Alex Stinson: GLAM-Wiki, Wikidata, and Global Knowledge


Date and Time 
January 30, 2018
11:00am to 12:00pm
Green Library Bing Wing 121A (SSRC Classroom)
Event Sponsor 
Stanford University Libraries

How do heritage and memory communities share collections, research and expertise with a broad public? The most mission aligned and visible internet platforms for doing this are Wikipedia and its sister projects which include the linked-open data platform Wikidata and free-media platform Wikimedia Commons. Alex Stinson will talk about the opportunities and challenges reflected in the global GLAM-Wiki community, especially as it relates to the two key trends happening in the Wikimedia community: a turn towards structured data, through Wikidata, and the challenge of creating a equitable global representation of knowledge.
ALEX STINSON is the GLAM-Wiki Strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia. He develops infrastructure, capacity and best practices for Wikimedia's global volunteer community to partner with Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs). Alex has a master's degree in English literature and previously worked in Digital Humanities, where he supported digitally inflected pedagogy and digital research projects which shared humanities knowledge with the public. Alex has been contributing to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects since 2005.