Workshop and edit-a-thon in the Hotel de Inmigrantes
During the first months of the year WMAR have several meetings with the communication team of the National University Tres de Febrero, after those meetings Wikimedia Argentina made a introductory workshop with the staff of the university to resolve which articles we were going to work on in the edit-a-thon.
On July 16th the staff and volunteers of Wikimedia Argentina made an edit-a-thon in the Hotel de Inmigrantes. The event started with a guide tour for the building and a workshop of how we edit an article, after that we reunited in a few groups and started to work on the history of immigration in Argentina.
Participants in the guide tour
Edit-a-thon in the Hotel de Inmigrantes
Wikimedia Argentina volunteers and new editors working in the article
Donostia-San Sebastián 2016 has provided the springboard for the Basque Wikimedians to launch the project Peace Treaties in Art 30 x 30 Challenge, a wiki-challenge with close connections to the city's special year and the commended San Telmo Museoa, located in the old town. The challenge, concluding on 17 July, featured the topic of peace and peace treaties. It targeted minority languages (Asturian, Occitan, Galician, etc.) and the surrounding geographical context with special emphasis, to a positive reception. Indeed grabbed the attention of many, and benefited from a prolific contribution.
The 9 July was an eventful day outdoors of the San Telmo Museoa, with an important participation and editing contribution of a good number of European editors of different ages and nationalities, like those coming from the Code Fest held at the nearby Tabakalera. It also included activities such as a crash course on WP, a guided tour through the Peace Treaties in Art exhibition, and a number of short presentations delivered by domestic Wikipedians and European WP representatives alike (WM Malta, France, Spain, Amical Wikimedia, etc.).
Presentation of the Basque Wikimedians User Group
After an year-long period in the pipeline, the Basque Wikimedians User Group is on at last! The paper-work has finally given way to a happy birth, including the group's official presentation at the 9 July encounter held in Donostia-San Sebastián. The president of the group, Xabier Armendaritz, outlined the history, prime operative lines and goals of the new user group that includes the Basque Country with all its Basque language areas, and a focus on tasks carried out both in the WP and its affiliate projects.
Wikipedians in residence, San Telmo Museoa
On 9 July, Lore Agirrezabal outlined her accomplishments during her time as Wikipedian in residence starting in autumn 2015. Her GLAM stint aimed at spreading contents of Basque Children Literature, highlighting the book collection stored in Donostia's Children Literature Documentation Centre, providing training in digital literacy and fostering the Basque WP, in collaboration with the above Documentation Centre, Basque Public University and other local institutions.
As of June 2016, Iñaki Lopez de Luzuriaga is the new Wikipedian in residence at the library of San Telmo Museoa for a five-month period, undertaking GLAM collaborative tasks related to the above Wikipedia challenge, as well as documentation management, aimed at highlighting the Museum's collection, Basque heritage altogether, and material available on the different Wikimedia projects.
On the end of July, the two month long photo contest Wiki Loves Art is halfway. Participation in the project by organisations went relatively slow, with as result that some organisations joined when the contest already started on 1 July. Now 13 organisations - museums and libraries - participate in the contest and open up their doors for photographers who take pictures for Wikipedia. Almost 600 photos already have been uploaded during the first month.
In July four photography sessions were organised were participants were allowed to take photos. In August 13 events are planned.
More images can be found in the category on Commons or in the categories of each organisation (in the last column of the table.
July was an important month for development projects. Some important bids were open to receiving new proposals and, among them, it is worth noting the bids of Sao Paulo State Program for Promotion of Culture. The program was with two specific bids to museums since mid-June 2016, one of which was directed to the publication of museum collections.
Considering this opportunity, a group of volunteer members of the Wikimedia Brazilian Group of Education and Research, the International Committee for Collection / International Council of Museums (COMCOL/ICOM) and Tomara!, a consultancy company in cultural projects, came to discuss and develop a cultural mapping project about the museums performance profile with regard to sharing practices and use of collections on the Internet.
This idea came particularly from discussions held by COMCOL/ICOM, as a point of research on collaborative initiatives of reinterpretation and creation of knowledge about the museums collections. In Brazil, this research is really necessary, considering that there is still little information about how the museums (and its employees) work on the Internet and provide (or not) their collections on digital platforms and social networks. There is a consensus that there is an operational difficulty for the institutions, which have few people to accomplish digitalization. Besides, there is a lot of misinformation about the local copyright law and issues like Creative Commons licenses. But how deep is this misinformation problem? If we want to solve them, what are the main critical points to advance the release of collections? And above all, what do the professionals think about it? They would view the digitalization and publication of materials about collections on the Internet as a priority or not?
