Examples of images about which articles were created as part of the WikiMatejko action
January is an intensive time of work for the WikiMatejko editing action implemented in cooperation with the National Museum in Krakow.
The aim of the action is to enrich Wikipedia and other sister projects with high-quality content, illustrations and data related to the painter Jan Matejko, his life and work.
To participate in the action we have invited newcomers, students of such subjects as art history or art education, who are interested in learning new digital competencies and familiarizing themselves with the specifics of museum work. Some of the students participating in the action are doing student internships. A total of 16 people participate in the action, who are supported by experienced Wikipedians.
In the first stage of the action, students were trained to edit Wikipedia in order to create and develop Wikipedia articles on Jan Matejko and his works.
The second stage, which began in January, included training on Wikidataby Powerek38, on Wikipedia translations by Bonvoland on creating open educational resources based on Wikimedia projects. As a result, we want the participants of the action to develop Wikidata, as well as make translations of the developed entries from Polish to English.
The second phase of the WikiMatejko campaign also included an online workshop on creating open educational resources. This is another interesting way of combining the two areas of education and GLAM, as the workshop was created and conducted by Kamila Neuman, Open Culture Manager, and Wioletta Matusiak, Training and Development Manager at Wikimedia Poland. As part of the workshop, Museum professionals talked about the educational materials that are created at the museum for different audiences.
In the next step, the participants are to develop proposals for educational materials based on content from Wikimedia projects about Jan Matejko and his works. Then they will be consulted with experts from Wikimedia Poland and the Museum. In the last step they will be graphically processed and published.
The end of the action is planned for mid-March, and at the end of March we plan to summarize the results of the 1st and 2nd stage of the action.
We see the action as a way to engage the public in GLAM-Wiki activities and disseminate the museum's collection. It's also a testing ground when it comes to working with students who, by reason of their studies, are interested in art and at the same time want to develop their digital competencies. It's also a training ground when it comes to developing activities in the field of cooperation between novices and experienced Wikipedians, and involving museum specialists in the process of editing Wikipedia.
This is an experience from which we are learning a lot, and we want to draw these lessons in order to better implement future activities that will involve students in GLAM-Wiki activities and at the same time prepare them to enter the job market.
If you would like to learn more about WikiMatejko and other GLAM-Wiki activities please contact with Kamila Neuman, Open Culture Manager at Wikimedia Poland.
Invitation to join WikiMatejko and translate articles to other languages
We started to translate articles to English in order to encourage the international community to translate them into other languages.
We would like to invite the international community to translate the articles into other languages. Therefore, we have created a subpage of the project in English, which you can find here. It will feature articles translated into English, and we invite you to translate them into other foreign languages.
We will be pleased if you join the international part of Wikimatejko in this way.
Go ahead and join the project and keep an eye on the page for more articles to be translated, which will appear until mid-March.