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Submissions/Science GLAM

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Watch the video
Exhibit at the National Museum of Computing, with QRpedia code pointing to Harwell computer.
The dinosaur hall in the Naturkundemuseum Berlin, featuring a Giraffatitan brancai skeleton.
A QRpedia code in the Sofia Zoo, pointing to Eurasian lynx.
A QRpedia code in use at the Museo de La Plata, pointing to the Wikipedia entry on Antarctosaurus.
Submission no.


Title of the submission
Science GLAM
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Daniel Mietchen
E-mail address
daniel {dot} mietchen {at} googlemail {dot} com
Daniel Mietchen
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Scientific fields are strongly represented in the GLAM sector, particularly in museums but also in zoos and botanical gardens. It is thus a bit surprising that they have so far played only a marginal role in past and ongoing GLAM:Wiki projects that together cover a wide range of topics for quite different audiences. Is this due to random effects or are there some systematic reasons for that? Does the distinction between science GLAMs and other GLAMs even matter from a GLAM:Wiki perspective?

In this talk, we shall discuss whether and how initiatives that came out of existing GLAM:Wiki projects - like QRpedia, Wikimedians in Residence and writing challenges - are applicable in a science GLAM context. Under what conditions can they fulfill the same roles in which they already serve in more traditional GLAM:Wiki environments? Can GLAM tools be used to generate interest amongst science GLAMs in exploring the possibilities of GLAM:Wiki projects?

We will also have a look at existing interactions with science GLAMs and similar institutions (e.g. databases), with scholarly societies, journals and campuses that could be leveraged to improve the coverage of science and related topics in the framework of GLAM:Wiki collaborations: what kind of materials can science GLAMs provide, how can the curation of information be synchronized between them and Wikimedia projects, how can Wikimedia materials be used in a science GLAM context and how can science GLAM audiences be engaged with Wikimedia projects, what possibilities are there to link up with science GLAMs via citizen science projects, and how can GLAM volunteer communities best work together with the Wikimedia community? Examples will be drawn from Wikimedians that work in science GLAMs as well as from backstage events or other wiki meetups taking place there. Further suggestions are welcome.

  • GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums)
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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  1. HstryQT (talk) 16:41, 8 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Dcrjsr (talk) 02:58, 15 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  3. HB-NCBI (talk) 03:52, 18 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Léna (talk) 23:42, 18 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Solstag (talk) 01:23, 20 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Of course yes. Wow! Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:30, 20 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  7. More science please. SarahStierch (talk) 22:41, 21 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Eloquence (talk) 00:43, 22 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Valid entry (talk) 00:58, 22 March 2012 (UTC) if it doesn't collide with my presentation time[reply]
  10. Kippelboy (talk) 07:08, 22 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
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  12. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:30, 11 June 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  13. I agree with SarahStierch, more science, please! Geneticmaize (talk) 18:56, 14 June 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  14. -- Marcus Cyron (talk) 18:38, 21 June 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  15. MichChemGSI (talk) 14:54, 11 July 2012 (UTC)[reply]
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