Library wins award for work with top website
The co-founder of the world's fifth largest website — Wikipedia — has presented the National Library of Scotland (NLS) with an award in recognition of its support for the sharing of information and knowledge.
The Library received the Wikimedia UK 'GLAM of the Year' award from internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales at the annual Wikimania conference, held this year in London. GLAM stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums, which Wikimedia is working with to maximise the public impact of their collections.
NLS appointed Scotland's first ever Wikimedian-in-Residence last year to explore how its collections and knowledge can be used to broaden content on Wikipedia and sister projects. The award recognises the important role played by Ally Crockford, who was appointed to the post.
In presenting the award, Jimmy Wales said: 'The residency has established a self-sustaining and long-lasting relationship between the Library and the Wikimedia community, and has encouraged the growth of the Wikimedia community in Scotland more generally. This award is to thank the National Library for placing their trust in the open knowledge movement — without their enthusiastic support, open culture in Scotland would not be where it is today.
Wikipedia, which is run by the Wikimedia Foundation, gets more than 20 billion page views a month and is the fifth most visited website in the world after Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook. It is a free, online encyclopaedia updated by the Wikimedia community of editors.
The residency has resulted in:
- 509 Wikipedia articles containing images originating from NLS collections
- 1,100 images from the Library's collections released on to WikiCommons, with more planned
- Eight edit-a-thons held in Scotland, involving 115 participants
- 75 new Wikipedia editors trained.
Gill Hamilton, Digital Access Manager at NLS, who received the award, said: 'This has been a very successful partnership which has allowed us to share the richness of our collections with a global audience. It has also influenced how we can provide free and open access to the wealth of information held within NLS.'
15 August 2014