Together for Free Knowledge - A virtual exhibition on 20 years of Wikipedia - for and with the community
As a birthday present to Wikipedia, an anniversary exhibition was created in cooperation with the German Digital Library and went online just in time for the birthday of the German-language Wikipedia. The contributions of Wikipedians are at the centre of the exhibition. A team of three curators selected them from the submissions sent in by the community. The Wikipedians dug through their memories, dug out photos and videos and wrote texts.
In five chapters, the exhibition invites you on an entertaining walk that takes a look at milestones of free knowledge and Wikipedia, looks behind the scenes of the community's self-organisation and tells a variety of stories and curiosities from 20 years of Wikipedian commitment. The exhibition also deliberately takes a look at the negotiation processes: Because the discussions are part of Wikipedia's success story. The sixth chapter contains the collected congratulations of all those involved.
The exhibition is a gift to Wikipedia and to the community, to reminisce, perhaps discover something new and dare to look back with a wink. But the exhibition is also designed for people who are not yet Wikipedians themselves. Visitors who have been using Wikipedia for a long time will get an insight into Wikipedia from the perspective of their community.
Workshop "GLAM: Wikipedia and cultural institutions"
To mark the 20th birthday of the German-language Wikipedia on 16 March 2021, the big Wikipedia action week took place. A live workshop titled "GLAM: Wikipedia and cultural institutions", was held. We used the example of International Museum Day to show how GLAM projects work in the Wikiverse.
In the live workshop, we discussed the following questions together: How can GLAM projects be enriching for volunteers and institutions alike? What has proven successful, which expectations have been met, which have perhaps been disappointed and which new GLAM territories are worth exploring together?
We started with a short presentation of a successful cross-national and cross-institutional project on International Museum Day. The following open discussion round was designed to present - depending on interest - existing programmes in more depth, to address individual questions and to establish contacts for concrete entry opportunities. Debora Lopomo (Wikimedia CH), Raimund Liebert (Wikimedia Austria) and Holger Plickert (Wikimedia Germany) led the 60-minute discussion, which linked knowledge and culture. The roundtable was held with Google Meet and could be attended without registration. The presentation on the roundtable can be viewed here.