I wanted to share with you a conversation that the legal team is starting
below, where they are discussing what the known issues about copyright. I
think we are in a really ought to show up in the conversation!
It occurs to me, that the GLAM-Wiki Outreach folks, especially in the
European Context, have the most experience, by far, in sharing our
Copyright framework/strategies to other audiences. It would be super
helpful if you weighed in a bit, not only on the copyright law questions
themselves, but also shared experiences about outreach and communications
challenges related to copyright.
We on the Wikimedia Foundation Legal Team have been working on creating a
better and more collaborative process for organizing, streamlining, and
completing Wikimedia’s copyright-related work. We’d like to hear from you
about it in the next couple weeks, and then we’d like to work together to
identify, prioritize, and address copyright issues.
You can read more about the copyright strategy on Meta at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Copyright_strategy, and leave questions and
comments on the talk page.
Charles M. Roslof
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As you may have heard, we were fortunate to receive funding from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to develop and run a program for librarians in order to equip them to embrace, edit, and interact on Wikipedia with a goal of getting them to the point where they can lead programs at their home institutions, engaging their communities. We are thinking big and aspire to have 500 librarians trained in our program. We will do this by developing content for a virtual online cohort that will learn together in real time. We are really excited about the possibilities of bringing the Wikimedia community close to librarians - two communities that are passionate about providing access to information and knowledge.
(I wrote about the grant here http://www.oclc.org/blog/main/lets-open-library-doors-to-wikipedia/ )
Unfortunately, we were only funded for 57% of the requested amount. We are making an additional request to WMF to fund the Wikipedian-In-Residence that will be a key part of this program. We think that because of the potential that we have for reaching librarians, and supporting them at scale that this is an exciting program and one that may be a good model for other types of allied communities, and definitely for librarians in other geographies. I am particularly excited about the prospect of developing librarians to the point of being able to empower the diverse committees they serve.
We hope you'll take a look at our proposal, give us feedback, and hopefully lend your support.
Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer
WikiConference North America will take place October 7 through 10 in San
The session tracks are:
2. Advocacy & Outreach
3. Technology & Infrastructure
4. Health care and science
6. Education and Academic Engagement
Please submit proposals here: https://wikiconference.org/wiki/Submissions
The submission deadline is August 31st.