A month in Africa's GLAMs
The following article is an update of GLAM activity from the last month (and a bit) across the African continent and beyond. The activities listed below have come from the work of two Wikimedia chapters, South Africa and Kenya, and from the WikiAfrica Project.
Wiki Loves Monuments, the African way
The international photo contest Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 is almost over and it is unveiling daily the winners from each participating country: it's time for a report about the experience of three African nations involved this year for the first time, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, which enriched Wikimedia Commons with over 2,000 pictures. The article also includes a few remarkable stories from photographers.
Following what might be referred to as "the Gibraltardrama", an unwarranted wave of contrast to the Gibraltarpedia GLAM project in these weeks, and after an interesting mention on a WikiProject report on The Signpost for October 22nd, which defined WikiAfrica as "unique", our project received a proposal of deletion as well. The request was made on the basis of the alleged redundancy with the regular wikiproject about Africa and the lack of activity, based uniquely on the examination of the talk of the project itself. The discussion unveiled that the very existence and purpose of GLAM projects is still unknown to many: the request was speedy closed and the sysop even advised against a merge-and-redirect of all the project pages in the future.
The Gambia National Museum, a WikiAfrica GLAM content partner had its first training on the basics of Wikipedia,uploading images as well as releasing contents using CC-BY-SA licenses. Mr Hassoum Ceesay, who is the Curator as well as the Director of Copyright at the Museum received the training and created an article about their museum on Wikipedia. The training was held on the 10th of October 2012 at the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool during the Museums and Human Rights conference at the International Slavery Museum.
Potential GLAMs - Still in Talks
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with Wikimedia Kenya:
- Nairobi Railway Museum have partially accepted to collaborate with Wikimedia Kenya to have their content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The senior management requested copies of proposals to review them in detail. Wikimedia Kenya is in discussions on the best way to undertake this project, which would be the first of its kind. A preliminary study revealed that they have none of their collections digitized.
- Kenya National Archives are still reviewing a proposal that was sent to them regarding GLAM. Hopefully the results shall be out by the time the next newsletter shall be published.
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with WikiAfrica:
- National Museum Malawi
- Shimoni Slavery Museum, Kenya
- Bamako-London Exhibition, UK/Mali
- South African Heritage Resource Agency, South Africa
- Name your hood, South Africa
- IZIKO Museums of Cape Town (14 museums in the Cape Town area) www.iziko.org.za, South Africa
- City of Cape Town Heritage Department
- National Herbarium of Tanzania http://vimeo.com/11736032
- TARA – Trust for African Rock Art, Kenya, http://www.africanrockart.org
- Kuona Trust, Kenya http://www.kuonatrust.org
- National Commission of Museums and monuments, Nigeria, http://www.nigerianmuseums.org
- Digital Archive,Rock Art Research Institute, Origins Centre, Wits University, South Africa, www.SARADA.co.za
African GLAMs: Cultural Institutions Contributing to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Projects with African Contents
The following GLAMs are at different stages of the Share Your Knowledge path. For in-depth Case Studies of long term partners, please see below, or look at this month's Italy report.
- Western Province Government – Department of Museums (in charge of 28 museums in the Western Cape), South Africa
- Bartolomeu Dias Museum
- Beaufort-West Museum
- Caledon Museum
- Cango Caves Museum
- Cape Medical Museum
- CP Nel Museum
- Drostdy Museum
- Fransie Pienaar Museum
- Genadendal Mission Museum
- George Museum
- Groot-Brakrivier Museum
- Hout Bay Museum
- Huguenot Memorial Museum
- Jan Dankaert Museum
- Koopmans De Wet House Museum
- Montagu Museum
- Old Harbour Museum
- Paarl Museum
- Robertson Museum
- SA Fisheries Museum
- Shipwreck Museum
- Simon's Town Museum
- Stellenbosch Museum
- Transport Riders Museum
- Wellington Museum
- Wheat Industry Museum
- Worcester Museum
- Seychelles People Defense Forces Museum(SPDF),Seychelles
- Sungani Zakwathu Cultural Heritage Promotions, Malawi
- Zanzibar National Museum
- Short Story Day Africa http://shortstorydayafrica.org/
- Phuthidikabo Museum
- Mus'art Gallery http://musartgallery.org/
- Curate Africa, South Africa http://www.curateafrica.org/
- Matengatenga Postal Museum
- Hyrax Hill Museum http://www.museums.or.ke/content/blogcategory/32/22/
- Blackitude Museum http://www.blackitude.org/
- Uganda National Museum
- National Gallery of Zimbabwe http://www.nationalgallery.co.zw/
- First Floor Gallery http://firstfloorgalleryharare.weebly.com/index.html
- Gambia National Museum http://www.ncac.gm/banjul.html
- Abasuba Community Peace museum http://www.abasuba.museum
- GALA-Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action http://www.gala.co.za
- The Archival Platform http://www.archivalplatform.org
- M-Net African Film Library http://www.africanfilmlibrary.com
- Out in Africa Film Festival http://www.oia.co.za
- Encounters Documentary Film Festival http://www.encounters.co.za
- Africa Centre is a cultural platform based in Cape Town supporting and producing cultural projects and initiatives. In 2011 the Africa Centre adopted the CC BY-SA on its online documentation and in November launched a call for a Wikipedian in Residence in charge of contributing to WikiAfrica and coordinating more GLAM outreach in Africa.
