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This project lead to the appointment of a permanent Wikimedia at NLW. For details click here NLW image collage with Wiki logo.png

As of the 19th of January 2015, Wikimedia UK and the National Library of Wales are jointly supporting a project to develop further open licenced resources, digital files and other forms of information, opening up access to information kept at the Library. The appointment of a Wikipedian in Residence will help focus this work and also facilitate a program of Editathons and staff workshops. This project overlaps the cultural partnerships and expert outreach areas of Wikimedia UK's work. This page is intended as a site for discussion, and to provide information on ongoing and future projects organised as part of the collaboration between the NLW and Wikimedia. If you are interested in getting involved in Wikimedia events organised at the NLW, or in contributing to a Wikimedia community in Wales, you are welcome to contact the Wikimedian-in-Residence, Jason Evans

Final Statistics for the Wikimedia UK Residency at the National Library of Wales
Wicipop project statistics
Jason Evans introduces his residency and achievements after 6 months
National Library of Wales, Wikipedian in Residence. 12 month Review
Welsh Photographers edit-a-thon at The National Library of Wales

Aims and objectives[edit | edit source]

The residency will run for one year with the goal of building lasting bridges between The National Library and Wikipedia. The Wikipedian in Residence will work closely with Library staff to facilitate the release of digital collections on free licences for use on Wikipedia, and will advocate Open Access to digital collections. Working closely with other cultural partners in Wales the aim is to encourage and facilitate increased open access across the sector by affecting policy change. There will also be a focus on improving Wikipedia content by holding a series of Edit-a-thons on a variety of subjects, to mentor and encourage new Wikipedia editors. A series of workshops on using and editing Wikipedia will also be offered to all staff and the National Library.

By supporting and participating in the development of such a high profile resource, this enterprise will contribute towards the NLW's aim of providing ‘Information for All’ and in turn will draw people back to the services and collections of the Library.

Activities[edit | edit source]

As the Residency progresses, a log of projects or events being organised, contributions currently in progress, and contributions that have been identified for the future will be updated here.

Wicipop Project[edit | edit source]

In January 2017, With a Grant from the the Welsh Language department of the Welsh Government, the National Library and WMUK embarked on a three month project to improve Welsh language Wicipedia content about Pop music and popular culture. The project will consist of a series of events, content and data sharing partnerships and experimentation in automatically creating articles by using data. You can follow developments on the Wicipedia Wicipop Project page. Here are some other useful links.

National Library of Wales, Wikipedian in Residence. 6 months statistics

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 Wikipedia 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]

Throughout the Residency, all monthly reports submitted to the NLW and Wikimedia UK will be posted here to allow those interested to track its progress.

NLW edit-a-thon held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the 7th of September

Media coverage[edit | edit source]


Following the discovery of a previously unknown version of the Welsh National Anthem whilst preparing resources for the Patagonia Edit-a-thon, the discovery, the event and my residency in general, were the subjects of significant media coverage.

  • 3 minute interview – BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh), 17 June 2015.
  • TV Interview - S4C Newyddion 9 o’clock news, 17 June 2015.
  • 3 minute interview – BBC Radio Wales, 18 June 2015.
  • Blog for BBC Cymru Fyw online magazine – (Welsh) BBC News, 18 June 2015.
  • Article – BBC News Website (Mid-Wales), 18 June 2015.
  • Article – Wales Online Website ,19 June 2015.
  • Article – Western Mail ,19 June 2015.


  • 15 January 2016 - Radio Interview about Wikipedia's Birthday and history of the Welsh Wikipedia – Post Cyntaf, BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh)
  • 15 January 2016 - Television feature on Wikipedia15 event at The National Library. 'Heno' current affairs program, S4C.
  • 19 January 2016 - Radio interview about Wikipedia and the work of a Wikimedian in Residence. THIS Radio (Student radio at Liverpool Hope University)
  • 9 February 2016 - Wales Online article 'Millions have seen these historic Welsh images a librarian has helped share on Wikipedia'
  • 16 February 2016 - Radio Interview about sharing welsh history with the world on Wikipedia – Rhaglen Dylan Jones, BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh)
  • 20 October 2016 - Radio Interview, talking about the Wikidata created for Aberystwyth Shipping Records. - BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh)
  • 17 November 2016 - Radio Interview, talking about the need to develop the Welsh language Wikipedia in order to secure the future of the Welsh language in the digital age. - BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh)
  • 8 December 2016 (08.00) - Radio Interview, chatting with Loys Cernyw about gender equality on Wikipedia and 100 women Editathon. - BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh)
  • 8 December 2016 (08.30) - Radio Interview, with guest Beca Lyne Perkis, about gender equality on Wikipedia and 100 women Editathon. - BBC Radio Wales
  • 8 December 2016 (13.30) - Radio Interview, about gender equality on Wikipedia and 100 women Editathon. - BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh)
  • 8 December 2016 - BBC 100 women 2016: Welsh women 'deserve much more'


Blog 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

The Wikipedian in Residence[edit | edit source]

A Wikimedian (or Wikipedian) in Residence (WiR) is a Wikimedian who dedicates time to working in-house at an organization. The role is fundamentally about enabling the host organisation and its members to continue a productive relationship with the encyclopaedia and its community after the Residency is finished. The aim is to promote understanding of Wikimedia projects amongst National Library of Wales staff, as well as GLAM organisations in Wales more generally, by organising workshops and events. WiRs also work with staff to digitize, compile, and organise resources that can be shared with the Wikimedia community.

Contact[edit | edit source]

Contact Jason Evans via email or feel free to leave a message on my talk page Jason.nlw (talk) 13:16, 26 January 2015 (GMT)