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A  Gateway  Theory    
How  Edit-­‐a-­‐thons  Can  Lure  Innocent  
GLAMs  into  the  World  of  Wiki
	
  

Sanna  Hirvone...
Helsinki  
Finland
Where  I  come  from
Museum  of  Contemporary  Art  Kiasma
•  Part  of  the  Finnish  NaRonal  Gallery
...
Edit-­‐a-­‐thons
An  edit-­‐a-­‐thon  (someRmes  wriHen  editathon)  is  an  event  where  
editors  get  together  to  ed...
Kiasma  Wikimaraton
Photos:  Finnish  NaRonal  Gallery  /  Petri  Virtanen  CC  BY-­‐SA  3.0,  Wikimedia  Commons
24  h  e...
Bring  Culture  to  Wikipedia
Edit-­‐a-­‐thon  course
  
6  gatherings,
October–  
November  2014

	
  
Organised  by  
Wi...
Kiasma  Wikitriathlon
Photos:  Teemu  Perhiö    CC  BY  2.0
One-­‐day  edit-­‐a-­‐thon  organised  by  Kiasma  
and  Wikim...
Next
•  InternaRonal  Women’s  Day  edit-­‐a-­‐thon,  March  
2016
– MulRple  GLAM  organisaRons,  one  locaRon,  one  
day
Where’s  the  value?
What  GLAMs  can  benefit
•  Engage  their  audiences
•  Increase  the  understanding  and  appreciaRon  
for  their  field ...
Value  to  Wikimedia
•  ContribuRons  during  the  event
•  Spreading  informaRon  and  increasing  posiRve  
percepRons  ...
Why  professionals  maHer
GLAM  professionals  can
•  make  decisions  about  
opening  data  and  
materials
•  direct  resources  to  new  
events...
GLAM  professionals
•  need  hands-­‐on  
experience  and  
networks  
to  build  their  trust  in  
Wikimedia  
	
  

Pho...
Example:  Bring  Culture  to  Wikipedia	
  
•  Course  for  anyone  who  wanted  to  learn  ediRng  
and  visit  cultural ...
Ajerwards	
  
•  All  6  partner  organisaRons  open  to  
collaboraRon,  interested  in  new  events,  
content  donaRons...
Collaborate  and  build  on  the  
work  of  others
Collaborate
•  Team  up  with  other  open  data  agents  
•  Present  Wikimedia  as  part  of  a  larger  open  
knowledg...
Example:  Open  Culture  Data  
Masterclass
Course  for  GLAM  
professionals  by  Open  
Knowledge  Finland,  
the  local...
GLAMs  need  to  benefit
GLAMs  are  more  and  more  goal  oriented.  
They  do  things  that  help  them  reach  their  
goals.  
Wiki  acRviRes ...
Therefore
•  Help  GLAMs  make  open  knowledge  /  wiki  
projects  their  own.  
•  Offer  professionals  informaRon,  ha...
Edit-­‐a-­‐thons
…are  a  good  start.
Photo:  Deutsche  Fotothek  CC  BY-­‐SA  3.0  via  Wikimedia  Commons
Further  reading
•  Kiasma  Wikimaraton  
wikimedia.fi/2013/02/05/wikimaraton-­‐at-­‐
kiasma/
•  Bring  Culture  to  Wikipe...
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A Gateway Theory – How Edit-a-thons Can Lure Innocent GLAMs into the World of Wiki

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Presentation at Wikimania 2015.
Wikipedia editing events aka edit-a-thons have many functions and goals. I see them as a channel to reach and influence GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) professionals. The events can be a start for something bigger.

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A Gateway Theory – How Edit-a-thons Can Lure Innocent GLAMs into the World of Wiki

