188 years ago today the Rosetta Stone, the British Museum’s most visited object, was translated and in so doing unlocked the secret of Egyptian hieroglyphics. In recognition of this anniversary the Feature Article of the Day on the main page of the English edition of Wikipedia will be “Rosetta Stone“.
It is therefore fitting that today Wikimedia UK is also announcing that registration is now open for GLAM-WIKI:UK to be held at the British Museum on the 26th and 27th of November.
At this event representatives from the UK and European GLAM sector [Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums] will come together with representatives from the Wikimedia community for a dialogue to determine how to use the two communities’ strengths to mutual advantage. The focus will be on:
- why and how cultural institutions could work with Wikimedia projects; and
- what Wikimedia needs to do to make collaboration easier and more effective.
The very next weekend Wikimedia France will be following up with their own edition of this conference in Paris.
- We are very pleased to announce that the opening speaker on Friday will be author, activist, blogger and London local Cory Doctorow.
- Opening the festivities on Saturday will be none other than Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation based in San Francisco.
- Visiting London to give an evening guest lecture will be the director of the Columbia University copyright advisory office Dr. Kenneth Crews.
- Day One, Friday 26th, will focus on “Policy” – the legal and business aspects of collaboration.
- Day Two, Saturday 27th, will focus on “Practice” – the technical and educational side of things.
For current speaker and session details see glamwiki.org, and to see the latest announcements (of which there will be many) follow @WikimediaUK on Twitter.
On the evening of Day One there will also be a special event held in collaboration with the Museum Computer Group (MCG) conference that is taking place on the same day. This will be a guest lecture by Dr. Crews followed by discussion panel on the topic of “The free-conomy and the cultural sector”.
Panelists will include: Paula Le Dieu (Director of Digital at the British Film Institute); Gilane Tawadros (Director of the Design and Artists Copyright Society); Bill Thompson (host of BBC’s “Digital Planet”) and others.
Full Registration (all tickets include attendance to the Friday evening event):
– professional tickets, £40;
– Wikimedians, students or volunteers, £20.
– attendees of the MCG conference can register for Day Two of GLAM-WIKI at the discount price of £20.
– For the Friday evening event only; at the door for £20.
If you have any questions or would like to propose a session at GLAM-WIKI:UK please contact me on liam.wyattwikimedia.org.uk
See you then!
GLAM-WIKI:UK Convener & Wikipedian in Residence, British Museum