One of the principle activities February, was support of European GLAM Coordinators meeting. At the meeting, Alex provided updates on Structured Data on Commons and Wikicite, did a workshop examining the workflows for batch uploads on Commons, and a conversation about the skills that communities learning how to participate in GLAM need most. Paired with the wider workshops and learning from the meeting, the meeting felt very productive for understanding and learning about the work of various affiliates in the greater European community.
Before the meeting we had the opportunity to sit down with partnerships coordinator at the International Council of Museums, and talked to the staff at the ICOM about future collaboration. One area of interest was the possibility of developing, a open registry of museums using Wikidata. ICOM and a number of other heritage organizations (UNESCO for example), organize responses to natural disasters around heritage collections, and in certain parts of the world, where governments haven't collected this data, its hard to figure out which museums are in the region. We are exploring what it would mean to facilitate a campaign to invite the collection of this data through a Campaign like #1lib1ref .
Annual Planning, Programs Team at WMF, and Structured Commons
If you follow the Annual Planning process for the Wikimedia Foundation, you know how each year the foundation completes its planning process during the early part of the year, before going to community consultation. This year GLAM-Wiki will be part of the focus of both the Programs team and Structured Commons work.
We are going through the hiring process for several roles on the Structured Commons team, including the GLAM-Strategist role for the grant, as well as the Lead Programs Manager for the Wikimedia Foundation programs team. Take a look at the hiring page for Wikimedia and share the roles with folks you think would be a good fit.
Additionally, Structured Commons work is ramping up with initial work on backend infrastructure for the integration of Wikibase into Commons.
Movement Strategy Process -- supporting the outreach to particular partner audiences for track C&D