In Wales we have just completed a 3 month Welsh Government funded project to improve Welsh language Wikipedia content on Pop Music. Executed by the National Library of Wales and supported by Wikimedia UK the project focused on finding a balance between using open data to generate new articles, community engagement and securing the release of text and media from Welsh language content producers, such as publishers, production companies, universities and record labels. The project was a great success, producing 3 public events and nearly 800 new article (smashing the 500 article target). The project also lead to the donation of a large amount of media which will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons in the coming months (more on that soon). The project has demonstrated a model of engagement which can significantly grow the quality and quantity of Welsh Wicipedia articles, whilst also establishing sustainable communities of editors and open content producers.
Last year in GLAM! :)
As we've just released Wikimedia UK's 2016 impact report, we felt it's timely to share it here with you.
Our focus on diverse and under-represented content as the strategic driver for much of our partnerships activity throughout the year, helping to address systemic bias on Wikimedia
Our participation in Art + Feminism in March 2016, through which we held partnership events at nine high profile galleries and other cultural institutions around the UK
New Wikimedian in Residence programmes launched in partnership with Wellcome Library in London, the Hypatia Trust in Cornwall and the National Library of Scotland, and deepening relationships with the House of Commons, the National Heritage Science Forum, Tate and other partners
A wide-ranging, innovative and highly successful partnership with National Library of Wales, with this work driven by our Wales Manager Robin Owain and our longest standing Wikimedian in Residence, Jason Evans, and underpinning our relationship with the Welsh Government
The growing strength and coherence of our Celtic Knot work, with the ongoing programme in Wales, the launch of a Gaelic Wikipedian project with the National Library of Scotland and the Wikimedian in Residence at Cornwall’s Hypatia Trust
Funding from Oxford University's Innovation Fund to support a university-wide Wikimedian in Residence - building on the success of the initial one year residency at Bodleian Libraries - who is now making significant strides within the university’s research community
Achieving gender balance in articles about people on the Welsh language Wikipedia - a first for any Wikipedia with more than 10,000 articles - and growing the Wicipedia to 90,000 articles