Wikipedia Birthday in Tirana, Albania
Wikipedia Birthday in Tirana
On the occasion of the 22nd Wikipedia Birthday in Tirana, Albania, WoALUG organized an event as a birthday gift to Wikipedia. New and experienced contributors participated in talking about the history, development, and awareness of why we edit Wikipedia.
The event started with a short presentation inviting people to look at the main important milestones of free knowledge and Wikipedia and compare the English and Albanian versions of Wikipedia.
In this event, we also helped the new contributors edit an article on Wikipedia, so they could practice editing independently and work towards being a Wikipedian.
The statistics from this event are:
- Four articles edited
- Nine total edits
- We have a public Telegram channel (language used mostly Albanian) if you want to join and discuss Wikimedia projects.
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DESINGEL arts centre and Wikimedia platforms
Wikimedia platforms provide access to and enrich DESINGEL’s archive
DESINGEL arts centre opened in 1980 and has built up a rich archive over the past few decades, which continues to grow to this day. Many internationally renowned and lesser known (but not insignificant) names from the world of performing arts and music have presented and (co-)produced their work there. DESINGEL has digitised a wealth of archive content and made it accessible online. This includes posters, programmes and photos as well as audio recordings of introductions and post-performance discussions to provide more context for the work that's available. Programmes produced by DESINGEL often contain short biographies of the artists, which have also been published online. So visitors who click on a page for one of the people involved in a concert or performance can immediately also see their history at DESINGEL.
The number of people and organisations who have appeared at DE SINGEL since 1980 has grown too large to give them all up-to-date descriptions. The biographies that the DE SINGEL can offer are often the most recent ones written for the programmes, so for someone who last appeared at DE SINGEL twenty years ago, that's a twenty-year-old biography. But Wikipedia often has more up-to-date information, and the free licence for Wikipedia content (CC BY-SA 4.0) allows these texts to be re-used on DE SINGEL's website without express permission.
Links to Wikipedia have two main advantages:
- As an organisation, you can display good-quality information that you don't need to write yourself because someone else has already done it for you. As an encyclopaedia that lots of people contribute to, Wikipedia has the benefit that you're not the only person keeping the information up to date. And it's often available in several different languages, too. DE SINGEL has a website in three languages, for example, but the biographies there are mostly only in Dutch, whereas Wikipedia often has information about this same person also in English and/or French.
- You can add value to the archive you have published online by directing Wikipedia readers to it. Your archive is often a good-quality source of information about the subject in question, after all.
Want to know how DESINGEL approached this? Read more here.
Open Midiateca: Licensing and analysis of collections of Midiateca Capixaba
In December 2022, Wiki Movimento Brasil (WMB) and the Secretary of State for Culture of Espírito Santo (SeCult-ES) began the project "Open Midiateca: Licensing and analysis of collections of Midiateca Capixaba", in collaboration with InternetLab. The project aims at the creation of an open licensing policy for SeCult-ES that will be daily used by all the State GLAM institutions as a guide for the licensing of works in their collections when making them available on online platforms (especially Midiateca Capixaba and Wikimedia projects). It also aims at preparing models for its use and dissemination, and material and guidance content for future licensing decision-making. So, the main purpose of this project is to guarantee legality in compliance with Brazilian copyright legislation when uploading media and metadata under open licenses to the Internet.
The project will deal with a sample of 40,000 items of historical and cultural value from eight GLAM institutions. The main phases of this project are:
- Analysis of collections of each of the institutions for understanding the specific licensing layers of each collection/work; and the specificities required by each format/support.
- Creation of a Licensing Guide in a digital format based on the evaluated collection. This guide will be used by Espírito Santo State GLAM institutions for daily licensing decision-making.
- Creation of a Complexity Scale referring to the status of the evaluated collections and future acquired ones in terms of open licensing.
- Indication of Referral Strategies based on the evaluated collection. This phase will identify copyright-free materials and protected materials that may receive open licenses.
