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WikiConference North America 2016 • San Diego, California

The Wiki Culture Crawl 2016 was a pre-conference event dedicated to GLAM-Wikipedia activities at Balboa Park, an historic San Diego hub that is home to more than 15 museums and cultural institutions. It was one of the largest one-day collaborations ever between Wikipedia contributors and the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) community.

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Hattox Hall, location of the Wiki Culture Crawl on October 7, 2016
The event will be held at Hattox Hall at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park.
See the page Wiki Culture Crawl on English Wikipedia for edit-a-thon coordination.

The day-long event challenged Wikipedia editors to improve articles identified by the organizations while also educating and training staff about the Wikimedia movement. Registered participants received free admission to Balboa Park museums, as well as "Backstage Passes" – special tours and talks with experts at Balboa Park institutions and their unique collections.

The group photo from Balboa Park in San Diego, California for WikiConference North America, taken on October 7, 2016. cropped

Free to the public and professionals, but registration is required to participate.

  • When: Friday, October 7, 2016, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Who: Members of the public, novices, experienced Wikipedia editors, and cultural/museum professionals are all welcome.
  • Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, California.
  • What to bring: A laptop, a tablet, an advanced cell phone with a web browser. The entire park has free high speed Wi-Fi Internet.


Culture Crawl Edit-a-thon Wiki Training Clinics Backstage Tours
Improving pre-selected articles from cultural institutions, determined by each organization, and worked on by Wikipedia editors and Balboa Park staff. Drop-in clinics for staff, docents and cultural professionals throughout the day. Pre-arranged tours of special collections in Balboa Park institutions for Wikipedia editors.
9:00 am Registration opens

9:30 am Introduction to Wikipedia edit-a-thons for participants and BP staff

10:00 am Assessment and research of articles. Individuals visit museums and institutions throughout the day and continuously improve articles

1:00 pm Check-in on progress

4:00 pm Evaluation of results

4:30 pm Awards and accolades

10:00 am Introduction to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia movement link

12:00 noon Experiences from Wikipedians in Residence at heritage institutions; Brown bag lunch link

2:00 pm Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata link - Alex Stinson, others

4:00 pm - Guide_to_editathons_at_cultural_institutions - Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, Dina Herbert

4:30pm - New developments and the future of Wikipedia; how to keep working with the Wikipedia/Wikimedia community

11:00 am - Citizen Scientists and Rare Book Library, Margaret Dykens, Registrar and Director of the Research Library, San Diego Natural History Museum

1:00 pm - "3D", an exhibition in MOPA's Dammeyer Gallery, funded in part by an NSF grant awarded to SDSU, The Edmund L. and Nancy K. Dubois Library at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Led by Joaquin Ortiz, Director of Innovation

2:00 pm - Highlights - Consairways, Da Vinci and building airplane repicas, San Diego Air and Space Museum, Gordon Permann

2:10 pm - Cannibals, Museum of Man, with Micah Parzen, CEO

3:00 pm - The Dead Are Not Quiet: an Exhibition of Macabre Art, San Diego Art Institute

Impact of Wikipedia to Museums - the British Museum noticed that online traffic to its web site related to its prized artifact, the Rosetta Stone, was just 1/5 as much to the Rosetta Stone Wikipedia article. This was the start of many GLAM-Wikipedia collaborations.


Taxis and ridesharing services can drop attendees off near Old Globe Plaza.

Attendees driving themselves can park in the Organ Pavilion Parking Lot behind the Spreckles Organ Pavilion or the Federal Parking Lot next to the Hall of Champions. From the parking lots walk north to the Plaza de Panama and then west to Old Globe Plaza.

Parking is also available near the Natural History Museum and the Fleet Science Center. Walk west down El Prado towards the Plaza de Panama.


  • Andrew Lih, GLAM Wiki coordinator; Wikipedia administrator; associate professor, American University
  • In collaboration with Balboa Park Online Collaborative and Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

See also

  • GLAM one page summary - history of GLAM engagemeent between cultural institutions and Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia Space - exhibit and project from Andrew Lih with the US National Archives on Wikipedia literacy