Duisburg is a city of 500,000 inhabitants. The central library has 300,000 media items and a collection of 3,500 books from the 14th to the 19th century.
On the 28th of October 2017 a library day will be held throughout Germany (see Tag der Bibliotheken). Almost all German libraries will have open days or even an information week with presentations and talks. The Wikipedians offered to organize an information booth about Wikimedia projects at the library day and a Wikimedia/Wikipedia consultation hour as well as a presentation on how to contribute to Wikimedia projects. The representatives of the library showed interest in Wikipedians taking part in their information week.
When volunteers visit a museum or a gallery for modern art licensing is a central hurdle to cope with. In July Atamari had arranged the volunteer & staff meet up named GLAM on Tour at the Skulpturenpark Waldfriede. The later is a private initiative of the famed sculptor Tony Cragg who bought the Villa Herberts and its park to exhibit both his own sculptures and those of befriended artists. The result is a charming landscape filled with art. But - all of it protected by copyright. Never the less GLAM on Tour is more than a fotosafari. Together with the staff of the museum we aim to edit articles on topics related to the museum referring to their expertise and reference literature. It turned out to work well. Among the dozen participants 24 new articles were published. The results will be presented in book form on the coming WikiCon in Leipzig. Learn more about the format GLAM on Tour in its learning pattern.
When museums like to contribute content to Wikimedia projects they often lack know-how and skills in order to act on an equal footing with volunteers. The hackathon Coding da Vinci motivates GLAM institutions to free their content. But in the last years not all of that content reached Wikimedia Commons. Thus 2017 we invited participating GLAM of Coding da Vinci to take part in a two-piece workshop. We call it Prepare Your Data. We want to empower GLAM staff and volunteers to use open license, to edit their metadata until it fits to the right template within Wikimedia Commons and then to use a tool for bulk upload to Wikimedia Commons. The first part took place in July. The second part in September will focus on the upload. We keep you posted.
Find out more on Coding da Vinci hackathon, a partner project of Wikimedia Deutschland, OKF; DDB and digis.