On 3rd of December the very first WikiLibrary Barcamp in Germany took place at Saxon State and University Library Dresden. About 60 participants from the Wikiverse and out of the librarian world took part. We had talks on libraries as co-working spaces*, on Wikisource as a ressort for library cooperation, how to reuse digitized material such as old bike routiers or on the sustainibility of apps created on library data for Coding da Vinci.
The aim was to establish closer links between volunteers of the Wikimedia projects and librarians and to initiate cooperations as well as an exchange of ideas. Some concrete agreements were for example the establishment of new Wikipedia meetups in libraries or the cooperation between Wikisource as data storage tool for old books. The barcamp was also a perfect occasion to promote the world wide campaign #1Lib1Ref that encourages librarians to add one reference to a Wikipedia article. Thus, the Hamburg State and University Library announced to start a competition between different libraries about who is going to add more references to Wikipedia.
All agreements are documented in this etherpad.
Based on the initiative of volunteers, the WikiLibrary Barcamp was organised by Wikimedia Deutschland, the German Library Association and Saxon State and University Library Dresden. German Blogpost.
note: the links guide you to etherpads in which the participants documented their discussions and results of each session (in German).
Wikimedia-Salon "The ABC of open knowledge"
On December 1st, the 15th event of the series "The ABC of open knowledge" took place at the Museum for Communication in Berlin. The topic was "no man's land - anarchy in the Internet?!". Eva Horn, social media editor at Spiegel Online (German online magazine) and Bruno Kramm, politician of the Pirate Party, discussed topics of populism, fake news and rules of communication in the Internet.
Since 2014, the series "The ABC of open knowledge" has discussed to each alphabetic character topic that are of relevance for a digitised society as for example to topics such as "memory", "collaboration" or "creative commons". Guests are politicians, scientists or people of the civil society.
The full video documentation of the discussion can be seen on our website (in German).
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