Image donation by the Museum Catharijneconvent
Red chasuble with resurrection and birth of Christ, various saints
Museum Catharijneconvent (MCC), museum of religious art in Utrecht, has donated 573 high-res images of textiles from their collection. The collection can be viewed here.
Test-case for new batch upload tool Pattypan
The present image donation has also served as an important test-case for the new batch-upload tool Pattypan. This tool was built to allow batch-uploads of offline images with metadata supplied through a spreadsheet and was specifically designed to be simpler in use than the GWT. The MCC image donation with its very long object descriptions suggested an extension of the upload tool to allow them too, which the developer was able to implement promptly. As a result of this upload, it is expected that Pattypan will also play an important role in future uploads by Dutch GLAMs and WiRs.
"Wikipedia-plugin" for Adlib
During talks with the MCC, it was suggested that it might be useful for museums that work with the popular CMS Adlib to have a plugin that allows immediate export of metadata to a format that is supported by Wikimedia platforms, or even to immediately upload media files to Commons or other platforms. WMNL has contacted Adlib's publisher Axiell and they have shown interest in investigating that possibility. A talk will be scheduled in July.
1300 Dutch underground newspapers from WW2
Front page of the Dutch illegal WW2 newspaper Je Maintiendrai
The Dutch Wikipedia-community has been invited to participate in a project to describe all 1300 Dutch illegal newspapers from WW2 (May 1940 - May 1945). This project aims to systematically create uniform articles about these publications.
Over the last year the national library and User:GerardKuys converted a book on Dutch underground press into a database and generated 1300 stubs from it. These stubs can now be expanded into full articles.
Furthermore, the project aims to create articles about persons, families, publishers and printers that were related to these underground newspapers.
An extensive manual (in Dutch) is available for participants
See this presentation for further background info.
Collaboration with public libraries
This year Wikimedia Netherlands and the Dutch national library are running a project to strengthen the collaboration with public libraries. It aims to challenge visitors of public libraries to contribute to Wikipedia and Commons.
Last month the first activities took place in 4 cities (Amsterdam, Arnhem, Rijen and Amersfoort) and were themed around photohunts; inhabitants were invited to document their own neighborhoods and upload their photos to Commons. Because of the enthusiasm of the public libraries and the Wiki-volunteers these events were very well visited and resulted in 547 new uploads
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