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Mention in appeal on block of drg55[edit]

Hi Martin I have mentioned you here — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drg55 (talkcontribs) (UTC)

This Month in Education: April 2015[edit]

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Books and Bytes - Issue 11[edit]

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Thanks for the cookies![edit]

Hi Martin, thanks very much for the welcome! It was nice to get the virtual cookies. I'm very grateful for your help, and will certainly ask you if I have any problems. Still doing things in a small way at the moment.

SarahPowellLoving (talk) 13:58, 7 May 2015 (UTC) (hope that's right!)

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Hi, can you help with this?Lbertolotti (talk) 20:43, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

This Month in Education: May 2015[edit]

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This Month in Education: June 2015[edit]

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Hello! EmmaStanford (talk) 15:06, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

Hello Martin and Emma --Paola Manoni (talk) 15:23, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

hello from jennifer[edit]

hello! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jcwchicagowiki (talkcontribs) 15:06, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

Ciao! (talk) 15:09, 7 July 2015 (UTC) Raffaella from BAV

Books and Bytes - Issue 12[edit]

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The Interior 15:23, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

Access to Oxford Libraries[edit]

Hello Martin, Thank you for your support on this. I've used the Oxford site cold for chasing references, but am a bit frustrated in not being able to get downloads of things like Early English texts. Just now I am hoping to get the text of a very obscure sermon preached at the opening of the organ at Bridgwater Parish Church c 1700!!!! I'm hoping to trace the maker of it. You can see what else I get up to on my WP user page. Kind regards. Apwoolrich (talk) 18:04, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Improving Bodleian Library to featured quality?[edit]

Hi Martin, (belated) congratulations on getting the WiR gig at the Bod! I spent many happy hours there and some of my earliest published writings were based on their archival material - I'm sure you're finding it an engaging and productive environment. Looking at the Wikipedia article on the Bodleian Library, I can see that a lot of improvement work needs to be done. I assume that potential COI considerations may preclude you taking it on yourself (to say nothing of your other commitments) but I'm happy to have a crack at it for old times' sake. As you know, I have a pretty good track record with historical FAs and GAs (the latest has come through just today) - cf. User:Prioryman#Articles I've written - and I have access to plenty of resources at the British Library.

One thing that would definitely need to be addressed is the frankly not very good photographs of the Library on Wikimedia Commons [1]. I'm a pretty competent photographer myself and have some good equipment so I should be able to address this, but while exterior pictures are of course no problem, the Library is, as you know, not very keen on casual visitors taking pictures inside. I wonder if this is something that you might be able to facilitate? I would look to photograph the Upper and Lower Reading Rooms (and some of the paintings in there), the interiors of the Radcliffe Camera and the New Bodleian/Weston Library, and if at all possible the book stacks. Ideally I'd aim to do it shortly after the interiors have closed to readers, when I assume that only the cleaners would be present. I'd be grateful if you could advise whether this might be possible, as good photos would be an essential component for successfully nominating the article as a FA candidate. Prioryman (talk) 22:11, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi Prioryman and thanks for this expression of interest. You are right that I am staying away from articles about the Library itself because of COI and because the focus of my project is to help counter WP's systemic bias. You've probably seen that User:Diliff has done some fantastic work recently: see [2] and the next page, but yes more decent photos would be useful. I will make enquiries about letting you in: feel free to Wikipedia-email me and we'll talk further. You'd be very welcome to visit us. MartinPoulter (talk) 15:15, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
Hi, saw my name pinged here so I thought I'd say a few words. I had a similar impression of our coverage of the related articles and last year made contact with a senior staff member inside the Bodleian Library who kindly allowed me to take photos of the Divinity Room, Duke Humfrey's Library and Convocation House which, along with the Radcliffe Camera, are the main historic rooms of the Bodleian Library. I thought I'd already added these images to the main Bodleian Library article actually but it seems they didn't filter through, so I'll try to add them in the near future. So while you are right that the article could do with better images and that the Bodleian Library category on Commons doesn't contain many good images, have a look at some of the sub-categories because I have uploaded some high quality interior photos already. One building that I was hoping to photograph but ran out of time with was Radcliffe Camera. As with other sensitive parts of the library, I believe photography is not permitted during regular opening hours of the Radcliffe Camera so I suspect that any photography would need to be done before or after opening and that would also require coordination with an escort (Martin or someone else) and the security guards who would need to open up the building. Incidentally, if you do manage to organise a trip to photograph the Radcliffe Camera, please let me know as I'd like to tag along if you don't mind company! Ðiliff «» (Talk) 18:44, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

This Month in Education: July 2015[edit]

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Wikipedia Science conference[edit]

Thanks for your note - I have today pinged details of the conference to CIPR colleagues on the science comms working group and to the chair/secretary of the STEM members group. I have also asked a colleague with direct STEMPRA contacts to forward my email to them. Hope this helps. Paul W (talk) 14:01, 12 August 2015 (UTC)