An overview of past, current, and future Wikipedians in Residence.
Àlex Hinojo is a museum consultantfrom Barcelona.Member of the #glamwikiinitiative, an internationalgroup of Wikipedianswhoassist cultural institutions in collaboratingwith Wikipedia in order to share multimedia content and cultural expertise.He works to increase and improve the relationshipsbetween the cultural sector and the free knowledge community, looking for new ways to engagewith cultural heritage and sharing culture.
“Joan Miró, The ladder of escape” was the firstblockbuster exhibit in the world to includeQrpedia codes.Curatorschose17 representativeartworksfrom the exhibit and the Wikimediansdeveloped the related Wikipedia entries Barcelona is a bilingual city (Catalan-Spanish) and also a touristic city (English) so at leastweneededarticles to be in 3 languages. More than 200.000 peopleattended the exhibit in 5 months, withnearly12.000 Qrpedia scans Content wasalso available online, and duringthese 5 months had more than 1,2 Million visits4 months before the exhibit weprepared a workinggroupincluding museum professionalsfrom the Fundació Miró, a group of Wikipedians, some art historians and a group of teachers of an art school. 1 monthbefore the exhibit wedid an edit-a-thon at the museum'slibrary to fixsomedetails, to improvequality and to “humanize” and socialize and online project We haveloads of Nationalpresscoverage ...And thenwehad lunch alltogetherCommunityimproved the articles in their own language (Catalan) As communityisbilingual, wetranslated to Spanish and also to English We asked English Wikipedians for a proofread Once done weasked French, Italians, Germans...NicesupriseswithRussianpeople and....Persian! The systemcreatesstatsthan can allow museum professionals to createmapswith the “hotpoints” of the exhibits and detect “language needs”. Example: We didn'thaveKorean but load of Koreanvisitors.Nationalpresscoveredit a lot. We hadloads of PR because museum PR groupbelievedon the projectfrom the beginning Miró Foundation has improved the relationshipswith the community of Wikipedians but alsowithsomeUniversityteachers and local art historians.
You can see from all of these great examples that the concept of the Wikipedian in Residence, and the GLAM-Wiki project as a whole, has come a long way in the past two years.When interest in the WiR model exploded last year, the Center for the Future of Museums questioned if this was a trend or a fad. I don’t think I’ve ever been at once so excited and so frustrated by a tweet! I was pretty determined to prove that we were sticking around…
And wouldn’t you know it? Less than a year later, the Wikipedian in Residence model was included in the inaugural Center for the Future of Museums TrendsWatch report. Not a fad. A trend. And I guess it also says something that we’re sitting here today, too.
But now how do you get in on this trend? As US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator, that’s exactly what I’m trying to make easier for you. Our goal is to establish a more efficient system for you to find the resources you need to get started with your own Wikimedia project.You’ve heard about the types of events and projects we’ve been modeling over the past years.You should first consider what sort of project is right for your institution and it’s resources.As Liam said, each institution is different, and has very different resources to offer. So each GLAM-Wiki project will look a bit different as well.
We have centralized all of our documentation on our global GLAM-Wiki webpage, glamwiki.orgThere you can review our best practices, types of events, and case studiesFrom all different types of projects from all over the world. Some include Wikipedians in Residence, some do not.This screenshot shows the case studies landing page for The Children’s Museum, which includes specific case studies on our image donation, MAPs project that Sarah mentioned, our Featured Article collaboration, staff outreach, and our implementation of QRpedia.Sarah has also done a lot of documentation for her many Smithsonian projects, and she has her own landing page like this one.
Whether or not you choose to bring on a Wikipedian in Residence, it’s important that you connect with the GLAM-Wiki community.By doing so, you’ll have the entire GLAM-Wiki community at your back. While there have been about a dozen Wikipedians in Residence, there are hundreds of volunteers involved in GLAM-Wiki more broadly. They have specific skills ranging from copyright and image donations, to mass metadata uploads, to events coordination, training, education and outreach.As a group, we help advocate for your institution and make sure that you don’t get stuck as you navigate Wikipedia. We also can help with the crowdsourcing aspects of certain projects. As Liam mentioned, Wikipedia can be your E-Volunteer program. GLAM-Wiki can connect you with a global community of volunteers who want to share knowledge, just like you.
