The situation with the COVID-19 was not the best in Serbia in the past period. The number of infected people increased every day, which still hinders us from maintaining offline activities. We are working harder to establish new contacts with cultural institutions and develop ideas for cooperation that we will implement after stabilizing the situation. Wikimedia Serbia has announced an annual competition for projects, which has interested many institutions, including GLAM institutions, so we hope that the number and quality of submitted projects will be at a high level.
Wikipedia is enriched with numerous articles about important people for world culture
A two-month Wikipedian in residence at the Adligat Association for Culture, Arts, and International Cooperation has started. So far, 42 articles have been written and supplemented about the Association itself, but also by important personalities who have had a great influence on the development of culture and art, both in Serbia and the region, as well as in the whole world. So far, 252 photos have been uploaded to Wikimedia commons, many of which have been used to illustrate articles.
Respecting the precautionary measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we managed to achieve great results in the first month in the form of extremely rare photographs, manuscripts, and extensively written articles with great literature. Adligat owns the Lazić Library, the House of Legacies, the Museum of Books and Travel, and the Museum of Serbian Literature. This cooperation is extremely important to us because we were given the opportunity to peek into the invaluable wealth of this institution and with this important project we started working on long-term cooperation.
This cooperation is a good example of its two-way and the importance that cultural institutions gain by presenting their content.
A book made of bamboo sticks
An orthodox monastic book from Ethiopia - sheepskin parchment
Photograph signed by Walt Disney
Darko Tanasković and Pope John Paul II
A magic book of the Batak tribe - cover made of bones
Pavle Vuisić, famous Yugoslovenian actor
The collections of the National Museum of Toplice have been released
Cooperation with the National Museum of Toplice is of great importance for our work and increasing the decentralization of our activities. With his photographic and processing skills, the Wikipedian intern contributed to improving the quality of photographs, as well as photographing entire collections that the National Museum of Toplice shared with the whole world.
A two-month internship was successfully completed at the National Museum of Toplice. During the internship, 76 articles were written and supplemented, and as many as 623 photos were posted on the Wikimedia repository. Among the photographs are collections of archeology, ethnology, and numismatics, which were released by the National Museum of Toplice and thus enabled a view of its rich collections. At the end of the Wikipedian in residence project, there was a minor problem with removing photos from the Wikimedia commons, however, with communication with the OTRS team and submission of permissions, the photos will be returned.
A part of the Archeology collection at the National Museum of Toplice
World War II rifles
A part of the enthnology collection at the National Museum of Toplice
One dinar from the 1925. as a part of the Numismatics collection
Expanding cooperation and diversifying activities
Due to reduced activities, we have focused our efforts on starting communication and establishing business contacts with cultural institutions with which we have not cooperated so far. By creating new contacts, new opportunities are created for the realization of our activities. In addition to expanding contacts, we have announced for August a Wikidata editing campaign in which we will increase data on cultural institutions, artists, and significant works of art on this platform.