A presentation at the GLAM-Wiki UK 2013 conference.  Author: Robertforsythe / Sebastiaan

How are museums collaborating with Wikipedia?

Rebecca Atkinson, 17.06.2013
Museum Practice on the rise of Wikipedia
Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has grown into one of the largest websites in the world with about 500 million unique visitors each month.

One of the online encyclopaedia's aims is to improve the quality of articles by enlisting the help of experts, including galleries, libraries, archives and museums. On the other side of the coin, cultural organisations are increasingly looking at how they can benefit from the opportunity to share knowledge and culture with a wider audience.

But Wikipedia's collaborative way of working and commitment to open knowledge can present challenges and requires organsiations to undergo a culture change and embrace new ways of working.

The June edition of Museum Practice looks at these challenges in more detail, and explores the different ways cultural organisations are collaborating with Wikipedia – such as edit-a-thons, Wikipedian-in-residence schemes, digitisation projects and multilingual QR codes.

There is also a selection of international case studies from a wide range of cultural instititions showing how collaboration can work in practice.

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