Uicipeid:Gaelic Wikipedian project

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Beginning in January 2017, the National Library of Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Wikimedia UK are supporting a project to develop Uicipeid, the Scottish Gaelic-language Wikipedia, with the appointment of a Gaelic Wikipedian in a part-time, year-long role. The Gaelic Wikipedian, Susan Ross, will run a program of training events and edit-a-thons, develop Gaelic-language resources to teach new users how to edit and collaborate with the existing Gaelic wiki community to support them in strengthening the scope and quality of Uicipeid.

This page will provide information on ongoing and future project ideas. If you are interested in getting involved in the project, or in contributing to Uicipeid, you are welcome to contact the Gaelic Wikipedian, Susan Ross.

Aims and objectives[deasaich an tùs]

This is a one-year project with the goal of growing and improving Uicipeid. It aims to extend participation in this 21st century Gaelic-medium resource by creating opportunities for Gaelic speakers to progress and exercise their Gaelic literacy skills in a creative, informal, collaborative environment. At the same time, the project creates and shares information about Gaelic-language speakers and their history and culture, building a lasting resource to connect Gaelic speakers across the world. The Wikipedian in Residence will develop resources to teach participants how to edit and work with Gaelic speakers, groups and organisations in the community to hold both face-to-face and web-based events.

Background[deasaich an tùs]

Uicipeid[deasaich an tùs]

Uicipeid currently has over 14,000 articles on a wide range of topics. There is a small group of dedicated editors who have curated the Wiki over the years to achieve this number of pages.

Wikipedian-in-Residence[deasaich an tùs]

Several Wikipedian- or Wikimedian-in-Residence projects have been set up in the UK where a Wikimedian dedicates time to working in-house at an organisation. In 2017, there are 5 active Wikimedians-in-Residence: at the University of Edinburgh, the Bodleian Library, the Wellcome Library in London, the Hypatia Trust, and at the National Library of Wales.

How do I get started?[deasaich an tùs]

There are help pages in Gaelic under Cobhair with some basics for getting started. These will be expanded as the project continues. If you can’t read Gaelic, please see the following questions.

  • I'm interested in Uicipeid but I don't have much Gaelic / I can't write in Gaelic. What can I do to take part?

The project is considering ways in which non-fluent Gaelic speakers, or fluent speakers who are starting to write in Gaelic, can take part. There may be opportunities to help with photo and image development. Keep an eye on the project pages for initiatives and ideas in the coming months. In the meantime, you can learn about the Wikipedia approach and how edit through the Wikipedia Adventure on the English-language wikipedia, or check out the help pages in any other language you know.
  • I'm interested in Uicipeid but I don't have any Gaelic. Can I just use the Content Translation tool to create pages?
Please do not use machine translation to create pages. The technology is not at the stage where the result is understandable. As a small wiki, we don't have a large number of editors willing to take on the task of trying to turn machine translations into coherent prose and your content is likely to be deleted. Please keep an eye on these pages instead for future ideas of how you can helpfully contribute.

Events[deasaich an tùs]

The events programme is currently available on the Gaelic project page here.

Reports[deasaich an tùs]

Institution Resident Period Covered Date of Report Full Report
National Library of Scotland Susan Ross 16 Jan - 28 Feb 2017 (first month of residency) 6 March 2017 1st Month Report - read in full
National Library of Scotland Susan Ross 1st - 31st March 2017 (second month of residency) 31 March 2017 2nd Month Report - read in full
National Library of Scotland Susan Ross 1st - 30th April 2017 (third month of residency) 8 May 2017 3rd Month Report - read in full
National Library of Scotland Susan Ross 1st - 31st May 2017 (fourth month of residency) 2017 4th Month Report - read in full
National Library of Scotland Susan Ross 1st - 30th June 2017 (fifth month of residency) 2017 5th Month Report - read in full
National Library of Scotland Susan Ross 1st - 31st July 2017 (sixth month of residency) 31st July 2017 6th Month Report - read in full
National Library of Scotland Susan Ross 1st - 31st August 2017 (sixth month of residency) September 2017 7th Month Report - read in full
National Library of Scotland Susan Ross 1st - 30th September 2017 (sixth month of residency) October 2017 8th Month Report - read in full

Press[deasaich an tùs]

  • News item on recruitment from National Library of Scotland. October 2016.
  • Blog about the creation of the post from Wikimedia UK.
  • News items on the appointment from National Library of Scotland. 30 January 2017

Contact[deasaich an tùs]

If you like to be kept in touch about the project as it develops and events are added, please contact Susan Ross via email at susan.ross@nls.uk or feel free to leave a message on my talk page.