On August 6th, we made our first workshop with a gender perspective in the office of WMAR. Through social networks we contacted groups of women as Un Pastiche and Economía Feminista to participate. By using social networks as a meeting place, we had a great impact which resulted in the active participation of 17 women from different disciplines.
In this sense, women participating in the workshop have built a gender perspective similar to the guidelines of Wikimedia Argentina.
Economía feminista is presented as a work space for the economy from a gender perspective.
Un Pastiche is a treatment group working with the media Argentine women, defending and denouncing the sexist treatment of them.
For 4 hours the gender project of Wikimedia Argentina was presented, we define which involves editing a gender perspective and worked to implement strategies to improve new and existing content in Wikipedia. Prior to the workshop we asked the invited groups to build a list relevant to work for it and bring literature to working women. Previous work that resulted in the following results:
Participants of the workshop
% gender parity
Number of women involved until the end of the activity
Number of end / annotated assistants
Number of articles improved under the ratio standards of WMAR
Number of women trainers
Case study: Digitization Project
We made a case study about our digitalization project that concerns the relationship between Argentinean institutions participating on the Digitization Project, Wikimedia Argentina and its Wikipedian in Residence.
We will explain the methodology to operate with Argentinean institutions, regarding agreements, chosen institutions, technical work and documentary procedures.
The community of libraries and archives, usually belonging to larger institutions such as museums, has difficulties regarding technological resources, infrastructure and politics that require specific solutions in each case. This community is only now, after several years of partnerships showing a better attitude toward digitization, internet and free culture.
The whole case study is here.
Writers' workshop on 6 August, held at the Ubik library in Tabakalera
Set against the backdrop of DSS2016 European Capital of Culture, the project to wikify Donostia-San Sebastián in collaboration with the city's social and cultural agents and individuals is in full swing! Donostiapedia book remains one of its flagship projects, one relying on the contribution of different individuals who focus on an item related to their area of expertise in connection to the city, putting together an article added to the Basque Wikipedia, and made later into a hard copy version. It will include a collection of city specific articles, with a special emphasizes on highlighted topics, such as lesser known relevant, pioneering women with little recognition for their achievements.
Now ahead of the final product, in order to make the contributors familiar with a wiki environment, several monthly workshops have taken place since June on Saturday mornings at the Ukib library in Tabakalera, where editors get the necessary technical assistance from Basque wikipedians to pursue their editing goal, as well as discussing their queries, such as syntax, templates, or the use of categories, in a friendly atmosphere.
The latest such meeting took place on 6 August, with the next up scheduled for the 3 September. Delivery of articles is due on 22 October, and our expectations are high!
Wiki Loves Art in Belgium finished, Wiki Loves Monuments started
After more than a year of preparations, in July and August we organised the photo contest Wiki Loves Art, where we asked photographers and art lovers to take photos in the participating museums. Throughout Belgium, in these two months 13 museums and libraries opened their doors to get in this way better described and visible on Wikipedia and to make their managed heritage more accessible to the global audience.
Eventually 13 institutions opened their doors to the volunteer photographers to bring their museum/library and collection on Wikipedia better in the picture and to get it better described. At least 11 articles have been written and 3 been extended during the two writing sessions at the PhotoMuseum of Antwerp and the Royal Library of Belgium. In total more than 3,000 photos have been uploaded of the exhibited works and objects, the buildings of the institutions and the events. The participating institutions (with photo category) were
in the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library in Antwerp
in the Halle Gate in Brussels
in the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels
in the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels
in the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
in the Museum of Fine Arts in Gent
in the Bardelaere Museum in Lembeke
in the Library of Université de Liège
in Kazerne Dossin – Memorial in Mechelen
in the Mundaneum in Mons/Bergen
in the Musée Royal de Mariemont in Morlanwelz
Wiki Loves Monuments started!
In September it is traditionally time for the photo contest around monuments in Belgium and Luxembourg. Since 2011 we hold this competition annually to get the cultural heritage of Belgium and Luxembourg better described and depicted on Wikipedia. Also in this edition, anyone can participate by example in his or her area by taking photos of monuments.
