The December newsletter is a unique occasion to look back on our GLAM Programme activities for 2022. It was indeed an eventful year: Wikimedia CH welcomed a new GLAM team with Sandra Becker and Amandine Cabrio. We partnered with various GLAM institutions inside Switzerland, we worked with fellow chapters and improved access to cultural heritage. Through the year, we had many events and projects. We decided to highlight a few of them below.
2022: Year of Sound
In 2022, radio in Switzerland celebrated its 100th anniversary. Wikimedia CH took this as an opportunity to designate 2022 as the Year of Sound. The program encompassed activities organized by the community, Wikimedia CH or initiated by a GLAM institution or like-minded organization. This project was for the GLAM Program a unique occasion to reach new GLAM partners, to bring together the community and organise successful events.
The Wikimedia CH GLAM Programme engaged itself in this Year of Sound. We coached the City Library of La Chaux-de-Fonds to upload sound files on Wikimedia Commons the 27th of October (World Day for Audiovisual Heritage). And we gave a workshop at the SBB Historic on uploading sound files the 5th of November.
Awareness campaigns: International Museum Day and International Archive Week
In 2022, we led activities for the International Museum Day 2022 to improve the presence of museums in all the Wikimedia projects, in collaboration with ICOM and various chapters.
We also engaged in the International Archive Week 2022 in partnership with the Swiss Archivist Association, focusing on the theme #ArchivesAreYou, given by the International Council of Archive (ICA), and encouraging volunteer to create Wikipedia articles about and around Swiss Archives institutions.
and in Montreux, from the 23rd to the 27th November, with the Cultural Heritage and Innovation Center (EPFL).
These events allowed us to collaborate with GLAM institutions and reach out to the Community. It also allowed participants to have privileged access to GLAM institutions and professionals, to interact with various documents and art and to work together thus allowing the improvement of Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. During the three GLAM-On-Tour, a fair amount of Wikipedia articles were created or improved and beautiful photos were uploaded on Commons.
GLAM digital is a series of video conferences with selected GLAM institutions. Each usually two-hour individual event consists of a specialist lecture by the institution on a specific topic. In a subsequent dialogue part, the Wikipedia community and the institutions enter into direct exchange. The event series is jointly coordinated and supported by Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Österreich and Wikimedia CH. In 2022, Wikimedia CH held a GLAM Digital the 5th of December with the Tinguely Museum, Basel. This GLAM Digital event focused on the process of digital archiving. It was held in cooperation with Who writes his_tory? and Guter Grund.
Wikimedia CH has continued organizing information and knowledge exchanges for or by GLAM professionals that edit Wikimedia projects.
At a national level, we have continued to organize our WikiGLAM meetings, which were held again in presence for the first time since early 2020.
More locally, the WikiNeocomensia meetups, dedicated to professionals working on the heritage of Canton Neuchâtel, gathered media interest - both from the press in March and the radio in June. Finally, WikiRomandie, a new online meet-up for French-language GLAM professionals trained in the previous yearts was launched in March, with regular attendance and leading to strategic discussions.