GLAM/Newsletter/September 2019/Contents/Sweden report
Open cultural heritage; More libraries in Africa on Wikidata; Global MIL Week 2019 Feature Conference; Kulturhistoria som gymnasiearbete; Wiki Loves Monuments
Open cultural heritage
The National Archives and Digisam organized an afternoon about open cultural heritage where representaitves for the Agency for Digital Government, an open data initiative involved in measuring air quality, Wikimedia Sverige and Digisam talked about different aspects of open data and the relation to cultural heritage. Axel Pettersson connected the cultural heritage to Wikidata and different tools developed to improve Wikidata and to reuse data in various ways.
More libraries in Africa on Wikidata
As part of our FindingGLAMs project, Wikimedia Sverige has created over 600 Wikidata items representing libraries in various African countries. The data comes from the Advancing Library Visibility in Africa project and is licensed as CC0.
In total, Wikidata now has items for ca 800 African libraries, which is why we are very excited about this upload – even though there is still a lot to do, it made a real improvement to the really bad coverage.
This SPARQL query shows all the data added: https://w.wiki/97T
Global MIL Week 2019 Feature Conference
UNESCO's Global MIL Week 2019 Feature Conference took place 24–25 September in Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme was MIL Citizens: Informed, Engaged, Empowered. The participants included educators, librarians, journalists, scholars and other professionals interested in supporting and developing Media and Information Literacy initiatives all around the world. A Wikimedia Sverige staff member was also there to give a presentation about our collaboration with the National Library of Sweden around linked open data. We emphasized the role of the Wikimedia projects in developing citizens' information literacy and critical thinking skills, as they do not merely provide information but encourage active participation. The library collaboration context was especially interesting given the theme of the conference, as libraries have traditionally been on the forefront of providing information access and relevant education to the general public.
Kulturhistoria som gymnasiearbete
During September the fourth year of Cultural heritage as Secondary school project started as a collaboration between the Nordic Museum and Wikimedia Sverige. Around 30 students will participate and as part of their projects create or improve articles, upload images, add to Wikidata and learn more about the Wikimedia projects. The articles edited in last years project has so far had over 192 000 views.
Wiki Loves Monuments
2 650 images of archaeological monuments, protected buildings, working life museums and listed ships were uploaded through the Swedish part of Wiki Loves Monuments this year. Currently the jury is working hard on judging all the images in order to have a result ready before the end of October.