- Compatibilization for notices and donations aims to structure GLAM institutions to receive new collections from institutions, city halls and also individuals.
Midiateca Capixaba (Media Library of Espírito Santo) is a project of SeCult-ES for digitizing and organizing the collections from state GLAM institutions in a unique online platform. Until now, three stages are confirmed. The first one involves the institutions directly related to SeCult-ES (such as Biblioteca Pública do Espírito Santo, Galeria Homero Massena and Museu de Arte do Espírito Santo Dionísio Del Santo) and collections from National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (Iphan-ES) and Federal University of Espírito Santo. In the second stage, works produced by SeCult and the ones funded by it will be uploaded. And in the last stage, collections from Rádio e Televisão Espírito Santo (RTV/ES), Arquivo Público do Estado do Espírito Santo and Palácio Anchieta will complete the platform.
All media of this huge collection will also be available under CC0 and CC-BY-SA licenses on Wikimedia platforms through the GLAM of Midiateca Capixaba.
Portable Museum brochure in Spanish
We are very happy to announce the launch of the Spanish version of our Portable Museum brochure, which presents a tech-kit of low-cost equipment for digitization of both bidimensional and tridimensional objects and how to use it. The material also includes information on how to start a GLAM Wiki initiative and guidelines on legal aspects to make collections available under open licenses.
The Museu Portátil Project was coordinated by the art historian and curator Carolina Matos in a partnership with Goethe-Institut São Paulo, Instituto Moreira Salles and Wiki Movimento Brasil. Two GLAM-wiki initiatives have emerged as a result of this partnership: GLAM do Museu da Capitania de Ilhéus and GLAM da Santa Casa de Misericórdia da Bahia. These institutions have already uploaded 601 pictures of their collections, including the UNESCO awarded documental series Livros do Banguê - a set of eleven books with information on the enslaved in Brazil. You may read more about Museu Portátil Project in our 2022 January Report.
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New GLAM in Bahia
Fundação Mestre Bimba is a memory center in Salvador, Bahia, responsible for preserving and disseminating the memory and the knowledge of Mestre Bimba. Manuel dos Reis Machado, commonly called Mestre Bimba was a Brazilian capoeira mestre (a master practitioner). He founded the capoeira regional school, one of the art's two main branches. His legacy is now being passed through generations.
Bimba developed a capoeira teaching method with commandments, principles and traditions, which are still part of the capoeira regional up to this day.
Large upload of the monthMusica Brasilis - The november's music selection of our GLAM partnership with Musica Brasilis brings to you 165 musics from Brazilian composers: Alceo Bocchino, Alexandre Schubert, Aloysio de Alencar Pinto, Bruno Ruviaro, Caio Senna, Didier Guigue, Dimitri Cervo, Edmundo Russomanno, Flávio Régis Cunha, Gilmar Iria de Souza, Hermeto Pascoal, José Orlando Alves, José Siqueira, Júlio Medaglia, Norberto Macedo, Randolf Miguel, Rubens Russomanno Ricciardi, Sam Cavalcanti e Wellington Gomes. And there are three women among them: Cacilda Borges Barbosa, Esther Scliar e Jocy de Oliveira.
First WMB Grant Program
In April 2022, Wiki Movimento Brasil launched its first Grant program for small projects from Brazilian open culture community. Ten projects were selected for granting and you may see them here (only in Portuguese). Most projects are related to cultural activities and partnerships.
