GLAM/Newsletter/February 2013/Contents/France report
Wikipedia in public libraries; Borrowing books from public libraries; POTY
Wikipedia in public libraries
Public libraries in Toulouse have 20 "Framakey Wikipedia" USB keys that contain free softwares and Wikipedia offline that can be borrowed by the public. The computers available at the libraries with no internet access also have an offline version of Wikipedia installed. In order to launch the Framakey Wikipedia in libraries Wikimedia France has organized 3 presentations and workshops on the Framakey and Wikipedia in the libraries of Toulouse.
Borrowing books from public libraries
Wikimédia France has now an "institutional" subscription to the public libraries in Toulouse, which allows us to freely borrow up to 36 books for a period of three weeks and to have access to lots of otherwise restricted documents, mainly about local history.
POTY : The Museum of Toulouse wins over NASA image
The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2012 is an image provided by Project Phoebus, a collaboration between Wikimédia France and the museum of Toulouse. The photograph was taken by a curator from the museum who joined the project in 2012 and illustrates the wider range of the project which extended from pictures of pieces from the taxidermy and paleonthology collection to pictures of living animals and plants. This information was passed on by the local press, from online-only to free daily newspaper to the online edition of the main regionaly daily newspaper.
Photography and future partnership with Notre-Dame de Paris
After discussions with the association Maurice de Sully, which takes care of Notre-Dame de Paris' cathedral, Wikimédia France plans to build a partnership with them, to improve quality and quantity of articles about Notre-Dame with help and contributions by the visitors guides association.
The first action was a photo-party with parisian wikimedians to take pictures about the new bells of the Cathedral. Pictures are available on Wikimedia Commons : Images supported by Wikimedia France - Notre-Dame de Paris.
Afrisson project is a new partnership, started on february 2013, related to african music. Afrisson.com is a website dedicated to african music, musicians, musical history and musical instruments. After discussions since july 2012, they decided last month to share a part of their content under a CC-BY-SA license.
All their introductions of pages related to musical styles and instruments are free to be copied on Wikipedia to start new articles about these subjects. All wikipedians are invited to start stubs and share knowledge about african music.