[email protected] is a workshop to be held in Denver in April, just before the Museums and the Web 2010 conference. The goal is to develop ‘policies that will enable museums to better contribute to and use Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons, and for the Wikimedia community to benefit from the expertise in museums’.
If you’ve got stuff you want to say, you can dive right into the conversation – there’s a whole bunch of conversations at http://conference.archimuse.com/forums/wikimediamw2010, including ‘Legal and Business Model Barriers to Collaboration, ‘Notability Criteria‘ and ‘Metrics for Museums on Wikipedia‘.
I’m going to be at the workshop and will do my best to represent any issues raised at the meeting. I think it’s particularly important that we avoid ‘Feeling glum after GLAM-WIKI‘ if we possibly can, so I’d like to go there with a really good understanding of the possible points of resistance, clashes in organisational culture or world view, incompatible requirements or wishlists so that they can be raised and hopefully dealt with during the in-person workshop. I’d love to hear from you if there are messages you want to pass on.
I’m also thinking about an informal meetup in London to help cultural heritage people articulate some of the issues that might help or hinder collaboration so they can be represented at the workshop – if you’re a museum, gallery, archive, library or general cultural heritage bod, would that be useful for you?