Andy Mabbett at State Library of Western Australia
For Wikimedia Australia, February 2016 was all about Wikidata in GLAM. Andy Mabbett spent three weeks touring Australia, talking about Wikidata and about his GLAM activities.
Andy Mabbett was Wikipedian-in-Residence at VALA 2016, Australia's technology in libraries conference, held in Melbourne on 9–11 February 2016. Andy presented Bootcamps, and P-plate sessions on Wikidata and GLAM initiatives. We also held discussions with many speakers, delegates and exhibitors, about potential collaborations. Wikimedia Australia fielded interest from public, academic and community libraries at their booth in the exhibition hall. It was an excellent awareness-raising activity and an opportunity to connect with international presenters as well as publishers. Leigh Blackall from RMIT University organised a very well-attended Melbourne Meetup with participants from the GLAM, education, arts and the data sectors, at which Andy gave a presentation on Wikidata.
Wikimedia Australia would like to express our thanks to State Library of NSW for their help in Sydney, as well as that of the Trove and Libraries Australia teams at the National Library, and to ORCID.
In Perth, Wikimedia Australia held a public mini-conference that was well attended and received. Noongar elders welcomed Andy to country asking that elders past recognise the importance of the yarns Andy would be sharing. People from the State Library of Western Australia, WA Museum, City and Shire councils, the major universities and community cultural organisations attended the event. This was followed by a public workshop on Wikidata at the State Library, and personalised workshops for GLAM organisations who have ongoing active projects. Andy and Gideon also addressed a meeting of the WA branch of ALIA, the Australian Library and Information Association, which was covered in an ALIA-WA blog post. Andy also got to indulge in his love of birds, as well as view first-hand the only two Australian WikiTown projects in Fremantle and Toodyay.
Andy Mabbett, birdwatching at Blackburn Lakes billabong
This 'tour by an expert' initiative was a strategy identified by Wikimedia Australia in response to a request for expertise we could not provide locally, and is in part a response to Australia's dispersed geography. There is general agreement that it has been a useful model in terms of providing editors with new knowledge and skills. It also provided a focus for local meetups and increased engagement with the professional GLAM community in a number of locations. Several Australian Wikimedians are now confident to present Wikidata workshops. WMAU plans to partner with GLAM organisations with a multi-city program in the future. From Perth, Andy headed over to Jakarta and did presentations for Wikimedia Indonesia. By moving one person around the country, we reached more people at less cost than if we had planned for Australian Wikimedians to all travel to the same venue.
Of course this requires a very special kind of presenter, one with expert knowledge, cultural sensitivity and an ability to get on with a wide range of people - even while jet-lagged. Wikimedia Australia would like to express our thanks to Andy Mabbett for his work, his insights and his patience in helping WMAU and Australian GLAM communities get a better understanding of Wikidata.
advise and assist staff and volunteers at the State Library of Queensland and their affiliated GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) and heritage organisations to contribute content to Wikipedia relating to Queensland in WW1 drawing on the material in their collections as sources
personally contribute content to Wikipedia in relation to Queensland in WW1 drawing on those same collections as sources
The role has been designed to align with the Wikimedia Foundation's strategic plan to "improve quality ... via partnerships with universities, cultural institutions and other groups who align with our mission".
The State Library of Queensland understand the concerns about paid editing and conflict of interest on Wikipedia. I will not be expected to edit content relating to the State Library of Queensland or any topic that I believe would constitute a conflict of interest. The State Library of Queensland has a long history of being a supporter of Wikipedia, having contributed tens of thousands of out-of-copyright images to Wikimedia Commons and collaborated with Wikimedia Australia on providing Wikipedia edit training throughout Queensland. I will be the first Wikipedian in Residence at the State Library of Queensland with others to follow later in 2016.
Note, outside of my role with the State Library of Queensland, I will be continuing to edit as a volunteer, pursuing my usual interests of the Queensland Heritage Register and the history, geography and biography of Queensland.
