User:Beat Estermann

Presenting TAO at Wikimania 2012
At the Beach Party in Haifa with Ralf and Frank
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Hello everyone, I’m a researcher at the E-Government Institute of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, presently focusing on open government data and more specifically on issues related to open data and crowdsourcing among heritage institutions. In this context I am also pursuing a phd at the Center of Competence for Public Management of the University of Bern.

I am a founding member of "Digitale Allmend", an association for the promotion of the Digital Commons which also acts as the Swiss chapter of CreativeCommons, a member of "opendata.ch", the Swiss chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and a member of Wikimedia CH (since 2013).

Present projects and engagements (selection)Edit

  • OpenGLAM CH - A joint initiative of heritage institutions, research and educational institutions, NGOs, and service providers to promote OpenGLAM in Switzerland. As part of my engagement, I have established contacts to many heritage institutions in Switzerland, some of which decided to engage in cooperation projects with Wikipedia/Wikimedia, such as Zentralbibliothek Zürich, the Swiss Federal Archives, Zentralbibliothek Solothurn, or the Swiss National Library.
  • Another project that brings promoters of OpenGLAM from various backgrounds together is the OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey, the foundations of which were laid by a pilot survey among Swiss heritage institutions, which I carried out in 2012 with the help of my students.
  • Since 2013 I have been maintaining an overview of information related to the evaluation of GLAM-Wiki cooperations. The inputs were gained through the analysis of project reports and a workshop at Wikimania 2013.

Earlier projects and engagements (selection)Edit

  • In 2012, I played a leading role in the revamping of the Outreach wiki's Education_Portal.
  • From 2009 to 2012 I initiated and coordinated the project TAO (Third Age Online) the goal of which was to highlight the ways in which the access of older adults to the opportunities offered by online communities can be facilitated. In fall 2012 I handed over the coordination of the project to my colleague, Thomas Gehrig, in order to focus my activities on heritage institutions.

User Accounts / DisclaimerEdit

I started to use this real name account in my role as the coordinator of the project TAO. I had occasionally edited Wikipedia before (since 2005 as a registered user) and continue to contribute now and then using my original user account in areas unrelated to my outreach activities.

Disclaimer: So far my contributions to the Outreach Wiki and other Wikimedia projects have been made on a volunteer basis in my spare time or as part of my phd work. They don't necessarily reflect the official views of the projects or organisations I am involved in, nor the views of my employer, unless otherwise stated.

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