Submissions/Music in Canada @ 150 Project: Modelling GLAM and performing arts collaboration

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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. 5027 - G4
Title of the submission
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

Stacy Allison-Cassin and Dan Scott

Language of presentation


E-mail address


Smallison and Dan_scott

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

York University, Laurentian University, Canadian Association of Music Libraries

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

The project is the Music in Canada @ 150 is a project that is activating librarians, archivists, scholars, students, musicians and others involved in cultural heritage to create content in Wikipedia and Wikidata. The project does not simply focus on content creation but also seeks to specifically create structured data and advance a number of goals, including educating various communities about the power of structured data, the need to advocate for openness, activate a the library community and to expose the lack of easily-available content on Canadian music on the web.

We (Stacy, music librarian, and Dan, systems librarian) will talk the specific challenges of certain music communities, such as traditional music communities where there is less of an emphasis on "works." The project includes a train the trainers' workshop that will be held in May, the development of training materials and will culminate is a distributed edit-a-thon in October that will stretch from “sea to sea to sea.”

We will talk about the ways we feel this project can work as an advocacy tool for modelling inclusive modes of working, advance goals of both libraries, arts organisations and the Wikipedia community, and open conversations about the ways and the challenges of working across a large geographic area, challenges and opportunities in working with organisations of various sizes and challenges of language and culture.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will learn about advocating within specialised communities to address larger-scale goals. We will also share our successes, challenges, opportunities and failures in taking on a project of this scale, specifically in including Wikidata in a campaign of this kind and appreciantion for specific challenges in the performing arts community.

Theme of presentation


For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Beginner, all levels.

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes, 15 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.
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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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