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Title: The Sum of all Welsh Literature[edit]


The National Library of Wales is fully committed to providing open access to its collections wherever possible. More than that, they actively pursue this policy by sharing their data via Wikimedia projects and other third party websites. Having overseen the curation of detailed Wikidata about the book trade in Wales, including authors, publications, publishers and distributors, the Library now has an ambitious plan to share metadata for every book ever published in Wales, of Welsh interest - a plan which could see the creation of around half a million Wikidata items. The aim of this talk is to stimulate discussion with the Wikicite community about how this data should look, and how it can be used in Wikidata, Wikipedia and beyond.



Jason Evans is the National Wikimedian at the National Library of Wales. For several years Jason worked as a Wikimedian in Residence and has managed several government funded projects to improve content on the Welsh language Wikipedia. He works to advocate for open access within the culture sector by openly sharing library data and demonstrating the benefits to the organisation and the public. He has hosted dozens of Wikipedia ‘Edit-a-thon’ events and has managed a number of volunteer projects to enrich and reuse open access content. Jason is a regular contributor to digital heritage conferences with a particular interest in linked open data.