2014 Activity Plan/Living Paths project
- Lead member of staff
- Indicative budget amount
0 - covered by staff salary
- Description and overall rationale
We are continuing to deliver the project, which was started in 2013-14. Living Paths is a project that aims to empower local communities with simple Wikipedia web-authoring skills in all coastal counties that border the Wales Coast Path. Wikipedia articles will be developed on the Wales Coast Path. Visitors and local people would benefit not only from better information but also a simple way of finding it. So far, communities in Wales find it difficult to share information about their locality such as historic buildings, circular paths, geographical features and other points of interest. The information is published in local history pamphlets but these are expensive to distribute therefore difficult to source. The project addresses this problem by teaching simple skills – how to edit on Wikipedia. Local people know best about interesting places to visit, sights to see and facilities available such as picnic areas, parking and safety issues.
The aim is to develop the content and community of Wicipedia Cymraeg and English Wikipedia in Wales through encouraging and training new editors.
- Timelines - i.e. what happens quarter by quarter
- Success criteria and Metrics - overall and quarter by quarter breakdown if relevant
The quantity and quantity of Open Knowledge continues to increase:
- To have 2,000 notable places in Wales have a Welsh and English Wikipedia article
- To have >500 listings and links to Wikivoyage created
- To have >10,000 new articles on notable topics resulting from content release (including the 2,000 on notable places)
- In total there will be 40% increase in the content of Welsh Wikipedia in comparison to before the project
We have a thriving and diverse community of WMUK volunteers:
- Publish and distribute 6,000 guides on editing Wicipedia. 3 different guides produced
- Publish >25 Welsh training videos on Wicipedia Cymraeg
- Train representatives from >150 groups in wiki-skills (on wiki). Retention 33% after 3 months, 20% after 6 months and 15% after 12 months
- 20% of participants on the courses are women
- Contact and work with 9 county councils which border the Coastal Path in order to spread the awareness of the project and broaden reach
- Ambitious plan not delivered owing to loss of the single employee.
- Welsh volunteer base too small to support project.
- Too diverse to deliver the specifics.