|Project's name (free translation to English)||Place||Results||Total amount spent|
|Portable Museum activity on Fundação Mestre Bimba collection||Salvador - Bahia||The creation of the GLAM with Fundação Mestre Bimba and the digitalization of 99 items from its collection and pictures of activities.||R$ 2,587.25|
|Training for digitalization and dissemination of collections||Ilhéus - Bahia||The creation of the GLAM with Centro de Documentação Histórica e Memória Regional; 48 people atended to the first talk; 20 people attended the workshop; digitalization of 100 pages of "Diário da Tarde" newspaper collection from 1946||R$ 2,518.00|
|Coronarchive - Edit-a-thon about the memories of COVID-19 on Wikidata and Commons||São Paulo - São Paulo||Photos of 2 memorials in São Paulo city; creation / improvement of QIDs of 65 memorials around Brazil||R$ 961.31|
|Digitization of Brazilian popular culture collection||States of Ceará, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, São Paulo and others||220 pictures were digitalized in High Quality; 25 of them were connected to Wikidata / Wikipedia||R$ 1,450.00|
|Design & Gender Edit-a-thon at WikiDesign project||Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro||18 people attended to the event; creation of 5 articles and improvement of 50 articles; upload of 6 images||R$ 2,478.54|
|Photographic expedition to Nova Friburgo||Nova Friburgo - Rio de Janeiro||Upload of 150 imagens of Cultural Heritage from the city of Nova Friburgo to Commons||R$ 615.20|
|HN Occupy Wiki||Online - participants from around Brazil||Creation of 406 articles; improvement of 597 articles; 3.57k editions; addition of 893 references to WikiQuote; upload of 254 imagens to Commons||R$ 2,370.00|
|Project for the digitization of the Museu a Capitania de Ilhéus collection: second stage: Medium and large collection||Ilhéus - Bahia||Digitalization of 33 big objects of medium and big sizes; upload of 144 imagens to Commons||R$ 1,382.91|
|Theory of History on Wikipedia||Florianópolis - Santa Catarina||1 article proposed for highlighted article in Wiki-pt; improvement of other 16 articles||R$ 2,562.15|
Let's celebrate public domain day 2023
Let's celebrate public domain day 2023
Happily we have maintained the custom of celebrating the day of the public domain in Colombia. This year we want to mention it a little later, because January 1 is usually a time of vacation and rest for us. Now that little by little we return to our daily activities, we want this reminder to serve as a review of what enters the public domain in 2023. We also want to do a brief critical review of what we consider coherence in supporting these initiatives. Keep reading so that we explain what this is about (in Spanish).
Celebremos el día del dominio público 2023
Felizmente hemos mantenido la costumbre de celebrar el día del dominio público en Colombia. Este año queremos mencionarlo un poco más tarde, debido a que el 1 de Enero suele ser una época de vacaciones y descanso. Ahora, que poco a poco volvemos a nuestras actividades cotidianas, queremos que este recordatorio sirva para darle una revisada a lo que entra en dominio público en 2023. También queremos hacer una breve revisión crítica de lo que consideramos coherencia al apoyar estas iniciativas. Sigue leyendo para que te expliquemos de qué va esto.
Photo walks for Wiki Loves Monuments and rephotography
Photo walks for Wiki Loves Monuments and rephotography
The Finnish edition of Wiki Loves Monuments launched some new activities this year. We prepared a series of photo walks together with some of our partner museums: Hyvinkää City Museum, Kerava museum services and Tuusula Museum. The walks were based on our previously developed rephotography walk format but the aim was to spread the word about Wiki Loves Monuments and to encourage people to participate in the competition.
Two walks were organised in Helsinki. The first one happened at Maria and Lapinlahti old hospital areas that are located within a short walking distance from each other and have interesting history and architecture, and nowadays function as a start-up hub and a cultural centre. The walk was prepared in collaboration with Pro Lapinlahti ry. The second walk was arranged for the members of the Helsinki camera club and happened in Vanhankaupunginkoski area with its old hydroelectric power plant buildings and impressive landscapes. The Helsinki walk locations were partly inspired by this year’s finnish edition’s theme sustainable cultural heritage, that is also the theme for our partner European Cultural Heritage Days.
The walks started with classroom sessions during which Wikimedia Finland coordinator gave a short lecture about the competition, its history and idea as well as information on how to participate. There was also a museum representative present and they talked about the value of Wiki Loves Monuments from the museum’s point of view and why the museums might find it important to collaborate with this project. We also watched together images from last years’ competitions. A third person who participated was an assistant from Wikimedia Finland, who answered the participant's Wikimedia-related questions and also documented the event.
