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Giving Back and Reaching Out: Wiki projects 1 - Strengthen the weak: Outreach Projects2 – Make the strong even stronger: Wiki in the Academia & GLAM
1 – Outreach Wiki Projects The most general goal:to encourage the expansion of smaller language Wikipedias through advice, encouragement, and general assistance.• Empowering the “global south” via access to free knowledge.• Preserving cultural knowledge on the verge of extinction.
Quantity & Quality “content improves with more people involved. There are now 10.000 very activeeditors. Many eyes checking and editing loads of information. System mistakes are fixed by the community. So, we want universities, research centers,professionals and specialists from different areas to become part of the community, sharing their experience. This will automaticly improve the quality”. Kul Wadhwa (UOC, Open University of Catalonia, 2010) Wikimedia Head of Bussiness Developement
Collaborations with Educational institutions• “Campus Ambassador” projects• More “expert” writers• Writing articles as an academic assignment: education the next generation
What’s in it for GLAMs?• It’s affordable (and usually free)• E-volunteers from around the world• More traffic back to your site• A new platform to share your resources; which often falls in line with your mission• New energy to an often stale work in environment• Challenges traditional GLAM practices And.. the future is here, baby!
Comitted to collaborate Spreading knowledgereaching the maximum audience with the highest quality WIKIPEDIA MUSEUMS- Free encyclopedia - Expertise content- Most consulted in the world - All knowledge areas- +250 active editions
Ways to Collaborate• Creating a “Wikipedian-in-Residence” program• Image & Media donation to Commons• Coordinating GLAM outreach events• Updating your Institution’s articles• Using Wikipedia QR codes• Sharing historical footage• Allowing Wikimedians to digitally restore images• Adding a Wikipedia citation template to your database• Improving and using Wikipedia articles for an exhibition• Improving the quality of OCR
Success Stories: Museums & Galleries? ? The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Smithsonian Museu Picasso, Barcelona MOMA
Israel Joins the Global Effort• 09/2011 – “GLAM: Israel Museum, Jerusalem” Project• 12/2011 – “GLAM: National Library of Israel” Project• 08/2012 – “GLAM: Library of Haifa University” Project• 09/2012 – “GLAM: Wiki Loves Monuments” Contest• Other / future collaborators – - Bezalel Academy of Art and Desigh, - Israel State Archives - Museum of Jewish Diaspora - The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra -?
GLAM in Israel: Some Challenges• Increasing “GLAM awareness” – – within the Hebrew Wikipedia community – within the general public: new editors• Collaborating with more GLAMs & Academic world• Smaller editing community• Technical tools• Lack of infrastructure [WLM, Public Art]
Thanks you for Listening! An Introduction to -Wiki Projects Digital Heritage Conference, 2012 Shani Evenstein National GLAM Projects Coordinator Wikimedia Israel firstname.lastname@example.org