Auckland Museum was one of the earliest GLAM institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand to engage with Wikipedia, hosting the first Wikimedian in Residence in 2017. Since then volunteers have uploaded over 100,000 openly licensed images to Wikimedia. In 2020 Mike Dickison was commissioned to write a An Auckland Museum Wikipedia Strategy which has informed the Museum's Wikipedia Workplan, which is discussed below.


More information about past and present Wikipedia activities can be found on the Auckland Museum GLAM project page. We also have a page with regularly updated statistics which illustrates the impact of Wikipedia making the Museum's collections more widely accesible. The statistics are based on the usage of Auckland Museum images uploaded to Wikimedia.


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Auckland Museum Wiki Workplan


In 2020 Auckland Museum took a more active strategic approach to its engagement with Wikimedia, Wikipedia and Wikidata, with a new Wiki Workplan that enables it to work towards Five Year Strategic Plan goals to “reach more people” and “stretch thinking” by leveraging the Museum’s open collections and the wider Wiki ecosystem.


In developing this workplan the Museum's Collection Information and Access team commissioned a report by Mike Dickison as it sought input from the Wiki community itself about how to best engage with the Wiki ecosystem. The report, An Auckland Museum Wikipedia Strategy, covered a number of areas: the coverage of museum building, staff and collections on Wikipedia; Wikimedia Commons image uploads; Wikimedia Commons licensing; Wikidata engagement; Museum research and publications; Museum photography and documentation, and the relationship with the Wikimedia community. In total there were 56 recommendations.


The Museum's workplans have been informed by both the recommendations of this report and internal research into Wikipedia and Wikidata best practice.


Wiki Workplan 2022-2023


The last two years of our Wiki Workplan (20-21 and 21-22) have been affected by the COVID pandemic, particularly the lockdowns that staff at the Museum experienced during 2020 and 2021. This resulted in us pivoting away from in-person engagement to supporting Museum staff with work they could do from home and undertaking other activities within various COVID restriction frameworks. 


Despite this, we managed to complete several actions from 20-21 (see below), including hosting the first ever Aotearoa New Zealand Wikicon in July 2021 and sporadic meet-ups. Staff at the Museum continued to edit and enhance Wikipedia pages with content sourced from Museum research and open collection imagery. We also created ISA Tool campaigns to provide work for Visitor Hosts who we unable to work at the Museum due to lockdowns. In total 11 campaigns were run, and 15 participants added 34,136 tags to Museum content on Wikimedia Commons. Staff also contributed to Wikipedia requested photographs in Auckland, adding 144 photos of local schools, places and suburbs. Overall 175 pages were created, over 1600 pages were edited and 382 photos uploaded to commons during the lockdown


We also successfully undertook two Wikimedia Foundation funded projects. The first of these was a Wikicite funded project which funded a Wikimedian in Residence (who has since become a part time member of staff). This project integrated Museum research from the Records of Auckland Museum into Wikipedia articles alongside adding bibliographic details to Wikidata. The learnings from this project was shared with the Wiki community including the first Te Reo Māori blog post on Diff, the Wikimedia Foundation blog.


The other project investigated how we could use Wikipedia as a resource for the upcoming compulsory Aotearoa NZ Histories Curriculum, by editing and enhancing Auckland suburb articles that can be used as resources for teachers and students in the local history component of the new curriculum. To test whether this would be feasible, we applied for and undertook a WMF Research project  from May 2021-March 2022 examining New Zealand’s teachers attitudes to the use of Wikipedia in secondary school classrooms. With positive results from this research, we have since successfully applied for Wikimedia Foundation Alliance Funding, which will enable us to concentrate on local history and suburb editing as well as train a cohort of student editors. This will be a major focus in 2022-2023. 


Workplan Actions 2022-23


Our main aims for this year continue to follow our past workplans, concentrating on engaging with the Wiki community, enhancing content on Wikipedia with research and knowledge from the Museum, and enriching Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons with new data and open imagery.  


We plan to restart monthly in person and online meetups hosted at the Museum and will be focusing on work that contributes to our project Understanding our past: using Wikipedia as a tool to support local history in Tamaki Makaurau.  


