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  • I’m going to provide you with a brief survey on some of the ways cultural institutions are partnering with Wikimedia, the overseeing organization of websites like Wikipedia, to bring better coverage and content related to their institutions to Wikipedia and beyond. A little bit about me, I’m a masters student in Museum Studies at George Washington University, I obtained my undergraduate within Native American studies with a minor in Museum Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. I’m currently the Wikipedian in Residence at the Archives of American Art, and I serve the entire Smithsonian. I also do outreach for the GLAMWIKI movement.
  • GLAM stands for “galleries, libraries, archives and museums.” It’s also an excuse to put a photo of David Bowie in one’s presentation. GLAM was a term coined by Liam Wyatt last year to describe the cultural outreach program of the Wikimedia Foundation. I’m just going to show one aspect of each partnership – keep in mind, all of these partnerships involve a combination, if not all, of these activities in their partnership.
  • The British Museum was the first major institution to embrace GLAMWIKI. Liam Wyatt, the programs current cultural fellow, became the first Wikipedian in Residence. A Wikipedian in Residence is the cornerstone for the GLAMWIKI movement. The resident works with Wikipedians and museum staff to make the most of their partnership. BM created programs with Liam that are mainstays within partnership programs now. The photo on the left is a group of Wikipedians who visited the museum for a Backstage Pass tour. A Wikip
  • The National Archives and Records Administration are hosting a resident this summer. Being the Nation’s “record keeper” means they have a vast collection of public domain documents and images – which made their first major contribution to Wikipedia the release of 220 high res Ansel Adams images. Currently NARA is in the process of contributing about 123,000 high res images to Wikimedia Commons, making them free for the world to use and easily access.
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest, worked with their Wikipedian in Residence to create educational programming that had staff working with their museum apprentice program – youth ages 13-18 who volunteer their time at the museum. Curators picked five objects that are notable in the museum and the MAPs created articles utilizing an easy-to-understand guide created for them by the resident and learned not only how to edit Wikipedia, but, how to utilize trustworthy sources to write quality researched content. The image on the left is a backstage pass tour – love the tiger on the floor. To the right is Frida and Diego – amazing paper mache from Mexico, which was part of a content donation of high quality collections photos.
  • In England, the Wikipedian in Residence, Roger, at the Derby Museum, co-created, with mobile enthusiast Terence Eden, QRpedia. QRpedia is a website that “combines the efficiency of QR codes with the information already present in Wikipedia to provide more detailed content about an exhibit object in the visitor’s own language. Once the QR code is scanned, the QRpedia website detects the phone’s language and loads the mobile-friendly Wikipedia article in that language.” (Phillips, Lori. “Going Multilingual with QRpedia.” MIDEA. 2011. http://midea.nmc.org/2011/06/qrpedia/) The project is now being utilized by the Children’s Museum. This photo shows a visitor utilizing a qrcode to learn more about the object, at Derby.
  • The first thing institutions ask me is how does my GLAM benefit from a partnership? This is just a selection of the benefits that GLAMs find working with Wikipedia. It’s affordable – and often free. Most institutions work with staff, and often interns to help bring their content to the sites. We also have the Wikipedian in Residence program – while most of these are often unpaid internship positions, two institutions have taken it upon themselves to invest monetarily – the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hired their resident, and the National Archives felt so confidently in the opportunity that they funded a paid internship for the summer. Regardless, Wikipedia is free, and primarily ran by volunteers. You also have the benefit of gaining a new troupe of volunteers – e-volunteers – from around the world, bringing your content to hundreds of language Wikipedias. These volunteers can be counted as volunteers on your tax forms, I believe. It’s also a new platform for the dissemination of your resources, which often is incorporated into ones mission. Many organizations have also seen increased traffic back to their site – when I started at the Archives I already knew that Wikipedia was the #1 traffic source, after Google, to their site. The numbers have only increased. I’ve noticed at the Archives the staff involved have a new batch of energy about the project – they investigate ways to make content more accessible, the archivists are bothering me left and right about cool new stuff they’ve discovered that can be digitized – and it’s been a really exciting ride. It challenges traditional practice – and I’m sure those of you who have worked in new media have seen this. As a trained museum professional, it’s been a hard road to travel to convince old school staff members and advisors that my work is important – and despite the challenges seen when working with curators, archivists, historians – when they realize you want to SHARE AND MAKE BETTER what they protect, they often want to participate. And c’mon, the future is here, baby.
  • Those are just four examples of activities taking place within institutions regarding their partnerships with Wikipedia. Similar activities are taking place at all of these institutions, and your organization could be next!
  • I’m going to provide you with a brief survey on some of the ways cultural institutions are partnering with Wikimedia, the overseeing organization of websites like Wikipedia, to bring better coverage and content related to their institutions to Wikipedia and beyond. A little bit about me, I’m a masters student in Museum Studies at George Washington University, I obtained my undergraduate within Native American studies with a minor in Museum Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. I’m currently the Wikipedian in Residence at the Archives of American Art, and I serve the entire Smithsonian. I also do outreach for the GLAMWIKI movement.

What is happening in GLAM? What is happening in GLAM? Presentation Transcript

  • #GLAMWIKI Baltimore 2011Sarah Stierch@sarah_stierch
    www.glamwiki.org
  • WHATIS?
    GALLERIES
    LIBRARIES
    ARCHIVES
    MUSEUMS
  • BRITISH MUSEUM
    The birth of the Wikipedia in Residence
  • NATIONAL ARCHIVES
    Major image donations to Wikimedia Commons
  • CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS
    Working with youth to improve articles & teach skills
  • Derby museum
    QRpedia – QR codes for the world
  • HOW DOES MY BENEFIT?
    It’s affordable (and usually free)
    E-volunteers from around the world
    A new platform to share your resources; which often falls in line with your mission
    More traffic back to your site
    New energy to an often stale work in environment
    Challenges traditional GLAM practices
    The future is here, baby.
  • Join the party
    • Al Jazeera
    • Archives of American Art
    • Balboa Park
    • British Library
    • British Museum
    • Brooklyn Museum
    • Chateau de Versailles
    • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
    • Derby Museum
    • German Federal Archives
    • Indianapolis Museum of Art
    • Milwaukee Arts Board
    • Museo de Arte Popular
    • Museo Picasso
    • Museum of Modern Art
    • National Library of Australia
    • National Library of France
    • National Maritime Museum (UK)
    • National Museum of the American Indian
    • Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
    • Tropenmuseum
    • Smithsonian Affiliations
    • YOUR NAME HERE!
  • “Wikipedia is awesome!” 
    “Wikipedia plays an increasingly powerful role in helping us reach a wider audience. “
    “Wikipedia, I think I am falling in love with you.”
    -Sara Snyder, Webmaster, Archives of American Art
  • #GLAMWIKI Baltimore 2011Sarah Stierch@sarah_stierch
    www.glamwiki.org