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What is a Wikipedian in Residence? Link Round-Up

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

If you’re interested in pursuing a project with a Wikipedian in Residence, it’s strongly suggested that you carefully read the best practices laid out in the Wikipedian in Residence information page. Consider the resources that you’re interested in sharing, as well as those resources that you may have to support a resident. Once you’re ready, the GLAM-Wiki community is happy to distribute requests and help find potential Wikipedians for your project.
Lori Byrd Phillips
US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator
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