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The DPLA network's Wikimedia program for GLAM-Wiki in the United States
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summaryThis would support costs to realize a Wikimedia program at the Digital Public Library of America that would facilitate upload of digital assets to Wikimedia Commons and support the engagement of US GLAM institutions on Wikimedia projects.
targetAny/All, but focus on Wikimedia Commons and English Wikipedia
amount$97,598
nonprofitYes
granteeDominic
contact• dominic(_AT_)dp.la
organization• Digital Public Library of America
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created on17:38, 8 February 2021 (UTC)


Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

What problem are you trying to solve by doing this project? This problem should be small enough that you expect it to be completely or mostly resolved by the end of this project. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

Contributions from cultural institutions to the Wikimedia movement—including digitized cultural heritage as well as subject matter expertise— continue to hold immense promise for increasing the coverage and credibility of Wikimedia content. Most cultural institutions share Wikimedia movement values such as knowledge equity, open access, and trustworthy information. To date, a comparably small number of GLAMs have made contributions to Wikipedia or a sister project. Common reasons for this inactivity include low capacity to take on new projects, required staff training in Wikimedia engagement, the lack of technical expertise for carrying out projects such as bulk uploads, and the lack of understanding of Wikimedia's alignment with the organization's mission. This is a significant problem in the United States, where there is no national Wikimedia chapter or other such organization to provide an easy onramp for cultural institutions. It has been well established that the Wikimedia Foundation cannot and should not fulfill this purpose.

As a result, there is no organized effort tapping the breadth of cultural institutions in the United States. This is especially true for small cultural organizations who are seeking resources for concrete contributions—such as donating digital assets. This problem was identified as early as 2012, when the Wikimedia Foundation's US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator concluded in their report that one of the top priorities should be an independent GLAM-facing professional network to serve as a community of practice and foster the idea of "GLAMs helping GLAMs". This vision mostly remains unrealized to this day (despite past efforts, such as the GLAM-Wiki US Consortium). With no central organizing body or framework to support US cultural institutions to contribute to Wikimedia projects, there are higher barriers and greater costs to entry for beginning such engagements. Worse still, some institutions with less expertise or resources are entirely locked out of this potential to openly share their content.

What is your solution to this problem?[edit]

For the problem you identified in the previous section, briefly describe your how you would like to address this problem. We recognize that there are many ways to solve a problem. We’d like to understand why you chose this particular solution, and why you think it is worth pursuing. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

Cultural institutions no longer need to go it alone on Wikimedia projects. Going a significant step beyond the traditional model of funding an individual Wikipedian in Residence in a single institution, we propose a Wikimedia engagement program that will reach across the US GLAM sector and provide transformational leadership and technical support for the field.

As a thought leader and a centralizing force in the field, the Digital Public Library of America is uniquely positioned to provide a clear pathway that is national in scope for any American institution to participate in the Wikimedia movement. DPLA is a national metadata aggregator with a network encompassing a diverse community of over 4,000 partners representing cultural heritage institutions large and small across 41 states and over 40 million aggregated cultural heritage metadata records. DPLA has both the necessary data workflows and relationships with institutions to pull off the vision to establish a single pipeline for digital assets to Wikimedia Commons. This approach allows institutions that already provide metadata to DPLA to contribute to Wikimedia Commons without the usual technical work necessary for a bulk upload. Importantly, it also joins them with the expert Wikimedia training and assistance DPLA provides. We propose a single, central Wikimedia program led by a recognized nationwide network of institutions that (1) brings cultural institutions into the Wikimedia movement with training and ongoing support from the program and the DPLA network and (2) is framed around solving a practical, real-world problem—bulk upload of digital assets to Wikimedia Commons. This will attract institutional partners and provide tangible benefits to the Wikimedia projects at the same time.

These goals are not just aspirational. DPLA already has a track record of success in this area, and this proposed program is a natural outgrowth of work DPLA has already accomplished in 2020. Significantly, DPLA has completed the majority of technical development required to upload media in bulk for varied institutional partners. DPLA secured a grant from the Sloan Foundation, and embarked on a one-year pilot project in 2020 to develop this technical pipeline for upload of public domain digital assets from cultural institutions across the United States to Wikimedia Commons. Using metadata and standardized rights statements provided to DPLA from participating institutions across the country, DPLA created a workflow and uploaded it to Wikimedia Commons using Pywikibot under the DPLA bot account. The uploaded images can be seen at Category:Media contributed by the Digital Public Library of America. DPLA was able to perform this work successfully by collaborating with Wikimedians with deep experience in the GLAM-Wiki movement, the broader Wikimedia community, Wikimedia Foundation, and DPLA's already strong technical aptitude. DPLA is the only organization who can effectively do this work at this scale due to the fact that we maintain and standardize the metadata for the largest number of institutions in the United States.

