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From May to October 2011, Wikipedian and George Washington University Museum Studies Masters student Sarah Stierch served as Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Stierch was the first Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Smithsonian Institution and received college internship credits for her work.

This page includes resources for each of the completed projects that took place in the period of the Archives's Wikipedian in Residence collaboration.

Project successes[edit]

  • The project started with 538 articles related to the Archives of American Art. To date, the project now has 601 articles related to the Archives.
  • These articles were viewed 6,018,450 times between May and October 2011. (Compared with 4,096,588 last year during that time.)
  • Compare the starting project statistics here.
  • Wikipedia serves as the second most popular direct back to the Archives of American Art, behind Stumble Upon.
  • Between May and October 2011 Wikipedia brought 16,929 hits to the AAA website (up 15.6% from 2010), with an average visit time of 2:16 minutes (up 10% from 2010). These visitors viewed on average 3.16 pages during their visits, and 75% of the visitors were new to the website.
  • The most popular Wikipedia page that delivered visitors to the AAA website is Sam Wagstaff, followed by Wayne Thiebaud, and Erwin Panofsky.
  • 36 new English articles were created utilizing Archives resources.
  • 14 English articles translated into Spanish.
  • 2 articles translated into French.
  • 2 articles translated into Catalan.
  • 12 English articles were expanded.
  • 2 articles was expanded in Spanish.
  • 5 articles were featured on the front page as "Do You Knows...?"
  • 1 article was awarded Good Article status.
  • 256 high resolution photographs were donated by the Archives to Wikimedia Commons.
  • 4 documents were transcribed for WikiSource.
  • 39 E-Volunteers participated in the project.
  • 3 staff members participated as Wikipedians in the project.

Specific Archives of American Art case studies[edit]

A collaboration between the Wikipedian-in-Residence and archivists to handpick image collections and work with Wikimedian e-volunteers to upload them to Commons.
The Archives worked directly with regional Wikimedians who visited the Archives and worked with digital and offline collections to create and expand content about subjects related to the Archives holdings.
E-volunteer Wikimedians remain an essential part of increasing content on Wikimedia projects related to the Archives holdings.
The methods that the Wikipedian-in-Residence carried out to slowly build enthusiasm among staff in order to establish a long-term relationship with and understanding of Wikimedia.