Dear Amanda and ALL,
we can start with a short 30min meeting this Saturday or alternatively
Sunday if that works for others? Who else can-would join?
On Mon, Mar 14, 2022 at 7:06 PM Amanda Lawrence <amanda.lawrence(a)rmit.edu.au>
> Thanks for the suggestion, sorry for the slow response. I'm in CET +10
> (Aust Eastern Day Time or AEDT) so it does get tricky.
> Currently 1pm CET is 11pm AEDT and 7 am ET (daylight savings will end here
> soon and start other places so may change by an hour). So 1pm CET or
> earlier would be great for me. I'd love to attend a meeting at some point
> and get to meet people.
Thank you for elaborating. Hope others join in also.
> Something I've noticed is a lot of the info on WiR is focussed on GLAM
> orgs but I am in a Research Centre so there are quite different issues and
> content editing is definitely something I need to do, with colleagues, but
> also directly myself.
Understandable. Mind you there are other WiRs in academia and elsewhere (I
am in NGO now) so there are huge differences indeed (can relate to that
> So it was quite confusing at the beginning seeing that some guides say no
> paid editing while others say it is fine (for English Wikipedia) and
> Wikidata seems to be no problem.
I gave up on absolute coherence in Wikimedia after finding similar (but
also sometimes opposing) info and guidance in different corners on
Wikimedia, so I hope you are not discouraged with this situation, but
rather proactive to help advance and articulate some aspects :-)
> There is a big community in health but I am in a social science area so
> trying to adapt health approaches to a far more diverse and disparate
> community and subject area.
I hear you. Wikimedia Foundation Research team work is also done without a
single social science person, but that is hopefully going to change in the
> I'm also interested in working with Wikidata but still trying to work out
> how that would be effective for my organisation and the field.
Join the (big) club. Many try to do this in different fields, while those
who already know it also keep expanding their agenda.
> If anyone has any good links on being a WiR in a social science field I
> would love to hear about them.
I would also love to have us look at this together and come up with a good
way to establish an overview of WiRs across topics and fields (timeline
Best Z. Blace
There are two days left for submissions for Wikimania panels or sessions.
Has anyone submitted or is anyone planning on submitting sessions on their
GLAM work, or might folks be interested in making a WREN panel to discuss
the last year's worth of learnings, and also do some evangelism for WREN?
A very regrettable thing for this year's Wikimania is that the submissions
are not public. That makes it impossible to figure out what other people
are submitting or what they are thinking. So if you have any sessions you
are proposing, do share them here. Or we can combine forces on a session.
1. From the Smithsonian side, we will likely submit one about the American
Women's History Initiative and summing up our edit-a-thon and other
activities - what we learned, what techniques have worked, and plans for
2. GLAM tools and best practices - Incorporating SDC into the workflow,
best tools for 2022? Might this be a session of interest for folks to
3. We've had a GLAM Culture Crawl day in the past, where we have training
sessions and discussions oriented towards teaching GLAMs new to wiki
contribution. Might this be an interesting thing to propose?
Any other ideas welcome.
Hello WREN friends,
I've mentioned that I'm doing a lightning talk on why WiRs should edit Wikipedia. I mention the work of Mary Mark Ockerbloom, John P. Sadowski, and Ji Yun Alex Jung, as well as the recent Smithsonian intern Mia Cariello.
Please let me know if:
1. You are mentioned and you would like me to
* not mention you or
* use a different example of your work.
2. You would like me to mention your work (I'm looking for examples that help fill some of the knowledge gaps identified by WMF).
3. You have other comments.
You can see my draft here<https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1V1GWwcGmr4Uclvvrv_PCceYVR6v9jQYGCzx…>.
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Brigham Young University
Hi all, this is a request for your insights and wisdom. And for some fun
and interesting conversation.
I'll be giving a talk next week at the Chautauqua Lecture Series,
addressing the "Future of History" to an audience of ordinary folks. (In
the US, Chautauqua is a famous intellectual summer camp for lifelong
So my request to you: In what ways is the Wikimedia movement addressing the
challenge of crafting the future of history? I'd love to quote some
insights from WREN to a larger audience.
The full description of the topic is below. Thanks!
The Future of History
We live our lives swimming in a vast sea of information; what will wash up
on the future’s shores and be deemed our history? When data is stored in
the cloud rather than compiled in physical files, when we send emails and
tweets rather than letters, how do the records of today become primary
sources tomorrow? There are more ways to record history than ever before,
but how can those records live in a useful way for the historians of the
future — or, with everyone having the technology, and thus the capability,
to be their own historian, their own librarian, will a need to study
history as a formal vocation even exist? Beyond the logistics of such
questions, broader issues are at play: Who are the gatekeepers of our
stories, and who do we trust to be stewards of our lives and memories?