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My name is Jason Evans. I worked for over Two years as a Wikipedian in Residence and I am currently the National Wikimedian at the National Library of Wales, I love Open Access, Wikidata, History, and Wales (of course!). Information about previous, ongoing, or future Wikipedia-National Library of Wales collaborations will be updated regularly on the National Library of Wales project page. I welcome and encourage contacts from any contributors based in Wales who would be interested in participating in workshops and events, or who are open to working with the National Library of Wales in their contributions to any/all Wikimedia sites! You can leave me a message on my talk page.
I am originally from Aberystwyth in Mid Wales. After studying for A-levels at Tregaron Secondary School I studied for an advanced diploma in Art & Design at Coleg Sir Gâr. Following this I returned to Aberystwyth and in 2005 i began my employment at The National Library of Wales as part of the Service Team. By 2006 I was a Reader's Assistant in the Maps and manuscripts department, with a special interest in Welsh history, genealogy and local History. I continued in my role in the public services department until my appointment as Wikipedian in residence in January 2015
I am very interested in how Wikidata can be used in the heritage sector, and in how it can be used to give added value to core datasets. I also interested in developing Welsh language labeling on Wikidata to help improve the provision of Welsh language Wikipedia and other software.
I am also very interested in Welsh history in general, the rise and fall of the Welsh royal dynasties, Welsh literature and the incredible impact that the nation and its people have had on the world
According to a paper published by The National Library of Wales, its collections include
- 6 million books, periodicals newspapers and other printed material
- 25,000 manuscripts (the oldest dating from 113 AD, and including the earliest literature of Wales)
- 2,500 archives collections
- 1 Million maps
- 40,000 pictures
- 800,000 Photographs
- 5.5m feet of film
- 250,000 hours of video
- 200,000 hours of sound recordings
|The Wales Barnstar|
|Thanks for all your hard work on Welsh Wikipedia articles (as well as slipping in Welsh images into major pages), it's vey much appreciated. Please accept this award to wear to your next civic event. FruitMonkey (talk) 23:26, 28 July 2015 (UTC)|
|The Welsh National Barnstar of Merit|
|Amazing work and effort you've put into improving resources for Wales already. Very impressed with the image uploads in particular and your effort at organizing editathons and contacting institutions. It's exactly what we need. Keep up the terrific work! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:48, 7 January 2016 (UTC)|
- "A Ten Minute Tour" (PDF). National Library of Wales. Retrieved 23 January 2015.