Talk:GLAM/Newsletter/September 2016/Contents/Brazil report

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  • @Joalpe: Were the media files that you are uploading already created before the partnership, or are you working with the Photographer to make the photos? I ask, because this is an almost perfect case study of working with 3D objects at an institution and then building up community engagement and awareness about the media. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 15:02, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
Hi, @Astinson (WMF): Thanks for you interest. To answer your question directly: both. The photographer --who is a professor of photojournalism at the University of São Paulo-- had already started taking these pictures when we approached him. He still takes pictures of the collection of the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy, but he is already aware and very enthusiastic about the idea of having his work uploaded to the Commons. As I reported at the newsletter, this initiative with the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy has opened up the possibility of expanding GLAM projects to at least three other museums at the University of São Paulo, in which we would have to produce the images (Museum of Mathematics, Museum of Geosciences and Museum of Play and Education). I have asked the professor who took the pictures of the collection of the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy to give us a conference on how to take great quality pictures. For the continuation of our work, our group will probably request some sort of grant, since we basically lack equipment to take great pictures. The University of São Paulo has at least 65 archives and museums and once the GLAM movement grows more, I will approach each one of them to get involved.
I was not sure what you meant by 3D images. But curiously with the Museum of Mathematics a professor there is interested --once we produce the images-- to run them in a software of his that makes 2D images have three dimensions. He is the person behind this 3D representation of a famous Brazilian sculpture, that was produced in a museum at the university. This discussion about 3D possibilities is still at a very preliminary stage.
Community engagement has been very impressive in the case of the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy. I have just mentioned in the report some aspects of this engagement, but there were many more! For instance, we are currently working in a partnership between a professor at the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and community volunteers to write up a specific handout with tips about how to improve content about veterinary anatomy in the projects. This is again at a preliminary state, but we do have a draft in Portuguese and have received with great enthusiasm the handout template from the Wiki Education Foundation, that we were authorized to use.
Should we write a case about this experience? Not sure how we'd do this. But I also think it is fantastic in many dimensions. To keep on: a student of mine, majoring in Journalism, has contributed massively and voluntarily to improving the entry on the museum on Wikipedia in Portuguese, just because she thought the project was nice and she wanted to get involved. The museum is considering placing QR-codes directed to Wikipedia entries about species that are present in their collections, that would be improved in edit-a-thons to take place in the museum (still at an idealistic stage).
Thanks again for getting in touch. We've been having great fun with this initiative. --Joalpe (talk) 15:25, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
Brilliant! I would love a case study; I am trying to bring together different instances of Wikimedia Communities playing fundamental roles in digitizing collections. For example, I recently worked on a case study with Wikimedia Argentina at: https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Case_studies/Wikimedia_Argentina_Digitization_Project . This model of case study is based on the model at https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Case_studies/Catalonia%27s_Network_of_Public_Libraries . Do you want to email me at astinson@wikimedia.org to get started in a Google doc? Its easier to do initial feedback and editing in a shared document. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 16:22, 19 October 2016 (UTC)