MIDEA Posts by loribyrdphillips

Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part II)

Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part II)

In my first post on Community-Sourcing 100 Toys I explained the process behind The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis project and shared about the surprising level of engagement it received. Get caught up, if you haven’t already! What I found most intriguing about “100 Toys” was watching our first attempt at community-sourcing play out in surprising […]

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Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part I)

Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part I)

This summer, in my position as Digital Marketing Content Coordinator at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, I had the opportunity to take part in an amazing project called “100 Toys (& Their Stories) that Define Our Childhood.” The project was intended to be small and experimental, but turned into a popular social campaign that spread […]

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MuseumNext Barcelona: A Wikipedian’s Perspective

MuseumNext Barcelona: A Wikipedian’s Perspective

  From May 23 to 25, I had the amazing opportunity to represent Wikimedia at MuseumNext in Barcelona, joining four other Wikimedians from countries throughout Europe.  Now in its fourth year, MuseumNext brings together an international group of cultural professionals to share best practices in digital engagement in museums. In addition to presenting about QRpedia, […]

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GLAM-Wiki takes the American Association of Museums

GLAM-Wiki takes the American Association of Museums

As a museum studies student I have always looked forward to attending the American Association of Museums (AAM) annual meeting, where thousands of museum professionals nerd-out in over 100 sessions on museum theory and best practice. But, I would never have guessed that my first time at AAM would involve chairing a session …on Wikipedians […]

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AAM and NMC Mash-Up: The Big Trends

When I caught wind of AAM’s Center for the Future of Museum’s inaugural TrendsWatch report, I immediately was interested in comparing it with the NMC Horizon Project’s recently announced top 10 Metatrends. It’s always fascinating to see how the discussions in the museum technology sphere go from potential fads to legitimate trends that are deserving […]

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GLAMcamp DC adds Sparkle to Museum-Wikipedia Partnerships

GLAMcamp DC adds Sparkle to Museum-Wikipedia Partnerships

When one hears “GLAMcamp,” the last thing that would come to mind is a gaggle of Wikipedians hacking on tech tools and documentation. But that’s precisely what GLAMcamp is — a three-day event that brings together Wikipedians to create tools, standards, and best practices for partnerships between cultural organizations and Wikipedia. A friendly reminder: GLAM […]

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Defining Open Authority in Museums

Defining Open Authority in Museums

  As part of my museum studies MA, I have been researching the potential of Wikipedia as a platform for museums to encourage accessibility and community dialogue. My research happened to coincide with an incredibly inspiring discussion about authority among museum professionals, which led me to propose a new model for authority in museums: open […]

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One Small Museum Making a Big Impact: An Interview with Roger Bamkin

One Small Museum Making a Big Impact: An Interview with Roger Bamkin

Roger Bamkin is not only the Chairman of the board of Wikimedia UK, but has also emerged as a leader in the GLAM-Wiki community over the past year. He has coordinated a number of projects at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, including a multi-lingual challenge, which aimed to increase and improve articles related to the […]

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The Participatory Museum and a New Authority

The Participatory Museum and a New Authority

Over the past several weeks, a series of discussions have taken place on Twitter and the blogosphere that revolve around the challenges and opportunities that museums face in an age of participatory culture.  While debates about the intersection of museum authority and public voice have gone on for some time, this recent flurry of dialogue […]

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How Research is like a Reality TV Singing Competition

How Research is like a Reality TV Singing Competition

Want to know a secret? In my past life I was a serious American Idol fan. I don’t know why I got so swept up in the concept of a reality singing competition. I certainly can’t sing, but I’ve always been a sucker for the contestants who are portrayed as train wrecks and then shock […]

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Diving In: Grad School, Research, and Online Collaborative Learning

Diving In: Grad School, Research, and Online Collaborative Learning

This semester marks an exciting time as I begin to wrap up my graduate school experience. Instead of taking a class, I’ve decided to use Independent Study credit to write what I hope will be a published, peer-reviewed journal article. Generally speaking, my topic will be addressing Wikipedia as a collaborative community through which to […]

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Wikimania Recap: GLAM-Style

Wikimania Recap: GLAM-Style

Last week I was thrilled to attend Wikimania, the annual international conference of the Wikimedia community that was held this year in Haifa, Israel.  We were excited to have the GLAM-Wiki initiative as a track throughout the entire conference, but for me, it was most poignant to experience how the many tools, programs, and strategic […]

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Bringing Together Wikipedia and Teens

Bringing Together Wikipedia and Teens

Over the past two years, more and more museums have become interested in sharing their expertise with Wikipedia, but the primary question remains how?  Once you find the resources, how do you get them into Wikipedia? Museums are also considering ways to provide unique learning opportunities for their communities. At The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, […]

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Getting to know WikiProject:Public Art

Getting to know WikiProject:Public Art

Wikipedia provides an exhaustive amount of information about everything from dinosaurs and astronomy to television and politics. Many don’t realize that nearly every topic within Wikipedia is maintained by a WikiProject, a model that Wikipedians use to create and improve articles.  While the articles hyperlinked above receive a fair amount of attention from Wikipedians, one […]

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What’s an E-Volunteer?

What’s an E-Volunteer?

“You have a volunteer program…but do you have an E-Volunteer program?”  When Liam Wyatt, the Wikimedia Foundation Cultural Partnerships Fellow, asks this question of museum professionals you can almost hear the “Aha” moment. I was inspired by the concept, and I know others have been, too. But, what exactly is an E-Volunteer? That’s what I’ve […]

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Going Multilingual with QRpedia

Going Multilingual with QRpedia

As a museum studies graduate student, I have had a number of opportunities to wrangle with exhibit label writing. For any museum, choosing the levels of information to include in an exhibit is a daily battle. And, the need to provide resources for non-English speaking audiences complicates the issue further. Many museums are already using […]

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What’s so GLAM about Wikipedia?

What’s so GLAM about Wikipedia?

Hi, I’m a Wikipedian. Nice to meet you! 

Being a Wikipedian means that I contribute content to the encyclopedia, rather than just using it to find information as many do every day. I’m also an emerging museum professional with a passion for collections and museum technology. In this unique role as both a Wikipedian and […]

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Museums & Wikipedia: The Future of Collaboration and Accessibility

Museums & Wikipedia: The Future of Collaboration and Accessibility

When I first started my graduate program in museum studies I would never have thought that Wikipedia would become such an important part of my research and experiences within the museum field. Over the course of the past two years, however, I’ve come to understand the potential of Wikipedia as a collaborative learning tool and […]

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