GLAM/Newsletter/August 2022/Contents/Sweden report
100 000 Bildminnen; Uniforms, images from New Sweden, colonial officers, the map book of Fryderyk Getkant, and more!; Swedish general election 2022
100 000 Bildminnen
The work on the project 100 000 Photo Memories continues. In August, the focus was on communication with the Nordic Museum staff around what will be needed to make the project successful and interesting to the Wikimedia community. What sorts of images will be received with enthusiasm? How should the metadata be prepared? In order to help them better understand the Wikimedia platforms, the project group at the museum participated in a training, organized by Wikimedia Sverige, focused on the ins and outs of Wikimedia Commons, as well as the basics of OpenRefine and the possibilities it offers. Talking OpenRefine to GLAM staff is, in our experience, always interesting and rewarding. It's a powerful tool that many Wikimedians use primarily for editing Wikidata, but it's great for general data cleaning and enrichment – something that GLAMs often have a need for.
Uniforms, images from New Sweden, colonial officers, the map book of Fryderyk Getkant, and more!
In August the "GLAMWiki-team" at the Swedish National Archives got going again after the summer holidays! We have continued sharing files from our archival holdings on Wikimedia Commons (and Wikidata and on various Wikipedias). We have also updated many files uploaded by Wikimedians long ago but where we now have freely available version in higher resolution and have made the existing Commons category for images from Codex Bergshammar a sub-category of our main images category as the codex is part of our archival holdings.
Thematically we have continued working with maps (eg. uploading the complete map book of Fryderyk Getkant) and Sweden's heritage as a colonising state (various images of and from New Sweden and portraits of Swedish officers in the service of King Leopold in Congo). We've also uploaded two original document peace treaties where we chose to do so as PDF rather than individual images. Happy to receive feedback from the Commons and Wikisource communities whether that was a good choice!? To round off we've also uploaded the prison release form of one of Sweden's most notorious murderers.
Technologically we have made our first (small) batch uploads using Pattypan and OpenRefine including uploading Jacob Gillberg's drawings of uniforms for the Swedish army.
On the request of Wikimedian Tanzania we also uploaded an image of the town charter of Jönköping. He then created both a Swedish language article about the charter and published the transcription provided by us on Wikisource.
Ink drawing of a uniform for Kungliga Livgardet, soldier with rifle.
Native American family, likely members of the Susquehannock people.
Arvid Mauritz Wester, a Swedish officer in the service of King Leopold in the Congo.
The cover of Fryderyk Getkant's map book Topographica Practica.
Map of the territories of the Kemi Sámi, once ruled by Sweden.
Cropped image of the town charter of Jönköping, dated 1284.
A page in Codex Bergshammar. It contains heraldic shields of royal and noble families in Europe.
The last report written by Raoul Wallenberg.
The 1679 peace treaty of Fontainebleau.
Release form of Per Nilsson aka "the Yngsjö Murderer".
Swedish general election 2022
General elections will be held in Sweden on 11 September to elect the 349 members of the Riksdag and we have called for pictures of election workers and members of parliament running for election who have no picture on their Wikipedia article. We have been in contact with all parties and currently two parties have uploaded images to the category Swedish general election, 2022. The image Swedish Opinion Polling, 30 Day Moving Average, 2018-2022 has many views and is available on several pages. The image is updated under the same file name which works well as the articles are updated with the latest poll. Excitement is building now as the election is predicted to be very close.
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