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Wikipedians (or Wikimedians) in Residence are Wikimedians who dedicate time to working in-house at an organization. Wikipedians in Residence are usually financially compensated by the institution or by a Wikimedia chapter, but they may also be volunteers. The Wikipedian in Residence is not simply an in-house editor: the role is fundamentally about enabling the host organisation and its members to continue a productive relationship with the encyclopedia and its community after the Residency is finished. The Wikipedian in Residence model was first piloted by the GLAM initiative, but has since been adopted by other types of organizations.

Are you considering if a residency is right for your institution? Check out the case studies or read on.

Core characteristics of a Wikipedian in Residence[edit]

  • Serves as a liaison between the organization and the Wikimedia community to promote a mutually beneficial cooperation.
  • Promotes understanding of Wikimedia among staff at the organization through workshops and events.
  • Works with organizational staff to digitize, compile, and organize resources that can be shared with the Wikipedia community.
  • Facilitates the improvement of content by the Wikipedia community, rather than directly editing articles as a core goal.
  • Coordinates events, such as Hack-a-Thons, Edit-a-Thons, or Backstage Passes, that bring Wikipedians on-site to work with staff on content creation and improvement.
  • Minimizes impacts of Conflict of Interest by only editing articles directly relating to the organization in compliance with local policy, or not at all.
  • Formally coordinated by the institution, allowing the resident to work closely with staff for various projects.
  • Ultimately, a residency lays the foundation for a more lasting partnership between the Wikipedia community and an organization.

Types of projects carried out by residencies[edit]

Activities organized by Wikipedians in Residence are broad and varied. Some of these projects include:

  • Facilitating content improvement in partnership with curators and the Wikipedia communities
  • Coordinating image or multimedia donations
  • Organizing visits/events (e.g. "backstage passes" for Wikipedians)
  • Organizing challenges and competitions that promote article improvement
  • Teaching about Wikipedia practices and values, etc.
  • Including sister projects (Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource, Wikivoyage, etc)

How to find a resident[edit]

The best way to locate a potential Wikipedian in Residence is to connect with your local Wikimedia chapter (if one exists) and/or via the talk page of an appropriate WikiProject on Wikipedia. Often these can be found through WikiProjects associated with your city, state, province, or country. Check the WikiProject Geographical Directory to get started. You can also contact us or send an email to glam﹫

Essential Criteria[edit]

  • On-site attendance, "in residence" means being physically based in the organisation for all or part of the time; and being seen as a member of the staff team, not a visitor.
  • Working for mutual benefit while upholding the policies of both the institution and Wikimedia.
  • Enabling of community interaction in both directions.
  • Avoiding conflict of interest, especially when editing articles about the institution itself.
  • Teaching ability - to GLAM professionals about Wikimedia and vice versa.

General Criteria for an Ideal Wikipedian (not gospel)[edit]

  • Knowledge of the profession
  • Charisma to encourage a group of volunteers to support the project.
  • Presentation skills, and the patience to explain free-licenses/Wikipedia... frequently.
  • Existing Wikimedian in good standing.

Recommendations for the institution[edit]

  • On-staff "champion" who supports the project officially from within the organisation.
  • Clearly defined role for the project - not mixed with other social media/web management.

Sample job description[edit]

The National Archives seeks applicants for a Wikipedian in Residence for Summer 2011. The Wikipedian in Residence is a student intern role. The Wikipedian in Residence will work as a community coordinator and strengthen the relationship between the Archives and the Wikipedian community through a range of activities.
This may include:
  • promoting participation in new or existing WikiProjects related to the holdings of the National Archives;
  • adding content to the Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource sites from digital copies of the holdings of the National Archives;
  • assisting with the digitization and online posting of archival materials;
  • working with Archives staff to explain Wikipedia’s practices;
  • organizing special events, such as backstage pass tours or editing challenge days, for the Wikipedian community; and
  • sharing the experience with the Wikipedian community and the public via videos, newsletter articles, or blog posts on our NARAtions blog or other blogs.
—National Archives and Records Administration (April 2011)

