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Cooperation with Central Bank of Armenia
The Central Bank of Armenia has launched in May a campaign, called "My financial month," designed specially to help citizens raise their awareness of how to manage their personal finances. The part of this campaign was a cooperation with Wikimedia Armenia.
Eight participants from different towns of Armenia created and improved 10 articles dedicated to financial issues in Armenian Wikipedia. All participants at first took part in the workshop in the Wikimedia Armenia office. They learned editing skills on Wikipedia. They learned how created articles from scratch, how will find and use no "copy-paste" and public open-source materials for their articles․ All articles after creation in sandboxes of user pages were checked and edited by Wikimedia Armenia employees.
As a result, together Wikimedia Armenia with the Central Bank, an agreement was reached on the continuation of the project: to create and improve financial articles from the list of 1000 most important articles․
- Workshop with WMAM and RA Central Bank collaborative participants
Australian libraries earning their #1Lib1Ref stripes
Local and Family History Coordinator at Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Liz Pidgeon signed up 45 library staff, including the CEO, to the May edition of the #1Lib1Ref campaign in May. After a train-the-trainer session at Mill Park Library on 3 May, staff went on to support their colleagues in adding citations to Wikipedia articles related to the library's region of northeast Melbourne.
Congratulations to Yarra Plenty Regional Library for achieving so much in their first year of #1Lib1Ref.
State Library Queensland continued their involvement and ran another great campaign in May 2019.
National Trust public art project
The state of Victoria has a wealth of public art assets on permanent public display. While those in the city of Melbourne are well-documented, there are many significant works throughout regional Victoria that only known locally. There is no centralised location for gathering information on these works, the artists or and their locations. As part of the Australian Heritage Festival, National Trust (Victoria) convened an evening workshop with Alex Lum and Pru Mitchell to raise awareness of the project and work on plans to add public art works to Wikidata.
South Australian History Festival
On Saturday 18 May, 2019 International Museum Day, twenty South Australians reported for edit-a-thon duty at the Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide. They spent the morning learning about Wikipedia, and adding and improving information in Wikipedia on South Australian museums. Museums to benefit included transport museums, religious museums, community archives and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. This event was part of the month-long South Australian History Festival, well-organised by Catherine Manning, and History Trust South Australia. Thanks also to local Wikimedians Alex, Adam, Ruth and Clive for their support of the edit-a-thon.
Eliseu Visconti: self-portrait.
Eliseu Visconti (1866-1944) was an Italian-Brazilian Impressionist painter and designer. Having studied at the School of Arts and Craft and Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, he complemented his artistic training at École Guérin and Julian Académie both in Paris. Among his main works is the decoration of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro.
The opportunity for the development of a GLAM-Wiki initiative was identified by the availability in the public domain of the artist's vast work and by the existence of a thematic website on the subject, which houses a complete catalogue raisonné of all Visconti's known work .
The partnership between the director of the website and the Wiki Movimento Brasil was established in March 2019, with the aim of making available images, improving existing articles and developing new entries on the subject.
So far, the complete collection of the artist was uploaded to Wikidata and Commons, with almost 2,000 items. A specific portal to get involved with the project was created, in which tasks are coordinated to improve content on Wikipedia pertaining to Visconti . Uploads generated 427,667 page views during the month of March 2019, and 1,257 pages on 16 wikis projects use those files .
It is estimated that the entries on Eliseu Visconti and his works are seen at least 1 million times a month until the end of the project, scheduled for the end of 2019
An edit-a-thon on the painter is being planned for the second semester of 2019.
Agreement with Library and Archives Canada
On May 13th, Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada (left), and Benoit Rochon, president of Wikimedia Canada (right), signed an over-arching memorandum of understanding that will allow both institutions to partner together to organize future projects and activities.
Wikimedia Canada is proud to announce that, on May 13th, it has signed an over-arching agreement with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to work together in making the country's documentary heritage more accessible to Canadians and people around the world. LAC is a federal government institution that preserves and makes accessible the documentary heritage of Canada, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
This agreement sets the framework for future projects and the organization of events such as edit-a-thons and scan-a-thons. As well, both institutions have agreed to share their expertise and collaborate on research. Specific projects under this agreement will be announced in the coming months.
