GLAM/Newsletter/July 2022/Contents/AvoinGLAM report
Crisis and GLAM (11 August 14.05 –15.00 UTC)
AvoinGLAM arranges a workshop on the opening day of Wikimania. What role does open access to cultural heritage play in today’s crises? Join to hear about the experiences and activities of wikimedians responding to crises, and to map out collaborations and practices that can help combat crisis situations facing humans, the environment, and cultural heritage.
Éder Porto (Wiki Movimento Brasil) introduces the digital reconstruction work they undertook when a massive fire devastated the building and collections of the National Museum of Brazil in 2018.
Nassima Chahboun (Wiki World Heritage) walks us through the work of WHindanger that promotes and raises awareness of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in danger using participatory creative tactics and Wikimedia projects to create an interactive website.
Hanna Osadchuk (Wikimedia Ukraine) talks about open access to cultural heritage as seen from within the ongoing war.
The workshop is moderated by Patricia Diaz Rubio (Wikimedia Chile) and Susanna Ånäs (AvoinGLAM).
Bring your ideas and experiences to the meeting! Based on the introductions, new tactics combining cultural heritage, voluntary work, humanitarian and creative activities can be developed together.
Wikimania Watch Party in Helsinki (11 August 9.00–15.00 UTC @ URBAN3, Maria01)
The workshop is part of the program of the Wikimania Watch Party, organized in the joint base of AvoinGLAM, Wikimedia Finland and Open Knowledge Finland. In addition to the workshop, we can watch the opening ceremony and other Wikimania program, play Commonspoly and socialize with each other in the Finnish open data & culture community. After the events ends, we will join the OpenStreetMap birthday party, organized by the Free Thursday community in Helsinki.
→ Program page and registration
History of media art in Finland
The project MEHI – the History of Media Art in Finland project is a tour-de-force of several contemporary arts organizations in Finland, coordinated by the Media Art Network in Finland. The history project has several dimensions:
- A database of 2500 media artists, organizations, artworks and events in Finland that will be hosted by the National Gallery. The data will also be published in Finna, the Finnish national GLAM aggregator, and added to Wikidata for applicable parts. Some artists will also openly license images of their artworks, which will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
- OMA, the Ontology for Media Art of over 1500 concepts related to media art, is partly gathered from existing Finnish and international sources, partly harvested from the descriptions of the artworks. The ontology is published as part of KOKO ontologies, a collection of Finnish core ontologies at Finto, a centralized service for interoperable thesauri, ontologies and classification schemes from the Finnish GLAM sector. The concepts have been added to Wikidata, and further linking will take place over time.
- An open access policy, which will outline the principles of open licensing and the use of Wikimedia platforms.
- Conservation plans for media artworks.
- An anthology of Finnish media art.
- An editathon at the central library Oodi on 4 August gathered nearly 30 representatives of contemporary arts organizations in Finland to learn to write articles about these topics to Wikipedia.
AvoinGLAM is not directly involved in the project but will carry out some additional tasks, such as facilitate the import of media art database data to Wikidata, and present the project as one of the case studies of open access in the Finnish GLAM scene.