Wikimedia UK is very happy to announce the UK’s latest Wikipedian in Residence. Andrew Gray will be based at the British Library’s main site in St Pancras, London from today.
Andrew will be working to establish ties between the Wikimedia community and institutional staff, and to provide training and support to specialists interested in contributing to Wikimedia projects.
It is the latest part of the Wikimedia movement’s collaboration with the British Library, which has previously hosted editing sessions, tours and the 2011 GLAMCamp. The British Library will also host the forthcoming 2012 GLAM-WIKI conference in mid-September.
This position is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), one of the UK’s major research funding bodies. The involvement of the AHRC offers the opportunity for engagement with a wider community of academics working in the humanities throughout the UK. It is envisaged that the program will involve delivering workshops and training sessions targeted both at institutional staff and at AHRC funded researchers, as well as in-house events for the Wikimedia community.
Andrew has worked as a professional librarian in schools and universities for seven years, specialising in digital resources. He is an active member of the UK Wikimedia community, and has been contributing to Wikipedia since 2004. He will be based in London, commuting from Cambridge, but hopes to hold training workshops at a number of different locations around the country.