GLAM activities for libraries and archives in the DACH region
OpenGLAM workshop Graz 2016 in the context of the "Vernetzte Welten" Conference
Beat Estermann and Sylvia Petrovic-Majer from the Knowledge Foundation's OpenGLAM working group and Wikimedia Österreich's Executive Director Claudia Garád joined forces to host a GLAM workshop in the context of this year's "Vernetzte Welten" conference on digital libraries in Graz, Austria. The event is an annual gathering of digitalization experts from the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and organized by the University of Graz in cooperation with Europeana Local Austria. The 3-hour workshop consisted of two parts: During the first part, participants were provided with an overview of OpenGLAM and GLAM-Wiki activities in general, with concrete examples from Switzerland and Austria – covering many forms of activities, ranging from mass uploads, over Wikipedians in Residence, to Hackathons, and Edit-a-thons. The second part consisted in an interactive session designed to foster the exchange among the approximately 20 participants about the opportunities and challenges of Open GLAM activities in their institutions and to discuss the next steps that could be taken in common. The workshop was not only a great networking opportunity but also provided fresh impetus for GLAM activities in Austria and the DACH region.
On the second conference day, Florian Steffen from the Swiss National Library talked about his institution's experiences with GLAM-Wiki cooperation. By giving an account of their rich interactions with the Wiki-Communities, the Swiss National Library could serve as another source of inspiration for similar cooperation projects in Austria.
In the course of the conference we also discussed possibilities of hosting an international OpenGLAM get-together in the context of one of next year’s GLAM conferences in Graz.
Gender Redirect Wikipedia workshop addressing the Gender Bias; Open Belgium 2016
Just For The Record organizes its second event, Gender Redirect, a day bringing attention to gender representations in language constructions. Gender Redirect takes over the threads developed in the previous event, heroine, and continues its analysis of the process of Wikipedia editing, with its specific functions such as ‘view history’ and ‘talk page’, analysis tools like metrics and operations like redirection and disambiguation - to investigate the possibilities and challenges of gender-neutral writing.
To address these issues Just for the record organises a series of events in Brussels starting in January 2016. The topic of the second event was Gender Redirect. During the event, these observations were taken as the point of departure for lectures and discussions, and intervention—the day includes a crash course in Wikipedia editing. The event included a presentation by Femke Snelting and a performance by Frau Picha.
The next event will be organised on 8 March 2016 for the International Women’s Day. The previous event was on 15 January 2016.
ComeOn ! training at WMFR's office in Paris, France
In February, EdouardHue came to Paris to present his uploading tool ComeOn ! to Wikimédia France members, staff and two partners. The French National Archives and the Health Inter-Universities Library are both involved in content partnership with our organization, as many others. As uploading files to Commons sometimes takes a lot of time and requires dedicated skills, we tend to run short of volunteer resources to perform these uploads. Edouard proposed to train partners on the tool he developed, to empower them and give them a greater autonomy. The afternoon was a success !
Wikidata for Science
Wikidata for Science poster
A day of discovery of Wikidata was held on February 2 by Wikimedia France and the Center for Data Science of Paris-Saclay. This day - open to all - was held within the University Paris-Saclay : 40 academics and PhD students attended the workshop to discover how Wikidata is today one of the first open knowledge database in the world, and how to integrate it and use it in the projects of students and researchers.
Data sharing, with the aim of achieving the "Linked Data" also called Giant Global Graph, or Web 3.0, involves costly creation of knowledge databases, which themselves become obsolete very quickly. The alternative is the collective development of these knowledge databases on a contributory basis.
The various scientific fields are already represented in Wikidata. These contributions can be used for example to facilitate the discovery of information, reproducibility and traceability of research. The Center for Data Science worked on tools aiming to facilitate the discovery and reuse of the data contained in Wikidata.
Musée de Bretagne
A new workshop took place at the musée de Bretagne (museum of Brittany) with the Wikimédia France's Rennes local group on February 27. After a one-hour visit of the temporary exhibition “Boire” (french for Drink), several wikimedians gathered to edit and explain the Wikimedia projects around the beverage thematic.
The director of Technische Sammlungen Dresden welcomes the GLAM volunteers
Volunteers loading up photos in the Verkehrsmuseum Dresden
From march 4-7, the ninth event of the GLAM on Tour project took place in Dresden. This time, two cultural institutions, Technische Sammlungen Dresden and Verkehrsmuseum Dresden, invited 30 Wikipedians to write new articles and take pictures for Commons. Both of the institutions opened their doors for free tours for the volunteers, edit-a-thons and foto excursions to explore their numerous collections. A Wikipedia workshop for newbies and staff of the institutions was part of the programme, too. There also was a high amount of media coverage, TV and radio contributions including calls for volunteer engagement in the Wikimedia projects. See the documentation page for media coverage and, more important, the ongoing photo uploads and article-work (in German).