Successful formats[edit]

Infographic with compiled data from July 2011.
Time allocation
  • Fulltime for a very short period (e.g. British Museum project, 5 weeks)
  • Fulltime for a longer period (e.g. Chateau de Versailles project, 6 months)
  • Part time for a long period (e.g. Children's Museum of Indianapolis project, 1 year)
  • Part time permanently (e.g. Bundesdenkmalamt - Scanproject, Vienna, minimum 3-4 years)
  • Wholly unpaid (e.g. British Museum project, Bundesdenkmalamt)
  • Study credit (e.g. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis project, first 3 months)
  • Stipend/scholarship (e.g. Chateau de Versailles)
  • Paid internship (e.g. NARA projects)
  • Contract employee (e.g. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis project, year 2)
Recruitment method
  • Published job offer through official recruitment process (e.g. NARA) [could add Chapter rep. to interview panel if necessary].
  • Outsource recruitment to local Wikimedia Chapter (e.g. Versailles project)
  • Informal recruitment through existing social media connection (e.g. Indianapolis Museum of Art)
  • Identify existing Wikipedia community leader in relevant field (e.g. Israeli Museum)
  • Self-initiated contact from a Wikimedian/pedian to the institution (e.g. British Museum, Bundesdenkmalamt)

List of Wikipedians in Residence[edit]

