Scotland's Public Libraries move toward first edit-a-thons
Scotland, Scottish Library & Information Council update
- The office staff at SLIC took part in a 1Lib1Ref edit-a-thon on Friday 2 February, with 6 editors making 39 edits on 10 pages.
- The resident ran two half-day training sessions at Glasgow Caledonian University for Library staff, focusing on the use of Wikipedia as a teaching tool. 15 editors worked collaboratively to created 4 new articles: Orkney Library and Archive, Shetland Library, Lady Catherine Bruce of Clackmannan and Jess Smith (writer). It is hoped that this activity will mark the beginning of a longer term relationship with the organisation.
- One of our partner library services made a presentation at the sector-wide "Digital Champions" meeting (coordinated by SLIC) about their involvement in the project so far; this resulted in a number of good leads including a presentation made to a potential new public library service partner in early March.
- On Friday 23 February an edit-a-thon was held at the Scottish Poetry Library - hopefully the first of many - on "Lost Poets of Scotland". 10 editors created 4 new pages and 5 new draft pages. Help is welcomed in improving the latter so that they can be moved to mainspace, details can be found here.
- A pre-edit-a-thon training session was held for new editors in Greenock, with our project partners Inverclyde Libraries. This event was extremely positive and bodes well for the edit-a-thon (taking place Wednesday 7 March) and for future activity.
- SLIC & the WiR are currently hosting an Information & Library Studies Masters student from the University of Strathclyde, Jenny King. Jenny is working with a local history group based in Govan on an edit-a-thon which will take place at the end of March. This group have engaged with Wikimedia before and are keen to make this part of their ongoing work around Suffragettes & the history of the protest movement in Glasgow.
Oxford Wikidata project
Martin Poulter gave a seminar at the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC) on Wikidata. The audience were but mostly users of DBpedia rather than Wikidata. Slides are available on Commons or as a Powerpoint file on request. He has also been bulk uploading data from the China Biographical Database into Wikidata to assist with visualisations of Chinese history.l
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