Registration and verification
A register of GLAM ambassadors is maintained for reference on http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Ambassador_register. Registration is optional and not a pre-requisite for an individual starting a GLAM initiative. Where local chapters are established there may be existing or alternative GLAM supporting processes that take precedence over any recommendations here.
Potential Ambassadors may add their name to the list with a status of 'Pending'. Requests will normally be posted for at least 2 weeks giving opportunity for potential off-wiki discussion on the cultural-partners mailing list.
The verification process consists of:
- Supporting declaration by one or more existing Ambassadors (if the applicant is personally unknown by current registered Ambassadors this may require an informal meeting) and an offer of practical support by an existing active Ambassador.
- Declaration of any potential conflict of interest.
- Confirmation of good standing on Wikipedia/Commons or sister projects.
- Considered to have contribution experience sufficient to advise GLAMs on working practices (normally a minimum of 6 months account history and 1,000 edits though this may be waived for registration of recognized GLAM professionals or certain types of technical expert).
Being an Ambassador should be as easy as a Wikipedia contributor working with one of their favourite gallery, museum, library or archives and being supported by materials based on past practical experience of presentations, workshops, edit-a-thons and task forces. The following definition establishes a verified status for GLAM Ambassadors so that an institution can have some confidence about the experience of a volunteer that they have not met before and may be offering to help with collaboration.
The following is a structure under trial (as of March 2011, names on the register should stay at Pending), it is not considered a best practice solution (yet):