Timeline of Wikipedians in Residence up to 2012 (incomplete).
منظمة صفحة (صفحات) المشروع الموقع ويكيميدي Timeframe
British Museum Wikipedia:GLAM British Museum project page London, UK Liam Wyatt June – July 2010
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Wikipedia:GLAM The Children's Museum of Indianapolis project page Indianapolis, IN Lori Phillips August 2010 – present
Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) Wikipedia:GLAM Château de Versailles project page Versailles, France Benoît Evellin February 2011 – August 2011
lettera27 Foundation Wikipedia:WikiAfrica lettera27 project page; in Italian Wikipediano in residenza presso lettera27 Milan, Italy Remulazz March 2011 – present
Museu Picasso (Museu Picasso) Wikipedia:GLAM Museu Picasso project page Barcelona, Spain Àlex Hinojo March 2011 – August 2011
Derby Museum and Art Gallery Wikipedia:GLAM Derby Museum and Art Gallery project page Derby, UK Roger Bamkin April – Sept 2011
Australian Paralympic Committee Australian Paralympic Committee / National Sport Information Centre project page (does not discuss WiR project?) Canberra, Australia Laura Hale May 2011 – May? 2012
Archives of American Art Wikipedia:GLAM Archives of American Art project page Washington, DC Sarah Stierch May 2011 – October 2011
US National Archives Wikipedia:GLAM US National Archives project page College Park, MD (and nationally) Dominic McDevitt-Parks May 2011 – October 2012
Museum of Modern Art Wikipedia:GLAM Museum of Modern Art project page New York City, NY Richard Knipel June 2011 – December 2011
Open Knowledge Foundation Germany (Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland) Wikipedia:GLAM Open Knowledge Foundation Germany project page Berlin, Germany Daniel Mietchen July 2011 – July 2013
ARKive w:WP:GLAM/ARKive Bristol, England Andy Mabbett July 2011 – October 2011
Israel Museum, Jerusalem (מוזיאון ישראל) Wikipedia:GLAM Israel Museum, Jerusalem project page Jerusalem, Israel Yair Talmor September 2011 – November 2011
National Library of Israel (הספרייה הלאומית) Wikipedia:GLAM National Library of Israel project page Jerusalem, Israel Daniel Tsvi Framowitz December 2011 – May 2012 + followups
Africa Centre WikiAfrica Projects, WikiAfrica Incubator, Share Your Knowledge Cape Town, South Africa Francis Awinda January 2012 – December 2012
Africa Centre WikiAfrica Projects, WikiAfrica Incubator, Share Your Knowledge Cape Town, South Africa Rexford Nkansah January to December of 2014
National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) Wikipedia Loves Nationalmuseet/Resident Copenhagen, Denmark Ole Palnatoke Andersen April 2012 – May 2012
Smithsonian Institution Archives Wikipedia:GLAM Smithsonian Institution Archives project page Washington, DC Sarah Stierch March 2012 – June 2012
National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña) Wikipedia project page (in Catalan) Barcelona Àlex Hinojo May 2012 – May 2013
Consumer Reports Wikipedia Consumer Reports project page New York City, USA Lane Rasberry May 2012 – November 2012
British Library Wikipedia:GLAM British Library project page London, UK Andrew Gray May 2012 – April 2013
Online Computer Library Center OCLC annoucement, and current work on the Authority control integration Project more coming soon. California, USA Maximilian Klein June 2012 – January 2013; February 2013-February 2014
German Archaeological Institute (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut) Wikipedian in Residence German Archaeological Institute project page Berlin, Germany Marcus Cyron June 2012 – November 2012
Austria National Heritage Board (Österreichisches Bundesdenkmalamt) Project page in english, in german Vienna, Austria Hubertl July 2012 – permanent
Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin Stadtmuseum Berlin project page (German) Berlin, Germany Kilian Kluge July 2012 – October 2012
