Archival photographs and literary knowledge enrich Polish Wikipedia
The Polish National Archives upload 6000 files to Commons
Narcyz Witczak-Witaczyński - Polish cavalry soldiers visiting local residents
The collaboration between Wikimedia Polska and the National Digital Archives (NAC) which started at the end of 2017, has so far brought over 6000 historical photographs by Narcyz Witczak-Witaczyński and other photographers. The upload began in early 2018 and new files were gradually being added to the category. See the collaboration description on Polish Wikipedia -->
Thanks to collaborating with Wikimedia, the National Digital Archives have added a Public Domain statement concerning rights to images on their digital collection website. This also enables individual Wikimedians and other interested people to reuse the images. Since late January, when first uploads took place, approximately 6000 files were uploaded to Commons. All files can be found in the Images from Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe category. The National Archives contain photographs showing a wide range of locations, historical events, notable people, sports and cultural events and daily life - consequently the images have been used over 3900 times on Wikipedia pages.
Heirlooms and European stories at Goethe Institut Warsaw
Sugar cubes, cooperatives, common myths and legends and many other themes originate from intercultural exchange. Titled „Heirlooms. European Stories”, the proejct by Goethe-Institut is aimed to collect and describe European cultural heritage: traditions, cultures, objects, styles which link three or more European countries and which illustrate our common heritage. As part of this project, on September 20th we ran a Wikiworkshop at the Goethe Institut to allow participants to begin writing articles in Polish, English or German on chosen themes from the project scope – from the Meisen porcelain thru Pilzner beer to Andersen's fairy tales. See the project page and article list and get involved! The participants are writing articles and preparing content for the final editathon in November this year.
The National Library of Poland improves Polish Wikipedia
Wikipedia articles have been enriched by nearly 600 illustrations from digitised books uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by a team of editors from the National Library of Poland. The team of editors upload selected images to illustrate biographical articles, entries on history, Polish literature and the arts. The National Library team also adds references and external links to the articles: thanks to this, Wikipedia readers can quickly access full-text versions of books described in the Wikipedia articles.
See the news release about the collaboration on the National Library website
. Specialists from the National Library review existing articles on Polish-language Wikipedia
and improve existing contents and illustrations (pictured: a photograph of Polish painter, Maria Płonowska - the only portrait of this artist existing on Wikipedia). The articles illustrated and edited by the National Library team are viewed over a million times per month.
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