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Submissions/GLAM's + Wikimedia Commons: Library and Archives Canada's first steps

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 5004 Aubject - G2
Title of the submission
GLAM's + Wikimedia Commons: Library and Archives Canada's first steps towards a meaningful relationship
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
lightning talk / bird of a feather
Author of the submission
Shannon Perry / Jessica Ouvrard
Language of presentation
English / French
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Library and Archives Canada
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

As of January 2017, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) began a pilot project to investigate how to best create a meaningful relationship with Wikimedia's varied projects. One of the key priorities was to increase access to LAC's collection.

Our vast collection, assembled over the past 140 years, includes the following:

  • some 20 million books published in various languages, from rare artists' books and first editions to literary classics and popular fiction;
  • 241 linear kilometres of government and private textual records;
  • more than 3 million architectural drawings, plans and maps, some dating back to the early 16th century;
  • about 4.5 million megabytes of information in electronic format, including thousands of Canadian theses, periodicals and books available online;
  • nearly 30 million photographic images, including prints, negatives, slides and digital photos;
  • more than 90,000 films, including short and full-length films, documentaries and silent films, dating as far back as 1897;
  • more than 550,000 hours of audio and video recordings;
  • over 425,000 works of art, including watercolours, oil paintings, sketches, caricatures and miniatures, some dating back to the 1600s; as well as medals, seals, posters and coats of arms;
  • approximately 550,000 items constituting the largest collection of Canadian sheet music in the world; documentation related to music in Canada; and recordings on disks and records of all formats, including piano rolls, reels and spools, and eight-track tapes;
  • the Canadian Postal Archives;
  • textual archives for various individuals and groups who have contributed to Canada's cultural, social, economic and political development;
  • national newspapers from across Canada, from dailies to student newspapers, and from Aboriginal magazines to ethnic community newsletters.

With this in mind, where to start? This presentation shares the lessons learned to date, and allows for a discussion with the Wikimedia GLAM community, of the variety of possibilities we have proposed on how to move forward at LAC. I will discuss how the project has evolved from the initial plan to its current phase, where LAC will see its first bulk institutional donation to Wikimedia Commons (1,000 images from the National Film Board of Canada), and its related projects. I will also discuss my proposal for a new approach/role at LAC which may be of interest to larger GLAM's - the Wikimedia Working Group

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will learn about a new project, and hopefully take a closer look at how GLAM staff can match their expertise with directed Wikipedian-in-Rsidence projects and interested Wikimedia communities/on going projects.

Theme of presentation
GLAM project planning
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

beginner / intermediate

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
5 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

Final submission


This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.


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  1. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 14:38, 28 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. MB-one (talk) 13:30, 8 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Headbomb (talk) 22:27, 9 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Gamaliel (talk) 02:15, 10 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Saguaromelee (talk) 19:43, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Compares & contrasts nicely with our bottom-up Wikidata approach (Submissions/Music_in_Canada_@_150_Project:_Modelling_GLAM_and_performing_arts_collaboration)! Dan scott (talk) 19:50, 9 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]