GLAM Wiki Summit
On May 23rd, a GLAM Wiki Summit was hosted at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Toronto GLAM-Wiki Summit. See also GLAM Summit 2019.
Wikimedia Colombia GLAM in the Free Software Festival
The FLISOL, a festival aimed to help new users to install free software had a #1Bib1Ref workshop from our GLAM team in Bogotá on April 27Th. Here we discuss about the role of Wikipedia in Spanish in education and how GLAM institutions can support the Colombian community.
Saami languages Wikidata and SDoC workshop
After an exhausting push to add all of the Saami languages to monolingual properties and the termbox in Wikidata as well as for depict statements in Structured Data for Commons, Wikimedia Finland arranged the first Saami language depictathon. Unfortunately, only two of the Saami languages could be used across all projects, one of which is not spoken in Finland.
The original caption of this photo used the dated word 'Laplander', which was amended to Saami. In addition, small inaccuracies were fixed such as sledge dog
, which became reindeer herding dog
As the participants were primarily linguists, language enthusiasts and GLAM representatives rather than representatives of the Saami communities, we focused more on linguistic questions. We picked random images and transferred the descriptions originating from the GLAM who released it into more correct language and terminology. The workshop took us through determining dog breeds for reindeer herding, learning to add translations to Wikidata, creating lexemes, adding dictionary sources and trying out the brand new UPA transcription property for Uralic languages.
Pia Virtanen from the Finnish Broadcasting Company presented how media tagging could become possible for under-resourced languages with the help of Wikidata and Jarmo Saarikko from the National Library of Finland facilitated an overview of useful language resources.
We feel this work is very important and will continue to work with GLAMs and the Saami communities to make Wikimedia projects more useful for them from their point of view and to bring the benefits of the multilingual knowledge ecosystem to these underserved languages. You can join the project, too!
- The Saami languages Wikidata and SDoC workshop in Helsinki, Finland
As prework for the workshop Yupik and Zache participated along with Tuukka in Wikimedia Hackathon 2019 in Prague. One of the main targets was to learn what the actual process was when languages are added and what are the current bottlenecks. Yupik also wanted to contribute to simplifying the process. Zache learned how to start developing with the SDoC development environment and Tuukka contributed to Wikidocumentaries language support. A great big thanks goes to Lucas Werkmeister for fixing the timestamps in Northern Saami and to Siebrand for walking us through the whole language addition in person and in the Phabricator ticket T223524.
- Wikimedia Hackathon 2019 in Prague
Last May, Wikimedia Indonesia uploaded more series of Majalah Kajawen, an old Javanese magazine, to Wikimedia Commons. This year, we managed to digitize the magazine from the issue 1932 to 1934, in the total of 110 series. The magazine were from Yayasan Sastra Lestari, an institution in Surakarta, Central Java, which is working in digitizing old manuscripts and transliterating to Latin script.
The complete digitized magazines can be seen at Wikimedia Commons.
Kajawen, issued on Jan. 4, 1933
Kajawen, issued on Jan. 7, 1933
Rolli Days edit-a-thon in Genoa
On May 4th the it.wiki community organized an edit-a-thon for Rolli Days, an opening of the most beautiful Renaissance and Baroque style Genoese palaces belonging to the UNESCO heritage.
Ten Wikipedians from different parts of Italy were hosted by the local council and the University of Genoa in one of such palaces, Palazzo Balbi-Senarega, surrounded by the magnificent fresco of "Pace, Joy and and Abundance" by Valerio Castello; since the palace also hosts the library of humanistic subjects of the University, they could take advantage of several book sources to create or expand articles regarding the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli. At the end of the day, 3 articles have been expanded and 14 have been created, dealing about churches, palaces, streets, squares and biographies.
