It's been 18 months since I put together the first edition of This Month in GLAM. But despite this, I've never really properly asked for feedback. I've put together a survey to help us know what people find good about TMIG and want people want improving. There are only a few questions and it should take no more than a few minutes to fill in.
Walters Museum uploads 19,000 photos to Wikimedia Commons
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, has donated more than 19,000 freely-licensed images of artworks to Wikimedia Commons. The Walters' collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th-century paintings. The images and their associated information will join our collection of more than 12 million freely usable media files, which serves as the repository for the 285 language editions of Wikipedia.
"The Walters has gone above and beyond throughout this collaboration with the GLAM-Wiki community, working alongside Wikipedians to serve as a model for our mass image upload process," said Lori Byrd Phillips, U.S. Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation. "The release of these images will not only improve articles in Wikipedia, but will also have the potential to be used freely throughout the web."
The 205-year-old Congressional Cemetery in Washington is now the world's largest outdoor encyclopedia of American history. Visitors may tour the grounds and by scanning a QR (for Quick Response) code with their smartphones call up an article from Wikipedia, for example, on the life of John Philip Sousa. Sixty QR codes on the grounds link to articles on people ranging from Congressman Henry Clay, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, David Herold, who was convicted and hung for his part in Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and Leonard Matlovich, America's first openly gay serviceman.
The Congressional Cemetery is a privately owned National Historic Landmark that has been closely tied to Congress over its history, but
is now supported mainly by individual donations. It is home to the distinctive Latrobe Cenotaphs, 165 stone memorials, erected for congressmen who died in office before 1876. It also served as one of the most fashionable cemeteries in Washington, housing burials of Washington mayors, socialites, entrepreneurs, visiting Native American diplomats, many cabinet members, a signer of the Declaration of
Independence and a Supreme Court Justice. Mary Ann Hall, who ran her brothel a few blocks from the Capitol, has one of the most lavish and beautiful monuments in the cemetery.
Rebecca Roberts, Program Director at Congressional Cemetery said “since its founding in 1807, Congressional Cemetery was always intended to be a place of recreation, learning, and imagination, not simply a burial ground for the dead. The QR codes project is the twenty-first century way to encourage a nineteenth century ideal of the cemetery as an appealing and interesting place to visit.”
A tour will be given during Wikimania, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2012.
This month has involved much preparation for Wikimania 2012, taking place this year in Washington D.C. Because Washington D.C. is such a strong cultural center and the seat of many important GLAM partnerships, the GLAM-Wiki community in the United States is eager to showcase the vibrant GLAM collaborations and promote further networking among GLAM professionals and Wikipedians from around the world.
In addition to the Google Open Reception at the Library of Congress, there will also be a Wikipedia Loves Libraries workshop on Wednesday afternoon and a GLAM Night Out (RSVP required) event at the Newseum on Thursday evening. The Wikipedia Loves Libraries workshop and meeting will include a behind the scenes look at Wikipedia for local librarians, as well as a meeting to build momentum for the successful Wikipedia Loves Libraries initiative. GLAM Night Out is a networking event and media panel hosted by Consumer Reports and the GLAM-Wiki US community.
There is a GLAM track for sessions during Wikimania. Please see the schedule and sign up for those that interest you.
GLAM-Wiki US Consortium
US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator Lori Phillips has begun to facilitate a discussion surrounding the establishment of a GLAM-Wiki US Consortium, which will be launched during Wikimania. This is the first step in a more formalized entity that will allow the US GLAM-Wiki community to be self-sufficient in current and future partnerships and projects. GLAM professionals will be highly involved as they work together with Wikipedians to establish an infrastructure that will be useful and relevant to all those who have interest in GLAM-Wiki partnerships, allowing "GLAMS to help GLAMs" in support of one another's ideas and partnerships. Please join in the discussion on the proposal's talk page or on the North American Cultural Partnerships mailing list.
By Max Klein
"VIAF integration into Wikipedia" was the cry I kept on hearing repetitively when I first joined OCLC as Wikipedian in Residence. It took a moment to realize though that I was hearing the sentiment so often because it was both Wikipedians and Librarians alike that were advocating for the integration.
Now the collaboration to edit 250,000 Wikipedia pages is growing closer. With data and permissions obtained from OCLC and VIAF, Wikipedia community approval is all that remains. After a warm reception at the Wikipedia Village Pump, the next step of the process commences – sitewide Request for Comment. It’s requested, so you may as well comment on this Authority control integration proposal.
