Hosted by the Uganda Society Library, Friday 21 - Saturday 22 were 2 days of learning from museum curators and archaeologists as they honoured an invitation from the Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda to jointly celebrate International Museum Day 2021.
Under the theme “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine” a discussion revealed alot of truths and gaps in practice in relation to how museums and archives in Uganda were responding to the situation presented by COVID-19 and relating to the Open Knowledge Movement. Curators revealed that most museums and archives were not making use of images themselves and neither was the public accessing them. Of interest to note that Uganda has only 4 regional museums supported by the government while the rest are private which explains their relation to the Open Knowledge Movement.
With at least 11 editors,activities included editing on Wikipedia for new and existing editors in addition to dealing with images on Wikimedia and the Creative Commons Licences. The use of QRPedia to enhance the visibility of their respective collections was also dealt with. With contributions to Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons, we were able to get 20 articles and 18 uploads respectively.
Below are some images generously contributed by participants :
Church of Uganda Archives, Uganda
The Karamoja Regional Museum, Moroto, Uganda
Kabale Regional Museum, Kabale, Uganda
A bust of Hamu Mukasa displayed at the Uganda Museum
A traditional Kikiga stool, Kabale Regional Museum