In the first quarter of 2022, we started a non-conventional (Open) GLAM work with a focus on knowledge, data, and archive material of Clubture.org and its network of members (mostly independent cultural and art organizations, with some initiatives like our progressive wikimedians HrW_initiative). As announced in 2021 we prepared the partnership and now started project work as a group of four (1 Cluture staff member, 2 learners, and me as WiR) meeting each week for planning, processing, and learning together. We were given support by the Wikimedia Foundation, as m:Grants:Project/Rapid/Clubture.org/20 years of participatory and open culture.
In the next months, we hope to have some of the key independent cultural and art organizations, infrastructure, events, phenomena and publications for the first time surface (or get updated) in Wikimedia, as well as to have their data become indexed and searchable for future research and comparative study of the network and its effects in the Croatian culture and society.
First Wikipedia articles on non-institutional culture and civic-public partnership policies are filling the big gap in the understanding and visibility of this part of the cultural field and its democratization. Though some of this work on Wikipedia in the Croatian language was met with (usual) semi-automatic notability accusations, it also sparked new discussions on criteria for the local (underrepresented and suppressed) civil sector and ... prompted multiple new users to voice their opinion for the first time in discussions!
We presented the project for the first time at the annual assembly of Clubture, to over 50 representatives of indie cultural and art organizations across Croatia, promising not to make Wikipedia pages for each and every, but offering support and establishing categories and galleries with examples, adding Wikidata entries as basis for the future publishing.
As we started looking for good examples internationally we also noticed that the situation is not much better in Europe (any experts on Cultural or NGO networks?). We hope to research, develop and deploy, but also bring these practices, findings and learnings to the Clubture Forum event in the city of Pula for its 20th birthday (presented and demonstrated with graphs and interactive applets for rich insights). Hopefully than also internationally via platforms like CreativeCommons OpenGLAM.