1. ABC joins Wikimedia in sharing historic footage

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the national public broadcaster, turns 80 this year. To celebrate it has launched a new website called “80 Days That Changed Our Lives“, giving 80 pieces of audio visual content from the ABC archives a new lease on life. Today, the ABC has also announced that it has gone a step further by releasing some of these historical news reports to ... Read more

  2. British Library seeks Wikimedian in Residence

    The British Library, one of the largest libraries in the world, whose collection grows by around 10 kilometers (6 miles) of shelf space each year, is soliciting applications from experienced Wikipedians with a good understanding of Wikimedia and GLAM projects for the six-month position of a Wikimedian in Residence. The post has funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The programme o... Read more

  3. GLAMcamp DC kicks off US coordination of GLAM-Wiki efforts

    Over a three day session at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC, 25 Wikimedians and cultural professionals worked within yards of America’s most precious documents to galvanize the US GLAM-Wiki community around new tools and resources. GLAMcamp DC was the third in a series of GLAMcamps designed to focus outreach efforts, documentation, and tools to connect cultural ... Read more

  4. US National Archives turns to Wikimedia to help release new JFK assassination discovery

    I am excited to announce that today the United States National Archives has released a new audio recording from the John F. Kennedy assassination to Wikimedia. You can find the files on Wikimedia Commons: Audio of Reel 1 Audio of Reel 2 As a work of the American federal government, the recording is in the public domain. This two-hour tape recording of the communications of Air Force One personnel... Read more

  5. Digital media professor gives students real-world experiences through Wikipedia assignment

    CUNY professor Michael Mandiberg was drawn into editing Wikipedia like many subject matter experts are – by editing pages in his area of expertise, art and design. As Michael began to tinker around with Wikipedia more and more, he started to think of ways to incorporate it into his coursework for his History of Design and Digital Media course at the College of Staten Island. “Traditio... Read more

  6. US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator: Lori Byrd Phillips

    The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce Lori Byrd Phillips as the United States Cultural Partnerships Coordinator in 2012. Through this new position within the Global Development department, the US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator will lead in building the infrastructure needed to support the growing interest in Wikimedia partnerships among cultural institutions in the United States, ulti... Read more

  7. 165,000 Photos Submitted During Second Annual Wiki Loves Monuments Photography Contest

        Wiki Loves Monuments was a crazy idea: ask people to get out of their houses and take a picture of the cultural heritage around them, of monuments and buildings! In September 2010, however, the idea proved far from crazy – 250 people participated in the Netherlands and submitted 12,500 photos. Last month, during the pan-European 2011 contest, we crushed that number. In the past few... Read more

  8. QR Codes + Wikipedia

    As an increasing number of people access the internet from their mobile phones Wikipedia needs to become increasingly mobile. Recently we wrote about the new mobile frontend but how do you get to a Wikipedia article in the first place, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for or don’t speak the local language? Introducing QRpedia. QR codes – barcodes for the internet –... Read more

  9. Bringing Ansel Adams to Wikimedia Commons

    In this guest post, Dominic McDevit-Parks, User:Dominic, reports on his work as the first Wikipedian in Residence at the National Archives and Records Administration. A Wikipedia contributor since 2004, Dominic is studying history and archives management at Simmons College. In the 1940s, Ansel Adams, the famous American landscape photographer, was commissioned by the US Department of the Interior ... Read more

  10. Wikimedia and libraries – a symbiotic relationship

    When people research a topic for school, work or personal interest, they often turn to Wikipedia as their starting point. Many of those visitors then continue their research by following one of the millions of footnotes to the original resources held in libraries around the world that are used to verify Wikipedia’s content. This is a symbiotic relationship – Wikipedia becomes more reliable... Read more