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Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums & Wikimedia / Fri 10 - Sun 12 April 2015
Koninklijke Bibliotheek & National Archive of The Netherlands, The Hague, NL

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The L in GLAM: Library projects

A session with a showcase of projects that relate to Wikimedia and libraries. Some of these are 'typical' GLAM-WIKI collaborations, some are volunteer-driven.


This session is chaired by Mylee Joseph.

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Accidental Canon and Other Lessons From Building Digital Libraries

By Asaf Bartov (Project Ben-Yehuda)

In 1999, I started typing public domain Hebrew poetry into my home computer. 16 years and hundreds of additional volunteers later, I am running the largest and most important public repository of secular Hebrew literature. In other words, I have become an accidental librarian! And that taught me fascinating lessons and made me realize some broad cultural implications.

For example, our volunteer actions have accidentally created a new canon of older Hebrew works; Some surprising re-use has already emerged; we have accidentally become perceived authorities on these works.

I will present and discuss these and other lessons from my own experience and draw some parallels (e.g. to the Internet Archive).

The Wikimedia/British Library map mapping project -- review and latest update

By James Heald (UK)

How to find 50,000 maps in a haystack of 1,000,000 images; geolocate them, and categorise them ... on a budget of no or not many euros.

The 1,000,000 image collection extracted by the British Library from 19th-century books is a wonderful resource — but one Wikimedia Commons felt it could not accept, other than through exhaustive hand-uploading, because without good metadata about the subject of the image at the image level, the images could not be made categorisable and so would simply not be discoverable. This talk describes a joint BL/Wikimedia initiative to systematically go through the images, which discovered 50,000 maps in eight weeks.

In the second stage of the process, now just getting under way, crowd geolocation of these map images is now making it possible to use automated tools to group them and organise them and categorise them in different ways, with the aim of uploading them to Commons with a full provisional categorisation, the key step to making them valuable and reusable.

Growing the L in GLAM: Exploring the role of The Wikipedia Library in collaborating with the GLAM-Wiki

By Alex Stinson (US)

The Wikipedia Library, a program supported by the Wikimedia foundation, is deliberately reaching out to publishers and libraries to get editors more access, to higher quality sources, that allow them to create better content. However, in networking with libraries, publishers, and organizations that interface and support both, we are realizing that despite the goodwill of librarians to participate in Wikipedia, there has not been a clear route to do so. This presentation will explain the Wikipedia Libraries mission, programs, move beyond English Wikipedia and ask questions about the role of libraries in Wikipedia and GLAM-Wiki more generally.

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Wikipedia and the role of academic librarians

By Gemma Bayliss and Gregory Toth (Regent's University London)

Fact: Wikipedia is the primary starting point for many university assignments. Whether academics like it or not, students check Wikipedia to begin their research. And although academics can have endless conversations about the "danger" of using Wikipedia in academia, we, as librarians, have an obligation to take the initiative and be much more proactive about Wikipedia within our communities. This talk will look at examples of how two academic librarians based at Regent's Univeristy London, are trying to engage their students and colleagues with Wikipedia, to encourage collaboration and participation, and increase understanding.