The GLAM-Wiki community is also a great way to build and diversify your institution’s “tribe.” We LOVE to brag about the great GLAM-Wiki projects going on around the world in our social media, on our list-servs, newsletters, and in our trainings and conference presentations.You can receive great word of mouth, on a global scale.By showing good faith in wanting to partner with Wikimedia, you’re gaining serious popularity points within a huge new, virtual user base, who will not only help you with your project, but will also become intimately aware of the great resources you have to offer.
In the past months, the US GLAM-Wiki community has worked together to create an easy to use GLAM-Wiki US portal to help you get connected and get started with a project. The URL is US.GLAMWIKI.ORG.This space will link you out to the case studies that are compiled on the global glamwiki page, but it is also unique in its method to connect you with an individual Wikimedian as you begin your project.
The GLAM/US/Connect page has a number of lists of individuals who can assist you. We suggest that you create a personal username (there are instructions for how to do this) and post a note on the talk page of a Wikipedian who is listed here. Depending on the type of project you want to pursue, you can get in touch with either an Outreach Volunteer or just an Online Volunteer. There is also a list of cultural professionals who have already carried out partnerships and are willing to answer questions.
One of the best ways to connect with a specific Wikipedian is through our new State Connect pages. This is the example for Indiana. Each one has local contacts, associated WikiProjects made up of Wikipedians who are interested in your state or region, links to your local Campus Ambassadors (college students who are trained in Wikipedia outreach).It also includes current or past GLAM partnerships and any press for these projects.
Throughout this process, you’ll also be wanting to spread the word about your ideas for working with Wikipedia with your staff. We know that this isn’t always easy. The GLAM: US Portal offers a GLAM Bookshelf that lists powerpoints, handouts, and project plans that we have created. You can use and distribute any of them freely. Included on the Bookshelf is the GLAM One-Pager, the handout that was included in our session download. This is a great overview to help you get started with sharing about GLAM-Wiki.
Here is all of the information to learn more and to get connected. And I know from here on we’d like to hear questions from you.
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3.0 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis• The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis deploys numerous social media channels to support family learning experiences.
Wikipedia Strategic Plan Children’s Museum
of IndianapolisScope Through a partnership with Wikimedia, The Children’s Museum aims to coordinate the sharing of resources between the museum and the Wikimedia community. By working with volunteers in the Wikipedia community, the Children’s Museum is able to improve the quality of information in Wikipedia articles related to the museum.
Two Years of Wikipedians in
Residence10 11 12 June Aug Jan Mar May June Aug GLAM-Wiki Initiative British The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis Museum Chateau de Versailles Museu Picasso / Barcelona Derby Museum, MoMA, National Archives NYPL, British Library, OCLC Smithsonian Israel Museum
Does your museum have a
volunteer program? ...an e-volunteer program? Wikipedia already is your e-volunteerprogram, you’re just not affiliated with it, yet.
Edit-a-thons(L) The "war room" at
the Smithsonian Institution Archives,photo by Sarah Stierch.(R) Zoologist Viola Shelly Shantz, who worked at NMNH,examining animal pelts, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Multilingual projects●As a consumer:“We want
everything here, now and in our own language”●As a museum professional:“A way to reach wider audiences and small communities”●As an exhibit designer in Barcelona:Bilingual city + English → Over 3 languages in displays! ...but what about the French?
QRpedia● QRpedia : Qrcode system
that detects thelanguage of your phone and directs you to aWikipedia article in that language.● You improve visitors experience● You spread the Knowledge generated at yourinstitution worldwide●You generate interesting raw stats and data ofevery single scan (visitor flows, languages, hotpieces, new languages in printed guides needed)