Palafrugell – All cultural institutions GLAM-WIKI Palafrugell [in Catalan] (More info in English: [١], [٢]) Palafrugell, Spain David Parreño Mont July 2012 – August 2012
University of Haifa Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library (about Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library) –-- (coming soon) Haifa, Israel Liron Dorfman August 2012 – February 2013
Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) (in Swedish language) Presentation av Wikipedian in Residence (needs an English summary link) Stockholm, Sweden Lennart Guldbrandsson Autumn 2012
Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) (in Swedish language) Presentation av Wikipedian Developer in Residence Stockholm, Sweden André Costa Autumn 2012
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University (fiscal sponsorship by WMF, funded by Stanton Foundation) Assessment of Belfer Center Wikipedian in Residence program Cambridge, USA Timothy Sandole August 2012 – August 2013
Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service Wikipedian in Residence/SAHS Staffordshire, England Andy Mabbett November 2012 – March 2013
The Royal Library of Denmark (Det Kongelige Bibliotek) WikiProjekt Diamanten Copenhagen, Denmark Ole Palnatoke Andersen October 2012 – December 2012
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts under construction New York, NY, US David Goodman (User:DGG) September 2012+
World Digital Library Washington, D.C. (remotely) Sarah Stierch January 2013–December 2013
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Wikipedia:GLAM Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum project page Ann Arbor, Michigan Michael Barera January 2013 – April 2013
Museu d'Art Jaume Morera Viquiprojecte:Museu d'Art Jaume Morera (in Catalan) Lleida, Spain Esther Solé i Martí February 2013 – 2014
Queen Street Mill Museum Wikipedian in Residence/QSMM Burnley, Lancashire, England Andy Mabbett March 2013 –
Science Museum and the Natural History Museum (joint post) [٣] Wikipedia:GLAM/NHMandSM London, UK John Cummings March 2013 – June 2013, extended to January 2014.
History Museum of Catalonia [٤] Viquiprojecte:Museu d'Història de Catalunya (in Catalan) Barcelona, Spain User Galazan March 2013 – Dec 2013
State Library of New South Wales Wikipedia GLAM State Library NSW Sydney, Australia March 2012 – June 2013
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Wikimedian in Residence Newcastle, England Robert Forsythe (User:TWAMWIR) March to June 2013
ZDF German Broadcasting corporation Wikipedian in Residence (in German) Berlin – Mainz, Germany Tim Moritz Hector May to October 2013
Chemical Heritage Foundation Wikipedia:GLAM Chemical Heritage Foundation project page Philadelphia, PA, USA Mary Mark Ockerbloom May 2013 – current
Music Museum of Barcelona Wikipedian in Residence Barcelona, CAT Mariona Aragay May-December, 2013
Ladd Observatory Wikipedian in Residence/Ladd Observatory Providence, USA Kevin Rutherford (2013) June-August 2013, 2016 (ongoing)
American Folk Art Museum Glam/AFAM page under construction New York, New York Evelyn Swan February – June 2013
Federal Archives of Switzerland Swiss Federal Archives Bern, Switzerland Micha L. Rieser July-December 2013
National Library of Scotland Wikipedia:GLAM National Library of Scotland Project Page Edinburgh, Scotland Ally Crockford July 2013- March 2015
Royal Ontario Museum Royal Ontario Museum E-Volunteering Program Toronto, Canada Molly McGowan May 2013 –
Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador – wmuk:Expert outreach/Jisc Ambassador
Report: (Part one: Facts and Figures) (Part two: Lessons learned)
Bristol and London, UK Martin Poulter July 2013 – March 2014
National Library of the Netherlands &

