ToyPedia Adds New Curator

Top Quote ToyPedia - the web's largest resource for information on collectable toys and models - has a new curator in Louisa Cross. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 08, 2011 - Louisa, who holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Library Management from John Moores University, joins ToyPedia from Canterbury Christ Church University where she held the role of Library Supervisor, working on the library management system and devising and implementing efficiency solutions for the catalogue. Prior to this, she held similar roles at the University for the Creative Arts and Kent County Council.

    Louisa's role with ToyPedia will focus both on the catalogue, maintaining, building and streamlining its data, and expanding the database's background information pages on toy, model and collecting-related areas.
    Founded in 2009, ToyPedia is Toy Collector's online database of collectable toys and models. With over a hundred and forty thousand entries, it is planned to ultimately contain a record of every toy and model ever produced, with descriptive information and images provided by the site's members via a wiki-based interface.

    Kiran Sohota, ToyPedia Volunteer Coordinator says: "Louisa is such a great fit for what we need now. We are sitting on lots of data and have more than 650 volunteers working on more - probably enough for more than 200,000 extra entries!"

    Louisa Cross says "I just thought this was to good an opportunity to pass on, cataloguing more than 100 millions entries into a catalogue is a worthwhile target! I have already emerged myself in ToyPedia's book digitalisation exercise and am amazed by the quantiy and quality of the data that we are now adding to ToyPedia."

    About Toy Collector

    Launched in 2008, Toy Collector is a web portal for collectable toy and model enthusiasts designed to allow collectors to share their passions via blogging, discussion forums, picture and video galleries. The site currently hosts over 25,000 toy-related articles and over 150,000 images. It offers resources like want ads and a yellow pages supplier directory and boasts the largest toy-and model-related event calendar on the internet. It also hosts ToyPedia® and the TC Market.

    For selling on the market or more information on the site please go to or contact Laurent on laurent ( @ ) toycollector dot com or +44 (1494) 727 947 dot


    In addition to all this, the site features ToyPedia® - a Wikipedia-style online encyclopaedia of collectable toys which currently covers over 142,000 items and is growing constantly.

    Currently, the project is supported by;

    • 27 communities including, www.ModelRailForum and
    • 650 volunteers
    • 11 authors who have permitted the organisers to use text and images from 24 books as part of a ToyPedia Book Documentation Project
    • 350 toy brands who have agreed to open their archives
    • 14 leading auction houses including Bonham's and Christie's have allowed use of their images
    • 30 members of the ToyPedia Advisory Board who advise on organisation and taxonomy
    For more information please go to or contact Kiran Sohota, the ToyPedia Coordinator on kiran ( @ ) toycollector dot com or +44 (1494) 727 947.

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