GLAM/Newsletter/November 2013/Contents/Netherlands report
Edit-a-thon Amersfoort; Wikipedia seminar Oslo; Wikimedia Nederland Conference; Europeana Fashion
Edit-a-thon public library Amersfoort
"Wiki loves Bieb" (Wiki Loves Libraries) started a few years ago. After a period of inactivity it has been revitalised. Currently the focus on a few pilots: small scale events at local libraries, like Wikipedia training sessions and writing sessions (edit-a-thons). The first edit-a-thon was organised in the public library of Amersfoort. 12 participants, from which 6 had never edited a Wikipedia page before, worked on articles related to the city of Amersfoort.
The advantages of cooperating with a library where clear:
- They have a good local network of people with all kinds of interests
- A lot of literature is at hand, which is very helpful to find sources for Wikipedia articles
- The infrastructure is already there: desktops, WiFi, coffee, thee, etc.
- Easily reachable by public transport
Wikipedia seminar, Oslo
(This text is mostly copied from the Sweden report
Arts Council Norway in collaboration with the National Archives and The Directorate for Cultural Heritage hosted a Wikipedia day 26 November at Cinemateket in Oslo. Around 100-150 representatives from GLAM institutions around Norway attended and listened to presentations and asked questions. Wikimedia Norway were present at the venue to show Wikipedia and help users do their first edits as well as answer questions. WMNO vice chair Erlend Bjørtvedt talked about the cooperations and activites they have and also said that they are about to hire their first staff.
Staffmember Sebastiaan ter Burg gave a presentation on past and current GLAM projects in The Netherlands at the Wikipedia Seminar in Oslo on the 26th of November (a few notes/slides). Axel Pettersson from Wikimedia Sweden gave some hints on what GLAM institutions should do to be successful when they want their staff to be Wikipedians.
Wikimedia Nederland Conference
On november 2, 2013 the Wikimedia Nederland Conference took place. Several GLAM related topics were presented and discussed:
- Wikipedians in Residence
- Wiki loves archives
- A demonstration and an update on the GLAMwiki Toolset
- Fashion Edit-a-thons
The conference ended with the national award ceremony of Wiki Loves Monuments 2014. More information, like slides and abstracts in English, can be found through the program.
Europeana Fashion Edit-a-thons
This month the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision coordinated a trio of edit-a-thons for Europeana Fashion as well as the Europeana Challenge. The three edit-a-thons were held at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm, on 12 November, Museo Rossimoda della Calzatura in Padova on 14 November, and at the Design Faculty of the Holon Institute of Technology in Tel Aviv on 20 November.
In Stockholm the event was organized by Nordiska Museet, who also hosted the maiden Europeana Fashion edit-a-thon back in March 2013, along with with Wikimedia Sweden. There were 29 participants including 8 new users. This edit-a-thon had a specific focus on shoes and there was presentation over the retro shoe collection at Nordiska Museet from curator Helena Lindroth.
InVilla Foscari Rossi Stra Venice the event was set up by Virginia Gentillini at Rossimoda Shoe Museum in collaboration with Wikimedia Italy, the University Luav of Venice and the University of Padova. The event strove to teach 72 students how to edit and work with Wikipedia, and explain how shoe history can be explained in an open and neutral way according to the collaborative encyclopedia’s guidelines. Students were able to take advantage and make use of the museum’s extensive collection.
Virginia Gentillini wrote a blog post discussing what it's like to organize an edit-a-thon. It can be found here.
Tel Aviv Edit-a-thon
The Tel Aviv edit-a-thon was organized by Wikimedia Israel and the Holon Institute of Technology as part of the EVA/Minerva Conference the 10th Jerusalem Conference on the Digitisation of Cultural Heritage. Marco Rendina, the technical coordinator for Europeana Fashion was in attendance and gave a presentation on the edit-a-thon series and explained how to be a contributor to Wikipedia to the attendees.
Rich as it is, Wikipedia should be enriched some more, specifically with knowledge about shoes and all things fashion. To get people all over the world to share their knowledge about fashion Europeana Fashion held an online competition for those at the edit-a-thons as well as those not in attendance but wished to contribute to the movement. The Europeana Challenge was established running from 12 November to 12 December. Those who wished to participate in the challenge could register and their contributions were tallied and points were awarded to each contributor. Those who contributed the most; edited articles, wrote new ones, uploaded or enriched content on Wikimedia Commons were able to win a prize. Europeana Fashion partner organizations donated fashion books and catalogs to serve as prizes.
Europeana Fashion is happy to have completed so many very successful edit-a-thons this past year and are thankful for all our partners' hard work to make these events possible. In the new year Europeana Fashion will start organising a new series of edit-a-thons and will publish a Europeana Fashion Wiki Edit-a-thon Handbook.