Kansas City National Archives
The National Archives at Kansas City hosted not only its first Wikipedia event, but the first Wikipedia meetup of any kind in Kansas City, on Saturday, June 16. The event consisted of an exhibit tour, a presentation given over video conference from DC by Dominic, and time spent in the research room on scanning, transcription, researching/editing articles, or tagging. Attendees included both long-time Wikipedians and new faces (one of which may now be hooked). Archivist Elizabeth Burnes and Exhibit Specialist Dee Harris blogged about their experiences for NARA, writing: "The meetup was a great success! Project results include: 53 scanned images from the Missouri River Basin Commission, 190 transcribed vessel licenses, numerous keyword-tagged images within NARA’s Online Public Access system, and a transcribed admiralty court case." As a result, there may be future events at the National Archives at Kansas City.
National Archives digitisation grant; WWI edit-a-thon; brief news
National Archives contribute to Share Your Knowledge
In early 2012, The National Archives (UK) joined the Share your Knowledge project with almost 5,000 African images from the Africa through a lens collection, licensed under the OGL v1.0. A case study about this partnership, which follows a previous one with the English Wikipedia, can now be read on it.wikipedia (English version - Italian version). The article features the story of their enthusiastic adhesion to the SYK initiative, the history of the collection, a quick background on its digitization, a few samples of the valuable contents now available on Commons, some stats and a QR code, a technology which the Archives appreciate and use to connect to Wikipedia articles.
National Archives digitisation grant
WMUK has been working with The National Archives to bring a collection of 2,000 or so war art images into the public domain via a digitisation grant. The first group of 350 or so images is available in commons:Category:War_art_in_The_National_Archives_(United_Kingdom) and includes works from some 120 artists whose work may be freely available for the first time thanks to this project. The collection includes some of the most famous pieces of war art produced in the UK, including the famous Dig for Victory and Careless Talk Costs Lives campaigns. We think this is a great step forward as these images can, for example, be used to illustrate an important period in world history as well as the biographies of these artists. This story has received some good press coverage too, in publications such as these articles in The Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun. More.
"Great War" editathon at British Library
Working in collaboration with JISC, WMUK held a World War I-focused editathon at the British Library on 16th June. Seven academics and around 20 Wikimedians attended, discussing and expanding articles on aspects of the war which were badly covered on Wikipedia. This is the third editathon at the British Library, the first event of WMUK's World War I centenary program, and the first organised in partnership with JISC.
A bid by a team of four GLAM-Wikipedians, Robin Owain, Roger Bamkin, John Cummings, and Andy Mabbett, called 'Living Paths', was presented to judges of the GeoVation competition over the weekend of 22-24 June, and successfully qualified for the final round, which will be held in Cardiff on 18 July, where the winners will receive a share of the £125,000 prize. If successful, the team will deploy a MonmouthpediA-style project along the Wales Coast Path, liaising with GLAMs, training people and community groups adjacent to its route to edit Wikipedia and add material to commons, and erecting QRpedia codes on signage and at other locations.
News in brief
Wikimedia UK presence at Wikimania next month: Wikimedia UK will be represented by several GLAM collaborators will be at Wikimania2012 in Washington DC from 12-15 July. There will be a presentation on Monmouthpedia and a QRpedia workshop, plus a UK presence at other GLAM events. More next time.
GLAM-WIKI registration, call for papers opens: Registration for GLAM-WIKI opened this month. You can register here. Presentations can be submitted at this link.
British Museum "Shakespeare" Exhibition, September 13 - sign-up now!: We have been offered a tour of the BM exhibition Shakespeare: staging the world on September 13th at 9 a.m.. Followed by a meeting with a curator. Expressions of interest here please; the group size is limited. Note the morning time; we are getting into a "private view" session. This is the day before the GLAM-WIKI conference, and there has been talk of a further event in the afternoon, but nothing confirmed yet.
New case studies and featured contents from Italian GLAMs
Good news from it.wiki and Wikimedia Commons. Three case studies were written or improved this month. The first one is about The National Archives' special contribution to the Share Your Knowledge project, and you can find more about it in the UK report for this month, which links to both the Italian and English pages.
