[Openglam_members] Me, US, blahblah

Sarah Stierch sarah.stierch at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 18:45:25 UTC 2014


Ah yes, the challenges of funding. I still do dream of a steady "chapter"
style US OKF organization here in the states to help solve problems like
this. I have some questions I need input from the working group about
though, perhaps I'll do it in another email.

I just think ideally we'd have it the same each time, like it has ben,
rather then me missing out on a meeting. I'd rather get a up a bit earlier
and have bed head (I'm not a morning person :)) then but on a call at
midnight, especially as the only active American.


On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 3:35 AM, Lieke Ploeger <lieke.ploeger at okfn.org>

> Hi both,
> Yes, we do have a small budget for the OpenGLAM WG to support printing
> flyers and other promotional material - it is very limited though :(
> And we can definitely give organisational support where needed for funding
> applications.
> As for the monthly calls, perhaps we could schedule them at a fixed
> time/date in the future (for example on every last Tuesday of the month,
> one month from 17.00-18.00 CET and the next month from 9.00 -10.00 CET)?
> This would give people in different timezones an option to join at least
> every other month, and people can plan ahead for when to attend. Just an
> idea, perhaps we can discuss it in out next call?
> Best, Lieke
> On 27 May 2014 12:54, Joris Pekel <jpekel at gmail.com> wrote:
>> He Sarah!
>> Great to hear from you. And good to hear we have you on our side again :)
>> Picked out a few points from your mail:
>> Monthly calls - Still haven't quite figured out how to do this with the
>> different timezones more and more of the members are in. We could suggest
>> two calls but my personal schedule is a bit too crazy at the moment to run
>> two a month, especially on weird times. Perhaps we can think of a second
>> coordinator that runs separate calls and feed back to the group?
>> Swag - We used to have a little budget for this kind of stuff where we
>> could give people some money and a template to print of stuff. @Lieke could
>> you let me know if the OKF is still in the position of doing this?
>> Same goes for running a conference. I do not believe the WG can fund
>> this. But we can give organisational support when looking for funding..
>> Too bad your proposal was not accepted! Also as the conference has gender
>> and transnational diversity high up. But I did see the insane amount of
>> good proposals that came in so it was extremely difficult to pick. Still
>> secretly hoping you find a way to make it...
>> Anyway, let's do a proper catchup soon.
>> Speak soon!
>> Joris
>> 2014-05-23 18:09 GMT+02:00 Sarah Stierch <sarah.stierch at gmail.com>:
>>> (Pardon the semi professional semi personal email here...this might be
>>> TL:DR but the people who care will read it I suppose)
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> As some of you may know, I used to be *very* involved in OpenGLAM. I
>>> worked for OKF and helped launch the OpenGLAM initiative in the USA. Sadly
>>> that partnership ended when I decided to accept a full time job at the
>>> Wikimedia Foundation (a large part of that was due to the need I had for
>>> health insurance, which still wasn't accessible to all in the US, no
>>> offense to the mission :)  ).
>>> Well life has changed. I wanted to give ya'll some updates:
>>> 1. I'm no longer working at the Wikimedia Foundation, if you didn't know
>>> by now. I'm not legally allowed to talk about why, and I hope you'll
>>> respect that. Life hasn't been easy, but, that's how it goes sometimes.
>>> 2. This allows me now to re-devote my life to what I have spent the
>>> majority of my adulthood studying, researching, and obsessing about -
>>> GLAMs.
>>> 3. I attended my first GLAM conference in ages this week, the American
>>> Alliance of Museums conference. I wrote a blog about it, which will soon be
>>> reposted by OpenGLAM, I hope you'll read it. I will leave it for Lieke to
>>> post :)
>>> 4. It led me to the conclusion that people in the US still have no
>>> fucking idea what OpenGLAM is. To be blunt. We gave the first MUSE Award
>>> out [*the* American museum award for technology] for "Open" and people
>>> were saying it was a catch all category for whatever "didn't fit in the
>>> other categories." FAIL. And at an Sweden won it, btw, with the LSH project
>>> (which I blogged about on OpenGLAM a while back). And that is just one
>>> example...
>>> 5. Since losing my job I have started consulting. A large portion of my
>>> work is grantwriting right now. I never liked doing it, but, the pay is
>>> good and nothing makes me happier to see a client today email me to say
>>> they received $7500 USD to buy 30 iPads and other equipment for a digital
>>> project they are working on (and this is a museum with a $300,000 budget!).
>>> I am rebranding to be an open culture consultant that offers grantwriting
>>> services. My services are not expensive. Most of my clients are small
>>> museums right now. But, I have bigger better plans and will always love
>>> help at finding work.
>>> 6. WHat does this all mean?
>>>        a. i'm back
>>>        b. i intend on making our monthly calls
>>>        c. i want to talk to folks about having OpenGLAM booths at
>>> conferences, at least US conferences. I can't afford to magically have
>>> banners and swag, let alone always travel (I have to pay for conferences on
>>> my own pretty much), so, that's something I need to think about, too. And i
>>> hope ya'll can help me think about it. we need hands on activities, action
>>> and to sit people down and brainwash them. That is one thing I do
>>> best...cult leader of OPEN
>>>        d. i want to submit some talks at conferences about general
>>> OpenGLAM (what is it), presentation suggestions welcome. I know they exist.
>>>        e. i want to host another US OpenGLAM bootcamp - I did an event
>>> at University of California Berkeley a few years back. I'm currently a
>>> fellow at Berkeley and they want to host another one, but, I need feedback
>>> on if I should do it here again or someplace else. If someplace else...more
>>> money will be needed and sponsorship that's bigger than just....$500 to
>>> throw an event (my travel and accommodations, things like that)
>>>       f. the presentation i co-submitted with Jon Voss wasn't accepted
>>> so there will be no magical Berlin OKF for me this year. last year I had to
>>> decline due to my work with WMF, this year...no submission acceptance (this
>>> less of a chance of finding funding). OK that the submission wasn't
>>> accepted, disappointing because the lack of US GLAM folks seems to
>>> be....nil this year. But ya'll will make it without us.. ;)
>>> PHEW
>>> I missed you.
>>> -Sarah
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