GLAM-Wiki featured at Museum Computer Network conference
GLAM-Wiki volunteers took part in the Museum Computer Network (MCN) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. MCN is an international gathering of museum technologists, including many who have already participated in GLAM-Wiki partnerships. Attendees this year took advantage of the positive momentum gained from the conference's previous GLAM-Wiki presence (see Signpost coverage), connecting with museum professionals from across the U.S. and from the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
The first annual coordinated Wikipedia Loves Libraries event brought Wikipedians and librarians together for knowledge-sharing and editathon events across the U.S. The campaign as a whole was covered in American Libraries magazine, while 'Wikipedia: The Musical' drew New York Times coverage. There was a great diversity of events focused on the particular holdings and community of each participating library. See highlights at the pages linked below:
The Library Lab project was originally envisioned as a general concept by Wikimedia Foundation Trustee Samuel Klein and Nate Hill, with modular components to allow activities like digitization and audio production, along with a space for events and workshops. Several events have taken place at the Library Lab, including OpenStreetMap mapping parties, Wikipedia meetups and edit-a-thons, and hackathons.
A key area of collaboration has been with the library's adaptive services program, which provides technology training and services for the blind, deaf, and those with other disabilities. Wikimedia DC members attended Accessibility Camp DC at the space. A problem identification workshop took place, involving end-users brainstorming hackathon project ideas. An Accessibility Hackathon took place at the Library Lab. Projects include creating a mobile book-scanning mobile app and working on accessibility-related bugs in MediaWiki. The adaptive services program is experimenting with holding regular Maker Mondays and a spring Accessibility hackathon is being planned, allowing continued work on the projects.
On December 3, Wikimedia DC is co-organizing an Open Data Hack Day, part of International Open Data Hackfest 2011. Wiki-data related projects are proposed for the Open Data Hack Day, including working with National Register of Historic Places and Smithsonian Art Inventory data in support of future Wikis Take DC / Baltimore and Wiki Loves Monuments events. Other ideas include developing a way to update 2000 US census data in Wikipedia to use 2010 data, and working with World Bank and other data sources to create maps, tables, charts.
Wikipedian in Residence featured in Indianapolis Woman magazine: The November edition of Indianapolis Woman magazine featured Lori Phillips, Wikipedian in Residence at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, in a five question interview. The two page story details projects carried out through the Children's Museum's Wikimedia partnership, the implementation of QRpedia, and the broad goals of the GLAM initiative.