Wikidata birthday celebrations, Wiki Loves Monuments, new partnerships and more!
Abre-te Código hackathon
Creative Commons Brasil is also a partner of the Abre-te Código hackathon! They collaborated with a CC licensing class on the preparatory stage of the event.
Abre-te Código is the Global South edition of the cultural open data hackathon Coding da Vinci, organized in Brazil by the Goethe-Institut São Paulo. After a preparatory stage that included the development of text and video materials in which cultural institutions and free knowledge organizations were able to share their perspectives and techniques for the digital dissemination of collections thorugh the Technologies, Legislations and Systems and Processes lenses, the hackathon starts in late October with a kick-off for the teams organization, mentories and the development of the first prototypes. More than 10 cultural institutions provided datasets under free licenses for participants to use during the hackathon. The event takes place entirely online and the teams will have the month of November to develop their projects to be evaluated by a specialized jury.
Wiki Movimento Brasil is very excited to be part of this initiative! We collaborated with materials on Wikiemdians in Residence and on GLAM Wiki processes and partnerships (text and video). We'll offer technical mentories and integrate the evaluation jury. Many more updates to come!
The preparatory stage videos are available on YouTube and Wikimedia Commons.
Wikidata birthday celebrations
As Wikidata completes it’s 8th birthday in October, the Wiki Movimento Brasil organizes several activities to celebrate!
We’ll have the 25th Wikidata Lab on APIs and data extraction. It will be broadcasted live through WMB’s channels and the participants will have the opportunity to collaborate on a practical activity online.
We’re also glad to announce that The Wikidata Lab videos are now available on Wikimedia Commons! Wikidata Labs are technical trainings on Wikidata related tools and topics organized by the brazilian community since 2017 and have been broadcast live and recorded since 2018. There are now 15 videos on topics like structured narratives, OpenRefine, structured bibliographic references, data literacy and more. Some of them were held in English, with the participation of the global community, and others were held in Portuguese.
Wikidata Lab VIII - Day 1: Exploring and fixing ontologies on data modeling
Wikidata Lab VIII - Day 2: Images, metadata and Wikidata gamification
Wikidata Lab XVIII: Structured data on Wikimedia Commons
- 24/10: Wikidata party + Abre-te Código
On a Saturday, WMB’s small team will gather for work on a Paulista Museum dataset on Wikidata and offer a webinar for engaging the Abre-te Código participants on GLAM Wiki processes and Wikidata.
- 28/10: WikiCite Conference session
Érica Azzellini and Célio Costa from the WMB UG are organizing a session for the WikiCite Virtual Conference this year! Under the theme “Wikidata modeling projects, bibliography and library data”, the speakers from the Global South will share their ongoing projects with the broad community. The presentations will be both in English and Portuguese.
Wiki Loves Monuments
WLM Brasil has already started!
In 2020, Wiki Loves Monuments Brasil will occur during the month of October! We’re very excited to see the beautiful photos the participants will submit on this year’s edition. There are more than 7 thousand eligible monuments in Brazil to be photographed for WLM. Wiki Loves Monuments page uses a list automatically generated by Wikidata to provide for the participants the valid monuments for each Brazilian state.
The contest is organized for the second time by the Wiki Movimento Brasil User Group. In 2019, WLM Brasil had almost 5 thousand images submitted. We expect to reach 10 thousand images this year!
Wiki Movimento Brasil also received, in August and September, three Creative Commons grants: two from the CC Open GLAM Platform and one from the CC Open Education Platform.
In addition to this fundings, a WMB member also had a presentation approved at the Creative Commons 2020 Virtual Global Summit. Giovanna Fontenelle, who is also a CC Brasil member, will present about the case of the Brazilian OpenGLAMs partnerships on Wikipedia. The page for the lecture is available here.
The presentation will be on Thursday, October 22, from 12:30 - 13:00 UTC. It will be part of the Open Galleries/Libraries/Archives/Museums section.
Wikicontest with the Brazilian National Archives
The top five winners of the wikicontest
As mentioned in the two previous Newsletters, WMB was holding second wikicontest on Wikipedia in Portuguese. This time, with the Brazilian National Archives, a significant cultural institution in Brazil.
