In this presentation, followed by a discussion with the participants, we will present our thoughts around a sustainable technical infrastructure for global heritage and content partnerships. The target audience is people that have prior knowledge about the Wikimedia movement. The discussion will focus on how the Wikimedia movement can create such infrastructure in order to develop the tools needed for effective partnerships across the world. This session will also solicit feedback from participants.
The importance and the extremely high usage of Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects have lead many organizations across the world to think about how they can contribute with information and knowledge, what their role could be in the free knowledge ecosystem and how they can become an active participant.
Over the years, many millions of data items and media files have been contributed to Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and other Wikimedia projects through collaborations between Wikimedia communities and external content partners. However, many potential partnerships are still untapped because of lacking technical infrastructure to support batch uploads and editing, analytics, data synchronization and more. This makes content partnerships difficult to access, especially for less well-resourced communities and content partners.
Through the work in the FindingGLAMs project and the Structured Data on Commons project a number of identified problems have been identified and worked on. The aim has been to lay the groundwork for better tools for cultural partnerships. By using these case studies we will discuss what are the most commons problems encountered in the GLAM partnership workflow, and what technical resources are needed to solve them. We will highlight what sustainable and participatory paths we see moving forward and how the wider movement could and should be engaged and how the work can help empower them.
This work will help new and innovative partnerships with GLAM institutions around the world to form where freely licensed content will be shared so that it can be reused in numerous products (SDG 9, 17). These partnerships can help reduce inequality and access to knowledge (SDG 4, 5, 10). It will also help strengthen the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage by ensuring distribution of digital copies (SDG 11).
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a: