The Children's Museum's Wikipedian in Residence
What's a Wikipedian?
Wikipedian - n. 1. A person who writes and edits Wikipedia pages, unlike readers who simply read the articles.
Wikipedian in Residence - n. 1. A coordinator of collaborative projects between the museum and the Wikipedia community
Lori Phillips has served as the museum’s Wikipedian in Residence since August 2010. A graduate student in the Museum Studies program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, she is the longest running Wikipedian in Residence, and the second in the world to hold the title. In addition to her work at the Children's Museum, in 2012 she will also serve as the US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation.
Why is the Children's Museum partnering with Wikipedia?
The mission of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is to create extraordinary learning experiences for families. We know that Wikipedia is a resource used by millions of people around the world who are seeking information. By working with volunteers in the Wikipedia community, we're able to improve the quality of information in Wikipedia articles related to the museum. This ensures that children and adults who are learning about our objects from Wikipedia are getting the best learning experience possible.
We have contributed many images of our Collections objects that are being used in Wikipedia articles. The museum has over 120,000 objects in its collection. Only a small number of those objects are on display at any given time. Having images in Wikipedia gives people across the world the opportunity to learn about our objects virtually.
We're also making use of Wikipedia in the museum. Next time you're standing in line to ride the Carousel, scan the QR code to read about the history of the Carousel in Wikipedia. If English is not your native language, our special "QRPedia" codes will display the version of the article in your phone's language, if the article has been translated into that language.
For more information:
Wikipedian in Residence Projects
- Image donations
- Museum Apprentice Program Wikipedia project
- Backstage Pass events
- Edit-a-Thons & Translate-a-Thons
- Collaboration with Wikipedians
- Collaboration with college courses
- Conference presentations
Wikipedian in Residence Blogs
- Wikipedia Image of the Week
- Hosting Wikipedia royalty
- Wikipedians in the museum, and beyond
- QR codes + Wikipedia = QRpedia
- All Wikipedia-related blogs
This Week's WOW!
Statistics about The Children's Museum's contributions to Wikipedia
12 Million Pageviews of articles with museum images*
77,622 Pageviews of museum articles*
5,000 QRpedia code scans
264 Images uploaded by the museum
65 Languages updated
33 MAP students who researched & created articles
11 New articles created
4 QRpedia codes in exhibits
1 Featured Picture
1 Featured Article
*From October 2010-March 2012