Anglesey historians are being invited to help an project involving Wikipedia.
WiciMôn is aimed at documenting the island’s past and present by creating articles on the Welsh language version of the online open encyclopedia.
As part of the Menter Iaith Môn project, sixth form pupils from Llangefni High School have been trained to create content using the resources of the town’s library – including photos and old magazines – on topics such as the history of Eisteddfod Môn and the island’s churches.
Pupils from Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones in Amlwch and Ysgol David Hughes in Menai Bridge have also been involved in creating articles on local scientists, beaches and the island’s primary schools.
Later this month, Llangefni Library will host an open session with researchers and Wicipedia experts to allow the public to share their own findings and artefacts.
WiciMôn project officer Aaron Morris said: ”Wikipedia is run by a community of volunteers and therefore it makes sense that we are asking for the community of Anglesey’s help to contribute to this popular website. Information and old photographs are powerful tools top take us back in time. The session will enable the community to preserve memories into Wicipedia – the Welsh version of Wikipedia. It’s also a great way to explore and record hidden things from the library.”
Anglesey Council lifelong learning co-ordinator Bethan Hughes Jones added: ”Working with the Menter Iaith on this scheme has been a good opportunity for the Library Service to contribute to the education of our young people. We have many collections and items of historical interest and it’s great to see young people interested and see value in the items we have.”
The session – which will also involve editing some articles – will be held on Monday 21st May from 5-7pm. In the run up to the event, there’ll also be an island-wide tour of talks about Wikipedia and WiciMôn at libraries in Llangefni on Tuesday 8th May, Amlwch & Benllech on Wednesday 9th, Holyhead on Friday 11th, Rhosneigr on Wednesday 16th and Beaumaris & Menai Bridge on Thursday 17th May.
For more information or to help contribute to the project, email Aaron Morris at [email protected] or call 01248 750 731.