Wikipedia and Museums - why we need them and what we can do about it
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Wikipedia and Museums - why we need them and what we can do about it



Presentation by myself at Wikimania 2009 (Buenos Aires).

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    Wikipedia and Museums - why we need them and what we can do about it Wikipedia and Museums - why we need them and what we can do about it Presentation Transcript

    • Wikimedia & Museums Why we need them and what we can do about it Liam Wyatt
    • GLAM institutions: • Treasure houses • (primary) research institutes • Public funding for public good • IRL volunteer community • Custodians of our cultural heritage • Visitors and groups • 90% not on display • Experts
    • Dedicated to best-practice in: • Curation • Interpretation • Preservation/Restoration • Valuation • Museology • Librarianship • Metadata • Archiving • Provenance • Art history • ...
    • “Explore the past, Document the present, Engage the public.”
    • Build a Relationship (i.e. don’t try and steal their stuff)
    • “content liberation”
    • Initial contact • Ring them up - ask for the “outreach” or “education” person (or “web-strategy”). • Someone in the organisation is already “doing” social/web2/O.A. • Visit, have a chat. • No camera, no proposals. • Meet for introductions - no obligation. • Prepare. What do they care about? What is their presence on Wikimedia projects.
    • Most of the work is not visible
    • Build a su!ainable relationship (i.e. this should be beneficial in both directions, not just getting ‘photos of things’)
    • • Run an event: • Backstage Pass • Wiki Loves Art • Featured Article • Host a Local Meetup • Write in their Newsletter • Learn their perspective: • ‘Access rights’ not just copyrights • Business & funding model • Innovations they’ve tried
    • You might be pleasantly surprised (n.b. “statement of significance” = notability) irn=7177&img=131713
    • How can we work together to build sustainable relationships that are mutually beneficial?
    • Recommendations • Technology • Education • Law • Business to GLAM sector to Wikimedia community to government
    • GLAM-WIKI_Recommendations
    • Did you know? There’s a 2 year queue to join:
    • Theme 1: Metadata They want: • to know what we’re using of theirs, where, and statistics of its usage • to know when we’ve changed/added improved their content and to export those changes back • us to enable machine readable metadata • us to use their metadata consistently and comprehensively
    • Theme 2: The real thing They want us to: • not try and make GLAMs redundant • encourage people to get a personal experience rather than just online • find ways for recognition of expert input • highlight our quality assessments and encourage external peer review
    • Theme 3: Information They want: • documentation about free licensing • someone to contact • to know how to do more things with no extra money or time • to learn how to edit and for it to be easier • to see how NPOV is compatible with interpretive debate
    • Theme 4: Moral rights They want: • us to take greater care in dealing with moral rights of authors - not just copyright • Indigenous cultural rights: not all culture was meant to be free
    • Credits • Hu Toya, cc-by-sa • •, PD • MdF, cc-by-sa • wikipedia-backstage-pass-at-the-powerhouse-museum/ Paula Bray, cc-by-sa • David Howe, cc-by-sa • Mathias Schindler, cc-by-nc-nd
    • thank you • •