Documenting art and craftsmanship from the Renaissance to today
Wikipedians and museum staff posing with historical and modern musical instruments.
From 22 to 25 June, about 30 Wikipedians from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland gathered in Hamburg to improve Wikipedia's coverage of musical instruments as part of German Wikipedia's "Wiki Loves Music" project. The project was hosted by the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, which published 100 professional photographs of historical musical instruments from its collection under CC0 through its "online collection". Image donations also came from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and from contemporary musical instrument makers such as Yamaha.
The editathon focused on the museums's collection of historical keyed instruments, while photographers created closeups of wind instrument mechanics and experimented with videos featuring professional and amateur musicians demonstrating key techniques. The programme also featured two concerts of classical music, tours of two museums, and a visit to Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie symphony hall. A documentation of the project outcomes can be found on German Wikipedia, the photos are currently being uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The next step will be to insert the photos into Wikipedia articles in various languages.