Lori Phillips intends to "mine the museum" to discover good illustrations and material that could be used for Wikiprojects; they have already started photographing their collection for Commons along with compatible copyrights for Wikimedia's use. The Children's Museum is dedicated to the concept of "Family learning" and currently has no online catalog of their collection, but plans to have one soon. Lori Phillips is also helping the Museum Studies course run by IMA conservator Richard McCoy (User:RichardMcCoy) to write Wikipedia articles about notable artworks in the Indiana Statehouse.
Wyatt and Phillips talked with the staff about their concerns in working with Wikipedia.
When asked by a staff member about Wikipedia's responsibility to minors, Liam Wyatt explained that Wikipedia is not censored for age-appropriateness, and there is ongoing work being done with issues related to controversial content. He also noted that there is "nowhere else on the unrestricted internet that is dedicated to making NSFW information as un-titillating as possible." In a staff-only presentation he pulled a Google result for "Sex" and chose Wikipedia's entry from the top results, he proceeded to show the article and the accompanying images - from human conception to an illustration of Sexual Dimorphism in a Pheasant. He mentioned that the staff was impressed with the educational and yet direct approach of Wikipedia.
Citizendium's finances running low: After the free collaborative online encyclopedia project Citizendium adopted a governance charter in September (see Signpost coverage), its newly elected "Management Council" took over leadership of the project from the outgoing editor-in-chief, its sole founder Larry Sanger. During this process "it has come to light that the financial situation of the project is not as sound as we had thought it to be", according to a November 6 announcement from the Council on the Citizendium forums. An earlier thread on the forums, titled "Finances running dry by the end of the year", was apparently publicly visible by accident and removed from public view soon, but not before having been captured, discussed and summarized at RationalWiki (its existence was later acknowledged by Citizendium's Managing Editor). It quoted an internal email from Sanger, where he warned that "we have just $1800 in the account and our hosting costs $700/month. ... It turns out that CZ's main benefactor ... is no longer interested in supporting CZ." Earlier this year, Sanger had told the Times Higher Education that he was considering "handing the reins to a university or a scholarly press" to ensure Citizendium's future (see Signpost coverage).