GLAM-WIKI 2013/Schedule

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  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
  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
  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.




Welcome from Caroline Brazier, Director of Scholarship and Collections at the British Library, and from Kat Walsh, Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation

"Scope, Scale, and Speed"

Speech given by Michael Edson, Director of Web & New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution.

Michael will be doing a lot of work focusing on scale this year – how to encourage GLAMs to deliver more impact in society for the resources, attention, mind share, real estate, reputation and trust they consume. His presentation will encourage GLAM leaders and practitioners to focus on helping Wikipedians succeed, giving specific examples of how success for Wikimedians is success for everyone.

THE AGE OF SCALE slides on
Jack the Museum poem on
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Partnership Reports: UK

Reports on partnerships from around the UK, including the British Library, the National Archives, and institutions in Wales.

New partnerships - an overview (15m)
John Byrne
An overview of developments in cultural partnerships in the UK (and elsewhere) over the past two years.
For fuller details & listings than the presentation will give see [1]
GLAM-Wiki in Wales (15m)
Robin Owain
News and reports from the cultural sector in Wales.
Picturing Canada - Digitising the Canadian Copyright Collection (15m)
Andrew Gray and Philip Hatfield (British Library)
An announcement of the latest Wikimedia UK-British Library partnership; a project to digitise and release the Canadian legal deposit photograph collection, 1895-1925.
This Means War - Wikipedia and the National Archives (15m)
Jo Pugh (National Archives)
Central government meets the open content revolution. Have the results been pretty? What have we achieved so far and what should be the aims for the future?

Open content: where are we today?

Two talks on the current state of open content and open data in the cultural sector

Digital Benchmarks for Museums & Arts Organisations (30m)
Video of Nick Poole's presentation
Nick Poole (Collections Trust)
A report on initial findings from the Digital Benchmarks program, a self-assessment tool for museums, galleries etc which posits the provision of linked open data and working in partnership with open communities as the ideal end-result of a museum’s digital evolution.
To what extent are GLAMs ready for Open Data and Crowdsourcing? (30m)
Video of Beat Estermann's presentation
Beat Estermann (Bern University of Applied Sciences)
Report of a pilot survey from Switzerland, asking cultural institutions about the extent to which they are ready to adopt an open data policy and to engage in crowdsourcing approaches, including co-operations with the Wikipedia/Wikimedia community. Institutions provided information about the perceived risks and opportunities of such approaches, their attitudes towards "free" licensing, the extent of material already made available on the Internet, and previous experiences with volunteer work.

Slides of the presentation

Working with digital content

Three short talks on aspects of dealing with open digital content and licensing.

Creative Commons 4.0 (20m)
Kat Walsh (Creative Commons)
A short introduction to the new Creative Commons 4.0 licenses, and their development, from the perspective of cultural institutions.
A strategic argument for high resolution content. Why every pixel matters. (20m)
Christoph Braun
A short discussion of current approaches for and against high resolution content from different GLAM institutions on Wikimedia Commons; and an examination of the benefits of high resolution content for improving metadata through error reports, the potential for high quality digital restorations and the effects on outreach through re-use.
Curating the Digital Commons (20m)
Sam Leon (Open Knowledge Foundation)
In the past year the Open GLAM initiative, coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation, has been building communities, tools and resources for working with open cultural data and helping more cultural institutions to actively embrace openness. By far and away most successful Open GLAM project has been the Public Domain Review, an online journal for curated collections of curiosities from the digital public domain. In collaboration with GLAMWiki want to investigate how to encourage greater participation in this process of curating the digital commons, teaching people how to use existing portals into the public domain as means to enrich it and establish the infrastructure and standards that will allow a curatorial layer to flourish.

