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The GLAM community has organized various types of outreach events, each meant for a specific audience and each with a specific purpose. These include GLAM-Wiki conferences directed towards GLAM professionals, GLAMcamp workshops that bring together Wikimedians for coordination efforts, and other outreach events, such as Edit-a-Thons and Backstage Passes, that are often specific to a singular institution.
- GLAM-WIKI conferences have the goal of bringing together GLAM professionals in order to discuss particular issues surrounding Wikimedia partnerships in cultural institutions. These often include a keynote speaker and other presentations, followed by break out sessions typical of other professional conferences. The GLAM-Wiki conference might include a workshop teaching GLAM professionals about how Wikipedia works, providing them the means to move forward with a cooperation with Wikimedia.
- Intended participants: Cultural sector professionals and Wikimedians who will lead workshops and other sessions.
- Examples of GLAM-Wiki conferences
- Canberra, Australia (August 2009) | Convened by Liam Wyatt.
- British Museum, London (November 2010) | Convened by Liam Wyatt.
- Paris, France (December 2010) | Convened by Wikimedia France.
- Barcelona, Spain (March 2011) | Convened by Àlex Hinojo.
- Belgrade, Serbia (February 2012) | Convened by Mile Kiš.
- GLAMcamps bring together Wikimedians, typically from within the GLAM-Wiki community, and are more internally focused than the GLAM-Wiki conference. GLAMcamps are intended to be a time to work together on documentation, technical tools, and the formalizing of infrastructure so that the community can better serve GLAMs.
- Sometimes a singular event is planned that brings in local GLAM professionals who are highly interested in beginning a project with Wikimedia, though this is not the focus of the GLAMcamp. Often, social events include backstage passes in local cultural institutions for those Wikimedians participating in GLAMcamp.
- Intended participants: Wikimedians who are highly involved in the GLAM-Wiki community and developers, staff, and Wikimedians who are interested in becoming more involved in GLAM-Wiki.
- Examples of GLAMcamps
Plans are being discussed for a future GLAM Bootcamp. (See the GLAM Bootcamp proposal.)
- Edit-a-thons are organized meetups, often sponsored by and held at a GLAM, that bring Wikipedians and staff together to create high quality articles related to that institution's content. They are usually organized by and hosted at the specific institution, with a Wikipedian in Residence or other highly involved Wikimedian leading the event. Edit-a-thons are often coordinated alongside a Backstage Pass event.
For a full listing of edit-a-thons, please see the GLAM projects and events page.
- Intended participants: Staff and Wikipedians local to the cultural institution, as well as those interested in learning how to contribute to Wikipedia.
- A Backstage Pass is an event coordinated through a single cultural institution that brings local Wikipedians behind the scenes. This is often carried out as part of a Wikipedian in Residence partnership and is seen as an act of good faith by the GLAM to the Wikimedia foundation. The events often result in shared resources, such as images or hard to find research sources, that are then contributed to Wikimedia. Often an Edit-a-Thon is incorporated as part of a Backstage Pass event.
For a full listing of backstage pass events, please see the GLAM projects and events page.
- Intended participants: Wikimedians local to the cultural institution organizing the event as well as those interested in learning how to contribute to Wikipedia.