Wikipedia in the Library - Andrew Gray Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library

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Wikipedia in the Library - Andrew Gray Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library

  1. 1. Wikipedia in the Library Wikipedian in Residence Program The British Library, 2012-13 Andrew Gray @generalising // andrew@generalist.org.uk
  2. 2. Origins ● British Museum, 2010 ● Articles about objects; public events ● Several more residencies worldwide – mostly museums, “object-focused”
  3. 3. British Library ● Arts & Humanities Research Council funds ● Two goals: –Support AHRC researchers –Develop British Library-related content
  4. 4. Supporting researchers ● Training and guidance for research projects ● Using Wikipedia for – “contextualising” - public understanding – “disseminating” - distributing content – “capturing” - recording research ● Several events and case studies
  5. 5. In the Library ● Outreach & training ● Digital content ● Technical work ● ...and communication!
  6. 6. Outreach and training ● Training workshops – ~100 British Library staff – ~300 public ● Public events – Workshops – Conference
  7. 7. Creating digital content ● Picturing Canada 4,000 historic photographs Unique collection ● Royal Manuscripts Articles on specific MS Linked to cataloguing work
  8. 8. Picturing Canada
  9. 9. Reusing digital content ● Europeana 1914-18 ● 19th Century Books Existing projects Transformative uses One pamphlet – 6000 words!
  10. 10. Technical work ● Authority control records ● Image metadata – Catalogue links & identifiers – Encouraging best practice
  11. 11. Everywhere else ● Partnerships around Europe ● Active local communities ● Get in touch! outreach.wikimedia.org glam@wikimedia.org

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