This year we especially like to draw attention to those monuments that have not yet been with a photo on Wikipedia. In the tables on Wikipedia quite a few monuments have already a photograph, but many not yet. Help to get these monuments on Wikipedia: take photos and upload them!
To get not photographed monuments more on Wikipedia, we organize four photo tours:
As a pilot step, the UG BR has uploaded four images to the Commons. So far, three of these pictures were voluntarily improved by an experienced editor and have been nominated as either valued or featured image. Initial uploads are already featured on Wikipedia pages in Portuguese, English and French, eventually reaching tens of thousands of visitors a day.
This GLAM project is the first initiative that has been organized with a museum at the University of São Paulo, the largest university in Latin America. This initiative could become a case model for new partnerships at this university, that hosts over ten museums.
The UG Wikimedia in Brazil has held three meetings with museum directors before the pilot upload started. These meetings revolved around an introduction to Wikimedia projects, licensing and organizational details. A challenge in this project has been the producing of metadata in English, a task to which a professor of Veterinary Anatomy has collaborated. The UG Wikimedia in Brazil has also provided clarification and orientation to the museum staff on OTRS procedures.
Museum directors have seen this partnership as an opportunity to increase the visibility of the collection. They were especially motivated to be part of a global movement of museums that collaborate with Wikimedia projects, especially the Commons. Members of the UG Wikimedia in Brazil are involved in setting up a Wikipedia education program in the School of Veterinary Medicine, that would focus on improving content that could be associated to pictures that will be uploaded in the context of the GLAM initiative.
UG members have established an uploading schedule for the coming months, so that images are uploaded with the necessary information about the picture and the object. Uploaded images that are already available may be seen here. The UG Commons page is available here.
This initiative with the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy has benefited from previous projects that members of the UG Wikimedia in Brazil have taken part of. One of the user group members involved in this initiative, for instance, was involved with a GLAM initiative prior to the UG. He conducted another GLAM activity in Brazil in 2014, when the Italian-Brazilian Cultural Institute (ICIB) provided for scanning 1,200 pages from a work on the Italian Immigration in Brazil called "Il Brasile e gli Italiani". The whole material was uploaded to Commons, with the support of IAIDigital scanning company.
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.
Mary Magdalene holding her perfume jar ; the second of the most remarkable of the four statues "Belles du Nord"
Les belles du Nord (Beautifuls of North) is the name of a group of four sculptures.
Two of these scultptures are considered exceptional and as a "major archaeological discovery."
These sculptures were recently discovered (in 2013) during an archaeological dig in northern France.
They were buried in the ground for more than two centuries (probably since 222 years) in Orchies a small town ot the Northern France in Region Hauts-de-France (halfway between Valenciennes and Lille).
The museum was first founded by aviation pioneer Gianni Caproni in 1927 near Milan. Later it was moved to Trentino, where Caproni himself was born. It is now a territorial branch of MUSE - Science Museum, that has hosted a Wikipedian in Residence in March-April 2016 thanks to Wikimedia Italia.
About the wedding customs in Štip - Sample of the Štip–Kočani dialect
The Sufferings of the Beautiful Princess - Sample of the Lower Polog dialect
Civil War experiences - Sample of the Solun-Voden dialect
This August we completed the Macedonian Dialects Project (Проект „Македонски дијалекти“) in collaboration with the Božidar Vidoeski Research Centre for Areal Lingustics at MANU aided by our Wikimedian-in-Residence there illustrated the rich variety of Macedonian dialects with 25 recordings representing 16 dialects from various regions of the country, as well as regions with traditional Macedonian population that are now situated in neighbouring countries. Some dialects are represented with more than one recording. The recordings were then used in articles as samples about the dialects, but also to illustrate articles about the settlements where these recordings come from, to illustrate local culture.
All 25 recordings are used in a total of 87 articles (so far) in three Wikipedia language editions (Macedonian, English and some Bulgarian).
