For several years along with Vince Smith and others we have considered starting a project between the Natural History Museum and the Wikimedia GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) movement. In 2012 Wikimedia UK announced call for Wikipedians in Residence. Prompted by Daniel Mietchen we submitted an application which was accepted, provided we had a joint residency with the Science Museum.
In March John Cummings started as Wikipedian in Residence for the two institutions for a period of four months.
At the end of the initial project John's contract was extended to the middle of January 2014. He will be working part time (50%) on the Wikimedian-in-Residence project, funded by Wikimedia UK with the rest of his time spent on a project on the abyssal megafauna of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone with Gordon Paterson.
Background to the project
Measuring the Impact of Wikipedia on Organisations
- Measuring the Impact of Wikipedia for organisations (Part 1)
Using a modified linkypedia install to get information on page views.
- Measuring the Impact of Wikipedia for organisations (Part 2)
Digging deeper with a modified linkypedia: can we work out what an organisation's key themes are using Wikipedia?
- Measuring the Impact of Wikipedia for organisations (Part 3)
Can we create a graph of topics around an organisation? Can we visualise it?
- Transcribing letters from the NHM archive using Wikisource
Using Wikisource to crowd-source the transcription of letters from the Natural History Museum's archive.
- Jimmy Wales on Wikimedia UK, 5 March 2013
Our project gets a very brief mention by Jimmy Wales in this video covering some general Wikipedia and some more specific Wikimedia UK topics.
- Wikipedia Signpost (31/12/2012): Measuring the impact of Wikipedia for GLAM institutions
"Ed Baker, software developer at the Natural History Museum in London, has started a series of blog posts on "the impact and use of Wikipedia by organisations". In the first post, he looked at how the scope of pages linking to the NHM's website fits with the overall scope of the institution when pages are ranked either by number of page views or by number of links to the NHM. The latter approach could help identify opportunities for a collaboration between GLAM institutions and the Wikimedia communities."