2017 has been a hectic year for the Basque Wikipedia and its main agent, the Basque Wikimedians User Group. It has afforded us a springboard to tie new partnerships, and get a financial plan for the Education Program. Wikilibraries centred in Donostia (San Sebastián) has not lagged behind.
Synergies with publisher Elhuyar are also bearing fruit. An agreement with them has enabled a first systematic inroad into the Wikidata by adding a full load of terms stored in their specialized dictionary into the platform.
End of Wikilibraries' year
During the fourth term, librarians from Donostia have gathered on Friday for a couple of hours in the program Idazlezainak, the "Writerguards", aimed at recording the writers' voices, providing sources and releasing Basque literature licenses, such as book covers and illustrations. The program takes a special focus on children literature.
Their pursuit was duly rewarded in a modest event celebrated in the basement premises of the Victoria Eugenia theatre. The open event was attended by librarians, culture personalities and other attendees. It also paved the grounds for a meeting held with librarians from the French Basque Country in Bayonne, taking place on 18 January, that is expected to pave the grounds for further cross-border collaboration around literature in the near future.
Wikilibraries at the Durango Fair
The yearly Durango Fair is an excellent platform to showcase the initiatives taken in the Basque Wikipedia by the Basque Wikimedians User Group. On 8 December, the space Kabia, besides harbouring a presentation of the ongoing Basque Education Program, played host to another presentation outlining the progress and fruits of Wikilibraries 2017. We also seized the opportunity provided by this central cultural encounter to stage a photo-call and take pictures of Basque literature and culture personalities attending the event. Hundreds of pictures were taken that will supply Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia articles with fresh photo files.
Wikidata has opened new avenues for minority languages to develop their WP projects. For over an year, we have been in touch with Elhuyar, a Basque publisher specializing in dictionaries and terminology. This collaboration framework has paved the grounds to release several scientific materials to Commons license, accessible now for the Wikipedia. The turn of the year 2018 has brought up further, fabulous news in the form of an agreement with Elhuyar to transfer 6,500 definitions from their prolific, free license Zientzia eta Teknologia Hiztegia ("Science and Technology Dictionary") into the Wikidata, completed by mid-January. This is but the first lot of terms from Elhuyar due to be transferred to Wikidata in the upcoming months.
The terms added include items like Zetonemia, or Txoriandre pispoleta, specialty words we would hardly use in everyday life, clearly, but very necessary in their respective scientific domains. Two Wikidata properties have been targeted, i.e. the fields "Label" and "Definition". After identifying the relevant scientific concepts in English, French and Spanish, they were paired to the definitions available in the Elhuyar database by double-checking them in close-up scrutiny. This will open the opportunity to add more Basque language definitions equivalent to concepts available in Russian, Arabic and other projects.
The Basque Wikipedia - Community Association of Ulia partnership has extended for over two years, including the collaboration of botanists, as well as ornithologists, and the use of QR technology. The polished, 2nd edition of the park's fauna and flora catalogue is now available throughout different Wikipedia articles in Basque and main languages. In addition, an introduction and compilation of the work done so far has been made into a book holding now 362 pages and 89 articles.
This version has been enlarged with 10 new articles and corrections to previous articles. On 29 January, the book's hard-copy version was presented on press release held in Donostia. Samples of this limited edition will be distributed for diffusion as a gift among libraries from Donostia, and have also been presented to representatives of the 5 political parties operating in the city council; see further info (Basque) and media in the link provided above. The publication of these copies relies on funding provided by the Wikimedia Foundation, and they are now available for purchase here, also in pdf through Wikimedia Commons.
#1Lib1Ref, Côte d'Ivoire participates for the 2nd time
After taking part in the 2017 edition of #1Lib1ref, the community from Côte d'Ivoire organized a set of activities as part of the #1Lib1ref campaign 2018. Among these activities was a preparation meeting with APSID-CI, an organization gathering librarians and with which we signed an agreement recently. The goal of this meeting was to prepare a #1Lib1ref edit-athon scheduled for 26 January.
