International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 and Glam institutions
2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019. Wikimedia Norge has been recognized as a Civil Society Partner for UNESCO and it gives us a great opportunity to tell the world about our work with Sami languages and the Wikimedia projects. To mark the start of Wikimedia Norge’s contributions to The Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, The Language Centre at The Sami House in Oslo and Wikimedia Norge invited several of Norway’s major cultural institutions to a 2-hour seminar at The Sami House to discuss the possibilities of digitalisation and dissemination of Sami cultural heritage and the use of the Wikimedia-projects for this. The participants will meet again in April.
The Sami parliament marked the start of the International Year of Indigenous Languages by hosting a 2 day language conference in the city of Tromsø in Northern Norway and Wikimedia Norge took part in this conference with two participants.
Women in Red: Collaboration with The National Library
In 2018-2019 Wikimedia Norge partners with The National Library of Norway to make more content by Norwegian female authors available on the Wikimedia projects. This is the first time the chapter has a topic-specific part-time position at The National Library, and we are thrilled that a major knowledge organization sees the value of sharing knowledge on the Wikimedia platforms. The is co-funded between Wikimedia Norge and The National Library. The project page can be found here.
The focus of the project has been uploading public domain work by Norwegian female authors to Wikimedia Commons and WikiSource, as well as adding content about these authors and their work to Wikidata and Wikipedia. So far we have focused on authors where their work has become public domain the last decade - women whose contributions to culture and society is mostly forgotten about today. As a part of this project Wikimedia Norge is also working on new potential ways to collaborate in the future, and one of the next steps will be hosting a Wikidata workshop together with the library. Inspired by the IIIF conference in December 2018, how to work with IIIF manifests on Wikimedia project is also something we are looking into.