The Swedish Performing Arts Agency (Musikverket) has been sharing their resources, such as archival photos and recordings, with the Wikimedia movement for several years. In November it was time again for them to host a Wikipedian in Residence from Wikimedia Sverige. The purpose of the two weeks long residency is to not only upload new material to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata, but also, and possibly most importantly, to be a readily available resource on all things Wikimedia – how the platforms work and interconnect with each other, how the community makes decisions and creates the content together and what's necessary to release the material under Wikimedia-compatible licenses. In December, the staff at Musikverket will participate in an edit-a-thon and become Wikimedians themselves!
The focus of this year's residency is the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument. Take a dive into the recordings and photographs from Musikverket's collections!
Also a nyckelharpa
And have a listen
Women and architecture
A second edit-a-thon was held on Nov 15 with around 15 participants (internal and external). Six new biographies about women architects were published on Swedish-language Wikipedia and a few more articles were improved and/or expanded. The next edit-a-thons are scheduled to take place on Dec 6, Feb 7, Mar 7 and Apr 18. More details can be found on the Edit-a-thon info page on Swedish-language Wikipedia.
The ongoing project where third year students write there final paper as articles on Wikipedia keeps moving on this year also. As a new partner we have the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, helping out students who are writing about building development, landscape architecture and relevant people in that field. So far the articles are taking shape in the sandboxes, and images are being uploaded to Commons and as usual the plan is to publish some time in February.
New uploads from the Swedish National Archives
In November we performed a small batch upload. We added images and Wikidata items of and representing the so-called "Kungsboken" (en. The King's Book). The book was created by King Charles XI and added to by his son Charles XII. The contents have a very military slant with many plans of battles and fortifications. A beautiful water colour of a stranded whale adds a bit of life (death...) to the proceedings! We performed the batch upload using OpenRefine, for both the images on Wikimedia Commons and the corresponding Wikidata items. Combined with a previous small batch upload using PattyPan we now feel we are ready to plan further and perhaps larger batch uploads for next year.
We also continued uploading select archival documents in November. Among them we can mention the approved application for a Greta Gustafsson to change her name to Greta Garbo, a report from the Swedish Military Attaché in Petrograd dated the day after the Bolsjevik take-over of the city and a historical map of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut (currently the scene of intense combat).
Swedish Order of Battle from 1676
A stranded whale
Greta Gustafsson becomes Greta Garbo
Report from the Swedish Military Attaché to Petrograd, dated October 8 1918
Historical map of Bakhmut
After hard deliberation the Swedish jury came to a verdict in November, and has presented the following ten images as winners and contributions to the international WLM finale. As always we are greatful to have the National Heritage Board, the Council of Working Life Museums and the Maritime Museum as partners providing data about monuments, jury members and communication around the competition.