Submissions:2023/Activating Archives: How the Archives of Ontario is Building Community through GLAM-Wiki

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Activating Archives: How the Archives of Ontario is Building Community through GLAM-Wiki


Recent Changes, Community Initiatives, Education, Equity / Inclusion / Community Health, GLAM / Heritage / Culture, Legal / Advocacy / Risks, Credibility / Mis and Disinformation (WikiCred)

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In June 2020, the Archives of Ontario (AO) uploaded its first collection of images to Wikimedia Commons and launched its GLAM-Wiki page to make records more accessible on a platform where people already are. At the time, the initiative was a necessary means of providing access to records while the AO’s facility was closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it has grown to become a core means of reaching new audiences, building relationships, and inspiring communities to activate our collections and engage with their histories.

The AO’s GLAM-Wiki page currently provides access to around 7,000 images, that have received close to 14.5 million views. Even more astounding than these statistics are the stories we’ve received from individuals and communities using these images, underscoring the power of archival records as historical evidence and as source material to spark new ideas, perspectives, knowledge, and social change.

This presentation will share how the AO’s collections are being activated by highlighting case studies from the AO’s Wikimedia Commons uploads and exploring the myriad ways the AO’s GLAM-Wiki work has supported, inspired, necessitated, expanded, and re-conceptualized community engagement. Conference participants will learn how the AO’s work in the GLAM-Wiki sphere supports wider efforts to expand representation, support inclusion, and build relationships that continue to break down barriers between archives and the public they serve.

Author name:

Danielle Manning

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Affiliated organization(s):

Archives of Ontario

Estimated time:

30-45 minutes

Special requests:

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

My colleague presented a similar presentation in July 2023 to an internal, Government of Ontario audience at an event called the DigitALL FestivALL, run by another team within the Ontario Public Service.

Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)