August was a very busy month in the Wikimedia community. Wikimania 2021 was the biggest conference the movement ever had, as it was conducted in a virtual environment. It had over 4,000 registrations and ran for five days, with sessions across different time zones, covering various topics. All the GLAM and Education sessions are available in this category.
The other session was the State of GLAM Wiki in 2021 and its video is available here. Fiona Romeo, from the WMF GLAM and Culture team, opened with a short intro to GLAM-Wiki and, at the end of the session, presented how the team is thinking about visual knowledge, especially considering the millions of high-quality images the movement’s partnerships with libraries and cultural institutions have brought to the Wikimedia projects and how we can make sure the files GLAMs contribute are well described, discoverable, and used to enrich other projects, more Wikipedia languages and Wikisource.
Another very technical presentation was shared by Éder Porto, from the Wiki Movimento Brasil User Group, who gave a talk about the technical developments and challenges involved in the, during a data roundtripping project.
Brazil was represented twice and Érica Azzellini, Communications Manager of the user group, introduced the, which is helping to fill the Wikimedia knowledge gaps of a very underrepresented part of the country. Susanna Ånäs, the GLAM coordinator at Wikimedia Suomi/AvoinGLAM, also talked about knowledge equity and ideas around the recent activities of AvoinGLAM, as a GLAM manifesto.
GLAM Wiki in New Zealand
Technical Developments and Challenges in GLAM-Wiki Initiatives: Museu do Ipiranga