Guggenheim Museum to Host Wikipedia “Gugg-a-thon” in Early October

by Dorothy Howard, Wikipedian-in-Residence and Open Data Fellow, METRO

Guggenheim Museum will host a Wikipedia “Gugg-a-thon” on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to support contributions to Wikipedia’s content on museum architecture. Join us at the Guggenheim to add information about museum architecture to the world’s largest source of free knowledge during the fourth annual month-long Archtober festival.

NYC - Guggenheim Museum by Jean-Christophe BENOISTHistory doesn’t write itself. This event will be an opportunity to explore the impact of new museum buildings, expansions, and renovations on the future of their institutions and their surrounding communities. Join us to examine the ways in which the design of a museum informs the presentation of art and the audience experience, and to expand and enhance the category of museum architecture on Wikipedia.

The program will include welcoming remarks by notable scholars in the field of museum architecture, an overview of the Guggenheim’s long history of engagement with architecture and design, and background on Wikipedia’s role as an institutional partner. The agenda also includes a free architectural tour of the Guggenheim Museum. Light refreshments will be provided.

Prior editing experience for Wikipedia is not required to participate. The event will include a training session for participants who are new to Wikipedia. The training session will be held in the smaller media lab at the museum and will focus on providing the tools needed to create and edit Wikipedia articles. Wikipedia specialists will be on hand to provide basic instruction and editing support.

Event Details
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Sackler Center. The speaking program will take place in the New Media Theater. Editing will take place in the adjacent media labs. Editors can take breaks and walk through the museum rotunda.

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue (please enter through 89th Street)

Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

Welcoming Remarks: Event organizers, William Menking, Founder and Editor of The Architects Newspaper, Cara Cragan, Guggenheim Museum Senior Manager, Architecture, Commissions, and Project Planning (SRGM), and Amanda Parmer

Hosts: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan New York Library Council

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We hope to see you there!

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