Wikid archives

During the recent spate of blogs as part of #blogjune, I looked at how information about archives and archive repositories could be made more generally accessible; through standardised based description feeding into a range of schemas for broader use, and also through inclusion on wikipedia.

The Wikimedia Foundation has been actively courting the GLAM sector through initiatives like the Wikimedian in residence program, first at the British Museum ( and then at a range of institutions. A few years ago, they actively courted institutions to become involved in WW1 wiki projects, aimed at encouraging more information from and about women. The State Library of Queensland has released over 50,000 images on Wiki commons with a CC licence, and now the National Archives and Records Administration is also getting in on the act (

However, the level of engagement with GLAM bodies still appears to remain very low –  Perhaps we too can become Wikid archives?



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