[Commons-l] GLAMcamp NYC day 2

Liam Wyatt liamwyatt at gmail.com
Sat May 21 15:45:51 UTC 2011

Dear Cultural Partners and Commons-l,

Day 2 of GLAMcamp is now underway at the New York Public Library :-) You can
see the event homepage here http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAMcamp_NYC, the
etherpad for day 1's discussion here:
http://etherpad.wikimedia.org/GLAMcampNYC  and Sumana put out a quick WMF
blogpost last night:

If you would like to follow along/join today you can see today's etherpad
here http://etherpad.wikimedia.org/GLAMcampNYCsat and all social media stuff
is on the #GLAMWIKI hashtag. There are quite a few of us here so feel free
to ping us individually if you would like more info

Today, Saturday, We are currently working on two main areas:

1) Data Ingestion
You can join the work on this at
The most requested technology feature in cultural outreach for a long time
has been to improve the way that we do batch upload/mass-multimedia uploads
to Commons. It became clear yesterday that the problem isn't actually the
"upload" part of that, it's actually more about all the information that
must go with the files - hence the title "data ingestion".

2) Documentation
You can join the work on this at
Point of Entry - when Cultural Sector people come to our wikis. what do they
see? who do we direct them to talk to?
One of yesterday's main outcomes was to re-jig the "GLAM ambassador" concept
to make it sound less exclusive/hierarchical but instead to emphasis that
it's more about being a "first contact" - which in some cases will be a
chapter, sometimes will be an individual. See what we've got so far at
FAQ/how-to - All the content that is internal/wikimedian-facing is now
behind and the content that is GLAM-facing will be up front. We're also
better integrating the OutreachWiki GLAM portal with the Wikipedia(s)
equivalent pages (especially
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Advice_for_the_cultural_sector ).
We're revamping the way we create/collate/share all of the case studies that
we have but currently don't showcase very well.

Later on today we'll be talking about how to improve the way we
generate/share Metrics (to show GLAMs how their content is being used) as
also looking at creating a "index" to be able to explain what a
"free-culture-friendly" cultural institution does a) so we can
support/promote the good ones, and b) prioritise which we might like to talk
to next.

-Liam Wyatt / Wittylama

Peace, love & metadata
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