The work with creating a database of public art in Sweden has started. During the month the basic database infrastructure was set up, an API was created and the first ten municipalities were contacted about releasing their datasets of public artworks (that can be found in the municipalities). Also a cooperation with the National Public Art Council Sweden was initiated where the Council will be supplying the database with metadata about their artworks.
This is the first time a structured effort of collecting datasets from municipalities all over Sweden has been done. The idea is not only to create a fantastic database resource that is beneficial for Wikipedians, researchers, the municipalities themselves and the general public but also to take this as an opportunity to inform the municipalities about the value of open and structured data. By doing so we hope to create internal discussion within the municipalities about this and of course make them aware of Wikimedia Sweden's existence and work in the area. The project is funded through a grant from Vinnova. The project page can be found here (so far only in Swedish).
§The practical work started for an image donation from the Nordic Museum
In February the Nordic Museum started working on scanning and gathering metadata for a second image donation of around 700 images. The first one was done in July 2010. This time the pictures will have fashion as the common theme. Around 350 pictures have been prepared so far and the first test upload to Wikimedia Commons will start in early March.
During an edit-a-thon jointly organized by Wikimedia Sweden, Europeana, Europeana Fashion, Stockholm University and the Nordic museum that will take place in March the pictures will be used to illustrate new or expanded fashion articles written by GLAM experts and fashion students from Stockholm University.