The Nordic Museum in Stockholm and Wikimedia Sverige are embarking on a new, large project, which is called 100 000 Bildminnen ― or 100 000 photo memories. The museum has a huge collection of photographs by prominent Swedish photographers which are now being digitized and published for the first time. Part of this collection will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
What's special about this project is that it's not just about uploading the photos. The photographs have been stowed away in the archives for a long time, and the information the museum has about them is sparse: the year, the photographer's name, maybe a couple words about where they were taken. The aim of the project is to invite the Wikimedia community to improve their descriptions and categories. Afterwards, the improved information will be imported back into the museum's system -- data roundtripping. That way, the Wikimedia community will get a lot of interesting historical photos, and the museum will benefit from our crowdsourcing work.
A small number of photos have already been uploaded, and the large scale digitization and upload process will start in the fall. This will coincide with the release of a new version of OpenRefine with Wikimedia Commons support, so we'll be able to test this new functionality of our favorite data-cleaning software with plenty of files!
We've also done some "maintenance work" identifying archival records from our holdings that have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by volunteers and added links back to source from them. In some cases we have also updated files with newer more high resolution versions that we have made available since the file was first uploaded. During this work we noticed that very many of them were uploaded to Commons and then worked into Wikipedia by one "super-Wikimedian", User:Dagjoh, who we would really like to take this opportunity to thank!
Drawing of construction work on the redoubt Kronan in Gothenburg
Final page of the Swedish King's instruction to the first Swedish commandant of Saint Barthélemy, Salomon von Rajalin
Drawing of the galley Seraphimsorden
Drawing of suggested stern decoration of the ship of the line Kronan