Bodil Biørn image collection
The collaboration Wikimedia Norge has with Wikimedia Armenia started with an online editing contest about Armenia and Norway in 2016. During this collaboration, we could discuss the idea of doing a digitalization and transcribe project on images taken in Armenia from about 1905-1930 by the Norwegian Bodil Biørn. The images are at The National Archive in Oslo. Wikimedia Norge received 100 000 NOK in funding from The Arts Council in Norway for this project. The project and the funding application to The Arts Council in Norway were endorsed by The National Archive in Oslo, Wikimedia Armenia and the Genocide Museum in Armenia. Wikimedia Norge were 1 of 24 applying for funding, and 14 projects were granted funding from The Arts Council, who writes in the grants announcement:
"The Arts Council do note that two of the projects are particularly important in light of the perspective women in history. (...)
One of these is Wikimedia Norge’s project “The photo albums from Bodil Biørn”, where 200 photos will be digitalized and the image descriptions written by missionary, nurse and midwife Bodil Biørn (1871–1960) will be digitalized and transcribed. Biørn proselytized in Armenia from 1907 till 1935 and witnessed the mass killings of Armenians in The Ottoman Empire during World War I. This material is assessed as having significant national and international interest and it’s encouraging that a process is started to bring it into the open." The Arts Council's announcement on granted funding
Sami bibliography from The National Library
February 6 was the Sámi National day. Sámi National day has been celebrated since 1993 across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The date was chosen to commemorate the first Sámi congress, which took place on 6 February, 1917.
Wikimedia Norge is working on a project to support the Northern Sami Wikipedia. One of the things we are working on is to import the Sami bibliography from The National Library to Wikidata. The Sami bibliography is a joint project between the National library of Norway, the Sami special library at the Rovaniemi Provincial Library in Finland, the Murmansk State Regional Universal Scientific Library, and Ájtte, Swedish Mountain- and Sami museum. All documents use the Løøv classification.
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