New Open Knowledge Coordinator Role at the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian Institution has been awarded a Wikimedia project grant to jointly fund an Open Knowledge Coordinator that melds Wikimedia digital strategy and gender equity in a GLAM setting. Under the Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative the effort is committed to increasing representation of women from its collections. Kelly Doyle will serve as the Smithsonian Open Knowledge Coordinator to help increase the visibility of women on Wikimedia projects and create campaigns and events for engagement while working internally with staff around Wikimedia. Kelly was previously Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity at West Virginia University and is currently a board member of Wikimedia DC.
The project is currently looking for interested GLAM partners who want to be involved with specific topic areas that relate to gender and are excited to create new partnerships! Please contact Effie Kapsalis (User:Digitaleffie) or Kelly Doyle (User:KellyDoyle) for more information.
Artificial intelligence generating Wikidata suggestions: Wikimedia, The Met Museum and Microsoft
As reported last month, The Metropolitan Museum of Art worked with Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado) and Microsoft Research to demonstrate the “Tag, That’s It!” project which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to suggest depiction metadata to be added to Wikidata items about artworks.
The AI-generated suggestions are impressive but need humans for final determination. Therefore, the depiction statements are fed to the Wikidata Distributed Game where Wikimedians help determine whether paintings actually do depict a horse, house, flower or boat, among other items. Wikimedians are invited to play the game right now, at the Wikidata Distributed Game.
Since the beginning of March, it has been one of the most widely played games on the site, with more than 7,000 "judgments" so far. In fact, the queue of possible depicts statements have been exhausted several times, so artworks from other museums are now being processed. In the past week, work from the Rijksmuseum, Flemish art collections and Yale Center for British Art have been added to the game. So far, the project is focusing on paintings, and requires Wikidata items for the artworks and images in Commons.
Contact Andrew Lih if you have any special requests or projects to be added. He has written a detailed blog post for The Met Museum detailing how the project works and future plans. (Lih, Andrew. "Combining AI and Human Judgment to Build Knowledge about Art on a Global Scale," Now at the Met, The Met Museum, March 4, 2019 [link])