Flag outside the Digikult conference.
The end of March saw the second instalment of Digikult, a conference dedicated to "digital cultural heritage - in practice". It was organised by Wikimedia Sverige and a number of cultural heritage institutions in Sweden, including the National Archives and the City Museum of Gothenburg. The number of attendees were around 120 (the tickets sold out early). The topics in the talks were among many others copyright, mass digitisation, how to digitise music and television, Wiki Loves Monuments and other Wikimedia GLAM cooperations, Europeana, open access, a national guideline for digitisation and authority data. All talks were filmed, and they will be uploaded under a free licence to YouTube soon. For more information, see http://digikult.se.
Last year's Digikult was very popular, and this year's conference was well received. Several of the top GLAM institutions in Sweden attended. Wikimedia Sverige board member, Kristina Berg, was the moderator for the conference.
Workshop at Meet Wikipedia
Starting March 11 and until April 16 Wikimedia Sweden are running an open office at The National Centre for Architecture and Design. We have a room next to the café and library and during the opening hours of the museum staff from WMSE are there to help with editing, questions about Wikipedia or free licenses, uploading images or the trustworthiness of the Wikimedia projects. Both staff from the museum, other GLAMs and visitors to the museum has visited us so far to ask for help or talk for a while. From the visitors, the questions range from the usual "Where does the money come from?" and "Can you really trust a site that anyone can edit?" to specific issues related to edits they did a while back where someone reverted their edits or they argued that the name of the article should be in capitals but the community didn't agree. From the GLAM staff that has visited us there has been questions regarding templates on both Wikipedia and Commons, how to create a new property on Wikidata, how to change user name and what sources to use in articles. So far we have talked to and helped more then 140 visitors. While being there we have also hosted a notability workshop, an Umepedia edit-a-thon, a translation sprint and coming up is an evening about source criticism with teachers attending.
Wikimedia Sweden AGM
Anna Ekström paying the membership fee right before the budget is approved.
The AGM of Wikimedia Sweden were held at The National Centre for Architecture and Design March 15. Anna Ekström (who is Director General at the National Agency for Education) was chair at the meeting, and also became a member while conducting the meeting. Kristina Berg was re-elected to the board, and is the GLAM-contact there. She is also working as a database coordinator at The National Centre for Architecture and Design.
Stories from Wikipedians
As part of the project to meet Wikipedia we invited members from the community to share their stories. All stories were filmed and are available on Commons.
To celebrate the International Women's Day the Nobel Museum hosted an edit-a-thon where we focused on the articles of women Nobel laureates. During the event 22 of the 44 articles were expanded with a total of 23 940 bytes, images and infoboxes were added, and as an extra bonus Tawakkol Karman (who gave a speech at the museum) made short films where she presents herself in both Arabic and English.
#Arkividag in Oslo
At #Arkividag, Nordisk Arkivformedlingskonferense in Oslo March 18 Axel Pettersson gave a presentation about using Wikipedia (and Commons) as a public archive. He was also part of a panel with Tom Klev, Norsk kulturråd, and Kjerstin Kragseth, Bergen byarkiv, moderated by Charlotte S.H. Jensen, Nationalmuseet (Denmark) who talked on the topic Wikipedia and Archives about what the possibilities and advantages are, and also about some technical and other issues that needs to be worked on.
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