The event officially closed on September 14, ending the activities of creating and editing articles, as well as using images, after almost two months of work. Brazilian editors improved and created entries related to Brazil’s capital, Brasília, on Wikipedia and used part of the 10 thousand images of the Brazilian National Archives collection uploaded on Commons through the GLAM partnership ongoing since 2017.
This is one of the biggest and most important Wiki Movimento Brasil events so far. The 509 participants were responsible for impressive total final numbers: 288 created articles, 887 edited pages, and 5.63 million bytes added, according to the event's page on Outreach Dashboard
After the end of the event, the top five winners list was released and the users should receive their awards in the coming weeks.
A few weeks ago, another GLAM-Wiki partnership from WMB was released. This time, with the Brazilian classical music portal Musica Brasilis.
Due to the group's big project with the Paulista Museum, this initiative with Musica Brasilis had to be paused, but in September, the project returned with all its might.
Since the restart, a portal for the GLAM-Wiki partnership has been created on Wikipedia in Portuguese, as well as the item for it on Wikidata and categories and logos on Commons. We are also finalizing the license for the images and we should soon share a video that will document the process of creating a GLAM in the Lusophone community. The goal is to use the initiative with Musica Brasilis as a model case.
Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros
In the past few weeks, WMB has also started another GLAM partnership. This time, with the Institute of Brazilian Studies, a unit from the University of São Paulo, with a huge collection of rare items from Brazilian history, including documents, books, magazines, manuscripts, works of art, and periodicals.
The partnership should only be made official and ratified in the coming weeks, but members of the WMB and the institute are already working together to decide the first items to be made available. Great news soon!
University of São Paulo Libraries
In the last Newsletter, the GLAM from the University of São Paulo Libraries partnership gained one more participant: Biblioteca da FAU, a library from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism.
After a conversation with the library’s representatives, it was decided that the institution would enter not only with its bibliographic collection but also with items from its iconographic collection, initially considered outside the initiative. In this way, there will be an expansion of this partnership and an extension of the project with the University of São Paulo Libraries as a whole.
In the past few days, members of the from the University of São Paulo Libraries, involved in the GLAM-Wiki partnership, have also applied for a WikiCite grant. The project aims to engage the librarian community from Wikidata in edit-a-thons and also add bibliographical references from prestigious publications. The goal is to involve the Brazilian library community more and more on Wikidata and really connect them to the open knowledge and linked data community.
GLAM and virtual education
GLAM and Virtual education
The MoodleMoot Colombia was a national event to enhance the virtual education community, specially the Moodle community. The GLAM team prepared a presentation about how virtual classes in Moodle can be enhanced with Wikipedia. A blog post is available here with the video of the presentation.
AAF training course; Workshops in Strasbourg; European Heritage Days: Rennes; Wiki Loves Monuments
AAF training course
The "association des archivistes français", biggest archivist association in France organized with Wikimedia France an training course on september 8. That was the opportunity to explain and practice around Wikimedia movement, Wikipedia, Wikimedia commons and a bit of Wikidata for 7 hours. There were 8 attendees during this training session. The idea is to reproduce this kind of training session each year in the framework of a partnership.
Workshops in Strasbourg
The Wikipedia, Wiktionnary and Wikisource workshops are back at the Mediathèque André Malraux of Strasbourg since this 26 september.
European Heritage Days: Rennes
On September 20, wikimedians hold a stand and a workshop at the Champs Libres (Museum of Brittany and library of Rennes) for the European Heritage Days. Like the previous years, we shared the space with OpenStreetMap.
Wiki Loves Monuments
For the 9th year in a row, Wiki Loves Monuments was organized in France. The symbolic threshold of 10 000 uploaded photos was passed, making 2020 the best of the last 5 year in term of participation. This year, the scope of admissible photo was enlarged. In France "monument historic" can be either building or object ; until this edition, WLM was only for buildings but it was open to objects. This category was quite succesful.
Now, the 5 members of the jury will now start doing its selection to find the 10 winners. The results should be avalaible in two months.
