Archaeology Scotland, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Wikimedia UK

Issued: Fri, 03 Aug 2018 11:01:00 BST



Archaeology Scotland, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Wikimedia UK


Edinburgh and Musselburgh with possibility of some remote working. (please note assistance may be available for travel and accommodation, contact us at for more information)


Flexible (All internships comprise of a maximum of three months FTE to be taken within this timescale.)

Project Description

WikiCommons is the largest repository and archive of Open images in the world i.e. free to use and modify for whatever purposes. It is a key resource in the Open Movement e.g. Open Access, Open Source, Open Licensing, etc.

However, archaeology is poorly represented in WikiCommons – there are very few images and the ones that are there are poorly labelled. There is especially a lack of images of archaeological work (all kinds, not just excavations) being undertaken and of Women archaeologists. This leads to poor representations of archaeology in the media and in popular culture as there are no accurate open representations of archaeology for people to use.

This project seeks to rectify this problem. Taking inspiration from two successful projects:

Wikpedian in Residence, a project that helps organisations become more Open;

Wiki Loves Monuments, which adds tens of thousands of images per year to Wiki Commons;

This project will look to work with archaeology and heritage organisations to add this images under Open Licences to WikiCommons and to run a photo completion for archaeology images. Through this programme of work the intern will help to greatly expand the number Open resources that people can use related to archaeology.

The person we are looking for to help us take this project forward does not need to have archaeology, photography or wiki experience. All training in practical skills will be provided. We are looking for someone who is interested in working with heritage and archaeology organisations in Scotland, the UK and around the world to building up the open resources relating to archaeology on WikiCommons.