TITLE: Cultural Institutions & Wikipedia: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship
SPEAKER: Dominic McDevitt-Parks, Kristin Anderson
EVENT DATE: 08/13/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Over the past few years, cultural institutions have formed partnerships with Wikipedia in order to increase their visibility on the web and connect with a vibrant community of online volunteers. As a purpose-driven, non-profit educational project, Wikipedia and its sister sites have shared values and interests with cultural institutions that are only now being fully realized. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has become an enthusiastic and vocal participant in this movement to build bridges with Wikipedia and its community. Using specific examples, Dominic McDevitt-Parks discusses how NARA views the partnership as a vehicle for increasing access to holdings, citizen engagement, and openness, while addressing practical concerns and challenges institutions will likely face if they choose to become involved.
Speaker Biography: Dominic McDevitt-Parks was Wikipedian in residence at the National Archives and Records Administration from 2011-2012. He came to NARA from the Archives Management program at Simmons College and also holds a B.A. in history from Reed College. He has been a volunteer Wikipedia contributor since 2004.
Speaker Biography: Kristin Anderson is a cataloging librarian in the History and Military Science section at the Library of Congress. She is an active volunteer in the Wikipedia community.
SERIES: Digital Future and You