GLAM-WIKI 2015/Proposals/How to do GuerillaGLAM

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This is an open submission for GLAM-WIKI 2015.

Submission no. GW15.1011
Title of the submission
How to do GuerillaGLAM
Type of submission
Presentation
Author of the submission
Subhashish Panigrahi
Country of origin
India
Affiliation
Centre for Internet and Society, Bengaluru, India
E-mail address
psubhashishAt sign.svggmail.com
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psubhashish
Personal homepage or blog
psubhashish.com
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psubhashish
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Abstract

Building partnership with GLAM institutions is a great way of funneling the cultural content acquisition and bringing open access to such valuable data. But it is not that easy given the complications each country has in terms of formal agreement, organizational framework, etc. This presentation will detail about the learning curve of institutional partnership building, leveraging personal contacts in small scale GLAM projects and bringing in several indie-projects to cut implication cost, and execute low-cost models.

Detailed proposal

Opening up cultural data from galleries, libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions under a free license has helped to kick-start the GLAM movement. Many activists, curators, librarians, educators, journalists and volunteers have joined this global movement to let the world know about their national cultural heritage. Often times GLAM involves formal collaboration with the institutions to effectively access information, imagery and other archives, collate them and share them in an open platform with open access. But building partnerships with many federal or private institutions also needs sustained long-term engagement and volunteer time is not always enough to devote for a long term GLAM project. This presentation will detail about going the guerrilla way to acquire data from GLAM institutions. This will involve low cost models, leveraging various factors, and getting the most out from cultural institutions where collaboration and long term engagement has high cost and time implications.

During this presentation I will present two case studies of contrasting nature: India's first GLAM project at the National Crafts Museum, New Delhi, and various small-scale collaborative projects. Where the first one would have learning from the six months long project, the second one will draw inspirations from many initiatives that have really no cost or low cost implication and less implementation time involved. At times, institutional collaborations become liabilities and labor intensive with low Return on Investment. Training staff and implementing GLAM projects are not always easy and retaining contributors is a challenge. Alternatively GuerrillaGLAM could be thought of when having a Wikimedian-in-Residence is not feasible. This presentation will be useful for those who can mobilize a small team of volunteers equipped with digital camera, access to local cultural institutions and some level of expertise of curating data. Making documentaries and building narratives based on acquired content to creating learning resources and promotional materials will be another aspect of this presentation.


Track
Collaboration
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Target audience
Beginner to intermediate
Expected outcomes

Learning from various institutional partnership models,

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