On 2 September 2015 Wikimedia Belgium published six booklets (two booklets, each available in three languages) with the opening of SOIMA 2015. These two publications (in English) are:
The first edition of these booklets were reached out to the director of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) (wiki), which sponsored Wiki Loves Monuments in Belgium & Luxembourg in the past 4 years.
See for all the publications at Category:Wikimedia Belgium publications.
SOIMA 2015: Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage
On 2, 3 and 4 September, the conference SOIMA 2015: Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage was organised in Brussels. The conference was organized to take action and share knowledge, skills and resources to ensure the current transition from analogue to digital formats. Without taking action this image and sound heritage of the past century is at risk and will disappear. The conference brought together professionals and policy makers with an interest in sound and image preservation.
Wikimedia Belgium, together with Wikimedia France, Wikimedia Österreich, and Wikimedia Nederland, sponsored the conference. We think it is important to be present at this kind of conferences because in this way we as Wikimedia can reach out to cultural institutions around the world. They often do not know the possibilities of working together with Wikipedia and often does not know Wikimedia exists. To be at a conference we as Wikimedia can introduce ourselves, make our existence known, and create awareness that working with Wikipedia/Wikimedia is possible and a good way to educate people around the world about various subjects.
Every participant at the conference got a goodiebag with in it two booklets, about Creative Commons licenses (online version) and about how to work successfully together with Wikipedia (online version). We also had a Wikimedia booth at the conference to provide the participants with extra documentation and to answer questions.
We have had interesting sessions and talks and we think the conference was a good way to promote Wikipedia, the collaboration with Wikimedia, and to raise awareness for the value of free knowledge.
Wikimedia booth at SOIMA 2015
The opening of SOIMA 2015 took place here
A classical building with a nice interior.
The main room for the lectures.
In the former Royal Stables the breaks and lunch were served, Wikimedia Belgium had a booth to promote the usage of Wikipedia and collaboration with Wikimedia.
Wiki Loves Art
In 2015-2016 we are organising Wiki Loves Art in Belgium. We noticed with previous meetings with cultural institutions that they do not know that Wikimedia Belgium exists, that they can work together with us with projects, and often hesitate in starting projects together while they are very interested. Therefore we designed a project that is safe for cultural institutions to join in and at the same time they get the opportunity to get to know us.
Wiki Loves Art is a photo contest in what volunteers take photos of objects that are made available to be photographed by a cultural institution, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. This takes place in April 2016, but before the actual contest is happening, we will make a tour along cultural institutions to invite them to join in this project or to work together with us in another project.
At the opening of SOIMA 2015 on 2 September 2015 the project was publicly announced, and the project will grow in the coming months.
Wiki Loves Art already resulted in a first collaboration being pre-announced at the opening of the conference: a new collaboration between KIK-IRPA and Wikimedia Belgium. More developments will follow in coming months. See: https://twitter.com/Wikimedia_BE/status/639203850851893248
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