Wikipedia: Ideas to enrich content through collaboration EIFL - General Assembly National Library of Belarus Minsk Liam Wyatt @wittylama #glamwiki
Why you need to know.
1. Wikipedia is the fastest way to reach your audience “If Wikipedia is becoming the family encyclopedia for the twenty-first century, historians probably have a professional obligation to make it as good as possible.” Roy Rosenzweig, The Journal of American History, Volume 93, Number 1 (June 2006) 117-46
1. We are a global Community
280+ Number of Wikipedia language editions (Each has its own, self-governing community)
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2. We are big (and small)
5th Rank of Wikimedia sites, globally
0 Amount spent on advertising ourselves. Number of advertisements we show. (We’re 100% funded by donations)
≈100k Number of active editors ≈50 Number of employees
3. We are Free.
“Free” • the freedom to use the work and enjoy the benefits of using it • the freedom to study the work and to apply knowledge acquired from it • the freedom to make and redistribute copies, in whole or in part, of the information or expression • the freedom to make changes and improvements, and to distribute derivative works http://freedomdefined.org/
Free x 2 • 100% FLOSS, 100% open standards, 100% copyleft • charitable foundation, volunteers, no advertising, no royalties, no permissions, available to use and re-use. 1. GRATIS 2. LIBRE
Reuse! Reuse cases from Prezi - GoogleMaps, OLPC,
Free x 3 SPEECH Wikipedia is not censored and provides the same access to all readers, in all countries, in all languages.
Working with libraries (3 example projects)
Bibliotheque National de France Transcription where OCR won’t do
British Library “edit-a-thon” events focusing on unique resources
National Library of Australia Easy referencing of digitised newspapers
‘Wikipedian in Residence’ British Museum
Feature Article Prize Royal Gold Cup in English Tabula Rosettana in Latin Epifania de Miquel Àngel in Catalan
Residencies in 2011 • Chateau de Versailles - 24h challenge • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis - apprentices • Derby Museum & Gallery - QR codes • US National Archives - document of the day • Museu Picasso, Smithsonian, MoMA, Berlin State...
How many cultural organisations have a volunteer team? ...a e-volunteer team?
Wikipedia is your e-volunteer program, you’re just not affiliated with it yet.