Wiki-Worldcafé at library congress
On March 14, a "Wikiversum Weltcafé" (engl.: Wikiverse Worldcafé) will be held at the German library congress in Leipzig. This is a GLAM format we developed and tested during 2014 and 2015 with GLAM volunteers on different occasions, such as conferences about cultural heritage and digitization. After an input talk that informs about the Wikimedia projects and possibilities to cooperate with volunteers in the GLAM sector, three or four volunteers present to the participants "their" Wikimedia projects, mostly Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. On monitors, the congress participants are informed as to how the projects work and how they can participate. This way, a large group of potential interested people from cultural heritage institutions get a first insight in the Wikiverse and are able to directly connect with the volunteers themselves.
This is the result of a special effort aimed to boost wiki projects inside Italian museums, that have not been involved in a massive way so far. Wikimedia Italia is for this reason directly funding four brief collaborations (the Wikipedians are going to work only for two months with the museums) with cultural institutions selected both because of the value and richness of their collections, and the diversity of their collections and activities.
This month saw the first part of the project called Theatre actors of Macedonia (Театарски глумци во Македонија) designed to systematically illustrate the theatre actors of Macedonia (many of them TV and film actors too) by taking high-quality images in their theatres and improving their articles. In February we covered 17 thatre personalities of the Skopje Drama Theatre, photographing them at the stalls. Our project page lists them by name and shows the status of their articles.
Editors of our community have started improving actor's articles consulting information provided by the theatre itself and other sources. New articles will be created, where none exist so far. We are grateful to Robert Veljanovski, the Director of the Skopje Drama Theatre and a noted actor himself, for his enthusiasm for the project and his kind help in organising his cast.
Here are some of the images made during the session at the Skopje Drama Theatre.
Robert Veljanovski, Director of the Skopje Drama Theatre
This year Wikimedia Mexico are organizing the Art and Feminism 2016 local event allied with relevant actors in the scene of the Mexican contemporary art as the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo -which belongs to UNAM, Centro de Cultura Digital of Secretariat of Culture and Fundación Alumnos 47, a private cultural foundation based in Mexico City. The Editatona will have three different simultaneous venues at March 5, 2016. We anticipate the attendance of no less than 200 people.
For have a better experience during that days, we are doing since January previous workshops to teach the Wikipedia basic concepts and edition skills. The list of missing articles of women artists in Spanish and English Wikipedia is being made by researchers from the three institutions and the Mexican local chapter.
At the end of January 2016 the upload of more than 275,000 biological images from Naturalis Biodiversity Center at Leiden to Wikimedia Commons came to a temporary conclusion. You can find an overview of the results at Commons:Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Thanks to many Wikipedians with biological expertise, the initial categorisation of the images was refined using up to date biological taxonomy; this process is still ongoing. The bulk uploads were done with the GLAMWiki toolset.
Some statistics: the donation provides images of about 21,000 biological species, many of which previously lacked an image on the internet. From May 2015 up to February 2016 pages sporting a donated image from Naturalis have been consulted 5.0 million times, in January 2016 alone 1.8 million times. As of February 2016, 2991 images (1.1% of the donation) have been used on 3614 article pages on Wikimedia websites and who knows how many more on websites outside Wikimedia or elsewhere. The donation consists of various collections, ranging from historical coloured drawings and watercolours of (Japanese) plants, fish and birds, to (extinct) bird, mollusc, small mammal and plant specimens, rounded off with photographs of the exhibitions in the Museum. Naturalis released most images under the liberal CC0 copyright license (some others under CC-BY-SA-3.0) and hopes they will find their way around the globe in reuse by experts and lay people alike. Furthermore, Naturalis intends to extend its collections on Wikimedia Commons with subsequent uploads by an internal permanent Wikipedian.
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Blotiella confusa Jongkind and W.P.de Winter, old plant type specimen
Dactyloptena orientalis (Cuvier), Kawahara Keiga, 1823 - 1829
Alectis ciliaris, Kawahara Keiga, 1823 - 1829
Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) in his Lapland costume, Martin Hoffman
Exhibition Biotechnology, large multicolour model of DNA
Open Culture Data Lab
In 2016 Kennisland and the Sound and Vision museum are organising a 4-part workshop on "Open Culture Data". During this Open Culture Lab we will help participants develop a strategy for sharing their collectiondata and contet, and we'll explore possible uses for their cultural collections.
