GLAM/Newsletter/December 2017/Contents/Sweden report
Inputs to the National Library Strategy; Statens maritima museer; Tekniska museet; Riksantikvarieämbetet
Inputs to the National Library Strategy
On the 1st of December WMSE submitted our recommendations for how libraries in Sweden can work with the Wikimedia movement to the team working on the National Library Strategy. The National Library Strategy will outline goals and strategies for all libraries in Sweden. The report is expected in late 2018. We have met with Erik Fichtelius, the national coordinator, a few times during the year to discuss the strategy and what place Wikimedia could have. In 2018 we hope to work with the Royal Library of Sweden to make some of these recommendations a reality.
Statens maritima museer
An early Christmas present from Statens maritima museer, an association of museums protecting Sweden's maritime cultural heritage, has come to Wikimedia Commons – over 1,600 works of art depicting ships and other aspects of the country's marine history. This is the second batch upload that's been made possible by the cooperation between SMM and Wikimedia Sverige; in total, the institution has provided ca. 2,200 high-resolution files that can help us learn about the vital role seafaring has played in our culture.
The Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology (Tekniska museet), whose mission is preserving heritage related to technological and industrial history, is one of Sweden's most liked museums. Now some of its collections are being prepared for upload to Wikimedia Commons. We're talking about the photo archive of Sigurd Curman, one of the most prominent figures on the Swedish heritage conservation scene in the first half of the 20th century. Apart from enjoying his celebrity status as a church renovator, Curman traveled all around Europe and took photos of its urban environments. We have been working on processing the metadata of some 500 of those photographs, which will soon enrich Wikimedia Commons with their unique early 20th-century views of cities such as Nürnberg, Trento and Vichy.
Riksantikvarieämbetet (the National Heritage Board) released their podcast under a CC BY license and started uploading a number of podcast episodes to Commons. Some of the includes guests with notable persons and these have been added to the articles about them as voice samples. They were also added to Wikidata which required some modeling since not much have been done in that area before.
Riksantikvarieämbetet and the National museum attended the Europeana Open GLAM Hackathon network meeting. The plan is to do a sequel to Hack for heritage in 2015 and if it is possible to coordinate efforts across Europe thanks to EU's Year of Cultural Heritage it would be good.
To make it easier for museums to publish 3D files across several platforms (and by that encourage them to publish at all) that support free licensing, Riksantikvarieämbetet, together with Wikimedia Sverige, is starting a fork of video2commons for 3D files.
After the latest upload of around 173,000 images (reported in October) there has been a lot of activity associated with them. More than 130,000 edits in two months and many new editors.