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GLAM-WIKI, snippets from day two

Reports:

Since Twitter is down I can’t get the best quotes from there just yet. D’oh.

My slides from day one (not that comprehensible without audio):

GLAM-WIKI – Wikimedia tech infrastructure
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Brain cannot yet form new synthesised summary thoughts. Check back in later. :)

07 August, 2009 •

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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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The low-hanging GLAM fruit

GLAM-WIKI is now only three days away. Scary and exciting.

I am moderating the Tech session, and part of that involves facilitating an open discussion to arrive at “recommendations” for both parties (“Wikimedia” and “cultural institutions” – as if either of those is a homogeneous group, but for the purposes of discussion let’s pretend):

The tangible outcome of this workshop [will] be a pair of guidelines – one for the Wikimedia community and one for the cultural institution – each containing specific, practical measures to enable the achievement of better online public access to cultural heritage.

So I have been thinking about what recommendations or requests are likely to come out for the Wikimedia side, and if there are any that we could figure out ourselves without waiting to be told. And the most obvious immediate one for me is Provenance. When we re-use source materials from galleries and the like, they like to be recorded as the source, regardless of the copyright status of the item and whether or not according to copyright law we actually have to. It also generally provides a better service to our users, to give them more detailed source information.

A commitment to provenance would be a goal of always systematically recording such information where relevant. It would recognise the importance of this information to cultural institutions, and actively aim to respect their wishes.

Because as Gerard put it, “Good relations with GLAM, galleries, libraries, archives and museums are important when you want to provide everyone with all encyclopaedic information. In the GLAM the data sources referred to in our citations can be found. Images to illustrate our articles are available with the annotations that help us understand what it is that we see. We need good relations with GLAM from all over the world because our cultural heritage that we describe is distributed globally.“ When we can do the right thing by groups with overlapping aims, without harming our own mission, why on earth shouldn’t we?

Think about how Wikimedia must look to a museum or gallery, for a minute. What would you guess are the “low-hanging fruit” available for us to improve?

02 August, 2009 •

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GLAM-WIKI - August 6-7, Canberra

GLAM-WIKI: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums & Wikimedia: Finding the common ground August 6-7 2009, Canberra

See http://glam.wikimedia.org.au/ for more information. Attendance is FREE but register early… places are limited!

10 June, 2009 •

Wikimedia Australia GLAMming it up - August 6-7, Canberra

“What is this GLAM?” I hear you ask. Why, it refers to Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. What are sometimes called “memory institutions” or more plainly “cultural institutions”. “And what is this GLAM-WIKI?" I hear you further inquire. Why, it is a conference that Wikimedia Australia is organising! On August 6-7 this year. Currently about two months away. In Canberra.

The conference’s title is Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums & Wikimedia: Finding the common ground. It’s very much Liam Wyatt’s (WMAU’s VP) brainchild, borne out of his experiences talking to GLAM organisations and finding out how much they do or don’t know about Wikimedia, and thinking about how we (Wikimedia) can better work together with them for our mutual benefit. Check out the Why should you attend? list.

The conference has four themes —

Attendance is free but you do need to register. It will be held at the Australian War Memorial, one of our kind partners in this event.

It’s a couple of months away now, so please pass the word on about this event to any GLAM folk you know in the Australasian region. Expect to see further discussion about it at the Museums & Wikimedia group in the Museums 3.0 Ning site.

P.S. Register! Did I mention it was free?

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