Wow Craig,
this is great and the work you've been doing with the QM is really important
outreach and local interaction. It's one think for the Wikimedia community
to say "give us your photos" but you actually getting out there and building
a personal relationship with the institution is incredibly valuable. Thank

I would also like to point people to another recent post (more from the
Library angle) about interacting with Wikipedia: There's also this
personal response from the sector about the GLAM-WIKI recommendations: And I know
that the National Library is working on a formal/institutional-level
response to the recommendations too.

All in all, there is a lot of work going on in the GLAM sector to find ways
of working with Wikimedia! There'll be a few announcements along these lines
in the near future and I know from talking with some European colleagues
that our work in Australia is being looked at as the best-practice. So,
Criag, keep up the good work and please tell us if you need any specific

[[Witty lama]]
VP Wikimedia Australia
Peace, love & metadata

On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 8:23 AM, Craig Franklin <> wrote:

>  Hi All,
> Some interesting blog posts from David Milne, manager of Strategic Learning
> at the Queensland Museum.  I have been working closely with David in trying
> to get access to some of QM’s extensive collection of public domain
> photographs and other media, and I think this could be a useful little
> primer for anyone who is thinking of jumping in and doing the same with one
> of their local institutions:
> “We certainly live in interesting (and rapidly changing) times. There is a
> loud and significant clarion call from Commonwealth and State governments to
> digitise collections to enable free public access to our cultural assets. As
> Senator Kate Lundy stated in her address at the GLAM-Wiki conference in
> Canberra in August, this is the 'default position of the government’. This
> implies the GLAM sector adopting a spirit of openness, sharing and
> connectedness. Other inducements to participate in an open access,
> communication revolution include: the Government 2.0 Taskforce initiative,
> the Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) and the need to
> respond, in this state, to the Queensland 2020:Ideas to Action in order to
> facilitate 'universal access to our arts and cultural assets’.
> “Back at 'Reality Ranch’ many GLAM sector institutions are contending with
> multiple challenges, not least of which are retaining staff during
> financially challenging times and maintaining traditional visiting audience
> numbers. Developing a policy for the use of social media (or helping to
> reduce your institution’s carbon footprint) may be mere peripheral points on
> the strategic planning radar. Other contributory forces which contribute to
> a state of partial inertia (in terms of the adoption of social media and
> digitisation strategies) lay partly with curatorial staff and the IT staff
> responsible for internet security. There are naturally honourable exceptions
> to this generalisation; this observation is far from being a slight on their
> good work. However, curators and IT gurus have reasons for maintaining the
> ‘status quo’; changing the role of curatorial expert to facilitator can be
> challenging for some (and anecdotally, liberating for others). Responding to
> public comments made after uploading digitised photographs of collections
> onto FLICKR or Wikimedia Commons is a tremendous form of social engagement
> for example, but this is thought to be time-consuming by sceptical staff.
> Raising the defensive internet screening barriers even higher is also an
> understandable response from people responsible for protecting the integrity
> of the data held on servers, which are subject to attack by a minority of
> the public with malevolent intent.
> “My personal view is that it is prudent to develop an understanding of the
> reasons why some GLAM sector institutions are not moving forward in
> embracing social media strategies at the pace advocates would like, and
> external government directives demand. There needs to be better
> understanding of institutional workplace culture and any arterial blockages
> to progress before a remedial stent is applied. Resolutions to 'clear the
> barricades' include the social media pioneers demonstrating to others in the
> GLAM sector the pathways they chose, illustrating how the views of sceptics
> were won over and internal incumbrances overcome. A large dollop of
> assertive leadership and having 'champions for the cause' in high places are
> essential. The benefits of engaging in opening up public access to
> collections and interacting with the public using various forms of social
> media has to be seen to outweigh the reasons for ‘defending the fort’. To
> that end there are some great ideas being shared around on the CAN site and
> I hope, in time, through MANEXUS.”
> David has also made an interesting post on Brianna’s “Museums and
> Wikipedia” group at Ning (
> “Post GLAM-Wiki conference, a really helpful and positive relationship has
> been established between the Queensland Museum and a member of the
> Queensland Wikimedia community. Uploading a small sample of copyright free
> photographs from the museum's extensive collection onto Wiki Commons has
> been a slow process. This is not technically challenging, but ensuring that
> in-house policies and procedures are met requires considered thought.
> “I have written a blog over on MANEXUS which sheds some light on broader
> issues which the GLAM sector have to contend with in relation to the
> adoption of various forms of social media which may be of interest,
> particularly to the Wikimedia community.”
> It has certainly been my experience so far that institutions are really
> eager and excited at the idea of sharing their material with us (and with
> the world at large), but that internal procedures and policies are to an
> extent hindering that goal.  For instance, it has taken some weeks for QM to
> work out how they are going to reconcile their internal file naming policy
> with Commons’ file naming policy.
> This list has been a bit quiet, so I figured I’d throw this out there for
> discussion and further comment!
> Cheers,
> Craig Franklin
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