Read the articles about the articles about 1M articles
Intro from blog post. She’s helped develop an incredible amount of resources that will make this project feasible for museums. Segue with point of being at MCN: to provide a resource for museums.
Segue from Liam’s question about E-Volunteer program. We’ve created an E-Volunteer program that uses the resources developed in Wikipedia Saves Public Art. Program provides volunteers a step by step guide to creating Wikipedia articles about notable artworks in your museum’s collection. Can be used by volunteers new to Wikipedia or by seasoned who may not be local to the museum. Wikipedians
Launching pilot project at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Main goal: Share information found in museum with a global audience through Wikipedia Just as important: doing this without creating extra work for museum staff. We can do this by... Creating a clear, step by step guide to learning Wikipedia Using the Wikipedia community as a resource Link takes you straight into Wikipedia.
Set it up to first come to the IMA hub. A place to sign up, log hours, and find IMA-specific resources. Resources such as links to the online Collections database and the museum library, among others. Points you to the main E-Volunteer page to get started.
Designed for general use for any art museum 7 Steps from beginning (which may be learning Wikipedia) to end (publishing and sharing the article). The Beginners Page: Set up so anyone can pick up and do it. Not just Wikipedians. Compiles all of the best tutorials and most important information Steps use W.S.P.A. Resources
W.S.P.A. has a series of How-To Guides Help to create consistent, quality articles. Includes New Article guide Style Guide Image Guide
Here is an example of what an article can look like when all of the W.S.P.A. resources are used. Mega-Gem is an IMA artwork that is currently on loan to IUPUI.
For help: Point volunteers to resources within the Wikipedia community. Discussion pages of related WikiProjects, including Liam’s GLAM page (Advice for the Cultural Sector) Adopt-a-user program already established within Wikipedia Help pages, guides, policies
Advocacy, Education, and Action:
The Wikipedia Saves Public Art
Museum Computer Network
& Lori Phillips
•IUPUI Public Art Collection Created & 100s of images of public art
uploaded to Flickr
•Students trained to work in the “real world” to help solve a real
•Students learn basics of documentation: examination,
description, measurement, photographic skillz
•Students gain experience researching with primary sources,
writing, contextualizing, and publishing their work in one of the
world’s most important websites, rather than just turn it in to
•Students understand Wikipedia and how information is created
Dean of Herron
School of Art &
•40 Articles created about public art at IUPUI
•2 of the articles made to the Main Page of Wikipedia in the
“Did You Know Section”Kind of a big deal
•SOS! entries updated Kind of cool
•Project worked to advocate for the importance of the
collection: campus more engaged about its artwork
•Many blog and local news stories about project, an article in
the Chronicle of Higher Education
Put it in Wikipedia with GIS and Magic Happens
Wikipedia is so interoperable I don’t even
And More Results!
•Wikipedia Saves Public Art Created; WSPA Resources
transportable to other art projects
•Currently 3 different approaches to the project: Community,
Educators, and Museum—development ongoing
•Members working in Milwaukee, D.C., Paris, and other cities to
help document public art
•Currently being used by our IUPUI Museum Studies Collections
Care and Maintenance course to document 42 public artworks
at the Indiana Statehouse
•Truly could become the platform for documenting all of the
public art in the world
What can WSPA do for your museum?
• Lori Byrd Phillips
• IUPUI Museum Studies Graduate Student,
teaching assistant for the Collections Care and
• Developing the IMA’s E-Volunteer Program
• interning as the in-house Wikipedian at The
• Project leader for Wikipedia Saves Public Art.
Does your institution have a volunteer program?
Does it have an E-Volunteer program?