Who are the organizers that grow Wikimedia’s communities? New research on actors that bring energy to the Wikimedia movement

Community Foundation Research

The face of Wikipedia’s volunteer community is often an editor—someone who maintains, edits, and writes facts in the vast online encyclopedia. But editors aren’t the only contributors to Wikipedia, WikiCommons, and the other Wikimedia projects: there are many other volunteers who contribute by organizing events and inspiring others to join our volunteer community. Their work,….

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We applaud the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new open-access policy—and here’s what remains to be done.

GLAM

This week, the Cleveland Museum of Art implemented a clear and permissive open access policy, removing all copyright restrictions on photographs of 30,000 items and releasing all metadata related to the 61,000 works in their collection. In short, this means that anyone, in any context, can access, reuse, and remix the collections. With this decision,….

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WikibaseNYC conference explores the frontier of linked open data infrastructure

Community GLAM Wikidata

When you think about the work of art historians or genetics researchers, installing database software is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, from 19 to 21 September, Wikimedians, art curators, and scientists gathered at the New Museum in New York City’s Lower East Side for a three-day workshop to talk about an….

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Using librarianship to create a more equitable internet: LGBTQ+ advocacy as a wiki-librarian

Community From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

An interview with wiki-librarian and Wikimedia LGBTQ+ organizer Rachel Wexelbaum, discussing the role of librarians for bringing greater diversity to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

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In Cote d’Ivoire, partnering with libraries provides opportunities

From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Library

Local volunteers from Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire are partnering with librarians to create an active and vibrant community.

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Celebrate Wikipedia’s birthday by joining your local library in the #1Lib1Ref campaign

From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

The annual #1lib1ref campaign asks librarians to add a citation to a reliable source to Wikipedia—and it's easy to get involved.

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The reading room at the Boston Public Library

What can we glean from OCLC’s experience with library staff learning Wikipedia?

Community Foundation From the archives GLAM Wikipedia

An exploration of the intersection between Wikipedia and public libraries in the United States.

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Becoming a National Wikimedian: Jason Evans and the National Library of Wales

Community From the archives GLAM Interview

Alex Stinson, Strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation, talks with Jason Evans about becoming Wales' National Wikimedian, and where he sees the future of Wikipedia in the region.

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Why you should be paying attention to Wikidata and GLAM

From the archives GLAM Wikidata

As a collaborative project, Wikidata is looking for more partners to fill in data gaps. Every one of the initiatives listed above needs help matching data from important collections to existing Wikidata entries, or help for the Connected Open Heritage community in prioritizing the next source of cultural data to target and improve.

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Engaging librarians (and others) through social technologies: A #1lib1ref think-piece

Foundation From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Library

This campaign was more than an outreach effort: it helped us to explore new technologies that facilitate diverse communities to participate in Wikipedia. To support a clear call to action for librarians, we incorporated three social technologies to grow the campaign: social media, hashtags (both inside and outside of Wikipedia), and microcontributions. Together they helped us share an inviting and compelling story of collaboration between Wikipedia and libraries.

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