The route of the walks was chosen by each museum based on the idea of which cultural heritage sites would be interesting to photograph and would have a special role in local history. Then we’d walk from site to site together and take photographs either with mobile phones or DSLR cameras. The museum representative would tell about each site and WMFI coordinator give information about what might be important to bear in mind while photographing for Wiki Loves Monuments.
Tips for organising a WLM photowalk can be found at our website https://wlm.wikimedia.fi/en/photowalks/. The idea is that by reading these instructions a museum, an organisation or even just a group of friends could arrange a WLM photowalk independently. Mikkeli city museum organized the functionalism architecture of the Mikkeli photowalk using these instructions.
The WLM jury gathered in November to make decisions on the finalists of Wiki Loves Monuments and the prizes were handed at The National Museum of Finland in December. Both were events of warm spirited and lively conversations between people interested in photography and cultural heritage.
As a continuation to our project Helsinki Rephotography, which finished last spring, we participated to the city of Helsinki's project result meet-up in October. Heikki Kastemaa had workshop at Wikimedia CEE-meeting in Ohrid, Makedonia. (report from Orhid in Finnish)
We also organised rephoto and drone photography meet-up in Vallisaari and two rephotography tours this autumn in Tamminiemi museum, which is best known as the old home of the Finnish ex-president Urho Kekkonen. He and his family lived in Tamminiemi for several decades and after his death the building was opened up as a museum that preserves the space as it was while the presidential family lived there. The tours were prepared in cooperation with Tamminiemi and The National Museum of Finland. Participants of the tour were able to roam around the museum space, looking for the sites of old photographs and feel the presence of private and public history, seen through the mobile phone rephotography app Ajapaik. A guide from the museum also gave information on the history of the building.
WMFI also tested out Ajapaik with a new participant age group. We conducted a photo walk in the centre of Helsinki with a group of eight graders during their history lesson. The walk was full of talk, questions and laughter, and gave us good ideas of how to develop the photowalk format to include younger age groups.
Ajapaik news from Estonia
On January 20, Alar Karis, President of Estonia, awarded the civil society makers of the year at a ceremony in the Tallinn Botanical Garden. Among the awarded were Peeter, Tauno, and Uuno who are the top contributors of the Ajapaik crowdsourcing platform for enriching the metadata of historical images. The top contributors have dedicated thousands of hours of work. Uuno has mapped more than 86,000 pictures, Peeter has added names to 25,000+ faces, and Tauno have made rephotos to more than 8,700 old photos, making Estonian photographic heritage more accessible.
- Hea Kodanik, 2023-01-20, Palju õnne, aasta tegijad!
- Good Citizen, 2023-01-30, Congratulations to the civil society makers of the year!
Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 Winning photos in Finland
The fortress and lighthouse island of Gustavsvärn 21st of August 2016, Teuvo Salmenjoki
The main building of Paimio sanatorium, 13th of August 2022, Mikkoau
St. John’s Church in Helsinki, 22nd of April 2020, Joneikifi
Muntti bridge in Taivassalo, 23rd of May 2020, Jaakko.kulta
A view of Huvilakatu in Helsinki, 30th of July, 2022, Marit Henriksson
Lasipalatsi and Bio Rex cinema in Helsinki, 24th of January 2022, Halt tone
The dam and rapid of Ankkapurha factory power plant, 29th of March 2020, Antto
Detached houses in Pirkkola, Helsinki, 10th of September, Joneikifi
Kylämäki village, Turku, 14th of August 2022, Mikkoau
Hammarland church in Åland, 15th of August 2020, Jaakko.kulta
Rephoto of Lastenkodinkatu 2, 10 - Helsinki 1975 by Marit Henriksson 25. syyskuuta 2022
RLastenkodinkatu 2-10 by Eeva Rista, 1975
Public Domain Day in Indonesia; #1Lib1Ref Campaign and Workshop
Public Domain Day in Indonesia
Every 1st of January, GLAM Indonesia celebrate the Public Domain Day, and socialize all the creative works that become public domain this year. For 2023 celebration, we tried to do something new - Commons Cycling. We partnered with Creative Commons Indonesia and Subcyclist (Suroboyo Cycling Institute) in an event called "Mancal Nang Suroboyo - Pranala Peradaban" (Cycling in Surabaya - Link of Civilization) in January 29th. We used 4 public domain image of Surabaya from Wikimedia Commons, and we cycled through the route and took pictures and uploaded the result to social media and Commons. At the start of the event there were about 80 people registered.
