GLAM/Newsletter/July 2021/Contents/Brazil report
A wikicontest to celebrate and make visible the state of Bahia
Wikiconcontest Wiki Loves Bahia
During 2021, Wiki Movimento Brasil is leading Wiki Loves Bahia - an initiative to celebrate and make visible the local culture and knowledge of one of the largest and most impoverished states in Brazil. Aside from reaching out directly to cultural and education institutions in Bahia, we are working on dissemination activities to improve the coverage on Wikipedia in Portuguese around the state's biomes, diversity, historical and cultural heritage, religiosity and territories.
On July 10th, we launched the Wikiconcurso Wiki Loves Bahia - a contest in which the editors that contribute the most are awarded with prizes. To better explain the context of the initiative and provide training for new users, we also organized an opening event. The contest will run until the end of August and, so far, more than 120 volunteers have edited more than 600 entries already, including the creation of 150 articles.
During Wiki Loves Bahia, we'll host several edit-a-thons remotely - always with a specialist on the main subject to bring more context to the activity. The first one happened right after the opening event and it was dedicated to Bahia's Independence, a historical date to celebrate and remember the emancipatory movement started by the population in 1822 against the Portuguese colonial domain.
With more than 560 km² and 410 municipalities, Bahia is bigger than Spain alone, so the next edit-a-thon will be focused on the cities of Bahia and their demographic and geographic diversity. These editing marathons are also opportunities for the participants to accumulate points for the wikicontest. Many more to come!
New partnership with the Public Archives of the State of São Paulo (APESP)
Wiki Movimento Brasil signed up a new GLAM-Wiki partnership with the Arquivo Público do Estado de São Paulo (APESP). The institution holds a collection of approximately 25 million textual documents and 2,7 million photographs. Among their collection, there are five documental sets considered World Heritage by UNESCO.