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Submissions/GLAM: The untapped potential of the Military

From Wikimania 2013 • Hong Kong

After careful consideration, the programme committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2013 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no.
Subject no.
Title of the submission
GLAM: The untapped potential of the Military
Type of submission
Author of the submission
Country of origin
United States
United States Air Force
E-mail address
Personal homepage or blog

The United States military has untapped archives of historic importance that are largely unavailable for public access but are publically releasable. It is in the interests of the United States government to educate the public about military achievements and successes. This presentation discusses how to tap these resources and how to engage military active duty and civilian personnel in developing article and balancing operational security.

Detailed proposal

I will discuss topics related to US Military history and public affairs offices who share an interest in education and public outreach. Currently, these offices publish historical articles and interest items on public military websites that receive little to no attention by the general public. The personnel assigned to these duties would like to be able to use Wikipedia as a resource in a relationship that benefits both Wikipedia's encyclopedic goals and the Military's public outreach goals. I will discuss to balance of the English Wikipedia's neutral point of view policy with the Department of Defense important Operational Security measures that explains the importance of both, the acceptable range of editing that meets both goals, and empowering US Military active duty and civilian personnel in achieving the goals of both organizations.

In addition, I will discuss how to engage the history and public affairs offices for non-government affiliated Wikipedia editors. I will cover the structure, how to find a point of contact, and the right dialogue to use to gain access to the material, and current issues facing military members who are already trying to engage. I will cover US Military guidance on editing Wikipedia and broach several topics of building strong relations between the US Military and the English Wikipedia Military History and Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums projects.

I'll be speaking specifically about North American, Eastern-Asian, and Pacific US Military forces. I will provide examples of data and photography available in archives if possible.

  • Cultural and Educational Outreach
  • Analysis and Public Engagement
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Language of presentation/talk
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Slides or further information (optional)
In development
Special requests
Any lecture video include disclaimer that I do not speak on behalf of or represent the views of the US Government, US Military, or my chain of command. I speak as a Wikipedia editor only.

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  1. I am extremely interested in moving the GLAM model into non-cultural institutions such as government, non-profit, business, and science sectors. Any military has a lot to give and share relative to cultural institutions in a given region and we need to plan for outreach into this sector. Blue Rasberry (talk) 08:43, 19 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  2. I'd love to see this go forward. We could use this as a model in India. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 07:55, 6 March 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  3. -- Mathias Schindler (WMDE) (talk) 17:18, 2 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  4. I'm very interested in the idea of sharing more of the military's history. Superm401 (talk) 05:34, 11 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  5. AroundTheGlobe (talk) 08:53, 24 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Marcus Cyron (talk) 20:46, 25 April 2013 (UTC) - I have some problems with the idea, I know about the prize of the US military (I only say "Top Gun")[reply]
  7. I uploaded a lot of US military stuff which is available online to Commons, would like to see a more complete and structured approach. Multichill (talk) 13:08, 4 May 2013 (UTC)[reply]
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