For our previous PD Day events in Indonesia, see 2020, 2021, and 2022 reports
#1Lib1Ref Campaign and Workshop
Along with other Wikipedias, we celebrate the Wikipedia Day by running the #1Lib1Ref Campaign in Indonesian Wikipedia. There were several hundred articles edited during the 3 weeks event (15 January-5 February). We are hoping to organize the second campaign in May as well.
To socialize the campaign and raise awareness of the need to provide good quality references, we organized an offline event in the Main Library of State Islamic University Maulana Malik Ibrahim in Malang, East Java. The workshop was attended by more than 20 librarians (from that university and 5 of them from 2 other universities, Brawijaya University and State University of Malang currently interned there).
Bincang GLAM - Wikimedia Commons series
We started a new weekly GLAM Talk in Wikimedia Indonesia's Youtube channel. We plan to do 8 episodes (or more) in February-March, centering around Wikimedia Commons for beginner. We began by explaining what is Wikimedia Commons and the 8 future episode topics.
Wikimedia Italy's calls for free knowledge
Call for proposals for GLAM 2023
Wikimedia Italy's calls for volunteers to support free, shared and accessible knowledge for all are back again in 2023. After the success of the last editions, confirmed again the call for active volunteers on Wikipedia, sister projects and OpenStreetMap. At the same time, the call for museums, archives and libraries also opens in January to encourage the enhancement of their collections on shared projects.The deadline to apply is the 1st of March and the grant requested can be between 2,000 and 8,000 euros.
The call for proposals is funded by Wikimedia Italia and carried out in collaboration with ICOM Italia, and Creative Commons Italia, to support the free online reuse of public domain images (Art. 14 - EU Copyright Directive) and open access content with free licenses, which are an opportunity to disseminate knowledge of cultural heritage with digital technologies and in particular the Internet, an effective vehicle for raising citizens' awareness of direct participation, a stimulus to research, creativity, editorial production and an effective tool for cultural and tourism promotion.
The aim is to support the sharing and enhancement of cultural content, enhancing the digital content of the available museums, their visibility and their impact; to encourage more and more cultural institutions to collaborate with volunteers from the Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap communities and with Wikimedia projects, to make sure that wiki platforms, who have a wide and varied audience, represent the best source of information available on their areas of interest.
Winning institutions will be offered also the opportunity to take an online training course on the use of Wikipedia, sister projects and OpenStreetMap for cultural heritage enhancement, and will be asked to join the Empowering Italian GLAMs project, which aims to bring Italian institutions themselves onto Wikimedia projects and spread open access.
As part of its support for the production of free content, Wikimedia Italia has been promoting the Empowering Italian GLAMs project in collaboration with ICOM Italia, Creative Commons Italia, the Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis" of the University of Turin and with co-funding from the Wikimedia Foundation. The project improves data on Italian cultural institutions on Wikidata and supports cultural institutions in opening up even a small selection of their content; currently the project focuses on museums by inviting them to make a small selection of images of their institution available on Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata and collaborates more specifically with a selection of institutions on a collection.
Therefore, in order to increase the impact of Wikimedia Italy's actions by fostering synergies and focusing efforts in a single direction, 60 percent (€30,000) of the call's budget will be reserved for museums only.