11 articles improved by 11 librarians,
On Friday January 26, a workshop was held at the headquarters of Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire (WCUG-CI). The session started with a discussion between participants and volunteer wikimedians around Wikipedia pillars and the content gap regarding African contents. Shortly after the discussion, a more practical phase took place and librarians were given the chance to improve contents related to their country. Each participant improved one article by inserting references, fixing typos, or adding additional information backed up by a reference. Statistics are available on outreach dashboard.
This year in Côte d'Ivoire, #1Lib1ref sessions will be extended beyond February 03. Two upcoming edit-athons are scheduled with librarians: 23 February and 23 March.
The city of Toulouse decided to release under a free licence all the images it has the copyright of. This included 7000+ pictures from André Cros of 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, including lot of Civil Aviation history alongside operettas, sportspeople, and artists of these years.
Several libraries, librarians and other people are currently taking part in the third edition of the #1Lib1Ref campaign. This year, Wikimedia France got the support of the ABES (Bibliographic Agency of Higher Education) which has supported the project diffusing and communicating on it among its network. Final results next month but, right now, the French is at the second place in numbers of references added (thanks to others french speaking country, in particular in Québec!).
Library of Dinan
The municipal library of Dinan (Brittany) is setting up a series of workshops around Wikipedia. As a first step, the librarians have received a training formation, many workshops and improved articles should follow soon.
The LATMOS is a research laboratory specialized in terrestrial and planetory atmospheric analysis. It was involved for example in the Rosetta project. The laboratory is planning to gather archives and images of the robots and instruments which were used in the past projects. In this context, a presentation of Wikipedia was made during december to the ex-staff members of LATMOS. The gathering could take a while but this collaboration could lead to partnership focused on Wikimedia commons and Wikipedia editing.
Many of our projects in the GLAM field are events. Editathons, photo-safari, backstage tours or hackathons. Volunteers are participating, GLAM institutions are partnering and the Wikimedia staff supports the project management. Last month we celebrated the award ceremony our large GLAM hackathon Coding da Vinci here in this news letter. We also produced a little film. It was released last week. A basic learning producing a documenting video I would like to share with you. It normally takes money to engage a professional film team, but even more important is that you ought to define, what do you want to show. What shall be the main message of the video? Briefing the film team we told them, the main goal was obtaining a short promoting video to inform on Coding da Vinci as a GLAM hackathon and to spur partnerships and participation. I wonder now, if we succeeded. I would like Your feed back. Please watch the video and tell us: Does the video show
how much fun it was taking part?
who were the important stakeholder groups?
what were the outputs of Coding da Vinci?
what makes Coding da Vinci a special hackathon?
P.S. We have no subtitles yet. Give us a hand, please.
partnering for sustainability
This paragraph is looking at Coding da Vinci from an other angle. We all strive for sustainability. Organizing a hackathon this could mean the applications created through the hackathon. What do the teams need to keep working on their projects? How to spur the GLAM partners to collaborate further with the coders on the apps, websites or augmented reality, VR- applications? Is there a wider potential or even a business case? Wikimedia Deutschland cannot spend to much effort here, as it would be beyond our scope defined in our annual plan. But it is vital for the outcomes of Coding da Vinci all together to show off fancy results of re use of open GLAM data. AND gaining open GLAM content is what we want. Thus we were happy to find a partner in the Coding da Vinci network taking on this perspective. Coding da Vinci in its forth year has gained so much reputation that partners are ready to increase their engagement. After some years participating as simple content provider at Coding da Vinci the Natural History Museum Berlin was now eager to spur re use of open data among creative industries. They looked for ideas and whom to put into joint ventures. Their interests matched the ones of Coding da Vinci. So they arranged a meet-up after the hackathon with entrepreneurs, scientists and the hackers from Coding da Vinci. Together they evaluated in small groups how to continue to work on the applications and defined next steps they shall take together. We helped to invite the participants and happily watched the becoming of new alliances. The workshop was arranged and financed by the museum. I think everybody benefited. Please follow the outcomes.
Digitizing the letters from Dewantara Kirti Griya Museum Yogyakarta continues
Wikimedia Indonesia via Wikimedia Netherlands asks for help to volunteers to transcribe the letters in Dutch Wikisource as most of the letters are in Dutch languages. The transcribing process is required before translating those documents into Bahasa Indonesia. One of the transcribing volunteers is WeeJeeVee, who is fascinated in doing transcribing text to Dutch Wikisource and has set up a page about this activity in Dutch Wikisource.