Additional material and purpose
We also obtained a large volume of audio material (around 2000 hours) containing the full-length versions of the recordings, as well as various other recordings of value in for the Macedonian folklore, ethnology and history. These will be used in a new project.
Аpart from the involvement in obtaining 42 audio compact discs of 2000-hour recorded dialect speech held in the collection by the Božidar Vidoeeski Centre for Areal Lingustics in MANU for the Macedonian dialects project conducted by Shared Knowledge, Wikimedian-in-Residence at MANU, this August, have scanned the entire book "Birth of the Macedonian Nation" on 276 pages for the purposes of the project Википедија:Македонство whose main aim is gathering, digitization and writing overview of the content of each book dedicated on the Macedonian national identity and struggle from freedom written by Macedonian revolutionaries and intellectuals in the 19th and 20th century. So far, within this project, 6 books have been scanned and proceed. Besides that, another entire book of poetry of Heinrich Heine on 156 pages was scanned and uploaded to the article as well as 15 other articles were improved or created with materials provided from publications from the Library of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Wikimedia Mexico has a new ally in the GLAM initiative: the Museum of Memory and Tolerance (MMyT), which holds a very distinct mission than other museums: to promote the importance of the values of tolerance, non-violence and human rights through the documenting of crimes against humanity. Its collection documents genocides and other crimes, hoping to alert against the dangers of indifference, discrimination and violence.
The Museum's facade
Inside the Museum
In this new alliance, we immediately looked for the most critical places where we could improve Wikipedia and its sister projects. The first thing noticed was that the articles for the main themes of the museum (namely Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and International Criminal Law) were too technical for the layman and lacking structure. Thus, the first Editatón Memoria y Tolerancia was born.
Unlike other edit-a-thons, we focused on a small number of articles to be edited very carefully, guided by the museum staff who specializes in Human Rights, Criminal Law and Sociology. Our goal was to establish exhaustive articles on general themes so that the subsequent edition of particular cases gets easier with time. This time, in-site collaboration was more important than ever, as every table became a small class discussing not only particular cases, but also coordinating in real time to write in offline word processors to avoid editing conflicts.
Each table was assigned to one and only one article
We measured total added bytes to get our Top 7 contributors, mostly women
This unique model led us to measure our success in terms of net added bytes to the encyclopedia, as we knew that all editions and references had been at least factually reviewed by a specialist. After making a quick sum, we proudly announced Mirserz, Psanchez820, Verónica LS, Paulina Lordméndez, B.jars, Edo21c and Nataliarabell as winners, after several hours of intense research and contributions. Congratulations and thank you for helping Wikipedia! May we never forget the atrocities of the past, and build towards a more tolerant future.
Simulation of the Bus Number 2857 of Montgomery, Alabama, "Rosa Parks bus"
Yo tengo un sueño are the famous words of Martin Luther King, translated to Spanish: I have a dream...
¡No nos callarán! (We won't be silenced!), one of the temporary exhibitions at MMyT
On August 13, we hosted the first edit-a-thon in the northern state of Sonora! Wikipedia editors Namakasia and Sonderflux were inspired by the efforts and results from our 72-hour long edit-a-thon and decided it was time for Sonora to host their own, documenting local museums and murals.
Sonora is one of the largest states in Mexico, home to several indigenous peoples (most notably, the Yaqui and Seri peoples) and a unique biodiversity even within Mexico. It is also quite far away from the capital, Mexico City. The physical distance between the northernmost states and the capital has made difficult for enthusiasts to participate in other Wikimedia Mexico events. So, as the saying goes, if Sonoran editors can't come to an edit-a-thon, we will take the edit-a-thon to Sonora.
On this occasion we had the opportunity to give a workshop on Wikipedia the day before the actual edit-a-thon took place. There was one question of note: How can we upload images to Wikipedia?. This simple technical request led us to a very interesting conversation, since most notable murals in Sonora are still not in the Public Domain. We discussed about Copyright Laws and why Wikipedia must comply with them, about the process by which an artist can donate photos of his works to Wikipedia and what it entails in terms of the permissions given by the Creative Commons licenses used in Wikimedia projects.
