World Digital Library to host a Wikipedian in Residence
At the Wikimania Google Opening Reception held in the World Digital Library's honor on July 11, John Van Oudenaren, Director of the World Digital Library, announced in his address the World Digital Library's intention to host a Wikipedian in Residence. The World Digital Library is composed of many participating institutions from around the world, mostly national libraries, and operated by the Library of Congress and UNESCO. In late July, Dominic met with WDL's Product Manager to discuss potential ideas for the position. As of yet, the role is still being defined, and no call for applicants has been put out.
British Library update; UK representation at Wikimania 2012; brief news
Andrew Gray, the Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library, has just completed his third month.
One of the core goals of the program is to train specialists and academics in how to contribute to Wikipedia. Since the first workshop in mid-June, 46 British Library staff have attended practical training workshops. With the help of volunteers, there have also been workshops to train nine staff from the National Archives and 25 academics from the University of London and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Several more workshops are being prepared, including a series of public sessions for British Library readers in London.
Alongside these practical workshops, a number of curators have expressed an interest in collaborating with Wikipedians on specific topics - see Wikipedia:GLAM/BL/One on one collaborations. Some of these relate to BL content or collections, while others are broader topics. From the content side, a series of uploads of freely licensed images are being prepared, and the first of these should hopefully be ready by the end of August.
Lastly, a series of events through the autumn are being organised. These will include a tour of the Writing Britain exhibition (dates TBC) and a three-day editing workshop in late October with the International Dunhuang Project, focusing on Central Asia and its archaeology. To register interest for the Dunhuang event, please sign up here.
British Wikimedian John Cummings during the "QRpedia and you" workshop.
A number of UK GLAM collaborators attended Wikimania 2012 in Washington DC, USA and several made presentations or spoke on panels. These included:
"QRpedia and You" - a presentation by Wikimedia UK's Andy Mabbett & John Cummings, and Lori Phillips (HstryQT/LoriLee) of the USA, assisted by Rock drum. Attendee Rachel Kassman said on Twitter"this qrpedia session has, thus far, been the least schizophrenic and most concretely useful bit of #wikimania"
Prior to Wikimania, Andy Mabbett met with staff at Washington Zoo to discuss the implementation of QRpedia there. He then gave a presentation to staff at the National Art Gallery, plus guests from neighbouring organisations, including the Smithsonian Institute, also about QRpedia. One of those present subsequently wrote that it was "possibly the best presentation I’ve heard in that room (of two hundred, probably)."
News in brief
Wikipedia Takes Coventry: Registration (which is free) has opened for Wikipedia Takes Coventry. On September 1, Wikimedia UK and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry will jointly host the UK's first city-wide Wiki Takes... event. The event is open to amateur photographers of all ages and abilities, regardless of previous experience with Wikimedia projects.
During July and August 2012, Catalan Wikimedian David Parreño, User:Davidpar will be serving as Wikipedian in Residence for the town of Palafrugell, a municipality in the Mediterranean Costa Brava, in Catalonia.
After convincing the cultural institutions and the Town Council itself, this summer he will serve several local cultural institutions at a time, with the aim of improving Palafrugell cultural institution's presence internationally.
He will coordinate and try to build bridges between the Wikipedia community and the local cultural institutions, looking for releasing materials (text, photo, video), organizing editing events like workshops or edit-a-thons, coordinating a local Wiki Takes for this year's Wiki Loves Monuments edition, implementing the use of some QRpedia codes, among others...
Here is a list of the Institutions:
Cultural Dept. of Palafrugell's Municipality
Arxiu Municipal de Palafrugell (local archive)
Biblioteca de Palafrugell (Palafrugell's library)
Fundació Josep Pla
Museu del Suro (Cork Museum)
Fundació Cuixart (Cuixart Foundation)
Fundació Ernest Morató (Ernest Morató Foundation)
On Saturday June 16 we already organized the first workshop in the local Library, and it was a real success. 17 people attended from different towns of the region to learn or improve Wikipedia articles about Palafrugell. This is another example of how joining forces cultural institutions can reach wider audiences.
Catalan Ministry of Culture signs an agreement of collaboration with Amical Viquipèdia to promote the use of Catalan language
Gomà and Mascarell signing the agreement
Catalan Ministry of Culture, Ferran Mascarell, signed yesterday an agreement of collaboration with Joan Gomà, president of Amical Viquipèdia, to promote and disseminate the Catalan language.
The aim of the agreement with Amical is the dissemination of Wikipedia's contents and use, given the importance of having a Catalan edition of this free encyclopedia for the promotion and dissemination of Catalan language through Internet. The agreement, signed by the President of Amical, Joan Gomà, aims to create a stable channel of communication between both parties.
