Wikipedian in Residence; Heritage Leiden; Public libraries
Seeking a Wikipedian in Residence for Erfgoed Gelderland
WMNL and Erfgoed Gelderland, a regional cooperation of GLAMs in the Dutch province of Gelderland, are working together in a project to give small GLAMs the means to participate in Wikimedia projects. In October, funding was received to appoint a Wikipedian in Residence, who will be training the GLAMs to do small uploads and to engage with the Wikimedia community. The application for the Wikipedian in Residence has been put out (see here, Dutch only). Deadline is 21 October and the first round of talks with applicants is on October 31. The WiR will likely start on 1 January 2017.
Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken
Rapenburg canal with the Academiegebouw
The first images from Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken (ELO, the municipal archive of the city of Leiden in the Netherlands) have been uploaded (see here). These images are the first of a larger batch of digitized glass negatives by Dutch photographer Jan Goedeljee. User:Erik Zachte has used a custom Perl-script to transform the metadata to a format that can be read by Pattypan. He is currently working on some issues that still exist (adding geotags to the photos); it is expected that this will be fixed in the near future. If successful, the script can be used with minor tweaks for other collections held by ELO as well.
WMNL and the KB jointly organised a meeting for public libraries on 6 October. Over 30 library professionals from 23 organisations (including some from Belgium) attended. During this meeting, the results of the 2016 pilot project were presented, as well as its development in 2017 (presentations here and here). Focus will shift from supporting individual libraries to providing as much information as possible on how they can engage with Wikimedia. This will be achieved through a so-called "menu": a list of Wikimedia related activities that libraries can organise. These activities are ordered roughly in order of difficulty, i.e., the degree to which libraries need to know the Wikimedia environment or need to involve Wikipedia volunteers or WMNL. Examples include a "photo of the month" contest to enrich metadata, 1Lib1Ref, an article of the month section or a photohunt. The "menu" can be found here (in Dutch only).
Animal sounds and videos edit-a-thon
On 8 October 2016 an edit-a-thon was organised in the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. The goal of the session was to add, already uploaded sound and video files, to articles about animals.
The edit-a-thon also included a tour through a part of the archives to show a part of the collection.
See also the project page in Dutch.
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