Another volunteer involved in this activity is Sersan Mayor Kururu, an Indonesian Wikipedian. She is a university student in Yogyakarta and has knowledge in the Dutch language. Sersan Mayor Kururu has helped Wikimedia Indonesia for the past five months in doing letter conservation and digitization.
Started from January 2018, the letters were translated into Bahasa Indonesia from Dutch, English, and Javanese languages to provide what the letters say to people widely, especially for the people in Indonesia. This effort will continue until the end of February and done by Meursault2004, a senior Wikipedian from Indonesia.
Two events, in Pisa and Milan, were organized on 15th. Two opportunities to talk with humor and cordiality of the project and the community... and, of course, to eat a birthday cake.
Wikipedia 17th birthday celebrations in Milan
Do librarians dream of Wikipedia?
On January 25th, the BRAU Library of the University of Naples Federico II hosted the seminar Do librarians dream of Wikipedia?, dedicated to Wikimedia collaborations with libraries and educational programs. The six talks illustrated possible forms of interaction: from the wiki projects for schools and universities in Italy to #1Lib1Ref activities; from writing articles about special collections to the authority data loading in Wikidata and how all these activities can be integrated into the offer of services and information of libraries and universities. At the end of the event, Wikimedia Italia hosted speakers and participants at Spazio Nea in Naples to celebrate Wikipedia's 17th birthday.
Reach out project
Reach Out! Skills, strategies, impacts for the museums of Campania is a project that comes from the collaboration between the Campania Museum Complex and several partners including Wikimedia Italia. A segment of the project concerned the internship of a class of students at the Royal Palace of Naples, hosted by the National Library of Naples: during GLAM/Polo museale della Campania twenty students were trained on the Wikimedia projects, in particular Wikipedia and Commons.
Four italian articles have been written about important artists with works in the Royal Palace of Naples, such as Gennaro Maldarelli and Adam Weisweiler.
On 18 January 2018 GLAM Macedonia organized open discussion "Importance of digitization in 21 century" in collaboration with the City Library "Braka Miladinovci" in Skopje. This event was organized to celebrate Wikipedia 17 in Macedonia, and also to support #1Lib1Ref campaign.
Four speakers had their presentation on importance of digitization in the GLAM institution they work for:
Jasmina Najdovska, advisor for archiving material, a new period, from The State Archives of Republic of Macedonia,
Daniela Mitevska, historian educator from the Museum of Macedonian struggle in Skopje,
Gordana Andreeva, program manager from the City Library and
On 18 January Shared Knowledge had the first edit-a-thon in this year. This edit-a-thon was organized jointly with the cyclists-members of the Critical Mass / NaTo4ak initiative on the topic: "Velograd" (meaning: velo-city) with the main aim to improved and broaden the content of information about cycling infrastructure and issues on the articles on Wikipedia on Macedonian language. The event took place at the self-sustainable social center "Dunja" in Skopje where over 20 people first had a lecture on Wikipedia and then 11 participants created 11 new articles.
Local heritage made available through Wikimedia & 3rd Wikicafé Tilburg
On the 19th of january we held an inspiring symposium on the use of sharing your collections on Wikimedia with lectures and workshops on sharing audiovisual content, Wikimedia apps, Wikidata & heritage and monitoring your content. Most slides of the workshops and lectures can be found on Commons (the presentations by Hay Kranen and Sandra Fauconnier have only been shared on the Erfgoed Gelderland website due to copyrighted content.)
Continuing on a happy noteː the project has been prolonged for another year. We will be working with some of the same GLAMs we worked with last year and also a new group to help them make their collections available. We are also looking into making instruction video's and online courses for GLAM employees w.r.t. Wikimedia. If you have suggestions in this field, I would love to hear from you too. You can contact me on my talk page or by e-mail.
3rd Wikicafé Tilburg
On 4th January 2018 the 3rd Wikicafé took place in the public library in Tilburg. The theme of the evening was how to upload self-made photos of municipal monuments to Wikimedia Commons and how to use them in Wikipedia articles. Special attention was paid to Creative Commons licensing and putting images into proper Commons categories. The Wikicafé is an initiative of the public library Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant.