By the numbers, the work that the DPLA project produced in this pilot phase in 2020 was one of the largest and most successful GLAM contributions to Wikimedia projects so far. Taken as a whole, the project uploaded over 1.25 million media files to Wikimedia Commons, constituting more than 650,000 distinct items from over 200 individual institutions. This made it the single largest bulk upload to Wikimedia Commons ever. Across a single eight-day span in November 2020, DPLA uploaded almost 500,000 files, meaning this single surge of uploads would itself have been one of the top-five bulk uploads. The following table quantifies the scale of the upload along several metrics (source), with a breakdown by DPLA hub. In addition to the number of files themselves, DPLA's project was also successful in generating access for the files through usage in Wikipedia. DPLA undertook an outreach program to provide participating institutions with training in Wikipedia editing. Through January 2021, DPLA images had been used in approximately 900 pages on over 70 Wikimedia wikis, with a total of over 13 million page views (see BaGLAMa).

Photograph of infantrymen - DPLA - 07618b3afe05838ffe14811ee8627ba7.jpeg
1906 World Series game at West Side Park in Chicago - DPLA - 7fab231708eedf3b1abdc85ac621b958.jpg
"Hit the Enemy Where It Hurts" War Bonds Advertising Insert - DPLA - d3bc05fd0a11872de368353218679b3c (page 3).jpg
"Babe", Walbridge Park elephant, Toledo, Ohio - DPLA - 6777c0761ba2881404729e3cc9593207 (page 1).jpg
A leisure time map of Denver, for members of the Armed Services - DPLA - 6229e5e5ef59dd2a002e40b1e317b2fa.jpg
Badger laying on ground. - DPLA - 0335977b4d1504edc799834081ca4fd5.jpg
Images from diverse DPLA partners (in order): Houston County Public Library System (Georgia), Boston Public Library (Massachusetts), Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (Ohio), Denver Public Library (Colorado), and US National Wildlife Research Center (federal agency).

Importantly, DPLA has thus far produced these outcomes relying only upon non-Wikimedia funding and staff resources from its many participating institutions. Funding from the Wikimedia Foundation would enable us to expand on the work of the pilot phase and ensure the tools developed in year one become the centerpiece of a viable self-sustaining program with expanding partners. Funding would also provide improved awareness and training and on-wiki and external communications necessary to turn this vision into a core DPLA offering which will benefit the entire GLAM sector in the United States.

Project goals[edit]

What are your goals for this project? Your goals should describe the top two or three benefits that will come out of your project. These should be benefits to the Wikimedia projects or Wikimedia communities. They should not be benefits to you individually. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

  1. DPLA will expand adoption of our Wikimedia asset upload pipeline, by increasing numbers of Commons uploads and onboarding institutional partners into the project, bringing in high-quality media to the Wikimedia projects.
  2. DPLA will increase participation of cultural professionals in the United States on Wikimedia by providing training and individualized assistance.
  3. DPLA's work will demonstrate Wikimedia's value to cultural institutions, producing measurable impact for cultural institutions by generating usage of images in Wikipedia articles and reporting their views back to source institutions.

Project impact[edit]

How will you know if you have met your goals?[edit]

For each of your goals, we’d like you to answer the following questions:

  1. During your project, what will you do to achieve this goal? (These are your outputs.)
  2. Once your project is over, how will it continue to positively impact the Wikimedia community or projects? (These are your outcomes.)

