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By David Bearman - Posted on 03 December 2009

This fall, Archives & Museum Informatics and the Wikimedia Foundation agreed to co-sponsor Wikimedia@MW2010, a day-long workshop to be held on April 13 2009 in Denver for exploring and developing policies that will enable museums to better contribute to and use Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons, and for the Wikimedia community to benefit from the expertise in museums.

Wikimedia@MW2010 will bring together leaders in both communities to examine the opportunities for greater synergy between the museum sector and the Wikimedia community and the current barriers to collaboration. Specifically it will address rules, guidelines and examples that can be clarified to order to promote active engagement between the two communities.

This forum has been launched as a means to identify and clarify the issues that we should be discussing at the workshop. We've set it off with a few 'big containers' within which to position ideas:

Wikimedia@MW2010

Feel free to add others.

We hope that potential participants in the face-to-face workshop, and those interested in the issues but unable to agttend in person, will use this mechanism as a way to highlight strategy and policy approaches that might further the collaboration between museums and the wikimedia community. We look forward to your ideas.

ThT's picture

Participants of MW2010 can find some of the outcome already, and hopefully there will be more soon:

Thanks again to Jennifer and David for preparing this wonderful workshop.

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ThT

Conxa's picture

I've written a summary of the main ideas and points of the sessions, preceeded by some background and plenty of links, for our museum blog (the post is only in Spanish and Catalan)

In Spanish at http://bit.ly/cwnTlX  and in Catalan at http://bit.ly/cH5ebk

Looking forward to the report to be presented at mw on Friday!

Conxa

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David Bearman

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I have created a page for Wikimedia@MW2010 on the MuseumsWiki website under http://museums.wikia.com/wiki/Wikimedia@MW2010 . Anyone is welcome to add related links and information to this page or add new related interlinked pages if they wish, as part of the discussions for the Wikimedia@MW2010 workshop. Indeed, any museum-related information is welcome on this wiki.

Jonathan Bowen

 

 

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Jonathan Bowen
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Museophile Limited

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Congratulations, this workshop is a great idea. I remember many questions during the professional forum about Wikis at the MW2007 conference regarding the different approaches of scholars compared to Wikipedia. Therefore the MuseumsWiki founded by Jonathan Bowen might help museum professionals to get accustomed to a wiki style collaborative community. This forum has also a link at the MW2010 page in the MuseumsWiki.

However, there's also the WikiProject Museums in Wikipedia. I posted a notice there to let the members of the project know about your MW2010 ativities. There's a template in Wikipedia connecting with the MuseumsWiki, too.

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