The second story is about the partnership with Nigrizia, an Italian foundation and magazine about the African continent founded by Missionarii Comboniani Cordis Iesu, a Catholic religious order. Marking the first time a journal donates both its offline and online texts to the Italian Wikipedia by relicensing them under the CC-BY-SA, this early pilot project also affected the Italian Wikisource and Wikiversity, where some articles and editorials are now published.
The last piece covers the cooperation with the African Movie Festival in Verona, which was made possible by the previous contacts with Nigrizia, and which enriched the Italian encyclopedia with over 130 pages about African directors, actors and movies. As the website also contains articles in English and French, there is much room for improvement of the coverage of African movie industry in these languages as well.
Last but not least, some updates from the Cariplo partnership, as June saw two images from their art collection reaching the Featured status on Commons; Molteni's painting got 10 support votes vs 1 oppose, while Canova's bas-relief made it with 7 support/1 oppose.
As showcasing the quality of liberated contents is a critical aspect for each partnership, the users involved in the SYK initiative are working hard to identify more good contents and get them promoted.
Long nights; New Wikimedians in Residence; Wikipedia Academy & Zedler Prize
While Wikimedians had long been participating in Long Nights of the Sciences as visitors and occasionally with their own program, this month saw several GLAM:Wiki partnerships during such events.
On June 2 in Berlin, Wikimedia stands were part of the official Long Night program in the Naturkundemuseum Berlin and the German Archaeological Institute. In the Naturkundemuseum, visitors could explore QR codes (due to a technical glitch, these were not QRpedia codes) that would lead them to the German Wikipedia entries for some 30 minerals on display in the Mineral Hall. At the Wikimedia stand, they could get a guided tour through Wikimedia activities as well as some information materials and swag. In parallel and also at the stand, the article about the animal sound collection, the Tierstimmenarchiv was drafted, and illustrated with a sound file from and some photos of the collection. Finally, the occasion brought about a number of photos that now serve to illustrate Wikipedia entries about minerals.
On June 29 in Leipzig, two introductory workshops on the inner workings of Wikipedia were held at Leipzig University's Bibliotheca Albertina Library. This way, about a dozen Long Night visitors made their first ever edits to Wikipedia, and some to Wikimedia Commons as well.
New Wikimedians in Residence
In June, Marcus Cyron started as Wikimedian in Residence at the German Archaeological Institute, and in July, another Wikimedian is to take office in the Berliner Stadtmuseum.
Wikipedia Academy Berlin 2012
From June 29 till July 1, Wikipedia Academy 2012 took place in Berlin. It brought together researchers and Wikimedians from 16 countries. It featured several workshops, including one on GLAM Tools, along with two keynotes - one by Benjamin Mako Hill on success and failure of peer production, one by Sarah Stierch on the gender gap - and several panels - one on the interaction between Wikipedians and Wikipedia researchers, one on Open research and how it affects science communication, and another one on free knowledge more generally. Besides these more classical formats and the paper sessions, the conference also had room for speed geeking, lightning talks, breakout sessions and posters. This unusual mix was rather experimental but received favourable feedback from participants.
The WikiAfrica project has continued its work by approaching museums and cultural institutions to upload their content under the CC-BY-SA license to Wikipedia as part of its Share Your Knowledge Africa programme. In June, it incorporated seven additional museums as GLAM Content Partners with others in the final stages of formalizing the partnership and signing the agreement. The following are Africa’s newest GLAMs:
The Phuthidikabo Museum is located in a small village of Mochudi, Botswana. As the Director Mr. Vincent Phemelo Rapoo clearly outlines in the partnership agreement with WikiAfrica.
“The project will greatly enhance the image of our museum and also provide a tool for information sharing for posterity and benchmarking. At Phuthadikobo Museum it is something that we have always wanted so as to share our culture and history to the rest of the world while at the same time promoting our country and indeed our district as we have an ambitious goal for Cultural Heritage Tourism”.
The museum was established in 1976 and is the first district museum in Botswana.
The Musa Heritage Gallery (shortly Mus’Art Gallery) was established in December 1996 in honor of the Cameroonian artists Daniel Kanjo Musa (1930–1995) and his eldest son John Yuniwo Musa (1956–1996).
It houses a collection of over 400 art objects that were mainly created between 1970 and 2000 and range from bamboo work to wood carvings, and from basketry to pottery.
