In March 2015, members of the Advisory Board charged with making the GLAM-Wiki U.S. Consortium a reality met for two days in Washington, DC. We had met and collaborated in various capacities before; but this time, we were able to craft a strong plan for moving forward. We updated our Vision Statement, to help our members and stakeholders understand what we are all about:
Vision: To foster knowledge-sharing among US cultural organizations and Wikimedia projects, cultivating expertise and an ethic of sharing in open collaborations that engage the public with its cultural heritage.
We also composed a Mission Statement, and strategic goals on both one- and five-year horizons. Specific, immediate goals include:
- Hiring a part-time coordinator, who will help keep the momentum going as we get more firmly established (grant proposal now underway);
- Planning a GLAM Boot Camp event in DC this fall (likely September), to train and build relationships with Wikipedians interested in guiding GLAM institutions’ Wikipedia engagement; and
- A second 2015 meeting of our Advisory Group, also in fall 2015.
For more details, please see our meeting report on the Outreach Wiki.
The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. National Archives, with support from Wikimedia DC.