Sam Wilson

About me

Photo of my head Hello, world! This is my website, where I explain a bit of what I do and think.

I'm a computer programmer by trade, working for the Wikimedia Foundation. Sometimes I find time to build bits of wooden furniture by hand. I also like mapping.

I've been keeping some sort of personal website since 1997, and some of it is still here. The most recent posts are as follows:

  1. 2020-06-04: Anxiety at putting files in their right places
  2. 2020-06-02: Pruning find
  3. 2020-06-01: HMW Folder 1 almost done
  4. 2020-06-01: Discourse in MediaWiki
  5. 2020-05-30: Breaking the indieweb
  6. 2020-05-28: Traditionalism on the wikis
  7. 2020-05-27: Fiddly bits of wood on iron
  8. 2020-05-25: New system for this website
  9. 2020-03-28: Long-term websites
  10. 2020-03-23: Static sites

· Websites · Mapping · Woodworking · Libraries · Wikimedia · Fremantle, Western Australia · Flickr · Addressbook (WordPress plugin) ·


You can email me at, or find me (most days) on IRC in #wikisource (and other channels) on Freenode.

I use Fastmail for email, and think they're pretty good. If you want 10% off, here's a referral link. They're a good, open, honest (and even Australian) company.

I'm also on Twitter as @samwilson.

ORCID 0000-0003-4308-3443


My family history research is slowly being collated in the following two places, according to my system of genealogical record-keeping.

C.F. Barker Archives

H.M. Wilson Archives


I've been contributing to OpenStreetMap since 29 April 2008; my username is Sam Wilson. I occasionally add an entry to my mapping diary.


I read mainly on my Kobo ereader, Wikisource are my digital libraries of choice, because I can fix problems when I find them and add new books as well.

I record much of what I read (and what's on my bookshelves) in my catalogue on LibraryThing.


All of my public code is on GitHub (as well as this website itself). I try to add what I can to Stackoverflow, Wikibooks, and other collaborative learning/teaching websites. Apart from that, I dip my toes into a bunch of different open source projects.

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I use SpiderOak logo with the word 'SpiderOak'. as an online continuously-synced backup service for my non-public data.

Other data goes to Wikimedia sites, Flickr, or Figshare. All is stored in open formats, and what can be is made public (under CC-BY-SA or similar).

I also use Trello for some ephemeral notes and things, because it works well on mobile (and I generate a JSON backup).


Wikimedia Foundation logo I work for the Wikimedia Foundation as a Software Engineer on the Community Tech team.

I'm currently working on these things on Phabricator and these things on Github.


Flickr badge and I create annual hard-bound photo albums using flickr-latex. I backup (and bulk-upload) my photos with TheFox/flickr-cli. Here are thirty random photos from my photostream: