It’s no secret that I am a fan of Wikipedia. In graduate school, I politely disagreed with a professor who wouldn’t allow Wikipedia as a primary source. I lost that battle, but a lot has changed since then as the resource has continued to expand magnificently in scope, depth, accuracy and participation. I’m particularly enamored with the GLAM-Wiki initiative, an effort that encourages galleries, libraries, archives and museums to partner with Wikipedia on projects that promote free and open knowledge for the public.
So as a Wikipedian-in-training, I’m very excited that The National Archives at Kansas City is hosting its 1st Annual Meetup and Scanathon on June 16, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Here’s what’s in store:
This year’s theme is “Between the Rivers” and will focus on documents and images from the holdings of the National Archives at Kansas City related to life along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Scanned content will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons in order to be used in relevant Wikipedia articles. Scans will also be included where appropriate in the upcoming exhibition Between the Rivers and added to the National Archives’ online research catalog.
This full day event will include a tour of the facility; presentations from National Archives Wikipedian-in-Residence, Dominic McDevitt-Parks, and Exhibit Specialist, Dee Harris; and time in the research room to work on projects. The focus of the projects will be scanning; additional opportunities to participate include writing articles, transcribing, and categorizing images on Commons.