Enriching zoology content on Commons and Wikipedia
Wikimedia France signed a new partnership with the Pierre and Marie Curie University. The university houses some historical scientific collections : zoology, paleontology, minerals, Musée Dupuytren, etc. As a first step in this partnership, volunteers started to photograph the collection of zoology and a student from the university will describe the pictures. A lot of mounted skeletons and taxidermied animals on Commons in the upcoming months! This new partnership features a pedagogical aspect as one of the students of the university will be writing a story about the collection, to put an emphasis on how one can highlight an almost forgotten collection by bringing it to the digital world.
Similar projects have already been done with the University of Rennes 1 and the Natural History Museum of the city of Toulouse.
For the second year in a row, Wikimédia France, together with the Galeries Lafayette foundation and the French National archives organized the biggest edit-a-thon ever led in France. More than 600 people came during these 48 hours of editing, listening to conferences and discussions around gender issues and contemporary art. Art+Feminism USA even stated that this Parisian edition gathered more people than the one in the MoMa : we're proud ! This was made possible by an extensive involvement of our local volunteers, and other Wikipedians, led by Kvardek du who trained many newbies, and also coordinated a series of workshops ahead of the edit-a-thon. Kudos to them !
The other great feature of this event was the tripartite coordination with the involvement of the National Archives which reconducted their partnership with Wikimédia France last December, and which hosted the event in their sumptuous buildings.
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