Public Domain Day
On January 1st, many Wikimedians celebrate Public Domain Day. On this day, creative works whose authors died 70 years ago, enter the public domain and can be used on Wikimedia platforms and elsewhere, free of charge. On January 5, WMNL co-sponsored a small workshop on public domain in the Netherlands. This workshop included several lectures on different aspects of public domain - from a legal perspective, to re-use, to the problems and opportunities of maintaining a collection that is now PD. Some 60 people attended. More info here.
A call for Wikipedians to edit articles related to the collections that entered the public domain did not deliver expected results. Reasons may include timing (right after the annual writing week on countries on WPNL), topic (many of the relevant authors already had an article on WPNL), and/or organisation ( short-term, lack of communication).
Like previous years, WMNL set up the 1lib1ref campaign to motivatie librarians and scientists to contribute to Wikipedia by fact-checking an article and adding a relevant source to it. The campaign runs into February, so results will be available by then. Landing page here.
3000 images from Regionaal Archief Nijmegen
The Regionaal Archief Nijmegen, one of the participating institutions in the 2017 project A Wikimedian in Residence in Gelderland, donated some 3500 images to Wikimedia Commons. The upload was done with Pattypan, using the latest release that makes it possible to upload images from a web URL. The images document the history of the city of Nijmegen and span the last ~100 years. The collection can be accessed here.
Image collection from Armenia and Sami bibliography
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
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.
#1lib1ref first time in Serbia: 786 references added!
Global campaign #1Lib1Ref in its first year in Serbia showed a great interest of librarians of two signtific Serbian libraries, but the other editors too, to participate and add missing references to Wikipedia.
Wikimedia Serbia sent the invitations to more than 50 libraries in Serbia, but the main partners in this campaign were University Library “Svetozar Markovic” and Belgrade City Library.
On January 23rd University Library hosted a workshop for newbies, but experienced Wiki-librarians as well. Ivana Guslarevic, GLAM coordinator of Wikimedia Serbia introduced participants with the Wikimedia movement, but also the importance of libraries for Wikipedia, showing the examples of partnerships and contributions around the world. Aleksandra Popovic from the University Library held a practical workshop of editing Wikipedia, showing librarians how to add references. Just in that day, librarians added more than 100 references! But, the other goals were reached too, like expanding an interest for more contribution to Wikipedia. Some of the newbies reached Wikimedia Serbia in next days wanting to contribute even more, especially in writing new articles.
Later in February it will be organized a new event for all contributors in this campaign. Wikimedia Serbia will symbolically award three librarians with the biggest number of edits with a vouchers for books and other wiki-promo material.
Between January 15 and February 3, Wikimedia Spain promoted the participation in the #1Lib1Ref campaign through social media and several mailing lists for librarians and archivists, around 6,000 receivers. At the end of the campaign, on the Spanish Wikipedia 82 edits were made on 60 pages by 28 users, with a total of 56,023 bytes modified.
Photos, 3D and training with the National Heritage Board
Photos, 3D and training with the National Heritage Board
The photo exhibition from Connected Open Heritage arrived to the National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) in January and is on display in the entrance (where also the staff from the police pass through).
The National Heritage Board is, together with Wikimedia Sverige, developing a tool to make it easier for GLAMs to publish 3D-files. In January there was a kick off hackathon.
During January a three sessions internal refresher course was held with a session for each Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata.
From November 2017 to March 2018, I, Martin Poulter, am working for the Oxford University’s IT Services on a project related to Oxford’s GLAM collections. This is one of a suite of pilot projects exploring how the treasures of Oxford’s libraries, museums and gardens can be made more discoverable.
The project involves sharing some collection data on Wikidata, building a proof-of-concept resource discovery tool, then using analytics to evaluate the additional interest in the GLAM catalogues both from our tool and from other Wikidata-driven sites.