  1. 1. A  Gateway  Theory     How  Edit-­‐a-­‐thons  Can  Lure  Innocent   GLAMs  into  the  World  of  Wiki   Sanna  Hirvonen  17  July  2015   Wikimania  2015   TwiHer:  @sannahirvonen fiwiki:  Sanahirviö  
  2. 2. Helsinki   Finland Where  I  come  from Museum  of  Contemporary  Art  Kiasma •  Part  of  the  Finnish  NaRonal  Gallery •  GLAMwiki  projects  since  2013 Wikimedia  Finland Board  Member  2014 Photo:  Finnish  NaRonal  Gallery  /   Petri  Virtanen  CC  BY-­‐SA  3.0
  3. 3. Edit-­‐a-­‐thons An  edit-­‐a-­‐thon  (someRmes  wriHen  editathon)  is  an  event  where   editors  get  together  to  edit  and  improve  a  specific  topic  or  type  of   content,  typically  including  basic  ediRng  training  for  new  editors.   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edit-­‐a-­‐thon
  4. 4. Kiasma  Wikimaraton Photos:  Finnish  NaRonal  Gallery  /  Petri  Virtanen  CC  BY-­‐SA  3.0,  Wikimedia  Commons 24  h  edit-­‐a-­‐thon     organised  by  Kiasma  and   Wikimedia  Finland, February  2013    
  5. 5. Bring  Culture  to  Wikipedia Edit-­‐a-­‐thon  course   6  gatherings, October–   November  2014   Organised  by   Wikimedia  Finland     with 6  GLAM  partners   and Helsinki  Summer   University     Photos:  Teemu  Perhiö  CC  BY  2.0  
  6. 6. Kiasma  Wikitriathlon Photos:  Teemu  Perhiö    CC  BY  2.0 One-­‐day  edit-­‐a-­‐thon  organised  by  Kiasma   and  Wikimedia  Finland,  March  2015    
  7. 7. Next •  InternaRonal  Women’s  Day  edit-­‐a-­‐thon,  March   2016 – MulRple  GLAM  organisaRons,  one  locaRon,  one   day
  8. 8. Where’s  the  value?
  9. 9. What  GLAMs  can  benefit •  Engage  their  audiences •  Increase  the  understanding  and  appreciaRon   for  their  field  of  experRse   •  Find  new  applicaRons  and  contexts  for  their   subject  maHer •  Learn  a  more  open  and  generous  organisaRon   culture •  Build  their  brand  by  doing  things  that  stand  out
  10. 10. Value  to  Wikimedia •  ContribuRons  during  the  event •  Spreading  informaRon  and  increasing  posiRve   percepRons  of  Wikimedia •  Building  the  community •  Reaching  and  influencing  GLAM  professionals    
  11. 11. Why  professionals  maHer
  12. 12. GLAM  professionals  can •  make  decisions  about   opening  data  and   materials •  direct  resources  to  new   events •  hire  Wikipedians  in   Residence   •  spread  posiRve   percepRons  of   Wikimedia  among  their   peers Photo:  Teemu  Perhiö  CC  BY  2.0  
  13. 13. GLAM  professionals •  need  hands-­‐on   experience  and   networks   to  build  their  trust  in   Wikimedia     Photo:  Teemu  Perhiö  CC  BY  2.0
  14. 14. Example:  Bring  Culture  to  Wikipedia   •  Course  for  anyone  who  wanted  to  learn  ediRng   and  visit  cultural  insRtuRons  behind  the  scenes •  Dozens  of  professionals  got  their  first  touch  to   ediRng  Wikipedia
  15. 15. Ajerwards   •  All  6  partner  organisaRons  open  to   collaboraRon,  interested  in  new  events,   content  donaRons  or  a  Wikipedian  in   Residence   •  Could  we  have  accomplished  this  without   edit-­‐a-­‐thons?  
  16. 16. Collaborate  and  build  on  the   work  of  others
  17. 17. Collaborate •  Team  up  with  other  open  data  agents   •  Present  Wikimedia  as  part  of  a  larger  open   knowledge  movement •  Build  networks  with  organisaRons  
  18. 18. Example:  Open  Culture  Data   Masterclass Course  for  GLAM   professionals  by  Open   Knowledge  Finland,   the  local  Open  GLAM   network  AvoinGLAM,   and  Aalto  University Photos:  AvoinGLAM  CC    BY-­‐SA  2.0
  19. 19. GLAMs  need  to  benefit
  20. 20. GLAMs  are  more  and  more  goal  oriented.   They  do  things  that  help  them  reach  their   goals.   Wiki  acRviRes  are  no  excepRon. Photo:  Horia  Varlan  CC  BY  2.0  via  Flickr
  21. 21. Therefore •  Help  GLAMs  make  open  knowledge  /  wiki   projects  their  own.   •  Offer  professionals  informaRon,  hands-­‐on   experience  and  support.   •  Find  and  support  advocates  inside  the  GLAM   sector.
  22. 22. Edit-­‐a-­‐thons
  23. 23. …are  a  good  start. Photo:  Deutsche  Fotothek  CC  BY-­‐SA  3.0  via  Wikimedia  Commons
  24. 24. Further  reading •  Kiasma  Wikimaraton   wikimedia.fi/2013/02/05/wikimaraton-­‐at-­‐ kiasma/ •  Bring  Culture  to  Wikipedia  edit-­‐a-­‐thon  course   wikimedia.fi/2014/10/30/bringing-­‐cultural-­‐ heritage-­‐to-­‐wikipedia/ •  Kiasma  Wikitriathlon   wikimedia.fi/2015/04/02/wikitriathlon-­‐at-­‐ kiasma/

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