GLAM/Newsletter/November 2012/Contents/Germany report
Roundtable of the cultural heritage of the Rhineland; QRpedia at the Hamburg Museum
Roundtable of the cultural heritage of the Rhineland
Six GLAM representatives, coming from (image) archives of Cologne and the Rhineland, were brought together by the initiative of Raymond and elya in November in Cologne. Focusing on the presentation of current projects and the building of mutual trust, the participants of the roundtable agreed on further talks in order to exchange experiences and develop more concrete cooperation ideas.
QRpedia at the Hamburg Museum
On November 1, the Hamburg Museum installed 20 QRpedia codes in its exhibition. Thanks to the support and help of UK Wikimedian Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing) and the local Wikipedia community, the museum is able to improve outreach and share the free knowledge experience with other institutions. Numerous images have been taken and several articles have been written by volunteers to improve free knowledge about Hamburg's history. The outcome of a workshop at the Hamburg Museum in August 2012 was the basis for the current QRpedia project.
The codes are installed in the Hamburg Museum's new permanent exhibition "Taktgeber Hafen - Hamburgs Stadtentwicklung im 20. Jahrhundert" (The Hamburg harbour and Hamburg's city development in the 20th century) and on several architectural objects. The permanent exhibition features QRpedia codes that link to articles with numerous existing translations such as the Elbe river or the Hamburg town hall. The current displays provide little information about many of the architectural objects, resulting in insufficient visitor attention. By installing QRpedia codes, the Hamburg Museum was able to provide more information, including images of the original buildings, and improve the awareness about these objects.
6 journalists attended a press tour on November 22, resulting in online and print coverage about the QRpedia project at the Hamburg Museum. The next steps will include the evaluation of statistics and translation of articles into English and other languages. A list of all articles can be found on the German Wikipedia.