Launch of Wikipedia in African Libraries Project Pilot Cohort
The official Wikipedia in African Libraries logo (#WikiAfLibs)
The Wikipedia in African Libraries course which is an adaptation of the OCLC Libraries + Wikipedia Better Together curriculum is primarily designed to train African librarians to work in an online platform as they learn how to evaluate the quality and reliability of individual articles, edit and create content of local and personal interest on Wikipedia and sister projects with laid down benchmarks for quality and relevance. It is expected that the course will also equip librarians with the knowledge and skills to understand Wikipedia as a veritable resource for dissemination of information and a teaching tool that promotes quality education thereby increasing access to the resource and serving user communities all over Africa, better.
The pilot cohort, comprising of 60 librarians chosen from more than 140 applicants across different library types in Africa,was launched on 16 November and will help test the adapted OCLC curriculum up till 20th December, 2020.
Testing the adapted curriculum
The adapted course broadly revolves around the core aspects of Wikipedia and is delivered online via AfLIA's Moodle platform and complemented by weekly live sessions via Zoom. The weekly sessions are facilitated by the Wikipedian-in-Residence and guest presenter to expound on the week's topic.The guest presenters are experienced African Wikimedians who are active in the GLAM sector as well.
In the context of the course, a resource with instructions on how to audio describe artwork was produced and shared on Commons.
Accessbility is one of the major goals to achieve when it comes to sharing collections online. To better serve accessibility goals, Wiki Movimento Brasil partnered up with the Museu Paulista and Museus Acessíveis for an online course of audio descriptions to be implemented on Wikimedia.
The course gathered remotely 30 participants that had the assignment to produce 90 audio descriptions for paintings, photographies and objects from the museum's collection available on Wikimedia Commons through the WMB and Museu Paulista GLAM-Wiki partnership. The programme included 3 classes for guiding the participants on the audio descriptions techniques and norms. In one of our meetings, two visually impaired people brilliantly shared their experience with the audio descriptions as a resource for accessing culture.
The works of art were selected by the museum staff and Wiki Movimento Brasil created a web semantic Wikibook to facilitate the activity.
The book showcases the images and, through Wikidata integration, provides for the user a datasheet with valuable information for contextualizing and supporting the beginning of the writing process of the audio description, such as creator, date, material used, dimensions, Commons category etc.
You can navigate the Wikibook with audio descriptions here.
To facilitate interaction with GLAMs in the Wiki Loves Bahia campaign, WMB also produced a tutorial on how to create GLAM-Wiki initiatives, according to the needs and ways of using Brazilian GLAMs. Even though the goal of the tutorial is to facilitate and help the entry of Bahia GLAMs into the Wikimedia ecosystem, it can also be used by any institution that wants to share collections.
The tutorial is available on the Outreach Dashboard, in Portuguese, and contains three modules:
Introduction to the Wikimedia Ecosystem in Portuguese
Share your GLAM in the Wikimedia Ecosystem in Portuguese
Upload your GLAM collection on the Wikimedia platforms in Portuguese
And when a person finishes the tutorial, they should be able to answer:
What are the Wikimedia platforms?
What is a GLAM-Wiki?
How to get started in the Wikimedia ecosystem?
How to register a GLAM on Wikimedia Commons?
How to improve a GLAM item on Wikidata?
How to use Wikipedia when the topic is a GLAM institution?
How to share a GLAM collection on the Wikimedia platforms?
What are the basic steps of a GLAM-Wiki upload?
How to have a Wikimedian in Residence?
Abre-te Código hackathon
On December 14th, Goethe-Institut São Paulo will announce the winners from the Abre-te Código hackathon at an award live ceremony on YouTube. As mentioned on earlier GLAM Newsletters, the hackathon is the first one in Brazil to gather 14 cultural institutions providing cultural open data so that participants could be creative with their collections and create innovative solutions for expanding access to cultural heritage. The teams are running for prizes to keep developing their prototypes and two trips to Germany will be drawn for the participants to meet the Coding da Vinci headquarters.
Wiki Movimento Brasil will cohost WikidataCon 2021
We're proud to announce that Wiki Movimento Brasil wil cohost WikidataCon 2021 with Wikimedia Germany! The conference will have a hybrid and distributed format with remote and in person activities. Other communities are incentivated to organize their own local events as well, but we'll have a special support for the organization of the event in Brazil and we'll take part on the general event programme with WMDE. This will be the first global Wikimedia event organized in Brazil! We're super excited with this partnership: it will certainly be a great opportunity for learning and for sharing with the global community the projects we've been developing in Brazil with Wikidata. You can check out the official announcement by WMDE on this page.
