GLAM/Newsletter/October 2018/Contents/Estonia report
Estonian art and geoscience collections finding their way to Commons
Estonian artists finding their way to Wikimedia Commons
A collaboration project between Wikimedia Eesti and the Tartu Art Museum is now over a year and a half old. Initially we largely worked on bringing various exhibitions into the wiki world, for example "Changing Tartu in Four Views" and "Peeter Allik. Cultivated Schizophrenia". More recently the focus has shifted towards working on the entire work of individual artists, so that we will cover a larger section of the museum collections.
Some of the most recent artist involved have been Julie Wilhelmine Hagen-Schwarz (1824–1902), Konrad Mägi (1878–1925), Nikolai Triik (1884–1940) and Lola Liivat (1928–). As you can see, we've been both working on those artists who died long enough ago for their work to be in the public domain, and those who are still among us and are able to give us their permission to document their artworks.
Additionally, almost all the works from both the painting and the watercolor collections of the Tartu Art Museum have been documented in as much depth as possible in Wikidata. This part of the project has already been extended to the collections of other Estonian museums, with whom we plan to also reach a deeper collaboration including image sharing and uploading in the future.
Geoscience Collections of Estonia moving closer to Wikipedia
October marked the beginning of our cooperation with the Estonian Museum of Natural History to bring the images of their geological collection into Wikimedia Commons. The first (manual) upload can be seen on this report, and the plan is to follow the same format while adding images automatically in the future, until the entire collection of several thousand images has been made available to everyone.