For each of your answers, think about how you will capture this information. Will you capture it with a survey? With a story? Will you measure it with a number? Remember, if you plan to measure a number, you will need to set a numeric target in your proposal (i.e. 45 people, 10 articles, 100 scanned documents). Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

  1. Goal 1: DPLA will expand adoption of our Wikimedia asset upload pipeline, by increasing numbers of Commons uploads and onboarding institutional partners into the project, bringing in high-quality media to the Wikimedia projects.
    • Outputs: This goal will produce measurable results. Each institutional partner whose materials are uploaded is tracked, with its own Wikimedia Commons category and BaGLAMa page. The numbers of uploads, similarly, can be tracked by Wikimedia Commons categories. While a numeric target is difficult, because there is such a high ceiling, we believe it is reasonable to expect 2 million new files uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, and at least 400 institutions (or 10% of DPLA contributing institutions) participating in the project as a result of this grant.
    • Outcomes: The ongoing impact of contributions at this scale are hard to overstate. These images could be added to Wikipedia articles for years to come. In addition, the increasing numbers of institutions contributing to Wikimedia Commons will provide more diverse content from geographical areas and types of institutions that have not been well-represented.
  2. Goal 2: DPLA will increase participation of cultural professionals in the United States on Wikimedia by providing training and individualized assistance.
    • Outputs: DPLA will provide training for every institutional partner in basic Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons editing. DPLA also remains an ongoing point of contact for any DPLA network staff in need assistance. This work will be further bolstered by webinars, blogs, and newsletters. We will track edits by trainees, and aim for a rate of at least 25% uptake in DPLA hubs making meaningful contributions to Wikimedia projects after training (defined by activities such as registering an account and making a user page, as well as adding DPLA-uploaded images to a Wikipedia article or similar edits).
    • Outcomes: This project is not envisioned simply as a one-time donation of digital assets from a set of institutions to Wikimedia Commons. The Wikimedia education, training, and support aspect of the project is essential because we plan to give staff at institutions the tools they need to engage with Wikimedia projects on a continuing basis. Additionally, achieving this goal would mean greater understanding of Wikimedia is being spread through the GLAM professions, which helps reduce barriers to future engagement.
  3. Goal 3: DPLA's work will demonstrate Wikimedia's value to cultural institutions, producing measurable impact for cultural institutions by generating usage of images in Wikipedia articles and reporting their views back to source institutions.
    • Outputs: Our model for engagement will emphasize (at the very least) institutions making appropriate edits to add images we upload to Wikipedia articles. Our upload pipeline workflow involves setting up a new BaGLAMa page for every institution, and we track the impact in usage and page views of our uploads for each institution, as well as each hub, and DPLA as a whole. By the completion of the project, we aim to have DPLA-uploaded images used in at least 2000 Wikimedia pages, and generating at least 5 million monthly page views for all of DPLA images.
    • Outcomes: In our trainings and project outreach, DPLA will emphasize the mutually beneficial nature of contributing images to Wikipedia. By tracking the outputs in terms of usage and page views, we will report these metrics back to the institutional partners. This aspect of the work is important, because DPLA is uniquely well-positioned as an organization with a large audience of institutions (and whose role within the GLAM sector is already as convener and change agent), and our communications to our network about the project provide an inroad to reaching GLAMs that are otherwise not getting Wikimedia outreach from the Wikimedia community's typical channels. We believe that the more impact we generate and report on, the more we can legitimize the concept of GLAM contributions to Wikimedia projects–both within our network and in the broader GLAM sector—and directly and indirectly encourage more participation going forward.

Do you have any goals around participation or content?[edit]

Are any of your goals related to increasing participation within the Wikimedia movement, or increasing/improving the content on Wikimedia projects? If so, we ask that you look through these three metrics, and include any that are relevant to your project. Please set a numeric target against the metrics, if applicable.

We have put specific numeric targets in bold in the section above. We believe all three of the shared metrics are addressed in some way with this project.

Project plan[edit]

Activities[edit]

Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing? What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

DPLA[edit]

The Digital Public Library of America will run a Wikimedia program for the US GLAM community as described above. Funding will be used to hire a Program Manager for this new program, in addition to a 4-month intern to provide project assistance. In addition to these staff funded by the Wikimedia project grant, DPLA is contributing additional resources to the program in the form of staff time of permanent employees. These include team members such as software developers on its Tech Team, its Director of Communications, and its Director of Community Engagement—all of which will be essential to various aspects of the program, including:

