GLAM/Newsletter/September 2017/Contents/WMF GLAM report
Running Edit-a-thons, Studying GLAM Uploads to Commons, Project Grants and more!
How to run an edit-a-thon?
One of the major pieces of work by the team over the course of July to September, was Alex’s work on the Edit-a-thon training on the programs and events dashboard. It’s now live! Check out the training at: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/training/editathons
We are finishing illustration of the edit-a-thon training, and welcome additional feedback or tweaks to the training at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Training_modules/dashboard/editathon
If you would like to leave feedback or help us identify gaps in the training, please do so on the talkpage of the training transclusion.
Case studies and communications
In addition to normal communications workflows, such as supporting Twitter and Facebook conversations, the WMF team has supported a number of neat story telling opportunities, including:
- On the blog, an interview with Jason Evans of the National Library of Wales about becoming the world’s first “National Wikimedian”: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/09/26/national-wikimedian-jason-evans/
- A case study from GLAM Macedonia on the creation of student clubs at Museums: https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Case_studies/Wiki_Club_in_Macedonia:_from_idea_to_award
- A project supported by the Association of Research Libraries which will use Wikidata to create structured metadata for indigenous archives and manuscript collections : https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/10/04/libraries-wikipedia-york-university-project/
We are also in the process of developing additional blog posts highlighting both individual community projects and larger trends and opportunities we are seeing. If you have ideas, or want support, consider reaching out to astinsonwikimedia.org.
Survey about GLAM uploads to Wikimedia Commons
The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) has created a survey for people involved in GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) media upload projects to Wikimedia Commons. Please consider filling out the survey, if you are currently participating in a GLAM batch upload project, or have participated in one in the past! Completing the survey takes 10-15 minutes.
The survey results will be used to understand how the Wikimedia Foundation can improve its support for these important projects - in the project Structured Data for Wikimedia Commons, and beyond. We are interested in learning more about the media collections that are donated, the tools people use to prepare and upload files, and the overall experience of donating media from GLAM organizations to Wikimedia Commons.
The survey data will be collected and stored under the terms of WMF's survey privacy statement <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/GLAM_Donation_Survey_Privacy_Statement>.
We hope to receive responses from Wikimedia community members and staff at very diverse organizations - geographically, in terms of size and focus!
Review GLAM Project Grant Applications
Round II of 2017 project grants have been proposed on meta. A number have GLAM-related themes or focuses including:
- meta:Grants:Project/Wikipedia Cultural Diversity Observatory (WCDO)
- meta:Grants:Project/ Feature improvements to Wikimedia Programs & Events Dashboard
- meta:Grants:Project/US Women Olympians & Paralympians
- meta:Grants:Project/Engaging Academic Archivists, Librarians and Students to Address the Historical Gender and Racial Gap of Western Pennsylvania through the University of Pittsburgh Library System
- meta:Grants:Project/GLAM/Wikipedian in residence at Gaborone
Other going ons
The GLAM team is working on a number of other opportunities for support across the community, including:
- Conversations with Internet Archive, DPLA, Europeana, UNESCO and a number of other orgs in the heritage space
- Interviews with GLAMs who have embedded Wikidata into their institutional catalogues for an upcoming blog post.
- Support of several organizations considering developing Wikipedian in Residence roles.
- Sandra at Swiss cultural data hackathon
- Consultations with volunteers who want new skills or support for GLAM projects in Europe, North America and Latin America