GLAM-WIKI, day one

Well, day one of GLAM-WIKI is down, one day to go. So far so good!

There are a couple of nice stories at Computerworld and iTWire. This morning Liam and I did some brief interviews for ABC Local Radio and Radio National as well. And Paul Reynolds of the NZ National Library has also published a day one write-up. I wrote a few mini notes throughout the day and there was plenty coming through on Twitter. Some of my favourites:

nambor: naively thought #glam-wiki may have been all about coming to terms with tech..fascinated that it’s all be about emotional & cultural impacts

pru: Lovely connection between Wikimedia manifesto and Australia’s first newspaper Sydney Gazette 5 March 1803 http://bit.ly/E45kz #GLAM-WIKI

lyndakelly61: #glam-wiki “Freedom is a bigger game than power, power is about what you can control, freedom is about what you can unleash” Harriet Ruben

Today’s most ludicrous moment: Senator Scott Ludlam walking up and introducing himself to ME! Not vice versa.

I unfortunately missed Liam’s welcome speech and most of Jennifer Riggs’ speech, driving in the wrong direction, generally stressing out and waiting to answer a phone call for the radio interview. Luckily after that was complete it calmed down a bit.

Having Mathias Schindler and Jennifer Riggs in town for this is entirely awesome. Mathias in particular is invaluable, as his experience in working with GLAM institutions in the past few years really shows. And it helps us locals feel a bit more professional and serious I think. Although standing on the stage with the other Australian Wikimedians for the Q&A made me feel really quite proud. We are a genuine bunch and treat our addictive hobbies with the seriousness they demand.

Today’s most awesome talks:

Seb and Jessica both have great enthusiasm. And I love their willingness to say things that I think many people have thought, even fleetingly. They pull the covers off the elephants in the room and let the interesting dialogue begin.

Speaking of elephants, I rather thought the NPG issue would be one. And it has been mentioned a few times but it’s not a blocking point. The tone in discussions is overwhelmingly co-operative. I heard many frank self-assessments, and I have a sense we are starting to understand one another a lot more concretely.

I was asked if I hope that Wikimedia Australia gets a lot of members out of this event. I wouldn’t knock that back, but my major hope is that institutions remember our faces, remember having met us, and when they are thinking about engaging with Wikimedia, they give us a call or write an email. The gigantic amorphous “Wikimedia” can be hard to figure out where to grab hold of, I suspect. But the same goes for institutions — who has any faith in a contact@ address? Now that we also have some names of specific potentially interested people within specific organisations, we have a lot of good starting points to keep in mind. I also hope all the non-Wikimedians have a much better sense of what is involved in “editing Wikipedia” and how it manages to hang together.

06 August, 2009 •

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