Expert outreach/National Wikimedian at the National Library of Wales

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The National Library of Wales, Wikimedia UK, and the editing community have worked together since 2014 to host a Wikimedian in Residence and in August 2017 the National Library appointed a permenent Wikimedian to their staff. Wikipedia and its sister projects are now a core aspect of the Library’s activities and services. Building on the successful collaboration between the Library, Wikimedia UK and the Wiki community, the National Wikimedian will lead activities associated with the Library’s collections, Wales as a nation and the Welsh language. For more information contact the National Wikimedian, Jason Evans


Aims and objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Promote Welsh history, language and culture on Wikimedia platforms.
  • Help to build, grow and sustain new editor communities.
  • Provide open access to digital content from the National Library via Wikimedia platforms.
  • Work with the Welsh Government, education and culture sectors to build partnerships, promote open access and encourage engagement with Wikimedia projects.
  • Secure funding for, and deliver projects for improving quality and scope of the Welsh language Wicipedia.
  • Develop and deliver Wiki projects for volunteers and the National Library of Wales, and develop the Wiki visiting scholar scheme.

Activities[edit | edit source]

Activities and projects associated with the program will be recorded and regularly updated on this page.

Wici-health Project[edit | edit source]

Following the success of the Wicipop project, funded by a Welsh Government grant, The National Library made a successful request for £40,000 funding from the Welsh Government in order to run a 9 month project aimed at improving health related content on the Welsh language Wikipedia. The project will focus on community engagement, securing the release of openly licensed health texts and using data, and machine translation to automatically generate Welsh language Wikipedia content. The main goals of the project are:

  • Create 3000 new Welsh language health related Wikipedia articles.
  • Hold 4 Edit-a-thons at locations throughout Wales.
  • Develop techniques for translating and standardizing medical terms in the Welsh language.

A Welsh language Wiki Project page has been set up here

Image Uploads[edit | edit source]

All NLW uploads to Wikimedia Commons can be found here

Volunteer Projects[edit | edit source]

An overview of projects organised with NLW Volunteers can be found here

Events[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia Visiting Scholars[edit | edit source]

In October 2016 the National Library of Wales became the first UK institution appoint a Wiki Visiting Scholars as part of the Wiki Education Foundation scheme. Follow the progress of the visiting Scholar here. You can Apply to be a Wikipedia visiting Scholar with The National Library here

Wikidata Visiting Scholars[edit | edit source]

In April 2016 the National Library became the first institution in the world to host a Wikidata Visiting Scholar. You can follow the volunteer's progress here

Planning and reporting[edit | edit source]

The National Wikimedian will submit monthly reports in order to track and record the progress of the project.

Presentation Videos[edit | edit source]

Media coverage[edit | edit source]

Blog/article posts[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

The National Library[edit | edit source]

According to a paper published by The National Library of Wales its collections include

  • 6 million books, periodicals newspapers and other printed material
  • 25,000 manuscripts (the oldest dating from 113 AD, and including the earliest literature of Wales)
  • 2,500 archives collections
  • 1 Million maps
  • 40,000 pictures
  • 800,000 Photographs
  • 5.5m feet of film
  • 250,000 hours of video
  • 200,000 hours of sound recordings


Contact[edit | edit source]

Contact Jason Evans via email jje@llgc.org.uk, on twitter @Wiki_NLW or feel free to leave a message on my talk page Jason.nlw (talk)