Wikipedian in Residence

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Template:GLAM/Tab header/For GLAMs Wikipedians in Residence are Wikimedians who dedicate time to working in-house at an organization. Wikipedians in Residence are usually financially compensated by the institution or by a Wikimedia chapter, but they may also be volunteers. The Wikipedian in Residence model was first piloted by the GLAM initiative, but has since been adopted to other types of organizations.

Are you considering if a residency is right for your institution? Check out The Children's Museum success story for a testimonial from the museum's Director of Websites and Emerging Media. For more information about past projects carried out by residencies, view the case studies or read on.

Core characteristics of a Wikipedian in Residence

  • Serves as a liaison between the organization and the Wikimedia community to promote a mutually beneficial cooperation.
  • Promotes understanding of Wikimedia among staff at the organization through workshops and events.
  • Works with organizational staff to digitize, compile, and organize resources that can be shared with the Wikipedia community.
  • Facilitates the improvement of content by the Wikipedia community, rather than directly editing articles as a core goal.
  • Coordinates events, such as Hack-a-Thons, Edit-a-Thons, or Backstage Passes, that bring Wikipedians on-site to work with staff on content creation and improvement.
  • Avoids Conflict of Interest by not editing articles directly relating to the organization.
  • Formally coordinated by the institution, allowing the resident to work closely with staff for various projects.
  • Ultimately, a residency lays the foundation for a more lasting partnership between the Wikipedia community and an organization.

Types of projects carried out by residencies

Timeline of Wikipedians in Residence up to 2012.

Activities organized by Wikipedian in Residence are broad and varied. Some of these projects include:

  • Facilitating content improvement in partnership with curators and the Wikipedia communities
  • Coordinate image or multimedia donations
  • Organizing visits/events (e.g. "backstage passes" for Wikipedians)
  • Organizing challenges and competitions, that promote article improvement
  • Teaching about Wikipedia practices and values, etc.

How to find a resident

The best way to locate a potential Wikipedian in Residence is to connect with your local Wikimedia chapter (if one exists) and/or via the talk page of an appropriate WikiProject on Wikipedia. Often these can be found through WikiProjects associated with your city, state, province, or country. Check the WikiProject Geographical Directory to get started. You can also contact us or send an email to glam﹫wikimedia.org.

Essential Criteria

  • On-site attendance, "in residence" means being physically based in the organisation for most of the time.
  • Working for mutual benefit whilst upholding the policies of both the institution and Wikimedia.
  • Enabling of community interaction in both directions.
  • Avoid conflict of interest, especially when editing articles about the institution, itself.
  • Teaching ability - to GLAM professionals about Wikimedia and vice versa.

Recommendations for the institution

  • On-staff "champion" who supports the project officially from within the organisation.
  • Clearly defined role for the project - not mixed with other social media/web management.

General Criteria for an Ideal Wikipedian (not gospel)

  • Knowledge of the profession
  • Charisma to encourage a group of volunteers to support the project.
  • Presentation skills, and the patience to explain free-licenses/wikipedia... frequently.
  • Existing Wikimedian in good standing.

Sample job description

The National Archives seeks applicants for a Wikipedian in Residence for Summer 2011. The Wikipedian in Residence is a student intern role. The Wikipedian in Residence will work as a community coordinator and strengthen the relationship between the Archives and the Wikipedian community through a range of activities.
This may include:
  • promoting participation in new or existing WikiProjects related to the holdings of the National Archives;
  • adding content to the Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource sites from digital copies of the holdings of the National Archives;
  • assisting with the digitization and online posting of archival materials;
  • working with Archives staff to explain Wikipedia’s practices;
  • organizing special events, such as backstage pass tours or editing challenge days, for the Wikipedian community; and
  • sharing the experience with the Wikipedian community and the public via videos, newsletter articles, or blog posts on our NARAtions blog or other blogs.
—National Archives and Records Administration (April 2011)

Different successful formats

Infographic with compiled data from July 2011.
Time allocation
  • Fulltime for a very short period (e.g. British Museum project, 5 weeks)
  • Fulltime for a longer period (e.g. Chateau de Versailles project, 6 months)
  • Part time for a long period (e.g. Children's Museum of Indianapolis project, 1 year)
Rewards
  • Wholly unpaid (e.g. British Museum project)
  • Study credit (e.g. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis project, first 3 months)
  • Stipend/scholarship (e.g. Chateau de Versailles)
  • Paid internship (e.g. NARA projects)
  • Contract employee (e.g. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis project, year 2)
Recruitment method
  • Published job offer through official recruitment process (e.g. NARA) [could add Chapter rep. to interview panel if necessary].
  • Outsource recruitment to local Wikimedia Chapter (e.g. Versailles project)
  • Informal recruitment through existing social media connection (e.g. Indianapolis Museum of Art)
  • Identify existing Wikipedia community leader in relevant field (e.g. Israeli Museum)
  • Self-initiated contact from a Wikimedian to the institution (e.g. British Museum)