I have built a prototype interactive interface in PHP, making calls to Wikidata Query Service, Wikipedia API and Wikimedia Commons to get item properties, descriptive text and images. The idea is to encourage exploration of a web of knowledge, in the spirit of Crotos or Textes d’Affiches. We are guided by concepts of entity-based searching, generous interfaces and by extensive research that the university has already been carried out on the discoverability of its GLAM collections.
We are now working on data imports, and on getting a server on which to host the eventual proof-of-concept.
Another ongoing project is OXLOD (Oxford Linked Open Data), exploring how collection and research data can join in a common data model, using similar principles to Wikidata. There has already been some overlap between the Wikidata project and OXLOD: I have used Wikidata to provide some external identifiers that are useful to OXLOD and have developed a process to get identifiers from Wikidata for entities that are just known by Chinese names. In return, OXLOD are giving access to data sets, some of which can be shared on Wikidata.
I am taking the opportunity to use meetings and presentations to raise awareness of Wikidata as a master authority hub and as a data backend on which to build interesting software.
Ukrainian Wikipedia turned 14 on January 30. Wikimedia Ukraine has organised Wikimarathon to celebrate the date. The main idea is to invite people to create at least one article to thank Wikipedia for knowledge it provides. This year Wikimarathon's edition lasted for four days: January 27-30
To make it easier for all interested and existing editors to take part in the motion and collaborate face to face, Wikimedia Ukraine inspirited and supported meetups for these days. More than 40 settlements were on the Wikimarathon`s meetups map and nearly 30 of them were hosted by public or university libraries. Volunteers have collaborated with the libraries to host wikimeetups, where everyone could come and take part in Wikimarathon and check books for information. The events brought together a diverse group of Wikipedians, students, schoolchildren, libraries patrons, and librarians to add and improve Wikipedia content. Moreover, in some locations librarians were not just guests, participants or hosters but also volunteered to coordinate meetup and introduce participants to Wikipedia rules.
Wikimarathon resulted in 2500 articles (750 were created by bots). So the average daily number was 3 times bigger than the average number of articles created in Ukrainian Wikipedia along the year. 600 users reacted to Wikimedia Ukraine`s appeal by contributing a new article, among them 171 registered during Wikimarathon days.
2509 new articles have been created during the 4 days of Wikimarathon (link)
750 articles created by bots
600 editors created at least one article
171 newly registered editors
The offline events happened in 42 populated places
We mourn the loss of our friend and fellow Wikimedian Krzysztof Machocki, aka Halibutt, who died on 31 January, aged just 36, after a couple of weeks of illness. Messages of condolence may be left on the Polish Wikipedia (in Polish or English) at pl:Wikipedysta:Halibutt/Księga. Our projects will be poorer for his absence.
The Community programs team is still looking for case studies, to highlight the great work that is going on around the world in GLAM, Education, and other programs. For that reason, we have decided to extend the case studies collection period, and will be providing additional opportunities to work on case studies together with you!
Additionally, at Wikimedia Conference, Wikimania and other regional conferences, we will be holding clinics to help you draft your case study. We will also hold several virtual clinics where Wikimedia Foundation Programs staff can give you feedback and support on developing your own case studies (keep your eye out for invitations for these workshops!).
If you thought you might want to submit a case study, but haven’t done so yet: please let us know that you are interested by emailing astinsonwikimedia.org or nsaadwikimedia.org.
We can support you in drafting or developing the case study using the case study templates on outreach. If you would like to share a case study you have already drafted, you can still do so through the input boxes on the same page.
In order to learn more about the needs of users of Wikimedia Commons, the team performs quite a bit of design research. This helps us understand what to improve, and why it matters. In the past months, we have surveyed and interviewed cultural institutions, asking them about their processes, wishes and pain points when they contribute media to Wikimedia Commons. This survey has been widely distributed and filled in by GLAMwiki volunteers; thank you!
Sandra gave two short introductory Wikidata workshops at the conference Open-Up! in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Her presentation is on Slideshare.
If you want to re-use some of our workshop materials about structured data and Wikidata, feel free to take a look at, and adapt, the master presentation that we are compiling (Google Sheets, downloadable in various formats)! It is very much work in progress and we'd be interested in any feedback and additions.
In January, Ben, Alex and Sandra have had continued chats and discussions with the LD4L Community, Smithsonian, Europeana, and several other partners.