Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2015/Programme/Volunteers/Once upon a GLAM... A curious case of paid editing

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Title of your proposal[edit]

Name(s) and/or username(s)
Michał Buczyński / Aegis Maelstrom
Type of submission (Please choose one)
  • Problem solving (work in groups)
  • Open discussion (many-to-many)

Paid editting is strongly controversial: it gives a leverage for non-volunteers, may increase a bias and undisclosed is a huge foul. OTOH, we perceive some institutions (e.g. GLAM, Education) as acting for a public good and we realize they pay their employees, maybe even to contribute to wikis and free culture. But what happens if we meet on a middle ground, and e.g. the organization wants to contract a Wikimedian (as a Wikimedian in Residence, Trainer or a paid editor)? Where should we draw a line and how should the best practice look like?

Keywords: GLAM. Education. Institutions. Paid editting. Experts. Affiliate.

Preliminary preparation (if necessary)

The participants are welcome to share their thoughts and stories from their own turf.

The session will be much more fruitful if you check your local wikis and environment. Does your community of editors accept paid editting? What about the affiliate people? What are your local stories of GLAM projects, outside funding and paid editting?

Expected outcomes
Duration (without Q&A)

The session is based on ongoing Q&A. 40 mins total.

Specific requirements

Flipcharts (possibly 2+) and something to write would be very helpful. The chairs can be in a circle. I could use an additional moderator but it is not necessary.

Slides or further information
Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter).