Edit-a-thons are one of the most commonly used programs among Wikimedia program leaders and one of the programs that they want to use most (see this survey result and this survey result.) However, in many settings and situations Wikimedia Community members are not sure what goes on during these events, or are unsure about the best practices for making those events successful.
During the month of July, Alex surveyed the existing documentation for edit-a-thons, to develop an initial draft of a training for folks who have not run Editing events before. The draft was developed, so that it could be included in the Programs and Events Dashboard training module environment. The environment allows for folks to translate such a training on Meta, localizing such a training for their own cultural and language context.
Structured Data on Commons is making progress on design research and initial back-end development. This initial research, includes targeted outreach to major institutional partners, and deep design-research interviews With folks who have done batch uploads as part of GLAM projects.
With the hiring of User:SandraF (WMF), as the principal Community Liason on the project. She will also be supporting development of best practices for GLAM+Wikidata and the Structured Commons to be used as part of programmatic partnerships. Her background is very deep in GLAM-Wiki, where you may know her as User:Spinster.
The Structured Data team released a Newsletter on July 19 on Commons.
Wikimedia Blog updates
The Wikimedia Blog has included a number of stories of importance to representing GLAM-Wiki:
Wikimania this year, is filled with GLAM-Wiki programming, including a significant amount of the WikiConference North America and the main conference program. To learn more about the schedule, see: the post on the public GLAM mailing list.