During the sessions we will dive deeper into relevant copyright and law, as well as the use of open content licences. Technological and policy aspects will also be addressed.
We'll go hands-on too. As a group we'll work on creating a digital artwork based on the open content which will be showcased during the 'Bring Your Own Beamer' festival in Utrecht. We're connecting images form the past with today's culture.
In 2016 organiseert Kennisland samen met Beeld en Geluid een vierdelige workshop over Open Cultuur Data. Tijdens dit Open Cultuur Data Lab ontwikkelen we samen met de deelnemers een strategie voor het vrijgeven van collectiedata en digitale objecten en gaan we op zoek naar nieuwe mogelijkheden voor culturele collecties.
Tijdens de sessies gaan we in op de auteursrechtelijke aspecten van dataverzamelingen en creatieve werken, en het toepassen van opencontentlicenties. Ook de technologische en beleidsaspecten van open cultuurdata komen aan bod.
We gaan ook praktisch aan de slag. Met de hele groep ontwikkelen we een digitaal kunstwerk dat geëxposeerd zal worden op het ‘Bring Your Own Beamer’ festival in Utrecht. Zo komen beelden uit het verleden en hedendaagse cultuur samen.
Ga voor meer informatie naar onze aankondiging; je kunt je ook direct inschrijven voor het Open Cultuur Data Lab via het online inschrijfformulier. Inschrijven kan uiterlijk tot en met 10 maart 2016.
P.S. Ben je of ken je een gemeentemedewerker? Bekijk dan ook de aankondiging voor het Gemeentelijk Leernetwerk Open Data. Inschrijven daarvoor kan tot 10 maart 2016.
Donation of 760 historical bookbindings - National Library of the Netherlands
The bindings range from sober ones in leather and parchment to richly decorated in textile, silver or turtoise shell. They give a small insight into how historical binding techniques were used and how successive decorative styles developed over time. In the details one can recognize the requests of patrons, the craftsmanship of the binders and the preferences of collectors.
In February we covered another event for obtaining pictures and upload them to Wikimedia Commons under a free license. This month we attended a concert of IZAL band in Valladolid. On the other hand, we continued recording classical music thanks to the concerts held at the Museum of Romanticism; this month, two new concerts.
We continue collaborating and networking with libraries. On the one hand we have met with the library of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the Complutense University of Madrid to prepare a edit-a-thon in April. On the other hand we have started a new course about Wikipedia in the Reina Sofía Library of the University of Valladolid.
User Ambrosiani used Wikidata to make a map of museums in the world, coloured after what information is available on Wikidata. The source code is available if someone wants to replicate the map. This project was also forked by user Ainali to a map of nature reserves working in a similar fashion. Both projects are useful for cleaning up data by, for instance, finding objects outside the boarders of a country.
Seversky P-35, J 9
As a spin off to the cooperation between Wikimedia Sverige and the Council of Central Museums in Sweden the Flygvapenmuseum (Swedish Air Force Museum) hosted a workshop for staff and volunteers. Their aim is both to start regular edit-a-thons where staff will work on improving articles about the aircraft in their collections, and also to contribute with new and historical images to illustrate aviation articles.
Connected Open Heritage
Connected Open Heritage is picking up speed, and the first reports on availability and standards for cultural heritage data in different countries has been put up as a start for the selection process. If you know more about the situation in your country you are welcome to improve or comment on the reports. Since one of the goals with COH is to make historical cultural heritage material available (i.e. batch upload of images and videos) a call for contact with GLAMs is next, along with a discussion with the Wikidata community on actions needed before the migration of data can start. Feel free to sign up if you are interested in participating or helping out.
Data from the Nationalmuseum, Sweden
Using the mix'n'match tool roughly 3,500 of the 7,500 artists in the Nationalmuseum Sweden database has been matched to the corresponding entry in Wikidata. Thanks to this matching these entries have since been enriched with new statements and had existing statements referenced. In total more than 20,000 statements were referenced. The matching has also allowed for the creation of a list of women artists in both Wikidata and the Nationalmuseum Sweden which will work as an action list during the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in Stockholm.