Under this agreement, Amical will advise the Direcció General de Política Lingüística (Department of Language Policy) in the potential use of the platform and it's associated projects, on how to create training projects related to learning the Catalan language. Also will provide them data and stats relatied to active users and number of articles existing in Catalan, and any other indicator of the presence and use of Catalan on the Internet.
The Department of Culture gives the right to disseminate the articles, essays, studies and other materials produced which have been edited and published by the Direcció General de Política Lingüística and on which this institucion has rights, so they can be uploaded to Wikipedia. They will also offer technical support in placing names and terminology in Catalan, will do outreach of Wikipedia, and other actions to promote the use of Catalan on the Internet. Amical Viquipèdia will spread among Wikipedians all this material and this information so that they can use freely to improve the quality and quantity of the contents of Wikipedia.
Backstage Pass at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
A Wikipedian helping the restoration lab in Medieval Heraldry bassoon
As Part of Kippelboy's residency at the MNAC museum project is to build bridges between the museum professionals and the local community of Wikipedia editors. This is why on July 30 we organized a whole day of Wiki activities where curators and Wikipedians met and discussed about their ways of working.
Two GLAM institutions are hosting a Wikipedian in residence
Right now, two GLAM institutions in Germany are hosting a Wikipedian in Residence. At the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin the employees are now permitted to publish articles in the Wikipedia during work time. This is quite a big step advancing, because it helps us to get more scientific input into the Wikipedia. It will be quite a challenge to see whether they manage to publish the articles following the rules of the Wikipedia. Please help out in a constructive way, when you see that assistance is needed. Of course they will be instructed by Marcus Cyron, who is in these weeks preparing his visits also to the affiliate institutes both in Madrid, Rome and Istanbul. In Istanbul we plan to arrange a meeting in between both Wikipedians from Germany and Turkey together with archaeologists from both countries. For more information please get in touch with Marcus Cyron. At the Stadtmuseum we are preparing both editing workshops for the employees and back pass visits to the collections. In August, Wikipedia invites in the "Lange Nacht der Museen" the visitors to get to know how easy it is to become an Wikipedian. Last year thousands of visitors used the glamours opportunity to stroll at night through the Berlin museums.For more Information please get in touch with Kilian Kluge.
WikiCon 2012 in Austria
At the WikiCon in Austria later this year, Daniel Mietchen, Marcus Cyron and Barbara Fischer will present to Wikipedians attending from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein the platform "Lange Nacht" as a toolkit to organize Wikipedian presentations in GLAM institutions. An easy and charming format we hope that more community members will use to get in touch with GLAM institutions in their region. Daniel and Marcus will also present their and Kilian Kluges work as Residents in a workshop.
2nd Workshop at Museum of Hamburg History
In Hamburg during 3 days in August at the 2nd Workshop at the Museum for Hamburg History Wikipedians and Wikimedian will meet up to write article and document museum artefacts. For more Information please get in touch with Peter Weis.
In case You would like to get to know more on the Wikimedia Germany strategy to outreach for GLAM institutions please visit the German GLAM portal.
July's case studies shed new light on African GLAMs
This month the Share Your Knowledge team decided to reveal more about partnerships with organizations based in Africa. As a matter of fact, July's case studies are about Chimurenga and doual'art, which are the first institutions to join the WikiAfrica project, and Africa Centre, which is main partner since 2011.
Editathon of Wikipedia Student Clubs at UAM and UNAM
Students editing Wikipeda at Telmex Hub.
On 21 July, Wikimedia Mexico made his second Editathon. This time, organized with the Wikipedia Student Clubs in the UAM Iztapalapa and the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the UNAM, gathering 25 people editing Spanish Wikipedia. The venue was the Telmex Hub, a technology learning center located in the historic center of Mexico City. This center provides excellent connectivity and provides a laptop to each of assistants, in a totally geek and very comfortable ambient.
The editatón started about two o'clock in the afternoon, and was divided into two groups. One for newbies to learn the basic rules of Wikipedia and a quick workshop of wiki markup, and the other, who decided to write articles directly. Wikimedia Mexico supported resolving their doubts. While UAM students focused on writing new items from their own university, the UNAM students worked on philosophy and history. Máxima pragmática and the Biblioteca Digital del Pensamiento Novohispano are two of the new articles writed during the event. For all it was a fun and exciting experience, reaching 12 new articles, and many more editions. At eight at night we had to turn off the equipment because Telmex Hub is open until that hour, if not, maybe we could have stayed a little longer to edit.
