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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﹫wikimedia.org.

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)
Rewards
  • 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).
Organization Project page(s) Location Wikimedian Timeframe
1 British Museum Wikipedia:GLAM British Museum project page London, UK Liam Wyatt June – July 2010
2 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Wikipedia:GLAM The Children's Museum of Indianapolis project page Indianapolis, IN Lori Phillips August 2010 – present
3 Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) Wikipedia:GLAM Château de Versailles project page Versailles, France Benoît Evellin February 2011 – August 2011
4 lettera27 Foundation Wikipedia:WikiAfrica lettera27 project page; in Italian Wikipediano in residenza presso lettera27 Milan, Italy Remulazz March 2011 – present
5 Museu Picasso (Museu Picasso) Wikipedia:GLAM Museu Picasso project page Barcelona, Spain Àlex Hinojo March 2011 – August 2011
6 Derby Museum and Art Gallery Wikipedia:GLAM Derby Museum and Art Gallery project page Derby, UK Roger Bamkin April – Sept 2011
7 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
8 Archives of American Art Wikipedia:GLAM Archives of American Art project page Washington, DC Sarah Stierch May 2011 – October 2011
9 US National Archives Wikipedia:GLAM US National Archives project page College Park, MD (and nationally) Dominic McDevitt-Parks May 2011 – October 2012
10 Museum of Modern Art Wikipedia:GLAM Museum of Modern Art project page New York City, NY Richard Knipel June 2011 – December 2011
11 Open Knowledge Foundation Germany (Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland) Wikipedia:GLAM Open Knowledge Foundation Germany project page Berlin, Germany Daniel Mietchen July 2011 – July 2013
12 ARKive w:WP:GLAM/ARKive Bristol, England Andy Mabbett July 2011 – October 2011
13 Israel Museum, Jerusalem (מוזיאון ישראל) Wikipedia:GLAM Israel Museum, Jerusalem project page Jerusalem, Israel Yair Talmor September 2011 – November 2011
14 National Library of Israel (הספרייה הלאומית) Wikipedia:GLAM National Library of Israel project page Jerusalem, Israel Daniel Tsvi Framowitz December 2011 – May 2012 + followups
15 Africa Centre WikiAfrica Projects, WikiAfrica Incubator, Share Your Knowledge Cape Town, South Africa Francis Awinda January 2012 – December 2012
16 Africa Centre WikiAfrica Projects, WikiAfrica Incubator, Share Your Knowledge Cape Town, South Africa Rexford Nkansah January to December of 2014
17 National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) Wikipedia Loves Nationalmuseet/Resident Copenhagen, Denmark Ole Palnatoke Andersen April 2012 – May 2012
18 Smithsonian Institution Archives Wikipedia:GLAM Smithsonian Institution Archives project page Washington, DC Sarah Stierch March 2012 – June 2012
19 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
20 Consumer Reports Wikipedia Consumer Reports project page New York City, USA Lane Rasberry May 2012 – November 2012
21 British Library Wikipedia:GLAM British Library project page London, UK Andrew Gray May 2012 – April 2013
22 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
23 German Archaeological Institute (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut) Wikipedian in Residence German Archaeological Institute project page Berlin, Germany Marcus Cyron June 2012 – November 2012
24 Austria National Heritage Board (Österreichisches Bundesdenkmalamt) Project page in english, in german Vienna, Austria Hubertl July 2012 – permanent
25 Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin Stadtmuseum Berlin project page (German) Berlin, Germany Kilian Kluge July 2012 – October 2012
26 Palafrugell – All cultural institutions GLAM-WIKI Palafrugell [in Catalan] (More info in English: [1], [2]) Palafrugell, Spain David Parreño Mont July 2012 – August 2012
27 University of Haifa Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library (about Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library) –-- (coming soon) Haifa, Israel Liron Dorfman August 2012 – February 2013
28 Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) (in Swedish language) Presentation av Wikipedian in Residence (needs an English summary link) Stockholm, Sweden Lennart Guldbrandsson Autumn 2012
29 Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) (in Swedish language) Presentation av Wikipedian Developer in Residence Stockholm, Sweden André Costa Autumn 2012
30 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
31 Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service Wikipedian in Residence/SAHS Staffordshire, England Andy Mabbett November 2012 – March 2013
32 The Royal Library of Denmark (Det Kongelige Bibliotek) WikiProjekt Diamanten Copenhagen, Denmark Ole Palnatoke Andersen October 2012 – December 2012
33 New York Public Library for the Performing Arts under construction New York, NY, US David Goodman (User:DGG) September 2012+
34 World Digital Library Washington, D.C. (remotely) Sarah Stierch January 2013–December 2013
35 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
