As part of the COH project we presented a paper at the EuroMed 2016 Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. The peer-reviewed paper "Reaching the world through free licenses and Wikimedia’s crowdsourced platforms" is focusing on the COH project and it was very well received. In competition with 502 other submitted articles it received a price in one out of three paper categories and won the "Werner Weber Best Paper Award for SHORT Paper".
Mapping workshop at the National Museums of World Culture, Stockholm
As preparation for a batch-upload we organized a workshop for museum staff to help map keywords with Wikidata items and improve content on Wikidata. This type of workshop is something we are thinking about adding as a standard offer to new GLAM organizations partnering with us.
Meeting museum directors in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Two staff members traveled to Bosnia to meet with directors and staff at four museums in and around Sarajevo and with our local partner organization Foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders Bosnia and Herzegovina (CHwB Bosnia). The goal was to present the possibility of working with the Wikimedia movement and to identify ways of working together in the future, with a focus on the ongoing efforts to batch-upload material in the Connected Open Heritage project. The GLAMs had reached very different maturity levels around digitization, but all meetings were very positive and there was interest to host local events in the future and supply us with the material that was digitized. CHwB Bosnia is very interested in organizing Wiki Loves Monuments in the future, and we discussed the possibilities around this.
As a result of a seminar in August, The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies hosted a workshop in how to edit Wikipedia and how to make content available at Wikimedia Commons. Nine participants got the basics in improving content, creating new articles and uploading images along with information about notability, copyright and other important parts before getting in to contributing to the Wikimedia Projects. Hopefully the result will be more articles on the topic of craft and better illustrations for already existing articles.
Wikipedia training with the National Library concludes
In preparation of the 1lib1ref campaign, Wikimedia Sverige partnered up with the National Library of Sweden in September to offer Wikipedia training sessions for library staff on three monthly occasions, ending in November. Participants came mainly from the National Library but 9 other libraries were also represented as invitations were open on a first come first served basis. 26 librarians participated in the training which was focused on Wikipedia basics and adding citations.
The Swedish National Heritage Board's annual autumn meeting
The annual autumn meeting of the Swedish National Heritage Board offered a great number of interesting talks and panels. One of the panels concerned the future opportunities of digitisation in the GLAM sector, and the panellists were Anna Troberg (ED of Wikimedia Sweden), David Mothander (Google), and Rasmus Fleischer (author).
November 22th, the Wikimedia-community in Uppsala held an event in cooperation with the Uppsala municipality- and city-archive (Uppsala stadsarkiv), and the popular movement archive (Folkrörelsearkivet) about Wikipedia and local history. Axel Pettersson (WMSE) gave a presentation about what Wikipedia is based on the five pillars. The evening was short, just 1,5 hour between 18:00 and 19:30, so the computers remained untouched with room for more discussions. Many good questions was raised. The audience certainly appriciated the connections to Uppsala that was made by the archive institutions as well as Axel Pettersson. Examples matters, and give good room for interesting discussions.
Brunnsmuseet Sätra brunn as GLAM-institution
Brunnsmuseet is a small museum institution without any employees. The museum was opened in 2014 and have had three summer exhibitions so far. In October, they did put all their efforts together in a GLAM-project. Hopefully, the project will make others find and contribute to this project. Sätra brunn is a spa house that was founded in 1700.
In September, Brunnsmuseet were given 30.000 SEK (around 3000€) from the local Sala sparbank to make their digital archive accessible and available online. With help from Wikimedia Sverige, a upload template was made as a combined information and categorisation engine. Images with the templates are placed in either of two categories: Media provided by Brunnsmuseet or Media from Brunnsmuseet exhibitions.
Who owns what online? Datamuseet IT-ceum and Östergötlands museum set out to find the answer by inviting Wikimedia Sverige’s executive director, Anna Troberg, and Bilduphovsrätt i Sveriges CEO, Mats Lindberg to a debate about the freedom of panorama. Previously, the two organisations had only met in court to settle a case concerning Wikimedia Sverige’s website Offentligkonst.se. This event created an opportunity for both parties to expand on their views on the matter. The outcome of the debate unfortunately displayed the void that exists between the more traditional representatives of the creative sector and the more progressive movements who look to the future. However, debates like these are important for the mutual understanding of the other's view on things, which ultimately is the fundation of any movement forward. The debate was moderated by Carl Schlyter, a member of the Swedish parliament.
The 5th major upload from the Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and the Hallwyl Museum has just concluded with 5,020 new images being made available to Wikimedia Commons. The cooperation has now contributed with a total of more than 46,000 images over a three year period. In this batch you will find a large collection of jewellery, historical coins and medals and historical images (late 19th century) from Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Please have a look if you find any images you can put to use in some articles and let us know which your favourite image is at @WikimediaSE.