I was born in Ramsgate & brought up in Margate went to the University of Surrey and then trained as a nurse at Frimley Park Hospital before undertaking various courses and jobs in Accident and Emergency in the National Health Service. Qualifications from Bournemouth University and London South Bank University followed along with jobs for the NHS and University of Sheffield.
I am now living in the Chew Valley, south of Bristol. I work for the University of the West of England Faculty of Health and Life Sciences specialising in evidence based practice. I'm also a member of the British Computer Society, Royal College of Nursing, Higher Education Academy, Avon Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and various other bodies. All edits I make to wikipedia, wikicommons, etc are my individual contribution and do not represent my employer or any other organisation I am a member of.
Personal to do list (help welcome)
- Current FA nomination:
- Work towards FA: Bath Abbey, Magna Carta, Bristol Old Vic
- Current GA nominations:
- Working towards GA: West Somerset Mineral Railway, Underfall Yard, Bridgwater Bay, Frome Hoard, Portishead power station, Wansdyke (earthwork), Isambard Kingdom Brunel,
- Create new articles: redlinks on Grade II* listed buildings in Bath and North East Somerset and all sub lists of Scheduled monuments in Somerset,
- Improve: Cleanup listings for Somerset and Bristol
- sandbox: currently:
Remember the tune-up work we did on Chew Valley and Chew Valley Lake? We're slowly working forward through the oldest unreviewed FAs, and these next ones that you nominated are on the current working list:
- Mendip Hills Done
- Bath, Somerset Done
- Buildings and architecture of Bristol Working
- Exmoor Done
- River Parrett Done
- Somerset Working (needs prose check & demographics updating)
- Sweet Track Working
Depending on how well you've been able to keep up with them over the years, they may need some work to ensure they're up-to-date, have adequate sourcing and proper image permissions, comply with MOS, the prose is in good shape, etc. There's no rush, and the order doesn't matter. I will help however you like; just ping me where you need me. Thanks again for your work updating the Chew articles! Maralia (talk) 16:15, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
Subject matter you might find me writing about
Most of my edits are to articles about South West England, especially Somerset and tend to be about geography, industrial or architectural history and related topics but also relate to other areas of interest and places I've travelled to. I'll edit almost anything as I come across it.
My main current areas of activity are;
Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
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To help I have quite a few books about the local area. If you want me to look anything up in them for wikipedia articles just let me know.
My history and activity on wikimedia
You can find statistics on my editing activity here I made my first edit on 29 October 2004 and as of 12 March 2006 had made 973 edits, including getting one article, Chew Valley Lake to Featured Article Status. During the next few months edits increased (am I becoming a Wikipediholic?) and by July 2006 had over 2000 edits with another article Chew Valley making it to Featured Article Status and a couple of others gaining Good article status. By October 2006 the count was over 4000 edits and two lists List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset and Locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal having achieved featured status. Various edits also made it into the Did you know section. During the later part of 2006 and early 2007 my editing activity increased, particularly around the Mendip Hills, Wikipedia:WikiProject Bristol, particularly Buildings and architecture of Bristol and I also joined Wikipedia:WikiProject UK Waterways. By April 2007 I passed the 9000 edit mark, and helped make Mendip Hills a featured article and Grade I listed buildings in Bristol a featured list.
My 10,000th edit was the start of a new article on the Bristol Byzantine architectural style and happened on 19 May 2007, and the 11,000th to update my userbox of Good Articles to 8 following the promotion of Somerset Levels on 6 July 2007. 12,000 – 15,000 went past in a hurry during August (although I was on holiday & at a conference in Brisbane where I edited Queensland Maritime Museum among others). September and October 2007 were mostly related to the creation of Wikipedia:WikiProject Somerset and the initial assessment of approximately 2000 articles. During October 2007 Buildings and architecture of Bristol became the fourth article on which I had done serious editing to become a Featured article.
The start of 2008 saw Exmoor and Somerset achieving FA status and on 3 February I passed 20,000 edits while creating stubs for villages on the Somerset WikiProject "to do" list. Edits around 22,000 and 23,000 were work on the new Wikipedia:WikiProject Museums particularly setting up templates and guidelines for the initial assessment of thousands of articles.
24,000->28,000 edits went past with mostly low level editing, particularly to stubs within Somerset but I did manage to get a few more DYKs & GAs, and maintenance tasks for Wikipedia:WikiProject Somerset and Wikipedia:WikiProject UK geography. One specific achievement during that period was getting Physical geography of Somerset to Featured topic status. 28,000->33,000 included getting all parishes in Somerset to at least start class, and creating new articles (with accompanying DYKs etc which took me past the 50 DYK mark) while working on getting List of Grade I listed buildings in West Somerset to featured list status.
33,000–36,000 continued in much the same way with DYKs going past 60 and with 5 of the lists at List of Grade I listed buildings in Somerset becoming featured. I also joined the new WP:HSITES. Reaching 37,000 edits included completing the creation or improvement of the articles for all Grade I listed buildings in Somerset and getting the lists of them to FL.