These and other questions are design bases sent to the bid of the Sao Paulo State Program for Promotion of Culture already mentioned above. If the project is approved, it will receive funds to develop a pilot survey for 6 months focused on the universe of São Paulo State, whose results can serve as a kickoff for something that can be done on a national scale.
Two members and a staff member of Wikimédia France presented French GLAM projects during the edit-a-thon about Peace Treaties in art, organized by the Basque Wikimedians User Group in Donostia on July 9th. They also contributed to several articles about artworks describing peace treaties, contributing to make successful this international and multilingual event supported by Donostia 2016 (European culture capital), San Telmo museum and several other partners.
70th edition of Avignon festival
For the third year in a row, an edit-a-thon took place in Avignon, which welcomes every year the Avignon Festival, an arts festival held in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes, and in other locations of the city. Founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar, it is the oldest extant festival in France. This year 5 articles were created and 5 were enriched by wikimedians on site, around 3 main topics: modern creation in Middle-East, danse at Avignon Festival, places of the Festival.
The year again, wikimedians were at the maritime festival Brest 2016 taking pictures of historical ships and improving articles about these ships. More than a thousand files were uploaded on Commons:Category:Brest 2016.
France is changing its subdivisions, with several regions merging together. One of the new regions, Occitanie, will be home of two existing local groups : Toulouse, who has been active for several years, and Montpellier, who is younger. The two groups decided to meet in Mazamet, a small town with a strong industrial past in wool. The morning was a photo hunt in the city, lunch was about sharing ideas and projects, and, during the afternoon, an edit-a-thon in the library about local history.
Yanaki and Milton Manaki were photography and cinema pioneers who brought the first film camera and creating the first motion pictures on the Balkan Peninsula and in the Ottoman Empire. Their work was done in the city of Manastir (modern Bitola, Republic of Macedonia), an economic and cultural center of Ottoman Rumelia. Yanaki and Milton recorded a number of films, mostly documentaries about various aspects of life in the city of Manastir. Their photography work contains moments of life in Bitola, photos of famous persons of that time, kings, even Turkish Sultan Mehmed V when he come to Bitola (Manastir) in 1911.
In several meetings, there was an agreement between Wikipedian in residence at the State Archives of Republic of Macedonia, and the management of the Archive Department in Bitola, that Bitola Department is going to release at least 50 (fifty) photos from photography work of the Manaki brothers for Wikipedia. There were a few photos (23 total) in the category Manaki Brothers at that moment, when WiR started negotiation with Management of the Archives.
Wikipedian in Residence at DARM managed to get 290 photos out of 6000 photos, as donation from the Archives Bitola Department. All photos were filmed on glass plate. There are many of them which are damaged or broken, but still recognizable what is on the photo. Wikipedian in Residence spent one week in Bitola, in order to get and digitize material. All 290 digitized photos will be uploaded in the next weeks.
All photos are black and white, and highly valuable for Wikimedia projects.
The first DARM Challenge was held from June 15, 2016 till July 15, 2016 23:59 (CET UTC+01:00).
The aim of this challenge was to use 1,027 files uploaded by Wikipedian in Residence in the State Archives of the Republic of Macedonia (DARM) in articles in any language. Prizes for best five contributors were: one bilingual book (Macedonian-English), with total amount of 56.5 Euros, gift from the DARM, and set of books 20 euros each, with total amount of 100 euros, gift from WiR.
For contributors there were clear instructions of what is the aim, Article list and instruction on how to add points. Points were self-reporting and trust-based system. It was participants' responsibility to record their actions. Each participant's goal was to gain as many points as possible.
BG Blog - Bulgarian Wikimedians mention DARM Challenge and Bulgarian winner on blog
Wikimedian-in-Residence at MANU
Academicians of MANU Project
Academicians of MANU (Проект „Академици на МАНУ“) is a project that has been going on for the duration of this month and will continue in future. The Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU), where our WiR is based, has been the home of the most distinguished scientists, artists, writers and researches of Macedonia for nearly 50 years. Among the activities for the marking of the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of MANU is establishment of the new web-site for which our WiR is assigned for gathering data and information for the biographies of all members of MANU. By that our WiR has unprecedented access to their biographies and words, resulting in systematic coverage of those notable personalities in an organised project on the Macedonian Wikipedia.