Curating the Cultural Commons on

Lunchtime talk: The Rijksmuseum is Open

Video of Lizzy Jongma's presentation
Lizzy Jongma (data manager at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
Ten years ago the Rijksmuseum had to close its doors to the public for extensive renovation of its monumental building. The renovation took much longer than expected and only a small selection of Art from the Dutch Golden Age has been on display. An entire generation grew up without direct access to most of the Dutch national treasures.
To show and share its art and knowledge the Rijksmuseum digitizes its collections in high resolution and shares its images and metadata as freely as possible. 250.000 object descriptions and 125.000 images (fully color managed, 300 dpi) are on display and downloadable at the website of the Rijksmuseum. Users of the Rijksmuseum can download, collect and (re-)use these images freely in Rijksstudio. And images and metadata are available for app builders with the Rijksmuseum API. The Rijksmuseum also shares its collections with Wikimedia Nederland, Europeana, Kennisnet (national education network) and specialized websites.
Lizzy Jongma will present the Rijksmuseum digital strategies and results of opening and sharing the collections in high res on a large scale. One day before the Rijksmuseum is reopened!

Lunchtime talk: Europeana and Wikimedia

Geer Oskam (Europeana)
A brief introduction to Europeana and what Europeana is working with, followed by an overview of Europeana's support and cooperation with the Wikimedia movement to date, from sponsoring Wiki Loves Monuments to the current cooperation between Europeana and both Wikimedia Sweden (with Europeana Awareness) and Wikimedia Netherlands (with batch uploads).

Partnership Reports: Outside the UK

Reports from projects in the United States and the Netherlands.

Open culture in the US (20m)
Video of Sarah Stierch's presentation.
Sarah Stierch (Wikipedian in Residence, World Digital Library;Wikimedia Foundation)
Sarah Stierch, formerly a Community Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedian in Residence at both the Smithsonian and the Archives of American Art, reports on the past two years of cultural partnerships and open culture within the United States.

What's up in the US on Wikimedia Commons

Working together from shared ideals - Wikimedia Nederlands and the Teylers Museum (20m)
Geert-Jan Janse (Teylers) & Sandra Fauconnier (Wikimedia NL)
The Dutch chapter of Wikimedia and Teyler Museum organised a writing challenge from January till June 2012 to expand the coverage on various topics related to Teylers Museum and its rich collections. Curators and Wikipedians have successfully worked together, resulting in over 300 new articles in more then 13 languages, including Esperanto,Catalan and Volapük. Why did this project take place, how was it organised, what were our experiences, what are the lessons learned and how do we hope to continue our fruitful collaboration?
Presentation on Wikimedia Commons

Engaging institutional staff

A look at ways to engage professional staff in working with Wikipedia, and disseminating those skills to others.

Professional GLAM staffers on Wikipedia (20m)
Axel Petterson (Wikimedia Sweden)
Wikimedia Sweden has taught some 50 professional GLAM staffers, curators and experts, from most of the national museums of Sweden, how to edit, upload images and interact with the community. This presentation talks about what their impression is on working on Wikipedia and with Wikipedians as professional editors. It also looks at the inertia which will ensure the work will continue even though the initial project has ended.
Slides on slideshare.
Collaborating with a whole network of Public Libraries (20m)
Carme Fenoll (Catalonia Libraries Network) & Àlex Hinojo (Amical Viquipèdia)
The Cultural Department of the Government of Catalonia and Amical, the Catalan Wikipedia organisation, have worked to promote Wikipedia among the Network of Catalan Public Libraries. 150 professional public librarians have already received Wiki training, in order to subsequently invite library users to join wiki projects.
Slides on slideshare

Europeana GLAM-Wiki Toolset

Dan Entous (Europeana) and Maarten Zeinstra (Kennisland). (45m)
A report on the state of development of the GLAMwiki Mediawiki-extension, the mapping of standard GLAM metadata standards to Wikimedia Commons templates and a preview of the final report on GLAM-requirements for statistics from the Wikimedia projects. The presentation will comprise a demo of the GLAMwiki tool extension, the working metadata mappings and a small number of sample uploads. A takeway from the presentation will be how you as a Wikipedian or a GLAM-professional can contribute to the project.

Slide on SlideShare

Partnership Reports: Science

Reports from scientifically-oriented collaborations.

