GLAM/Newsletter/November 2014/Contents/Netherlands report
Video challenge; Wikidata workshop and hackathon; Wikipedia courses in libraries; WWII editathon
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Report on video challenge
Sound and Vision presented final results of the video-challenge in a blogpost: in only three weeks over 400 videos were added to articles on the Dutch Wikipedia.
Another 185 videos have been added from the collection of the Foundation for Nature Footage (Stichting Natuurbeelden). These videos are raw shots of the Wadden Sea Islands and give a great overview of the nature and types of landscape that one can find in the northern part of the Netherlands. The videos can be found here. The full collection of the Foundation for Nature Footage can be found here.
Library of Zeeland
A beginner course and an intermediate course Wikipedia editing were organised in cooperation with the Library of Zeeland within two weeks. Almost all of the participants of the beginner course attended the intermediate course. 14 people followed the courses in total. The participants were a mix of professionals (employees of the library) and volunteers (locals that had seen the announcement).
A wikiday was organised in cooperation with Tresoar in Leeuwarden. The morning programma included presentations about cooperating with Wikimedia and the possibilities of DBpedia and a discussion for around 35 employees of Tresoar. A beginners course was given in the afternoon were 15 people attended. The course was covered by a local TV station and the local newspaper.
Volunteer Dick Bos organised the monthly informal Wikipedia course in the library in Amersfoort for the 6th month in a row. The concept of these trainings is that people can just walk in and ask for help. The repetition seems to be paying of: more new people attend after having seen an announcement of the training. Therefor the initiative is considered successful despite the limited number of participants so far.
Wikidata workshop for GLAMs
A lot of GLAMs are interested in the possibilities and chances that Wikidata offers them. They see opportunities to share their collection data and to track the use of or changes (enrichment) to the content and data they have donated. Wikimedia Nederland organised a workshop for GLAM professionals to get hands on experience with Wikidata. Visit the project page more information about the event.
Wikimedia Nederland supported the organisation of a Wikimedia Wikidata & GLAM hackathon (photos). Magic happens when you put 30 volunteers and programmers in a room for 3 days. You don't know what you'll get out of it, and trust me, you don't want to know. The unpredictable nature of an event like this would leave you unsatisfied that they didn't make what you where hoping for, but more importantly that they did make stuff that you didn't know you needed and exceeded all expectations you might have had. That's the conclusion that can be drawn of the Amsterdam Hackathon in november 2014. The event was focussed on data of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs). And the results are mind blowing. To name a few:
- a tool that measures the time someone has looked at an image in MediaViewer,
- an interface for commons, wikidata and wikipedia that can be extended to use your own commands and let's you query these platforms,
- a website that visualises paintings added to wikidata,
- were added paintings of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (~4600) and of the Tate (~3200),
- hundreds paintings items lacking information (image, collection, creator....) were enriched
- translation was added to the ts reporting tool, so this tool can be translated to any language.
Europeana Taskforce meeting / GLAMwiki Toolset 2
The day after the GLAM hackathon several attendees visited The National Institute for Sound and Vision to continue work on preparing the grant application for the next version of the GLAMwiki Toolset.
Edit-a-thon WWII with NIOD
A WWII themed edit-a-thon was organised in cooperation with NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Participants created 3 new articles and improved 3 existing articles. They also got an exclusive tour through the NIOD building.
Preparations GLAM WIKI 2015
Wikimedia Nederland has started the preparations for the GLAM WIKI 2015 conference that will take place on April 10 to 12, 2015 in The Netherlands. The call for participants for the Program Committee, that will design the program of the conference, has been send out to several mailing lists and has been published on numerous Wikimedia related Facebook pages and groups.
GLAMout Global, the regular Google hangout on GLAM projects around the globe, took place on the 4th of November. You can watch the hangout and download the presentations.
Wikipedian in Residence meeting
The Dutch Wikipedians in Residence had a meeting on the 3rd of November. The notes of this meeting are public (Dutch).