From Archive and Library to Wikipedia!

May 8, 2018 6:30 PM

Editing Wikipedia in the Iron Library - now accepting applications!

Wikipedia in the Iron Library

For the summer of 2018, the Iron Library, located in the former Clarissan convent Paradies near Schaffhausen, offers two grants to experienced Wikipedians who are willing to write new articles or expand content for Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, during a period of one to two weeks.

The Iron Library collects literature on the history of iron and steel from the Early Middle Ages until the present. The collection is wide-ranging and covers the entire production cycle from the extraction of raw ore to the processing of metals into finished products, for example, by casting technology. This thematic focus is supplemented by topics such as chemistry, geology, and plastics, as well as holdings from the fields of the history of technology, economics, industry, and science.

In addition to its Scholar in Residence program, the Iron Library will be hosting Wikipedians, as well as contributors to other Wikimedia projects, giving them the opportunity to delve into its collections. The main objective is to create freely licensed content that is based on the holdings of the Iron Library and the Georg Fischer Ltd Corporate Archives. Applications from volunteers who want to contribute to Wikipedia and its sister projects by creating new articles and by extending, translating, illustrating, or elaborating on existing articles that are in keeping with the thematic specialization of the Iron Library are preferred. Furthermore, the creation of Wikimedia content on the history of the Georg Fischer Corporation is also especially welcome since access to the holdings of the Corporate Archives is provided via the Iron Library’s reading room.

Please address any questions and your application to: Franziska Eggimann, Head of Iron Library and Corporate Archivist Georg Fischer Ltd, Klostergut Paradies, 8252 Schlatt, Switzerland,