Science GLAM (20m)
Daniel Mietchen
Science-related activities have so far taken a back seat within the GLAM:Wiki framework, but initial contacts with a number of science and natural history museums, botanical gardens, zoos, herbaria and similar institutions are encouraging. Building on a similar talk at Wikimania 2012, this session is devoted to reporting on what has happened so far as much as to seeding a strategy for things to come.
Project Phœbus (20m)
Slides on Wikimedia Commons
Jean-Frédéric Berthelot
The Muséum de Toulouse is the Natural History Museum of the city of Toulouse, whose collections include more than 2.5 million objects. In 2010, as part of a partnership between the City and Wikimédia France, was started a project where Wikimedians have access to the backstages to take scientific pictures of the collections − Project Phœbus. Two years later, around 2,000 high-quality photographs (from the collections of botany, entomology, ichthyology, mineralogy, ornithology, prehistory and paleontology) have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, and largely reused throughout Wikimedia projects.
The Phœbus project involves Wikimedians − amateurs − in a process of scientific popularisation and museum curation, through the development of Wikimedia Commons. This talk will highlight how opening collections online means reaching the other side of the world, and discuss how free licenses can be a driving force of knowledge transmission and scientific dissemination.

What are the risks?

A talk and discussion led by Ashley Van Haeften giving key, behind the scenes, practical insights in to how and why institutions such as archives, libraries and museums should partner with Wikimedia Commons to achieve their public access mission; a look at what the top six risks of such a collaboration are, and how they might be overcome or successfully mitigated.

New tools

Three short talks outlining new technologies being used by Wikimedia to help increased engagement both with cultural institutions and with the general public.

An Introduction to Wikidata (15m)
Katie Filbert
Wikidata is Wikimedia's newest project, a structured database drawing information from Wikipedia articles to produce a collaborative, fully public-domain, linked data resource. This talk will give an outline of the project, its current status and its goals, and will be followed by a more detailed session on Saturday. (slides)
QRpedia (15m)
Andy Mabbett
Wikimedia, and the "QRpedia" project, has been working to provide a system where simple QR codes can provide a multilingual gateway to rich information. This talk will outline the QRpedia project, recent developments, and how it can be used by cultural institutions.
Visual Editor (15m)
James Forrester
A preview of the (long-awaited) next generation of Wikipedia editing, currently being tested before a widespread release in mid-2013!


All Saturday workshops and panels are one hour long


A short welcome and introduction, including an outline of the day's different workshops.

A Brief History of Open Cultural Data

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Video of Mia Ridge's presentation

Mia Ridge presents "A Brief History of Open Cultural Data".

Talk notes

Wikimedia for GLAMS - Workshop I (Wikipedia)

Led by Andy Mabbett and John Cummings

An introductory workshop for cultural-sector professionals, looking at working with Wikipedia. You will get an introduction to how Wikipedia works and how it's developed over time, and ways in which you can work and engage with it.


Panel: Starting a project: how do we begin?

A panel discussion covering the thorny question of how to first begin a project - who do you talk to? What do you ask for? What should you focus on? A panel of experienced volunteers will discuss how they have handled the first steps in partnerships, consider what the best approaches are - and talk about what doesn't work!


  • Shani Evenstein (Wikimedia Israel)
  • Àlex Hinojo (Amical)
  • Robin Owain (Wici Cymru)
  • Jo Pugh (The National Archives)

Open Session

Open space for other discussions
We've kept a room free on Saturday morning for open discussion, for people to meet and talk about possible projects, to build on yesterday's talks and plan ahead for Sunday.

Wikimedia for GLAMS - Workshop II (Commons)

Workshop by Ashley Van Haeften and Christoph Braun.

An introductory workshop for cultural-sector professionals, looking at working with Wikimedia Commons, a large-scale free image repository. The session will look at how Commons works, how it aggregates and manages materials, and ways to work with the Commons community.

Panel: Striking the balance?

A panel discussing how an organisation strikes the balance between the moral imperative to open up collections, against the commercial drive to generate revenue. How open should an institution be? How open can they afford to be?


  • Georgia Angelaki (National Documentation Center, Greece)
  • Mike Peel (Wikimedia UK)
  • Joris Pekel (Open Knowledge Foundation)
  • Nick Poole (Collections Trust)

Wikidata: background and discussion

An introduction to Wikidata led by Katie Filbert, one of the development team, outlining how it will develop and what it offers in terms of reusable data for the cultural sector. (slides)

Wikimedia for GLAMS - Workshop III (Licensing)

Workshop by Sandra Fauconnier, Sebastiaan ter Burg and Joris Pekel

An introductory workshop for cultural-sector professionals, looking at the issues of copyright licensing and open content.