Ahoy! Wikipedians set sail to document the reality of modern seafaring
Booklet about the project (German)
Ahoy! About 90% of world trade is handled by merchant shipping. Our smartphones, our computers, the raw materials for them - they all come by ship. But what happens in the meantime? What does everyday life look like on a modern container ship? How do the seamen live aboard? What are their working conditions? Why is it considered progress that they now have an 80-hour week under their employment agreements? Which law applies on board? These were the questions we explored in Hamburg during a weekend in April of 2019.
In cooperation with the seamen's mission of the German Lutheran church (de), a group of Wikipedians spent a weekend in Hamburg's container port. The programme started with a talk on how national and international maritime labour regulations are enforced by Hamburg's port authorities and what the resulting living and working conditions of seafarers on the world's oceans look like.
Next, the group embarked on a launch for a tour through the container port and a pastor from the seamen's mission provided the perspective of short-term guests from the Philippines, India, or Russia on the way to the Hamburg seamen's club. In the club, Wikipedians started writing articles and consulted sources next door to sailors who spent their few ours on land calling their families or just enjoying each other's company playing pool.
On Sunday, the group visited the Hamburg Maritime Museum, where we had the museum library at our disposal and took photos of the objects in the exhibition. By the end of the weekend, the group had produced at least 53 Wikipedia articles and more than 400 pictures for Wikipedia. We learned more about the conditions under which the computers we are working on arrive at our homes. We brought this knowledge online.
One Wikipedian participated remotely from the United States. We would like to thank the participating institutions for their kind support.
In Hamburg's container port
Wikipedians during the boat tour
A seamen's pastor demonstrating his work attire for visiting sailors aboard
Learning about international maritime labour law
de:Seeleute-Ausweis (seafarers' identity document): one of the articles created during the project
A museum model of Hamburg's container port
New GLAM partnerships on data donation; Commons structured data edit-a-thon
New GLAM partnerships on data donation
In August 2020, Wikimedia Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with Lembaga Pendidikan Seni Nusantara dan Yayasan Tikar Media Budaya Nusantara on data donation from the institutions. This collaboration will bring new content on Wikimedia Commons in the form of audios, videos, pictures, and documents which are related to Indonesian arts and cultures. The process of importing the data to Commons will be done in October 2020, ensuring the preparations from their side is completed.
Not only Lembaga Pendidikan Seni Nusantara dan Yayasan Tikar Media Budaya Nusantara, D'Topeng Kingdom Foundation also joined us in the same partnership. D'Topeng Kingdom Foundation is an organization which oversees several local GLAM institutions in several places in Indonesia, such as Indonesian Islamic Art Museum, Indonesian Heritage Museum, and History of Java Museum. These museums are with a good grace donated the photographs of museum objects to Commons to enrich Indonesian heritage in Internet. Besides, the photographs will be included in Retas Budaya Festival this month, an event conducted by Goethe-Institut Indonesian in collaboration with Directorate General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia, Wikimedia Indonesia, Asosiasi Game Indonesia (Indonesian Game Association), Elex Media Komputindo, and Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
- Photographs of Indonesian Islamic Art Museum object
Horsemen Mamluk Brigade from Ottoman Empire
A helmet of Cavalery Forces from Ottoman Empire
Commons structured data edit-a-thon
In August, Wikimedia Indonesia and Wikimedia Nederland has been working together in the theme of "October History Month". One initiative is to make more content available through Wikimedia, the content that is relevant to Indonesian history which is housed in Dutch cultural collections available through Wikimedia.
Wikimedia Nederland has been helping to put hundreds of photographs and videos related to Indonesia pre- and post-independence into Wikimedia Commons. A set of photographs of Padang and Yogyakarta from the collection of Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies currently kept by Leiden University Library is now available. Also, video materials produced by the propaganda department of the Japanese military administration during the Pacific War, when the former Dutch East Indies were occupied by Japan are now on Commons thanks to Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision). Not only those pictures and videos, Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen (National Museum of World Cultures) put hundreds of their photograph collections depicting Indonesia pre- and post-independence.
