This guest post comes to us from Mylee Joseph, a long time ILN supporter, past participant, and all-round library superstar in Australia. Mylee is on the program committee for the GLAM-WIKI 2015 conference, and has agreed to tell us a bit about it below.
What do Libraries and Wikipedia have in common?
As Jimmy Wales, the creator of Wikipedia says “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.” This is a mission that resonates with libraries and library workers around the world. The GLAM-WIKI movement draws together Wikimedians who work on a range of projects including Wikimedia Commons, WikiData and Wikipedia in many different languages with galleries, libraries, archives and museums. The GLAM-WIKI project supports GLAMs and other institutions who want to work with Wikimedia to produce open-access, freely-reusable content for the public.
Europeana recently released a report into what shape Europeana’s relationship to Wikipedia and the wider Wikimedia community should take in the years to come. There is a list of many projects including institutions hosting Wikipedians-in-Residence working with GLAM staff to promote discovery of collections through Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, bulk uploads of public domain images into Wikimedia Commons and WikiData which has great potential for “linking collections, carrying out authority control, and synergy with Europeana’s systems”. GLAM-WIKI projects can be found in many parts of the world outside Europe, including the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Africa and Asia.Getting your GLAM-Wiki on…
If you would like to learn more about these successful open knowledge collaborations, the new GLAMwiki Toolset and other developments you might be interested in GLAM-WIKI 2015. It is a Wikimedia conference focussing on open knowledge projects involving Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. The conference is international, attracting presenters and delegates from around the world. It will be held from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 April 2015 at National Library and National Archive of The Netherlands in The Hague. Tickets are on sale now and you can follow the conference on Twitter via #GLAMWIKI
When? Friday 10 – Sunday 12 April 2015
Where? National Library and National Archive of The Netherlands, The Hague.