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Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums & Wikimedia: Finding the common ground
at the British Museum, Friday 26 - Saturday 27 November 2010
Information on the Paris event the following week can be found here.
Wikimedia UK:, +44 (0)20 7065 0990 @wikimediauk
Convened by Liam Wyatt:, @wittylama
Hashtag: #GLAMWIKI

Printable version of the Conference Program (PDF)

Slides: Slideshare, Group:GLAMWIKI (and also linked in the schedule)
Audio: (coming soon)
Photographs: Wikimedia Commons, Category:GLAM WIKI UK 2010
Feedback: Surveymonkey
Blog responses: (see below)
Collaboration requests: at GLAM-WIKI 2010/Events


In these times of economic austerity, Galleries, Libraries and Museums have to look for new and imaginative ways to maximise the impact of their collections and knowledge. While online collections are a popular and exciting route to engage with their audience, they typically only have small numbers of visitors - whereas working with the Wikimedia websites would offer Galleries, Libraries and Museums a new window on a potential global audience of over 375,000,000 people worldwide.

At this conference you will hear how some Museums are already leveraging the connection between sharing a part of their own collections with Wikimedia and seeing some amazing benefits – such as a sharp increase in web traffic to their site and an increase in sales of merchandising. Attendees will better understand the crossover of mutual interest that Wikimedians share with curators of cultural heritage.

You will learn about examples of how this form of collaboration has begun with firsthand examples from cultural institution in five European countries, and you will be able to explore ways in which the Wikimedia community could work with you in your own local communities, yet with a worldwide impact.

This event is particularly relevant to representatives of the licensing, web, curation and interpretation departments in cultural institutions.

Main Events

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Friday 26 - Policy

Keynote presentation by Cory Doctorow - science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger.
"Trading relevance for funding is a bad bargain".
Day one will focus on the policy issues that affect collaboration between the cultural sector and Wikimedia

Friday Evening - "The free-conomy & the cultural sector"
A Wikimedia UK - Museum Computer Group joint event
Keynote presentation followed by Q&A panel - BP Theatre, British Museum 18:45.
Keynote presentation by Dr. Kenneth Crews - Director, Copyright Advisory Office of Columbia University, New York

Saturday 27 - Practice
Keynote presentation by Sue Gardner - executive director, Wikimedia Foundation
Day two will focus on the practical aspects of collaboration



Friday 26th

Time Clore education centre
09:00 Registration
09:30 Welcome Jonathan Williams Keeper, Prehistory & Europe, British Museum
09:30 Welcome Jimmy Wales JimmyWalesJI5.jpg
10:00 Keynote Cory Doctorow
"Being a beloved institution will get you through times of no money
better than money will get you through times of being an irrelevant one."
followed by Q&A

Video Part 1 & Part 2
Cory Doctorow
10:45 The Community Introducing the Wikimedians & summary of the sessions
11:00 Morning tea
11:30 Plenary

Joscelyn Upendran: Creative Commons and the Cultural Sector - Exercise Your Copyright to Help Build a Shared Culture
Matthew Cock: The Wikipedian in Residence project (slides)

Jill Cousins: Europeana and Wikimedia

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Parallel Sessions 1

Mathias Schindler: Free Licenses, enforcement & fair use in Wikimedia

Andrew Dalby: Wikipedia for Librarians,

Sebastien Beyou & Jean-Frédéric Berthelot: Collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (slides)

John Byrne: Guided tour of Wikipedia (Slides)

15:00 Unconference Sessions Proposals & organisation, then breakout into groups
15:30 Parallel Sessions 3

Daniel Pett: Integrating volunteers and Experts - examples from the Portable Antiquities Scheme (slides)

Josefien Schuurman & Maarten Dammers: Collaboration projects at the National Archives of the Netherlands

& Frank Meijer: The Tropenmuseum (slides)

Roger Bamkin: A history of the world in 100 articles (slides)

16:30 Wrap up Mike Peel, Wikimedia UK

Friday 26th, Evening lecture

Time BP Theatre, Clore education centre
19:00 Arrival
19:15 Keynote: Dr. Kenneth Crews
"The Free-conomy and the cultural sector"

Dr. Kenneth Crews
19:45 Panel responses & audience Q&A
Panelists: Director of Europeana Jill Cousins; Head of Digital at the BFI Paula Le Dieu;
Chief executive of DACS Gilane Tawadros; Presenter of BBC's Digital Planet Bill Thompson.
20:45 Close

Saturday 27th

Time Clore education centre
09.00 Arrival
09:30 Liam Wyatt, conference Convener
09:40 Welcome Jimmy Wales JimmyWalesJI5.jpg
09:50 Keynote Sue Gardner
followed by Q&A

Video: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
Sue Gardner
10:45 The Community Introducing the Wikimedians & run down of the sessions
11:00 Morning tea
11:30 Parallel Sessions 1

Tom Morgan: Wikipedia and the National Portrait Gallery - A bad first date? (slides)
A perspective on the developing relationship between Wikipedia and cultural heritage organisations

Hampton Catlin: Mobile Wikipedia & the Wikipedia API

& David Evan Harris: Collaborative Video, the Global Lives Project & the Wikimedia Commons
12:30 Parallel Sessions 2

Neil Wilson: Opening up The British Library’s metadata (slides)

& Mathias Schindler: Building links between cultural items in libraries and archives

Mia Ridge: Summary of the MCG conference

& Kajsa Hartig: Nordiska Museet and other Swedish projects (slides)

Mark Hahnel: A wiki as an editable aggregator of scientific information

& Daniel Mietchen: Wikis for academic publishing
13:30 Lunch
14:30 Unconference Sessions Proposals & organisation, then breakout into groups
15:00 Parallel Sessions 3

Jean-Frédéric Berthelot & Bastien Guerry: Partnership with the City of Toulouse (slides)

Nadia Arbach: Wikipedia Loves Art and the V&A - the good and bad (slides)

Maarten Dammers: The technology of mass multimedia partnerships

& Magnus Manske: Reporting metrics on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons

WereSpielChequers: Guided tour behind the scenes of Wikipedia

16:00 Joseph Seddon: "what next?" & Close

Any Questions?