Radio broadcasts; historic atlases; GLAMetrics
Donation of radio broadcasts by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Radio Oranje (Radio Orange) was the radio program broadcasted by the Dutch government in exile in London during WWII. Almost 200 episodes are now in the public domain and Sound and Vision has made them available through Soundcloud and Wikimedia Commons. Towards the end of the war, when the south of the Netherland was liberated, Radio Herrijzend Nederland (Radio the Netherland Revived) started broadcasting from Eindhoven. They broadcast for nearly two years. 74 transmissions can now be found on Wikimedia Commons.
Donation of 3 historic atlases by National Library of the Netherlands
Sample image from Atlas Van der Hagen
This month the national library of the Netherlands (KB) donated over 3100 images from 3 historic atlases (period 1690-1750) to Wikimedia Commons.
Each atlas has its own category
- Category:Atlas van der Hagen (446 topographical drawings and prints from across the globe in various formats, beautifully colored and decorated with gold)
- Category:Atlas Schoemaker (2579 topographical drawings, descriptions and prints of Dutch towns, villages and hamlets in the early 18th century)
- Category:Atlas Beudeker (133 images devoted to the northern and southern Netherlands)
The three atlases were digitized in the late ‘90s and put online on the Memory of the Netherlands website. This has been the source of the current donations.
Including these 3 atlases the KB has now released 7 historic atlases, see this overview.
GLAMetrics of Dutch cultural institutions on Wikimedia projects
In 2014, the Dutch Open Culture Data network has started an exploratory research project on the (im-)possibilities of measuring the impact of open cultural data. The project was called GLAMetrics – metrics for gallery, library, archive and museum collections. An overview of the first preliminary results, written by Maarten Brinkerink, can be found on the OpenGLAM blog: http://openglam.org/2015/06/23/dutch-cultural-heritage-reaches-millions-every-month/
A few highlights, citing from the original blog post:
Around 7% of the total combined total of Dutch digital heritage objects on Wikipedia are currently being used on one or several Wikimedia project pages. Based on the assembled data we can pronounce a few preliminary statements for institutions that are considering opening up (part of) their collections via Wikimedia Commons.
- Reuse differs among collections. For some collections we see that up to 50% is being reused, while others experience no reuse at all. Especially in the initial phases a reuse total of 7% appears to be a realistic expectation for digital heritage.
- For these 7% of reused materials, for each digital object one can expect a reach of more than 2.100 views per month. On a yearly basis, this translates into 25.000 consultations per object.
- The exact impact is influenced by the extent to which the institution stimulates reuse by communicating with the community and organising activities.
- Based on the above, an institution can, with a donation of 1.000 objects, expect a monthly reach of up to 150.000 consultations of pages holding their materials.
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