State Archive, Zoo and Natural History Museum
Bulgarian Archives State Agency
This single photo of Bulgarian literary figures with the French poet Jules Romains
yielded 12 cropped portraits. One of these, of Elisaveta Bagriana
, is currently being used in 9 language versions of Wikipedia
After the announced establishment of a collaboration between the Bulgarian Archives State Agency (BASA) and five Bulgarian Wikipedians, five visits to BASA were made in April.
More than 60 personal archive funds were examined and more than 50 documents from these were considered useful and worth scanning, mainly portraits of prominent people in Bulgarian history and cultural life like writers and poets, actors and opera vocalists, religious figures and military people. Some of the images allowed cropping of multiple portraits, thus leading to a total number of 83 uploads that illustrated 59 articles in the Bulgarian Wikipedia and 36 articles in other languages. Six new articles were created for the period and at least six others are about to come.
The Director of BASA arranged for a visit of NARA's Chief Digital Strategist Pamela Wright on July, 3rd in Sofia. GLAM people from the whole region are welcome to attend, too.
On 5th April, a grant proposal titled "Sofia Zoo Powered by Wikimedia" was approved for funding by the Wikimedia Foundation.
The project, which combines the efforts of several Wikipedians in Bulgaria and the staff of the Environmental, Educational and Research Centre at Sofia Zoo, will result in the creation of bilingual information plates for the Sofia Zoo exhibition, containing QR codes to Wikipedia articles, as well as properly attributed freely licensed content from Wikimedia Commons like photos and maps of species distributions. The collaboration also implies the creation of a large number of missing articles for the exhibited species, as well as improvements to the existing ones.
The first challenge in front of the team members was the creation of a pilot set of five plates in the end of April that have to be installed in the Zoo until May 8th, when an official delegation from the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria is scheduled.
An interesting opportunity opened up for a new GLAM initiative in Bulgaria with the National Museum of Natural History. It will be a subject of future discussions and arrangements.
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