The Director of Musart Gallery Mr. Peter Musa says “I feel so happy you were able to include me in this project…I hope we work together to make WikiAfrica a success story”.
'Matengatenga Postal Museum –Malawi'
The Postal Museum in Matengatenga, Malawi, is under the stewardship of its Director, Mr Aaron Maluwa. It is among the few postal museums on the continent and the participation of this museum as a WikiAfrica content partner gives the museum and the project an insight into the postal history in Africa. There are currently six postal museums in Africa: the Post Museum in Egypt; the German Postal Museum, Kenya; the National Postal Museum in Mauritius; the Morocco Postal Museum; and the South African Post Office Museum.
The Museum located in Yaoundé was founded by Her Majesty Queen Agnes Nana Fo Nab and has a wonderful collection of masks, traditional chiefs’ gowns, and other artifacts. The partnership with Wiki Africa will stimulate sharing of knowledge between the museums and play a big role in cultural tourism in Cameroon.
'Gambia National Museum-Gambia'
The Gambia National Museum is a cultural museum located in Banjul that has a rich display of artifacts. The museum’s goal is to collect and preserve artifacts that document the material culture of The Gambia. In accepting the partnership the Director of Cultural Heritage Mr. Baba Ceesay noted, “This is a good initiative and we welcome it. We will gladly participate”. Mr. Hasooum Ceesay, who oversees the museum, is actively involved in the partnership.
'Uganda National Museum- Uganda'
The Uganda National Museum, founded in 1908 in Kampala, has exhibits of traditional culture, archeology, history, science, and natural history. Under the leadership of its Director Mrs. Rose Mwanja, the museum plays a significant role in issues affecting the society and recently held an exhibition on Food Security.
'Zanzibar National Museum- Zanzibar-Tanzania '
The participation of the Zanzibar National Museum as a content partner for the project will significantly help in sharing the knowledge of this historical beautiful island, which is the birth place of the Kiswahili language spoken in East and Central Africa. The Director of the Museum Mr Khamis Abdalla Ali, in the partnership communications raised concern that what is publicized in the internet about their museum is by other people and not by them. The project will enable them to share their knowledge and tell their side of the story.
Wiki Africa is proud to be associated with these museums and welcomes them on board as we look forward to the finalization of the remaining agreements from the other museums in the continent.
Africa's past in images
A case study about The National Archives' special contribution to the Share Your Knowledge project is now available on the Italian Wikipedia. You can find more about this stunning collection of African pictures (from 1860s to 1980s) in the UK report for this month, which links to both the Italian and English pages.
Workshops in Queensland; Creative Commons activity
John Vandenberg and Siska Doviana (Chair of Wikimedia Indonesia) travelled to the northern Queensland towns of Hughenden and Charters Towers with State Library of Queensland's Michelle Swales and Anne Scheu in early June as part of Wikimedia Australia's partnership with the State Library of Queensland to provide Wikimedia training to regional Queensland. The training sessions were well received and a great success, with blog posts by one of the participants and the State Library of Queensland.
June was the first month that articles created during the Queensland workshops were on the front page, as Did you knows.
The article about 1907 Sydney bathing costume protests was created at the October 2011 SLQ workshop in Brisbane. It was expanded by Whiteghost.ink and appeared on the front page of English Wikipedia, resulting in 8378 pageviews in one day, making it the 13th most viewed DYK for June 2012. The hook was
Liam presented at a Creative Commons session in Melbourne on "CC & Culture" (slides available at http://creativecommons.org.au/ccmelb2012) and attended a public lecture hosted at UTS (Sydney) called "New Models for Copyright Law Reform" and run by the University of Melbourne.
The Wikimedia-endorsedAccess2Research petition to U.S. president Obama reached its goal of 25,000 signatures on June 3, closing at over 27,000 after four weeks on June 19.
On June 11, the Signpost ran a story detailing how freely licensed images had been misappropriated by SpringerImages. These included images from Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons as well as from Open-Access sources like PLoS journals. The company has since apologized and offered to collaborate with the Creative Commons and Wikimedia communities in order to avoid such problems in the future. Options for further collaboration are being discussed.
During the Berlin Hackathon, the records of the Cite-o-meter (which ranks publishers by number of Wikipedia pages citing their materials) have been updated for all CrossRef-registered DOI prefixes, a few bugs have been fixed and a decision was made to add a database layer.