Wikipedian in residence or wikimedian in residence ( WiR ) is a Wikipedia editor, a Wikipedian (gold wikimedian) Who Accepts a placement with an institution Typically an art gallery, library, archive or museum ( GLAM ), or Institute of Higher Education ( Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) Wikipedia entries related to the institution of the institution and the Wikimedia community. Wikipedia-related Wikipedia-related Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Institutions That-have hosted a Wikipedian in include wide institutions residence like the British Museum , the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health , the British Library , the National Library of Norway , and the Federal Archives of Switzerland and smaller goings like the Derby Museum and Art Gallery and The New Art Gallery Walsall in the UK; The Palace of Versailles in France; The Museu Picasso in Spain; And in the US, the Smithsonian Institution , the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library , and the National Archives and Records Administration .

Developing interest

In 2010, Australian Liam Wyatt became the first Wikipedian in residence when he volunteered at the British Museum for a period of five weeks. [1] [2] He Noted the need for Wikipedia to Strengthen partnerships with museums to create The Most up-to-time and accurate information, [3] Saying “we are doing la même thing for the Sami reason, for the Sami people , In the same medium. Let’s do it together. ” The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was involved with the program after Wikipedian Lori Phillips volunteered for a GLAM event in 2010, [3] becoming the second Wikipedian in residence. The third, Benoît Evellin, spent six months at the Palace of Versailles . [4] The Museu Picasso in Barcelona, ​​Spain, and the Derby Museum and Art Gallery in the United Kingdom were also early adopters of the idea. [5] [6]

In 2010, the Smithsonian Institution expressed interest in the idea, which led to the hiring of Sarah Stierch in July as Wikipedian in Residence. [7] [8] [9] [10] The following year, the National Archives and Records Administration followed and hired Dominic McDevitt-Parks, a student from Simmons College , who was pursuing a master’s degree in history and archives management, Work at its Archives II location. [11] [12] McDevitt-Parks had been editing Wikipedia since 2004 and was hired for this position by David Ferriero . [12] [13]

In July 2011 Wikimedia UK engaged Andy Mabbett, an editor since 2003, as an “Outreach Ambassador” in-residence at the Bristol-based Wildlife Charity Wildscreen , working on the ARKive project . [14] Since then Mabbett has been a Wikipedia enthusiast for the New Art Gallery Walsall . [15]

In January 2013, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library est devenu the first Presidential library to hire a Wikipedian in residence, When They hired Michael Barera, a master’s student at the University of Michigan . [16]

In September 2013, the National Archives and Records Administration became the first full-time permanent employee-to-work organization. [17]

Dominic McDevitt-Parks speaking at WikiConference USA 2015 hosted at the National Archives Building

In March 2014, Harvard University posted a job listing at the Houghton Library . [18]

In October 2014, the University of Victoria Libraries annoncé That in cooperation with The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences That Christian Vandendorpe HAD-been named Honorary Resident Wikipedian in Residence for the 2014/2015 academic year. [19]

By 2016, more than 100 Wikipedians had taken part in the role, [18] most of whom were paid by the institution where they work or a Wikimedia-related organization.

Role and duties

The primary role of the Wikipedian-in-Residence is to serve as a liaison between the host institution and the community. Typical duties include arranging and / or leading training events and editathons; [20] [21] providing explanations to other staff and members of the public about policies and practices, such as policies about conflict-of-interest; As well as articles about the cultural objects in an organization’s collection. [22]


While Wikipedia Direct discourages paid compensation for section editing and prohibits undisclosed advocacy, Wikipedians in residence are permitted to be compensated for work on-wiki , Either by Offering credit, stipend or salary, through Their sponsoring institutions Provided That They adhere to strict guidelines contre Engaging In public relations or marketing for their institution.


