2012 Annual Report/Wiki version/GLAM

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Wikimedia gets GLAM[edit | edit source]

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry

Galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) hold a vast amount of all human knowledge. Wikimedia UK's mission is to preserve and make knowledge available and it is vital we engage with GLAM organisations and communities to share their information online, and find new ways of doing this effectively. 2011–2012 saw a massive growth in our GLAM programme. Led by trustee Fæ, our network of GLAM enthusiasts have contributed a great deal of work in this field and write regular updates for our community.

At the British Museum, Fæ has moved our partnership forward with the digital and curator teams to support several editathons and gained commitment for a Wikipedian in Residence position. The National Archives have started a programme of digitization and release on Wikimedia Commons of World War II artworks and The Land has established our partnership with the National Maritime Museum for releasing data on ships to support Wikipedia article accuracy and expansion.

Participants in the British Library/Wikimedia UK Editathon in June 2011.

Derby Museum was the first GLAM institution to partner with us to install QR codes for their exhibits, an initiative driven by Roger Bamkin. Visitors can access Wikipedia articles live on their smartphones and the initiative went on to inspire the MonmouthpediA project. Wikimedians worked with the museum to develop The Wright Challenge, which produced over 1,200 articles in 28 languages relating to the museum's collections.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry is Wikimedia UK’s longestrunning GLAM partnership outside of London. Several local Wikimedians have worked together with the museum to arrange edit-a-thons and meet-ups, facilitate image donations and encourage improvement of related content on Wikimedia projects.

2012–13 will see us build on our work with the GLAM sector, most notably with our GLAM-Wiki 2012 event in September, in partnership with the British Library, taking centre stage.

If you represent a GLAM institution and would like to find out more about working with Wikimedia UK, or if you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, please contact us at glamatwikimedia.org.uk

Liam Wyatt was a volunteer Wikipedian in Residence at the British Museum during mid-2009.

When I started at the British Museum as their volunteer Wikipedian in Residence I had high hopes that the London Wikipedia community would get involved and be inspired. Little did I know just how inspired they would be!

Now, less than three years later, it is fair to say that Wikimedia UK has caught "GLAM fever" and has a portfolio full of successfully completed as well as ongoing projects. It is no insult to the other members of the global Wikimedia community to say that the UK is arguably the most active and successful of the Wikimedia Chapters in GLAM-Wikimedia partnerships

The British Library's call for a Wikipedian in Residence is the first time that competitive public funding has been successfully obtained for Wikipedia work, helping to demonstrate the great public value Wikimedia projects bring. In another world-first, MonmouthpediA is proof that councils can seamlessly integrate their programs for preserving physical heritage, improving online presence, promoting tourism and providing public access to technology for their towns and cities.