A number of UK, European and US galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) are now working in partnership with Wikipedia.

Why is this? How are they benefiting?

Wikipedia and its allied Wikimedia projects offer a quick and cheap method of reaching wider audiences, hosting content, crowd-sourcing additional content and metadata, supporting mobile devices and providing supporting material in many languages, including those of
ethnic communities and leisure tourists.

This workshop will examine the benefits and issues of working with Wikipedia, the common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and the ways in
which GLAMs can make best use of such collaboration.


1. Intro

* What is Open Content
* What are Wikimedia and Wikipedia
* Whistlestop Tour of the Wikimedia websites
* Other language Wikipedias
* How to get the best from Wikipedia, as a reader
* How to use content from Wikimedia projects in your own websites or print media
* Extracting Wikiepdia’s metadata using DBPedia and microformat

2. Coffee Break

3.  Quick Quiz

4. How can Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums benefit from using Wikimedia

* Issues
* Examples of Good Practice
* Wikimedia UK Projects
* Wikimedia in the US

5. What are QR Codes and how can they be used

6. Lunch

7. Practical Session

* Generating QR Codes
* Getting a Wikipedia Account
* Adding & Editing Content to Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons

Course Requirements

* Wireless enabled laptop
* Be able to use PC to edit documents
* No prior knowledge of Wikipedia necessary
* No coding skills necessary

About the Trainer

Andy Mabbett <http://pigsonthewing.org.uk> joins us as a freelance after 21 years in local government, the last 17 as a website manager.He has been a Wikipedia editor since 2003, with over 66,000 edits and many new articles under his belt. He was recently appointed ‘Wikipedia Outreach Ambassador’, on behalf of Wikimedia UK, to the Bristol-based conversation charity, ARKive. he
leads Wikipedia’s microformats project, using templates to emit metadata, and is the author of the microformat standard for the
names of living things, used on Wikipedia and by the BBC. His advice has been sought recently by organisations including Google
and FourSquare (on their use of Wikipedia data); and The BBC, Facebook and the London Assembly (on microformats).
Andy is also active in the on-line community in and around his home city of Birmingham, running social media surgeries where
he helps voluntary groups to work better on-line, and unconference events such as HyperWestMidlands and BrewCamp; and
helping to run a Social Media Café. He is @pigsonthewing on Twitter.


Proposed Date: Thursday 29th September 2011
Proposed Venue: Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
Timings: 09:30am to 16:30am

Cost: £200 + VAT per delegate


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