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Transport Scotland/ ScotRail refuse plaque marking Jordanhill Station as subject of one-millionth Wikipedia article

A railway station in Glasgow, Jordanhill, is the subject of , as noted in Wikimedia’s 1 March 2006 press release.

Screenshot as of 19 January 2012

Because of this, the article has been translated into Wikipedias in many other languages, including:

Screenshot of language links

Alemannisch, Arabic, Welsh, Danish, German, Greek, Spanish, Esperanto, French, Indonesian, Italian, Latin, Dutch, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Simple English, Finnish, Swedeish, Thai, and Chinese

(you can see links to these in the left-hand column of the article; please let me know if you can translate it into other languages).

Last December, I wrote to , an executive agency of the Scottish Government’s Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department and as such accountable to Scottish Ministers, suggesting a plaque be erected on the station, noting this milestone, in collaboration with WikimediaUK, the registered charity that supports Wikipedia and related projects in the United Kingdom. I proposed that the plaque would include a barcode, allowing overseas visitors to see the article in their preferred language.

I have today received their reply, which appears to employ a stereotypical bureaucratic lack of imagination.

Jordanhill station is owned by Network Rail and leased along with the vast majority of all other railway stations in Scotland to First ScotRail to manage and operate on a daily basis.

I have discussed with ScotRail your proposal to install a plaque at the station to mark the one-millionth article on Wikipedia about Jordanhill. We do not wish to take this forward.

ScotRail has been delivering a comprehensive station re-branding programme which began in 2008 and will be complete in 2014. There are Brand Guidelines in place for this programme which aims to simplify and unify all station branding and this includes the removal of information from third parties.

I’m open to suggestions as to how to proceed, and who (and whether) to lobby to have the matter reconsidered. What do you think?

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Posted by on 19 January 2012.

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Categories: annoyances, hyperlocal, Wikipedia

3 Responses

  1. Following the rebranding exercise (which is generally an improvement, if for no other reason than a fresh coat of paint), my local ScotRail station has gained “information from third parties” — in the form of a great big advertisement adorning two of the plexiglass panes of the shelter…

    by Mo on Jan 19, 2012 at 14:47

  2. Hi Mo
    What station is that?

    by Theboss on Feb 1, 2012 at 08:24

  3. Hawkhead

    (The advertisement has since been removed, but it seemed rather more than a coincidence that it appeared immediately after the shelter had been repainted).

    by Mo on Feb 2, 2012 at 17:49

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Pigsonthewing aka Andy Mabbett, of Birmingham, England. My interests Having programmed machines with paper tape and punched cards (at a very young age!), I’m glad to see things have moved on a little. I gave up programming many years ago, but was involved in the design and management of pioneering, large-scale websites in the UK’s […]more →

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