Attempts to start up a new ambassador program edit
Hi! I'm here to kind of make a suggestion and a bit of a plea for help. A group of us on the English Wikipedia are trying to relaunch the ambassador program, which became inactive. Previously this only focused on the classroom side of things and there has been a consensus that any relaunch should include GLAM, since there's definite need for ambassadors with this side of things as well. This could also be helpful when it comes to situations where an institution could benefit from having an on-site ambassador, but they're not quite ready for a WIR or anything quite so official. So far this is still in its opening, straggling stage and we're trying to make sure that everything is going to be covered. I think it'd be good for this to receive some sort of mention somewhere, since it'd be great to have some input from editors involved with GLAM and their help as well. Some of the things I've been looking for are things like identified noticeboards for GLAM - I can't see where there's really any place for people to ask questions akin to the Education noticeboard. The project page is here at present. Tokyogirl79 (talk) 08:39, 13 January 2016 (UTC)
Book:Encyclopedia of Conservation and Restoration edit
Encyclopedia of Conservation and Restoration: Version 1.1
For the past 5 years or so I’ve been chipping away at a big idea: to create an Encyclopedia of Conservation and Restoration that is available to anyone in the world for free. I wanted this encyclopedia to be all encompassing, and to include many allied fields, also I wanted it to be easy to find, improve, and share. We first started by creating WikiProject Collections Care and then with the help from many interns, fellows, museum studies graduate students at both IUPUI and JHU, I present today Version 1.1 of this effort.
It is made entirely in Wikipedia and is available for download right now at this link:
Encyclopedia of Conservation and Restoration
As Version 1.1, this book has some great potential, but it really needs your help. Please look through it and consider what is missing, what’s working well, and what’s not. In general I believe the content is uneven, as many of the articles in it were also written by general Wikipedias interested in various parts of the topics. It needs more work to be broadly viable.
I decided to do this project in Wikipedia because it is one of the most visible web pages in the world, and when people search for a topic related to conservation and restoration I wanted them to be able to find accurate information that could help them make a good decision.
The vast majority of this work has been completed by my JHU Online Museum Studies graduate students, who for the past few years have written an article as part of the final project in my course, “Core Aspects of Conservation: A 21st Century Approach.”
I would particularly like to invite other allied graduate programs to consider using this project as a way to have other students work together on a globally significant effort. Have your students review this book, edit individual articles, or create new ones that you believe are missing.
Working together we could turn the Encyclopedia of Conservation and Restoration into a remarkable book that is used globally to great purpose. Some of the pages in this book have been translated to other languages, and there is certainly potentially to make it all available in other languages.