Go forth and Wiki edit…

WIKI and QR codes… the ‘Something Wiki this way comes’ event last week was attended by over 30 eager, and not so geeky, museum peeps. Andy Mabbett enthused us, without scaring even the most web under confident person amongst us. Seeing just how incredibly relevant – and easy!- using and utilising wiki-media and QR codes is for museums led to quite a few hand-slap-on-the-forehead moments. I am told many of the attendees have alreadty done the homework set by Andy.. ‘Go forth and become a wiki editor NOW, change and alter a few sites.. now!‘   Is this what they really mean by  ‘we’re all in it together’?

Quite a few possible projects came out of the session and still other fertilisations are beginning to quicken. The MDOs want to encourage and support you as much as possible – fine tuning still to be done, but watch out for hands-on training sessions at your own venues coming soon. We will also probably be taking bids for Andy’s time and other expenses you may incur to develop your wiki or QR projects.. So get thinking and watch out for more details.

In the meantime here is a brief compilation of resources supplied by Erin Hollis and Andy – hope they are of use..wikiand QR resource list

Backstage Pass at the Herbert ..

No, not stage door autograph hunters, but an event with sneak peeks into the workings and collections of a museum, accompanied by lots of volunteers producing more and more wiki pages about your collection.. It really isnt frightening (!)and wow, what a way to get your collection loved by the world!!

the Herbert is running one really soon, why not give yourself a treat, see  how it works and then think about doing something similar at your place..

“You are your colleagues are invited to a Wikipedia event happening at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry on Saturday 1st October, 10am  Herbert_Backstage_Pass_poster
 We are hosting a ‘Backstage Pass’ for anyone interested in Wikipedia and what it can offer to museums and the wider community. If you’re interested in how your museum can work with Wikipedia, there will be plenty of networking opportunities. Also, we will lead behind the scenes tours and open up our collections and resources to help people research and write Wikipedia articles related to Coventry, the Herbert and our collections.

Even if you don’t have any prior experience of editing or contributing to Wikipedia, you are welcome to attend. The event is free and lunch will be provided. Places are limited, however, so please sign up in advance. To find out more and sign up visit:

Alternatively, send me an email and I will add you to the list: If you would like any more information, feel free to contact me anytime  Erin Hollis, Project Assistant, Herbert 2.0, Coventry Heritage and Arts Trust ,Herbert Art Gallery and Museum,:  Please note: I work Tuesday to Thursday.

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