Submissions/5 Reasons Why Archives are an Untapped Goldmine for Wikimedians
This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.
- Submission no.
- Title of the submission
5 Reasons Why Archives are an Untapped Goldmine for Wikimedians
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- Author of the submission
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- Country of origin
- Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
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- Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
Archival repositories are places which hold the original records created by people and organizations--paper, audiovisual, and electronic--preserving and providing access the primary sources that form the backbone of historical research. They are also a treasure trove of unique, reliable sources and free media for Wikipedia editors. Moreover, professional archivists often share the same driving passion that motivates so many volunteer editors: the desire to organize valuable information and make it accessible to all.
This presentation will introduce you to the basics of archival records and research (often a somewhat mysterious process to the uninitiated) and lay out the top 5 reasons why partnerships with archival repositories are of mutual benefit to Wikimedians and archivists alike. I will also share links and sources you can use to help identify and locate archival repositories and interested archivists from around the world.
GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums)
- Length of presentation/talk
- 25 Minutes
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