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Goals or Messages
Wikimedia UK is working in collaboration with Monmouthshire County Council, universities, schools, colleagues, businesses, the town council and the local media to create new Wikipedia pages or improve existing ones. The objective is to document all notable buildings, monuments, pictures or people (as per Wikipedia's own category of Notability http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Notability).
In the line with the goals of the Wikimedia movement, the project seeks to unlock information from all over the town and to share it with as wide a community as possible. Benefits for the town are that it stimulates local interest in the valuable heritage that a city possesses. It gets people involved in placing that content online into Wikipedia pages (written content) or onto Wikimedia Commons (pictures, audio records or video). This fosters learning, a better understanding of the community and a strengthened sense of local identity.
The simple steps being taken in Monmouth could work in any town or city in any country. The more places that follow this lead, the greater levels of learning and understanding and sense of local identity that are created
All additions or improvements are welcome. Translating an article into a new language, to someone with ties or interest in the cultural heritage of the town or a building or an object in the town
These are the implict values that underpin the Monmouthpedia Project
- to do something on this scale through collaboration, cooperation and co-content creation is a novel task that, on completion, with be a testament to the work and passion of all involved
- The Wikimedia movement seeks to involve volunteers and make content freely available to all, this project takes this idea to a hyperlocal or geolocated level. This may have the potential to energise towns and cities around the world into offering content and exciting local people everywhere to share their passion for their town or city with the rest of the world too
- In sharing the cultural heritage of a town or city, the people are sharing it with the up to 480m people a month that currently view the existing Wikimedia family of websites (including Wikipedia).
- This project gives them a vehicle to do this and share it with a wider global audience. In sharing the cultural heritage of a town or city, the people are sharing it with up to 480m people a month that currently view the existing Wikimedia family of websites (including Wikipedia).
- So much data that ought to be freely available in the public domain is not. Sometimes it is not freely available for 'physical' reasons - only a tiny % of a museums exhibits will fit in the bookcases, shelves and on the walls of a museum. In other instances. governments are starting to see the value of releasing data it has traditionally collected (Ordnance Survey, Geograph) and releasing it to apps developers who are creating extra value. This project explores another way of opening up public data, in a fun way - you create the pages - that also fosters a community identity and a powerful sense of achievement at a project's completion.
What it means for any town or city
Audiences: history society, archaeological societies, city archivists, galleries & museums and historical buildings professionals
Audiences: civis society, people living in the town, working in the town or involved with the town in some fashion
Audiences: Everyone - making a sense of 'I'm Monmouthpedia' which can keep the momentum of this project and allow others around the world to follow
Audiences:The success of this project could be replicated anywhere in the world, lessons can learnt and new ways of achieving the same objective can come from the brilliance of other communities around the world
Could this be an exciting part of a new future for Wikipedia?
"Monmouthpedia paints a portrait of a Welsh town on Wikipedia. In sharing the town's knowledge with the rest of the world, it stimulates learning, it fosters a strong sense of community and a share sense of civic pride"
Tactics - getting the message to a wider public
Press - Look to create content - press releases - to be agreed by partners Wikimedia UK/Monmouth - Broad principle: an agreed release between both parties that covers these three stages a) Pre-event b) On the day b) Post event = based on the messages detailed above
Radio - Discuss opportunities with Monmouth press team to create opportunities locally and nationally for a) Documentary-style reports b) On the day interviews and reports
TV - Discuss opportunities with Monmouth press team to create opportunities locally and nationally for a) Documentary-style reports b) On the day interviews and reports
Twitter - Hashtag alternatives proposed
Suggested pre-event teaser Tweet - (draft) based around the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch This village has the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest place names in the world. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll)
Suggested tweet Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch or Monmouth? Which Welsh town is most famous in world? #Monmouthpedia (of course, you add a link to a Monmouthpedia page shortened by Bit-Ly in this tweet
Social Media - Record interviews with local participants that can be posted on YouTube and Wikimedia Commons and used by those involved in promoting the project - Set up an Event Brite site to promote the 'launch on the day' of Monmouth the World's First Wikipedia Town'' - Working title 'SamPedia' - which will 'white label' this information in a simple form that could be used by non-Wikipedians who are seeking to help publicise the Monmouthpedia event
Events on the day
Press Coverage so far
press contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
A formal WikiProject assessment page for the English language wikipedia is available at Wikipedia:GLAM/MonmouthpediA/Assessment. It is updated automatically on a daily basis.