The Swedish Performing Arts Agency; Library data starts to take shape; Learning Wikipedia at the Archives; Wikimedia Commons Data Roundtripping
The Swedish Performing Arts Agency
Excerpt of the Sonata "La Cesta" by Pandolfi Mealli
November 28 the Swedish Performing Arts Agency hosted a staff workshop as a follow up to what they did last year. This year 14 users, one new and 13 returning, created six new articles, edited another 131 articles and contributed almost 80k bytes total. Using the translation tool the articles about Beth Ditto, Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli and International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres where translated, while articles like Xylofon and Svante Pettersson where expanded. Some images where uploaded, but a bitter lesson is to make sure all material is properly licensed before uploading it.
Library data starts to take shape
Wikimedia Sverige's cooperation project with the National Library of Sweden is progressing. We are examining how the library's book catalog, which is licensed CC0, can be best used to benefit the Wikimedia projects, in particular Wikidata. We have done a test upload of about 500 book items, focusing on books that are often referenced in Wikipedia. After presenting the project at WikiCite, we received very inspiring and encouraging feedback, confirming that libraries releasing their Linked Open Data is very much needed in the world.
Learning Wikipedia at the Archives
Good sources are the first step to a great Wikipedia article. Many interesting books were browsed at the Regional State Archives in Göteborg.
On two evenings in November, Wikimedia Sverige and the Regional State Archives in Göteborg joined forces in an edit-a-thon aimed at beginners. The well-appointed reference library proved, not surprisingly, a most inspiring environment for editing, and the participants – both visitors and staff wishing to include Wikipedia in their future work – explored the shelves to find facts about topics of local interest.
Wikimedia Commons Data Roundtripping
The Swedish National Heritage Board has initiated the project Wikimedia Commons Data Roundtripping. It researches and develops a prototype tool to return improved media metadata (translations, data additions etc.) back from Wikimedia Commons to the source institution.
If you work for a cultural institution and your organisation has done mass uploads with or without the help of a Wikimedian, please share your experiences in a survey and help the project focus on the real needs of the institutions. If you are a Wikimedian who works with GLAMs on Wikimedia Commons, please ask your GLAM partner to fill in the survey. It runs until the end of the year.
Read the project brief. Take part in the survey.
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