To help the collections more searchable, Wikimedia Indonesia set a campaign inviting Wikimedians in Indonesia to add structured data to each file. This data consist of caption and depicts (P180). If you are interested to contribute, you can start at this ISA campaign.
- Photographs from the National Museum of World Cultures
Photograph of Teuku Umar's kopiah
Soekarno, the first Indonesia president, placed a wreath on the monument
Indonesian women taking pictures in front of the Monument of Proclamation.
Students taking on GLAM Wiki women in red
GLAM Women in red
Three students from the Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMET) will work with writing and improving biographies of Norwegian artists from a list curated by the National Gallery. We have so far held two workshops on how to edit on Wikipedia. In the next session the students will be diving into to the archives at the National Library in Oslo.
For this project the students could choose between three different lists curated by different GLAM-institutions, namely the National Gallery, the National Museum and the University of Tromsø. You can have a look at the other lists, and results from previous years work here.
Next year the students will work with lists related to queer artists, as we prepare for the Queer Cultural Year 2022.
Eager students learning Wikipedia
Corona safety is highly prioritized. We followed all local recommendations, and were happy that we could have the first meeting in person.
For the second session the situation in Oslo had become increasingly challenging, both Corona-wise and with a bus strike, so it was held remotely.
Radio cinema at Márkomeannu festival in Bodø
Márkomeannu festival, an annual Sámi music festival, will have different events in the city of Bodø in the northern part of Norway October 10 as a replacement of the festival that was cancelled this summer due to COVID-19. At 17.00 Wikimedia Norge and the podcast project "I Elsa Laulas fotsport - radiodokumentar" invite listeners to a radio cinema with a following conversation. The episode we will listen to is the one called Delvieh, where four young, Sámi women share different ways to strengthen the Sámi languages, traditions, knowledge and rights.
Throwback to previous years Márkomeanu festival.
Musikverket: more folk music and photos; Hack for Heritage 2020; Wiki Loves Monuments; Wikipedia in the libraries; Digital Book Fair on Wikipedia
Musikverket: more folk music and photos
performed on the spilåpipa by Sväs Anders Andersson (1941).
The project Free music on Wikipedia, which we mentioned last month, is now in full swing. In September, we focused on uploading material shared by the Swedish Performing Arts Agency, the majority of which is historic recordings of folk music from several regions of Sweden. They include a number of songs performed on the spilåpipa, a local type of flute that had no recordings on Commons before! A bunch of photographs of folk musicians were also uploaded.
Violin players Mårten Andersson and Bengt Bixo, unknown date.
The dancing group of Skansen on tour in USA, 1905.
Nils Andersson writes down music by Gössa Anders Andersson, working on a book project about Swedish folk music, unknown date.
Hack for Heritage 2020 – online
The annual hackathon organized by the Swedish National Heritage Board, Hack for Heritage, took place online this year due to the Corona pandemic. The new, experimental format did not discourage the participants, who worked together despite being spread all across the country. Wikimedia Sverige participated as a partner, holding a workshop about the Wikimedia projects and answering any questions the participants had about Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and open licenses.
Wiki Loves Monuments
Buttons and signs connected to the railway, Reftele Ölmestads museum.
Over 2,000 photos were uploaded in the Swedish edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, documenting the built cultural heritage of our country. The competition was made possible by open data shared by Swedish GLAMs, and included protected buildings and archaeological monuments (Swedish National Heritage Board), culturally significant boats (Swedish National Maritime Museum) and working life museums (Working Life Museums Co-operation Council). The Swedish National Heritage Board published information about WLM on its website, pointing out that there are a lot of culturally significant places in our country that don't normally get much attention, and every photo can make a huge difference in increasing awareness about them.
Wikipedia in the libraries
The project Wikipedia in libraries will be completed this autumn! A report (in Swedish) with analyzes and conclusions has been written. We would like to thank everyone who participated (95 editors adding almost 80k words to over 500 articles, combining for 2.13M views, and also uploading over 160 images to Commons) and are very happy for one of the projects, which arose together with the libraries, to continue on its own. It is project LGBT that has created a workspace for collaborative work and is also the weekly competition for October 5-11 on Swedish Wikipedia!
