Free music and new recordings of songs in the public domain
In the project Free music on Wikipedia, we continue to look for more sources that can supplement and expand the uploaded uploads to Wikimedia Commons. There are many issues here regarding material and copyright. We want to work with copyright-free material or new recordings of such material – but how do you ensure that something is in the public domain?
Copyright legislation is complex and there are different laws in different countries and areas of the world. This means that you must be both careful and sure that the material we are looking for can be considered in the project.
We find very good recordings, pictures and notes on, for example, the Internet Archive. Lars Bondeson who lived between 1865–1908 wrote many songs and they are in the public domain. But then there are lots of recordings and different interpretations of the originals that must be examined in each individual case. Is there any established practice or process here?
The project Wikipedia in libraries will continue this autumn with a second round of the course that goes through how Wikimedia's platforms work and how it can be used in daily work in libraries. We continue to be careful with physical meetings so this round will be completely digital. We will use the Jitsi platform from Wikimedia as a tool for the video conference.
One of the initiatives of the librarians who took the previous course is an LGBTQ project. We think it is a good idea to continue writing about for example LGBTQ authors and use this project as a thematic area and inspiration during the course. The advantage of the LGBTQ project is that it is international and the project is available on several language versions of Wikipedia.
Yes, you can hack the heritage this year – online!
For several years, the Swedish National Heritage Board has organized Hack For Heritage – a hackathon focused on open cultural heritage data. A natural place for Wikimedia Sverige to participate in, exchanging experiences with people from museums, universities, public agencies and other organizations that are excited about finding new ways to make our cultural heritage more accessible.
This year, we cannot meet physically due to the pandemic, but it doesn't mean Hack for Heritage is canceled. It's being organized as an online event, and we are happy to be there again. Wikimedia Sverige's role is to provide support and inspiration for the participants who want to include Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons in their projects. We are looking forward to shaping this new experience, discussing and making new ideas possible.