Strange noise, public art and old maps
Work With Sounds
The Work With Sounds project continues to make strange industrial sounds and noises available on Commons. Thanks to Fæ's GLAM dashbord we can now see in the report that the files that are uploaded are not beeing used in articles or put in enough categories. Please help with promoting the project in your communities, and if you have ideas for how to make more use of the files feel free to ping Torsten Nilsson (project manager for WWS) or me.
Working life museums
Two more workshops for volunteers from Working life museums were held in February ending the tour for this time. A total of 39 participants now have knowledge of how to edit articles and upload images, and also a basic idea of free licenses, reuse of material and what Wikidata is. As Working life museums is one of the categories in Wiki Loves Monuments, and Swedish Wikipedia have lists of all Working life museums in Sweden they can easily find a way to contribute with both images and knowledge.
An overview of contacted municipalities. Click on the map for a legend.
In February we got some good news with respect to our ongoing lawsuit aimed at clarifying that Freedom of Panorama in Sweden still applies when the images are published online. The district court agreed that this was one of the rare cases which warranted sending the case directly to the supreme court. This should get the situation clarified more rapidly and skips the normal procedure of having to appeal first to the appeals court then to the supreme court. It is now up to the supreme court to decide whether to take the case or send it back to the district court.
At the same time we have also ramped up our efforts of contacting the Swedish municipalities and requesting their data on public art. At the end of the month we had reach out to more than a third of the roughly 300 municipalities and 44 of these have been included in the database and used to produce lists on Swedish Wikipedia. You can browse all of the collected data on Offentligkonst.se
Wiki Loves Maps
We also participated in the WikiLovesMaps event in Helsinki (organised by Wikimedia Finland). This consisted of a seminar on the Wikimaps project as well as a hackathon (held under the umbrella of OKF's #Hack4FI hackathon).
The seminar was a great chance for Nordic GLAMs to meet up, together with Wikimedia chapters, and discuss what is being done and what could be done with respect to historical maps and other geospatial information. It was also an opportunity to learn from the NYPL and their extensive work of making their collections more accessible online. You can find the stream of the seminar at here.
The #hack4FI hackathon involved various new ways of using GLAM material in innovative ways. You can find the projects here together with the WikiLovesMaps projects.
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