GLAM/Newsletter/April 2016/Contents/Spain report
Free pictures, edit-a-thons and new partners
Wiki Loves Folk
This year, for the first time, we organize Wiki Loves Folk, a public photo competition around folklore. In line with the celebration of other Wiki Loves contests, we think that another important aspect of the culture of a country or territory is its folklore. In this case, we proposed the promotion of those celebrations or traditions (religious celebrations, carnivals, festivals, food festivals) that have any of the following statements: International Touristic Interest, National Touristic Interest, Regional Touristic Interest and Provincial Touristic Interest.
The contest has two periods of participation; the first one was during the month of April and 25 contributors uploaded 1150 images to Wikimedia Commons.
Spanish Civil War contest
2016 will mark eighty years since the start of the Spanish Civil War. For that reason -not in commemoration- we started a project to obtain images of the historical places linked to such a painful event. The list of places chosen was linked to the conflict itself, between July 17, 1936 and April 1, 1939. The project consisted of a photographic contest in which participants uploaded the images during the month of April. We obtained 716 images from 23 contributors and we plan continuing this initiative in the future.
In April we covered six events for obtaining pictures and upload them to Wikimedia Commons under a free license. They were the following events, mainly sports: the Rally of Noia, the WRX 2016 Rallycross of Portugal, the Handball Queen's Cup 2016, the European Wheelchair Basketball Cup, the Rugby King's Cup 2016 and a concert of El Langui.
Wiki Takes Camí de Vera
This activity consisted in taking pictures of one of the neighborhoods of Valencia. Camí de Vera is located at northeast of the city and is the last example of the orchards irrigated by the channel of Vera, today threatened by urban growth. We spent one day there; in the morning we walked around the neighborhood, taking pictures and talking to the last farmers in the neighborhood. In the afternoon we went to the library of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, close to Camí de Vera, and uploaded the images from there. In total, we got 395 images.
Social sciences and humanities edit-a-thons
As part of the Complutense Week of Letters, on April 19 and 21 a double edit-a-thon on Spanish researchers in social sciences and humanities was celebrated. It was an activity promoted by the libraries of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology and the Faculty of Information Sciences, with the support of Wikimedia Spain.
Research in the social sciences and humanities typically have less visibility in society that scientific disciplines, so it was interesting to check this field in Wikipedia. It was also positive that the University promoted editing articles of Wikipedia to recognize their social importance and value. In the event participated teachers and students from both faculties of the Complutense University of Madrid and it was a success. In fact, the celebration of these edit-a-thons was the start of a new collaboration with this university, involving journalism students in editing Wikinews.
In April we met for the first time with two GLAM institutions: the first one, the library of the Pontifical University of Salamanca. They heard in a radio interview to a member of Wikimedia Spain talking about a Wikipedia workshop, so they contacted us; after a first meeting, we are talking about organizing several Wikipedia sessions in the coming months. The second one, the Museum of Almería, heard about the GLAMing Madrid project and they are interested in collaborating with Wikimedia, so we are planning a set of activities to develop at the museum.