GLAM Activities in Mexico
Laura Perez's intermediate English class learning to upload photos onto Commons
With the success of the Day of the Dead photo contest last fall (see blog report), the campus library has decided to sponsor a similar contest this semester, this time to document the observances related to Holy Week in Mexico. The week before Easter is an important religious as well as vacation period in Mexico, and the goal here is to capture images from more areas of the country since students usually travel during that period. As last time, there will be three winners: the author of the best photograph, of the most original photograph and for the most photographs uploaded. Some changes for this time include a minimum number of pixels in width as well a restriction against blurry images (especially for the second and third categories). This is based off of our experience from the prior contest. The photos are in process of being uploaded with a deadline of April 22 at Category:Concurso_de_Fotos_Semana_Santa
First edit-a-thon of Puebla City
- This is a excerpt of "Expanding the Wikimedia mission in Mexico: the Puebla case", post on the Wikimedia blog.
Since the middle of 2012, José Flores has wanted the Wikimedia movement to become active in Puebla, one of the most important cities in Mexico for its cultural and educational development, as well as its singular historical richness. Flores spent several months of planning and exchanging information with Wikimedia Mexico (WM-MX), and they worked to get sponsors and support from several local communities like Hackers & Founders Puebla and Puebla Capital del Diseño. Due to this effort, they were able to host the first Puebla City Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, which occurred on March 24, 2013.
The editathon was held in the HUB Emprendedor, a recently created co-working space for entrepreneurs. On the day of the event, 25 people arrived with laptops in hand, ready to contribute to the Spanish Wikipedia. After an introductory talk by Carmen Alcázar on the philosophy behind the movement and a workshop by Ivan Martínez on wiki syntax, the edit-a-thon began. The proposed themes for editing were the significant dates and places of the city of Puebla. In the end, although there weren’t a large number of new articles created, all participants pressed the “Edit” button and took their first steps in Spanish Wikipedia.
Wikipedia workshop at Universidad Veracruzana
Wikipedia Workshop at the University of Veracruz, Mexico.
Foto: Alberto Ramírez Martinell
On March 3, we have two Wikipedia workshops in the Unidad de Servicios Bibliotecarios y de Información (Unit of Library and Information Services) of the Universidad Veracruzana at Xalapa, Veracruz. The workshops were offered to Literature and Postgraduate students, respectively. Were resolved many doubts and questions about Wikipedia.
First Wikivoyage edit-a-thon
On March 23, we perform the first edit-a-thon of Spanish Wikivoyage at the Centro Cultural de España en México, part of the program of Iberoamerican Wikisprint, a simultaneous event in several cities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Spain and Mexico, organized by P2P Foundation and open knowledge groups and communities.
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