So far, during this month, we covered 25 academicians, out of which 15 articles were created from scratch and 10 were substantially improved. Apart from this, during the month of July, the WiR in MANU scanned two books with 196 pages in total. One of the them is the important Rivers in Macedonia, while the other one is about the Rice in Kochani, a famous and strategic agricultural crop for that region of the country. Both books are largely used for editing articles and reference scientific material for the ongoing field research projects of the Shared Knowlegde on the Macedonian Wikipedia, such as the current Wikiexpeditions, and soon to be launched Agroexpeditions.
The Maya are one of the most important indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica, living in modern-day southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. At the beginning of the 21st century, their estimated population is seven million, of which 1.6 million live in Mexico, making them the second largest indigenous people of Mexico.
From June 25 to 29, our volunteers Claudia and Luis gave several talks and workshops in Mérida, State of Yucatán, about Wikipedia, its philosophy and use. The attendees were thrilled to contribute with articles about Maya culture, notable people of Mayan descent, food, music, history and geography.
The workshop is also part of a series of activities by Centro de Cultura Digital (Center for Digital Culture) looking to create content and preserve the Mayan language, as well as to invite communities to work together in a collaborative space.
Poster in Mayan, announcing the event
Some of the participants
Translating EN-YUA in TranslateWiki
An article about the huipil, a traditional garment
Claudia lent her laptop to help people edit
Final photo of the editing group
GLAM in Aldea Digital
Aldea Digital is an event held yearly in Mexico City dedicated to bridging the technological gap still present in Mexico, as well as encouraging experienced users to network and start new projects. This year, Wikimedia Mexico was invited to speak about the connections between Art and Technology, present in the Wikipedian in Residence program in general (and the WiR program at w:Museo Soumaya in particular).
From June 15 to August 5 we gave several workshops, demystifying Wikipedia and showing people how it works, hoping to abolish several myths ("Wikipedia is not reliable, its information is most likely false...") and inspiring them to edit, to share their knowledge just as someone else shared with them. Through our talks, we showed our visitors how everyone can contribute in their areas of expertise, completely independent of a formal academical degree. This point in particular was of great interest, as many people confided us that they had never seen themselves as experts, much less as someone who could contribute to the Encyclopedia.
In this particular instance we decided not to create new accounts for every visitor, as we had around 30 new visitors per visit and we risked being IP blocked. Instead, we directed the most enthusiastic users to attend our monthly workshop, where they learned more about Creative Commons licenses and how open projects like Wikimedia work with the efforts of volunteers like them.
Room 24 of Aldea Digital
One of the slides used in the Wikipedia Workshops during Aldea Digital 2016
One of our volunteers giving a talk about Wikipedia and its correct usage
A total of 436 people were introduced to Wikipedia and its usage, more than half of which were students between the ages of 10 to 20. A few of them even attended our monthly workshop held on July 30, interested in strengthening their understanding of the Wikimedia projects. Some others were curious and eager for Wikimedia to speak at their schools and workplaces. We hope to see these new faces around for some time!
On July 9, the Basque Wikimedians User Group held an edit-a-thon in Donostia-San Sebastián, in the context of the Peace Treaties in Art 30 x 30 Challenge. The event was autdoors of San Telmo Museum and editors from different countries participated. Wikimedia Spain, besides participating in the editing activity, was invited to do a presentation about GLAMing Madrid project, carried out between September 2016 and January 2016.
Photo coverages & more
In July we covered four events for obtaining free pictures: two music festivals, the International Jazz Festival of San Javier and the International Festival of Benicàssim, and two sport events, the Rally Sur do Condado and the Rally Vila Nova de Cerveira. Also, we continued collecting ballot papers from the Spanish general election for uploading them to Commons. Finally, we held another Wikipedia workshop at the library of the University of Cádiz and we had a meeting with the Ciudad y el Mar, Castillo de Mata Museum, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, to initiate a collaboration and develop various activities in the coming months.
Connected Open Heritage; Critiquing social norms with free images
At the beginning of July, the Swiss OpenGLAM Working Group, in cooperation with the Basel University Library, infoclio.ch, and the Historical Museum Basel, invited to the second edition of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon. The event took place at Basel University Library and attracted some 100 participants.
At the same time we have seen the arrival of several new datasets that are relevant in view of their ingestion into Wikidata, covering monuments data, art in the urban space, the performing arts, Swiss jazz musicians, and Swiss photographers. With the support of Axel Petersson, who represented the project Connected Open Heritage, we have been able to kick-start a student's project at the Bern University of Applied Sciences which will look into how best to ingest these data into Wikidata.