Wiki Loves Monuments Brasil 2020 winners
We're glad to share with the community the winning images of Wiki Loves Monuments Brasil 2020! Brazil was the 5th top contributor of this year's competition with a total of 15,152 uploaded images.
To celebrate Wikipedia's 20th birthday, the Lusophone community is gathering under the Festa da Wiki Lusofonia 2021 project. The major idea is to collaborate on a series of events for strengthening our community in terms of strategic planning and bringing new users for the Wikimedia projects in Portuguese. All initiatives in Portuguese are welcome to join the celebration! We'll have dedicated spaces for GLAM-Wiki discussions and other thematic events.
We hope users from the community are interested in enhancing the categorization of these images and in using them in their own languages and Wikipedias.
Musica Brasilis GLAM
The first batches of metadata and images were shared in the partnership between Wiki Movimento Brasil and Musica Brasilis, a portal that makes available Brazilian music repertoires of all times and genres, but mostly metadata about Brazilian composers and scores.
The first batch was composed of 79 new items and 196 enhanced items about Brazilian composers on Wikidata. They are available in these three batches:
Among these first batches, there was an item for the composer Antônio Carlos Gomes and, in the second batch made available through the partnership, Musica Brasilis chose to share five music sheets by him and together with their metadata.
The Instituto Hercule Florence already shared a file on Commons before, the Aimé-Adrien Taunay notebook, through an edit-at-thon with the Paulista Museum GLAM.
The Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros already has an activity available on the portal, related to the partnership. Giovanna Fontenelle, a WMB member, gave a lecture in a class by the director of the institution, professor Diana Vital. Her presentation was about Wikimedia platforms, educational uses, GLAMs and how to edit. The class was the IEB 5040 - Arts of producing meanings for the past - Collections and sources in History of Education.
Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science new partnership!
The Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC) is a major organization focused on scientific, technological, educational and cultural development in Brazil that brings together different Brazilian scientific societies. Through a connection with the Memory Center Amélia Império Hamburger (CMAIH), Wiki Movimento Brasil had a special meeting with members of the scientific societies to explore Wikimedia potentials for combating disinformation and promoting scientific knowledge. The meeting also had the objective to highlight knowledge gaps on different science fields that the societes can start looking into. Soon, we will bring more news from this partnership that promises a lot of work and improvements for Wikimedia projects in Portuguese!
Taking a tour of CAPACOA workshops and some recent example sets from commons
Bilingual wikidata training is continuing at CAPACOA (Canadian Association for the Performing Arts) and is still going strong with monthly meetings. CAPACOA is inviting GLAM employees especially to reach out by email or wikitalk pages.
Hosted by some veterans like Simon, Miguel and Benoit Rochon
First-ever release of freely-licensed professional orchestral recordings marks project milestone
The Frankfurt Radio Symphony has released ten audio samples from its 90-year history under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license. The recordings are believed to be the first-ever professional recordings of orchestral music to be released under a Creative Commons license. They are already in use on both the English and German-language Wikipedias in the articles about the orchestra, its present and past conductors, and the articles about the featured works and their the composers.
The release marks another milestone for the ongoing "Wiki Loves Broadcast" collaboration between the German Wikipedia community and German public broadcasting stations. The project's biggest success to date has been the release of 50 high-quality history and science explainer videos from TV documentaries in June 2020. A number of both informal and formal meetings and roundtables has shown increased readiness by publicly-funded broadcasting stations to release both historic and current material under a free license, with the possibility of commercial re-use being the biggest barrier.
Lack of professional recordings keeps Wikipedia silent
The ten audio samples released by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, ranging from an excerpt of a 1935 recording of a rarely-performed 19th-century opera to a the opening bars of Antonin Dvořák's world-known symphony From the New World recorded in 2018 can be found on Wikimedia Commons.
