The Children’s Museum is very proud and excited this week to share that our Wikipedian-in-Residence
, Lori Phillips, was appointed US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Sounds really important, right? But what does it mean?
The Children’s Museum recognizes that Wikipedia is a frequently-used source of information for families. We brought Lori here to work with our curators and volunteers who write Wikipedia articles to ensure that the content in Wikipedia related to The Children’s Museum was accurate, informative, and accessible to families and children everywhere.
We're not the only museum who recognizes the value of contributing to Wikipedia, and now Lori will lead an effort to help other US museums do what we've done.
In the past year and a half, the work Lori has done has far-exceeded our expectations. We have hundreds of images of our objects in Wikipedia articles and volunteers around the world are helping to write, edit, and translate articles about our museum in many languages. Lori even managed to bring Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, to the museum to see the work we’ve been doing.
Thanks to Lori’s great work, the Children’s Museum has been leading in the development of projects for the GLAM-Wiki community (GLAM stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums.) GLAM-Wiki
is an emerging international group of Wikipedians who assist cultural institutions with collaborating with Wikipedia in order to share their resources and expertise.
Lori will continue to serve as Wikipedian-in-Residence at The Children’s Museum while also serving in this new role with the Wikimedia Foundation
(the organization that operates Wikipedia and other collaborative wiki projects). She’ll be taking all the great things she has learned from The Children’s Museum Wikipedia effort plus all the connections and partnerships she has fostered, and will work with the Wikipedia community to build a support system for other US cultural institutions who want to participate in the GLAM-Wiki project and collaborate with Wikipedia.
We are proud that Lori and The Children’s Museum has been at the forefront of this community of cultural organizations as it has grown and become established over the past two years. The work that this community is doing on a global scale has made huge strides toward making cultural heritage more accessible to the world. We’re looking forward to seeing how Lori and the GLAM community can help even more museums around the US begin partnerships with Wikipedia. Our collaboration with Wikipedia has been extremely rewarding and we know other museums will feel the same way.
If you’d like to learn more about Lori and the work she has been doing with Wikipedia, see some of our past blog posts
You can also read the announcement on the Wikimedia Foundation blog