On May 10-11 GLAM forum was held in Wikimedia Armenia office in Yerevan. The forum was aimed at getting GLAM institutions acquainted with Wiki platforms, tools, as well as sharing experiences with Yerevan GLAMs on successful implementation of international GLAM projects. Wikidata specialists and people who had successfully implemented GLAM projects in different countries and representatives from over 10 Yerevan GLAMs participated in the forum. Speakers from different Wikimedia organizations, such as Australia (Liam Wyatt), Belgium (Sandra Fauconnier), France (Benoît Prieur), Germany (Gereon Kalkuhl), Spain (Jesus Tramullas), Poland (Marta Moraczewska), Russia (Dmitrii Rozhkov), UK (Andy Mabbett) and Ukraine (Olha Nesterenko) presented their experience on successful collaboration with GLAM institutions.
Importance and openness of GLAM institutions were discussed. Issues concerning OTRS and copyright were also discussed and explained. Editors from Armenia shared their previous GLAM experience and spoke about cooperation with GLAM institutions in Armenia. Participants got acquainted with Wikidata and its editing tools which will help them edit and improve content about Yerevan in the framework of Wiki Loves Yerevan project in different Wiki projects, including Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. Speakers also referred to the use of Open Street Map and Wikidata, as well as to the mapping of monuments in Yerevan city center.
Within the frameworks of the forum, a small expo was organized at Wikimedia Armenia office. The aim of the expo was to give GLAMs an opportunity to present their institutions through published materials, arts and crafts, presentations, etc. On May 12 representatives of different Wikimedia organizations visited local museums and got acquainted with Armenian cultural heritage.
As a result of the collaboration within the project, the materials provided by GLAM institutions will be available on Wikimedia platforms in several languages, thus increasing the public interest towards those institutions and making information about Yerevan accessible for all. Both museum staff and Wikemedia volunteers have started editing and creating articles on Yerevan based on the information provided by museums. GLAM forum helped to raise tremendous interest toward "Wiki Loves Yerevan" project which will be ongoing throughout the year.
During the GLAM forum in Yerevan several workshops were organized for the Armenian wikieditors and the representatives of the GLAM institutions in Yerevan. One of the most interesting outcomes of the workshop held by Andy Mabbett, was the idea of the creation of five new Armenia related properties in Wikidata which he successfully implemented bringing the total number of them to six.
In 2018 Mher Bekaryan started a collaboration with Yeghishe Charents Literature and Art Museum. As a result of this collaboration, the museum provided nearly 40 opera posters to be uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons under free license. The posters provide essential information about 20th century Armenian opera representatives which are used in Wikidata and Wikipedia articles.
Since 2015 Armine Aghayan started to collaborate with Eduard Isabekyan Gallery. The only 2 workers from Eduard Isabekyan Gallery learned how to edit in Wikipedia and together we have presented many of works of Eduard Isabekyan into Wikipedia and Wikidata the sum of which can be found under the link: Paintings of Eduard Isabekyan. In may for 2nd time Gallery tries to get OTRS for the paintings of Isabekyan which are under their permission. The Gallery workers uploaded into commons 11 artworks which still wait to get OTRS permission.