Opening old books at Maastricht University
In January 2023, Maastricht University students from the Maastricht Science Programme took part in an accelerated course, Opening Up Old Books, wherein they selected two historical books on botany from the University Special Collections about which to write and publish Wikipedia articles.
Two books have been fully digitalised by the university library and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The students wrote about each book an article in Wikipedia.
- History of Botany (1530-1860) (book on Wikidata | book images)
- Théorie Élémentaire de la Botanique (book on Wikidata | book images)
The project page can be found here.
Atlas sive cosmographicae (Gerardus Mercator, 1596)
GLAM stepping into 2023; New “did you know” articles on the collection of Wawel Royal Castle
GLAM stepping into 2023
At the beginning of the year all our efforts were still put into reviewing the previous year and planning 2023. A new initiative that we have already stared this year is online meet up addressed to Wikimedians-in-residence.
The aim of the meetings is to create a space for sharing knowledge and experience, and also to develop the new standards of GLAM partnerships. We are going to meet together every month to work on the issues that are essential in cooperation with GLAM institutions. The first meet up was dedicated to metrics and the ways we can measure the results of GLAM partnerships.
New “did you know” articles on the collection of Wawel Royal Castle
New “did you know” articles on the collection of Wawel Royal Castle were published in January. The articles on the unique artifacts from the Crown Treasury reached over 4k viewers. It is a great example of a high-quality content that is delivered by a museum professional who was trained in editing Wikipedia.
Once again, Wikimedia Spain has participated in the global campaign #1Lib1Ref. In addition to internal dissemination and through different social media, several training sessions have been carried out, both in-person and online, aimed at library staff. Thus, we have held workshops on how to participate in this campaign in Amurrio, Valencia de Alcántara and Vitoria-Gasteiz, with the participation of 20 people, and another online, for the official association of librarians and documentalists of the Land of Valencia, which was attended by 21 people.
As part of the Wikipedian in Residence project at the Reina Sofia Museum, a training session for the museum's librarian staff was held on 26 January. This included a presentation of the project being carried out and an introduction to the basics of Wikipedia editing.
On the other hand, as a continuation of the editathon that took place in December, this month the Museum of Romanticism uploaded several images on Wikimedia Commons, which will be able to illustrate the previously edited contents.
Tekniska museet makes 3000 polar images available on Commons
100 000 Bildminnen
The first big upload of the project 100 000 Bildminnen was done in January. Nordiska museet in Stockholm is working together with Wikimedia Sverige to share a collection of previously unpublished archival photographs on Wikimedia Commons. This batch consists of photos by Erik Holmén (1893-1963) that document Nordiska Kompaniet, a traditional department store in Stockholm. Here you can see some of the wares that were on sale, as well as interiors of the store and advertising shots.
The project will continue throughout 2023, with more archival photographs by various prominent creators from different parts of Sweden.
A glass bowl.
The Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology has made a unique collection with thousands of images available to the general public. The images, around 3 000, comes from some of the first polar expeditions, including the one by Otto Nordenskjöld. All images are now free to use, after being held in the private Goldberg collection.
Fred Goldberg's large collection consists of historical photos and glass plates from the adventurous expeditions in the early 20th century to the Arctic and Antarctica, and after his death in 2017 the collection was donated to the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology. Registering, digitizing and adding metadata to the material was a massive undertaking, and the treasure is now available at Digitalt museum and Wikimedia Commons under free licenses.
As a release to Commons was part of the plan early on, information and metadata was prepared for that from the start. Having the structure of the collection based on notes on binders and on the back of photos, keywords and titles in both English and Swedish were added to connect the images to expeditions, places and people. With good help from Aron Ambrosiani the data was structured and converted to wiki format suitable for Open Refine.
Part of the material shows polar explorer Otto Nordenskjöld – most known for the first Swedish expedition to Antarctica 1901–1903. But we are also allowed to come along to the Arctic in a previously fairly unknown expedition, the Amdrup Expedition. The photos shows places like Spitsbergen, Sisimiut and Sarfannguaq covering both inhabitants and wildlife. Through the images we can experience the barren mountains, mines, seal hunters and wast seas icebergs that met the expeditions 120 years ago. The collections were published at both DigitaltMuseum and Commons in January 2023.
