Museums, archives, libraries and galleries are digitizing more and more of their collections. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata are more and more sought for cooperation. Difficult is still the bridging. Quite often staff in the GLAM institutions are willing to become part of the Wikimedia community but lack the skills. Licensing for one, working the metadata to make it fit for Wikimedia Commons templates is an other realm and finally uploading large amounts of images and its metadata to Commons are hurdles that prevent GLAM institutions to share their content as free knowledge.
Checking the results you may think the workshop could have been more effective. We had 29 silent films, 300 coins, 100 floral designs and 2500 tableaus of railway tickets uploaded. But we had a tight documentation on the four days both by video and by an E-learning manufacturer. Our aim is to provide soon a complete E-Learning toolset "Prepare Your data" for GLAM institutions how they can contribute with their digitized cultural heritage and content to Wikimedia. We will keep your posted.
GLAM exhibition spurs interest among volunteers
For a second time we arranged a little exhibition at the annual WikiCon on GLAM activities. We tend to believe that those who are interested will know where to find information and motivation to become active in the GLAM field. But we learned that many volunteers for the first time saw only through the exhibition what GLAM is all about. Especially the printed books based on the Wikipedia articles that were written at the GLAM on Tour stations gained their fans. Books are still a honoured symbol for knowledge beyond the digital form everybody works on. As the GLAM work consists in institutions and volunteers cooperating, we must not forget to reach out to volunteers as much as to the institutions.