WMF GLAM report
1Lib1Ref, Image Description Week, Commons calls, and the Add an image events
The May campaign for 1Lib1Ref is starting soon
The annual #1Lib1Ref campaign is inviting librarians, researchers, book lovers, wikimedians, and any other knowledge enthusiasts to add missing references to articles, in order to make Wikipedia more reliable, complete, and useful!
The May edition of the 2022 #1Lib1Ref campaign will happen from May 15th to June 5th and is an opportunity for people in the southern hemisphere (Africa, Asia, Latin America & Oceania) to participate.
This year we are experimenting with new contribution methods and expanding the languages on Citation Hunt. During the January campaign, we encouraged contributions on Wikisource and Wikidata and added 9 new languages from CEE. This round, we are hoping to add a new contribution method focused on gender, as a way to test thematic or topical contributions, and we are also adding some more languages from Africa and Asia.
If you're planning to organize an event, join the campaign on Outreach Dashboard, and don’t forget to check the Meta-Wiki page for more information.
Banana Plant Flask, by Max Gruber
Image Description Week
You’re invited to take part in Image Description Week, a conversation linked to International Museum Day (18 May) and Global Accessibility Awareness Day (19 May). It’s a week-long call-to-action to make images more accessible and discoverable, in all languages.
Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan conversations about Commons
As part of a broader effort to get feedback on the Foundation’s annual plan, we co-hosted two conversations about Commons. The main purpose of the meetings was to bring the sub-networks of Commons users together and start sharing perspectives about different user needs. The meetings were attended by more than 100 people, representing a range of Commons contributors, from Wikipedia editors, to photographers, curators, campaign organizers, batch content uploaders, GLAM staff, technical contributors, and admins.
If you’re following the Commons conversations, you may be interested to know that the audio and video player for all Wikis was recently updated to new software by volunteer developer Derk-Jan "the DJ" Hartman and Staff Software Architect Brion Vibber. MediaWiki documentation, Phabricator ticket, and community announcement. The new player is already live on Commons and Wikisource.
Add an image events
In partnership with the GLAM and Culture team, the #1Pic1Article was a series of four events organized with three affiliates in Latin America to test the Add an image feature, developed by the Growth team for the Newcomer experience pilot.
Wikimedia Argentina held the first two events, on March 7 and 18, and publicized them through an email campaign that reached more than 1,000 museum workers. The first was a test event and had it was only composed of participants from the Association Directors of Museums of the Argentine Republic (ADiMRA). Both events together gathered almost 50 participants and had 62 edits done by 24 users.
For the third event, Wikimedia Mexico published a blog post and shared posts on Facebook and Twitter. The event assembled more than 50 participants and, from this number, 25 edited and carried out 76 edits.
For the last one, Wikimedia Chile published two blog posts (here and here), wrote on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and partnered with Museo de los Museos, an important Chilean organization. This event had 24 participants and 60 edits in total made by 18 users.
WMCL even dedicated an entire episode of its podcast, Wiki Café, to the event: Construyendo cultura visual en Wikipedia (on Spotify). This event's recording is available on YouTube.
A Diff post about the #1Pic1Article event series is being co-authored by the organizers, but small reports have been already shared on the This Month in GLAM newsletter by WMAR and by WMMX, which also marked Mexico's return to the newsletter after almost two years.
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