The residency at The National Library of Wales moved into a new phase this month. With the initial 12 month residency completed (see report here) both parties agreed an extension until the end of August 2016. The focus of the residency remains broadly the same but will concentrate more on working out a model for taking Wikipedia into schools and colleges. We will also be looking more closely at incorporating library data and collections into Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects. A proposal has just been submitted to the Welsh examining body WJEC to include a Wikipedia based challenge as an optional model for students studying for a Welsh Baccalaureate qualification, which is now offered in most Welsh Secondary Schools. We are also planning a series of Wikipedia awareness talks with teachers and students at local schools. We are also continuing to host public events and will hold an Art and Feminism Editathon on March 5th. Image uploads are continuing. Notable uploads this month include 2,000 photographs from the Arthur Lewis Collection, 74 illuminations from a medieval 'Book of Hours' and a High Quality image of an Oil Painting by J.M.W Turner.
2016 has been busy so far, with two editathons in January (one about Glasweigan rent striker and activist Mary Barbour and one about modern scottish female artists, the latter of which spawned a follow-up event for Art+Feminism. The end of January marked the end of the initial 12 month residency finishing, but a short extension until the beginning of June 2016 has been agreed. This will allow more work to be done with some of Scotland's recognised museum collections of national significance. The 12 month summary & reflections report can be found here.
I delivered a workshop for the ten staff of the Voltaire Foundation, who are keen to help develop articles about Voltaire's works. An editathon about Tudor Music involved eleven editors, nine of them newcomers. The next editathon is on the theme of Women and will take place on the 23rd March.
A bid for another year of funding has gone in to the university's IT Innovation Challenge fund, and has attracted endorsements from around the university.