GLAM/Newsletter/July 2015/Contents/Sweden report
The QRpedia part in Wikiproject Hedemora has reached a milestone. The local history museum Hedemora gammelgård (Hedemora old-time farmstead) was celebrating 100 years, and got funding from Wikimedia Sverige for QRpedia signs. Calle Eklund, project leader of Wikiproject Hedemora, and Jan Ainali, CEO of Wikimedia Sverige, introduced a set of 18 QRpedia signs for the buildings. The codes is complementing the existing text signs (in Swedish) and provide further reading for Swedish speakers. The codes are also useful for non-Swedish speakers, as they in many cases are providing information about the building types and some of the surroundings (e.g. the ridge on which the museum is situated). All signs are not yet up, but will be put in place before the summer's end.
Hedemora Municipality has now also ordered a set of QRpedia signs as a complement to the tourist information Kulturpromenad Hedemora which, like the Hedemora gammelgård signs, are all in Swedish. The plan is not only to give tourists more information, but also engage people with a first or second language other than Swedish to contribute to the Wikipedia articles about the town and surroundings.
Mapillary, the company who is creating a service for crowdsourcing street level photos, has built a feature to share images directly from their interface to Wikimedia Commons.
All images on Mapillary are CC BY-SA and can be transferred to Commons and used to illustrate articles. When using the Share with Wikimedia-feature to share an image to Commons it automatically adds attribution to the Mapillary user. Implementation of categories and descriptions could use some improvement, but as there are nearly 30M images in their database it's a great resource for finding images of places that need illustrations.
Already shared images can be found in the Images from Mapillary on Commons.