Wikipedia & Museums: Community Curation

Liam Wyatt

Abstract


This article describes how amateur Wikipedians and culture-sector professionals have significant benefits to gain from closer ties and how a shift in the understanding of the term "curator" away from either exclusivist or flattening tendencies will benefit this relationship. Wyatt argues that Wikipedia should not be referred to as merely User-Generated Content but rather as a Community Curated Work by investigating the key policies and practices that underpin its editorial standards. He discusses museum-Wikipedia relationships by means of diverse examples including a Surinamese plantation, a Roman spoon, and Bruce Springsteen!

Keywords


wikipedia; museums

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