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Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums & Wikimedia
at the British Library, Friday 12 - Sunday 14 April 2013

Cost: £15-£40
Contact:, +44 (0)20 7065 0990 or, @wikimediauk
Convened by Fæ:, @faenwp
Hashtag: #GLAMWIKI | Lanyrd glam-wiki13

Booking: Now closed
Guidance for speakers
Full schedule
speaker presentations and videos
Credits and thanks

As one of the participant remarked, "the Glamwiki conference in London gave a tremendous boost to run some projects in my country" - find out what it was about!


The British Library's main courtyard entrance

We believe that Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) should constantly 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 community can offer Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums a new window on a potential global audience of over half a billion people worldwide.

This conference, hosted by the British Library, had two main themes. On Friday, we were explaining the work the Wikimedia movement had been doing with cultural organisations to showcase what partnerships and opportunities are available. Attendees could hear first-hand how some institutions are already leveraging the connection between sharing a part of their own collections with Wikimedia and seeing some amazing benefits – such as improved accessibility to non English speakers via multi-lingual wikipedia articles. Attendees were able to better understand the crossover of mutual interest that Wikimedians share with curators of cultural heritage to further each other's goals.

On Saturday, the conference focused on the more practical sides of the Wikimedia-GLAM collaborations, with workshops and discussions to develop ideas.

We also had a free Sunday unconference and hackathon event - THATCamp London 2013 - where the agenda and session topics were determined by attendees, on the day, which meant inspiring lightning talks, and getting as involved as possible.

This event brought the Wikimedians and cultural institutions together to share their GLAM related experience. It was particularly relevant to any representatives of cultural institutions interested in a partnership with Wikimedia UK. Any representatives from the licensing, web, curation and interpretation departments in cultural institutions were welcome.


You can explore a full schedule with all session descriptions as well.

Thursday 11th - Social events

Before the official beginning of the event on Friday, we had some informal events for networking and a chat.

  • 12:00-15:00 - Open house at the Wikimedia UK offices. Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT - Near Old Street tube.
  • 14:00-16:00 A tour of Blythe House, one of the Science Museum stores including items from the Wellcome Trust collections; a conservation laboratory, a photographic studio, and a quarantine area where newly-arrived items are examined. Organised by (John Cummings).
  • 19:00-20:00 - Free tour of the Wellcome Collection. 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE (max 30 people) [1].
  • from 18:00 onwards we had a group of people in the Euston Flyer, 83-87 Euston Road - a pub almost opposite the British Library.

Friday 12th

On the Friday, we looked at the work Wikimedia and other organisations have done in partnership with cultural institutions, presenting case studies and discussing the benefits to both parties. The day included two keynote speeches and a series of shorter talks, of up to an hour each, with 1 to 3 tracks running at different points.

  Bronte Room Chaucer Room Eliot Room
09.30 - 10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30 - 11.00 Welcome
11.00 - 12.00 Michael Edson - "Scope, Scale, and Speed"
12.00 - 13.00 Partnership Reports: UK Open content: where are we today? Working with digital content
13.00 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 15.00 Lizzy Jongma - "The Rijksmuseum is Open"
Geer Oskam - "Europeana and Wikimedia"
15.00 - 15.45 Partnership Reports: Outside the UK Engaging institutional staff Europeana GLAM-Wiki Toolset
15.45 - 16.15 Coffee
16.15 - 17.00 Partnership Reports: Science What are the risks? New Tools
17.00 - 17.30 Wrap up & summary
  • 18:00 - 19:00 - special walking tour with Gordo (talk) (free) - Urban_Learning meeting outside the British Library.
  • 19:00 onwards - conclude the tour in the Euston Flyer, 83-87 Euston Road - or earlier for people not attending the tour.

Saturday 13th

On the Saturday, we focused on the more practical and technical side, looking at ways to work together and running workshops to share best practice.

During the day, we created a more detailed schedule.

  Bronte Room Chaucer Room Eliot Room
09.30 - 10.15 Registration and coffee
10.15 - 11.00 Welcome & introduction to workshops
Mia Ridge - "A Short History of Open Cultural Data"
11.00 - 12.00 Wikimedia for GLAMS - Workshop I (Wikipedia) Panel: Starting a project: how do we begin? Open session
12.00 - 13.00 Wikimedia for GLAMS - Workshop II (Commons) Panel: Striking the balance? Wikidata: background and discussion
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 Wikimedia for GLAMS - Workshop III (Licensing) Panel: Engaging with Maps GLAM-Metrics: Measuring the Impact of Openness
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee
15.30 - 16.30 Wikimedia for GLAMS - Workshop IV (Communities) Wikimedia UK EGM 2013 GLAM-Wiki Europeana Toolset Workshop
16.30 – 17.00 Wrap up & summary
  • From 17:30 onwards - gathering in the Euston Flyer, 83-87 Euston Road - a pub almost opposite the British Library.

Sunday 14th

Sunday was organised by THATCamp as a free unconference and hackathon, where the agenda and session topics were determined by attendees on the day. THATCamp London 2013 explored the humanities and technology. The overall aim was to see lots of exciting creations and thoughts around free-licensing, open access and the interface between humanities and technology.

  Bronte Room Chaucer Room Eliot Room
11.30 - 16.30 THATcamp Unconference & Hackathon
16.30 - London's 68th Meetup. Note the meet up starts at 1pm but we can join in the afternoon

Remote participation

Other information

Lunch and coffee was provided for attendees on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, there was drinks but no food provided- attendees of the hackathon were encouraged to make their own arrangements for lunch, and take the opportunity for a break!

Attendees were required to register via Eventbrite, but it was also possible to sign up to our public list of attendees so others could see who is coming.

Questions could be left at the talkpage.


Conference Centre,
British Library,
96 Euston Road,
London, NW1 2DB.

See here for directions.



Smart Camden Inn Hostel
55-57 Bayham St
London NW1 0AA

Special rate was provided.


1. Thistle City Barbican
Central St Clerkenwell
London EC1V 8DS‎

Special rate was provided.


There is very limited parking in the area of British Library. However, there are parking bays for disabled visitors in both Midland Road and Ossulston Street and for car parks nearest to the British Library. You might be able to find some parking details here.


Partners and supporters

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