The most important conclusion from the project is that we can quickly adjust and work under new conditions. This in itself requires that you work iteratively (plan, do, check, act), that is, be able to quickly adapt to changing conditions - something that Wikimedia's platforms and its participants are very good at. This year there were many video meetings and we look forward to new collaborations and projects – both through video meetings and in real life!
Digital Book Fair on Wikipedia
Digital Book Fair on Wikipedia 2020.
Wikipedia and Wikimedia Sverige are usually represented at the Göteborg Book Fair each year. It has been a tradition, and gives us much value, as we meet readers and other wikipedians, recruit new editors and take photos for Wikipedia articles. Due to the the covid-19 pandemic, the Book Fair was digital this year, and so was our participation.
We arranged a digital book fair on Wikipedia as a marathon edit-a-thon during four days (24–27 September). Each day had its own theme, related to the themes of the Book Fair. The theme on Thursday was Libraries and Education and on Friday we wrote about Children's literature and Young adult's fiction. Saturday was a highlight with the theme South Africa, where the user Oesjaar on Afrikaans Wikipedia participated and talked about South Africa and the language situation in the country, among other things. It was very much appreciated! On Sunday the theme was Digital culture.
We had announced the event on Facebook and had handed out brochures to several libraries in different cities in Sweden, where we could reach out to their visitors. We were 11 organizers and 12 other participants in the edit-a-thons. We wrote 24 new articles and improved 138 other articles. We found the event successful and we strengthened important contacts for the future.
National Lottery; Khalili Collections
New open licensing requirement for National Lottery Heritage Fund
The UK has a National Lottery Heritage Fund which funds heritage projects — from thousands to millions of pounds sterling — from the national lottery. Funded projects had not been required to release their content under free licences, but that changed recently. The fund have announced a new requirement that grant recipients release all digital outputs of funded projects under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence, or an equivalent. Code and metadata are to be be shared under a Creative Commons 0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication, or equivalent.
They also recommended that no new claim of copyright be made over the reproduction of works already in the Public Domain.
They caveat the new requirement with "if grantees find that using our default licence would prevent them from being able to successfully deliver their project, we will of course work with them to find a solution" as well as offering to "support any current projects who would like to switch to the new licence".
The fund recently appointed Josie Fraser, former chair of the board of Wikimedia UK, as its Head of Digital Policy. The licensing review board that advised on this decision included Lucy Crompton-Reid, chief executive of Wikimedia UK.
Enamelled carriage that belonged to Bhavsinhji II
One new image was uploaded this month, but we are getting closer to doing a bulk upload of images (which has been delayed by COVID lockdown restrictions). A new article on the Khalili Collection of Spanish Metalwork has passed DYK review. A picture from the Khalili Collection of Japanese Art was a Featured Picture of the Day on Commons, prompting volunteers to translate the caption into fourteen additional languages.
Some of this month was spent writing about the Khalili Collection of Enamels of the World: one of his largest collections and one that spans Islamic, European, Chinese and Japanese cultures. Not many images from this collection have been uploaded so far, but the few uploaded have been used in articles on Bhavsinhji II, Maria Feodorovna and Feodor Rückert.
The plan for the project over the next few months is to bulk-upload images relating to the non-Islamic collections, then focus on the Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage collection, then the Islamic Art collection.
Virtual events MetFashion, 19SuffrageStories, WikiCari Festival and more
Met x Fashion Meetup, 2020-09-26 discussion around pineapple lace and using Metropolitan Museum of Art images. From top to bottom: Jennie Choi, Met Museum, general manager of collections information; Maria Kessler, Met Museum, head of digital partnerships; Andrew Lih, Met Wikimedia Strategist; Richard Knipel, Wikimedian in Residence
The Metropolitan Museum of Art held a virtual wiki editing meetup, MetFashion 2020 using a video broadcast across multiple social media platforms. Wikimedians Richard Knipel (Wikimedian in Residence and Wikimedia NYC) and Andrew Lih (Wikimedia Strategist) anchored the presentation and training, with Met Museum staff members Jennie Choi (general manager of collection information) and Maria Kessler (head of digital partnerships). The event was held to coincide with the opening of the exhibit "About Time: Fashion and Duration" that opens at the end of October. As opposed to using Zoom or other video conferencing systems, the video live stream used StreamYard, a service that sends a broadcast video feed to multiple social media platforms at once. Viewers could watch the roundtable of hosts on their system of choice (Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter/Periscope) and respond and comment in real-time using those platforms. The hosts could then bring up specific comments and questions on-screen to respond to them.
