Public Domain Day, Workshop and GLAM Toolbox
The "GLAM team" began to prepare a draft of a "GLAM toolbox" which will provide a dedicated interface for cultural institutions with specific tools, documentation in French and a collaborative workspace. The project is currently in development and will be voted upon by the Board of Wikimedia France in February. We will define the project with the goal of internationalization.
Workshop in the Library of Toulouse
On January 21, nine Wikimedians conducted a workshop at the Library of Toulouse. They taught the public how to contribute to Wikipedia and the librarians how to conduct a workshop.
Other workshops are planned for the rest of the year. The theme of the contributions will be "the districts of Toulouse", in line with the theme of the Library in 2012. It is expected that these workshops will be done only by the librarians of Toulouse, without the involvement of any Wikipedians.
URAA in French
On January 23, Jean-Fred wrote a post on the Wikimedia France blog to explain URAA, with the assistance of other Wikimedians. The blog was the first in French explaining the problem of URAA and its possible impact on Wikimedia Commons. It was viewed by about 3,500 readers and has been cited in numerous online journals since publication. The blog post can be read here (in French)
Celebrating Public Domain Day in France!
On January 26 Wikimedia France organized "Public Domain Day" with Creative Commons France, Communia and people from the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF). The event brought together representatives from those organizations to meet with attendees, lawyers and advocates for free culture and digital freedom.
Sylvain Boissel created a website which provides:
- a legal explanation about the Public Domain (made by Creative Commons and Communia)
- a list of works passed in the public domain in 2012,
- a page to encourage users tu reuse the public domain
- the announcement of a conference about the public domain
The objective was to teach the public about the Public Domain, to show the richness of the Public Domain, but also threats to it and the complicated legislation (a demonstration of the OKF calculator was very effective).
The event, which brought together around 50 participants, was the first time that an event related to the Public Domain Day was held in France. It is hoped that this will be replicated next year. The website dedicated to the Public Domain remains online and can be found here (in French).
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