In spring this year, voices in WMEE community came on a idea to start collecting portraits of the professors´ from Estonian University of Life Sciences (et. EMÜ) and upload the photographs to Commons. This pilot project would have a positive effect on the virtual face of Estonian professors working in field of agriculture and would also help make EMÜ more visible in Wiki as well as in the Internet overall. A goal was set to collect at least half of all the tenure professors at the university currently working.
The results were most satisfactory. In collaboration with the communication department of the university, we managed to collect more than 2/3 of the photographs of all currently sitting tenure professors at Estonian University of Life Sciences. As the importance of so-called "virtual face" of every educational institution is continuously raising, we hope to set an example of this project to other Estonian universities as well. Big thanks to all of the professors at the Estonian University of Life Sciences for contributing in Wikimedia!
Newest co-operations and Photo contest
Summer is always a time when people in all fields of experience take their time off and try to gather ideas for the soon beginning autumn. Our team in WMEE is therefore no exception! ;) As the start of this month (Sept 2022) our plans in GLAM area cover co-operations with different and very unique museums all over the country. In addition, some of those are planned to take place in October when we again celebrate the Wikipedia Month of Art.
The main collaborations are planned with Estonian Maritime Museum, Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom. The first in the list (Maritime Museum), has a rich collection of artifacts from Estonian seaside parishes and vessels. Whereas the second depicts a period in Estonian history when it was occupied by the Nazi Germany and Soviet Union in the 20th century and holds a wide and specific collections of different items together with written memories and photos from the period of Estonian contemporary history.
Finally, we are also currently arranging a public competition with Estonian National Heritage Board. The theme of the competition is "Lively old city" and it takes place throughout the entire month of September. Everybody are welcomed to join and put their photography skill to the test!