GLAM/Newsletter/September 2014/Contents/Norway report
The National Library of Oslo
Edit-a-thon at the National Library
In August we celebrated the Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson and her 100th anniversary with an edit-a-thon at the National Library in Oslo. The edit-a-thon was organized in cooperation with the Finnish embassy, the Finnish-Norwegian Institute of Culture and the National Library. The 25 participants at the workshop were both newcomers and staff from the library. We concentrated on writing new articles on Wikipedia about the Moomin family.
Wikipedian-in-Residence at the National Library
In January the National Library of Norway recruited a Wikipedian-in-Residence who has been exploring the many possibilities of data collection and outreach that are inherent in the National Library's role as a repository of all published books, printed material, Norwegian films, Norwegian photographs, and an enormous collection of manuscripts, maps, etc. Almost 10,000 images have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons since May, 2014. Hopefully especially the Nansen collection can come to good use on many Wikipedias. The WiR also succeeded during the summer to program an application in the national book directory www.bokhylla.no to refer to the book in an Wikipedia article (see lower left at the site, "Referere"). This lays the foundation for a very effective use of Bokhylla (English: Bookshelf) as a reference resource in Wikipedia articles.