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Friday, November 8

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, our home base for the day. But don't go in this entrance! If you end up here, walk around the museum to the other side.
Enter the Museum through this entrance, off of the Fenway.

Friday is the conference's Culture Crawl, a day-long event that includes tours and other activities at various cultural institutions around Boston and Cambridge.

  • Our home base for the day will be the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Check-in & name-badge pick-up at the MfA: Friday 9am-5pm - at the MFA’s Fenway entrance (200 Fenway, b/t the two giant baby heads). This is the north entrance, on the opposite side of the museum from the Huntington Ave. entrance. A volunteer will meet you with a complimentary ticket to the Museum (only at this entrance). You will then be directed to the Trustees room, upstairs, where our programming will occur to complete registration.
  • Participants will visit local museums and cultural institutions for free backstage tours, edit-a-thons, and more. Participating institutions include:
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    • State Library of Massachusetts
    • MassArt (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)
    • Boston University
  • Sessions around GLAM and Wikidata
  • Kickoff to our conference-long hackathon, challenging participants to ideate and come up with solutions for problems around information reliability.
  • The day's Editathon coordination page on English Wikipedia

Friday evening will be our reception in Boston at the Waterworks Museum. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.


Registration will take place throughout the day in the Trustees Room in the Museum of Fine Arts. Come to the Museum's Fenway entrance to receive entrance to the Museum.
Training Sessions @ MFA
All sessions take place in the Museum of Fine Arts' Trustees Room.
Tours & Other Activities
Various Locations

10 AM

Welcome and introduction to Wikimedia, Wikidata, GLAM. See the Editathon coordination page. *(Slides)

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Cyrus Dallin’s Appeal to the Great Spirit (Layla Bermeo and Dennis Carr)

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Wikidata Tutorial: Intro to the Basics (Robert Fernandez)

12:15 - 1 PM

Lunch break (Quick tools Training)

1 - 2 PM

Strategies and models for GLAM Wiki partnerships and OpenGLAM (Andrew Lih, Alex Stinson, Evelin Heidel,et al.)

2 - 3:15 PM

Introduction to Structured Data on Commons (Stinson)

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Editing GLAM collections on Wikidata ⁠— tools, spreadsheets, knowledge graphs, art depiction tool

4:45 - 5:15 PM

Showcase of edit-a-thon results
You are welcome to stay at the museum until 10pm on Fridays!

10:30 - 11:15 AM @ MFA, Swan Gallery 245

James Swan and the Swan furniture
(Tour by Tom Michie & Courtney Harris)

11 AM - 12 PM @ MFA, 3rd Floor American Wing

Women Take the Floor and Art & Feminism
(Tour by Nonie Gadsden)

11 AM - 12 PM @ MIT, MakerWorkshop

2 30-minute tours of the MakerWorkshop makerspace; see map

12 - 12:30 PM @ MFA, two galleries

MFA History tour
(Tour by Maureen Melton)

1:30 - 2:30 PM @ State Library of Massachusetts

Tour of Library and Special Collections (Room 341)

From 1 PM @ MassArt

Open edit-a-thon and spillover hackathon space - MassArt Library classroom (13th floor of Tower building, 621 Huntington Ave; You must enter the library on 12 to access 13). Come here for a quiet place to work with great views!

2 - 3 PM @ MassArt

Evolution of Artists’ book and a Class on Color

3 - 3:45 PM @ MFA, Room 280

Japanese Buddhist sculpture, Conservation in Action
(Tour by Eve Mayberger & Linsly Boyer)

3:30 - 4 PM @ Boston University

Tour of African Studies Library within Mugar Memorial Library

4 PM - 5 PM @ MIT, MakerWorkshop

2 30-minute tours of the MakerWorkshop makerspace; see map

5:00 - 5:30 PM — Board buses at the Fenway side of the MFA.

5:30PM - Buses depart for the Reception at the Waterworks Museum.

6:00 - 10:00 PMReception at the Waterworks Museum

2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02467

We will be hosting an open bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

We will also have tours of the Museum!


Map of our MFA entrance.
Map of Culture Crawl locations; view interactive map here.
  • Boston University (Mugar Memorial Library): 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
  • MassArt: 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
  • Museum of Fine Arts: 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
  • MIT MakerWorkshop: 127 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA (Building 35, 1st Floor)
  • State Library of Massachusetts: 24 Beacon Street, State House Room 341, Boston, MA