Submissions:2018/Students Who Care: Documenting Police Brutality in New York City in the La Guardia & Wagner Archives Wikipedia Project

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2018.

Students Who Care: Documenting Police Brutality in New York City in the La Guardia & Wagner Archives Wikipedia Project
Theme (optional)
Relationship Building & Support
Academic Peer Review option
Type of submission
Ann Matsuuchi, Ximena Gallardo C., Ashley Singleton, Terence Chan, Akampreet Kaur, Renne Barry
E-mail address
Wikimedia username
User:Mozucat, User:Dr. X, User:Beautylovenature, User:Taikage, User:AkampreetKaur, User:OhhhRenneR
Affiliation(s) (optional)
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

In March 2015, news about how Wikipedia entries on the New York Police Department (NYPD) and cases of police brutality were edited from NYPD locations for several years was widely reported. Some sections on police misconduct and the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) were removed in what appeared to be acts of censorship. (see: Weill, Kelly. “Edits to Wikipedia Pages on Bell, Garner, Diallo Traced to 1 Police Plaza.” Politico PRO, Politico, 13 Mar. 2015 [1]; [2] ; [3]) Despite the headlines that suggested otherwise, these edits did not go unnoticed by the Wikipedia community.

In this presentation, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) students and Wikipedia community members will discuss their experiences working on an ongoing GLAM project at the La Guardia and Wagner Archives where they conducted a year-long independent research project designed to help address this important area of New York City history where . This is the third year of this collaborative project, which began in 2016, which involved archivists, librarians and faculty, as well as the continued support of the Wikimedia NYC chapter - The objective was to both increase online visibility of archival holdings while effectively introducing students to the process of archival research. This project also sought to involve them in establishing unwritten historical narratives that are crucial towards building a more inclusive public history of activism and our cities. This year’s student researcher team contributed to the entries related to NYPD cases of police brutality, police officer reform groups, and public relations and the CCRB. Their work highlighted the importance of archival collections to researching histories not well covered in secondary sources. There is an urgent need for historical work on the NYPD and on brutality cases past and present. We would also like to foster discussion of questions like: How can we foster connections with other archives, museums, colleges and activist groups in order to make these kinds of Wikipedia projects more visible? How do we negotiate the issues relating to usage of primary sources when facilitating GLAM projects?

Length of presentation
15-20 min.
Special requests
Saturday if possible
Preferred room size
Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?
We have presented on previous iterations of this GLAM project at WikiConferences in DC, San Diego and Montreal
If you will be incorporating a slidedeck during your presentation, do you agree to upload it to Commons before your session, with a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license, including suitable attribution in the slidedeck for any images used?
Will you attend WikiConference North America if your submission is not accepted?
not sure

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