The show also had presentations from Jessica Regan, The Met's associate curator specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fashion, talking about the exhibit's creation and Wikipedia editor Sarah Clugage, who described emerging fashion topics in Wikipedia such as cottagecore. After a short training session on how to read and dissect Wikipedia articles, four core Wikipedia policies were introduced (NPOV. NOR, RS, V) and a demonstration of adding citations was given. Participants were then free to start editing and improving articles right away.
The broadcast started with a large spike of more than 600 simultaneous viewers, with the edit-a-thon/meetup benefitting from being on the front page of the Met Museum's web site, and a week's worth of publicity on its Facebook and Youtube accounts. The first hour saw a steady number of more than 300 viewers, and enough participants that the Outreach Dashboard to track the edits seemed to have crashed under the weight of users. (It would later recover.) The tally of total users across the platforms a few days later saw some impressive viewer numbers of the three hour broadcast:
- Youtube - link - 2k views
- Facebook - link - 15k views
- Twitter/Periscope link - 3.5k views
After the first hour of introduction and training, the panel took questions and demonstrated some solutions including improving a new biography article, introducing the basics of Wikidata, showing how basic SPARQL queries work, and interacting with knowledge graphs produced by Wikidata Query.
Wikipedia articles improved included "About Time" fashion designers such as Iris van Herpen, Junya Watanabe, and Yohji Yamamoto in English, as well as the translation of Jacques Griffe into German. Entirely new articles on general fashion topics included the baati Somali garment, the cowk neck, and the Lo Lifes Brooklyn subculture.
Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative
In August the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative (AWHI) hosted 9 public facing edit-a-thons about American women's history!
We collaborated with the National Archives and the Library of Congress to host a month-long editing campaign for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Our AWHI curators helped build our worklist and the social media presence of the overarching campaign(#19SuffrageStories) assisted in getting the word out. Our 19th Amendment campaign resulted in 8 mini edit-a-thons!
Also in August, the AWHI along with the Smithsonian Institution Archives, hosted our second Women in Science edit-a-thon. The worklist for the Women in Science events draw from notable women who have conducted research, worked at, or volunteered within the Smithsonian. This list, The Funk List, has over 400 names of women who needed to be added to Wikipedia for their numerous discoveries, innovations, and contributions to the field of science.
Wikimedia DC has been a great supporter of Wikimedia events at the Smithsonian, and especially the AWHI. They helped to support both of our events / campaigns in August.
All 9 of these edit-a-thons are scaled down versions of longer, in-person edit-a-thons. They generally last only 2 hours, and introduce Wikipedia key concepts via a slideshow tutorial, a screenshare demonstration about how to perform basic editing tasks, and answering questions from new editors. We're calling these micro-events and they've been successful in getting new editors to have a basic understanding of Wikipedia and we have seen repeat attendance and engagement from these events. We plan to continue this model and refine it we continue to host more virtual events into 2021.
Upcoming, the AWHI and Wikimedia DC are hosting a Women in Finance virtual edit-a-thon on Thursday, October 29th from 1:00-3:00 EST. Please join us by registering via the Eventbrite!
San Diego/September 2020 Wiknic
San Diego Wikimedians User Group held a wiknic, San Diego/September 2020 Wiknic
American Archive of Public Broadcasting Constitution Day Edit-a-thon
American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) and Wikimedia DC held a workshop, American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Series 2020
PACSCL American Civil Rights and Abolitionist History
PACSCL members held a workshop about adding finding aids to their collections, Meetup/Philadelphia
Mary Mark Ockerbloom held a workshop, WikiSalon 2020-09-19
WikiCari 2020 festival screenshot
Wikimedians of the Caribbean User Group, AfroCROWD, and the NewsOnWiki Initiative, held day long workshops and panel discussions, Wikimedians of the Caribbean User Group/WikiCari Festival
The Wikimedians of the Caribbean User Group launched its first Wiki Caribbean Festival this September 19th in response to the shutdown of carnival and parade celebrations in the wake of the COVID-19.
