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Wikipedia and Museums - why we need them and what we can do about it

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Presentation by myself at Wikimania 2009 (Buenos Aires).

http://wikimania2009.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proceedings:101

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Wikipedia and Museums - why we need them and what we can do about it

  1. 1. Wikimedia & Museums Why we need them and what we can do about it Liam Wyatt
  2. 2. GLAM institutions: • Treasure houses • (primary) research institutes • Public funding for public good • IRL volunteer community • Custodians of our cultural heritage • Visitors and groups • 90% not on display • Experts
  3. 3. Dedicated to best-practice in: • Curation • Interpretation • Preservation/Restoration • Valuation • Museology • Librarianship • Metadata • Archiving • Provenance • Art history • ...
  4. 4. “Explore the past, Document the present, Engage the public.”
  5. 5. Build a Relationship (i.e. don’t try and steal their stuff)
  6. 6. “content liberation”
  7. 7. Initial contact • Ring them up - ask for the “outreach” or “education” person (or “web-strategy”). • Someone in the organisation is already “doing” social/web2/O.A. • Visit, have a chat. • No camera, no proposals. • Meet for introductions - no obligation. • Prepare. What do they care about? What is their presence on Wikimedia projects.
  8. 8. Most of the work is not visible
  9. 9. Build a su!ainable relationship (i.e. this should be beneficial in both directions, not just getting ‘photos of things’)
  10. 10. • Run an event: • Backstage Pass • Wiki Loves Art • Featured Article • Host a Local Meetup • Write in their Newsletter • Learn their perspective: • ‘Access rights’ not just copyrights • Business & funding model • Innovations they’ve tried
  11. 11. You might be pleasantly surprised (n.b. “statement of significance” = notability) http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/? irn=7177&img=131713
  12. 12. http://glam.wikimedia.org.au How can we work together to build sustainable relationships that are mutually beneficial?
  13. 13. Recommendations • Technology • Education • Law • Business to GLAM sector to Wikimedia community to government
  14. 14. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ GLAM-WIKI_Recommendations
  15. 15. Did you know? There’s a 2 year queue to join:
  16. 16. Theme 1: Metadata They want: • to know what we’re using of theirs, where, and statistics of its usage • to know when we’ve changed/added improved their content and to export those changes back • us to enable machine readable metadata • us to use their metadata consistently and comprehensively
  17. 17. Theme 2: The real thing They want us to: • not try and make GLAMs redundant • encourage people to get a personal experience rather than just online • find ways for recognition of expert input • highlight our quality assessments and encourage external peer review
  18. 18. Theme 3: Information They want: • documentation about free licensing • someone to contact • to know how to do more things with no extra money or time • to learn how to edit and for it to be easier • to see how NPOV is compatible with interpretive debate
  19. 19. Theme 4: Moral rights They want: • us to take greater care in dealing with moral rights of authors - not just copyright • Indigenous cultural rights: not all culture was meant to be free
  20. 20. Credits • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:School_children_in_Louvre.jpg Hu Toya, cc-by-sa • http://punditkitchen.com/2008/04/04/political-pictures-navy-liberate-shit/ • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CandlestickTelephoneGal.jpg, PD • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bucephala-albeola-010.jpg MdF, cc-by-sa • http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/dmsblog/index.php/2009/04/02/working-with- wikipedia-backstage-pass-at-the-powerhouse-museum/ Paula Bray, cc-by-sa • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Glam_wiki_1.jpg David Howe, cc-by-sa • http://picasaweb.google.com/mathias.schindler/Australien#5368793653845814850 Mathias Schindler, cc-by-nc-nd
  21. 21. thank you • lwyatt@wikimedia.org.au • wittylama.com

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