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The Archives of American Art on Wikipedia and Wikimedia SAA2012


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SESSION 406 - 80,000 Volunteers Can't Be Wrong: The Case for Greater Collaboration with Wikipedia

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting 2012
Aug 10, 2012, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Sara Snyder, MLS , MA
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art

Wikipedia is the fifth most popular Web property in the world and is continually expanded by 80,000 editors from around the globe. How can archives harness this incredible level of participation for their benefit? Join colleagues and Wikipedia volunteers from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art to learn about the Wikipedian in Residence Program and other initiatives that will result in greater knowledge and exposure of your collections.

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The Archives of American Art on Wikipedia and Wikimedia SAA2012

  1. 1. The Archives ofAmerican Arton Wikipedia & WikimediaSociety of American Archivists Annual Meeting 2012 Sara Snyder
  2. 2. Archives of American Art, SmithsonianInstitution• (screenshot)
  3. 3. Experimental Wikipedia Editing, 2007-10
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  5. 5. The Archives’ Goals in Hosting aWikipedian in Residence1.To get training and mentoring for our staff in Wiki norms and culture2.To get more of the Archives’ content in Wikipedia articles3.To run an experimental project and see what happened!
  6. 6. Activities of the Wikipedian inResidenceTraining One-on-one mentoring and training Brown bag info sessions for all Smithsonian staffTools Script to analyze creator names in our collections, link to corresponding Wikipedia articles Wikimedia Commons content contributionOutreach Editor recruitment Backstage Pass & Edit-a-thon
  7. 7. EDIT-A-THON VIDEO: How theSmithsonian Is Helping Wikipedia, fromthe Chronicle of Philanthropy philanthropy/how-the-smithsonian-is-helping- wikipedia/29095
  8. 8. Outcomes of GLAM/ new English articles were created utilizing Archives resources 14 English articles translated into Spanish 2 articles translated into French 2 articles translated into Catalan12 English articles were expanded2 articles was expanded in Spanish5 articles were "Do You Knows...?”
  9. 9. 256 high resolution public domain photographsdonated to Wikimedia Commons
  10. 10. BackstagePass &Edit-a-thonArchives ofAmericanArt, 2011
  11. 11. Benefits to the Archives Press coverage List of articles we continue to work from Increased exposure of collections New relationships Confidence in our expertise and the fact that we are welcome contributors!
  12. 12. Referrals from Wikimedia sites2009 - 4.72% of site visits2010 - 5.95% of site visits2011- 6.57% of site visits 2012 Visits: Wikipedia v. Facebook v. Twitter
  13. 13. Five new and exciting things I learnedfrom this project! 1. Wikipedians exist in “real life”!!! 2. There are already many active WikiProjects out there waiting for us to join them 3. There are talented Wiki developers & engineers constantly making cool new tools 4. Wikipedia articles are patrolled, ranked, & evaluated by the community in a very orderly and systematic way 5. Editing is addictive, so watch out!
  14. 14. WikiWomen’s Lunch, Wikimania Conference 2012 Conclusion
  15. 15. Looking to the futureAt the Archives of American Art Wikipedia in the strategic plan Building editing into staff workflowsAt the larger Smithsonian GLAM/SI project getting renewed attention Edit-a-thon at Smithsonian American Art Museum (happening now! @americanart)
  16. 16. Wikipedia:GLAM/SI – Smithsonian ProjectWikipedia:GLAM/AAA – Archives of American Art ProjectUser:Sarasays - Wikipedia user