GLAM-WIKI 2015/Proposals/Accessing users through Wikipedia: the case of two Dutch museums

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This is an accepted submission for GLAM-WIKI 2015.

Submission no. GW15.1002
Title of the submission
Accessing users through Wikipedia: the case of two Dutch museums
Type of submission
Lecture
Author of the submission
Trilce Navarrete
Country of origin
Netherlands / Denmark
Affiliation
University of Southern Denmark
E-mail address
trilce.navarreteAt sign.svggmail.com
Username
T.Navarrete
Personal homepage or blog
https://nl.linkedin.com/in/trilcenavarrete/en
Twitter username
@trilcenavarrete
Facebook url
Abstract

The mission of museums worldwide revolves around giving access to human’s knowledge. Intergenerational transfer of knowledge about collections is taking an important new dimension: with Wikipedia, people all over the world can have access to potentially everything housed and managed by the GLAMs. But, what is actually the impact of publishing online? Based on two Dutch museum cases, access to collections will be analyzed comparing publication of analogue collections with publication online using the BaGLAMa2 tool. It will be argued that publication through Wikimedia substantially increases access to collections, particularly of the lesser-known collections.

Detailed proposal

The mission of museums worldwide revolves around giving access to human’s knowledge. Intergenerational transfer of knowledge about collections is taking an important new dimension: with Wikipedia, people all over the world can have access to potentially everything housed and managed by the GLAMs. But, what is actually the impact of publishing online? Based on two Dutch museum cases, access to collections will be analyzed comparing publication of analogue collections with publication online using the BaGLAMa2 tool. It will be argued that publication through Wikimedia substantially increases access to collections, particularly of the lesser-known collections.

Digitization has represented not only a chosen technical option for the management of information but has also fundamentally changed the way to access and (re)use information in all areas of life. However, limited data is available to understand the actual impact of emerging knowledge transfer platforms, including Wikipedia.

In the Netherlands, only a handful of museums have began collaborations with Wikimedia. This contribution will review the history of the Tropenmuseum, ethnographic museum in Amsterdam and of the Rijksmuseum, art and history museum in Amsterdam, and their approach to open data and their collaboration with Wikimedia. Analysis will include a follow-up of the access to objects through the archive (in the analogue world) and through the BaGLAMa2 tool (in the Wikipedia world).

The presentation will consider issues of collection origin and origin of users, GLAMs as illustration, organizational process when publishing the collections in Wikimedia and expectations of success. Particular attention will be given to the democratization of access to collections: all objects, from any part of the world, can be potentially positioned in any context to be accessed from all over the world. The repositioning of digital objects, from the physical museum and the institutional website into an open platform supporting collaboration and exchange, can potentially change the shape of the long tail.

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Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Target audience
everybody !
Expected outcomes
Attendants will get a better understanding of the theoretic issues around knowledge transfer using platforms such as the Wikimedia and Wikipedia, ideally a discussion will emerge of contrasting expectations and delivered results.
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