Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library

The post was written by Phoebe Harkins, Communications Co-ordinator at the Wellcome Library. It was originally on the Library’s blog.

Incurably curious? Interested in the history of medicine? Know a bit about Wikipedia?

Would you like to work with us on a fantastic new project and be our Wikimedian in Residence?

Building on our previous projects with Wikimedia UK and our commitment to share our fantastic collections as widely as possible, we’re now looking for a Wikimedian in Residence to help us make that happen.

Wikipedia is one of the world’s most popular websites, and is often the first place people look for content about subjects covered by our collections. That’s why we want to make the content on Wikipedia as rich and comprehensive as we possibly can.

Our collections cover so much more than the history of medicine – essentially life, death and everything in between, so there’s huge potential for improving the content on Wikipedia. We’ll also be looking at enriching other Wikimedia projects.

The Wikimedian will work with us on the project to help develop areas of Wikipedia covered by our amazing holdings. We’d love you to help us to make our world-renowned collections, knowledge and expertise here at the Wellcome Library even more accessible.

The Reading Room at Wellcome Collection. Wellcome Images reference: C0108488. Credit: Wellcome Trust.

Working with staff here at the Wellcome Library and our colleagues in Wellcome Collection, you’ll have access to amazing content and resources. One of the main aspects of the project will be to help us to develop and sustain relations with Wikimedia UK and the wider Wikimedia community, so as well as helping us to share our amazing collections with the world online, you’ll also be working with us to develop some edit-a-thons and outreach events in our amazing Reading Room.

This is a flexible position, and will last between 6 and 12 months depending on the projects the Wikimedian proposes and develops.

Further details about the post and the project can be found in the terms of reference. If you have any questions about the project just drop me an email.

To apply for the role, send a CV and covering letter to: p.harkins@wellcome.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: 12 February 2016

 

 

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