The following article is an update of GLAM activity from the last month (and a bit) across the African continent and beyond. The activities listed below have come from the work of two Wikimedia chapters, South Africa and Kenya, and from the WikiAfrica Project.
Wiki Loves Monuments, the African way
The international photo contest Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 is almost over and it is unveiling daily the winners from each participating country: it's time for a report about the experience of three African nations involved this year for the first time, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, which enriched Wikimedia Commons with over 2,000 pictures. The article also includes a few remarkable stories from photographers.
Following what might be referred to as "the Gibraltardrama", an unwarranted wave of contrast to the Gibraltarpedia GLAM project in these weeks, and after an interesting mention on a WikiProject report on The Signpost for October 22nd, which defined WikiAfrica as "unique", our project received a proposal of deletion as well.
The request was made on the basis of the alleged redundancy with the regular wikiproject about Africa and the lack of activity, based uniquely on the examination of the talk of the project itself. The discussion unveiled that the very existence and purpose of GLAM projects is still unknown to many: the request was speedy closed and the sysop even advised against a merge-and-redirect of all the project pages in the future.
The Gambia National Museum, a WikiAfrica GLAM content partner had its first training on the basics of Wikipedia,uploading images as well as releasing contents using CC-BY-SA licenses. Mr Hassoum Ceesay, who is the Curator as well as the Director of Copyright at the Museum received the training and created an article about their museum on Wikipedia. The training was held on the 10th of October 2012 at the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool during the Museums and Human Rights conference at the International Slavery Museum.
Potential GLAMs - Still in Talks
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with Wikimedia Kenya:
Nairobi Railway Museum have partially accepted to collaborate with Wikimedia Kenya to have their content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The senior management requested copies of proposals to review them in detail. Wikimedia Kenya is in discussions on the best way to undertake this project, which would be the first of its kind. A preliminary study revealed that they have none of their collections digitized.
Kenya National Archives are still reviewing a proposal that was sent to them regarding GLAM. Hopefully the results shall be out by the time the next newsletter shall be published.
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with WikiAfrica:
National Museum Malawi
Shimoni Slavery Museum, Kenya
Bamako-London Exhibition, UK/Mali
South African Heritage Resource Agency, South Africa
Name your hood, South Africa
IZIKO Museums of Cape Town (14 museums in the Cape Town area) www.iziko.org.za, South Africa
Africa Centre is a cultural platform based in Cape Town supporting and producing cultural projects and initiatives. In 2011 the Africa Centre adopted the CC BY-SA on its online documentation and in November launched a call for a Wikipedian in Residence in charge of contributing to WikiAfrica and coordinating more GLAM outreach in Africa.
doual'art: a cultural non profit organization focussed on contemporary art and urban research in Douala. Since 1991 doual'art produces public art and collects documentation about its city. doual'art provides all of its online documentation in CC BY-SA: project descriptions, artworks descriptions, biographies of artists and experts.
Check out this month's Italy report for a summary of these 3 case studies.
Kër Thiossane, an art centre, residency space and training facility based in Dakar. The centre provides training to intellectuals, artists and authors in Dakar on how to contribute to Wikipedia and wiki websites.
Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, now Festival de Cine Africano de Còrdoba. Spanish cinema festival specialized in African cinema providing film descriptions and biographies of filmmakers and experts in CC BY-SA (texts only).