Preparing and Planning
Wikimedia Finland got involved late in planning the photography competition but we decided to participate anyway. The reasoning was that if we organize it once, it'll be easier in the future. Most of the preliminary work was about gleaning the names and locations of public artworks and determining if they're okay to be photographed. We're also getting some non-Wikipedian experts to evaluate the participating photos. The campaign website will be a good opportunity to talk about the concept of public domain.
I got to see an open data hacking event in progress. It was hosted by Arcada University of Applied Life and our GLAM friend Jessica Parland from Bragens Pressarkiv was there for briefing and tutoring. The event was a competitive one, and outcomes were judged by a panel. Due to the content of Pondus, the event dealt with handling the flow of information in Swedish-language communication in Finland. Most of our Chapter volunteers are native Finnish speakers so getting to see Finland Swedish coders in action was fun.
GLAM Partner News
I've gotten lots of phone calls and emails after the Theme Days at Ateneum. I gave a speech on the nature of open knowledge and an introduction of the work we do, and apparently GLAM professionals like it. A few would like to organize events relating to open knowledge, perhaps following the success of the event at Kiasma. I'll write more about them when the date and location are set. Most of the upcoming events seem to be related the study of history, a field in which there are many active Finnish Wikipedians.
Wikipedia in Kiasma
Now that the museum of contemporary art have a nice list of articles about their artists, they're planning to integrate Wikipedia links into their next exhibition with QR codes. The article list for the exhibit still has a few redlinks but is looking pretty good so far.
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