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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.


Galleries • Libraries • Archives • Museums

For more details, check out case studies.

  • 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.
  • Wikimedia has made it easy for GLAMs to release media content, like images, audio 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:

Wikidata, the linked, structured, open data project, is increasingly become a model ecosystem for sharing GLAM Data, and connecting it with the authority controls and metadata provided by other institutions. For the case for GLAM-Wiki projects with Wikidata, see this blog post. For a greater sense of the landscape of opportunities, see [[

Case studies include:

  • The Europeana Art History Challenge A competition asking Wikimedians to help describe and provide context on the Europeana 280 projects.
  • The TED partnership -- a case study on partnering to document TED talk speakers.
  • Flemish Art Musueum Case Study -- a network of 8 Flemish Art Museums worked with a Wikidata advocate, to integrate their catelogues into Wikidata.
  • Yle Archive -- an audio archive that uses Wikidata to tag concepts in their digital archive, taking advantage of Wikidata's sophisticated

Best practices for donating data to Wikidata can be found on Wikidata.

  • 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 a specific example, see the Brooklyn Museum case study.
  • 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.