Past residencies

Wikimedians in Residence

Scotland’s first Resident was Dr Ally Crockford, who worked as the Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland from 2013 to 2015, followed by Dr Sara Thomas at Museums Galleries Scotland (2015-2017), Ewan McAndrew at the University of Edinburgh (2016-present), Dr Susan Ross at the National Library of Scotland: Scottish Gaelic Wikipedia (2017), Dr Sara Thomas at the Scottish Library and Information Council (2017-2018) with Delphine Dallison taking over that role at SLIC (2018-2019), and Dr Doug Rocks-Macqueen (2019-present).

Awards

Scotland’s residencies and residents have been well represented in the annual Wikimedia UK awards, with NLS winning GLAM of the Year in 2014; the University of Edinburgh won Partnership of the Year in both 2016 and 2018, with an honourable mention in 2020, and Ewan McAndrew won UK Wikimedian of the Year in 2017. 

In 2018, Delphine Dallison won Up and Coming Wikimedian of the Year, and Dr Thomas gained an honourable mention for Wikimedian of the Year.  In 2020, the University of Edinburgh’s interns Laura Rose Wood, and Emma Carroll, both won Up and Coming Wikimedian of the Year.

Delphine Dallison with Wikimedia UK award for Up & Coming Wikimedian, Sara Thomas (WMUK), CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Delphine Dallison with Wikimedia UK award for Up & Coming Wikimedian

National Library of Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland

Scottish Library and Information Council

National Library of Scotland, No machine-readable author provided. Maccoinnich~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons

Scotland’s first residency, this project saw input into policy change at the Library, a number of editathons taking place, a great deal of outreach work to the wider wiki community, an image release, and was the beginning of an ongoing relationship with the Library.

Uicipeid: Gaelic Wikipedia Project

The Uicipeid residency focussed on outreach to the Scottish Gaelic language community across Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Islands.

The MGS residency worked across the entire Scottish museums sector, focussing on advocacy, training and outreach.

Wikipedia training at Inverclyde Heritage Hub, Sara Thomas, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This residency engaged with the public library sector across Scotland, taking inspiration from the Catalonian library project, providing outreach and training as well as support for library services to set up their own Wikipedia editing groups.