Cultural partnerships

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An entertainment in Vauxhall Gardens in c.1779 by Thomas Rowlandson. Digitally restored by Wikimedia volunteers.

Cultural partnerships are co-operations between the Wikimedia movement and cultural institutions, such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums, known collectively as GLAMs. There are a wide range of possible projects - from content donations to edit-a-thon events (where Wikipedians and experts work together to improve the projects' coverage of a certain topic), and more.

Why work with Wikimedia?[edit]

  • Present your collections to new audiences
  • Increase worldwide engagement with the cultural heritage held by your institution
  • Work with a global community of volunteers to share your content online, on the Wikimedia projects

Who is working with us?[edit]

Current cultural institutions we have worked with include:

Wikimedia UK's work with the GLAM sector complements its work with learned societies.

If you represent a cultural institution, and are interested in working with Wikimedia UK, please contact our office on +44 (0)20 7065 0990 or glamatwikimedia.org.uk.

Wikimedians in Residence[edit]

Some of the Wikimedians in Residence from around the world at GLAMcamp London in 2012

A Wikimedian in Residence a Wikipedia editor who works in an institution to facilitate a close working relationship between the Wikimedia movement and that institution through a range of activities, including:

  • Organising outreach work to encourage understanding and development of Wikimedia projects internally and externally
  • Exploring sharing institution's digital resources on Wikimedia Commons
  • Organising events to create or expand existing articles about notable items or subjects of specific relevance to the collection and the organisation's expertise
  • Working with institution's staff to explain Wikipedia's and sister projects' practices and how they might be able to contribute. This can be done via events, workshops, producing case study and documentation content
  • Helping other Wikimedians to expand and write articles about the institutions's collections or area of expertise
  • Developing other projects supporting open knowledge in the UK.

Current Wikimedians in Residence[edit]

Please visit the project pages below to find out more about current residences arranged by partnerships including WMUK - including contact details.

There are plans for further residencies; if you have any queries please contact the office on 0207 065 0990, or glamatwikimedia.org.uk.

In February 2014 we are conducting a call for applications from interested institutions to run a Wikimedian in Residence projects with us, for more information please see here.

Past Wikimedians in Residence[edit]

Previous residences arranged by partnerships including WMUK include:

For a list of all residences, including those in which WMUK was not involved, please see outreach:Wikipedian in Residence.

Further reading[edit]