There is still a lot of work to do, and all the participants look forward to repeat the experience. In particular, a collaboration with the students of language studies of the local university could spread these articles also on other linguistic versions of Wikipedia (guess where their department is located? Exactly, a "Palazzo dei Rolli"!); in addition, an itinerary on Wikivoyage could be very useful. The only limits are imagination and will.
Burning imagination edit-a-thon in Milan
On 10th of May history and philosophy universities within Università degli Studi di Milano, together with Wikimedia Italia, AIB, AIPH and the municipality of Milan organized a memorial day to remember the Nazi book burning of 10th may 1933, conducted by the German Student Union. The edit-a-thon was followed by three lectures by Carlo Sini, Laura Boella and Giorgio Montecchi and public reading of a selection of the burnt books.
Visit and edit-a-thon in Lonate Pozzolo
Via Gaggio, a fascinating open air ethnographical museum in Lonate Pozzolo
On the 11th of May members of InFormAzioni association and of Insubria local group took part in the first event of the project Sui passi di Carlo Amoretti which aim is to retrace the tour described by this ancient writer and scientist in a new modern "wiki-way" organizing content creation events.
The first event was in Lonate Pozzolo, we had the opportunity to visit Via Gaggio, a road but also an open air etnographical museum and the Monastero di San Michele, in the afternoon we had a couple of hours to start writing articles about monuments and history.
There is still a lot to do so we already planned a second event there thanks to the collaboration with the municipality and the local Ecomuseo.
Since last year the GLAM Program have slightly been changed into a Partnership program with a broader scope of partnerships with interest groups and organizations possessing materials and staff which will be provided as a content on Wikipedia. WikiScout is a project on Wikipedia in Macedonian "Shared Knowledge" in cooperation with the Scout Squadron (IPO) "Galeb", which aims to help and improve existing and create new articles about scouting in Macedonian language edited by scouts and active users and editors involved in the project. At the same time, the project's goal is to introduce the scouts into the use and editing of Wikipedia and its accompanying projects such as the Wikimedia Commons for uploading and attaching images and videos and Wikidata, which, in addition to creating articles and scout-related content, the use of Wikipedia by editing content, adding pictures would help them and would continue to be used in their regular scouting activities and duties. On 16th of May the project has started with the firs training workshop at the Scout's Union of Macedonia where around 15 scouts have been introduced to the basics of Wikipedia through a presentation and then they have proceed to creating several articles through the translation tool and visual and coded editor as well as they have uploaded several images. The second part of the project will continue in mid-June where the participants will attend two-day camp with tents on an open air in Macedonia where they will gather information, pictures which will be added as content on Wikipedia.
30 years on: Free elections, free market
Wikipedian in Residence at Serbian National Theatre
New residence of Wikipedian in cultural institutions is implemented at one of the most important theatres in the country Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad. Jelena Latov Papić started her residence on May 16th, but the end date is still unknown.
For one month she has goals to reach 250 released and uploaded images on Wikimedia Commons, write 10 articles on Serbian Wikipedia, digitize one book and to realize one workshop of editing Wikipedia for the employees in the theatre.
On May 16 and 17 took place in Barcelona FESABID19, the 16th Spanish Conference of Information and Documentation. During them, in collaboration with Amical Wikimedia, a session was given under the title "Objectives of Sustainable Development and Libraries - open knowledge and Wikimedia projects". The session included several presentations and a workshop with Alicia Sellés, from FESABID, Carme Fenoll, from UPC, Amparo Pons, from the Museu Valencià d'Etnologia, Jesús Tramullas, from Wikimedia España, and Toni Hermoso and Vicenç Allué from Amical Wikimedia.
Archaeological museums Editathon
In 2017, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid published a special edition of its bulletin, which included a review of the history of each museum and archaeological collection in Spain. For that reason, we talked to the museum about the organization of an editathon focused on the archaeological museums, many of which have not yet had an article in Wikipedia. The date chosen was the International Museum Day, on May 18. We created a Wikipedia page with information about the event and the list of articles, as well as statistics on the results achieved. Eight people participated and 26 articles were edited, most of them new.
