Wikipedia in the Library
Wikipedian in Residence Program
The British Library, 2012-13
Andrew Gray
@generalising // andrew@...
Origins
●
British Museum, 2010
●
Articles about objects; public events
●
Several more residencies worldwide
– mostly museu...
British Library
●
Arts & Humanities Research Council funds
●
Two goals:
–Support AHRC researchers
–Develop British Library...
Supporting researchers
●
Training and guidance for research projects
●
Using Wikipedia for
– “contextualising” - public un...
In the Library
●
Outreach & training
●
Digital content
●
Technical work
●
...and communication!
Outreach and training
●
Training workshops
– ~100 British Library staff
– ~300 public
●
Public events
– Workshops
– Confer...
Creating digital content
●
Picturing Canada
4,000 historic photographs
Unique collection
●
Royal Manuscripts
Articles on s...
Picturing Canada
Reusing digital content
●
Europeana 1914-18
●
19th
Century Books
Existing projects
Transformative uses
One pamphlet – 6000...
Technical work
●
Authority control records
●
Image metadata
– Catalogue links & identifiers
– Encouraging best practice
Everywhere else
●
Partnerships around Europe
●
Active local communities
●
Get in touch!
outreach.wikimedia.org
glam@wikime...
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"Wikipedia in the Library" presentation for The European Library conference, Amsterdam, September 2013.

Outlines the work of the Wikipedian in Residence program at the British Library

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Wikipedia in the Library - The European Library, Amsterdam 2013

  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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