GLAM-EduWiki collaboration awarded Pedagogy Award of the year at Swedish museums
The Wikipedia Education Program in Sweden has joined forces with GLAMs to lead the way for local collaborations where schools access collections and literature to share on Wikimedia projects. The efforts have been recognised nationally via the Pedagogy Award of the Year, presented at the spring conference for Swedish Museums on 25 April.
The award winning collaboration is the GLAM-WikiEdu project Välkommen till min plats (This is my area), also known in English as “WikiWelcome”. Wikimedia Sverige (WMSE) partnered with Stockholm digital archives for schools and the Swedish National Heritage Board to start the project in 2016. 250 students, in primary and secondary education, and 10 teachers in Stockholm joined the pilot. Students researched their local history with support from local GLAMs for eventual sharing on Wikipedia and other open sites.
The writing competition UNESCO Challenge started April 18, with focus on articles about cultural heritage in danger. Wikimedians can translate, improve and write new articles, add images and edit items in Wikidata to participate, and the contest is open until May 18. So far 85 participants have signed up, and have edited 896 articles and items. A million bytes was added already the first week. Feel free to join in or encourage others to participate, and don't forget the bonus points available for getting an experienced user to join now.
The amount of cultural heritage data on Wikidata is steadily increasing as we continue to work on processing and migrating the Wiki Loves Monuments database. We have passed the 50% mark on the Swedish archaeological monuments upload, which is by far the largest dataset in our collection. Over 80,000 Wikidata items have been edited and you can keep track of the progress via this SPARQL query.
Uganda & Kenya
In late April and early May WMSE participated in a couple of events in Uganda and Kenya. The events focused on protecting more cultural heritage sites in the countries and increasing awareness about them. WMSE contributed with information how the groups could utilize the Wikimedia platforms to reach more people with the information. Furthermore, a number of meetings with representatives from national cultural heritage organizations followed and we discussed approaches to making more information available digitally. In the coming weeks we will work to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Museum of Uganda and one with the National Museum of Kenya for future efforts to bring the countries cultural heritage online. There were also discussions about how to form local Wikimedia User Groups and what type of activities that could entail. These activities and the new partnerships will inform our planing for Connected Open Heritage 2.