The Wikipedia Cultural Embassy is a pilot project for cultural institutions (museums, libraries, archives) to curate portal-like pages on Wikipedia, that would highlight Wikipedia content relevant to that institution. Many institutions already maintain presences on a variety of different social media sites, and would value a symbiotic participation in Wikipedia as well.
It would be beneficial to this project if it was also supported by a ‘Wikipedian in Residence‘ program at the participating institution.
Content for these pages may include:
- interesting articles and content related to the institution and current exhibitions
- whatever joint initiatives the institution may have undertaken with Wikimedia projects.
- Wikipedia:Collaborations (of the week or month) on specific articles that are encouraged for the institution’s community, Wikipedia’s community and the general public working together
The institution pages would be hosted as subpages of Wikipedia:Culture, as at Wikipedia:Culture/Library of Babel.
Protoype Wikipedia Cultural Embassy: New York Public Library
Background on method
Interesting Wikipedia content that is highlighted for this project can be rather broader than just “an article on this particular thing”; visitors to the NYPL exhibit Michael Dal Cerro: Contingent and Eternal City might for instance enhance their experience with some background reading on such topics as Retro-futurism, Woodblock printing in Japan, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Pop art.
- Wikipedia:Advice for the cultural sector
- Template:GLAM, a possible basic template that cultural institutions could use to develop their pages