Audio recordings of runic inscriptions
The Swedish National Heritage Board has undertaken a pilot project to produce audio recordings of runic inscriptions being read aloud in both their original languages and in modern translation. These recordings have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons with a CC BY license. The modern language recordings were intended to make the inscriptions more accessible, while the recordings in the original languages with reconstructed pronunciation were intended to give interested non-specialists a feel for how the languages of the inscriptions might have sounded to those who carved and read them.
27 inscriptions were chosen based initially on the 100 most popular articles on runic inscriptions on English and Swedish Wikipedias, although this list was then revised to exclude inscriptions which would pose recording issues and to add other inscriptions deemed interesting but as yet without their own article. Runologist Dr Maja Bäckvall consulted on the choice of inscriptions and read them aloud for the recordings in all languages. 81 recordings were produced in total, in seven languages: Proto-norse, Old West Norse, Old East Norse (Runic Swedish and Runic Danish), Modern Swedish, Modern Danish, and Modern English. In the majority of cases where articles exist for the inscriptions on English, Swedish, and Danish Wikipedias, at least one of the recordings has been linked in the article (usually that of the original language), and where categories existed for the inscriptions on Commons they have been appropriately tagged.
More information on the project in Swedish may be found here.
Oxford and Bristol
My (Martin Poulter's) contract as Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford comes to an end at the end of July, so recent meetings have been about looking into future directions for the residency. Hopefully I will be able to make an announcement about this soon. The proof-of-concept applications will continue to be hosted for at least a year, and I will spend some of the remaining time of this contract in packaging up their code and HTML into something that can be preserved long-term.
- 11 May: Half-hour presentation on the Wikidata Query Service at the PastNet Hackathon hosted by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities: an audience of 20 researchers and postgraduate students. Very few had heard of Wikidata before and they weren't prepared for how impressive Wikidata is - both in terms of the extent of its data and the ease of use. What really impressed them was how helpful the query service is: the ctrl-space auto-suggestion, the multiple download formats, the visualisation options, the examples. It really stood out from other sites humanities researchers use that are supposed to make data accessible. My impression was that Wikidata became the most talked about single topic at the event. My favourite bit of feedback was "You've ruined my productivity for the next month because this is so addictive". This researcher had made a map of birthplaces of notable people with his given name, then one for his wife's given name, and kept thinking of things to make maps of.
- 20 May: Two hour training workshop on the Wikidata Query Service, a public event as part of Data Week at the University of Bristol: 5 trainees
- 24 May: Presentation and workshop for the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, hosted at Maynooth University, Ireland. Eight trainees, including tutors and researchers from universities in the Republic and Northern Ireland, learned about educational assignments on Wikipedia. We looked at article assessments, Wikiprojects, PetScan and the events dashboard.
Disability Arts event
An editathon on the topic of the Disability Arts Movement was held at the University of Leicester on 29 May, by Attenborough Arts Centre in conjunction with the National Disability Art Collection & Archive and Wikimedia UK. Andy Mabbett gave an overview of Wikimedia projects and trained ten new volunteers (eight students and two staff) to edit Wikipedia. See pictures on Twitter.
Asian Pacific American History Month Edit-a-thon
The National Archives and Records Administration and Wikimedia DC held a meetup, Asian Pacific American History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Asian American Literature
Kundiman and Wikimedia NYC held a meetup, Asian American Literature 2019,  with press coverage "Wikipedia edit-a-thon wants to fill in the gaps in Asian American literature".
Science History Institute
Science History Institute and Wikimedia Philadelphia held a meetup with sculptor and lecturer Rebecca Kamen: "Interpreting the Periodic Table through Art".
Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses and Black Lunch Table held a meetup, Black Lunch Table/PRH 2019
Red Bull Arts Detroit
Red Bull Arts Detroit and Black Lunch Table held a meetup, Black Lunch Table/Redbulldetroit 2019
Palomar Observatory tour
Cal Tech and San Diego Wikimedians User Group held a meetup, San Diego/May 2019
University of California, Irvine and Women in Red held a meetup, Irvine Gender equity 2019
The Women in Red co-founders finally met face to face, and did some editing.
