The following newsletter is an update of GLAM activity from the last month (and a bit) across the African continent and beyond. The activities listed below have come from the work of two Wikimedia chapters, South Africa and Kenya, and from the WikiAfrica Project.
GLAM Content partners sharing knowledge
The GLAM side of WikiAfrica's Share Your Knowledge project has been very well supported by the 55 content partners from across Africa. It has received content (including images) from the M-Net African Film Library, Blackitude Museum, Hyrax Hill Museum, First Floor Gallery, Mus’art Gallery, Abasuba Community Peace Museum, Africa Centre, Phuthidikabo Museum and Sungani Zakwathu Cultural Heritage Promotions. Many of these related articles are being worked on in the WikiAfrica Incubator and shall be moved over to the main site once they are finished. Much more content is pouring in and will be uploaded over the following month.
Heritage Western Cape
During the last week of August, a three-day GLAM training session and workshop was held with the museum managers of 18 museums across the Western Cape of South Africa. During the session, the managers were introduced to Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, GLAM, Creative Commons and the Wiki Loves Monuments Competition. They also uploaded and worked on 11 new articles about their specific museums. These articles that are being finalised, are currently in the WikiAfrica Incubator, and can be viewed there.
South African Heritage Institutions Supports Wiki Loves Monuments
Wikimedia South Africa and WikiAfrica have been working to get South Africa's heritage institutions involved in and participate as upload sites for the upcoming Wiki Loves Monuments 2012. The National Heritage Council (NHC), South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA), Western Cape Heritage and City of Cape Town Heritage are all eager to be involved, especially in an upload marathon at local museums to the South African Wiki Loves Monuments and thus to Commons, that will take place on Heritage Day (Monday, 24 September), a public holiday. The official launch of the Wikilove monuments will be held on the 1st of September 2012 at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.
Potential GLAMs - Still in Talks
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with Wikimedia Kenya:
Nairobi Railway Museum have partially accepted to collaborate with Wikimedia Kenya to have their content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The senior management requested for copies of proposals to review them in detail.Wikimedia Kenya is in discussions on the best way to undertake this project being the first of its kind. A preliminary study revealed that they have none of their collections digitized.
Kenya National Archives are still reviewing a proposal that was sent to them regarding GLAM. Hopefully the results shall be out by the time the next newsletter shall be published.
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with WikiAfrica:
National Museum Malawi
Shimoni Slavery Museum, Kenya
Bamako-London Exhibition, UK/Mali
South African Heritage Resource Agency, South Africa
Name your hood, South Africa
IZIKO Museums of Cape Town (14 museums in the Cape Town area) www.iziko.org.za, South Africa
Western Province Government – Department of Heritage, South Africa
Africa Centre is a cultural platform based in Cape Town supporting and producing cultural projects and initiatives. In 2011 the Africa Centre adopted the CC BY-SA on its online documentation and in November launched a call for a Wikipedian in Residence in charge of contributing to WikiAfrica and coordinating more GLAM outreach in Africa.
doual'art: a cultural non profit organization focussed on contemporary art and urban research in Douala. Since 1991 doual'art produces public art and collects documentation about its city. doual'art provides all of its online documentation in CC BY-SA: project descriptions, artworks descriptions, biographies of artists and experts.
Check out this month's Italy report for a summary of these 3 case studies.
Kër Thiossane, an art centre, residency space and training facility based in Dakar. The centre provided training to intellectuals, artists and authors in Dakar on how to contribute to Wikipedia and wiki websites.
Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, now Festival de Cine Africano de Còrdoba. Spanish cinema festival specialized in African cinema providing film descriptions and biographies of filmmakers and experts in CC BY-SA (texts only).