  • Conducting extensive marketing and outreach to DPLA network, to raise awareness of the program, and solicit new project partners such as blogs, newsletters, webinars, and other communications.
  • Administering the onboarding of new DPLA hubs to digital asset pipeline using education and technical support to ensure they meet the data requirements.
  • Providing training workshops and ongoing as-needed support to contributing institutions' staff to be able to contribute to Wikimedia projects.
  • Identifying and reporting out metrics important to demonstrating value for partners.
  • Performing all necessary technical work required to upload partner content, including:
    • Ingestion and transformation of partner metadata
    • Download and upload of media files
    • Maintenance of on-wiki project infrastructure (categories, Wikidata items, BaGLAMa pages)
  • Engaging in outreach to Wikimedia community members, to make relevant WikiProjects, chapters, and other types of subcommunities aware of the new content being uploaded and encourage usage.

DPLA network[edit]

In addition to the work envisioned above which is performed directly by DPLA staff, it is important to understand the part being played by DPLA's network, which includes the DPLA hubs (independent large institutions or consortial organizations facilitating the contributions of smaller institutions) and the DPLA contributing institutions. All of the work described below would be undertaken as part of the DPLA Wikimedia program, but is conducted by independent institutions, meaning the work of the many institutional partners and their staff is an entirely self-funded contribution to the grant project.

DPLA hubs
  • Facilitate the harvesting of metadata from contributing institutions and provide it to DPLA
  • Make changes to their data model to meet our Wikimedia data requirements (e.g., need to provide a media URL, which is not typically provided otherwise)
  • Interface directly with their institutions for all project needs (e.g., securing buy-in for participation, organizing DPLA meetings, technical or metadata assistance, etc.)
  • When possible, perform any external communications of their own about their participation in the program
DPLA contributing institutions
  • Once trained, edit Wikipedia on their own to add appropriate DPLA-uploaded images from their collection to relevant articles.
  • Ensure proper metadata is provided, and make any metadata changes necessary to participate in the project (e.g., adopting standardized rights statements, evaluating item copyrights, etc.)
  • When possible, perform any external communications of their own about their participation in the program

Budget[edit]

How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. (You can create a table later if needed.) Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

DIRECT COSTS
PERSONNEL COSTS
Title/Role Monthly Base Months Fringe Rate Funds Requested
Program Manager $6,875 9.00 24.00% $61,875
Intern $3,000 4.00 0.00% $12,000
SALARIES AND WAGES $73,875
FRINGE BENEFITS $14,849
TOTAL DIRECT COSTS $88,724
INDIRECT COSTS
Total Direct Cost (TDC) Rate: 10.00% $8,873
TOTAL COSTS $97,598

Community engagement[edit]

How will you let others in your community know about your project? Why are you targeting a specific audience? How will you engage the community you’re aiming to serve at various points during your project? Community input and participation helps make projects successful.

This project engages multiple communities. First, we will engage with the cultural heritage sector in the United States to secure new images for upload, increase participation on Wikimedia projects, and build Wikimedia skills among professionals. Importantly, DPLA is already ingrained in the field, with a member network that encompasses over 4000 member institutions, including some of the world's largest GLAMs (such as the Smithsonian Institution and the US National Archives). DPLA engages institutions and professional staff through newsletters, blogs, webinars, conferences, and committee/working groups, as well as regular, ongoing staff-to-staff contacts and relationships. In addition, the DPLA network includes 29 regional service hubs with their staff and partners, who will help engage local institutions through their contacts.

These content donations to Wikimedia are inherently beneficial to Wikipedians. As such, an important part of the project will be to raise awareness among Wikipedia communities. The more images we can get used in articles, the more benefit we provide to Wikipedia's editors and readers. We would raise awareness of these resources to editors by reaching them where they are: on WikiProjects and noticeboards, the Signpost, TMIG, Diff, etc. Awareness would also be driven through direct outreach to community members where it is relevant to the subject matter.

Get involved[edit]

Participants[edit]

Please use this section to tell us more about who is working on this project. For each member of the team, please describe any project-related skills, experience, or other background you have that might help contribute to making this idea a success.

