Submissions:2024/Enhancing Digital Collections through Wikimedia Commons

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Enhancing Digital Collections through Wikimedia Commons

Type of session:

Lecture (15-30 min)

Session theme(s):

Community Engagement, Education, GLAM (Galleries/Libraries/Archives/Museums), Open Data, Partnerships, Reliable Sources, Technology


In this presentation, Indiana State Library's Digital Initiatives director Justin Clark will discuss how collections from Indiana Memory and Hoosier State Chronicles, among others, have been added to Wikimedia Commons, improving existing Wikipedia pages and expanding access to digitized images. He'll also discuss ISL's public programming to coincide with these collections, including participating and hosting Wiki Edit-a-Thons for historians and librarians. In sum, attendees will learn about Indiana Memory and Hoosier State Chronicles as digital repositories, their integration with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and ultimately their use on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and how said initiatives can be used for public educational events.

Author name(s):

Justin Clark; Jill Weiss Simins

Wikimedia username(s):


E-mail address:

Affiliated organization(s):

Indiana Historical Bureau/Indiana State Library

Able to attend without scholarship?


Estimated length of session

30 minutes

Will you be presenting remotely?

Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

Previously presented?


Special requests:

I will have slides that I'd like to share for my presentation and the ability to share my screen with attendees to show them digital collections in real time.