One such advertised post has been positively identified by others as being “a unique opportunity to help enrich Wikipedia and its sister projects and share with the world the resources and knowledge.” [22] Conversely, another advertised post was less favorably received by Andrew Orlowski who described it as “throwing taxpayers’ money away on fashionable gimmicks”, and proposing a stereotypical perceived person specificationincluding having a “desire to argue the toss online for 23 hours a day.” [20] In 2013, a part-time temporary position was advertised by National Library of Scotland and was noted as being “the first broad-scale partnership” Between a Scottish institution and Wikimedia UK . [21] This initiative was followed by the University of Edinburgh . [23]


  1. Jump up^ Cohen, Noam (5 June 2010). “Venerable British Museum Enlists in the Wikipedia Revolution” . New York Times . Retrieved 27 January 2013 .
  2. Jump up^ Cohen, Noam (19 March 2014). “Warming Up to the Culture of Wikipedia” . New York Times . Retrieved 24 March 2014 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b “Museum Hires First Wikipedian in Residence” . Indianapolis, Indiana : 19 August 2011 . Retrieved 27 January 2013 .
  4. Jump up^ GLAM Château de Versailles Project page
  5. Jump up^ GLAM Museu Picasso Project page
  6. Jump up^ GLAM Derby Project page
  7. Jump up^ Cohen, Noam (July 12, 2010). “Success may be Wikipedia’s biggest challenge” . Gdansk, Poland : Boston Globe . Retrieved 27 January 2013 .
  8. Jump up^ Switzer, Cody (July 28, 2011). “Wikipedian-in-residence helps share Smithsonian archives” . The Chronicle of Philanthropy . Retrieved 27 January 2013 .
  9. Jump up^ Shen, Aviva (4 April 2012). “How many women does it take to change Wikipedia?” . . Retrieved 27 January 2013 .
  10. Jump up^ Paul Gallagher (January 10, 2014). “Wikipedia fires editor who enhanced entries for cash” . The Independent .
  11. Jump up^ Julie Baughman (13 July 2011). “National Archives hires ‘Wikipedian in residence ‘ ” . The Baltimore Sun . Retrieved 26 April 2013 .
  12. ^ Jump up to:b Lisa Rein (2 June 2011). “National Archives hires first ‘Wikipedian ‘ ” . The Washington Post . Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  13. Jump up^ “National Archives appoints a ‘Wikipedian ‘ ” . Tampa Bay Times . 3 June 2011 . Retrieved 26 April 2013 .
  14. Jump up^ Zaba, Christina (16 September 2011). “Bristol ‘Wikipedians’ taught to edit online encylopaedia” . Bristol24-7 . Retrieved 13 June 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ Brown, Julie (17 June 2013). “The New Art Gallery Walsall” . Museums Association . Retrieved 13 June 2014 .
  16. Jump up^ Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey (17 January 2013). “President Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum appoints its first Wikipedian in residence” . Grand Rapids, Michigan : Michigan Live LLC . Retrieved 27 January 2013 .
  17. Jump up^ “Breaking New Ground Again” . National Archives and Records Administration . 19 September 2013.
  18. ^ Jump up to:b “Wikipedian in Residence – Outreach Wiki” . Retrieved 18 August 2014 .
  19. Jump up^ “Honorary resident Wikipedian: Professor Christian Vandendorpe – Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences” . Retrieved 28 December 2016 .
  20. ^ Jump up to:b Orlowski, Andrew (16 February 2012). “British Library seeks taxpayer-funded Wikipedia-fiddler” . The Register . Retrieved 19 June 2013 .
  21. ^ Jump up to:b “National Library of Scotland recruits ‘Wikipedian ‘ ” . BBC News . 24 April 2013 . Retrieved 19 June 2013 .
  22. ^ Jump up to:b Woods, Steve (April 18, 2013). “National Library of Scotland seeks Wikipedian in residence” . Bristol Wireless . Retrieved 19 June 2013 .
  23. Jump up^ Ho, Amanda (October 13, 2015). “University of Edinburgh to employee ‘Wikimedian in Residence’ web editor ‘ . The Student Newspaper . Retrieved 7 May 2016 .

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