WMF GLAM report
Last month, the Foundation’s GLAM & Culture team gave feedback on community organizing proposals through 1:1 meetings and on the projects’ discussion pages. These proposals are now under consideration by the Committee and grantees will be announced on April 22, 2021.
The research and software round of project grants is open for proposals until March 16, 2021. If you need advice on your proposal, there are weekly clinics with Program Officers and thematic experts. Everyone else is encouraged to review the proposals and leave feedback.
Analytics for GLAMs
In February, the GLAM team held two days of office hours about analytics. Wikimedia Switzerland presented their latest version of the Cassandra tool and Wikimedia Israel shared their work to localize and extend it. We were also joined by researchers Trilce Navarrete and Elena Villaespesa, who shared their analysis of the consumption of museum images on Wikipedia, Digital Heritage Consumption: The Case of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Details of further meetings will be published to the GLAM team office hours page.
- Cassandra offers a user-friendly way to add new GLAM institutions using the Commons category. Data going back to 2015 is available within 48 hours. The data is broken down by time periods and language versions.
- The main updates for Cassandra v2.0:
- Now includes Commons sub-categories
- A new feature suggests relevant Wikipedia articles and Wikidata items
- Free text search to find an individual file
- Wikimedia Israel worked on the localization of the Cassandra tool. It is now available in English and Hebrew, with Swedish and Portuguese language versions coming soon.
- Trilce and Elena found that paintings were used on Wikipedia as visual documentation and information sources, not only as art works.
- In their analysis of 8,000 paintings used in 10,000 articles in the English Wikipedia, they found that 33% of articles were art-related, receiving 12% of views, while 67% of articles containing a painting were non-art related and received 88% of views.
- Paintings often serve as portraits (of artists, of historical and political figures, of mythological and religious characters) and to illustrate places. Images that have a title like portrait or location are used most often.
- Twenty-six paintings were used in more than one article. One image was used in 76 articles. The Scream can be found illustrating an article about itself, the artist Edvard Munch, but also the page for anxiety disorder, Krakatoa, and existential angst.
If you’re a Wikimedian who also enjoys libraries, likes structured data, or wants an integrated citation system, you’ll be interested in learning more about the Shared Citations proposal. Conceived by Liam Wyatt as the successor to the WikiCite program, its objective is to build a modern reference management system that spans and supports all Wikimedia projects, including Wikidata, to make citations:
- easier for the editor,
- more useful for the reader,
- and more efficient for our architecture.
The proposal is out for consultation and would benefit from your feedback and ideas.
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