Re-licensing of content on water & rivers in India
CIS-A2K is collaborating with different organisations working on water & river issues to build free content in Wikimedia Projects under 'Project Jalbodh'. The content generation process got the impetus after the River dialogue organised by SANDARP & INTACH in Pune. The initiative to document river issues on Wiki was taken up by organisation Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS). TBS is running movements called Jal Jan Jodo and Jal Biradari across India to connect people with the rivers to rejuvenate them. CIS-A2K and TBS have been implementing the capacity building programs to train activists in content creation. The first National Workshop in this series was organised in December 2018 at Bhikampura in Rajasthan. To create awareness and knowledge among citizens, CIS-A2K collaborated with this initiative to facilitate resource building in Wikimedia Projects.
Re-licensing of books on rivers
Apart from content generation, TBS has generously re-licensed reference books on water and river related issues. In November, OTRS process was completed for 50 books. Total 39 books in Hindi language and 11 books in English language were re-licensed and uploaded in Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA 4.0. Due to this, reliable source material on status of Indian rivers is made available in English as well as local languages.
For 20 days, Wikimedia Indonesia organized #WikiSejarah WPWP Campaign, an online campaign to add pictures to Wikipedia articles. This campaign was part of WikiSejarah, a collaboration project by Wikimedia Indonesia and Wikimedia Nederland to improve local content on Indonesia topic.
Six users were participating in this campaign, and editing more than 190 article pages across 12 Wikimedia projects. The top project is Indonesian Wikipedia with 227 edits in it, followed by English Wikipedia, Javanese Wikipedia, and more. Among the participants, only one user has edited more than 118 times. Meanwhile others, have significantly lower edits. For detailed information, see this statistics.
On December 7, 2020, the winners were announced on the Twitter.
Wikipedia and Education, Funding granted for two projects in 2021, KB completes collection highlights project
Wikipedia is an important source of information for people all over the world.But what are the rules, who writes the articles and how is
quality guaranteed? And what role can Wikipedia play in education? On November 6th, LOOWI (working group of the Cooperative University libraries) organized an interesting online meeting with more than 80 information specialists to give an insight in the world of Wikipedia.
Denise Jansen of Wikimedia Netherlands gave a presentation about Wikipedia, and several speakers from the education sector shared their
experiences. Odin Essers, curator of Special Collections Maastricht University, presented about courses within the Wikipedia education program. These are, for example, the courses 'On Expedition, Historical Book Review' and 'Opening up old books: investigating the botanical archives of Maastricht'.
Funding granted for two projects in 2021
We received news that two project applications for 2021 have been granted:
Share your Data on Colonial Heritage and Media Art on Wikipedia
The Stichting GO-fonds will financially support a WMNL project. "Sharing Dutch colonial heritage with the world" is a series of master classes for employees of archives and heritage institutions in the European and Caribbean Netherlands on sharing knowledge and collections. In 2019 we already gave a similar series of master classes (Share your Data).
Media Art on Wikimedia
The Mondriaan Fund has approved a project application 'Media Art on Wikimedia'. This project was developed by LIMA, the institute for media art. Wikimedia Nederland is one of the partners and also participated in the pilot prior to the application.
Koninklijke Bibliotheek puts all collection highlights on Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons
The national library of The Netherlands completed their 'Collection highlights' project in November. In short, a couple of numbers: in six months nearly 11.000 public domain images of the 59 copyright free collection highlights have been put on Wikimedia Commons and a total of more than 30.000 edits about the seventy collection highlights have been made to Wikidata in that period. Apart from the images we also managed to present the following items under a free licence: all the web texts on collection highlights written on the website (mainly in Dutch, but some in English), [Category:Beatrijs (audio)|eleven audio files] of an employee reading the Middle Dutch poem of Beatrijs and one video of a presentation on a children's book (in Dutch).
All this recently added information on the KB's collection highlights (images, video, data, web texts and audio files) can be used freely by educational organisations, cultural heritage institutions, wikimedians, researchers and anybody else who wants to know more about these amazing Dutch language literary works. December 17th 2020 there will be a virtual presentation via Teams on the collection highlights project of the KB on the wikimedia platforms (in Dutch). If anyone is interested in participating (or in an English language presentation): don't hesitate to get in touch with [[User:DanielleJWiki|DanielleJWiki).
Annotate art to improve machine learning
The Saint George on A Bike project is inviting Wikimedians to add depicts statements to art on Wikimedia Commons. The project hopes that these additional depicts statements can pave the way for automated suggestions of depicts statements through machine learning.