36 Museu d'Art Jaume Morera Viquiprojecte:Museu d'Art Jaume Morera (in Catalan) Lleida, Spain Esther Solé i Martí February 2013 – 2014
37 Queen Street Mill Museum Wikipedian in Residence/QSMM Burnley, Lancashire, England Andy Mabbett March 2013 – (occasional to 2015)
38 Science Museum and the Natural History Museum (joint post) [3] Wikipedia:GLAM/NHMandSM London, UK John Cummings March 2013 – June 2013, extended to January 2014.
39 History Museum of Catalonia [4] Viquiprojecte:Museu d'Història de Catalunya (in Catalan) Barcelona, Spain User Galazan March 2013 – Dec 2013
40 State Library of New South Wales Wikipedia GLAM State Library NSW Sydney, Australia Whiteghost.ink March 2012 – June 2013
41 Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Wikimedian in Residence Newcastle, England Robert Forsythe (User:TWAMWIR) March to June 2013
41a New Art Gallery Walsall en:Wikipedia:GLAM/New Art Gallery Walsall Walsall, England Andy Mabbett April-June(?) 2013
42 ZDF German Broadcasting corporation Wikipedian in Residence (in German) Berlin – Mainz, Germany Tim Moritz Hector May to October 2013
43 Chemical Heritage Foundation Wikipedia:GLAM Chemical Heritage Foundation project page Philadelphia, PA, USA Mary Mark Ockerbloom May 2013 – current
44 Music Museum of Barcelona Wikipedian in Residence Barcelona, CAT Mariona Aragay May-December, 2013
45 Ladd Observatory Wikipedian in Residence/Ladd Observatory Providence, USA Kevin Rutherford (2013) June-August 2013, 2016 (ongoing)
46 American Folk Art Museum Glam/AFAM page under construction New York, New York Evelyn Swan February – June 2013
47 Federal Archives of Switzerland Swiss Federal Archives Bern, Switzerland Micha L. Rieser July-December 2013
48 National Library of Scotland Wikipedia:GLAM National Library of Scotland Project Page Edinburgh, Scotland Ally Crockford July 2013- March 2015
49 Royal Ontario Museum Royal Ontario Museum E-Volunteering Program Toronto, Canada Molly McGowan May 2013 –
50 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
51 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
52 Metropolitan New York Library Council w:en:Wikipedia:GLAM/Metropolitan New York Library Council New York, NY Dorothy Howard August 2013 – March 2015
53 William Blake Archive w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Poetry/William Blake Online hosted at UNC Chapel Hill Alex Stinson August 2013 – January 2014
54 Catalan Network of Public Libraries w:ca:Viquiprojecte:Biblioteques Catalonia, Spain David Parreño Mont Sep 2013 – Dec 2013
55 WSWB (Werkgroep speciale wetenschappelijke bibliotheken, Working Group of Special Academic Libraries):
African Studies Centre, Leiden, Atria, Boekmanstichting, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, IHLIA LGBT Heritage, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Leiden University Library, Netherlands Cancer Institute NKI-AVL, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Peace Palace Library, RCE Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
English project page
Dutch project page
The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague, Rotterdam, Amersfoort) Hans Muller and
Arie Sonneveld
Nov 2013 – March 2015
56 York Museums Trust [5] YMT Project page York, UK Pat Hadley Oct 2013 – Apr 2014
57 Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer Project page Spain Elisenda Almirall
Montse Medina
Marina Padilla (students of the field and Wikipedia "newbies")
Oct 2013 – May 2014
58 Stichting Academisch Erfgoed Wikipedia:GLAM Expeditions project page Dutch university collections and museums Sandra Fauconnier January 2014 – December 2014
59 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
60 Swiss National Library Swiss National Library Bern, Switzerland Kelson, Micha L. Rieser January-October 2014
61 American Cultures Program, University of California at Berkeley Project page TBD Berkeley, California Kevin Gorman January-? 2014
62 Fundación Salvador Allende Project page with list of speeches, Wikimedista en Residencia - Wikimedia Chile Santiago, Chile Rocío Consales March-May 2014
63 Józef Piłsudski Instutute of America Project page with list of articles and images New York, NY Lukasz Chelminski September 2014 -
64 Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Welsh project page Cardiff and Carmarthen, Wales Marc Haynes, usually Ham II March – September 2014
65 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
66 Biblioteca civica di Mestre VEZ WikiVEZ project Mestre, Italy RGmary April-August 2014
67 Cochrane Collaboration Wikipedia:COCHRANE/WIR Liverpool, UK
Remote access
Sydney Poore April 2014 –
68 Houghton Library at Harvard University Was Edgar Allen Poe and Gothic literature, but is now meteorology, archaeology, hurricanes, tropical storms, cyclones, and Hurricane Fran in the north. Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States Methuen, Massachusetts Rob at Houghton Icelandic Hurricane April 2014 – December 2014
69 Cancer Research UK (Medical Research charity) w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject_CRUK London, UK John Byrne, usually Johnbod April 2014 – February 2015
70 Open University of Catalonia w:ca:Viquiprojecte:UOC Barcelona, Catalonia User:Jey February - August 2014