Local channel of Televisa, main broadcaster of Latin America, attended the event and gave extensive coverage the editathon before and made later a news report.
Participating students are planning with Wikimedia Mexico the next activity in August: a photographic invasion and an editathon at the Palace of Fine Arts.
WM-MX participated with two speeches. The first called "Shared environments", speaking to students about the importance of a free encyclopedia, with Odin Mojica of Mozilla Mexico local chapter, and José Serralde and Irene Soria, both artists and promoters of free software tools in artistic creation. And the second in the panel "Film in the Internet age." In this last, participated León Felipe Sánchez, a lawyer and one of the main drivers of Creative Commons in Mexico, Juan Carlos Reyes, filmmaker and researcher, and Ivan Martinez, coordinator of WM-MX. In addition to talks, collaboration of the local chapter of the festival included diffusion, and in coming weeks, helping the organizers for some of the movies can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
Launch of MPBAeditorial.mx website
Facade of the palace
As part of the first activities for a future GLAM agreement with the museum of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts), one of the major cultural venues in the city and the country, we participated in the launching of the museum's new website, MPBAeditorial.mx, held at the beautiful Zone of the Murals. Carmen Alcazar, representing Wikimedia Mexico, gave a talk in the panel "Digital culture projects", about the possibilities of cultural cooperation through Wikimedia GLAM projects, which generated a lot of questions of attendees and interest for future agreements with the chapter. The next activity with the museum, in a few weeks, ¡will be an editathon!.
The event included speakers from the museum itself, the CONACULTA, Cultural Diffusion of the UNAM and CENTRO school, among others.
Garros donates 650+ images to Commons
Garros Galería, a private art gallery located in Mexico City, has donated over 650 photographs from its earlier exhibitions and events, which include images of artwork located at on Commons. Garros is the first art gallery in Mexico to partner with Wikipedia. Joel Nava Polina, the gallery owner, is highly involved in social media with very active Facebook and Twitter (@garrosccr) accounts, so he has been very receptive to working with Wikipedia, even placing QR codes for Garros’ Wikipedia page Garros Galería on the front of the gallery! Garros (which means "claws" in Spanish) is a cat-themed establishment with a gallery/boutique downstairs and Mexico’s only cat museum upstairs. However, it also works to promote new artists, especially those from Mexico City’s small but important Japanese artist community, whose members have come to the country because Mexico offers more opportunities to artists than Japan does! Prior to the donation, Garros and students from ITESM-Campus Ciudad de México have been working on putting together articles on the notable artists associated with the gallery, such as Fumiko Nakashima, Shino Watabe and Midori Suzuki.
The following newsletter is an update of GLAM activity from the last month (and a bit) across the African continent and beyond. The activities listed below have come from the work of two Wikimedia chapters, South Africa and Kenya, and from the WikiAfrica Project.
GLAM presentation at Creative Commons Africa in Uganda, June
Abbas began the presentation with an overview of the Wikimedia Outreach's approach to GLAM, and referred to some of the initial successes, specifically in Europe and the UK.
WikiAfrica Project Manager: Africa, Isla followed, speaking specifically about the WikiAfrica's GLAM project, Share Your Knowledge. The project's strategy, accomplishments and intentions were presented and discussed, including the then 17 (now, 23) galleries, libraries, archives, and museums across Africa that have signed up as Content Partners intent on sharing the content within their institutions with Wikimedia projects under the CC-BY-SA licence. She also presented the Share Your Knowledge WHY video, that was created for GLAM by Lettera27.
Africa at Wikimania
WikiAfrica did also attend Wikimania on the 12th of June, where it discussed GLAM in Africa as part of the presentation: Wikipedia and Africa: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship.
South African Heritage Institutions Supports Wiki Loves Monuments
Wikimedia South Africa and WikiAfrica have been working to get South Africa's heritage institutions involved in and participate as upload sites for the upcoming Wiki Loves Monuments 2012. The National Heritage Council (NHC), South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA), Western Cape Heritage and City of Cape Town Heritage are all eager to be involved, especially in an upload marathon at local museums to the South African Wiki Loves Monuments and thus to Commons, that will take place on Heritage Day (Monday, 24 September), a public holiday. Their official involvement is pending the return of signed final agreements.
WikiAfrica stimulating digitization of collections
Institutions in Africa especially Galleries and Museums are embracing WikiAfrica in order to share their content with Wikimedia Projects. However, most of these institutions have not fully digitised their collections. The immense benefits envisaged by these institutions in partnering with WikiAfrica has encouraged them to digitise part of their collection for use in the Wikimedia project. Refer to the list of African GLAMs below for the latest partners.
