Grants talk:PEG/Metro/Institutional Growth and Community Fellow/Report

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Hi Dorothy. Thank you so much for this very detailed and comprehensive report. We appreciate the time and effort put into documentation, not just for this report, but for your project more broadly. The project pages, resources, and training materials are very useful and will definitely outlast the duration of your fellowship. This is the first project of its kind that we have funded, and it's obvious that it was a success. We have a few comments/questions on the report and look forward to your responses.

  1. For the institutions under the Meetings/Consultations list, it looks like some needed help planning editathons and then organized them on their own. For the others where you discussed future opportunities and partnerships, how have those conversations developed?
  2. The materials you created are very user-friendly. Besides your project pages, have you found other venues for sharing them? I'll definitely be adding many of them to our Program Resources pages and have shared them with the Learning & Evaluation team. Other ideas on how to get them more widely used?
  3. What are METRO's future plans for engaging with Wikimedia projects?
  4. Thank you for the helpful feedback on the challenges of calculating Global Metrics for this project -- I've sent your report and feedback to the evaluation team. I understand the challenge in capturing the full scope of the impact of this project. The fact that people were able to move forward with their own events after consultations/trainings is a testament to your good work. Do you have a sense at all of the number of micro-projects that were inspired/activated by the project?
  5. Please let us know if/when you send the check for unspent funds. We have not yet received it.

Thank you again for all your work in supporting outreach and education in the GLAM community. While the lists and numbers recorded in this report are impressive, the real impact of this project is definitely in the communities of contributors and trainers developed at each of the engaged institutions and the networking you did to support the broader community. Cheers, Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 00:51, 16 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Incomplete report[edit]

Since we have not had any responses to the above questions in almost two months, the grant report status has been changed to Incomplete. Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 19:39, 10 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Discussion Questions[edit]

Hi User:AWang (WMF) VERY sorry and apologetic about my delay in responding to discussion questions. A major oversight on my part. My answers are now complete. Hexatekin (talk) 22:02, 10 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]

MY RESPONSES:

1. For the institutions under the Meetings/Consultations list, it looks like some needed help planning editathons and then organized them on their own. For the others where you discussed future opportunities and partnerships, how have those conversations developed?

  • New York Public Library Labs – Conversations among NYPL Labs and Wikimedia NYC continue – they have repeatedly given us resources and space
  • Stevens Institute of Technology Library – No known conversations have developed
  • New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – A #BlackLivesMatter Edit-a-thon was organized (02/07/15) -- (Also offered event support to satellites in: Brooklyn; SUNY Purchase; Nashville, TN, and Washington D.C. as well as significant press / communications engagement). w:Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Black Life Matters Editathon, blog post at the Wikimedia blog authored by Dorothy Howard.
  • The Center for the Book - No known conversations have developed
  • Poets House, Library – No known conversations have developed
  • Smithsonian Institutions, (SI Globe) – A Wiki Loves Pride Event was organized - w:Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Wiki Loves Pride 2015
  • Metropolitan Museum Digital Assets – Conversation continued for a while, but no strategic engagement was planned
  • Pratt Manhattan, Pratt SILS, SILSSA, (regarding planning an Edit-a-thon – An Edit-a-thon was planned and held (11/1/14), w:Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Librarians@Pratt and a follow-up Edit-a-thon was held after the end of this grant, where engagement with Wikimedia NYC continues.. w:Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Librarians@Pratt Part 2.
  • Broad Channel Historical Society (archivist) – Conversation continued for a while, a GLAM page was set up, but no strategic engagement has continued as far as I kno
  • BriarCliff Manor Public Library - No known conversations have developed after initial Edit-a-thon
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Edit-a-thon on Museum Architecture. – The Guggenheim has devoted significant staff time to Wikipedia (including training interns, hiring Richard Knipel as Wikipedian in Residence, and working on another architecture Edit-a-thon, in addition to other content donations w:Wikipedia:GLAM/Guggenheim Museum.
  • Józef Piłsudski Institute of America – This has been a very active, continuing project that has shown tremendous results: w:Wikipedia:GLAM/Józef Piłsudski Institute of America.
  • City College – after an initial training, Dorothy was invited back (after the grant ended) and gave a Part II of the presentation in April, 2015 to faculty at City College.
  • SENYLRC Headquarters, Westchester – after an initial training, conversation was directed to L. Rasberry Consumer Reports’ Wikipedian-in-Residence, who is planning further engagement.

2. The materials you created are very user-friendly. Besides your project pages, have you found other venues for sharing them? I'll definitely be adding many of them to our Program Resources pages and have shared them with the Learning & Evaluation team. Other ideas on how to get them more widely used?

3. What are METRO's future plans for engaging with Wikimedia projects?

  • I am meeting with my previous boss of METRO this month (September, 2015) to discuss METRO's opportunities for engagement with Wikipedia now that it has been a few months since I've been WiR. They recently had a new Executive Director come in who is very supportive of Wikimedia, but when I left they wanted more time to evaluate their continued engagement. I am optimistic about METRO's interest and ability to engage with Wikimedia projects in the future. The page I created w:Wikipedia:GLAM/METRO remains as the institutional resource they refer METRO members interested in Wikipedia to.

4. Thank you for the helpful feedback on the challenges of calculating Global Metrics for this project -- I've sent your report and feedback to the evaluation team. I understand the challenge in capturing the full scope of the impact of this project. The fact that people were able to move forward with their own events after consultations/trainings is a testament to your good work. Do you have a sense at all of the number of micro-projects that were inspired/activated by the project?

  • My estimate would be that we have over 5 and under 10 continuing projects as a result of my engagement at METRO, which include: Pratt SILS (Library School), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Józef Piłsudski Institute of America, and the New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

5. Please let us know if/when you send the check for unspent funds. We have not yet received it.

  • I just e-mailed METRO about unused funds, and will be in touch by e-mail about that as I thought this had already been processed by METRO's accounts team.