Why Wikipedia Needs Archivists


Wikipedia Needs Archivists.


They write amazing finding aids. Finding aids that give you the basic details about complex collections that often span decades. They are neutral, to the point, and provide an amazing starting point to write articles. These are found in archives around the world, online.
They want to see collections digitized. This allows the public more access to primary documents for transcription, rarely seen photographs, and better awareness and notability about collections. This means more media and more content for Wikipedians to use.
They want to work with you. The archivists want to share what they know, and show you how to find it – whether they do it online or in person.
They want you to be a better researcher. Many of the archivists I have been working with desire to see better documentation available for Wikipedians on how to be better researchers; i.e. How to use the collections, finding aids, and the people at their fingertips. We’re going to make that happen, with a how-to guide for Wikipedians that will encourage us all to become better researchers.
They want the world to know what they are preserving and how to use it so it benefits your work to the utmost.

Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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