An Introduction to GLAM-Wiki Projects by Shani Evenstein, National GLAM Projects Coordinator, Wikimedia Israel
ppt file of the presentation at the
EVA/Minerva Jerusalem International Conference on Digitisation of Culture,
Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute, 12-13 November 2013
Presentations available at: http://2013.minervaisrael.org.il
My lecture will give you a context and brief overview of worldwide wiki projects, then focusing on GLAM and finally presenting GLAM in Isarel. But let’s begin at the beginning.
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 first thing institutions ask, and rightfully so, is how does my GLAM benefit from such 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, some institutions have taken it upon themselves to invest monetarily – the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hired their resident, 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. 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.
L'objectiu és compartir l'experiència de les les institucions culturals del món real amb la l'experiència dels viquipedistes. Podrem tenir accés als recursos de la Biblioteca Britànica, guiats per l'experiència dels seus comissaris, amb l'objectiu comú de millorar el contingut de Wikipedia amb informació rellevant a les col·leccions de la Biblioteca Britànica.
El seu objectiu és facilitar la prestació i la creació de continguts relacionats amb el Palau de Versalles en tots els projectes de Wikimedia. COMENTAR TAMBÉ EXPERIÊNCIA MUSEU DE TOULOUSSE
Museus + universitat + wikipedia = Diversos projectes de qualitat
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An Introduction to
Digital Heritage Conference, 2013
National GLAM Projects Coordinator
Part 1 –
An Intro to Wiki Projects
Around the World
“to provide a free, high quality
to every single person on the planet
in their own language”
Jimmy Wales, Jan 2011
By the People, For the People
• Created by the public, worldwide
• Maintained by the public, worldwide
• Supported by the public, worldwide
Giving Back and Reaching Out:
1 - Strengthen the weak: Outreach Projects
2 – Make the strong even stronger: Wiki in the
Academia & GLAM
Outreach Wiki Projects – 1
The most general goal:
to encourage the expansion of smaller language
Wikipedias through advice, encouragement,
and general assistance.
• Empowering the “global south” via access to free
• Preserving cultural knowledge on the verge of
Wiki in the Eduction & GLAM – 2
Quantity & Quality
“content improves with more people
involved. There are now 10.000 very active
editors. Many eyes checking and editing loads
of information. System mistakes are fixed by
So, we want universities, research centers,
professionals and specialists from different
areas to become part of the community,
sharing their experience. This will
automaticly improve the quality”.
Kul Wadhwa (UOC, Open University of Catalonia, 2010)
Wikimedia Head of Bussiness Developement
Collaborations with Educational
• “Campus Ambassador” projects
• More “expert” writers
• Writing articles as an academic assignment:
education the next generation
• A new, full academic wiki course!
?What’s in it for GLAMs
• It’s affordable (and usually free)
• E-volunteers from around the world
• More traffic back to your site
• A new platform to share your resources;
which often falls in line with your mission
• New energy to an often stale work in
• Challenges traditional GLAM practices
And.. the future is here, baby!
Comitted to collaborate
reaching the maximum audience
with the highest quality
- Free encyclopedia
- Most consulted in the world
- +250 active editions
- Expertise content
- All knowledge areas
Ways to Collaborate
Creating a “Wikipedian-in-Residence” program
Image & Media donation to Commons
Coordinating GLAM outreach events
Updating your Institution’s articles
Using Wikipedia QR codes
Sharing historical footage
Allowing Wikimedians to digitally restore images
Adding a Wikipedia citation template to your database
Improving and using Wikipedia articles for an exhibition
Improving the quality of OCR
Museums & Galleries
The Children’s Museum,
government of the
Public Art in
This is a worldwide movement;
!And Israel has joined the party
!Israel Joins the Global Efforts
• 09/2011 – “GLAM: Israel Museum, Jerusalem” Project
• 12/2011 – “GLAM: National Library of Israel” Project
• 08/2012 – “GLAM: Library of Haifa University” Project
• 09/2012 – “GLAM: Wiki Loves Monuments” Contest
GLAM in Israel: Some Challenges
• Increasing “GLAM awareness” –
– within the Hebrew Wikipedia community
– within the general public: new editors
• Collaborating with more GLAMs & Academic world
• Smaller editing community
• Technical tools
• Lack of infrastructure [WLM, Public Art]
Other / future collaborators
- Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
- Israel State Archives ?
- Museum of Jewish Diaspora ?
- The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra ?
- The Israeli Opera ?
- The Haifa Museums ?
- The Israeli Museum Portal ?
- 10/2013 – “GLAM: Shenkar”!
- 12/2014 - GLAM-Holon