To ensure that the Wikipedia source of knowledge is securely preserved and accessible for future generations, the Swiss National Library is building a digital collection in which it compiles Wikipedia content related to Switzerland, archives it permanently, and makes it freely available online. The Wikipedia collection is listed in the library catalog Helveticat and can be searched and consulted in e-Helvetica Access, the entry portal to the Swiss National Library digital collections. Wikimedia CH welcomes and supports this new digital collection. The two organizations are working closely together to realize it.Diff Wikimedia The difference between the archived form of the article and the live Wikipedia article is that the archived article is “frozen” and no longer changed in the long-term archive. The live Wikipedia article, on the other hand, can evolve at any time thanks to the collaboration of volunteer contributors.
The LibreABC event was a one-day event (31st of August) featuring workshops, conferences and debates on software and open source culture in the world of archives, libraries and documentation centres. 10 years after the first event organised by the EPFL and CHUV libraries and the Lausanne Cantonal and University Library in 2013, this new edition is broadening its scope to include archives and the ecological and ethical aspects of open source software.
The GLAM Team, Sandra Becker and Amandine Cabrio, gave a talk about the "VSA Map Integration Project". This project, in partnership with the Swiss Archivist Association aims to map the archives in Switzerland on a searchable map, available on the website of the Swiss Archivist Association. The map will be based on the Wikidata entries and a query.
Community Space Opening Schaffhouse
The 2nd of September, Wikimedia CH and FATArt association opened a community space in Schaffhausen.
The Swiss art association Femme Artist Table (FATart) is offering the Wikipedia community a new joint meeting and editing space in Schaffhausen starting from June 2023. Located on the 4th floor of the “Kammgarn West” district, this space organizes year-round activities with an exhibition program specifically dedicated to female artists. It offers ample space for discussions, women’s host workshops, coworking and a café-bar service. Wikipedia authors can meet there over the coming year to make researches, edit, network and exchange experiences. The aim of this innovative space is above all to contribute to more female representation on Wikipedia and its sister projects.