Exploring the data behind Peoples Collection Wales

The People’s Collection Wales recently passed 90,000 uploads on the website, so I thought now would be a good time to look at the data behind the website.

The website comprises of four content types; items, collections, stories and trails. There are 87,527 items on the site, however, an item can contain multiple objects (images, audio, video, PDF and 3D objects), the 87,527 items are therefore made up of 121,646 objects.

Facts about the content:

Most Popular Tags

30 most popular tags

Most Popular What facet

30 most popular What facet

Most popular When facet

30 most popular When facet


I’ve been everywhere, man! — Johnny Cash (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov4epAJRPMw)

Core to the Peoples Collection Wales project is providing training to individuals and community groups.

Places travelled

The map above shows all the roads travelled by the community engagement team, the directions were generated using the Google Maps directions API with the National Library of Wales as the starting point and the training event as the destination.

Exploring collections and users

Collections are created from items, stories and trails. Users upload items onto the website and have the option to create a collection from their content or to create a collection on a topic or theme using a combination of their own content and that of other users.

By creating a collection with other users content, a relationship between users is made. Users can create one or many collections, users content can appear in one or more collections and collections can have one or more items that come from one or more users, this relationship can be visualised as a graph.

Degrees of separation for collections

All collections — Download SVG

The graph above shows the relationship between all the collections and the users whose content appears in those collections.

Exploring individual collections and users

Below are examples of one and two degrees of separation between users and collections.

Womens Archive Wales

Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive of Wales exists to promote the study, and to rescue and preserve the sources, of women’s history in Wales — https://www.peoplescollection.wales/users/3062

One degree of separation

Women’s Archive Wales have created 18 collections but their content appears in 77 collections on the website.

Collections using Womens Archive Wales items — one degree of separation— Download SVG

Two degrees of separation

Collections using Womens Archive Wales items — two degree of separation — Download SVG


A collection by Gruffydd E. Jones

A few of the finest, fairest, fullest and most fun faces with facial hair in the People’s Collection! — https://www.peoplescollection.wales/collections/399559

One Degree of separation

Users content which are used in the ‘Whiskers’ collection — One degree of separation

Two Degrees of separation

Users content which are used in the ‘Whiskers’ collection — Two degrees of separation — Download SVG

Geo-located items

All the items uploaded onto the website have the option of being geo-located. The animations below show items being uploaded onto the website over a period of months.

Items uploaded for each month over time
Items uploaded over monthly periods

About People’s Collection Wales

For more information about the People’s Collection Wales project and to contribute, visit https://www.peoplescollection.wales/about-us.