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This list of Best Practices includes ways that cultural organizations can best coordinate with Wikimedia. Click on each section for further information and resources that can help you decide which project may work for your institution.

For more details, check out case studies.

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Wikipedians in Residence

  • A Wikipedian In Residence works with a specific GLAM to examine and execute ways that institutions can broaden content on Wikimedia in relation to their collections — without compromising the missions and visions of either.
    • Since every residency will be very different, there is not a specific how-to guide. For general information, see the Wikipedian in Residence page.
  • For a specific example, see the British Museum case study.


  • QR codes are bar codes that allow anyone with a smartphone to scan it and instantly gain access to content provided by the creator of the QR code. GLAMs are using them in exhibitions to showcase well researched Wikipedia articles relating to their collections. Learn how you can incorporate this innovative technology into your current and future exhibitions.
  • For a specific example, see the Derby Museum case study.

Multilingual cooperations

Content donations

  • Wikimedia has made it easy for GLAMs to release media content, like images and video, into Commons;` learn about mass uploading, copyright and how to partner with Wikimedia to make the most of the images you seek to free.
  • For specific examples, see the:

Historical film donations

  • Archives and libraries are sources of historical films that rarely see the light of day since their production. Learn how you can work with Wikimedia to release this special historical content into the public eye with the only investment being the footage in your collection!
    • For more details, see the Sharing historical film How-To Guide.

Student programs

  • One way to create or update articles is to incorporate Wikipedia into an already existing public program at your museum. When working with students, this can be a way to teach digital literacy and research skills while also contributing institutional content to the encyclopedia.
    • For more details, see the Creating student public programs How-To Guide.

Improving your institution's article

  • Many GLAMs are interested in updating their own article within Wikipedia, but this is often discouraged due to issues with conflict of interest. This type of request can be carried out if you understand how to maintain a neutral tone and avoid original research.
    • For more details, see the Updating your institution's article How-To Guide.
  • For a specific example, see the Indianapolis Museum of Art case study.

Wikipedia articles in exhibitions

  • Upcoming exhibitions are an excellent opportunity to work with Wikipedians to showcase the objects and themes curated by GLAMs. Learn about ways to bring Wikipedia to your exhibition and vice versa, past projects and conflict of interest avoidance.
    • For more details, see the Wikipedia in exhibitions How-To Guide.
  • For a specific example, see the Brooklyn Museum case study.

Database Wikipedia citation templates

  • Wikipedia is the 7th most popular website and often the first stop for researchers seeking sources. Learn about incorporating well researched articles in your collection's research databases and see how it can benefit both GLAMs and Wikipedia.
  • For a specific example, see the National Library of Australia case study or this example from the Powerhouse Museum.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

  • Optical character recognition (OCR) is the digital process of translating written, typed or printed text. With the help of Wikimedians from around the world learn how you can translate and improve your archival documentation and share histories never shared before.

Digital restoration

  • Learn how GLAMs can work with Wikimedians to give historical images new life — at no cost.
    • For more details, see the Digital image restoration How-To Guide.
  • For a specific example, see WikiProject Media Restoration.
Last modified on 23 December 2013, at 18:47