Polar bear cubs! On a boat!
A church and a movie theater (!) in the Arctic.
Two good boys in the snow.
Voluntary Swedish Air Force in the Winter War
During our January "internal edit-a-thon" at the National Archives of Sweden we've uploaded the photo album of Flight Regiment 19 also known as the Voluntary Swedish Air Force in service of Finland during the Winter War. The album pages typically include more than one photograph so we'd be very grateful for any and all help in cropping out the individual photographs as well as adding structured data of what they portray eg. airplanes of different types, individual volunteers or locations depicted!
While we know that it was the volunteers themselves who took the photos we don't know who the photographer was for any specific photo which is why they're "unknown" in the metadata.
The title page of the album.
Album page uncropped. The plane is a Hawker Hart, a light bomber.
Same album page cropped.
Album page uncropped. The plane is a Gladiator MkI, a fighter.
Same album page cropped.
Uncropped page with three photographs.
Swiss GLAM Programme
The Swiss GLAM Team is currently finishing the organisation of the overall 2023 GLAM Programme. We look forward to all the events, campaigns and partnerships with the GLAM institutions.
For 2023, we will focus on the Museums and the new definition released by the ICOM. This axis will allow us to address challenges such as sustainability, knowledge and gender equity, and many more.
We also wish to engage ourselves in the 175th anniversary of the Swiss Federal Constitution. Free access to unbiased knowledge is a cornerstone to a democratic society. It is an occasion for Wikimedia CH to highlight the mission of the GLAM institutions and the importance of free knowledge.
Wiki-Atelier at Ballyana
The 28th January, we held our first Wiki-Atelier for 2023 at the Ballyana.
The purpose of the Foundation is to collect and preserve documents and objects of all kinds related to the history of the Bally family and/or companies. Bally is a Swiss shoe manufacturer founded in 1851 by Carl Franz Bally in Schönenwerd in the canton of Solothurn.The company initially produced women's and men's shoes, and later also accessories.
Since 2000, the Ballyana Foundation has been collecting everything connected with Bally: shoes and boxes, advertisements and posters, old and still functioning machines (including the oldest Sulzer steam engine in Switzerland), objects from production, written documents and materials on local history.
This Wiki-Atelier allowed the participants to have access to the objects and the archives preserved by the GLAM institution. It allowed them to better and create several articles in the German Wikipedia. For more information, you may read the Project page (in German).
National Trust and cultural diversity
Between July 2022 and January 2023, the National Trust undertook a 40 day pilot scheme to enhance property-based content on Wikipedia. This involved the assessment of existing content, the enhancement of the pages for the Trust’s most visited sites, the creation of six new pages, six DYK nominations and one Good Article nomination. You can read more about it here w:en:User:Lajmmoore/National Trust Several existing editors supported the pilot and the National Trust’s thanks go to them. Plans are underway for a potential second pilot scheme.
The sitara for the internal door of the Kaaba (pictured) was accepted as a Featured Image on Arabic Wikipedia, the eighth image from this partnership to do so, and appeared on the front page of Arabic Wikipedia as its Picture Of The Day on 30 December. This is the eighteenth Featured Image award for this partnership.
For the first time, the Khalili/Wikimedia UK partnership has held public editathon events. As part of the World Festival of Cultural Diversity, the Khalili Foundation supported two Wikipedia editathons this month, hosted by the Wellcome Collection and by Wolfson College Oxford/ the Khalili Research Centre. A total of 16 trainees, including a staff member of Wikimedia UK and a staff member of the Khalili Foundation, worked on diversifying Wikipedia's coverage of visual art. A third event is being prepared.