The wiki world was also present in the rich side programme on open data related topics, with Wikipedia introductory workshops and editing sessions held by Hadi and Lantus (Wikimedia Switzerland), the "Heritage Data & Wikidata" workshop held by Axel Petersson (Wikimedia Sweden), the Historical Mapping Workshop by Susanna Ånäs (Wikimedia Finland), who presented the Wikimaps project with its collection of tools for historical mapping in the context of the Wikimedia projects, as well as an introduction into the GLAM-Wiki Toolset held by Romano Stähli (Swiss National Library), in the pursuit of our philosophy of enabling heritage institutions to upload their content to Wikimedia Commons themselves.
The different hackathon projects have been documented on the event website, with links to the project presentation videos.
The residency was also featured in The Lancet, along with an Audio Feature interview.
Plans are continuing for mental health and psychiatry themed edit-a-thons and Wikiproject content improvement, both to link with Bedlam and for World Mental Health Day.
Training & Training the Trainers
The first training session of the Wellcome Library residency took place on 25 July. More information on participants, edits, etc., can be found in the monthly report on the residency.
Editors from a variety of institutions, including several GLAMs, attended a Train the Trainers session at Wikimedia UK headquarters in London on the weekend of 30-31 July. London has relatively few trainers for events, so hopefully this training should help to improve supply. Attendees were also present from the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
On July 29, 2016, there was a Proposed Amendments edit-a-thon, incorporating source material from the exhibition Amending America, at the National Archives innovation hub, hosted by Dina Herbert. These is video of the proceedings  (Archivist of the United States introduction at 14:14; tutorial by James Hare at 18:21)
Wikiconference North America
WikiConference North America (formerly WikiConference USA) will be held in San Diego, California on October 7–10, 2016. The grant proposal has been submitted for the conference. There will be scholarships as in the past. Please submit your proposal for talks and workshops before August 31. Check in for more information at the website.
Wikimedian in Residence opening; Ancestral reconstruction; A swimming centipede
Recent uploads: Cheetah calls, a sea lion keeping a beat, a parasite feeding, and robots
The following represents a selection of the files that have been uploaded this month from open-access sources. Most of these came from PubMed Central through the Open Access Media Importer — whose uploads now total over 22,000. If you can think of wiki pages where these files (or other files from the same source articles) could be useful, please put them in there or let us know. Several of them have already been reused this way, along with many others that had been uploaded earlier.
Grants: Review Round 1 of the New Project Grants and Yearly Reports from APG grant recipients
The Grants department at the foundation, recently reconfigured a number of Grants programs. In the process, what was formerly the IEG process, which has funded a number of GLAM-Wiki related grants in the past, has gone from a rolling application period, to a deadline based application period. Round 1 of 2016-17 just ended its submission window, and is now open for comments. The following grants are related to GLAM-Wiki activities:
Librarybase -- a project by Harej (talk·contribs) which focuses on extracting citation data in a WikiBase from Wikipedia articles for reuse. Relevant for technical outreach to libraries.
Arc.heolo.gy- a visualization project for Wikipedia and Wikidata material, used to eveluate and explore WIkipedia's content.
Wikimedia Augment a project proposed to develop augmented reality features for Wikimedia Projects.
StrepHit renewal -- a project to improve the primary source refernecing on Wikipedia.
APG 2015-16 FDC Reports arriving
The Round II reports for FDC APG Grants, have been mostly submitted by recieving organizations. Many of them include reports on GLAM-Wiki activities. Find the reports as part of the records at this Meta Page
New Content Donation Evaluation Report
In 2015/14, the Learning and Evaluation team at the Wikimedia Foundation collected data on how Content Donations from GLAMs. The data has been analyzed and turned into a report on Meta.
This month has been fairly busy, in both recovering from Wikimania, and I had a number of personal events (including my wedding!). The highlights on GLAM-Wiki work includes:
Recover and followup from Wikimania.
Finish, and polish IFLA White Papers for publication at World Library -- publication soon.
Finishing blog post about Wikidata + GLAM, under review from Wikidata+GLAM leaders, should be published mid August.
Work with TWL team on preparation for IFLA World Librarian Congress and meeting with Association of Research Libraries, as continuation of Wikipedia Library work, and modeling potential collaborations with big networks in Galleries, Archives and Museums.
Created GLAM-Wiki handle that mirrors the Twitter account on Facebook, so that the communities less active on Twitter, do not loose that channel of communication.
Worked with Wikimedia Argentina to document case study on digitization to begin collecting best practices/models in digitization. Will be published in August.