2 / How to strengthen the visibility and impact of your collections by using Wikipedia

Workshop leaders
Karen Williams, Project Manager at The Royal Danish Library
Finn Årup Nielsen, Associate Professor, DTU Compute at the Technical University of Denmark
Majken Astrup, Communication & Project Officer at AU Library, Campus Emdrup
Villy Fink Isaksen, Wikipedian

If you have openly licensed digitised cultural heritage resources – or if you consider opening up your resources – this is the workshop for you.


Why work with Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is one of the biggest, most widely used sources of knowledge in the world. Every month, it generates 18 billion page views and 500 million unique visitors. The encyclopedia is available in 250 different languages, and contains 37 million articles. Museums that contribute images, expertise and other resources to Wikipedia have the chance to become part of this gigantic knowledge bank that people all over the world use every day.

Wikipedia is completely open. Everything you see and read there, you can also take and reuse in new contexts. This means that Wikipedia is dependent on openly licensed images and data that may be freely reused. So you can give your digitised collection extra care by sharing it on Wikipedia.

What can you expect of the workshop?

In this workshop, a team of Wikipedians, librarians and curators will introduce you to the principles of sharing digitised cultural heritage on Wikipedia. You will get a basic introduction how to get started editing on Wikipedia, and instructions on ways to upload your collection to Wikimedia Commons. We will also dig into which licenses are a good match with Wikipedia, and what the different licenses imply.      

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