71 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto English project page, Italian project page Rovereto, Italy Daniele Metilli (Mushroom) May – November 2014
72 Business Journal (ru: Бизнес-журнал) Вики-резидент (Wikimedia Russia) Syktyvkar, Russia; remote Sergei Zhuravel (ru: Сергей Журавель; Kelatrat, Gipoza) May 2014 –
73 ORCID w:WP:ORCID International Andy Mabbett June 2014 –
74 Museo Soumaya Pending to upload details Mexico City, Mexico Iván Martínez July 2014-
75 Museums Development Yorkshire w:Wikipedia:GLAM/YNP Yorkshire, United Kingdom Pat Hadley July 2014 – July 2015
76 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)
77 Royal Society of Chemistry w:WP:RSCWiki UK (some International liaison) Andy Mabbett September 2014-September 2015
78 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 –
79 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 –
80 Belgrade University Library w:sr:Википедија:Википедијанац стажиста/Универзитетска библиотека 2014 Belgrade, Serbia Jovana Milošević November – December 2014
81 Biblioteca Nacional de Chile & Memoria Chilena Wikimedista en Residencia - Wikimedia Chile Santiago, Chile Eduardo Testart January 2015 – November 2015
82 Thinktank Wikipedia:GLAM/Thinktank Birmingham, England Andy Mabbett Jan 2015-June 2015
83 National Library of Wales Welsh project page, English project page Aberystwyth, Wales Jason Evans Jan 2015 - Jan 2016 (12 months review)
84 Museums Galleries Scotland GLAM Project Page, Museums Galleries Scotland Glasgow & Edinburgh, Scotland Sara Thomas Jan 2015 - Jun 2016
85 Masaryk University Masaryk University Wikipedians Brno, Czech Republic Marek Blahuš Feb 2015 –
86 Basel University Library Basel University Library Basel, Switzerland Micha L. Rieser Mar 2015 - October 2015
87 Bodleian Libraries w:en:Wikipedia:GLAM/Bodleian Oxford, UK Martin Poulter Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
88 Naturalis Biodiversity Center Wikipedia:GLAM/Naturalis Leiden, The Netherlands Hans Muller May - November 2015 paid, December 2015 - January 2016 volunteer
89 National Archives of Macedonia (DARM) Wikimedian-in-Residence at DARM Skopje, Macedonia Cvetko Nedelkovski 15 June 2015 - 15 September 2015
90 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
91 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
92 Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU) Wikimedian-in-Residence at MANU Skopje, Macedonia Mario Šarevski October 2015 -
93 National Archives of Macedonia (DARM) Wikimedian-in-Residence at DARM Skopje, Macedonia Zana Shtrkovska and Виолетова January 2016 -
94 Tamil Virtual Academy (TVA) Wikimedian-in-Residence at TVA Chennai, India Info-farmer October 2015 -
95 West Virginia University Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity at WVU Morgantown, West Virginia, USA KellyDoyle October 2015 -
96 BEIC (European library of information and culture) w:it:Progetto:GLAM/BEIC, wmit:BEIC Milan, Italy; remote Marco Chemello January – December 2016
97 State Library of Queensland Queensland in World War I Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Kerry Raymond Mrsinna February - April 2016
98 The University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh Project Page Edinburgh, Scotland Ewan McAndrew January 2016 - January 2017
99 Mansutti Foundation w:it:Progetto:GLAM/Fondazione Mansutti Milan, Italy; remote Archeologo (Simone Massi) February – April 2016
100 Wiener Library The Wiener Library Project Page London, United Kingdom WienerLibraryWIR
(Victor Stepien)
March 2016– March 2017
101 MUSE - Museo delle Scienze w:it:Progetto:GLAM/MUSE Trento, Italy Niccolò Caranti March – April 2016
102 Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University en:Wikipedia:GLAM/Harold B Lee Library Provo, Utah, USA Rachel Helps (BYU) January 2016–
103 TED conferences NYC (and remote) Andy Mabbett and Jane Darnell February 2016 ->
104 Museu Valencià d'Etnologia Viquiprojecte:Museu Valencià d'Etnologia València Francesc Fort April 2016 - July 2016
105 Wellcome Library Wikipedia:GLAM/Wellcome London, UK Zeromonk May 2016 - February 2017
106 Constitutional Court of Austria Project page (German) Vienna, Austria Thomas Planinger July and September 2016
107 Association of Preservation of the Medina of Tunis MedinaPedia Tunis, Tunisia Brahim Boughalmi August 2015 - December 2016
108 Diocesan Library of Tunis Wikimedian in Residence Tunis, Tunisia Zeinebtakouti September 2015 ->
109 Amon Carter Museum of American Art Wikimedian in Residence Fort Worth, Texas, USA TransporterMan Ongoing term beginning July, 2016
110 State Library of Queensland Wikimedian in Residence Brisbane, Australia Craig Franklin August to November 2016

Rows in light blue are residences that are currently active.

Seeking applicants[edit]

Organization Location Information Timeframe
Israel State Archive Jerusalem, Israel Application (In Hebrew)
National and University Library "St. Kliment of Ohrid" Skopje, Macedonia B. Jankuloski TBD

Reporting[edit]

Details on specific residencies[edit]

Information on other wikis[edit]

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

Further information[edit]