Wikipedians in Residence

Organization Project page(s) Location Wikimedian Timeframe
British Museum Wikipedia:GLAM British Museum project page London, UK Liam Wyatt June - July 2010
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Wikipedia:GLAM The Children's Museum of Indianapolis project page Indianapolis, IN Lori Phillips August 2010 - present
Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) Wikipedia:GLAM Château de Versailles project page Versailles, France Benoît Evellin February 2011 - August 2011
lettera27 Foundation Wikipedia:WikiAfrica lettera27 project page; in Italian Wikipediano in residenza presso lettera27 Milan, Italy Remulazz March 2011 - present
Museu Picasso (Museu Picasso) Wikipedia:GLAM Museu Picasso project page Barcelona, Spain Àlex Hinojo March 2011 - August 2011
Derby Museum and Art Gallery Wikipedia:GLAM Derby Museum and Art Gallery project page Derby, UK Roger Bamkin April - Sept 2011
Australian Paralympic Committee Australian Paralympic Committee / National Sport Information Centre project page (does not discuss WiR project?) Canberra, Australia Laura Hale May 2011 - May? 2012
Archives of American Art Wikipedia:GLAM Archives of American Art project page Washington, DC Sarah Stierch May 2011 - October 2011
US National Archives Wikipedia:GLAM US National Archives project page College Park, MD (and nationally) Dominic McDevitt-Parks May 2011 - present
Museum of Modern Art Wikipedia:GLAM Museum of Modern Art project page New York City, NY Richard Knipel June 2011 - December 2011
Open Knowledge Foundation Germany (Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland) Wikipedia:GLAM Open Knowledge Foundation Germany project page Berlin, Germany Daniel Mietchen July 2011 - present
ARKive w:WP:GLAM/ARKive Bristol, England Andy Mabbett July 2011 - October 2011
Israel Museum, Jerusalem (מוזיאון ישראל) Wikipedia:GLAM Israel Museum, Jerusalem project page Jerusalem, Israel Yair Talmor September 2011 - November 2011
National Library of Israel (הספרייה הלאומית) Wikipedia:GLAM National Library of Israel project page Jerusalem, Israel Daniel Tsvi Framowitz December 2011 - May 2012
Africa Centre WikiAfrica Projects, WikiAfrica Incubator, Share Your Knowledge Cape Town, South Africa Francis Awinda January 2012 - December 2012
National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) Wikipedia Loves Nationalmuseet/Resident Copenhagen, Denmark Ole Palnatoke Andersen April 2012 - May 2012
Smithsonian Institution Archives Wikipedia:GLAM Smithsonian Institution Archives project page Washington, DC Sarah Stierch March 2012 - June 2012
National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña) Wikipedia project page (in Catalan) Barcelona Àlex Hinojo May 2012 - May 2013
Consumer Reports Wikipedia Consumer Reports project page New York City, USA Lane Rasberry May 2012 - November 2012
British Library Wikipedia:GLAM British Library project page London, UK Andrew Gray May 2012 - October 2012
Online Computer Library Center OCLC annoucement, and current work on the Authority control integration Project. California, USA Maximilian Klein June 2012 - January 2013
German Archaeological Institute (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut) Wikipedian in Residence German Archaeological Institute project page Berlin, Germany Marcus Cyron June 2012 - November 2012
Austria National Heritage Board (Österreichisches Bundesdenkmalamt)  ? Vienna, Austria Hubertl July 2012 - November 2012
Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin Stadtmuseum Berlin project page (German) Berlin, Germany Kilian Kluge July 2012 - October 2012
Palafrugell - All cultural institutions GLAM-WIKI Palafrugell [in Catalan] (More info in English: [1], [2]) Palafrugell, Catalonia David Parreño Mont July 2012 - August 2012
University of Haifa Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library (about Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library) --- (coming soon) Haifa, Israel Liron Dorfman August 2012 - February 2013
Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) (in Swedish language) Presentation av Wikipedian in Residence (needs an English summary link) Stockholm, Sweden Lennart Guldbrandsson Autumn 2012
Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service Wikipedian in Residence/SAHS Staffordshire, England Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing) November 2012
The Royal Library of Denmark (Det Kongelige Bibliotek) WikiProjekt Diamanten Copenhagen, Denmark Ole Palnatoke Andersen October 2012 - December 2012
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts under construction New York, NY, US David Goodman (User:DGG) September 2012+


Seeking applicants

Organization Location Information Timeframe
Israel State Archive Jerusalem, Israel Application (In Hebrew)
World Digital Library Washington, D.C. Please contact Michelle Rago at mrag@loc.gov for more information.
Ladd Observatory at Brown University Providence, RI, US Wikipedian in Residence/Ladd Observatory Early 2013
Józef Piłsudski Institute of America New York, USA 1) announcement on Wikipedia, 2) external link announcement at the Institute Early 2013

Details on specific residencies

Further information