GLAM summer seminar
GLAMwiki discussed at Summer Seminar of Estonian Memory Institutions
On August 24–25 Summer Seminar of Estonian Memory Institutions took place in Viinistu. This year's topic was (re-)use and therefor GLAMwiki activities were also discussed. Kaarel Vaidla, Executive Director of Wikimedia Eesti gave a summarizing presentation during plenary session called "Increasing Virtual Accessibility and Usability of Memory Institutions through Wikipedia and Other Wikimedia Projects" and was in charge of chairing a discussion group on OpenGLAM and GLAMwiki, which proved to be rather popular. The personal connection between WMEE representatives and Estonian National Library as the organiser of the event was facilitated by Vahur Puik, active promoter of OpenGLAM and digital heritage re-use in Estonia, the man behind crowdsourcing geotagging and rephotography platform "Ajapaik", also a member of the Estonian chapter of the Wikimedia movement.
Wikimedia related discussions were not limited to official program of the seminar and as a result several possible GLAM partners are currently thinking about introducing Wikimedia to their digitizing workflow or their activities related to public outreach and institutional visibility. These ideas involve not only Wikipedia or Commons, but also Wikisource, Wikiquote and Wikidata. Hopefully some of these incubating ideas and projects will come to life soon and Wikimedia Eesti will have a reason to be present in This Month in GLAM newsletter more often in the future.
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