Commons and endings
The ongoing series of workshops with the council of central museums has reached one of the stations along the way. November 1 was the day for the last scheduled workshop and our small room was filled with eager learners who kept working and working all afternoon. Me and Sophie had a hard time keeping up with their questions and comments as we guided them through the editing process and sent them off with big smiles and a lot of new knowledge. A week later focus shifted to Commons as me and Arild hosted a workshop where we taught the participants everything there is to know about Commons (and that is possible to teach them in four hours). They now know how to upload images with and without the wizzard, edit an artwork template, add, remove and modify categories, use images in articles, both on and off wiki. We also had a good talk about copyright and image policies among museums. The first phase of of our collaboration is done and an evaluation will soon show if this has been a good way to work for both parties.
Edit-a-thon about WWI
Wikimedia Sweden, in cooperation with Europeana and Humanistiska Föreningen at Stockholm University, organized an edit-a-thon with WWI as the theme to prepare for Remembrance Day. On the 7 November nine people came together at Stockholm University and one volunteer participated online during the editathon. We included many pictures from Europeana 1914-1918 on Wikipedia and expanded the articles that they illustrated. See our blog post about the event here (in Swedish and English). This was somewhat of a pilot for the series of WWI edit-a-thons that Wikimedia Sweden is coordinating and that will take place on the 29th of June 2013.
Wiki Loves Public Art in Sweden
During the month there were several developments regarding the Swedish involvement in the photo contest Wiki Loves Public Art, that we are organizing together with Europeana.
First of all we had a great meeting with the National Public Art Council Sweden and they will release their database under an open license and we will continue discussing how they can be involved in the organization of Wiki Loves Public Art.
Secondly, a new web designer, Andreas Lundgren, started working on getting the international and the Swedish website for the contest in shape.
Thirdly, a national coordinator for the contest, Eva Fransson, was identified and will soon start working.
Fourthly, one volunteer, Carina Lagerlöf, will start working with organizing supporting events to Wiki Loves Public Art to make as much as possible happen during May.
Fifthly, at the very end of the month we got the great news that we will receive funding from Vinnova (Vinnova.se) for our database project. As part of the project we will systematically contact municipalities in Sweden to get them to release their data about public artworks and integrate it in our database. This database will of course also be used for Wiki Loves Public Art. See our blog post here (in Swedish and English).
Wikipedian Developer in Residence at Riksantikvarieämbetet
This month marks the end of Andrés period as Wikipedian Developer in Residence at the Swedish National Heritage Board. During this period a large number of source templates have been designed, on both sv.wiki and Commons, in order to allow persistent linking to objects in the many collections aggregated by K-samsök - Swedish Open Cultural Heritage (SOCH). These collections include, amongst other things, the listed buildings and archaeological monuments which were included in this years edition of Wiki Loves Monuments.
In addition two new info-boxes for listed buildings (by Jsdo1980) and ancient monuments were designed and introduced on sv.wiki. For these a toolset was developed that allows such templates to be populated using the metadata provided through SOCH. At the same time a Commons template for images uploaded from Kulturmiljöbild (The Swedish National Heritage Board's photographic database) was introduced by MikaelLindmark. Since these images are often included in the SOCH metadata for listed buildings and ancient monuments the toolset was enhanced to include a tool for facilitating the upload of Kulturmiljöbild images. After verifying that the copyright status is appropriate the tool fills out the image description page and suggests a unique filename together with appropriate categories.
In return the use of standardised persistent links has enabled SOCH to use the Wikipedia and Commons APIs to enrich their own information with links to relevant articles in Wikipedia and images from Commons. For an example see e.g. the entry for Lund Cathedral.
The final report for this project will be published later this month.
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