My interpretation of the rules is that it would be paid editing so you would have to declare who is paying you on your user page or edit summary or the talk page for pages you edit

Paid editing by glam staff about their institutions is frowned on as COI - conflict of interest - but editing articles in your area of expertise is generally not COI. Editing stuff about your collection is generally not COI  but be careful.

Look at contributing to Commons and wikidata as well as English Wikipedia.
Look at

Hope this helps


On Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:22 Daria Cybulska <> wrote:
Hi all, 

Have a look at the message from Rosa below - she's looking for some advice on contributing to Wikipedia relating to collections she is representing. If anyone is in the area and/or is interested in helping our, feel free to get in touch! It sounds like she's already done a fair amount of research, so may only need a bit of support. 

All the best, 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rosa Sadler <>
Date: 23 September 2015 at 09:08
Subject: Contributing to articles on Wikipedia using materials at National Fairground Archive


I am a member of staff in the Library at the University of Sheffield. The National Fairground Archive is based within the Library and we are interested in using our subject knowledge and collections to contribute to Wikipedia articles relating to this area. We understand the policy about not contributing original research and would not be doing this.

I have looked at your pages on Wikipedia and have seen the information about Wikipedia projects and Wikimedians in residence and I want to ask: is it a requirement that we be part of a project with a pre-existing Wikimedian or is it ok for members of staff here to become editors and make contributions independently? Would this be seen as a conflict of interest?

We would, of course, be using individual accounts and obeying the guidelines for editors. Our aim in contributing would be to make information about this area more available to the public by adding to articles and to provide links (in citations) to our collections so that the general public can further benefit from them.

I am interested to hear whether this kind of activity would be acceptable to the Wikipedia community and as such I look forward to your response.

Best wishes,
​ Sadler​

Library Information Services Coordinator
The Diamond
University Library
University of Sheffield

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