In November 2012, Adrienne Alix (Wikimedia France) and Claire Séguret (Musée de Cluny) presented a project of starting a club of Wikipedia contributors at the École du Louvre. On December 6th, following on this first presentation, Wikimedia France organized a contribution workshop at the École du Louvre where half a dozen students attended. The goals of this first workshop was rather simple: create an account, make a first contribution, and learn how to insert an image in Wikipedia.
WikiAfrica and Share Your Knowledge welcome 2013 with great achievements
This month's articles are about two international institutions which are well known among Wikipedians and Commons users. The Tropenmuseum contributed over 4,000 historical files about African people, places and items. The Dutch museum joined the project after previous mass image donations over these years. The Smithsonian Institution Archives opened their Washington archives as well, allowing dozens of pictures of the last century to be uploaded and a few interesting stories to be told. The Italian version of the case studies is linked on each page; more translations will be available soon.
500,000+ monument photos by RCE being uploaded to Wikimedia Commons
We're asking community members to help improve metadata, mainly by having them tag photos of Rijksmonumenten with the right identifier. In the future we hope to be able to give this metadata back to the RCE so their collection metadata will be improved.
The new year means a new group of Dutch artists whose works enter the Public Domain. According to the Dutch Institute of Art history, these artists who died in 1942 are noteworthy and could be documented on Wikipedia. It may be difficult to track down high quality images of their artworks however, so you may need to use your camera to populate a new Commons category. You can also scan Commons:Category:Undeleted in 2013 for inspiration!
The Frans Hals museum celebrates 100 years in their historical 400-year-old location, and the Canals of Amsterdam celebrate 400 years of treasured architectural wonders by leading Amsterdam architects and decorative artists. The Frans Hals museum will have a show of key works by Frans Hals in the company of paintings by his famous contemporaries Titian, Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Jordaens and Rubens, from 23 March to 30 June. Amsterdam will have 3 extra editions of the Open monument days for its magnificent canal mansions on 24 March, 26 May, and 14 July, in addition to the traditional European Heritage Days on 14 & 15 September.
The first GLAM cooperation partnered by Wikimedia Spain just began this month with the Valladolid Science Museum, one of the most important museums in the Spanish community of Castile and León, joining QRpedia!
The Museum has included QRpedia codes in the exhibitions related with some scientists like Louis Pasteur, Dmitri Mendeleev or Rosalind Franklin. They have called this feature "Stars of the science", and the museum sees QRpedia codes as an unique opportunity to approach the ~2600 foreign visitors per year they have.
This GLAM collaboration has also planned for the first months of 2013 a Wikipedia workshop and an Edit-a-thon.
A number of workshops took place in the UK this month:
Andy Mabbett, whose role as Wikipedian-in-Residence at Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service continued, also spoke at at two events for museum professionals, hosted by Museum Development North West, in Carlisle and Manchester, on ways for GLAMs to engage with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
A training session for fifteen library staff at Senate House, University of London. The first of a planned series which will broaden to include researchers and library users over the coming months, with the library hobing to transition to running the sessions in-house in future.
In early November a group of GLAM-Wikimedians took part in the Museum Computer Network (MCN) annual conference in Seattle, Washington. For the past three years, the MCN community has welcomed GLAM-Wiki with open arms—and this conference was no different. What made this year special was the solidification of interest in establishing a formal "open GLAM" community within the US.
Outreach opportunities included:
Bridging the Gap: Mediawiki and GLAM Professionals brought together GLAM professionals and Wikimedians in a day-long workshop to share tools and process that will help museum technologists to take the initiative in interfacing with Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia VP Erik Moeller led the discussion, which included a description of Wikimedia tools and upcoming features that can be adapted for museum projects. The workshop had small but enthusiastic attendance, with representatives from the Met, the Art Genome Project, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, and the Ford Presidential Library.
Slack Day included the Hackin' Shack and a fifteen minute tutorial on Conflict of Interest in Wikipedia, led by Dominic McDevitt-Parks and Lori Phillips.
Ignite:MCN took place during the opening reception at the EMP Museum, with all conference participants in attendance. The talks included Lori Phillips speaking on Open Authority in museums, with Wikipedia as a core example of "Embracing the Bazaar." Ultimately, Open Authority was cited as a theme of the conference, and a break-out session in the closing plenary discussed the topic at length. The result of the breakout session was a clearly articulated request for a centralized Open GLAM group in the United States—with Wikipedians being pointed to as the current leaders in existing Open GLAM efforts.
1 year Open Access File of the Day
A bat in flight at night. Open Access File of the Day on December 11, 2011.
1 year Open Access File of the Day
On December 1, the Open Access File of the Day initiative turned one year. Since December 2011, a file originating from an open access source has been posted on a daily basis, the only exception being January 18, 2012, when a copy of the Research Works Act article served as Open Access File of the Day for the duration of the SOPA blackout. During the first year, the main prerequisite for a file to be featured this way was that it be used at least twice across Wikimedia projects outside user space, and on the occasion of the anniversary, that criterion was raised to a usage of three times or more.
On the occasion of the anniversary, this issue of the Open Access report ends with a listing of not only the files featured in December 2012 but also those early ones featured in December 2011, when no Open Access Report was compiled that they could have been included in.
The following files represent a selection of what has been uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer this month. If you can think of wiki pages where these files could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.
One of the most important tools for tracking the usage of files uploaded to Wikimedia Commons is BaGLAMa, which provides a summary of pageviews of Wikimedia pages that contain images from specific categories on Commons (see January 2012 report). It also provides for an easy way to compare the stats for any two months on record (see February 2012 report).
The tool has had trouble finishing its job in recent months, due to the stressed Toolserver. Magnus Manske, the developer behind BaGLAMa, has taken this as an occasion to review and rework his code, with the result that the tool can now be used again. He also re-calculated the stats for those earlier months where a record was missing, which resulted in an overestimation of the respective pageviews, since category membership was taken as of the time of running, not as of the month in question (which is difficult to implement and would drain even more sources from the Toolserver). The stats for December 2012 had been computed within a few days, and on the basis of the results for Category:Open access (publishing), it can be seen that the combined pageviews for images from that category rose from about 16.5 million last December (discounting an image featured on the Main Page of the Russian Wikipedia) to 23 million in December 2012.
In the following, I would like to highlight another use case of BaGLAMa - that of helping to identify articles that use a relatively large number of images from the target category. As an example, articles are listed that use at least five files from Category:Open access (publishing).