Wikimedia Foundation GLAM team

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Our strategic direction states: "By 2030, Wikimedia will become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us." As the GLAM & Culture team within Community Programs at the Foundation, Fiona Romeo (WMF) and Satdeep Gill (WMF) are dedicated to making it easier for cultural institutions to collaborate with the Wikimedia movement.

(GLAM is an acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.)


The impact of this program is visible in the next five years when:

  • Movement organisers and volunteers understand GLAM motivations and are confident to approach suitable content partners for their projects.
  • GLAMs adopt open access policies and advocate for free knowledge.
  • GLAMs contribute large volumes of high-impact images to Wikimedia projects using accessible tools that are well documented and supported.
  • Content contributed by GLAMs is discoverable and used by communities to address gaps in knowledge and representation.
  • Resources and workflows are emerging for the integration of intangible heritage and oral knowledge in Wikimedia projects.
  • There is a robust exchange of knowledge and shared standards between the movement and GLAM professionals, leading to linked open data for cultural heritage.

Office hours[edit]

The GLAM & Culture team is starting a new program of monthly office hours to present the Foundation's product development plans and insights; develop shared practices; and get your feedback and questions. The meetings are open to everyone interested in GLAM-Wiki initiatives.

September meeting: IIIF on Wikimedia Commons[edit]

The first meeting is on Monday 21 September 3.30-4.30pm UTC. We will be joined by staff and members of the IIIF consortium and Evan Prodromou, Product Manager in the Foundation's Platform team. Evan is scoping a potential implementation of International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) on Wikimedia Commons and he is very interested in potential GLAM use cases.

This meeting will be repeated on Tuesday 22 September 11.30am-12.30pm UTC. We will be joined by staff and members of the IIIF consortium and Jason Evans will share his experience with IIIF at The National Library of Wales.

October meeting: Structured Data Across Wikimedia[edit]

The second meeting is on Monday 19 October 3.30-4.30pm UTC and will be repeated on Tuesday 20 October 11am-12pm UTC. We will be joined by Carly Bogen, Program Manager for Structured Data. She will share insights into how Wikimedia Commons search works and introduce the Structured Data Across Wikimedia project.

Future topics[edit]

  • OpenGLAM
  • Wikisource

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