In March Wikimedia Sverige, in cooperation with Europeana, the Nordiska museet, Europeana Fashion and the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University organized a fashion edit-a-thon at the Nordiska museet. This was the biggest edit-a-thon in Sweden to date with 47 registered participants, with 64 percent being women and, according to both our survey and our personal impressions during the event, the event was very popular amongst the participants!
As part of the preparations we had a workshop with some of the students from Stockholm University, and also two museums, the Nordiska museet and the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp, donated pictures to Wikimedia Commons that we could use at the edit-a-thon. WMSE assisted them both with the technical practicalities.
This is the first of a series of fashion edit-a-thons that will take place all over Europe in the coming two years, all coordinated by Europeana Fashion.
The work on the free database of public art in Sweden continues with a total of 20 municipalities contacted. Out of these eight have released their data or some subset thereof. Most of the remaining municipalities are either reviewing their available data or investigating any technical or policy challenges related to a data release. In addition to the municipalities the National Public Art Council Sweden (Statens konstråd) has also released their data of artworks acquired from 1997-2012.
As part of the collaboration with the The Working Life Museums Co-operation Council Axel Pettersson gave two presentations at the Working life museum fair in Norrköping March 15. A total of 25 eager and interested museum volunteers listened and learned about why working with Wikipedia and Wikimedia is a good idea. Next stop is the museum days in may and after that a series of workshop during the summer and fall.