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Archives of American Art Case Study, Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection? CNI2012Fall

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Archives of American Art and Wikipedia: A Case Study, from Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection? Presented at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Fall 2012 Project Briefing

Sara Snyder
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

It used to be that if you wanted information or answers to questions, you went to a library. In an era of increased reliance on major network hubs, information seekers increasingly turn to the web for answers. Therefore it is vital that libraries and archives ensure that their collections, or information about their collections, are easily discoverable on the open web. As the 6th most accessed website globally, Wikipedia is a natural place for cultural heritage institutions to expose their collections.

Wikipedia articles receive a lot of web love: they are highly ranked by search engines; snippets from pages are incorporated into Google’s Knowledge Graph, and are pulled in by services like Facebook, filling in missing content. How can libraries and archives mesh with Wikipedia? This session will detail how OCLC Research, Smithsonian Institution, and others are connecting researchers to unique materials through Wikipedia, put a spotlight on the special role library data can play in Wikipedia, examine how Wikipedia data may be useful to libraries and scholarly institutions, introduce Wikipedia’s GLAM-Wiki initiative, and talk about ways that information professionals can work collaboratively with the World’s Largest Free Encyclopedia.

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Archives of American Art Case Study, Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection? CNI2012Fall

  1. 1. Archives of American Art and Wikipedia: A Case Study presented as part ofWikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection? Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall 2012 Project Briefing
  2. 2. Monthly Visitors to SmithsonianWebsites vs. Wikipedia.org
  3. 3. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/SI
  4. 4. The Archives’ Goals for OurWikipedian in Residence1. To get training and mentoring for our staff in Wikipedia norms and culture2. To increase access to our digital collections by including information, images, and links in Wikipedia articles3. To develop a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with the Wikimedia community
  5. 5. Activities of theWikipedian in ResidenceTraining – One-on-one mentoring and training – Brown bag info sessions for all staffTools – Script to analyze our creator/subject names against the Wikipedia article database – Wikimedia Commons template & bulk uploadOutreach – Editor recruitment – Backstage Pass & Edit-a-thon event
  6. 6. Wikimedia Commons Contribution:Hi-res Public Domain Photographs
  7. 7. Inbound traffic: Wiki & Social Media 2012 Visits: Wikipedia v. Facebook v. Twitter

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