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This list of Best Practices includes ways that cultural organizations can best coordinate with Wikimedia. Click on each section for further information and resources that can help you decide which project may work for your institution.
For more details, check out case studies.
- The GLAM community has organized various types of outreach events, each meant for a specific audience and each with a specific purpose. These include GLAM-Wiki conferences directed at GLAM professionals, GLAMCamp workshops that bring together Wikimedians for coordination efforts, and other outreach events, such as Edit-a-Thons and Backstage Passes, that are often specific to a singular institution.
- A Wikipedian In Residence works with a specific GLAM to examine and execute ways that institutions can broaden content on Wikimedia in relation to their collections — without compromising the missions and visions of either.
- Since every residency will be very different, there is not a specific how-to guide. For general information, see the Wikipedian in Residence page.
- For a specific example, see the British Museum case study and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis Success Story, a recommendation written by Children's Museum Director of Web and Emerging Media, Angie McNew.
- QR codes are bar codes that allow anyone with a smartphone to scan it and instantly gain access to content provided by the creator of the QR code. GLAMs are using them in exhibitions to showcase well researched Wikipedia articles relating to their collections. Learn how you can incorporate this innovative technology into your current and future exhibitions.
- For more details, see the Using Wikipedia QR codes How-To Guide.
- For a specific example, see the Derby Museum case study and the Children's Museum case study.
- Wikipedia is an international community and with Wikipedias 281 languages there is an entire world to reach out to in regards to your content!
- For more details, see the Engaging a different language or cultural community How-To Guide.
- For a specific example, see Derby Multilingual Challenge.
- Wikimedia has made it easy for GLAMs to release images into Commons;` learn about mass uploading, copyright and how to partner with Wikimedia to make the most of the images you seek to free.
- For more details, see the Image donation How-To Guide and the Guide to Batch Uploading.
- If you would like to assistance in formally granting permission to free your images to the Wikimedia Foundation, see the OTRS letter page.
- If you'd like to learn more about media rights and usage on Wikimedia Commons, please see our easy to read Media rights & usage on Commons documentation
- For specific examples, see the:
- Walters Art Museum case study
- Children's Museum of Indianapolis case study
- Archives of American Art case study
- List of informal and formal partnerships between affiliates of the Wikimedia Foundation and other groups/organizations that have resulted in substantial new collections being added to Commons.
- Archives and libraries are sources of historical films that rarely see the light of day since their production. Learn how you can work with Wikimedia to release this special historical content into the public eye with the only investment being the footage in your collection!
- For more details, see the Sharing historical film How-To Guide.
- One way to create or update articles is to incorporate Wikipedia into an already existing public program at your museum. When working with students, this can be a way to teach digital literacy and research skills while also contributing institutional content to the encyclopedia.
- For more details, see the Creating student public programs How-To Guide.
- For a specific example, see the Template:LL.
- Many GLAMs are interested in updating their own article within Wikipedia, but this is often discouraged due to issues with conflict of interest. This type of request can be carried out if you understand how to maintain a neutral tone and avoid original research.
- For more details, see the Updating your institution's article How-To Guide.
- For a specific example, see the Indianapolis Museum of Art case study.
- Upcoming exhibitions are an excellent opportunity to work with Wikipedians to showcase the objects and themes curated by GLAMs. Learn about ways to bring Wikipedia to your exhibition and vice versa, past projects and conflict of interest avoidance.
- For more details, see the Wikipedia in exhibitions How-To Guide.
- For a specific example, see the Brooklyn Museum case study.
- Wikipedia is the 7th most popular website and often the first stop for researchers seeking sources. Learn about incorporating well researched articles in your collection's research databases and see how it can benefit both GLAMs and Wikipedia.
- For more details, see the Wikipedia citation template How-To Guide.
- For a specific example, see the National Library of Australia case study or this example from the Powerhouse Museum.
- Optical character recognition (OCR) is the digital process of translating written, typed or printed text. With the help of Wikimedians from around the world learn how you can translate and improve your archival documentation and share histories never shared before.
- For more details, see the Improving OCR How-To Guide.