The 40,000 edit mark was during December 2009 and included getting Grade I listed buildings in Somerset to GA and getting all of these to Featured Topic, and various other maintenance and development work almost exclusively relates to Somerset articles. Edits 40-45,000 involved a personal challenge to get all settlements in Somerset with over 5,000 population to GA and getting River Parrett to FA along with various other edits to Somerset geography, museum and similar articles, including more DYKs.
45,000-50,000 continued in the same vein including getting Sweet Track to FA and nearly completing the challenge of getting settlements in Somerset with over 5,000 population to GA and various further DYKs. I also helped get WikiProject Wiltshire up and running and started some articles for churches under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. My 50,000th edit was putting up List of churches preserved by the Churches Conservation Trust in South West England.
In January 2011 I got an opportunity to meet Jimmy Wales and local wikipedians in Bristol and attend his public talk at the Victoria Rooms. One of the purposes of the day, apart from celebrating wikipedia's 10th birthday was to encourage outreach and as part of that I was interviewed by BBC Focus and the New Statesman. The city council has webcast the talk - my question is at 53:22. There are also videos of interviews with MartinPoulter, Ghmyrtle and myself on the same day
On March 19th I participated in the first Bristol Wiki Academy. (see my blog post). From October 2011 to June 2012 I took a wikibreak as my wife needed major surgery for a brain tumour and my elderly father had multiple admissions to hospital and then I needed to help him move into a nursing home and sell his house. Editing continued for the rest of 2012 (although at a slower rate) continuing mostly on Somerset related articles, including keeping an eye on the cleanup list and converting lots of stub articles to start class.
Editing continued in much the same vein during 2013 but included participation in the WikiCup for the first time (reaching round 3). I also got quite heavily involved in the UKs first participation in the Wiki Loves Monuments competition, not just uploading several hundred photographs but also helping with the preparation of suitable lists using appropriate templates etc.
I again participated in the Wikicup during 2014. At the beginning of February I attended a weekend workshop organised by Wikimedia UK to "Train the Trainers", as part of an initiative to accredit volunteers to run training for other potential editors across a range of projects. It was held in Cardiff deliberately to enable those living in Wales and the south west of England to participate. Most of 2014 went past with further editing of Somerset articles and in October I passed the landmark of editing wikipedia for more than ten years.
In 2015 I again participated in the wikicup progressing to the final for the first time, but loosing a a (600pt) FAC got bogged down in a complex discussion about copyright/fair use, ownership and legal status between wp and commons. A significant piece of work (larger than I initially thought) was to review all the FAs I have nominated years ago to ensure they still meet current FA criteria and standards. I agreed to do a workshop for Wikimedia UK which was held at the University of Exeter in July. For this purpose I have set up another account at User:Rodw (training) without all the gadgets and changes I have made to this account over the last 10 years. In September I attended the first Wikipedia Science Conference. In October I was nominated as Editor of the Week, an unexpected honour. I agreed to act as trainer for an event at Gloucester Archives in November.
I decided not to enter the wikicup in 2016 and have tackled the cleanup listings for Somerset and Bristol getting them from 400+ tagged articles to less than 100 each. Bristol achieved FA status on 31 December 2015 and appeared as TFA on 7 March 2016 for which I did some promotional press releases and interviews. During the summer I helped to set up and then took part in the The West Country Challenge.
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|Template purloined from Trident13 who shimmied it away from Bucketsofg who plagiarized it from Grutness who lifted idea from Moriori who half-inched from Calton who nicked it from Salsb who stole it from Guettarda who borrowed it from White Cat|
The ASCII barnstar of awesomeness
I just wanted to say that I was very proud to see a fellow Wikipedian being so helpful without being asked. A fine example we should all try and emulate. Have an ASCII barnstar! Best, Neil ☎ 15:30, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Special edition triple crown
Your Fleet-fingered Majesty, thank you very much for disproving the better/cheaper/faster theory by doing superb editing work lickety-split and free licensing it. Now all of Wikipedia's readers will need to take speed reading lessons to catch up with you. ;) DurovaCharge! 23:11, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
|Wikipedia:WikiCup, in which you reached round 3, the quarter-finals. J Milburn (talk · contribs) and The ed17 (talk · contribs) 12:02, 3 November 2013 (UTC)|
|The 50 DYK Medal|
|For your efforts in creating or contributing to 50 DYKs, I award you this medal. Wear it with pride. Chris (talk) 02:58, 19 March 2009 (UTC)|
|The Geography Barnstar|
|For all your tireless and impeccable work on the geography of Chew Valley, Somerset and the United Kingdom! Keep it up, we need you! – Jza84 · (talk) 16:16, 12 November 2007 (UTC)|
|The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar|
|Thanks for all your work helping me promote my first good article, Worlebury Camp. I'm pretty sure I would not have been able to do it without you. Thanks again!