Ms. Fragoso, part of the organizing team that invited Wikimedia Mexico
We had an amazing team of enthusiasts, eager to document Sonoran art
The final group photo
The first official Wikimedia event in Sonora was a rousing success! The 22 new editors contributed information on 29 artists and museums in Sonora, their history and collections. At the end, we gathered to learn more about Wikimedia projects and briefly discussed how big events like multi-day edit-a-thons are, ultimately, done with the efforts of many volunteers. We hope to return soon to such an enthusiastic community!
Frans Post: View on Olinda, 1662. Collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Wikimedia Nederland has recently started the international project The Netherlands and the world (project page on meta.wikimedia.org). In this project, we want to stimulate the exchange of information and media on Wikimedia projects, about 'shared heritage' between the Netherlands and those regions and countries with which the Netherlands has historical ties (most notably Indonesia and Suriname, but it includes many other regions in the world as well).
Negotiations with Dutch cultural institutions are ongoing. In preparation of many exchanges and image donations for this project, we are welcoming all kinds of community input for it.
Are you an active Wikimedian who regularly works on this topic, and do you have any questions or requests for information or content? We have a requests page especially for that. Feel free to post all your questions there.
We're creating an international project group of Wikimedia volunteers who want to actively participate in this project. It is still very open to all input and ideas. If you are interested in the project, feel free to leave your signature on the project page on meta.
One of the 38 000 images uploaded to commons by The National Library in Oslo
Wiki Loves Monuments 2016
September is Wiki Loves Monuments month! This year Wikimedia Norge is organizing both an editing contest as well as a photo contest. You can join the editing contest here and read more about the photo contest here.
Oslo Jazz Festival
One active contributor to Wikimedia Commons has this summer travelled throughout Norway, with the help of a Rapid grant from Wikimedia Foundation, and taken hight quality images at music festivals and concerts. And especially of female artist. So far around 1000 images are uploaded to commons. Take a look here. You can help identify unknown artist by following the links named ikke-identifiserte musikere at this page.
Access to bokhylla.no, 250 000 books
Bokhylla.no is an online service giving users with Norwegian IP addresses access to every book published in Norway up until 2000. Wikipedia editors without Norwegian IP addresses can apply for access for by contacting Astrid Carlsen in Wikimedia Norge. Access is normally granted for a period of six months, with the possibility of an extension. So far Wikipedians living in European and South-American countries have been granted access.
Wikimedia community of the Republic of Srpska continues GLAM cooperation with City of East Sarajevo Main Library
Edit-a-thon titled "Meet Srpska" was GLAM project realized through another cooperation between Wikimedia Community of the Republic of Srpska and the City of East Sarajevo Main Library. Mentioned cooperation was achieved within larger project with identical name, Meet Srpska, which aimed to increase number of written articles on Wikipedia in Serbian language related with the Republic of Srpska. Goal of the edit-a-thon itself was the same as the project mentioned above. City of East Sarajevo Main Library, once again, was kind enough to permit the use of its internet reading room while providing Wikimedia Community of the Republic of Srpska with necessary literature and other help. Workshop was held on 29th of July and lasted from 09:00 to 15:00. For some of the community volunteers this was the first time they worked on creation or edition Wikipedia articles while others have become acquainted with the process and found themselves, partially, in role of instructors to the newbies. Twelve community members and volunteers participated in the workshop. Nineteen new articles were created. Representatives of both the City of East Sarajevo Main Library and Wikimedia Community of the Republic of Srpska expressed their pleasure at continuation of cooperation and reaffirmed their intention to develop it further in the future.
Signement of an agreement with the city council of San Sebastián de los Reyes. In the image, the Mayor, the Councilor and the representative of WMES
In August, and until September, started Wiki Loves the Olympics, an online editing contest around the Olympic Games. The goal of this first edition is to improve and translate a list of topics related to the Olympic Games, and specially the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics, including famous sports figures and games facilities. The initiative is part of Iberocoop.
