Stierch in August 2012
|Born||Sarah Alexandra Stierch
1980 (age 32–33)
|Residence||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Other names||DJ Sarah Vain|
|Education||Bachelor's degree in General Studies with minor in Museum Studies,
Master's degree in Museum Studies
|Alma mater||Indiana University School of Liberal Arts
George Washington University
Open culture advocate
|Home town||Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
Sarah Alexandra Stierch (born 1980) is an American public speaker, museum consultant, and free culture advocate. Prior to her work in curating and open culture advocacy, she was a club promoter and worked as a disc jockey, known by her stage name, DJ Sarah Vain. In 2004, she was named one of the 30 artists under 30 years old to watch in Indianapolis.
She is known internationally for her work supporting women's participation in open knowledge and culture communities. In spring 2012, she gave the keynote address at the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduation. That same year, she was named to a Fellowship with the Wikimedia Foundation and began working to encourage women's participation in projects supported by the foundation.
Early life and education
Sarah Alexandra Stierch was born in 1980. She graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 1998. In 2002, Stierch began working with May Department Stores as a make-up artist for Chanel and Shiseido products, later specializing in MAC Cosmetics. She attended the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at (IUPUI), graduating in 2009, with a Bachelor's degree and certificate in Museum Studies. In 2012, she graduated from George Washington University with a Master's degree in Museum Studies.
In 1997, Stierch began working in club promotions in Indianapolis, Indiana, with Matt Chandler. Stierch and Chandler were professionally known as "Temporary Structures". Together, they were successful in bringing various national acts to Indianapolis, including Fugazi, Poster Children, U.S. Bombs, and Sweep the Leg Johnny. Stierch also worked under the name DJ Sarah Vain, as a DJ in clubs around the city. In addition to working with Chandler, she has worked with DJs Dead Billy and Greg Campbell.
In 2007, Stierch began serving as the director of the Domont Studio Gallery in Indianapolis, where she curated The Contemporary View: The Midwestern Landscape and Director's Choice 2008 exhibits of John J. Domont. In 2009, following her graduation from IUPUI, she served internships with Colonial Williamsburg's American Indian Initiative; the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.; and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. In 2011, she began working as a research assistant with the head curator of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. In September 2011, she served an internship with the American Association of Museums.
Open culture advocacy
In 2011, Stierch was appointed as the first Wikipedian in Residence for the Archives of American Art, where she worked to improve online access to their collections. In 2012, she was named the Wikipedian in Residence for the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
In January 2012, Stierch began serving a one-year Community Fellowship with the Wikimedia Foundation. In this role, she co-developed the Teahouse Project to improve editor engagement and retention of editors working on Wikipedia. In her role as a Wikimedia Fellow, she drew attention to the relatively small proportion of women editing Wikipedia, through Wikipedia edit-a-thons, opinion editorials, and similar activities. In January 2013, the WikiWomen's Collaborative was launched through efforts made during Stierch's 2012 Community Fellowship.
In January 2013, Stierch began working with Open Knowledge Foundation's OpenGLAM project, which focuses on working with galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs), in order to improve open access to materials held in trust by these institutions. Stierch's role as the U.S.-based OpenGLAM Coordinator for the Open Knowledge Foundation, includes assisting the Foundation with improving public accessibility to their content and resources. That same month, she began working as a Wikipedian in Residence for the World Digital Library at the Library of Congress.
Stierch has spoken on behalf of open knowledge and culture throughout the US, as well as Germany, Finland, Chile, and Israel. She gave a keynote speech at the 2012 Wikipedia Academy entitled "The Visual Experience – Gender and Ways of Seeing Wikimedia." She gave a keynote speech at the spring 2012 George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduation. She served as a keynote speaker at the 2013 Social Media Week Conference held in Hamburg, Germany, which connects individuals and organizations working to encourage, improve, and support established and developing trends in social and mobile media.
- Ada Initiative – Advisor
- American Alliance of Museums – Member
- Archives of American Art – Wikipedian in Residence
- Museum Computer Network – Member
- Open Knowledge Foundation – OpenGLAM Coordinator
- Smithsonian Institution Archives – Wikipedian in Residence
- Wikimedia Foundation – Community Fellow
- World Digital Library at the Library of Congress – Wikipedian in Residence
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- "Wikipedia's dearth of women contributors: An interview with Sarah Stierch". Techrepublic.com. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
- "Research:WikiWomen's Collaborative". Wikimedia. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Stierch, Sarah. "Launching US OpenGLAM". Openglam.org. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- "Wikipedia Academy: Keynotes von Sarah Stierch und Benjamin Mako Hill". Wikimedia.de. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
- "Keynote: Sarah Stierch, Fellow, Wikimedia USA". Socialmediaweek.org. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
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