Engaging with the community: 


* Restart monthly edit-a-thons for the Auckland Wikipedia community. These will be a mix of in person and online events, focusing on particular themes or skill-sharing. 

* Support local and national Wikipedians with editing projects.

* Support local and national GLAMs engaging with Wikipedia, including running at least one GLAM/Wikipedia workshop as part of our Alliance Funded project. 

* Train a cohort of new student Wikipedia editors as part of our Alliance Funded project. 


Enhancing content on Wikipedia: 


* Create and edit articles based on to do lists on the Museum GLAM-Wiki project page -  

* Incorporate Museum related publications and research into relevant articles and add bibliographic information to Wikidata. 

* Creating and improving articles on scientific specimens held in the Museum’s collections.

* Enhance local history and Auckland Suburb pages as part of the Museum’s Wikimedia Foundation Alliance funded project.


Enriching content available on Wikimedia Commons and other Wiki projects 


* Add images to Wikimedia Commons of specimen articles which lack them. 

* Add relevant images from books digitised as part of the BHL NZ Project to Wikipedia Commons. 

* Contribute images for “Critter of the Week” -  

* Add images related to Auckland suburbs, either from the Museum’s collections or take photographs of relevant sites and upload to Commons for our Alliance Fund project.

* Add images to Wikipedia Commons used in Records of Auckland Museum, if they are out of copyright or have CC-BY licenses. 

* Upload books digitised for the BHL NZ project to Wikisource  

* Upload transcriptions undertaken for the BHL NZ project to Wikisource.



Previous Workplans


Auckland Museum Wiki Workplan 2020-21


This year the Museum aims to focus on three broad themes: Enhancement, Engagement and Enrichment. This work will be partly foundational, tidying up data and imagery already uploaded to Wikimedia and Wikipedia, partly based on strengthening relationships with the Wikimedia community, as well as adding some new images and data to Wiki projects:


Engage with the Wiki community in person and online. This will involve quarterly events onsite – either edit-a-thons or meetups (tbc COVID) and reaching out to online volunteers who have used Museum collections on Wikipedia and Wikimedia.


Enhance data in Wikipedia & Wikimedia. Fix broken links and investigate enhancing internal reporting and analytics from Wikipedia.


Enrich Wikimedia and Wikidata with new data. Upload new data for staff profiles, Museum publications, Museum research into Wikidata, and add new Museum publicity images to Wikimedia.


In taking this approach the Museum is seeking to increase engagement on various Wikimedia platforms focusing on local and global communities, both online and on-site. The end goal is to pivot towards a strategic approach that contributes Museum collections and expertise to increase engagement and contributes to Wikipedia's goals of making knowledge free, open and accessible for all.


Workplan Actions 2020-21


Engage with Community:

•  Host at least one community meetup and one public Wikipedia event each year (depending on COVID situation).

• Reach out to experienced Auckland Wikipedians and offer to host an Auckland Museum edit-a-thon in the library, with lunch supplied.

• Offer a volunteer reward to Auckland Wikimedians.

• Identify the main community contributors using Auckland Museum resources, and make contact on their Talk page, thanking them for their contribution.


Enrich Wikimedia content:

• Create an Auckland Museum page in Commons – a hand-curated gallery of the best building, exhibit, object, and staff photos.

• Upload quality Museum publicity images of the building's exterior.


Enhance analytics:

• Investigate more detailed analytics that track referral path to AM website, to determine the top-referring articles


Enhance data & images on Wikipedia:

• Correct Collections Online and Online Cenotaph links in Wikipedia.

• Update “Hero” images so they have excellent Wikimedia Commons metadata.

• Fix broken object links on Commons. Eg covert / to /


Enrich Wikidata:

• Systematic entry of Museum publications in Wikidata.

• Create a Wikipedia article and multiple Wikidata items for the editions of Native Animals of New Zealand.

• Ensure all living staff have an ORCID ID, and supply birth and death dates for deceased staff.

• Increase the visibility of Museum staff by ensuring ORCID IDs and Wikidata IDs are displayed on Auckland Museum website staff pages.

• Continue with the Auckland Museum Women in Red project by entering biographical data into Wikidata.