GLAM/Newsletter/July 2014/Contents/Netherlands report
Expedition Wikipedia content donations and course; Naturalis; GLAMwiki Toolset Workshop
Expedition Wikipedia: two content donations and one university course
This year, Spinster is Wikipedian in Residence (WiR) for almost 10 Dutch universities' heritage collections. This WiR project, Expedition Wikipedia, focuses on cultural heritage about scientific travels and expeditions in Dutch academic collections.
Last month, two content donations to Wikimedia Commons were completed:
- More than 200 illustrations of historical travel books were donated to Wikimedia Commons by Maastricht University Library. Some of these are among the earliest visual documentation of European exploration of other continents, such as this very early image of the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing or this portrait of a Haida woman with a lip plate.
- More than 400 photographs of the 1899-1900 Siboga Expedition were donated to Wikimedia Commons by the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam. These are historical photographs of Indonesia: many smaller and larger islands, inhabitants, industry, flora and fauna.
Of course we warmly invite everyone to use these images - all public domain - in Wikimedia projects and beyond!
The Expedition Wikipedia project includes several university courses as well. From May to early July, a group of 9 students from Maastricht University have written and improved almost 20 articles about historical travel books and their authors, on English Wikipedia and in other languages. More information is available on the course page on English-language Wikipedia. A similar course is in preparation for September-October at Utrecht University.
Content donation Naturalis
Naturalis is considering a content donation. Sebastiaan ter Burg gave a presentation at Naturalis about the possibilities, such as content donation strategies and promotional events after a donation.
GLAMwiki Toolset Workshop
5 GLAMs were trained in using the GLAMwiki Toolset during a workshop on the 28th of July. The workshop started with an introduction by Liam Wyatt, the GLAMwiki Toolset Coordinator at Europeana. The Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum, University Museum Utrecht, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and National Library worked with the toolset. The workshop was not only a success because most GLAMs were able to do an upload or knew what was restricting them, but also because the GLAMs had a chance to exchange knowledge and ideas about content donations, selecting content and metadata, etc. The manual of the GWT has been improved with the feedback and notes of the participating GLAMs.