Leeds West Indian Carnival are one of the many canceled this year due to COVID-19
The end of Summer is normally filled with festivals celebrating the Caribbean community and its diaspora. This year, carnivals like the West Indian Day Parade held every Labor Day in New York City in the US, and others in cities like Toronto in Canada and in the Caribbean itself, were awash as countries continue to struggle with the coronavirus.
This disappointing turn of events gave birth to the idea of a Wiki Caribbean community celebration online by the still relatively new Wikimedia User Group, Wikimedians of the Caribbean. The Wikimedians of the Caribbean User Group is a Wikimedia user group for the peoples of the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora, bringing together cultures and languages, and also the communities with their diasporas. Started at WikiConference North America in 2018, it became a Wikimedia user group the following Spring.
Streamed by partners Wikipedia Weekly hosted by Andrew Lih and Richard Knipel, the event was a Wikimedia community celebration of Caribbean cultures, colours, creeds & ideas. Throughout the day, the celebration highlighted various composite parts of the Caribbean experience including food, literature, folklore, and the visual and performing arts. Invited guests included Wiki Cari’s lead organizer, Sherry Antoine, and core leaders Ian Ramjohn and Brandon Sullivan. Joining also was key special guest, Trinidadian artist, activist and scholar, Rubadiari Victor. Stopping by were Joël Letang of the Wikimedia Foundation who was born in Curaçao and Medrad Pourzarki also of the Foundation’s Strategic Design Group. Pete Forsyth of NewsonWiki also dropped by to talk about the Wiki project's campaign regarding Caribbean focused newspapers. Joël lent some words in the Papiamentu, spoken in Curaçao. Alice Baker, founder of AfroCROWD offered a message in Haitian Kreyol and Cuban Wikipedian Ivonne Gonzalez, leader of Noircir Wikipedia, delivered a message in Spanish.
Wikimedians of the Caribbean is in the midst of a campaign to hold 20 Wiki related events in the run up to and during Wikipedia’s 20th anniversay year to celebrate the milestone. The festival marks the halfway point. Click here to join the group’s mailing list and learn more about the group. you can click here to check out footage from the festival via Wikipedia Weekly on Wikimedia Commons.
New publication about access to digitised cultural heritage
Passenger Pigeon Manifesto
"A call to public galleries, libraries, archives, and museums to liberate our cultural heritage that has already been digitised. Illustrated with the cautionary tales of extinct species and our lack of access to what remains of them."
Signed by a wide range of professionals and organisations, the manifesto was published on multiple online platforms and will appear in print in the journal Collections. The manifesto can be read here. Tweets for sharing about the publication are available here and here.
Launching Wikisource Pagelist Widget
Launching Wikisource Pagelist Widget
Presentation on using and enabling the Wikisource Pagelist Widget
Wikisource Pagelist Widget Presentation and Demonstration
Volunteer developer Sohom data worked with Sam Wilson and Satdeep Gill from Wikimedia Foundation to create Wikisource Pagelist Widget as a part of Google Summer of Code 2020.
A Wikisource meetup was organized on 29th September 2020 to showcase the widget and to give a live demonstration of the widget along with instructions to enable the widget. 14 Wikimedians from Asia and Europe attended the meetup. Meeting notes are available on Etherpad. The presentation and a recording of the demonstration is linked towards the right of this report and also linked on the Meta-Wiki page about the widget.
The widget is now available to be enabled on Wikisource and at-least 19 different language Wikisources have enabled the widget till date. Instructions to enable the widget are also available on the relevant page on MediaWiki.
Feel free to provide to feedback about the widget on the Meta-Wiki talk page and/or fill bug reports under ProofreadPage Extension Workboard on Phabricator regarding the same in case you encounter any issues or have suggestions in mind.
October's GLAM events
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