Submissions:2015/Why Wikipedia Works for Us: an Exploration of Innovation at the National Archives

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Why Wikipedia Works for Us: an Exploration of Innovation at the National Archives
Type of submission
Dominic Byrd-McDevitt
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National Archives and Records Administration
Over the course of the past four years, NARA has been deeply involved in the Wikipedia community—hosting editathons, uploading thousands of images, and developing best practices—but these activities did not take place in a vacuum. This panel brings together key practitioners from the National Archives' Office of Innovation, with the aim of contextualizing NARA's Wikipedia engagement as part of a broader institutional approach to promoting innovation, access, and openness. With an introduction by NARA's Chief Innovation Officer, each panelist will discuss a different project of note for encouraging open participation and public access to collections. The following are expected panelists and topics:
  • Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer
    Introduction to Innovation at NARA (10 mins.)
  • Andrew Wilson, Director, Digital Engagement Division:
    NARA's Citizen Archivist initiative and participatory catalog (8 mins.)
  • Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, Digital Content Specialist/Wikipedian in Residence
    National Archives catalog API and open data (8 mins.)
  • Darren Cole, Web and Social Media Branch
    The Innovation Hub, NARA's citizen engagement space in Washington, D.C. (8 mins.)
Each of the panelists has also been involved, to varying degrees, in NARA's work on Wikipedia. There will be many GLAM presentations at WikiConference USA, but by focusing on the interconnected projects of institutional advocates of Wikipedia, this panel seeks to provide a practical demonstration of how an organization can institutionalize Wikipedia engagement as an established program within a larger framework of mission-oriented innovation. Through these examples, we will discuss not just successes, but the challenges of fostering a Wikipedia-friendly ethos within an organization.
Length of presentation
45 minutes
Special schedule requests
For panelists' schedules, must present on Friday.
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