References from UCI's library were incorporated into articles.
Draft:Clarice E. Phelps
A biography of a notable scientist was deleted, Clarice E. Phelps, and moved to draft space. An admin who undeleted the article was investigated by Arbcom, and desysopped Proposed decision
The project Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons adds functionalities for structured and machine-readable data to files on Wikimedia Commons, so that they become easier to view, search, edit, organize and re-use. To achieve that, the Commons backend is migrated to Wikibase, the same technology as used for Wikidata.
Wikimedia Commons updates at the May 2019 Wikimedia Activities Meeting
The May 2019 Wikimedia activities meeting contained several updates about Wikimedia Commons in general.
Already live: multilingual captions and Depicts statements
As mentioned in the previous Structured Data on Commons update in This Month in GLAM, it is now possible to add multilingual captions and Depicts statements to files on Wikimedia Commons. This is both possible on the file page, and via UploadWizard. A few demonstrations (animated gifs):
Adding multilingual captions to a file on Wikimedia Commons
Adding a Depicts statement to a file on Wikimedia Commons
In the next iterations, the following features will be released on Wikimedia Commons:
- Search depicts statements
- Depicts qualifiers
- Other statements than depicts
- Filter search results
- Depicts of depicts
- Depicts and annotations
- UploadWizard using structured data for Wiki Loves... style campaigns
Selection of books to be digitized, described and transcribed
Satdeep Gill (WMF) is working together with a group of Punjabi volunteers on a Structured Data on Commons pilot project to practice the full workflow of digitizing publications, uploading them to Wikimedia Commons, transcribing them on Wikisource, and re-using the data on Wikidata across Wikimedia projects.
The pilot project consists of:
- Digitization of a small set of out-of-copyright Punjabi books (in the Qisse genre) Done
- Upload of the digitized files to Wikimedia Commons, in structured data format
- Upload of the books' metadata (and author data) to Wikidata Done
- Indexing and transcribing the books on Wikisource
- Inclusion of the metadata of the books on Wikisource
This pilot project will inspire new thinking and ideas about efficient workflows and re-use of data across Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikisource. It will also lead to improved documentation about this workflow.
The metadata about the books is available on Wikidata. See this Wikidata query, or the Wikidata-driven list on the project's info page.
How can you help?
- Feel free to add your name to the participant list!
- If you are interested in the process of uploading digitized books in structured data to Wikimedia Commons, please mention this on the project's talk page, or e-mail Satdeep (sgillwikimedia.org). Your help is very welcome!
- If you read and write Punjabi, your help will be welcome later in 2019, when transcribing the books on Wikisource.
- We are looking for people who are interested in correct data modelling of books on Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons, and people interested in (tools around) improving the workflows across Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikisource.
All current GLAM pilot projects for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons are listed at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Structured_data/GLAM/Projects
GLAM focus area at the Wikimania Hackathon
The Wikimania 2019 Hackathon in Stockholm, August 14-15, 2019, will have GLAM as one of its focus areas. See the dedicated info page: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2019:Hackathon/GLAM_focus_area
Wikimedia developers and developers working for cultural institutions are very welcome to join this focus area. Feel free to indicate your interest by signing the dedicated page! Areas to work on include (but are not limited to) Structured Data on Commons, IIIF, upgrades of GLAM-Wiki tools, batch uploads, and more. Feel free to add any topics you want to work on.
We especially welcome developers who work at a cultural institution and who want to experiment with Structured Data on Commons. Do you know (or are you) someone who may be interested and would you be interested some guidance? Feel free to get in touch with Sandra Fauconnier (sfauconnierwikimedia.org).
In this issue we highlight #1Lib1Ref, global developments and, as always, a roundup of news and community items related to libraries and digital knowledge.