Also, on August 22, we signed an agreement with the city council of San Sebastian de los Reyes (Madrid) to sponsor the contest Wiki Loves Folk. As part of the agreement, a special prize for the best photos of the festivals of San Sebastián de los Reyes was created, and an additional uploading period is opened between August 25 and September 5, together with April and November-December.
Royal Spanish Academy and others institutions
Library of the Royal Spanish Academy
We had two productive meetings, with the Ciudad y el Mar, Castillo de Mata Museum, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, to talk about a coming editathon in October and photograph some documents from his collection, and with the city council of Bimenes (Asturias), to initiate a collaboration in the coming months, including GLAM-related activities. Finally, as part of the collaboration with the Royal Spanish Academy, we have uploaded, under a free license, the first images from its collection.
As a result of comparing the number of tanks and looms on Wikipedia in an interview, Axel Pettersson was invited to The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies to give a presentation on how Wikipedia works, the gender gap and how to contribute with both knowledge and material to make craft more visible on the Wikimedia projects. Some of the participants in the audience were interested in attending or organizing future craft themed edit-a-thons, and also in opening up collections with images showing different works, materials, tools and skills.
Batchupload for Gruppo Archeologico Romano (GAR) is live
A summary video of the Liberal history edit-a-thon
Participants in the edit-a-thon
On 24 August 2016, Wikipedia editors were invited to the National Liberal Club in London to for an edit-a-thon on the history of liberalism in the United Kingdom. The Club was established in 1882 by Liberal Prime Minister William Gladstone, intended to be a more inclusive gentleman's club, one "of a very different character" to the other Clubs in London, which he derided as "temples of luxury and ease". Today it is independent of any political party but remains closely aligned with the Liberal tradition. Its members may belong to any political party or none. The neo-Gothic building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse (who was also architect of the Natural History Museum, and Manchester Town Hall), was completed in 1887 and was at the time the largest clubhouse ever built. Some of the building has since been sold off, but it remains among the largest clubhouses in the world.
The Club holds a library of specialist materials—ranging from rare primary sources, and an extensive collection of reference texts—on the history of the liberal project in the United Kingdom, and British politics more broadly, which they agreed to open up to Wikipedia editors to improve Wikipedia content on politicians of the historical Liberal Party and the present-day Liberal Democrats.
Event organiser and Club Librarian, Dr Seth Thévoz said "there are so many documents, manuscripts, rare things out there that are in private hands, whether in Clubs like this one, or in people's homes, and being able to share that knowledge is really what Wikipedia and the ethos behind it is all about, and something we're delighted to do all we can to help."
In August, another two training sessions for staff took place at the Wellcome. Some participants added images to pictures, another added a surprising fact about a psychoanalyst and a mountain, and another has begun a sandbox draft of a new page. Following from the training so far, staff have requested a Wiki-club, to give them the opportunity to get together and edit every few weeks: the first session will take place in September.
Recent uploads: Collective respiration in bees; rodent teeth; a parasitic life cycle
The following represents a selection of the files that have been uploaded this month from open-access sources. Most of these came from PubMed Central through the Open Access Media Importer — whose uploads now total over 22,200. If you can think of wiki pages where these files (or other files from the same source articles) could be useful, please put them in there or let us know. Several of them have already been reused this way, along with many others that had been uploaded earlier.
WikiShootMe has a lot of new updates: OAuth-based image upload button, uploads to Commons and adds to Wikidata item with one click, right-click on the map to add a missing item, build-in Wikidata search, free images search (example for Central Cambridge)
A video of Andy Mabbett's "what is Wikidata?" talk, filmed in Jakarta during his February tour of Australia and Indonesia, is now available on YouTube. running just under an hour, it is in English with Indonesian subtitles, and is available under an open (CC by) licence.
With the Wikipedia Library team, I attended and presented about two White Papers that I have been supporting. These white papers, which focus on Academic and Research Libraries and Public Libraries, will offer better communication tools for engagement from the Wikimedia community to libraries. For more information about the conference, and talks see.