GLAMcamp DC was a meeting/workshop for Wikimedians active in outreach to cultural institutions in the United States. (More background here; this event was modeled on the 2011 GLAMcamp NYC and GLAMcamp Amsterdam.) In contrast to an open community conference like Wikimania, this was a workshop for a small group (about 25 people) of community-focused and technology-focused Wikimedians to continue and solidify the key elements of the glamwiki.org project, with special focus on the United States. A few representatives from cultural institutions who have worked with Wikimedia joined us during the event.
The following tasks have been adapted from previous GLAMcamps and have been updated to reflect the current needs of the US GLAM-Wiki community. This list also incorporates the goals established for the position of US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator. You can see a listing of these goals and measures of success at Wikipedia:GLAM/US.
To the National Archives and Records Administration from the Hostel
Walk 1 block north from the HI Washington.
Turn right on L St. NW
Walk about 1 block on L St.
Turn left on 10th St. NW
Turn right on M St. NW
Continue about 2 blocks on M St. NW to the Mt. Vernon Sq-UDC Metro Station.
Take the Metro, Green or Yellow line, to the Archives Metro Station
Upon exiting the train, exit to 7th St., the Archives will be across the street.
You must enter on the Constitution Ave NW entrance facing the National Mall (this is the public exhibits entrance, not the researcher entrance on the side of the building facing the Metro station). Be prepared to have your bags potentially searched.
Walking: (distance is 0.8 miles, or about a 15 minute walk)
Walk south on 11th St to the end (0.7 miles)
Turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue
Turn right on 9th St.
Turn left on Constitution Avenue
Enter the National Archives (on your left).
Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001
For more information about getting to NARA, go here
Washington, DC is the center of the United States; politically and culturally. Its landscape is rather concrete, but full of historical and cultural significance - you'll be in the heart of where it all happens in the US. The National Archives and Records Administration serves as our business home for the weekend, and our housing location at the HI Washington DC is in the heart of Chinatown. Both serve as central location to the cultural landscape of DC. We welcome you to Washington, and look forward to serving you with your first small taste of what Wikimania 2012 will serve!
The weather in February
February in DC is not as cold as some parts of the country, but requires a warm jacket, a scarf and gloves at the least. It could snow, you never know! ;)
Average high: 47°F (7°C)
Average low: 31°F (-0.5°C)
Other tips for visiting DC
DC is like any other major city in regards to staying safe - keep your eyes peeled and stay aware of your surroundings - regardless, DC is fairly safe, especially the areas where the hostel and Archives are in.
Bring your walking shoes! Check the weather before visiting, you might want to bring boots for snow.
The hostel is located in a really central location; we're one Metro stop from the National Archives and you'll be surrounded by tons of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and cultural places to see and visit.