Six-month long Wikipedian in residence project is at Belgrade City Library gives great results
A six-month-long Wikipedian in residence at Belgrade City Library project has begun in October. During the second month of the project, the 206 files have been posted on Wikimedia Commons, 4 of which were books, and 30 articles were written. Due to ungracious epidemiological circumstances, Wikipedian in residence works partly from home and partly in the Library itself.
Prince Aleksandar Karađorđević
Đorđe Petrović Karađorđe
Second round of Wikipedian in residence at Adligat
On November 10, Wikimedia Serbia, in cooperation with the Association for Culture, Arts and International Cooperation Adligat, launched the second part of the Wikipedian in residence project. So far, as many as 93 articles have been illustrated, 12 have been written and 15 have been significantly supplemented, while 192 files have been uploaded to the Wikimedia commons. The internship will last until the end of the year.
Branko Pešić's Legacy in Adligat
Legacy of Branko Pešić in Adligat, a painting by Petar Lubarda
Ršum Foundation - Associates of the Sun, 2019
Photo of Desanka Maksimović
Legacy of Ružica Sokić
Ivan Bekjarev as a young man
Legacy of Branko Pešić in Adligat, signatures of the astronauts of Apollo
A workshop for editing Wiki projects for the Vlada Petrić Foundation was held.
Wikimedia Serbia held a workshop on editing Wiki Projects for Vlada Petrić Foundation employees. Vladimir (Vlada) Petrić was a film studies professor at Harvard University, an author, playwright, and co-founder of the Harvard Film Archive
Organizing #1Lib1Ref in the CEE region
Wikimedia Serbia, in cooperation with the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Poland, is working on organizing the January #1Lib1Ref campaign in the CEE region. Next year, this campaign will be held in the form of a competition of CEE countries, and during December, the organizers will work on training chapters and user groups to participate.
In the context of the #WikiGap campaign, in which Wikimedia España has been participating since 2018, during the month of November we have celebrated a new edition, this time on the occasion of the Science and Innovation Week in Madrid. In addition to our usual collaborator, the Swedish Embassy in Spain, the Madri+d Foundation, the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Consorcio Madroño have joined the organization of the event.
The edit-a-thon has consisted of four sessions, every Thursday in November, at 6:00 pm, each focused on a different topic. Thus, in the first session, broadcast live on YouTube, in addition to the welcome from the organizing institutions, there was an inspiring talk on women and science and an introductory workshop on editing on Wikipedia. The second session was dedicated to Wikimedia Commons and the uploading and use of archives, the third one on the creation and improvement of articles in Wikipedia and the fourth was dedicated to the translation of articles in Wikipedia. The Consorcio Madroño, a consortium of universities of the Community of Madrid and the UNED for library cooperation, collaborated with the elaboration of the list of scientists in addition to providing basic information about each one of them.
During those weeks, the participants worked on their articles and, in addition to the sessions themselves, had a Telegram channel, created specifically for the event, to receive support from experienced users. A total of 29 articles were edited, 28 of which were new. The results of the event were disseminated through a presentation, also broadcast live, during the researchers' night, held at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
Invitadas: more women painters in Wikipedia
One of the moments of the edit-a-thon
Between October 2020 and March 2021, the Museo del Prado is presenting the exhibition Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931) (Invited: Fragments on Women, Ideology and the Plastic Arts in Spain (1833-1931)), the first exhibition organized by the Museo del Prado after its post-pandemic reopening. The exhibition aims to offer a reflection on the way in which the established powers defended and propagated the role of women in society through the visual arts, from the reign of Isabel II to that of her grandson Alfonso XIII.
On the occasion of this exhibition, the first collaboration between the museum and Wikimedia España has been developed, and it has consisted of an edit-a-thon with the aim of incorporating the voices of the women painters, who are part of the exhibition, about whom there was little information or who did not have an article yet, into the free encyclopedia. The museum provided materials to the participants so that they could use them as sources, and uploaded a set of images, both from the exhibition and from the works of the painters, to Wikimedia Commons, to facilitate their use in Wikimedia projects.
The event was held online and consisted of two sessions. In the first, of a formative nature, in addition to the welcome and contextualization by the Museum, the basic guidelines for editing in Wikipedia were presented and it was explained how to collect references and information for the participants to start working on the proposed biographical articles. In the second session, the participants proceeded to edit, solve doubts and publish the contents in Wikipedia. In addition, between sessions, participants had a Telegram channel where they could receive help from experienced users. In total, 26 articles were edited, 17 of which were new, and the museum uploaded 66 images.
