Rock drum is the first and current editor-in-chief of This Month in GLAM. He presented on the newsletter at the December 2011 GLAMcamp Amsterdam. The slides of that presentation can be seen here. In this article he talks about the experience of seeing both the GLAM movement and the newsletter develop over 2011.
In the beginning
Liam first contacted me about a newsletter for the GLAM project towards the end of January last year. We envisioned that it would "look rather like the technology report in the Signpost", which the first edition did: there were a few bullet points and a photo (see right). Since then there have been 11 issues, delivered to an ever-growing number of people.
August was dominated by Wikimania. The annual conference, this year held in Haifa, Israel, hosted 720 participants from 56 countries and was attended by GLAM project participants from around the world, coming together to share their projects and ideas. The conference featured three days full of presentations, based around multiple tracks, one of which was "Wiki Culture and the Community," which allowed for the development of two "GLAMorous" sessions and other sessions involving GLAM related projects. Various other events took place as well, as part of the conference and after hours.
October was a great month with GLAM really starting to take off in several institutions in Israel and GLAM programs Serbia given a kick start.
November saw more exciting developments elsewhere. In the final months before his fellowship ended in December, Liam Wyatt visited Wikimedian communities in the Arabian Gulf and East Asia. He paid a visit to Al Jazeera who agreed to release all of the images on their Flickr stream under a Creative Commons license. These have been imported to Commons and can be found here.
The year, for GLAM, ended in Amsterdam. Around 60 Wikimedians from all around the globe gathered in the Dutch city for the second ever GLAMcamp at the beginning of December.
More to come
I’m excited to see how the newsletter and the movement as a whole will continue to develop over the coming months. There are already several big GLAM events (and plenty of small ones) planned for 2012 and I look forward to seeing where the GLAM project will be this time next year.