GLAM-WIKI/2015 report

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EVENT : Glam Wiki Conference 2015 Den Haag NL - ext.link to Conference page

Location 
Den Haag, Nederland
Organiser 
WM Nederland
Programme 
GLAM Wiki Programme - ext.link to Programme
Pictures and doumentation : pictures and presentations - ext link to Commons page
Attendees 
Derek for the Wikimedia Belgium board, and Romaine as part of the NL organising comitee, Dimi for the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU

Report Intro[edit]

Derek attended the 3day-conference which was very useful for our GLAM initiative and very instructive. On the program were 2 guided tours, one at the national library and one at the national library, (I missed the latter due to a long queue at the hotel that morning).
The most important thing I came back with, was after our talk with Alex Wang about Wiki Loves Art in Belgium and my chat with the Barbara Dierickx and Bert Lemmens of PACKED, Belgium (partners in our WLA-2016 project). We did reconsider the size of the first WLA ptoject and decided to trim it down to a more manageable size.

I have seen how the GLAM projects should be organised, and what the potential pitfalls are.

The second thing is that I did get to talk with some very active volunteers of WMNL like Hans Muller, Hay Kranen and Frank Meijer who could provide input for our educational roadshow.

Last but not least I could network with some of the WMNL like Frans, Sandra R and Sandra F, and many others.

Detailed Report[edit]

  • Museums' Linked Open Data publication with Wikidata (15 min)
    • Barbara Dierickx and Bert Lemmens, PACKED, Belgium
    • PACKED vzw is a Belgian Centre of Expertise in Digital Heritage (non-profit). Currently we're running a project involving 7 museums (of contemporary and fine arts) whereby we're helping them to create persistent URI's for over 34.000 works of art they hold in their collections. Wikidata's Q-numbers have been used in one of the first project phases to identify artists having a Wikipedia page, and adding this info to the artwork record in the museum's system. We're now looking to not just enrich the museums' data, but also contribute it back to the Wiki community. Our aim is to submit the persistent URIs about these works of art to Wikidata. This would also allow the museums to publish Linked Open Data about their collection through an already existing infrastructure, while also enriching Wikipedia. The data would act as a placeholder on the work of art, eventually paving the way for actual content (not just data) contribution to Wikimedia. In this pitch session we want to a) explain our project proposal b) learn from Wikidata experienced users how we could go about handling this c) get to know Wikimedia-community people who want to work with us on realising this project (and yes, we have some funding).

This meet-up gave me a break-through for our WLA-project :

  • we don't need to go that big initially that we need a part-time staffer
  • we can work with the exisiting partners of Packed and Faro as initial GLAM's, so that we don't need to do a lot of convincing, a successfull program will concinve the others later


  • Ziko van Dijk - wikiteam.de presented a workshop on Presenting and teaching Wikipedia and open content
  • If you are in contact with people who would like to learn more about the Wikimedia world and related issues, you may have sometimes to give a lecture, Wikipedia lessons or a training about more specific issues. What is the challenge, how to select important topics and talk about some best practices.
  • In a lecture about Wikipedia or in Wikipedia lessons, or in a more specific user training, the target groups are very divers: galleries, libraries, archives and museums, but also universities, clubs of hobbyists, photographers and (other) special interest groups, so are their interests and you cannot answer them with a standard presentation.
  • In such a situation, it is important for the presenter or teacher to know about the target group, and to see things not only from one's own perspective. Possibly, most of us make their teaching aids themselves. There is a large pool of materials and techniques that could help others, if we had more exchange and collaboration. In this session, we want to make a new start. We are going to have a closer look at the different challenges, the different goals we want to achieve. This will help us to understand better what the specific goals of GLAMs are, or maybe the different groups of GLAMs. Then we have a basis to look for the items we need in a presentation etc.
  • A very difficult task is to select the issues and topics necessary for our target group, to separate important items of presentations and training from less important ones. We also want to collect and discuss some best practices that can be used elsewhere, too.
  • Ziko did a workshop that allowed us to ask the right questions, what is the most effective story to tell, what is our objectives, what are the objectives and expectations of our public, and to make the most out of it.


  • Hay Kranen spoke about his WiR project at the Rijksmuseum:
    • How to work with categories on Wikimedia Commons
    • Source and institution templates
    • Metadata and licenses for your uploads
    • Measuring the re-use of the uploaded media via GLAMorous and BaGLAMa


  • Edit-a-thons or editathons are as unpronounceable as they are popular: a common way to welcome novices to the realm of Wikipedia by means of a specific expertise. The participants in this roundtable have set up various local and international edit-a-thon series, for example in the frameworks of Europeana Fashion, Europeana Sounds and Europeana Awareness. In this roundtable they share their experiences, do's and don'ts in order to explore what makes the form so attractive for GLAMs, propose tips on making it more successful for the GLAMs involved and discuss how their long-term effect can be optimized for the Wikimedia community.


  • I did attend the rights an provenance session but that was far from interesting


  • On sunday I met Asaf and the librariabs im the L in Glam
    • A session with a showcase of projects that relate to Wikimedia and libraries. Some of these are 'typical' GLAM-WIKI collaborations, some are volunteer-driven, which imho gave me some insights for our future in collaboration with the Boekentoren, Prentenkabinet but also with the Felix archives (as a matter of examples)


  • The most interesting session was Sebastiaan ter Burg presentation on Training GLAMs
    • Volunteers sometimes enounter limitations to keep up with GLAM projects either with concurrent projects and/or the amount of work that is involved in cooperation. Training GLAMs can be a solution, but the effect of these activities are harder to measure.
    • The growing interest of GLAMs to cooperate faces volunteers, user groups and chapters with new challenges. In some countries the interest outgrows the availability of (skilled) volunteers and/or staff.
    • Chapters have been focusing on (trying to) attract and recruiting new volunteers to contribute to the Wikimedia projects. Unfortunately new volunteers mostly lack the skills and knowledge needed for mass uploads, organising events, etc. needed for cooperation with GLAMs. Training GLAMs is long term investment and do not lead directly to new available content. It is also hard to proof a direct relation between a course and uploaded content. In this presentation I will present my efforts of training GLAMS in 2014 and want to start a discussion on the (need for) KPI’s for these kind of activities.
    • Questions for discussion are:
      • how to determine the advantage and disadvantage of training GLAMs?
      • should development of training material be organised internationally?
      • how translation, cultural differences and international differences in the sector be handled?
      • what kind of training sessions are needed?
    • but by far the most important lesson is to teach GLAMs that collaborating with Wiki projects is not getting free labour...

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