Resuming our reports of our GLAM initiatives this year of 2020, the Wiki Movement Brazil User Group brings this month the case of the Moreira Salles Institute (IMS, acronym in Portuguese). The IMS holds important assets in four areas: photography, with the bulk of material, as well as music, literature, and iconography. Moreira Salles Institute is also renowned for its exhibitions, highlighting visual arts by artists from Brazil and abroad.
As you may know, we are always concerned with making sure that our GLAM initiatives are not a mere upload of images on Commons, but something organized, structured and that contains quality metadata, reverberating with other projects like Wikipedia and Wikidata, for example.
So far, more than 80 images from the IMS collection have been uploaded for this GLAM initiative. Stay tuned and follow the developments of this initiative here.
IMS GLAM on Wikipedia
On Wikipedia, a case to be cited is the improvement of Alice Brill's Portuguese language article. Alice (1920–2013) was a German-born Brazilian photographer, painter, and art critic. In addition to being a photographer, she worked as a painter, participating in the I and IX Bienal de São Paulo (1951 and 1967 respectively), as well as several individual and collective exhibitions. Her subjects involved urban landscapes and abstractionism, performing watercolors and batik paintings. The article was created and improved mostly by Aline Beatriz and Bruno Buccalon, who has been one of the main contact persons in this GLAM initiative. Bruno is a technical assistant at the Instituto Moreira Salles' photography department, currently working with Rice University.
IMS GLAM on Commons
In the case of Commons, we are attentive to the context of the development of the Structured Data on Commons (SDC), a three-year software development project funded by the Sloan Foundation to provide the infrastructure for Wikimedia Commons volunteers to organize data about media files in a consistent, linked manner. The goals of the project are to make contributing to Commons easier by providing new ways to edit, curate, and write software for Commons, and to make general use of Commons easier by expanding capabilities in search and reuse. You may read more about it in this blog post. A good example of an archive of our GLAM initiative that was uploaded to Commons is the photo on the side, by Marc Ferrez (1843–1923). Ferrez was a Brazilian photographer born in Rio de Janeiro. He photographed Brazil from south to north, but paid more attention to his home city, Rio de Janeiro. His masterpieces are the great albums of railway constructions and the great panoramic views of the city of Rio de Janeiro and its development.
IMS GLAM on Wikidata
Last, but not least, are the items on Wikidata. Considering that Marc Ferrez is certainly one of the main names of photographers in the collection of items that are part of this GLAM, we paid special attention to his item on Wikidata: Q3180571.