Called ‘GLAM-WIKI: Finding Common Ground,’ the event at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on August 6-7 brings together Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums (GLAM) with Wikimedia Australia, the all-volunteer force that brings Australian content to the Wikipedia site.
GLAM-WIKI convener and Wikimedia Australia vice-president Liam Wyatt
says the conference aims to increase the availability of Australian and
New Zealand cultural content through Wikipedia in a sustainable way
through collaboration and the open source treatment of cultural items.
The conference will be the communities largest conference anywhere in the
world outside of its annual ‘Wikimania’ event - and will be
a topic for discussion at the next Wikimania in Buenos Aires just
weeks from now.
Wyatt claims there are huge opportunities – with some challenges – to
explore ways to better promote Australian cultural heritage, both
domestically and to the global online audience.
“This is the first event Wikimedia Australia has organised and it is
the first meeting of minds between cultural institutions and the
Wikimedia community,” Wyatt told iTWire. “This is the first conference
of its kind in the world.”
“(Wikimedia Australia is) the local body that advocates for the
increased availability of free, or open source, cultural content. It’s
the equivalent of open source software, but applied to cultural
content,” he said.
Wyatt says the conference agenda includes session on how the two
communities can collaborate on the combined goal of sharing cultural
In order for Wikimedia to improve its freely available and freely
reusable source of knowledge – Wikipedia – it is seeking better access
to reliable primary and secondary sources.
“The extensive expertise and collections held within galleries,
libraries, archives and museums are those sources,” Wyatt said. The
goal is put as much cultural content from the institutions available –
and inter-changeable – to Wikipedia under a creative commons copyright
The “sustainable collaboration” is critical, Wyatt says, with more
accessible content being accessed through the fourth most trafficked
website on the internet, attributable to the institution and driving
traffic back to the source.
“A good example is the Mona Lisa. There are hundreds of thousands of
copies of the Mona Lisa painting online, but that certainly doesn’t
stop people wanting to see the original.”
Wyatt points to the local example of the Powerhouse Museum, which
recently made an extensive collection of plate-glass, culturally
significant photographs known as the Tyrrell Photographic Collection freely available though the Flickr.
By publishing the collection on Flickr, the stunning images of early
Sydney – which the Powerhouse had never been on permanent public
display – have been picked up as source material by the Wikimedia
community. And the photos have attracted more online visitors than
anything else the Powerhouse has displayed on its website. The images
can still be bought in high-resolution from the museum.
ACT Senator and open source advocate Kate Lundy will deliver a keynote
address to conference on Friday morning. She will be joined in a panel
session that follows by Western Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlum,
and ACT Liberals assemblyman Alistair Coe.
Other speakers include Wikimedia Deutschland project officer Mathias
Schindler outlining the experience in Germany of the Bundes Archiv
(National Archive) donation of 100,000 photos to the Wikimedia
community through a commons licence, as well as the Powerhouse museum’s
Seb Chan (a member of Lindsay Tanner’s Gov 2.0 Taskforce), and the
director of the National Library of New Zealand Paul Reynolds.
A full schedule can be found at the GLAM-WIKI wiki.
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