Open Authority
(This listing can also be found on my personal blog, Defining Open Authority.)

Chapter in Edited Volume. (Forthcoming). “The Role of Open Authority in a Collaborative Web” in Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage. Ed. Mia Ridge. Ashgate, 2014. Abstract American Alliance of Museums Panel. “Crowdsourcing to Community Sourcing: A 100 Toys Case Study.” 2014 (Seattle, WA): Slides | Notes | Proposal

NMC On the Horizon: Crowdsourcing. Expert panelist in virtual panel. 2014. Video | Info
Museum Computer Network Panel. ”Defining Open Authority in the Museum.” 2013 (Montreal, Canada) Proposal | Slides | Notes | Video Interview. “Interviews with Museum Experts About Web and New Media: Lori Byrd Phillips,” October 27, 2013. Recorded Interview
Ignite:MCN Presentation (EMP Museum, Seattle, Nov. 2012): “Embracing the Bazaar.” Video | Slides/Notes | Ignite Storify | Shared/Open Authority: MCN Closing Plenary
Peer Reviewed Article. “The Temple and the Bazaar: Wikipedia as a Platform for Open Authority in Museums.” Curator: The Museum Journal, April 2013, Vol. 56:2. Abstract | Contact me for pdf.
The Seven Things You Need to Openly Engage with Your Community. The New Media Consortium, NMC Blog, April 8, 2014.
Inspiring Open Authority with the Reggio Emilia Approach. The New Media Consortium, NMC Blog, December 18, 2013.
Forming an Open Authority in Cultural Heritage: Open Knowledge Foundation, OpenGLAM blog, June 11, 2013.
Open Authority and the Future of Museum Ethics: Center for the Future of Museums blog, American Association of Museums, Feb. 21, 2012.
Defining Open Authority in Museums: MIDEA blog, New Media Consortium, Jan. 13, 2012.
The Participatory Museum and a New Authority: MIDEA blog, New Media Consortium, Nov. 15, 2011.

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I am a museum professional and social media strategist researching the intersection of the open web, online collaboration, and educational theory within museums. I’m lucky enough to work in a museum that empowers me to explore these ideas through my work and beyond.

I hold a Masters in Museum Studies. My research centers on the concept of Open Authority, a term I developed to describe the integration of open, collaborative digital communities with museum dialogue and interpretation. This is influenced by my background in social studies education and the Reggio Emilia approach as well as a broader interest in the digital humanities.

Since 2009, I have been involved in projects that facilitate the use of Wikipedia to share cultural resources. I’m highly involved in the GLAM-Wiki initiative, an international group of Wikipedians who assist cultural institutions in collaborating with Wikipedia in order to share multimedia content and cultural expertise. In 2012 I served as US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation.

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