Royal Library of Sweden initiates the first Wikipedia training of library staff in Sweden
In partnership with the Royal Library of Sweden, Wikimedia Sverige is offering the first organized series of Wikipedia training sessions specifically customized for library staff. Three sessions are given between September and November 2016 and participation is already full. Outcomes from the first session was the set up of Citation Hunt in Swedish and also a discussion on the kinds of needs that participants have when it comes to explaining Wikipedia to others. The themes of these discussions were Accuracy and reliability, Libraries in Sweden and Wikipedia, and statistics of use and the Wikipedia community, all of these are publicly shared in a blog post in Swedish.
During a Wikipedia workshop for librarians September 28 the Citation hunt tool was translated, adopted and set up for use on Swedish language Wikipedia. As a preparation for participation in the #1lib1ref campaign in January librarians are trained in using Wikipedia and adding citations to articles.
Connected Open Heritage
As part of getting new cultural heritage data from countries who are not already in the WLm database John and André went to Georgia for some high level meetings with government officials and other staff from heritage related organisations. There are still some leads to follow up and things to sort out from the meetings, so stay tuned for more reports. Preparations are also taking place for some more image uploads, among them a travel journal with images from Mexico and some others from excavations on Cyprus that the Museum of World Culture has agreed to release. Wikimedia Italia is also preparing the photo exhibition that is one of the parts of the project aimed to raise awareness among the public for the awesome work done by volunteers and others in documenting and high lighting the cultural heritage.
World Wide Wikipedia
The World Wide Wikipedia tour restarted after the summer with a two day event at the Museum of World Culture. One day with presentations and speakers talking about both Wikipedia and other projects started by the National Heritage Board, and one day of learning the basics of editing and also getting some edits done. The first day there were 15 participants and during the workshop the 9 participants both created new, translated and improved articles and got around to uploading images to Wikimedia Commons. The next stop for the tour is in Malmö in the beginning of December.
Wikipedia at the Göteborg Book fair
Following an eleven year long tradition there were a bunch of Wikipedians present at the Göteborg Book fair to both talk about Wikipedia and to take new images of the authors, celebrities, journalists, politicians and other relevant visitors attending the fair. A total of 17 Wikipedians helped with the outreach and input activities during the four days the fair lasts.