October finally saw the results of a planned image contribution by three Swedish museums which has long been in the works. The Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and the Hallwyl Museum (LSH), constituting a national authority, released roughly 20,000 high resolution images to Commons under a free license. This contribution is the largest release from a Swedish museum to Wikimedia Commons and one of the largest worldwide. You can read more about the collaboration on the WMF blog.
WLM finalists announced
During a ceremony at the National Heritage Boards annual fall meeting prices were handed out to the winners of Wiki Loves Monuments. Jan Ainali, who was chair of the Swedish jury, gave a presentation where he talked about the contest and the benefits for both the Wikimedia movement as well as for the National Heritage Board and the Swedish Maritime Museum (providing datasets for the different categories). Three of the winners were present and received their prices, the other winners will have their prices sent to them by mail. The ceremony can be seen on Bambuser as well.
Shoe donation and international writing contest
A triathlon of fashion edit-a-thons are organized in Sweden, Israel and Italy the second week of November. In preparation for that 28 images of shoes have been donated by Nordiska museet. The images will be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons the first week of November. The participants (on-line and off-line) of the edit-a-thons will be able to take part in the Europeana Fashion Challenge.
During October a total of 66 participants from over 45 working life museums were trained in working with the wikimedia community, editing, uploading media files and avoiding conflict of interest. So far they have have edited in "their own articles", uploaded files without categories and names such as "My film.webm" and argued in terms of "the way we want it". Although apart from the film (shown here) still being uncategorized and with a really bad name they have improved and have created and expanded articles and are on their way of becoming great contributors. The Swedish community has, as always, been great in welcoming the new users, copyediting and discussing where copyediting and discussion was needed.
Lars Lundqvist, head of the Information Development Unit at the Swedish National Heritage Board, did a presentation on open data at an online webinar. He talked about semantic links, authorities and how to present parts from different databases in a nice way. Kringla.nu uses both images and text from Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia to help illustrate and provide information and background to items in the databases.