The State of Public Art in Wikipedia
The contest results are in! After scouring Wikipedia for 10 days, we found articles about public art in all 50 states as well as 46 countries around the world. The contest required that any article added to the Wikipedia Saves Public Art list had to have an image and accurate GPS coordinates. As we look to 2010, I’m sure another contest is around the corner.
Game On! Help Us Locate Public Art in Wikipedia →
Want to play a fun game? Richard McCoy has launched a competition to draw attention to the state of Wikipedia’s coverage of public art. Visit the contest page to participate. The goal is to find articles about public art that feature an image of the work and GPS coordinates—these are two features that make for good Wikipedia articles about public art. With any luck, by 2010 we will...
Spreading the Word →
Graduate student Elizabeth Basile wrote a description of Wikipedia Saves Public Art and her own reflections on the experience of working on IUPUI’s public art collection for the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s blog. The blog post concludes with an appeal for help: we’re seeking information about Carey Chatman’s sculpture near the University Library.
IUPUI Web Interactive Campus Art Tour →
IUPUI recently produced a series of virtual tours. One even features public art. Our students found many more details that could be added to future versions of the tour.
Did You Know...
Wikipedia’s Main Page highlights fewer than 10 recent articles each day in a section called “Did You Know…” Since our students started adding articles about campus sculpture to Wikipedia, three of their articles have been highlighted in “Did You Know…” Being featured on Wikipedia’s Main Page dramatically increases the viewership of these articles. ...
Adding It Up
14 weeks, 40 sculptures, 35 articles up and running on Wikipedia by December 1, 3 articles flagged for “speedy deletion” by Wikipedians, and 1 user blocked. In the last hours before our deadline, especially, watching the articles take tangible form was really exciting.