History, history and future
Looking towards 2021 pictures from the history of Göteborg
In early autumn, Wikimedia Sverige is running a series of workshops with museum staff in Göteborg. The goal is to equip the staff with the skills and tools to mass upload files to Wikimedia Commons, so that they can do it without our support in the future, as well as share their knowledge with other GLAMs.
This is part of the project 2021 pictures for 2021, a joint initiative by four museums in Göteborg, Gothenburg Maritime Museum, City Museum of Gothenburg, Gothenburg Museum of Art and Röhsska Museum. 2021 is a special year in Göteborg, as we're celebrating the city's 400th anniversary. That's why the museums decided to share 2021 high-quality pictures documenting the city's history and culture on the Wikimedia projects.
We had our first workshop in late August, where we covered all the basics of how pictures work in the Wikimedia ecosystem – from how to add one to a Wikipedia article to how to organize categories, how to use the Upload Wizard and how to think about copyright. Later in the fall, we're going to use Pattypan to work with metadata and upload 2021 images!
Working with the unique history in Kalmar County
Working with local cultural heritage
In the project Unika historiska Kalmar län (Unique Historic Kalmar County in English), we have had online meetings earlier in the year, but have now had a first small meeting at Kalmar County Museum. In the project, we collaborate with the Swedish local heritage movement and smaller local companies to develop and use the cultural heritage in the region in new innovative ways. One place where knowledge and information in an encyclopedic form fits very well is of course Wikipedia.
So our task is to take advantage of the work and transform it to knowledge and see if and how it also can be relevant on Wikimedia's platforms. We talk and discuss a lot here about local history and a main part of the work is spent finding good sources.
New portal for a content partnerships hub
Wikimedia Sverige are working towards creating a thematic hub for content partnerships. The aim of the hub is to create a place where the Wikimedia Movement can reach even further in successful collaborations with GLAM institutions and other organizations around the world, making even more material available on our platforms.
Check out the portal page to read more about the concept, the ideas and how you can contribute with your knowledge to the process! An important part of the work is a helpdesk, that you can reach out to if you would like to step up your own work on content partnerships. Do you know an institution that has a lot of great content for the platforms, but aren't sure about how to do batch uploads? Or do you know the technical parts but need a hand in how to write a contract? Reach out to the helpdesk to read more and get in touch! The hub will also have a general focus on capacity building, sharing ideas and knowledge between new and old, small and big communities around the world. We all have something to learn!
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