GLAM/Newsletter/May 2015/Contents/France report
GLAM, all over the place!
4th batch upload from the National Archives …and a difficult workshop
For the 4th time, Wikimedia France and the National Archives worked together in the selection and uploading on Wikimedia Commons of forty historical and (very) diverse reproductions: marriage contract of Charles I and Henrietta Maria of France , the holograph will of Napoleon III, a handwritten letter of Marcel Pagnol, or a law on freedom of the press; thanks to the great help of Jean-Frédéric.
In parallel, a workshop took place at the Archives facilitated by Kikuyu3, Céréales Killer, Chaoborus, Incognito668 and Jules78120, but didn’t provide satisfactory results, due to connectivity issues and...a lack of participants. Well, that happens too! We plan to meet our partner-contact soon for a debriefing session.
Thinking on a grand scale at Sèvres
Months go by, yet each one is different in Sèvres, at the City of Ceramics. Wikimédia France’s volunteers Lionel & Coyau continue to photograph the expertise of the bicentenary factory workers. May viewed the casting of the largest Charpin vase, a 1.40 m high monumental vase , and also some plates decorated by the students of the factory.
A "Wikipedia galaxy" in Lorraine
As part of the cultural and scientific event "Science & You" organized in Lorraine, a conference entitled "The Wikipedia Galaxy" was unusually held in ...the Planetarium of Epinal! Jacqueline, information & communication sciences researcher and member of Wikimédia France gave the keys to understanding the encyclopedia and contribute to it. This was followed by 3 outreach workshops which took place in media centers and libraries of the region. For the record, in the small village of Attignéville, which has 225 inhabitants, they were 12 gathered to edit Wikipedia!
Building up new GLAM relationships in Isère
On May 12th, 4 representatives of Wikimédia France (Guillaume & Letizia members of the Grenoble local group, Florian board member and Anne-Laure, staff member) introduced Wikimedia and GLAM activities to the Culture and Heritage department of the regional council of Isère. For 2 hours, more than 30 representatives of Grenoble-Isère cultural institutions were able to ask all their questions and the first ideas emerged: highlighting the rich legacy of Vizille museum on the French Revolution, improvement of articles on specific items (equestrian statue of Napoleon, French Revolution, etc.), etc. A great next step after the beautiful edit-a-thon at the Casamaures last April!
There were not only Techies during the Hackathon!
When Wikimedia France started to organize the European Wikimedia Hackathon in Lyon, we never imagined that we would return to the scene so quickly. Indeed, Valpré, the congress and seminar center where the Hackathon was hosted, houses an impressive library of 80,000 books and numerous periodicals. Members of the Lyon local group must be prepared, the bookscanner will run at full speed for a large Wikisource workshop to come!