Ecosystems, #NaturalKnowledge, #AdministrativeDivision, #DecisionMakingInformation, #SouthAmericanEcosystems, #SouthAmericanEnvironment

Fellowship Focus

This project -Integrating open knowledge about terrestrial ecosystems of Chile and their state of conservation on Wikimedia projects- will integrate the knowledge about the terrestrial ecosystems of Chile and their state of conservation (according to the IUCN categories) within each of the articles on the Spanish Wikipedia website (and Wikimedia projects) that talk about the communes and regions of Chile. This project plans to achieve this by processing existing information in databases, processed through open-source software (QGIS, RStudio, Inkscape, etc.), and obtaining original text and images based on this pre-existing information, which will then be personalized for each previously mentioned Wikipedia article.

Most of all the information to use comes from the extensive work that professors Federico Luebert and Patricio Pliscoff did for cataloging the “vegetational floors” in Chile (equivalents of the concept of ecosystems). His work has had a great impact on the management of environmental conservation in our country, being officially recognized by the State as the official classification of the natural territory of Chile.


Luis Carrasco (he/him) is a Marine Biologist with an academic minor in Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is interested in public policies that protect and manage the biodiversity and ecosystems of Chile, his native country. He has been editor of Wikipedia in Spanish since 2008 and Director of Wikimedia Chile since 2020. It is during this period of time that he understood the importance of free and open access to all sources of knowledge, for anyone who seeks knowledge. Those who know him know that he is always involved in various projects for citizen participation, free knowledge, the environment, sexual diversity, and youth.

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