High profile keynote speakers confirmed for GLAM-Wiki 2013

Wikimedia UK is delighted to announce that we have confirmed our keynote speakers for our GLAM-Wiki 2013 conference. The conference takes place at the British Library on 12-14 April this year. It builds on the success of GLAM-WIKI 2010 and is aimed at Wikimedians and cultural institutions alike.

Michael Edson is the Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Michael will be doing a lot of work focusing on scale this year – how to encourage GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) to deliver more impact in society for the resources, attention, mind share, real estate, reputation and trust they consume. His presentation will encourage GLAM leaders and practitioners to focus on helping Wikipedians succeed, giving specific examples of how success for Wikimedians is success for everyone.

Lizzy Jongma is the Data Manager at the world-famous Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. She has specialised in digitisation and online presentation of cultural heritage and has worked as developer, adviser and project leader in this field since 1998. She will be speaking about her current work on projects to share, structure and link digital information. Take a look at the new Rijksmuseum website with its high resolution images that everyone can download for reuse, and Rijksstudio, the remix-friendly area of the new website which allows users to create their own collections from the museum’s resources.

“We’re really excited at securing such impressive keynote speakers for GLAM-WIKI 2013,” said Jon Davies, Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK. “Both Michael and Lizzy make excellent contributions to the sector internationally and I’m looking forward to welcoming them to London.”

Our thanks go to Liam Wyatt, formerly both a Wikipedian in Residence at the British Museum and Cultural Partnerships Co-ordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation, for his efforts in securing our speakers.

Further details of the conference programme will be available in due course. In the meantime you can find more details of the conference here and register for tickets here.

If you have any questions about GLAM-WIKI 2013 please email Daria, our Events Organiser at daria.cybulska@wikimedia.org.uk

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