- doual'art: a cultural non profit organization focussed on contemporary art and urban research in Douala. Since 1991 doual'art produces public art and collects documentation about its city. doual'art provides all of its online documentation in CC BY-SA: project descriptions, artworks descriptions, biographies of artists and experts.
- Chimurenga is based in Cape Town. The Chimurenga Library is a repertoire of magazines which influenced writing and thinking in Africa; the website is in CC BY-SA.
- Kër Thiossane, an art centre, residency space and training facility based in Dakar. The centre provides training to intellectuals, artists and authors in Dakar on how to contribute to Wikipedia and wiki websites.
- Fratelli dell'uomo, Padua, Italy http://www.fratellidelluomo.org
- african architecture matters http://www.aamatters.nl
- VSF-E Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Europa http://www.vsfe.org
- Revue Noire http://www.revuenoire.com
- Africultures http://www.africultures.com
- Sudplanète http://www.spla.pro
- Fondazione Cariplo
- Compagnia di San Paolo
- Fondazione Monte dei Paschi
- Fondazione Cariparma
- AMREF ITALIA onlus, in partnership with AMREF Uganda
- Associazione Good Samaritan
- Fondazione Piero e Lucille Corti
- The Permanent Centre for Education
- ACRA Associazione di Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina
- CISV Comunità Impegno Servizio Volontariato
- COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale
- COSPE Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti
- Istituto di ricerca CESPI Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale
- AST, Associazione dei Senegalesi a Torino (in collaboration with the association Trait d’Union)
- Associazione Stretta di Mano
- Africa e Mediterraneo http://www.africaemediterraneo.it
- Medici con l'Africa Cuamm http://www.mediciconlafrica.org
- Cinemafrica-Africa e diaspore nel cinema http://www.cinemafrica.org
- Assaman: Rivista italo-africana http://assaman.info
- A-POIS. Art Projects to Overcome Impossible SItes http://www.a-pois.it
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa, Lueven, Belgium http://soc.kuleuven.be/web/home/7/38/nl
- Butterfly Works, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Butterfly Works supports WikiAfrica http://www.butterflyworks.org
- Artistic collections of Castello Sforzesco - Extra-European Collections, Milan, Italy
- Fondazione Alessandro Passaré, Milan, Italy http://www.fondazionepassare.com
- COSV, Italy http://www.cosv.org
- Epoché edizioni. Italian editor specialized in African literature providing authors biographies and book synopsis in CC BY-SA (texts only).
- Festival Cinema Africano Asia e America Latina→w:it:Progetto:WikiAfrica/Share Your Knowledge/Festival Cinema Africano Asia e America Latina. Italian cinema festival specialized in African, Asian and Latin American cinema providing film descriptions, all its catalogues (digital and analog) and biographies of filmmakers and experts in CC BY-SA (texts only).
- Festival del cinema africano di Verona. Italian cinema festival specialized in African cinema providing film descriptions and biographies of filmmakers and experts in CC BY-SA (texts only).
- Afriradio, Italy http://afriradio.altervista.org
- Fondazione ISMU→w:it:Progetto:WikiAfrica/Istituzioni/Fondazione ISMU
- Fondazione lettera27→w:it:Progetto:WikiAfrica/Istituzioni/lettera27
- Officina GRIOT→w:it:Progetto:WikiAfrica/Share Your Knowledge/Officina GRIOT
- Casa Àfrica, Spain.
- Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, now Festival de Cine Africano de Còrdoba. Spanish cinema festival specialized in African cinema providing film descriptions and biographies of filmmakers and experts in CC BY-SA (texts only).
- AfricaFilms.tv http://www.africafilms.tv/
Wikimedia chapters supporting the collaborations with institutions in Africa and with African contents
- Wikimedia South Africa
- Wikimedia Kenya
- Викимедија Србије (Wikimedia Serbia)
- Wikimedia CH
- Wikimedia España
- Wikimedia Italia
I propose to take away the list of institutions. it's becoming too much. --Iopensa (talk) 09:50, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
Check back for a new edition next month.