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GLAM is not the only cultural heritage source[edit]

Great project and I have only praise for it.

I want to raise an issue about word choice which in the wiki environment and not specific to this project.

Some early Wiki branding decisions adopted the term "GLAM", galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. The wiki community learned this term and so far as I know, this is mostly a wiki slang term that other institutions adopt from wiki.

The biggest tension with this term is that GLAM projects tend to exclude voices from universities, which I think is an oversight. Most wiki institutional partnerships are universities, but I think this perspective is underrepresented because universities are not GLAM so do not get invited.

Besides excluding universities I think that the majority of Wikidata partnerships are not GLAM. All sorts of institutions can contribute to shared cultural heritage, including organizations for mapping, politics, some sciences, etc. If the goal here is exclusion of non-GLAM, then great. If the goal is finding everyone with the sort of content the Wiki community gets from GLAMs and other sources, then word choice can be a barrier to some kinds of organizations and communities participating.

I wish we had a word which was inclusive all the institutions which have this kind of content to share and have aligned values. We have no such word and hardly any such wiki community documentation on this. Blue Rasberry (talk) 17:45, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Hi, thank you for sharing your thoughts and I am sorry for not replying earlier. I had completely missed your post.
The focus here is indeed GLAM institutions and not educational institutions. In some cases there is an overlap with e.g. a museum at an university and in that case this project would aim to collect and include data about the museum, not data about the other parts of the educational institution. If this initiative and the methods developed turn out successful a possible future project could absolutely be towards educational institutions. The limitation is due to the type of external project grant that we have received. Regards, John Andersson (WMSE) (talk) 08:51, 1 November 2018 (UTC)