Panel: Engaging with Maps

Short presentations from three projects working on open content, maps and mapping in the cultural sector, followed by a panel discussion.

With presentations from:

  • Kimberley Kowal (British Library) - Crowdsourced georeferencing in the British Library
The British Library's Georeferencer project has been crowdsourcing location data to make a selection of its vast collections of maps fully searchable and viewable online. The results and level of activity have been remarkable - the third batch of 800 maps was completed by volunteers in three days.
  • Susanna Ånäs (Wikimedia Finland) - Georeferencing and Wikimedia
Wikimedia Finland has teamed up with a group of Finnish memory institutions for releasing historical maps to Wikimedia Commons. But there is a plan for more. First we are putting up an experimental georeferencing environment inside Wikimedia, and organizing georeferencing events. We are using and developing openly licensed tools. Second, we are looking into the realization of an environment for utilizing historical maps in Wikimedia. The project page and the slides
  • Barbara Fischer (Wikimedia Deutschland) - Mapping archaeological data through Wikipedia
Wikimedia Deutschland and the German Archeological Institute have been developing tools to help re-use archaeological data, matching map visualisations to Wikipedia articles. (example) Please read our monthly newsletter for more information.

GLAM-Metrics: Measuring the Impact of Openness

Led by Maarten Brinkerink
Many (semi-)governmental organizations are openly publishing parts of their data and the topic is on the European Digital Agenda. However, the majority of cultural institutions have yet to pick up this new form of transparency and public access. Also, although measuring online success is gaining ground in the GLAM sector, specific tools for measuring the effects of opening up data are far and few between.
In the Netherlands Open Culture Data helped make 35 datasets available under open licenses, altogether containing hundreds of thousands of records. As a result the initiative curated a network of tech-savvy cultural professionals that has made Open Culture Data into a mature distribution channel for cultural institutions.
Now that many cultural datasets can be reused, a need arises to measure the effects of opening up. Open Culture Data is therefore developing a measurement model to gather evidence about the effects of open distribution. This workshop aims to provide attendees insight in the benefits and measurable results of opening up their data, with the aim of further refining the approach collaboratively.

Wikimedia for GLAMS - Workshop IV (Communities)

Slides on Wikimedia Commons
Led by Andrew Gray and Sarah Stierch

An introductory workshop for cultural-sector professionals, looking at how best to work with online volunteer communities. What works? What doesn't? How do online volunteers differ from traditional volunteer groups?

Finding the community on

GLAM-Wiki Europeana Toolset Workshop

In this workshop you'll get the chance to try out the GLAMwiki mapping and upload tool yourself. The focus will be on the mapping of GLAM-metadata to the different templates used on Wikimedia Commons. If you're from a GLAM please bring along some sample metadata to the workshop!

There are two requirements for your metadata to work:

  1. The XML must be in a "flat-format" - no parent/child relations or attributes other than lang="lc", where lc is a two-letter ISO 639-1 code
  2. The XML must contain an element that contains a valid url link to a media file; see accepted media formats on Wikimedia Commons.
    Note: The url to the media file should not redirect to another url.

Since we're just practicing it would be better if you bring a small sample of a couple of dozen records rather than an XML-file of your entire 100 000 records or so! If you don't have any metadata to bring we'll have realistic samples for you to work with anyway. A two-record example is at GLAM-WIKI 2013/Europeana.

Note that we will be working with our testing tool on Wikimedia Labs so content won't be upload to Wikimedia Commons for real, just in a realistic manner. We're hoping you'll join us and by doing so contribute to us developing as user-friendly and stable mapping and upload tool as possible.

Please note that we recommend you bring a laptop if you intend to attend this workshop


Until 16:30 Sunday is organised by THATCamp as a free unconference and hackathon, where the agenda and session topics are determined by attendees on the day. THATCamp London 2013 will be an unconference exploring the humanities and technology. We’re hoping to see lots of exciting creations and thoughts around free-licensing, open access and the interface between humanities and technology.

Please note that we recommend you bring a laptop if you intend to attend this event

After 16:30 everyone is welcome to join the other London Wikimedia regulars in our monthly meetup in a London pub with pub food and excellent British beers. All details at meta:Meetup/London/68