Folk musicians at the Skansen open-air museum. 1927.
A class at the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Tokyo, Japan. 1969.
A children's library in Clamart (Haute-de-Seine), France. 1966.
More folk music – from Sweden and across the sea
A new batch of digitized materials – over 2,600 files – from the Swedish Performing Arts Agency has been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. This upload has several highlights, such as over 700 high quality archival photos documenting folk musicians – a treat for anyone interested in the history of music in the Swedish countryside. And among the music recordings, particularly interesting are those from the Faroe Islands. The recordings were made in 1959!
Wikimedia Sverige has been working together with UNESCO to make more photos from their archives available on Wikimedia Commons. This month, we were able to upload almost a 1,000 photos!. They document the work UNESCO has been doing in education and heritage preservation all around the world, in places ranging from the ancient monuments of Egypt to classrooms in South Korea.
Wikipedia Day 2020
Keynote by Karin Nilsson, ArkDes, about collective intelligence, our joint efforts and how history will show better representation through Wikidata. (In Swedish, but with subtitles in English.)
The 2020 Wikipedia day, delayed from April, was done as an online event November 21. The theme for the day was Wikidata, and after a keynote by Karin Nilsson and a greeting by Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research, to start things off there were talks about using Wikidata in politics, cultural heritage and data journalism, combined with a presentation by Robin Linderborg about the election tracker and re-using Wikidata. At the end of the day Alicia Fagerving hosted an introduction to using Wikidata and a workshop inviting the participants to edit and learn more.
This has been the biggest month yet for bulk uploads of Khalili images. 305 new images from Khalili's collections of Meiji-era Japanese Art, of Spanish Damascened Metalwork and of Aramaic documents, including some higher-resolution versions of previously-uploaded images, take this project's total images to 380. The project home page shows how many images correspond to each collection. Categorising of these images in the Commons category tree has barely begun and help is welcome.
The Khalili Collections data set on Wikidata now extends to 315 items and totals 3073 statements. (Graph visualisation of the whole data-set). Data items don't exactly correspond to images because some art works have multiple images, and one collection was uploaded to Commons without a data set being created. Additionally, 51 items exist on Wikidata without a corresponding image on Commons because copyright in the art work has not yet expired.
The article on Khalili Collection of Enamels of the World passed DYK review and a link appeared on the front page of English Wikipedia on 10 November. This is the 12th article from this project to pass DYK review. A volunteer translated the Plácido Zuloaga article from English into French, creating the 14th new article to come out of the project. I am presently working on articles connected to the Khalili Collection of Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage. There are some topics closely related to the Hajj which are very well-documented on English Wikipedia, but still there are important topics connected to the Hajj which have a very scant article or no article at all, and for which the Khalili Collection has images and documentation.
A few of the Japanese artwork images recently uploaded:
Wikidata training at Museum Computer Network conference
Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado) gave a virtual two hour workshop at the annual Museum Computer Network conference, November 17, 2020. The session, "The Joys of Connecting Your Collections to Wikidata," covered the basics of Wikidata and case studies on how the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institution have contributed their collections to Wikimedia projects. Examples included how to use SPARQL and knowledge graphs. Slides available here.
Andrew Lih joins Smithsonian Institution as Wikimedian at Large
Andrew Lih, Effie Kapsalis, Kelly Doyle at the Smithsonian open access launch, February 2020
Starting in November 2020, Andrew Lih will be working with the Smithsonian Institution as Wikimedian at large, focusing on open access projects with a broad range of departments and affiliates at the largest museum and research organization in the United States. The Smithsonian announced their open access policy on February 25, 2020, while releasing 3.1 million files under a CC0 license. This clears the way for more comprehensive use of images, 2D and 3D objects on Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wikipedia.
He will be working with Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian's Senior Digital Program Officer and a leader in the institution's move towards open access. His work will complement Kelly Doyle, already working as a Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian in the role of open knowledge coordinator, focusing on the American Women's History Initiative. This position builds on the foundational work of former Wikipedians in residence Sarah Stierch and Dominic Byrd-McDevitt and will encompass the development of practices, tools and training for various units of the Smithsonian for better Wikimedia engagement.