There was plenty of festive cheer in Wales this December as the Wikipedian in Residence at the National Library of Wales was granted funding to extend the residency until the end of August 2016. Several edit-a-thons have already been planned for the new year including a Authors of Wales Edit-a-thon to coincide with Wikipedia's 15th birthday on the 15th of January. Between now and August the Wikipedian in residence will continue to share the library's digital content via Wiki Commons, Manage volunteer projects and events, and hopes to take Wikipedia into local schools and colleges, creating a blue print for an outreach program for the education sector.
Having uploaded hundreds of images in batches of a few dozen, the Bodleian Libraries are getting ready to make larger batch uploads using the GLAMWiki Toolset. Martin has created custom Perl scripts to convert the Digital Bodleian's metadata to flat XML for use by the Toolset.
In December, Martin gave a Wikipedia training session for the Free Speech Debate project, which is going to improve articles relating to free speech in a variety of different languages. Differences in the interface between language versions of Wikipedia caused some headaches, but it was pleasing to see that so many had enabled the Visual Editor.
Coming up in Oxford in early 2016 are an editathon at the Oxford Internet Institute, a Tudor Music Editathon, and, in an exciting first for the UK, a four-part Open Knowledge Ambassador training course.
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See the this month's report from Germany for news of Andy's success in securing an image donation from Carl Zeiss Microscopes.
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