Focus on equality and cooperation between heritage institutions and Wikimedia volunteers at WikiconNL2021
Wikimedia Nederland is organising the annual WikiconNL on Saturday 13 November. The annual, this year virtual, conference is about Wikipedia, Wikimedia and free access to information in the broadest sense of the word. Volunteers and heritage institutions will share their knowledge and experience with Wikimedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons on the basis of practical examples.
Keynote Kelly Foster will kick off WikiconNL and will talk about Knowledge as liberation? Reflections on equity, labour and encyclopedism. The keynote will be followed by sessions on marginalised groups and gaps in Wikimedia projects.
Sharing collections through Wikimedia
During WikiconNL staff from Dutch universities, libraries, museums and other heritage institutions will present practical examples of how they work together with Wikimedia projects and what the benefits are. Het Nieuwe Instituut will present the Architectuur Dichterbij (Closer to Architecture) programme, which aims to make the architecture collection accessible via Linked Open Data, including Wikidata. Olaf Janssen of the Royal Library of the Netherlands (KB) will present new functionalities for the KB's masterpieces, made possible by collaboration with Wikimedia. Maastricht University shares experiences from their project "Making Special Collections findable, visible and reusable in Wikidata".
The programme offered by WikiconNL is broad - from Automatic image recognition for museum collections and the use of Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata in a contribution by Naturalis Biodiversity Center to From holiday snapshot to main page: how to get your pictures onto Wikimedia projects by volunteer Hay Kranen.
The sessions are mainly in Dutch, but there will be some sessions in English. The draft programme can be viewed on the Wikimedia Nederland website and will be supplemented in the coming period. Interested to participate? Please register for participation via the registration form.
ISA-campaign Tag the species Naturalis en Rijksmuseum
Anselmus De Boodt (1550-1632), physician to Emperor Rudolf II, was commissioned by the emperor to create Historia Naturalis; twelve albums with more than 750 watercolours of animals, plants and shells made and collected between 1596 and 1610. In 2017, these albums were given on long-term loan to the Rijksmuseum. The names of the animals, plants, shells and fungi are often given in several languages on the drawing, but sometimes not. The name may also be out of date or incorrect for the species depicted.
The Rijksmuseum and Naturalis are now asking the public for help in adding the most specific species name possible to the files on Wikimedia Commons via the ISA Tool. Would you like to help? Go to the ISA campaign!