GLAM/Newsletter/February 2014/Contents/Sweden report
Local portal and CC toolkits
Local heritage portal
The Local museum of Västmanland are building a local heritage portal along with other GLAMs in the region. During a seminar February 19 several presentations were given on topics including usability and local history. Among others Axel talked about how to interact with Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, community, statistics and free licenses. Several participants were interest in batch uploading and there will be a course later on for GLAMs who wants to make content available. After a discussion with the creator of Kulturarv Västernorrland, a similar portal but for a different region, where they use CC BY-SA as their default upload license but offer no way to find material based on license, they will implement a search option based on licenses to allow for material to be found and re-used outside of that specific portal.
Creative Commons are building a set of toolkits to enable easier use among organizations and others interested in OpenGLAM and free licenses. During a two day booksprint in Krakow, hosted by CC Polska and organized by Alek Tarkowski and Dorota Kawecka participants from Poland, Netherlands and Sweden got together to work on this. Among discussions and eating we produced a presentation, a FAQ, several case studies and other documents describing the benefits of working with open licenses. The documentation will be presented at the CC Toolkits page in April along with the other sections (Education, Government, Creative industries and Science) while Basics of CC is already done.
Blog posts from Joris at Europeana, Lisette at Kennisland, Aleks at CC Poland and Axel at Wikimedia Sweden.
Last summer a WikiProject at sv.Wikipedia called "Projekt Hedemora" was launched, with the goal to engage the local community (as well as interested global participants) in writing Wikipedia articles and add photos to Commons from the town Hedemora and its municipality. The use of QRpedia would add value to existing information for tourists and inhabitants – for a start supplementing the 35 signs in "Kulturpromenad Hedemora". The aim is to engage Internationella Föreningen ([Hedemora] "International Association") and/or the Swedish for immigrants education (SFI) to add more languages. The idea was presented at a local exhibition September 7, 2013, and was well recieved by municipality officials.
The WikiProject was inactive for a while, but was given a boost in February 2014. Hedemora Municipality board then announced that a pilot study of strengthening the cultural points of interest in the municipality would be carried out. The initiator of Projekt Hedemora, User:Vivo was given an appointment with the municipal commissioner. As a strong example to display for the commisioner, Teaterladan was chosen, one of Hedemora's most famous landmarks and part of Kulturpromenad Hedemora. Translation requests was posted on Twitter and Facebook, as well on Village Pump at svwp. The experiment was a success. Between February 21 and March 2 the article went from three language versions to eleven. The meeting went well and the municipal commissioner supports a QRpedia supplement to Kulturpromenad Hedemora. An additional meeting with more representatives will take place in a near future. The meeting will hopefully figure out more links between Projekt Hedemora and the cultural points of interest strenghtening, as well as more practical details of the QRpedia project.
IdeK and Tillgång
IdeK (an association about Innovation, Ideas, Design, Communikation and Cultural Heritage) that has a good standing in the Swedish cultural heritage community, blogged about why and how cultural heritage institutions should be on Wikipedia.
Tillgång (a double meaning: Access and Asset) is a fairly new blog, started by Lennart Guldbrandsson and Stefan Högberg, and writing about cultural heritage and digitization and copyright. During February, Tillgång published four blog posts: two about the difference in Swedish copyright law between photographic works of art and photographic images (1 and 2, with the third part published in March), one about the problems with the Wellcome photos, and one collection of news stories from around the world of digitization.