January began with the en:Public Domain Day campaign, celebrated on January 1st. As part of the international activities, we organized a small series of publications about the main authors whose works entered in public domain during 2017. The posts and press releases were disseminated through the social networks of the Wiki Educação Brasil and highlighted the articles on Wikipedia about these authors and Images of his most significant works present in the Wikimedia Commons.
On the first half of the month, the group dedicated itself to listing its main interests, building activity planning, resuming contacts and aligning efforts. In this sense, we work in a more internal way, in order to organize the initiatives to be developed throughout the year 2017.
During the second half of January, we resumed our activities to prospect partners and held a meeting with the Emílio Ribas Public Health Museum. The conversation focused to present the various possibilities of insertion in the Wikimedia projects and to have in mind the local institutional demands. Based on the interest presented by the team, we outlined a pilot project and defined an activities schedule that will provide editing training, articles creations about the museum and its related themes, such as the History of Public Health in Brazil, and the Wikimedia Commons images uploads. The dialogue initiated with the Energy and Sanitation Foundation in 2016 has also been resumed. We defined the articles that will be created and improved by the museum team and we begin to define the other aspects of the partnership to be developed during the next months.
Throughout the month, the group also articulated, in partnership with the International Committee of ICOM for the Development of Collections - COMCOL and the Museum Management of the Municipal Secretary of Culture of Rio de Janeiro, the 1st Edit-a-thon Rio Of Museums, aiming to bring more museums from Rio de Janeiro to join us, cooperating in GLAM initiatives providing high quality content regarding the Brazilian history and culture to the Wikimedia projects, specially Wikipedia and Commons. During the next month we will implement the Rio of Museums pilot project with the participation of at least 6 local museums and at least 10 museologists are expected.