There are still plenty of matching left to do after which comes the task of identifying artists for which new Wikidata entries need to be created. So if you care about art and Wikidata why don't you take a look and see if you can help.
Wales Report; Wikidata Tour Down Under; Museums Galleries Scotland report; Oxford
The residency at The National Library of Wales moved into a new phase this month. With the initial 12 month residency completed (see report here) both parties agreed an extension until the end of August 2016. The focus of the residency remains broadly the same but will concentrate more on working out a model for taking Wikipedia into schools and colleges. We will also be looking more closely at incorporating library data and collections into Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects. A proposal has just been submitted to the Welsh examining body WJEC to include a Wikipedia based challenge as an optional model for students studying for a Welsh Baccalaureate qualification, which is now offered in most Welsh Secondary Schools. We are also planning a series of Wikipedia awareness talks with teachers and students at local schools. We are also continuing to host public events and will hold an Art and Feminism Editathon on March 5th. Image uploads are continuing. Notable uploads this month include 2,000 photographs from the Arthur Lewis Collection, 74 illuminations from a medieval 'Book of Hours' and a High Quality image of an Oil Painting by J.M.W Turner.
2016 has been busy so far, with two editathons in January (one about Glasweigan rent striker and activist Mary Barbour and one about modern scottish female artists, the latter of which spawned a follow-up event for Art+Feminism. The end of January marked the end of the initial 12 month residency finishing, but a short extension until the beginning of June 2016 has been agreed. This will allow more work to be done with some of Scotland's recognised museum collections of national significance. The 12 month summary & reflections report can be found here.
I delivered a workshop for the ten staff of the Voltaire Foundation, who are keen to help develop articles about Voltaire's works. An editathon about Tudor Music involved eleven editors, nine of them newcomers. The next editathon is on the theme of Women and will take place on the 23rd March.
A bid for another year of funding has gone in to the university's IT Innovation Challenge fund, and has attracted endorsements from around the university.
One month, dozens of events: Black History Month, Art+Feminism and more
Example output of ORES, predicting a Start class article
Lih worked with students to input a list of 54 Harlem Renaissance artists, curated by the museum for a 2012 exhibition. Students determined whether a biographical article existed in English Wikipedia, and if it had a traditional article rating (ie. whether it was hand-assessed and noted on the Talk page). The students then used the new ORES/Revscore machine learning model, created by Aaron Halfaker and his research team, to note its evaluation - stub, start, C, B, good or featured status. For example, the ORES score for the article Joseph Delaney can be determined with the URL: http://ores.wmflabs.org/scores/enwiki/wp10/706034373/
Matrix of Smithsonian Harlem Renaissance artists, for 2016 African American Artists edit-a-thon, showing hand-assessments and ORES assessments
Some observations from this approach to the edit-a-thon:
English Wikipedia's hand-assessed article ratings are looking quite stale. People may be skeptical of whether a machine learning algorithm like ORES can do a decent job of properly assessing articles. However, in just two weeks of experimenting with ORES, it seems to be far more preferable than seeing stub/start/C human-assessed ratings that may be months or years old.
This was a nice alternative edit-a-thon activity compared to straight editing of articles, which can be intimidating for newcomers. It also gives some insight into article coverage in things that may or may not be WikiProjects. This kind of exploratory work can help set up easier low-hanging fruit tasks for the next set of editors, as was seen in the February 20 followup edit-a-thon when others used the list and evaluation matrix as a way to approach the subject.
You cannot go two steps in Wikipedia without hitting YAUMMT - Yet Another Useful Magnus Manske Tool. Maybe Magnus will make a tool to automate all this.
American University students at the Edit-a-thon
Wikipedia Space traveling posters launched
In October 2015 at Wikiconference USA, a banner-based exhibit called Wikipedia Space was launched at the US National Archives and Records Administration to help promote Wikipedia in NARA's new Innovation Hub. One version of the exhibit was designed to stay at NARA, while other traveling versions could be used temporarily at edit-a-thons and for outreach.
