GLAM/Newsletter/October 2018/Contents/WMF GLAM report
Documentation survey, Structured Data on Commons consultations, blog posts and conferences
Structured Data on Commons
In 2019, the documentation for batch uploads of files to Wikimedia Commons will be improved, on the occasion of Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons.
Before we start working on this, the GLAM team at the Wikimedia Foundation wants to understand better which types of documentation you already use, and how you like to learn new GLAM-Wiki skills and knowledge. To learn more about this, we have created a short survey, which you can access here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWcLNO6dyM11usIet29bGhEPtbA-01q04dYTruu1V1DtDsVw/viewform
The survey runs until November 30, 2018. It is most relevant for beginning and active GLAM-Wiki volunteers, and for GLAM staff members who have (some) hands-on experience with Wikimedia projects.
A privacy statement applies to this survey. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Sandra at sfauconnierwikimedia.org.
New designs are up for structured copyright and licensing statements on Wikimedia Commons, based on feedback from the first round of designs of a few months ago. Please take some time to look over the new mockups and tell us what you think. How copyright and licensing is displayed in structured data is extremely important, and the development team needs to hear from you!
Prototype for new search functionality in October
In October, a new prototype for searching Wikimedia Commons via structured data was published. It is still possible to provide feedback here as well.
New blog posts about Wikibase
Wikibase, the software behind Wikidata, is available as free and open software, and can be used for external databases and linked open data projects. It is quickly becoming quite popular in the cultural sector. Together with Jens Ohlig (Wikimedia Deutschland), Sandra and Alex have written a few blog posts on the Wikimedia blog that highlight how institutions use Wikibase:
- Many faces of Wikibase: Cataloging the history of the Illuminati. By Lisa Dittmer and Jens Ohlig, 30 August 2018
- Many faces of Wikibase: Rhizome’s archive of born-digital art and digital preservation. By Sandra Fauconnier, 6 September 2018
- WikibaseNYC conference explores the frontier of linked open data infrastructure. By Alex Stinson, Jake Orlowitz and Jens Ohlig, 24 October 2018
It is conference season! The GLAM team is travelling quite a bit and spreading the word about GLAM-Wiki, Wikidata in GLAM, and Structured Data on Commons. A few highlights:
- 5-6 Sep: Open GLAM Mexico, Mexico City (Alex)
- 19-21 Sep: Wikibase Meetup, New York City (Alex, Ben, Sandra) - read blog post
- 29 Sep - 5 Oct: CIDOC / ICOM Conference, Heraklion (Sandra) - see presentation
- 25-26 Oct: Shaping Access Conference, Berlin (Sandra)
- 7-9 Nov: Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council Conference, Tallinn (Sandra) - see presentation
And of course GLAM-Wiki Tel Aviv, 3-5 November, where the entire team was also present. See the program, which will increasingly include video registrations by User:Fuzheado and links to the presentations!