METRO Receives Project and Engagement Grant from the Wikimedia Foundation

256px-Wikipedia_logo_silver.pngIt is with great enthusiasm that METRO announces its receipt of a Project and Event Grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to continue its engagement with GLAM-Wiki initiatives in New York and expand its Wikipedia services to member and non-member institutions.

In the past year, METRO has embarked upon a new initiative to provide members with services for Wikipedia and Open Data by hiring Wikipedian-in-Residence and Open Data Fellow Dorothy Howard. In partnership with Open-GLAM , the Open Knowledge Foundation, and Wikimedia NYC, METRO provides consultation services and project development support for any member with interest in learning more about how they can engage with Wikipedia. The project also offers learning resources and publicity for members developing GLAM-Wiki projects of their own.

"Dorothy has done incredibly important work this past year raising our member libraries' and archives' profiles in Wikipedia, and I'm thrilled that this grant will help expand that work to the greater GLAM community,” says Jason Kucsma, METRO’s Executive Director.

The project has included the co-hosting of Wikipedia Edit-a-thons held in libraries and archives in the New York area to improve open access content with authority information. Since August, 2013, METRO has co-hosted nine Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, including “Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn” at the Brooklyn Public Library, “Open History: Queens and Wikipedia” at Queens Library, a “Global Women Wikipedia Write-In” at Columbia University’s Studio@Butler, and “Women in Jewish History” at the Center for Jewish History.

This initiative has also provided library and archives staff with mentorship and training on using Wikipedia, including a pair of Wikipedia workshops hosted at METRO.

Per the scope of the Project and Event Grant, METRO will now offer consultations and project assistance to non-member libraries and archives in addition to METRO members. In this way, METRO will further its mission to provide New York institutions with access to emerging technologies in libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions.

METRO is one of four projects to have received a PEG grant from the Wikimedia Foundation thus far in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.