Wikipedia:GLAM/Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Wikimedian in Residence

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Wikimedia and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have jointly appointed their first Wikimedian-in-Residence with the support of Wikimedia. The project run from April-June 2013.

The aim was to further the goals of Wikimedia and the GLAM sector and this service through:

Creating new article case studies and training museum staff as editors:[edit]

Wikimedian in Residence[edit]

Robert Forsythe was based at the service for 3 months April-June 2013 and was working to engage with members of staff and the public on topics relating to Wikimedia and open knowledge. Robert’s role included running some workshops and outreach events (details below) to create a sustainable engagement with museum staff, volunteers and visitors. The aim was to help to build a long term relationship between the service and the Wikimedia community.

Attended public events[edit]
  • Attended on 13th April at the British Library the conference GLAM-Wiki 2013. Check Twitter feed at #GLAMWiki. A photo selection off Twitter is here.
Staff Development[edit]
  • Wiki Invite Hours.

Thursday 25 April 2013, 9:00 – 13:00 Archives education room, Discovery Museum Friday 26 April 2013, 13:00 – 16:00 Archives education room, Discovery Museum. These spaces are booked at these locations. These offer a mix of one to one tuition and practical sessions. Please come with a laptop or an I-pad ready to set up Wiki accounts if you do not have one and willing to do some actual Wiki editing. If you can have some image files suitable for Wiki Commons uploading that would be great (to energise existing or new articles). There is no need to stay all the time. These can function as drop in sessions but if you would like three/four hours on Wiki go for it!

An agreement over accounts for staff to use on Wikipedia when engaged on TWAM work has been established. I encourage you to create individual accounts as TWAMyourfirstandlastnames as in TWAMJohncoburn. The system will allow 6 accounts per IP per day so we need to spread their creation. When you create a new account, please also say something about yourself on the User Page tab.TWAMWIR (talk) 11:39, 17 April 2013 (UTC)[]

REPORT on uptake: Four staff members and one volunteer attended and all created accounts. There had been one previous signup as a private account.TWAMWIR (talk) 13:00, 27 April 2013 (UTC)[]

  • Learning at Work does connect to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums service. As part of the residency's outreach we will hold a Wiki Users / Editathon session on Monday 20th May in the Discovery Museum Archives Search room. This would be for members of staff, volunteers, Wikimedia editors active in the North East and others with a burning interest in the linkage between Wikiproject:GLAMWiki and this service. Initial expressions of interest gratefully received by myself. There will be morning and afternoon sessions at 10am and 2pm. Attendees may stay for as long or as little as they wish. TWAMWIR (talk) 12:28, 2 May 2013 (UTC)[]
  • Knowledge Transfer event. The residency has only a few days left to run. All TWAM staff and volunteers will be welcome to a final wrap up event in the Archives Education Room at 2pm on 26th June 2013. Lindy Gilliland with Robert Forsythe will be organising it. The internal museum circular issued 12th June 2013 says "Wednesday 26 June, 2-3pm, Discovery Archives Education Room: Robert Forsythe - Looking forward: TWAM and Wikimedia This session brings to a close Robert's Wikimedian Residency. Robert will share with us his key findings, talk about the collections research which he has enabled and suggest next steps for TWAM and Wikimedia."

Confirmed Outputs[edit]

Teaching Texts[edit]

Modelling links between museum interpretation and Wikimedia[edit]
  • Testing/establishing the linkage between digitised museum interpretation and Wikimedia.

A demonstration of this is undertaken in this article The Siege of Newcastle see in the link's Further Reading section.

Enabling collaboration between museum visitors and Wikimedia[edit]
  • Encourage visitors to the museums to get involved in Wikimedia projects, for instance whether Japanese students of Armstrong warships could translate pages. With the help of Wiki editors an existing article on the German Wiki has been translated into English concerning the Sunderland built SD18 class of ship. The related article MV Murree has gone into German.

New editor accounts[edit]

From left to right Leo Westhead, Pauline Moger, Julie Riseborough, Jenny Lemke at Editathon in Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Newcastle on Tyne 3rd June 2013. With permission of the participants

Commons Content[edit]

  • Uploaded material by TWAMWIR to Wiki Commons is here. A compilation of all material uploaded to Wiki Commons by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums is here. Commons material has been linked to articles and very notably the study of TWAM archives item 450/1 has impacted on the creation of a new page about Sunderland born marine artist Charles de Lacy. A context setting blog about both 450/1 and De Lacy is here. As a result a featured article shows some of these uploads. 13 more items of work have been added to the publicly recognised body of De Lacy work. This task has brought TWAMWIR into collaboration with several respected Wiki editors for instance in Brazilian_battleship_Minas_Geraes and sister articles. Previously a selection of launch era postcards had also been shared in the residency.

Partner bodies to TWAM[edit]

15 staff members at their final Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Wikimedian in Residence event 26th June 2013

July 2013[edit]

All those connected to the residency should note that Wikipedia has just launched a new what you see is what you get editing service. Look at this.

A Wikipedian meet up in Newcastle is being arranged for 15th September. Look here. It happened and five of us met. Next heading is the follow up.

Mining Institute Editathon 6th November 2013[edit]

Heads up, a chance to meet some Wikimedians in a great setting,_North_of_England_Institute_of_Mining_and_Mechanical_Engineers

The result of that event is blogged about here. Do leave a message if you wish to know about follow up events.

Ally Crockford[edit]

As our Wiki neighbour it is good to be aware of this.