The 18th May, we celebrated the International Museum Day. Wikimedia CH, with the support of Wikimedia Germany and Wikimedia Austria, organised an international campaign with a focus on the new definition of museums.
The new definition for museums that was developed over the past five years and now is ready to become a living benchmark for all our content. We wanted to underline the importance of museums for our society and future. Museums are key contributors to the wellbeing and to the sustainable development of communities. As trusted institutions and important threads in shared social fabric, they are uniquely placed to create a cascading effect to foster positive change. Museums contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals from supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity, to tackling social isolation and improving mental health.
A photo contest, an awareness campaign with the Wikimedia CH Map Service and a GLAM Digital event were organised during around the International Museum Day. You can have a look at our project page for more information.
Our 11th GLAM-On-Tour took place from the 18th to the 21th of May in St. Gallen. GLAM-on-Tour offers a unique occasion to bring the community in the GLAM institutions.
We got the incredible opportunity to spent this GLAM-On-Tour in the Abbey Library of St. Gallen, a significant medieval monastic library and an outstanding example of a large Carolingian monastery and was, since the 8th century until its secularisation in 1805.
We welcomed 20 participants. They mainly worked in the Greman Wikipedia, creating and bettering many articles. On this occasion, the participants also uploaded photos, available in the following category, and also worked on Wikidata.
For more information about the project and the work done (in German).