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
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.