National Archives of the Netherlands (joined post)

Summary; project pages in Dutch and in English, Blog The Hague, The Netherlands Hay Kranen (User:Husky) October 2013 – October 2014
Metropolitan New York Library Council w:en:Wikipedia:GLAM/Metropolitan New York Library Council New York, NY Dorothy Howard August 2013 – March 2015
William Blake Archive w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Poetry/William Blake Online hosted at UNC Chapel Hill Alex Stinson August 2013 – January 2014
Catalan Network of Public Libraries w:ca:Viquiprojecte:Biblioteques Catalonia, Spain David Parreño Mont Sep 2013 – Dec 2013
WSWB (Werkgroep speciale wetenschappelijke bibliotheken, Working Group of Special Academic Libraries):
Afrika-Studiecentrum, Atria, Boekmanstichting, EYE Filminstituut, IHLIA, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, KITLV, NIOD, NKI-AVL, RCE, Rijksmuseum, Vredespaleis
English project page
Dutch project page
The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague, Rotterdam, Amersfoort) Hans Muller and
Arie Sonneveld
Nov 2013 – March 2015
York Museums Trust [٥] YMT Project page York, UK Pat Hadley Oct 2013 – Apr 2014
Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer Project page Spain Elisenda Almirall
Montse Medina
Marina Padilla (students of the field and Wikipedia "newbies")
Oct 2013 – May 2014
Stichting Academisch Erfgoed Wikipedia:GLAM Expeditions project page Dutch university collections and museums Sandra Fauconnier January 2014 – December 2014
The Royal Society (=UK National Academy for Science) User page used as the project page with reports; partial summary report London, UK John Byrne, usually Johnbod January 8th – July 2014
Swiss National Library Swiss National Library Bern, Switzerland Kelson, Micha L. Rieser January-October 2014
American Cultures Program, University of California at Berkeley Project page TBD Berkeley, California Kevin Gorman January-? 2014
Fundación Salvador Allende Project page with list of speeches Santiago, Chile Rocío Consales March-May 2014
Józef Piłsudski Instutute of America Project page with list of articles and images New York, NY Lukasz Chelminski September 2014 -
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Welsh project page Cardiff and Carmarthen, Wales Marc Haynes, usually Ham II March – September 2014
Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico Paid position (as a webmaster), member of the internal group for the export of the whole National Library System's database into Linked Open Data, with the idea of integrating the database as much as possible with Wikidata. Interim summary (in Italian). Rome Luca Martinelli January 15, 2014 – February 1st, 2017
Biblioteca civica di Mestre VEZ WikiVEZ project Mestre, Italy RGmary April-August 2014
Cochrane Collaboration Wikipedia:COCHRANE/WIR Liverpool, UK
Remote access
Sydney Poore April 2014 –
Houghton Library at Harvard University None Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States Rob at Houghton April 2014 – December 2014
Cancer Research UK (Medical Research charity) w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject_CRUK London, UK John Byrne, usually Johnbod April 2014 – February 2015
Open University of Catalonia w:ca:Viquiprojecte:UOC Barcelona, Catalonia User:Jey April 2014 –
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto English project page, Italian project page Rovereto, Italy Daniele Metilli (Mushroom) May – November 2014
Business Journal (ru: Бизнес-журнал) Вики-резидент (Wikimedia Russia) Syktyvkar, Russia; remote Sergei Zhuravel (ru: Сергей Журавель; Kelatrat, Gipoza) May 2014 –
ORCID w:WP:ORCID International Andy Mabbett June 2014 –
Museo Soumaya Pending to upload details Mexico City, Mexico Iván Martínez July 2014-
Museums Development Yorkshire w:Wikipedia:GLAM/YNP Yorkshire, United Kingdom Pat Hadley July 2014 – July 2015
BEIC (European library of information and culture) w:it:Progetto:GLAM/BEIC, wmit:BEIC Milan, Italy; remote Federico Leva September 2014 – July 2015 (English summary and further links; Italian case study)
Royal Society of Chemistry w:WP:RSCWiki UK (some International liaison) Andy Mabbett September 2014-
Oral History Foundation (ru: Фонд "Устная история") and Scientific Library of Moscow State University (ru: Научная библиотека МГУ) Вики-резидент (Wikimedia Russia) Moscow, Russia Mikhail Melnichenko (ru: Михаил Мельниченко; Wr ohf, Akatoljevich) September 2014 –
Department of Pathology, Calicut Medical College w:en:Wikipedia:GLAM/Calicut_Medical_College/Department_of_Pathology Calicut, India Dr. Netha Hussain (en: User: Netha Hussain) October 2014 –
Belgrade University Library w:sr:Википедија:Википедијанац стажиста/Универзитетска библиотека 2014 Belgrade, Serbia Jovana Milošević November – December 2014
Biblioteca Nacional de Chile & Memoria Chilena TBD Santiago, Chile Eduardo Testart January 2015 –
Thinktank Wikipedia:GLAM/Thinktank Birmingham, England Andy Mabbett Jan 2015-June 2015
(Some residual work outstanding)
National Library of Wales Welsh project page, English project page Aberystwyth, Wales Jason Evans Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
Museums Galleries Scotland GLAM Project Page, Museums Galleries Scotland Glasgow & Edinburgh, Scotland Sara Thomas Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
Masaryk University Masaryk University Wikipedians Brno, Czech Republic Marek Blahuš Feb 2015 –
Basel University Library Basel University Library Basel, Switzerland Micha L. Rieser Mar 2015 - October 2015
Bodleian Libraries w:en:Wikipedia:GLAM/Bodleian Oxford, UK Martin Poulter Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Naturalis Biodiversity Center Wikipedia:GLAM/Naturalis Leiden, The Netherlands Hans Muller May - December 2015
National Archives of Macedonia (DARM) Wikimedian-in-Residence at DARM Skopje, Macedonia Cvetko Nedelkovski 15 June 2015 - 15 September 2015
Museum of Romanticism
Museo del Traje (Costume Museum)
National Archaeological Museum
Wikipedia:GLAM/Glaming Madrid (in Spanish) Madrid, Spain Rubén Ojeda September 2015 - January 2016
European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), at Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC) GLAM ECPMF OBC (in Italian) Rovereto, Italia Davide Denti October 2015 - March 2016
Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU) Wikimedian-in-Residence at MANU Skopje, Macedonia Mario Šarevski October 2015 -
National Archives of Macedonia (DARM) Wikimedian-in-Residence at DARM Skopje, Macedonia Zana Shtrkovska and Виолетова January 2016 -
Tamil Virtual Academy (TVA) Wikimedian-in-Residence at TVA Chennai, India Info-farmer October 2015 -
BEIC (European library of information and culture) w:it:Progetto:GLAM/BEIC, wmit:BEIC Milan, Italy; remote Marco Chemello January – December 2016

Rows in light blue are Wikipedians in Residence that are currently active.

Seeking applicants[edit]

المنظمة الموقع معلومات إطار زمني
Israel State Archive Jerusalem, Israel Application (In Hebrew)
National and University Library "St. Kliment of Ohrid" Skopje, Macedonia B. Jankuloski TBD


Details on specific residencies[edit]

Information on other wikis[edit]

Wikipedians in Residence are covered on a number of wikis, including:

معلومات إضافية[edit]