- New articles created
- Hatip Mehmed Efendi
- Maqamat of Al-Hariri (manuscript)
- Mihrab (painting)
- Ahmed Cherkaoui
- Charlotte Hagan (on Wikidata)
- Soheila Sokhanvari
- A new article is being worked on (in draft) about Mīr Ḥusain al-Ḥusainī, one of the scribes of the Hamza-nama manuscript
- A new article is being worked on (in draft) about Nauruz Ahmad Khan, a Shaybanid ruler and patron of manuscripts
- Articles improved
There were no new image uploads or translations this month.
Effie Kapsalis remembered; Mathematicians + Wikipedia; Wikipedia Day 2023; San Diego meetup
Effie Kapsalis remembered
There was a memorial service for Effie Kapsalis, Digitaleffie; an open knowledge champion at the Smithsonian Institution. There was a livestream, Celebration of life for Effie Kapsalis
The Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative (organized by Kelly Doyle Kim and Andrew Lih) held a meetup, EditingForEffie; there was a livestream, Editing for Effie Edit-a-thon. Dashboard metrics for this meetup are here. This was a global campaign, Siobhan Leachman originated the idea to remember and honor Effie Kapsalis. If you'd like to leave a message on Effie's talk page, you can do that here.
Indiana Wikimedians held a meetup, Editing for Effie
Here is the trailer for her South by southwest presentation, SXSW 2016 - Give It Away to Get Rich: Open Cultural Heritage
Here is a Smithsonian Archives blog, Wonderful Women Wednesday: Effie Kapsalis
Mathematicians + Wikipedia
The Association for Women in Mathematics, held a workshop, AWM/JMM2023. Xavier Ramos Olivé, and Francesca Bernardi, were organizers. 
AWM at JMM 2020
Wikipedia Day 2023
Wikimedia NYC, held a meetup. Wikipedia Day 2023 (videos at event page). There was a livestream, Wikipedia Day NYC 2023. There was an Ace Hotel afterparty.
Jefferson Market Library
Zenzele Johnson Soliel Hayes at Wikipedia Day 2023
San Diego meetup
The San Diego Public Library, and San Diego Wikimedians User Group, held a workshop, San Diego/January 2023.
Report of survey about Wikimedia content partnerships tools
The recent survey about Wikimedia content partnerships tools has been concluded and summarized. 77 respondents from around the world completed the survey. On the Diff blog, you can read a short summary of the outcomes. The detailed report is available on meta.wikimedia.org and as a PDF on Wikimedia Commons.
Back in October, we wrote about the first image upload that was done within the Content Partnerships Hub Helpdesk framework. We are now happy to announce we have since continued working with Netha Hussain to upload the remaining freely licensed medical illustrations from SMART Servier. You can find all of them in the category SMART-Servier Medical Art on Commons.
Now we're looking forward to devising a communication strategy to encourage Wikimedians working in relevant fields, such as anatomy and medicine, to use the illustrations in Wikipedia articles, hopefully in as many languages as possible, as well as to make them easier to discover by adding structured data statements. We hope the community finds this upload useful!
View it! Editing Functionality: Final Update!
View it! can now be used to copy images directly into articles and add P18 statements in Wikidata!
View it! has new editing functionality
View it! is a new way to access all the images related to articles across all Wikimedia projects. It is available as a user script, which means any logged-in user can install it right now for a new visual experience. Head over to Meta to find the installation instructions. In recent weeks, the View it! development team has worked to add essential editor functions.
When editing, a copy button (small clipboard) will show up in the right-hand corner of all View it! results, allowing users to copy and paste images to articles in visual and source editors. Once an editor pastes in an image, they'll be able to add a caption (or copy one from Commons). A caption will be automatically added for results that have a caption within the Structured Data on Commons. Please note this is only when there is an SDC caption in the project's language.
For Wikidata editors, items without P18 (image) statements will feature an additional button on View it! results. The plus button (next to the copy button) allows editors to automatically add a P 18 statement from the results. When adding a P 18 statement, users will see a dialogue box they'll have to ok before the edit loads.
The development team is very excited to share these features with you, and we appreciate everyone's support throughout the development process!
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