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The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

This post was written by User:Rodw and User:Hchc2009 Everyone knows something about the Magna Carta. Wikipedia’s article about the medieval charter has existed since January 2002, when User:F. Lee Horn began a text on what he described as a “landmark document in English history, as well as in the history of democracy”. Over the years… read more »

Cornelia Parker to discuss Wikipedia-inspired Magna Carta artwork with Jimmy Wales

This post was written by Wikimedia UK volunteer Emily Sørensen On 15 June, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and artist Cornelia Parker will discuss the artwork Magna Carta (An Embroidery). This is a ticketed event, held at the British Library and led by their Chief Executive Roly Keating. English sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker was commissioned… read more »

Found: more maps than we’d reckoned

This post was written by Kimberly Kowal of the British Library and was originally published here. Reused with kind permission.  Without looking, you can’t know what’s there. That was our experience locating maps amongst the one-million British Library images released to the public domain. We had not guessed that 50,000 images of maps were lurking… read more »

“We’re in the same business”: Andrew Gray and the British Library

This post was written by Joe Sutherland Andrew Gray is a long-time Wikipedian. Having joined in late 2004, while the project was in its infancy, his personal account has racked up almost 50,000 edits. He is also a librarian by trade, working at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, and holds a Master’s degree in… read more »

Canadian Copyright Collection from the British Library on Wikimedia Commons

This post was written by Andrew Gray and Philip Hatfield and was originally published on the blog of the Wikimedia Foundation here July 1st was Canada Day, and Wikimedia UK and the British Library announced the release of 2,000 historic photographs of Canada. Since September 2012, we’ve been working to digitise a collection of historic Canadian photographs… read more »

British Library to make Europeana WWI collection available at workshop

The British Library is further demonstrating its commitment to open knowledge later this month as it hosts a First World War-themed editathon on 29 June. What will make this session so useful is the Library is making some of its material from the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project publicly available. These collections, for the most part,… read more »

Catch and Release: My Secret Adventure into the World of GLAM-WIKI

The below was originally published by Dr Melodee Beals. You can see the original here. There are countless ways to catch a fish. It can be pursued, actively, aggressively. It can be stalked, quietly, thoughtfully. It can be trapped, methodically, patiently. It can be stumbled upon, unexpectedly, fortuitously. It can be devoured, hungrily, passionately. It can… read more »

British Library Wikipedian in Residence: conclusions

This post was written by Andrew Gray at the conclusion of his residency at the British Library. It was originally posted on the British Library’s blog here. My residency at the British Library is coming to an end today, and so it seemed a good chance to look back at what we’ve done over the… read more »

The British Library, Picturing Canada – and photos of cats

This post was written by Andrew Gray, Wikimedian in Residence at the British Library and was originally published here As the Picturing Canada digitisation project reaches critical mass the Library’s Wikipedian in Residence needs your help – and has photos of Canada’s cats to share. In 1895, an amendment to Canadian law allowed the British Museum… read more »

Three months as a Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library

Over the past two years, Wikimedia UK has been working with the British Library. These have involved a series of editing events and tours through 2011-12, and partnerships between curators and volunteers to write about some of the Library’s most significant material. In May 2012, with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council,… read more »

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