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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.

GLAM events

Wikipedians in Residence

  • 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.


  • 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 a specific example, see the Derby Museum case study.

Multilingual cooperations

Content donations

  • Wikimedia has made it easy for GLAMs to release media content, like images and video, 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 specific examples, see the:

Historical film donations

  • 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 Learn how you can work with Wikimedia to release this special historical content into the public eye with the only investment being the footage in your collection!

Student programs

  • 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.

Improving your institution's article

Wikipedia articles in exhibitions

  • 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 a specific example, see the Brooklyn Museum case study.

Database Wikipedia citation templates

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

  • 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.

Digital restoration