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The Wikimedian In Residence was based in the Clarendon Building

The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and Wikimedia UK collaborated on a project from April 2015 to March 2016. Dr Martin Poulter was employed as a Wikimedian in Residence for this period. The WIR engaged with librarians, members of the public, researchers and members of the University to improve Wikipedia articles and to make the Libraries' digitised content more publicly accessible.

The final report provides an overview of what was achieved in the one-year placement.

The WIR's goals were:

  • Work with staff to identify areas of Wikimedia projects that can be enriched by knowledge from the Libraries' collections
  • Add digitized resources to Wikimedia Commons
  • Develop a policy and workflow for adding digital content to Wikipedia and sister projects in a sustainable and ongoing fashion
  • Organise and host Wikimedia-related events
  • and other activities that come up (the above is just a summarised extract from the full list).

The project was an opportunity to make progress on diversity and in countering Systemic bias; including by training women editors, by encouraging improvement of Wikipedia's coverage of under-represented topics or groups, and by sharing knowledge about geographical areas or periods of history that are under-represented on Wikipedia.

There are 127 libraries and four museums in Oxford University. This placement built relationships with some of them, delivered workshops for their staff and invited them to host events or share files.

The university's IT Innovation Challenge, funded by the university's Academic IT Services, has funded an extra year's placement which has a separate project page at WP:GLAM/Oxford.

Templates and categories[edit]

GLAM Dashboard (from tools created by Fæ)[edit]

Events[edit]

Flyer promoting events for science librarians

Monthly reporting[edit]

Throughout the Residency, all monthly reports submitted to the Bodleian and Wikimedia UK will be posted here to allow those interested to track its progress.

1st Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 April-30 April 2015 12 May 2015 Read full
2nd Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 May-31 May 2015 3 June 2015 Read full
3rd Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 June-30 June 2015 8 July 2015 Read full
4th Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 July-30 July 2015 4 August 2015 Read full
5th Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 August-31 August 2015 17 September 2015 Read full
6th & 7th Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 September-31 October 2015 5 November 2015 Read full
8th Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 November-30 November 2015 9 December 2015 Read full
9th Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 December-31 December 2015 7 January 2016 Read full
10th Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 January-3 February 2016 10 February 2016 Read full
11th Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 4 February-29 February 2016 3 March 2016 Read full
12th Month Report
Institution Resident's Name Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford User:MartinPoulter 1 March - 5 April 2016 6 April 2016 Read full

A final report to sum up the impact of the whole project, 13 May 2016.

Coverage[edit]

Past activity hosted by the Bodleian Libraries[edit]

Event Date
Ada Lovelace day editathon 14 October 2014
Rediscovering Rycote Wikipedia editathon 15 November 2013
Ada Lovelace day editathon (with support from Jisc & Wikimedia UK) 15 October 2013
Queen Victoria's Journals editathon 24 May 2013
Ada Lovelace day editathon (with support from the British Library's Wikipedian In Residence) October 2012

In July 2012, Neil Jeffries, the research and development project manager at the Bodleian Libraries, wrote an op-ed for the Signpost describing best practice in knowledge representation for projects such as Wikidata.