Our latest iteration of #1Lib1Ref runs 15 May to 5 June. Building on the lessons from the January edition, several global communities have committed to participate in this micro-contribution campaign to add just one citation to Wikimedia projects. We are also undertaking work to improve the Hashtags tool to better support initiatives like this. The Dashboard is open once again for tracking of contributions, with the addition of an organizer's how-to guide on the use of the tool.
Wikimedia and Libraries User Group
The steering committee election has come to a close and we have a new committee in place. The elected candidates are:
The Wikipedia Library team thanks all the candidates who braved the elections and warmly welcomes the new steering committee. The committee has already met twice – once back in April and once in May. The committee is working towards creating action plans for the strategic goals devised by the previous committee.
- The call for submissions has been opened for Wikimania 2019 in Sweden. This year there will be a Libraries space at Wikimania and you are invited to submit a session for the space. Some examples of what you could submit on are:
- How Wikimedia projects can be used as a tool in teaching about information and media literacy.
- How Wikidata may serve as part of the bibliographic infrastructure.
- How Wikimedia Commons is used in conjunction with digital collections.
- Using Wikidata to support scholarly communications.
- The importance and role of WikiCite in library networks.
- Strategies to transfer knowledge of working with libraries between various Wikimedia communities and vice-versa.
- Resource Exchange page was set up at the Indic Wikimedia Portal. It was created as a result of discussions held at The Wikipedia Library Conference (TWLCon), a Wikipedia Library-related mini-conference held to convene librarians and Wikimedians to discuss the way forward on connecting the two worlds. It's obvious that Libraries and Wikipedia have a shared purpose, which is to point people to accurate and reliable information.
- The 1lib1ref 2019 January report was published a few weeks back. It attempts to describe the level of work that ensued from the campaign and highlights some activities and lessons that stood out during the campaign. Did we miss any lessons? There is still a chance to collect information about what you learnt from your community via this feedback form.
Bytes in brief
Wikidata-related projects presented during the Wikimedia Hackathon 2019 (see all documented projects)
Your reading list
- Solving Art's Data Problem - Part One, Museums. Interview with Neil Stimler by Jason Bailey, mentioning Wikidata quite a few times
- Technical usability of Wikidata's linked data: Evaluation of machine interoperability and data interpretability - Nuno Freire and Antoine Isaac.
- Fine-Grained Named Entity Recognition using ELMo and Wikidata - C. Deha Doğan, et al.
- Debiasing Vandalism Detection Models at Wikidata (PDF), Stefan Heindorf et al.
- Press, articles, blog posts
- How to use a Wikidata full json dump, requirements, steps and script, by Aliakbar Akbaritabar
- New testing ground for Wikibase: A federal agency goes on an expedition in the Wiki universe, by Barbara Fischer and Jens ohlig
- Ordia: A Web application for Wikidata lexemes, by Finn Årup Nielsen
- Papers on Rust by Magnus Manske
- Building Knowledge Base through Deep Learning Relation Extraction and Wikidata (Published in AAAI Spring Symposium: Combining Machine Learning with Knowledge Engineering, 2019)
- Using contemporary constraints to ensure data consistency. David Abián, Jorge Bernad, Raquel Trillo LadoPublished in SAC 2019. DOI:10.1145/3297280.3297509 (Paywalled)
- Citation.js: Wikidata Update, by Lars Willighagen
- Wikidata: Open Linked Data for Library Publishing, by Mairelys Lemus-Rojas et al.
Published in WWW 2019
For all other Wikidata news, new properties, etc, see:
Hangout with Wikimedia and Libraries User Group
The User Group steering committee hosted a Hangout on May 29th focussing on activities with #1lib1ref. The group shared resources with one another, such as this list of helpful links for 1lib1ref.
Suggestions for future Hangout topics included exploring how the Internet Archive archives links in Wikipedia articles, engagement dashboards, and use of Wikidata.
A suggestion was made that the User Group keep a calendar of upcoming library conferences where presentations on Wikimedia projects are being made.
Look for an announcement about an upcoming Hangout on one of the topics suggested above!
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