Expert outreach/National Wikimedian at the National Library of Wales

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For the project page of the original Wikipedian in Residence project at the National Library of Wales click here National Wikimedian of Wales, Graphic.png
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

Infographic highlighting the results of a Welsh Government funded project to improve health information on the Welsh Wikipedia
  • 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 and projects associated with the program will be recorded and regularly updated on this page.

Wici-health Project

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 focused on community engagement, securing the release of openly licensed health texts and using data, and machine translation to automatically generate Welsh language Wikipedia content. Read the full project report. A Welsh language Wiki Project page has been set up here

Image Uploads

All NLW uploads to Wikimedia Commons can be found here

Volunteer Projects

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


Wikipedia Visiting Scholars

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

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

National Wikimedian 2017-18 Infographic

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

Presentation Videos

Media coverage

Blog/article posts


The National Library

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