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Everything you wanted to know about Wikipedia but were too afraid to ask

Culture24 and the Strategic Content Alliance

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Culture24 and the Strategic Content Alliance are pleased to present:

"Everything you wanted to know about Wikipedia but were too afraid to ask".

Target audience:

This event is for anyone working in what Wikimedia call the GLAM sector -  galleries, libraries, archives and  museums. It is ideally suited to curators, members of the web team, educational staff, marketing/press staff or those in strategic management who are interested in exploring ways of improving the quality of cultural and educational information in Wikipedia.

About the day:

Liam Wyatt is Vice President of  Wikimedia Australia and a historian. He has recently been appointed as the first "volunteer Wikipedian in residence" at the British Museum - the first residency of its kind anywhere in the world. His principle task there will be to build a relationship between the Museum and the Wikipedian community through a range of activities, both internally and public-facing.

At this presentation, Liam will be drawing on his experience in bringing the museum and Wikipedia communities together to present a museum-sector-specific overview on the opportunities, benefits and challenges of working with Wikimedia. After his presentation, and along with other Wikipedians attending, there will be the opportunity for in-depth discussions and Q&A.

Attendees can expect to learn:

  • The fundamental structures, policies and procedures of Wikipedia: what it does and how.
  • The relationship of the professional cultural sector to Wikipedia: how they differ and how they Common pitfalls of working with Wikipedia and dispelling of myths
  • Suggestions for projects that can be run in your own organisation: what works, what are the benefits and how to go about it.

Suggested reading:

Wikipedia: Advice for the cultural sector -  
GLAM-WIKI recommendations -
Wikipedia: The Missing Manual -


Related FREE short course:

Maximising the Effectiveness of Your Online Resources How to use the latest techniques to improve the quality of your web presence

10:00 Wednesday 2 June - 16:00 Thursday 3 June 2010
Netskills Training Suite, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

This FREE 2 day workshop addresses the importance issue of "search engine optimisation" and many related issues. Participants will gain a perspective on how basic guidelines, simple content planning, social media activities and use of metadata, all contribute to the effectiveness of a web site.

The course is provided by the Strategic Content Alliance (SCA) and JISC Netskills. For more information please see 

Related Wikimedia event: GLAM-WIKI

In August 2009, Wikimedia Australia organised an event called "GLAM-WIKI" that brought together people from Wikimedia with people from the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums sector.   Wikimedia UK are interested in co-organising a similar event in the UK and have pencilled in October 2010 as a date. 

Please get it touch with Joseph Seddon if you are interested in getting involved with this

Have questions about Everything you wanted to know about Wikipedia but were too afraid to ask? Contact Culture24 and the Strategic Content Alliance


JISC Meeting Rooms
Ground Floor, Brettenham House (South)
5 Lancaster Place
WC2E 7EN London
United Kingdom

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