Two staff members and one volunteer from Wikimedia Sverige participated at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week. During the conference we shared a table with staff and volunteers from a number of other Wikimedia affiliates and informed the conference participants about the Wikimedia movement. This was a very interesting crowd to reach as a number of high level decision makers from around the world took part. See also the report in the Education Newsletter.
We also had dedicated meetings with a number of UNESCO staff members. We met with the UNESCO archive where we discussed a formalized long term partnership around increasing access to their digitized material. We also met with the Swedish UNESCO delegation to discuss how we could engage other national UNESCO delegations in FindingGLAMs and convince them to share national datasets of their GLAM institutions. To that end we will organize a meeting at UNESCO HQ in May 2019. There was also a very interesting meeting about minority languages with the person responsible for the International Year of Indigenous Language. With the work around the Wikispeech tools and more we see a lot of possibilities for working together. WMSE intend to become a formal partner of the year and to take part in a number of activities together.
Working life museums
Continuing the work with working life museums two courses (so far, and one more in April), with focus on recording sounds and uploading them to Wikimedia Commons have been held. The participants have both learned how to use sound recorders and also how to cut and edit recordings before uploading them to Commons, as well as how to edit articles to make use of the recordings. Sounds, films and photos from soundsofchanges.eu will also be uploaded through cooperation in this project.
The Swedish Performing Arts Agency shares historic music
Wikimedia Sverige is continuing its cooperation with the Swedish Performing Arts Agency. This time, our focus is on audio files, as we have uploaded over a hundred files made available by the Agency's archive. The files are a selection that spans over several decades, showing a sample of Sweden's rich cultural history and reminding us that before television and the internet took over our lives, people had fun by creating and listening to music!
An especially interesting part of this upload is the joik collection. Joiks are a traditional form of song of the Sámi people (who were here before us), and these particular recordings were made around 1913 using a phonograph. And today we can all be culturally enriched by these beautiful voices that are over a hundred years old.
Upload of glass plates photographs digitalized by the Swedish Performing Arts Agency