Reaper Eternal (talk) 01:55, 25 December 2010 (UTC)
|The Original Barnstar|
|I can't tell you how impressed I am with your contributions, esp. the recent series on Somerset archeological sites. I wish we had a Thomas Hardy-award for you. Drmies (talk) 19:35, 6 February 2011 (UTC)|
|The Featured Article Medal|
|Given the number of FAs you have created, this appears to be long overdue. Very Well done. MrMedal (talk) 15:02, 14 May 2011 (UTC)|
|The Featured List Medal|
|Given the number of FLs you have created, this also appears to be long overdue. Very Well done.MrMedal (talk) 15:02, 14 May 2011 (UTC)|
|The Special Barnstar|
|For your exceptional efforts to write Somerset and Bristol articles to a high standard and for creating decent articles on missing Somerset villages, geo features and buildings. If only we could clone you for other English counties!! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:23, 20 July 2011 (UTC)|
|The Good Article Barnstar|
|Thanks Rodw for helping to make Bath Abbey a Good Article. Keep up the good work. Sp33dyphil "Ad astra" 03:29, 29 September 2011 (UTC)|
|The 100 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal|
|Many congratulations are in order, as you have become one of the few Wikipedians to contribute one hundred or more newly created or expanded articles to the Main page in the "Did you know?" section. You have made a huge impact on our coverage of Somerset, in particular, and are a great asset to the encyclopedia. Moonraker (talk) 23:09, 13 October 2011 (UTC)|
|The Original Barnstar|
|A belated thank you for helping to raise Ely, Cambridgeshire to GA status --Senra (talk) 13:06, 1 January 2012 (UTC)|
|Thank you for the profound coverage of your area, beginning with the "oldest road in the world", and for your activity in the related project, a sweet track, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:12, 3 June 2012 (UTC)|
|The Good Article Barnstar|
|For your contributions to bring Barrington Court to Good Article status. Thanks, and keep up the good work! -- Khazar2 (talk) 15:10, 1 May 2013 (UTC)|
|The Teamwork Barnstar|
|Good on you, Rodw! Amandajm (talk) 10:52, 12 July 2013 (UTC)|
|The Quarter Million Award|
|For your contributions to bring Somerset (estimated annual readership: 301,000) to Featured Article status, I hereby present you the Quarter Million Award. Congratulations, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 11:35, 15 November 2013 (UTC)|
|The Quarter Million Award|
|For your contributions to bring Bath, Somerset (estimated annual readership: 451,000) to Featured Article status, I hereby present you the Quarter Million Award. Congratulations, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 11:35, 15 November 2013 (UTC)|
|The Barnstar of Inland Inundation|
|What a wonderful and much needed article. Consider yourself awash with praise! Martinevans123 (talk) 16:57, 1 March 2014 (UTC)|
|The Writer's Barnstar|
|Thank you for your quality improvement project on Magna Carta, and for improving Wikipedia's coverage related to WP:Human rights. Much appreciated. — Cirt (talk) 02:23, 22 January 2015 (UTC)|
|The Cast-Iron Engineering Barnstar|
|Awarded for bringing the article on Stembridge Mill, High Ham up to Good Article status. Mjroots (talk) 16:40, 7 June 2015 (UTC)|
|Paladin of Hampshire County Historic Places|
|Rod, it is my sincere pleasure to hereby name you a Paladin of Hampshire County Historic Places in recognition of your thoughtful review and appreciated guidance, which resulted in the promotion of Capon Chapel to Featured Article status. This article is the first Hampshire County subject and only the sixth West Virginia-related subject to receive this status. Thank you for helping to bring awareness to Hampshire County's historic landmarks! -- West Virginian (talk) 10:56, 12 July 2015 (UTC)|
|The Good Article Barnstar|
|Rodw, I hereby award you The Good Article Barnstar for your outstanding work in improving Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum to Good Article status. Thank you for your continued efforts to illustrate the Listed buildings of England. -- West Virginian (talk) 11:29, 25 August 2015 (UTC)|
|The Portal Barnstar|
|The Portal Barnstar is awarded to Wikipedians who have made significant contributions to topic portals.
For your work on the Bristol Portal, I award you the Portal Barnstar. -- John of Reading (talk) 20:42, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
|The Original Barnstar|
|For almost getting the 5 millionth article with Church of St Mary, Compton Dando! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:03, 1 November 2015 (UTC)|
|The Special Barnstar|
|For almost making 5 millionth article. It shouldn't really matter who "won", but somehow, apparently, it does... Samsara 13:08, 1 November 2015 (UTC)|
|The Half Million Award|
|For your contributions to bring Bristol (estimated annual readership: 628,943) to Featured Article status, I hereby present you the Half Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! Yash! 11:18, 25 February 2016 (UTC)|
|The Special Barnstar|
|I've been very impressed Rod with the way you've quickly set about the task of setting up this new contest. What would have normally taken weeks has largely been done in a few days. Having this level of energy and input is very promising indeed, we'll need it for running such a contest haha. It's a lot of work but if the results are anywhere near as good it will have been worth it! Drawing up these lists is important anyway, even beyond the contest. So keep up the great work Rod and here's to a productive contest!♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:13, 14 May 2016 (UTC)|
Achievements in the format for "Crown Awards"
- working towards Genghis Khan Edition Conquest of the Wiki World Triple Crown upgrade from Alexander the Great Edition Triple Laurel Crown (and all previous)