Modern and contemporary art making its way to Wikimedia Commons
Louis Marcoussis, The Concert, 1928
Muzeum Sztuki (The Museum of Art) in Łódź has begun uploading digitised artwork from its collection to Wikimedia Commons. The Museum is looking to create a solid representation of its collection of twentieth-century avant-garde painting, sculpture, installation art and video on Commons and Wikipedia. Files - part public domain, part BY-SA licensed - are being gradually selected and uploaded by Museum staff. Upload of the first 100 scans and photographs is in progress.
Another 100 images from the collection of Zachęta National Gallery are being uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, all works of mid-20th century and contemporary artists. Additionally the Gallery releases images of the artists themselves and audio of Gallery talks and lectures. The files are uploaded by volunteers.
Once the goal of 300 images of modern art from the collections of MS and Zachęta are reached, an arts editing challenge will take place to illustrate and improve articles on modern and contemporary art on Polish Wikipedia.
Wikipedians in the making at Małopolska Institute of Culture
Stained glass window, Medicine Practitioners' Association House in Kraków, XV Małopolska Heritage Days
The Małopolska Institute of Culture runs annual "Days of Cultural Heritage" programme in which the public is invited to visit little-known or normally unavailable landmarks, monuments and locations. This year WMPL conducted a 2-day workshop training 30 young MIK volunteers in the basics of image licensing, Commons upload and editing Wikipedia articles.
During the practical workshop session, several new articles were created by participants about the landmarks from previous editions of Heritage Days. The project volunteers will then edit articles on 10 landmarks from the 2015 programme after the event at the end of May.
The Institute has also committed to sharing several hundred images from its 'Virtual Museums of Małopolska' image collection on Wikimedia Commons. The images depict historical objects, craftsmanship and artifacts from 50 regional museums around Kraków. A script will be run to automatically upload these resources to Wikimedia Commons.
Congress of Polish Museum Professionals
The first nationwide conference of Polish museum professionals was held in Łódź. Among the outcomes of this 3-day event was a list of recommendations for policy-makers featuring one recommending in-depth training on digitisation, digital collections and reuse-related topics for museum professionals.
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