The project Connected Open Heritage is of interest for the Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group who organized the competition “Wiki loves monuments” in 2015 and 2016. Ideas and possibilities were discussed for a future collaboration with Wikimedia France that works with the National archives of France.
The platform Ajapaik.ee for adding geotags and crowdsourcing rephotographs to historic images that was presented would definitely help in determining the geographic location of the images that are digitized in our collaboration with BASA. During the “Archives challenge” in 2016 there was a separate section dedicated to placing the geographic coordinates of the camera location. Hundreds of photos had their coordinates added and this tool would further facilitate the clear representation of geographic data of the depicted objects or regions.
GLAMpipe would make it easier for us to upload digitized images from BASA to Commons, which results in saving a lot of time.
In December 2016 Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group was granted funding by the Wikimedia Foundation, which resulted in two new scanners being bought – a portable one for digitizing images/documents and a scanner for negatives and microfilms. As BASA performs inventory revision each January the practical usage of the scanners began in February 2017. Both scanners help us digitize images and documents faster and more efficiently. The scanner for negatives and microfilms allows for digitization of documents that we were not able to digitize until now. Moreover, personnel from BASA are scanning glass plaques by special request from Wikipedia.
Portable scanner for digitizing images and documents from the Bulgarian Archive State Agency
Scanner for negatives and microfilms from the Bulgarian Archive State Agency
Negatives of interior of the Transfiguration Monastery, Bulgaria
Negatives of the Transfiguration Monastery, Bulgaria
@ShockD:, @Спасимир:, I was really impressed by the cost when looking at the grant page of this project. Choosing two low-cost, yet efficient devices, was a very clever move. Your approach inspired me with a similar type collaboration for our GLAM partners in Côte d'Ivoire. Thank you very much for sharing --African Hope (talk) 13:58, 12 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]