Swedish Performing Arts Agency; Connected Open Heritage; Internetmuseum; More Working life museums
Swedish Performing Arts Agency
As part of a cooperation project with Wikimedia Sverige, the Swedish Performing Arts Agency (Musikverket) hosted a Wikimedian in Residence. The agency's tasks include preserving Sweden's cultural heritage in the areas of music and performing arts, and their library boasts large collections of ditigized archival photographs. Over 4,000 of these high-resolution images have now been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, where they can be enjoyed and reused by everyone interested in the history of theater in Sweden. You can learn more about them here. In addition, the Agency's authority database, containing biographical data about over 1,600 individuals and organizations – many of whom don't have Wikipedia articles yet – has been migrated to Wikidata, using the new property created for this purpose.
Connected Open Heritage
In September, we ran yet batch upload of photographs from The Swedish National Heritage Board. While building on the base of the June upload, this batch was ever so slightly larger, with over 173,000 images included. Hardly a corner of our country has been left unrepresented as we enriched Commons with bird's-eye views of rural landscapes, painstakingly inventoried church interiors and suburban cityscapes. And also a cat.
This time, we also included some photographs from other parts of the world. As they are quite old and have less-than-perfect metadata, it's often hard to guess what exactly they're depicting – unless one has local knowledge, that is! Can you help us move them to more specific categories?
Typical architecture of a Göteborg suburb.
Interior detail of the medieval Nederluleå Church, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A street in Helsinki, Finland. But where exactly?
Jörgen Löwenfeldt, Internetmuseum, and Emma Rydberg, Wikipedian in Residence
During the fall Sweden's first digital museum Internetmuseum is hosting a Wikipedian in Residence. The museum's focus is to document the history of the Internet in Sweden, preserve important historical Swedish websites and collect items linked to Internet history. The WiR is improving Swedish Wikipedia's articles on the subject, as well as hosting events.
In October an edit-a-thon took place in Stockholm with the Internet as its focus. Swedish Wikipedia's weekly competition during that week had the same theme. All in all, the edit-a-thon and the contest improved Wikipedia with over 86 000 bytes and 17 brand new articles.
December 5th Internetmuseum will host its next edit-a-thon.
More Working life museums
Using a shoehorn a Wikipedia workshop were included in a course on the topic storytelling with a personal touch organized by the Association of Working life museums. Starting with a big disclaimer about that they had to forget everything they had heard the first day Axel Pettersson talked about the five pillars, notability, conflict of interest, neutral point of view and everything else that is needed for new users that comes in to the projects with the aim of improving the articles about their museum. A total of 15 participants now have a new understanding of why they can't write what they want and a rough understanding of where the lines are for what is accepted and not, and also knowledge of where to ask for help and how to find mentors if/when they have more questions.
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