An edit-a-thon was organized in Warsaw together with Wikimedia Polska in connection to the Collection Days organized by Europeana 1989. At the Collection Days the public can bring their memorabilia from the time around 1989 and get them digitized, which is then released under a free license. Our edit-a-thon focused on contextualising some of this new free material on Wikipedia and to reach out to the people attending the event. As there wasn't that many people showing up in Warsaw we turned out to focus more on writing than teaching. In any case we had a good time and it was great meeting the volunteers from Wikimedia Polska and learn about their work. A list of lessons learned from the organization of the event has been compiled so that other Chapters in Eastern Europe more easily can organize Collection Days edit-a-thons themselves (the Collection Days are coming to the Baltic States next). We'll be happy to help you find the right people to connect to.
Wikimedia Denmark organized their first edit-a-thon ever and WMSE decided to organize a small supportive edit-a-thon in parallel in Stockholm. We uploaded some images from Europeana that could be used by the participants as inspiration and also helped with some external communication about the event.
Parallel WWI edit-a-thons
On the 29th of June there were seven parallel WWI edit-a-thons organized in six European countries (in Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands, Serbia, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and also in Australia. The goals were to improve Wikipedia's coverage of WWI, to initiate new cooperations with GLAMs, get some positive media attention and to use new material uploaded from Europeana. To spur more interest the Europeana Challenge offered the most active volunteer a prize – a travel cheque worth 300 euros! A lot of people participated in the seven events and we feel inspired to organize similar activities again in the future!
Wiki Loves Public Art Winners
All of the participating countries decided on their winners during June and the ten best images uploaded as part of the Wiki Loves Public Art photo contest. These images are now being judged by the international jury, chaired by Swedish volunteer Arild Vågen. The jury's choice for Sweden can be seen here.
Open Database of Public Art in Sweden
The dataset of public works of art in Stockholm has been added to our database and we have registered the domain http://www.offentligkonst.se (incredibly enough the domain was not registered before!). On this first version of the website you can view the artworks that have coordinates on a map, complete with information about the artwork, links to the artist's article on Wikipedia and images uploaded on Wikimedia Commons. Read more in our blog post.