GLAM hackathons have been arranged as in-person events in countries around the world. Hack4OpenGLAM wishes to become a global online doathon, with a strong focus on Knowledge Equity. The goal is to bring together GLAM organizations, Wikimedia and other open knowledge volunteers, creators, educators, developers, students and researchers working with Open Access to cultural heritage to play and experiment together.
Let's create the event together! The first step is a survey we wish you could answer whether or not you attended the previous hackathon.
This month we have been partnering with other events and featuring in webinars in addition to arranging AvoinGLAM discussions.
The wiki museum of Aleksanteri Ahola-Valo
On 4 March Elpo ry and AvoinGLAM invited museum professionals, open culture activists and art lovers to discuss how actors outside the institutions could store cultural heritage in high quality and share it for open use, and whether the Wikimedia platforms can play a role in that.
Aleksanteri Ahola-Valo (1900–1997) was an exceptional and significant Finnish visual artist, designer, educational scientist and humanist, whose life’s work has remained largely unknown. Ahola-Valo participated extensively in the cultural life of the 1920's Soviet Union in the fields of visual arts, architecture, design and pedagogy, and knew personally both Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich.
The association Elpo ry, founded by Ahola-Valo in 1983, plans to digitize and publish his production and archives as a wiki museum on open platforms in cooperation with open culture actors. All material will be openly licensed by the virtual museum. Alexander Ahola-Valo himself believed in the free flow of information, like one of his role models, Leo Tolstoy, whose works are freely printable by anyone.
To summarize, many resources already exist to help organizations digitize and preserve collections. They may not be created from the point of view of non-professionals, and they may be complicated to understand. Other times they may need updating, and a collective effort to record best practices and links to resources would be useful. When we think about how we as GLAM-Wiki practitioners could help, we could help maintain a multilingual resource bank hosted in Wikimedia. Sharing the works online will follow after the collection has been charted and a digitization plan is in place.
Ajapaik 10 years: Crowdsourcing platforms for historic images, organized by Ajapaik
Crowdsourcing platform Ajapaik celebrated its 10 years on February 27. To mark this anniversary Ajapaik organized an online webinar about platforms that deal with enriching the metadata of historic images – geotagging pictures, identifying persons, rephotography of historic images and so on. The event featured the following platforms, their presenters, and session moderators:
HRI Loves Developers: Archival treasures in the Metropolitan area organized by Helsinki Region Infoshare
Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI) is a service that provides access to open data sources between the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. In this event the city archives from Helsinki and Vantaa and the National Archives presented their open collections, such as maps, plans, documents, and registers. Antti Kekki presented Muinaismuistot.info, and Sami Liedes demoed document binarisation for easier text recognition. Genealogical Society of Finland and AvoinGLAM presented the data reusers' view. We explained the necessity of suitable licensing for data and images and presented initiatives taking advantage of Wikimedia projects:
Significant buildings and other features of urban structure like streets, parks, neighbourhoods, and city blocks have been added to Wikidata for the benefit of the the Wiki Loves Monuments competition, which focused on urban change in 2020. The recorded locations provide a great framework for locating historical images from the Helsinki City Museum in Wikimedia Commons, and for the use of the Helsinki Rephotography project. As a building gets more info in Wikidata, its page in Wikidocumentaries can present it more vividly.
Projekt Fredrika was named after Fredrika Runeberg, who in addition to being a skillful baker was a pioneer of Finnish historical fiction and one of the first female journalists in Finland.
GLAM case studies
Part of our plan for this year is to formalize a process to work with GLAM case studies. We aim to focus on helping GLAMs and communities to contribute to Wikimedia projects themselves by providing examples, creating tutorials, and arranging how-to sessions (which we haven't done yet). The output channels are the AvoinGLAM blog and the Wikipedia:GLAM pages. If you are doing similar activities, let's work to create multilingual resources together!
The Finnish Wikipedia community has done extensive charting work over the years to collect information about public art in Finnish municipalities. The data will now be transferred to Wikidata in various initiatives. Most of the images recorded in this project can only be used in the Finnish Wikipedia based on a copyright exception.
Next, we will proceed to creating coherent documentation and tutorials. They should combine the work done in Wikipedia, local resources in other countries and work already done in Wikidata. Describing the copyright status of the artworks is one of the new things to learn and document.
The work with adding urban features gradually expands from Helsinki to other cities. Each municipality needs to be addressed individually, as all of them have their own systems and policies. The next step is to create materials that explain the benefit of CC0 and Wikidata, and provide step-by-step instructions for anyone who wishes to contribute.