Awarness Campaign for the International Archive Week 2022
Wikimedia CH launched together with the Swiss Association of Archivists, the awareness campaign to support the International Archives Week 2022.
This year's International Archives Week take place from June 6 to June 10, 2022 and focuse on the topic "ArchivesAreYou". We aim to motivate GLAM professionals and our volunteers to support us in improving and completing the presence of Archives on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata in Switzerland.
ICOM has been organizing the International Museum Day for over 40 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, museums and the cultural sector are among the most affected. Nevertheless, this crisis serves as a catalyst for crucial innovations, notably an increased focus on the creation of new forms of cultural experience and dissemination.
With this call, many Wikimedia affiliates worldwide wanted to give an impulse to support this initiative, despite the actual circumstances, where culture knows no borders and lives on virtually. Many museums have adapted their operations to support virtual formats, released high resolution images and information under a free license and organize virtual collection tours.
Wikimedia CH gave a micro-grant to Wikipedians in Benin and they were able to organize an edit-a-thon and a Wikipedia formation. You can see their report in this page (in French): Reporting Bénin Museum Tour
Common project with the Natural History Museum in Neuchâtel
Following a partnership between Wikimedia CH and the Natural History Museum in Neuchâtel, a world-renowned fossil collection, initiated in the 1830s by the Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) and preserved in this museum, is now largely digitized. Photos of these objects are freely accessible on the Wikimedia Commons multimedia platform in the following category: Category:Collection of fish fossils created by Louis Agassiz
This is the first time that photographs of a historical fossil collection with its scientific metadata, including species, biblio-graphic citations, places of origin, and geological periods, have been placed on Wikimedia Commons.