Potential GLAMs - Still in Talks
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with Wikimedia Kenya:
Nairobi Railway Museum have partially accepted to collaborate with Wikimedia Kenya to have their content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The senior management requested for copies of proposals to review them in detail.Wikimedia Kenya is in discussions on the best way to undertake this project being the first of its kind. A preliminary study revealed that they have none of their collections digitized.
Kenya National Archives are still reviewing a proposal that was sent to them regarding GLAM. Hopefully the results shall be out by the time the next newsletter shall be published.
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with WikiAfrica:
National Museum Malawi
Shimoni Slavery Museum, Kenya
Sungani Zakwathu Cultural Heritage Promotions, Malawi
Africa Centre is a cultural platform based in Cape Town supporting and producing cultural projects and initiatives. In 2011 the Africa Centre adopted the CC BY-SA on its online documentation and in November launched a call for a Wikipedian in Residence in charge of contributing to WikiAfrica and coordinating more GLAM outreach in Africa.
doual'art: a cultural non profit organization focussed on contemporary art and urban research in Douala. Since 1991 doual'art produces public art and collects documentation about its city. doual'art provides all of its online documentation in CC BY-SA: project descriptions, artworks descriptions, biographies of artists and experts.
Check out this month's Italy report for a summary of these 3 case studies.
Kër Thiossane, an art centre, residency space and training facility based in Dakar. The centre provided training to intellectuals, artists and authors in Dakar on how to contribute to Wikipedia and wiki websites.
Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, now Festival de Cine Africano de Còrdoba. Spanish cinema festival specialized in African cinema providing film descriptions and biographies of filmmakers and experts in CC BY-SA (texts only).
During the last day of the pre-conference activities, Gelman library hosted a Wikipedia Loves Libraries workshop. OCLC Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein gave an overview of Wikipedia for librarians and a number of other speakers presented individual case studies of libraries and archives collaborating with the Wikimedia projects.
On Thursday, the first day of the main conference, there were three GLAM-related streams throughout the day there were three GLAM-related streams; the first centred upon legal issues appertaining to GLAM and the second upon GLAM outreach projects around the world. The third was sponsored by the US Department of State and featured 4 presentations on local wikis.
The day ended with Wikimedians visiting the Newseum for the GLAM night out. The consisted of networking with US GLAM employees, the launch of the GLAM-Wiki US Consortium and a panel entitled "The Sponsored Point of View: Financial Conflicts of Interest in Health Care and Science".
Day 2 - Friday 13th
Friday was the day of GLAM panels. The first sessions of the day included the GLAM III: Outreach stream which included a panel of GLAM professionals who, chaired by Dominic McDevitt-Parks (Dominic), told of their own experiences working with Wikimedia. After the break, there was a panel of national GLAM co-ordinators from across the globe. They each summarised how they had come to take up their role and their experiences in it before taking questions.
The afternoon's GLAM sessions centred upon photography events. Organisers of Wiki Loves Monuments projects talked about their experiences and looked forward to this year's competition which will include 33 countries from all across the globe. The final GLAM session was on photo hunt events. Organizers of events spoke of their individual experiences before coming together for a panel.
The day ended with a closing plenary from Archivist of the United States David Ferriero. He called himself a "huge fan of Wikipedia", and acknowledged that one large challenge is that most GLAM institutions are still wary of the "radical" notion of Wikipedia. With changing technologies, Ferriero said that the online world is "changing the way [GLAMs] think about archival work." The biggest challenge in this new world is visibility, so he stated that GLAMs need to be "aware of where the people are."
Open Access at Wikimania; Year 2 of Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science; Open Access Media Importer tested; WikiProject Medicine goes publishing
Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science goes into second year
The Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science project at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany has been extended for another year, with continued support from the Open Society Foundations. The focus will remain on increasing the reuse of Open-Access materials on Wikimedia projects, on improving coverage of articles relating to Open Access on the English Wikipedia and on supporting the Wikimedia community in matters of open-access more generally, particularly by way of WikiProject Open Access. In addition to that, the aim is to expand and adapt the concept of WikiProject Open Access to languages other than English - including French, German and Russian - and to projects other than Wikipedia, especially Wikisource and Wikispecies.
Open Access Media Importer tested
A bot request was filed for the Open Access Media Importer to upload files it harvested from the supplementary materials of Commons-compatibly licensed scholarly articles from PubMed Central. A few test uploads were made and the code adjusted accordingly (see report). On a related note, a number of files supplied by the journal ZooKeys has been uploaded by JarektUploadBot as a test for large-scale import of images as supplied by publishers directly, rather than via large databases, from where the Open Access Media Importer harvests its materials.