The first quarter of this year was full of activity for Wikimedia Portugal. Important partnerships with a number of Portuguese, Brazilian and Angolan institutions - universities, academic centers, writers associations, museums and libraries were signed and/or took form. The GLAM partnership with the National Library of Portugal started, the leading exhibition of the 2018 season for the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga was documented for Commons and Wikidata, and a series of events took part before, during and after the International Women's Day at 8 March, as part of the Art+Feminism in the Lusophony 2018 campaign.
Memorandum of Understanding and other partnerships
On the 25 January, a Memorandum of Understanding between Wikimedia Portugal, Universidade Aberta de Portugal (Open University), Cátedra Infante Dom Henrique, LE@D – Laboratório de Educação a Distância e eLearning e CLEPUL - Centro de Literaturas e Culturas Lusófonas e Europeias (Universidade de Lisboa). The signature ceremony took place at the noble hall of Palácio Ceia, seat of the Universidade Aberta de Portugal, and was followed by a workshop attended by 25 teachers of that institution.
As part of the Memorandum of Understanding, a partnership was established with the former User Group Wikimedia in Brazil.
On the same period, a GLAM initiative was established with the Museu Militar da Madeira, and we started working with Associação Presença Feminina, a Portuguese association dedicated to the protection and dignity of women, planning joint activities mainly about Women and Africa, as well as planning the build-up of a Wikimedia community in Guiné-Bissau, where APF is currently establishing and developing partnerships. A partnership was also established with the União de Escritores Angolanos, aiming at the consolidation and growth of the Wikimedia community in Angola. Informal collaboration also started with Museu de Alverca.
Workshop at the National Library of Portugal
Altarpiece of the Magi
, Antwerp workshop, dated c. 1530, from the Kings chapel, at Estreito da Calheta, Madeira Island, at the "Ilhas do Ouro Branco" exhibition
On 27 February, started the GLAM partnership between Wikimedia Portugal and the National Library of Portugal, with a full-day series of workshops covering Wikimedia projects integration, Wikidata & Commons in the context of a GLAM project, Wikipedia article editing and creation, and potential uses in education.
On the 2nd of March, with a free pass provided by Cátedra Infante Dom Henrique (CIDH), under the recent partnership, I've had the opportunity to photograph the whole exhibition As Ilhas do Ouro Branco, the leading event for the 2018 seazon of the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, and part of the celebrations of the 6th-centenary of the Portuguese finding of Madeira Archipel. Even if the quality of the photos are not professional, this was extremely important for the Região Autónoma da Madeira, since that exhibition, which is crucial to the study of the archipel's history, art and early economy, will not be presented there. The contents are planned to be fully uploaded on Wikidata and Commons by May 2018.
Barnstar Ribbon Luiza Teles
This year, we partnered with the User Group Wikimedia in Brazil for a common celebration of the International Women's Day throughout the Lusophony world. Our Angolan brothers were not able to join us this year, but plans are being made for a steady collaboration, so that next year they'll be on board. In Portugal we started celebrating already in January, with a series of events, workshops and edit-a-thons that went on till 11 March in Lisbon and Funchal.
In the Região Autónoma da Madeira Art+Feminism was organized in a partnership with CLEPUL-Madeira and the CIDH. This was the first public Wikimedia event in the region, and we were covered by the state radio and TV channels, Antena 1 and RTP, featuring regional cultural magazines. We were joined at the marathons by Funchal's town councilor Madalena Nunes, vice-deon of Universidade da Madeira Elsa Fernandes, radialist Lília Mata, and a number of other well known local personalities, and together we managed to produce about 40 biographies of notable women from Madeira who were still absent from Wikipedia. We joined Funchal's city council cycle of events "Olhar (N)O Feminino", with the presentation/ workshop "Uma Homenagem às Mulheres nas Artes" at Museu Henrique e Francisco Franco, in Funchal, were Wikipedia content was improved and photos of notable artists present there were taken to be uploaded in Commons.
Those Art+Feminism events were a great success, and opened way for new partnerships and collaborations with a number of persons and institutions.
In April, still working on the Gender Gap issues, Wikimedia Portugal partnered again with the User Group Wikimedia in Brazil, for the joint organization of the contest The Women You Have Never Met 2018. A Barnstar Ribbon honouring late Wikipedian Luiza Teles, one of the founders of the Wikipedia in Portuguese, beloved member of our community, deceased in 2016, was produced to be awarded to the winners of the contest.
1st Workshop with the forming MCCLA Women group at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 29 January
Workshop at CLEPUL, University of Lisbon, on Women and Literature, with the MCCLA group, 28 February
Edit-a-thon "As Mulheres da/na Madeira", Universidade da Madeira, 10 March
Photo portrait of plastic artist Luz Henriques, taken during the "Uma Homenagem às Mulheres nas Artes" event, to illustrate her article, also produced during Artes&Feminismos 2018.
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