On February 20, 2016, the traveling version debuted at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's African American Artists Edit-a-Thon. The five panels explain the origins of Wikipedia, basic editing operations, the basics of Wikimedia Commons, the trustworthiness of content and a description of GLAM initiatives over the years, including case studies of the British Museum, Smithsonian and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
Feedback from Smithsonian organizer Ryan Linthicum was positive, saying the posters provided an immediate focal point for attendees as they arrived, and allowed for conversation and mingling with other participants. The full-color vinyl posters, roughly two meters tall and 80cm wide, are supported by a lightweight bamboo X-frame. This allows for easy transport, setup and teardown, with the entire exhibit fitting into two FedEx shipping tubes for delivery. Ideally, two people can setup the five banners quickly, though it is possible with one person as well. The poster set is available for other events or chapters, or a duplicate set can be printed for groups and chapters that expect to use them more often.
The project was initiated by Andrew Lih, and is partially funded by a 2015 Knight Foundation Prototype Grant. Please find more info or leave suggestions at Wikipedia:WikipediaSpace.
Wikipedia Space posters
Andrew Lih, Ryan Linthicum, Jim Hayes
Banner setup at Smithsonian
Banner setup at Smithsonian
Banner setup at Smithsonian
Banner setup at Smithsonian
Banners at the Florida Library Association 2016 conference (credit:Rob Fernandez)
Wiki Education Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and Wikimedia DC teamed to provide demonstrations and an editathon at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual convention, in Washington, D. C.
The following represents a selection of the files that have been uploaded this month from open-access sources. Most of these came from PubMed Central through the Open Access Media Importer, whose uploads now total over 21,500. If you can think of wiki pages where these files (or other files from the same source articles) could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.
This issue we cover some new sources, including one in Arabic and another in Farsi, a medical resource, and something for all the ships editors out there! We also saw some new branches of the Library come into existence, and are pleased to announce some new coordinators. Finally, we have a summary of the popular #1lib1ref campaign, which ran in January. As always, we have a roundup of news and community items related to libraries and digital knowledge.
We're excited about four new research partnerships including ships, medicine, Arabic, and Farsi sources:
Miramar - an index to ships and their histories, covering iron and steel sailing ships, powered merchant ships, and warships, since the early 19th century.
Annual Reviews - review articles in the biomedical area, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and and overviews of research.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to highlight the Global Wikipedia Library on Meta. This portal showcases the projects and accomplishments of each of our language branches. New and growing branches also have their own Meta planning pages to coordinate and track their progress, for example: meta:The Wikipedia Library/Bengali. If you're interested in helping to start a branch on another language Wikipedia, please get in touch! wikipedialibrarywikimedia.org
We are in particular need of a volunteer for metrics coordination. These volunteers help analyze and report metrics for Wikipedia Library partners and open-access publishers. If you have benefited from a TWL account or are interested in helping out, sign up here.
Last month, the Wikipedia Library started the #1ref1lib project - an effort to get the librarians of the world to add (at least) a single reference to a Wikipedia article. This initiative was timed to coincide with Wikipedia’s 15 birthday celebrations.
The effort was a success, with many library professionals from around the world participating in many languages. Some edited for the first time, others dusted off old accounts to engage with Wikipedia again. While it is difficult to track all the references added, participants were encouraged to use the hashtag “#1lib1ref” in their edit summaries. This edit summary search tool records all of those edits: 327 users made 1232 changes on 879 pages in 9 different languages (which is not the total, of course - some participants did not use the hashtag). Catalan Wikipedia, led by coordinator Kippelboy, had great success working with Catalan librarians; 350 edits were made by both new accounts (15-20%), and old or reactivated accounts (15-20%), supported by active users (30%) and users supporting groups of librarians (30%).
The 1lib1ref campaign was able to change some minds and attitudes about Wikipedia in the Library world. Social Media Officer at the Auburn City Library in New South Wales Louise Dolle and her colleagues were initially skeptical about participating. But after some reflection, they concluded that:
this great, collaborative online resource is in need of some help from the very information professionals their website had the potential to threaten. [...] After all, even an organisation as big as Wikipedia asked us for some help which just goes to show; Everyone needs Librarians!
We want to thank everyone who took part, either by adding refs themselves, or sharing the campaign through social media. If you have ideas about how this campaign could be improved, let us know on the Meta page! We would love to see it become a regular event.
Andy Mabbett spent three weeks touring Australia, talking about Wikidata and about his GLAM activities, following which he spent five days in Jakarta, Indonesia], also talking about Wikidata. His audiences included librarians and other GLAM staff, academics, academic publishers, and Wikipedians, plus staff of the Indonesian government's Language Research & Development Body. Slides and other resources are on line, and links to videos of some talks will be added to that page as they become available.