This month our newsletter is going to talk about March and April GLAM activities of the UG Wiki Educação Brasil.
On the very beginning of March, we had an online 16WikiWomen, in response to the international call spread through Wikimedia-L, that resulted in 4 new articles.
We had the first training session with Museum of Public Health “Emílio Ribas” Museum on Mar 14th, that was focused on creating accounts on Wikipedia with the museum staff and teaching them how to use their user page for tests. The next steps are to start working with articles and uploading images from the collection to Commons.
During March, we also had a meeting with Diego Baravelli, a professional photographer and winner of the Wiki Loves the Olympics. Diego was interested to contribute to commons and our initiatives with his personal photos archive. Our group discussed a GLAM project including his personal archive, evaluating some pictures we noted a lot of aerial photos from Rio de Janeiro, exclusive photos not available on commons yet. Based on that photos, in partnership with Diego Baravelli, our group created the Rio From Above project, which aims to document the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro through images and aerial videos of the region. In this first stage, 65 images of Diego's personal collection were uploaded to the commons as a pilot project for proposal validation and included in various Wikipedia's articles.
Aerial view of Leme Stone, Rio de Janeiro
Aerial view of the Maracana stadium
Meeting with the UK chapter
On March 21th the GLAM coordinator Juliana Monteiro had an informal meeting with the UK chapter, in London. The meeting with the British staff was an opportunity to know their office and the people behind the activities, like Lucy Crompton-Reid, Daria Cybulska, Robin Owain, Stuart Prior, Karla Marte and Richard Nevell. It was possible to talk about the GLAM experiences from both countries, since Brazi is still on its first steps towards openGLAM and Wiki projects with cultural institutions. The conversation was good to exchange tips, strategies and contacts with people from other places that could help UG Wiki Educação Brasil. In the end, Juliana Monteiro mentioned the desire of the UG in translating and localizing the UK publications about GLAM experiences, in order to improve the training sessions back in Brazil, to what the Wikimedia UK agreed.
Meeting of the GLAM coordinator Juliana Monteiro with Wikimedia UK
During the end of March and the first week of April, Juliana Monteiro and Rodrigo Padula participated of the Wikimedia Conference. The conference was a great opportunity of exchanging experiences about the Wikimedia movement, meeting new people and getting in contact with new initiatives from all over the world, many with interest of becoming future partners of Brazil.
The Wiki Education Brasil was invited by Wikimedia DE to give a talk about "How to grow a user group" where all projects developed during the last months were presented and discussed including all GLAM initiatives, like the one with Immigration Museum, and projects under planning, like the one with the Museum of Public Health “Emilio Ribas”, both in São Paulo city.
One of the immediate outcomes of the GLAM coordinator´s participation on the Conference is the beginning of the translation and localization of “How to work successfully with Wikipedia: a guide to galleries, archives, libraries and museums” by the Brazilian UG Wiki Educação Brasil staff and volunteers. The idea is to involve the chapters from other countries of Latin America, like Chile and Mexico, in order to have the content translated to Spanish and to have case studies from these countries within the publication.
The first contact has been already made with chapters and now the Brazilian UG waits for their feedback on the idea.
The UG was able to finish the translation of “Wikimedia Commons: The free media archive”, asked by the German chapter. This translation was made possible by the efforts of the UG staff along with the help of offline volunteers, as the librarian Diego Costa and the museologist Éricka Madeira. The plans now are to review the final text and start the editing/diagraming process.
Plans for a new edit-a-thon
On April 13th, we had a meeting with the Immigration Museum of São Paulo, the first GLAM partner of the UG. We are planning together an edit-a-thon about immigration in Brazil as part of the museum´s special agenda for the National Museum Week on May. We also had the chance to discuss other ideas to reinforce the partnership with the museum on the next months.
We also reached the final stage of a data organisation process that will allow us to input manually structured information about approximatively 300 museums localised on São Paulo State on Wikidata from May onwards.
Since April 18th , Juliana Monteiro is taking part of the UNESCO Challenge, that will happen until May 18th. She has been working to improve entries on Wikidata and to translate articles about historical sites of Africa and Latin America to Portuguese and has reached 32 points so far.
On the end of April, the UG released the pilot project Women in Culture, which aims are helping existing projects concerned with decreasing the gender gap within Wikipedia and to create/improve content about Brazilian women on the encyclopaedia and its sister projects.