Digital Public Library of America[edit]

About
The Digital Public Library of America amplifies the value of libraries and cultural organizations as Americans’ most trusted sources of shared knowledge. We do this by collaborating with partners to accelerate innovative tools and ideas that empower and equip libraries to make information more accessible.
We work with a national network of partners to:
  • Make millions of materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country available to all in a one-stop discovery experience.
  • Provide a library-controlled marketplace and platform for libraries to purchase, organize, and deliver ebooks and other e-content to their patrons.
  • Convene library leaders and practitioners to explore and advance technologies that serve, inform, and empower their communities.
To find out more about our mission, strategy, and work, please see our Strategic Plan.
Size of organization
DPLA is well-aware of the sense within the Wikimedia community that project grants should be directed as much as possible to the individual and organizations that are not already well-resourced enough to take on the projects on their own. For that reason, we want express transparently, despite the size and influence of our network, we believe DPLA is exactly the type of organization worth funding. Despite its broad scope and vision, DPLA itself is a small organization of just 12 virtual staff and an annual budget of about $2 million. Its funding is primarily from grants and membership dues.
Principal staff

For full staff bios of the individuals below, see DPLA staff page.

  • Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, Program Manager
    As one of the most longstanding leaders in the GLAM-Wiki movement, Dominic has nearly a decade of experience managing GLAM-Wiki programs in cultural institutions. He served as Wikipedian in Residence for the Smithsonian Institution, and also for years at the US National Archives (NARA). Highlights of his NARA tenure include pioneering approaches for bulk upload to Wikimedia Commons, successfully executing one of the largest bulk uploads prior to DPLA; developing the GLAM-Wiki Boot Camp model of capacity-building workshops for Wikimedians with Wikimedia DC; assisting in organizing the 2015 WikiConference North America, which was held at the US National Archives; and contributing over 1 million edits to Wikidata in the course of adding NARA archival metadata to items.
    Dominic would serve as the Wikimedia Program Manager for DPLA, having led the pilot phase from its inception. Dominic is DPLA's principal Wikimedian, and brings his wealth of Wikimedia community and editing experience to the role. He is primarily responsible for organizing outreach efforts to the DPLA network, advising on any technical development, providing the actual training and support to the partner institutions, liaising with the Wikimedia community, and directing the work of the intern.
  • Shaneé Yvette Murrain, Director of Community Engagement
    Shaneé maintains DPLA's relationship with its network and interfaces directly with DPLA's governance structures, such as its Network Council and working groups. She supports the project with her understanding of the DPLA network's needs and motivations, by promoting the Wikimedia program to the network and serving as a point of contact, and in developing the program's overall strategy.
  • Michael Della Bitta, Director of Technology; and DPLA Tech Team
    Michael has oversight over the technical aspects of the Wikimedia program, and also takes part defining the strategy for the Wikimedia program. The DPLA Tech Team, managed by Michael, with its staff of software developers, provides the technical support necessary for the DPLA Wikimedia program. This includes maintenance of the digital asset pipeline to Wikimedia Commons, and any bugfixing or feature development it requires, as well as the technical needs related to metadata ingestion from partners, analytics and reporting, etc.
  • Kat Williams, Director of Communications
    Kat is responsible for DPLA's communications, both externally and internally to the DPLA network. She will assist the program with its event planning and content strategy, in order to help achieve the program's goals of raising awareness and demonstrating value to the DPLA network in order to cultivate new project partners. She helps in planning and drafting communications such as DPLA newsletters, blogs, social content, and web copy, as well as planning and organizing for webinars or other events.

DPLA network[edit]

As mentioned throughout this grant application, while the Digital Public Library of America is itself a small organization, it leads a network of affiliated cultural organizations which will contribute all of the content, as well as many hours of staff time. While the program will actively add new participants during the course of the grant project, we have already identified the following participants:

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    One of the largest repositories in the world, and DPLA's largest contributor by item count, NARA has already uploaded approximately 1 million media files to Wikimedia Commons, and DPLA's aggregation contains over 10 million items that would be eligible for upload based on public domain status.
  • Ohio Digital Network
    The regional service hub for the state of Ohio, the Ohio Digital network has already been active in facilitating Wikimedia outreach to its partner institutions, including its "What the Wiki" webinar series in 2020 ([1], [2], [3], led by the State Library of Ohio's Jen Johnson. This hub also includes the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, DPLA's most active individual institution during the pilot phase, which contributed over 100,000 media files and actively edited Wikpedia, placing them in hundreds of articles.
  • Digital Library of Georgia
    The Digital Library of Georgia is the regional service hub for the state of Georgia. It joined the project during the pilot phase and signed on 16 of its partners so far—mostly public library systems in Georgia—to participate in uploads to Wikimedia, and organized a virtual training session with more than 20 institutional staff from across the state in attendance.
  • Plains to Peaks Collective
    The Plains to Peaks Collective is the regional service hub covering the states of Colorado and Wyoming. This hub's administration has been actively doing outreach and seeking new partners among its contributing institutions. Already, DPLA has uploaded initial content from partners such as the Denver Public Library and the US National Wildlife Research Center.
  • The Portal to Texas History
    The Portal to Texas History is the regional service hub for contributing institutions in the state of Texas. This hub has been DPLA's largest contributor by number of participating institutions, with approximately 200 institutions with eligible digital assets contributing media files to Wikimedia Commons (at least several hundred thousand files in total, when completed).
  • Digital Commonwealth
    Digital Commonwealth is the regional service hub for the state of Massachusetts. Together with its partner, the Boston Public Library, it began contributing media files via the digital asset pipeline to Wikimedia Commons. In addition to training staff, the Boston Public Library has also been actively doing external communications to demonstrate its value to the public, garnering news coverage in the Boston Globe.

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Endorsements[edit]

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  • Support Support This looks like an impressive, masive and well organized effort with good preparation. From what I can tell it would make strong impact for the US Coalition of GLAMs to have it as a flagship project. I could not judge the budget or labor needed as I never worked on this scale and in this context. Good luck! Zblace (talk) 18:33, 24 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support - This is an impressively detailed and well-thought out plan that would be of great service that furthers the longstanding recommendation that "one of the top priorities should be an independent GLAM-facing professional network to serve as a community of practice and foster the idea of 'GLAMs helping GLAMs'." It not only benefits the entities mentioned but to the greater global GLAM community by demonstrating how these collaborations may work for other locales. The entities listed by the proposer have been historical lacunas even within the typically well-resourced US and English Wikipedia community. The United States southern regions of Georgia, the Plains region, and Texas have not seen much GLAM engagement, and we are missing crucial content from those groups. Dominic as the proposer has the track record and expertise to do this, having been the pioneering Wikimedian in Residence at the U.S. National Archives, a Wikimedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution, and his work at most recent work with DPLA [4]. This would be money well spent on a high-profile project to engage new GLAMs and provide a pathway for even more GLAM entities to contribute in a low-overhead way. DPLA has been an ally of the Wikimedia movement for years, and I have been encouraging them to work closely with the Wikimedia community. This proposal is great leap forward in that collaboration and is a bargain given the long-term impact. -- Fuzheado (talk) 16:03, 25 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Support -- long overdue, in fact. :) –SJ talk  22:23, 26 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support - This project is much needed for GLAMs in the US and Dominic and the DPLA are perfectly situated to embark on this project. This would also greatly benefit my Wikimedia efforts at the Smithsonian. I hope this is funded and I look forward to seeing how it grows and being involved as needed! KellyDoyle (talk) 00:05, 2 March 2021 (UTC)
  • I strongly support this important and thoroughly considered proposal. It will deepen engagement of US GLAM professionals with the Wikimedia projects and build on DPLA's excellent track record in this space. Scaling up contributions of open data and content from US GLAMs to Wikimedia is important and needed work, and this project takes a practical and smart approach to realising its goals. CultureDoug (talk) 08:44, 12 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support - Building on the existing work and expertise of the DPLA is an terrific way to improve Wikipedia. We need to look for and support more ways to leverage the expertise and already-accumulated knowledge of the world. Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 22:41, 12 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support - I strongly support this project because it leverages the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a known and highly developed network of state and regional hubs that have already been highly active in the aggregation of metadata and digital resources from the GLAM sector. This project will provide support for DPLA hubs, and the GLAM constituents they represent, to contribute to Commons in an easy and transparent way, making their digital contributions ever more discoverable and valuable. The work that Dominic has done at NARA and now at DPLA with Commons is excellent, and now has the potential to be effectively scalable. I formerly worked as a librarian and a manager at 2 institutions in Pennsylvania that were founding members of the Pennsylvania DPLA hub PA Digital, and based upon my experience as a digital librarian and a Wikipedian, this project is a serious win-win for everyone potentially involved. Dorevabelfiore (talk) 04:14, 13 March 2021 (UTC)