One of the questions I’m most often asked is “What is a Wikipedian in Residence?” followed quickly by, “How do I get one?” and “How do I pay for one?” This post will include a quick summary of the Wikipedian in Residence model and a round-up of links with everything you need to know.
The most important resource is the Wikipedians in Residence information page on glamwiki.org. Go here for all things Wikipedian in Residence, including a list of current and past residents, open calls for residents, and sample goals and job descriptions.
From the Wikipedian in Residence page:
Core Characteristics of a Wikipedian in Residence:
- Serves as a liaison between the organization and the Wikimedia community to promote a mutually beneficial cooperation.
- Promotes understanding of Wikimedia among staff at the organization through workshops and events.
- Works with organizational staff to digitize, compile, & organize resources that are shared with the Wikipedia community.
- Facilitates the improvement of content by Wikipedians, rather than directly editing articles as a core goal.
- Coordinates events, such as Hack-a-Thons, Edit-a-Thons, or Backstage Passes, that bring Wikipedians on-site to work with staff on content creation and improvement.
- Avoids Conflict of Interest by not editing articles directly relating to the organization.
- Supported formally by an institution, allowing the resident to work closely with staff for various projects.
Ultimately, a residency lays the foundation for a more lasting partnership between the Wikipedia community and an organization.
Wikipedian in Residence Link Round-Up
- Lessons from Wikipedians in Residence Virtual Session, American Association of Museums, April 2012
- Wikipedians in Residence: Two Years of Open Culture, Open GLAM blog, Lori Phillips, January 27, 2012.
- How Does a Wikipedian in Residence survive?, The GLAM-Wiki Experience, Àlex Hinojo, February 1, 2012.
- In-Residence Around the World, Wikimedia blog, Liam Wyatt, April 27, 2011.