Commons project with Göteborg museums was a success
As the year came to an end, the four museums in Göteborg participating in an upload project concluded their work. The project was a success, as all the 2021 photos and artworks (and a couple more to be on the safe side!) selected by the staff were uploaded.
Swedish Wikipedians, especially those specializing in the culture and history of Göteborg, embraced the new material and immediately proceeded to categorize the images and put them in relevant Wikipedia articles. But not only that! They found several cases of errors and incomplete information in the image descriptions that the museums had provided. On the project's discussion page, the museum staff quickly responded to them, in many cases leading to them adding corrections to the museums' own systems. An inspiring case of Wikimedians and GLAM professionals working together!
This project was just a first step in the museums' strategy to get involved in the Wikimedia projects as a regular part of their work. We're looking forward to this!
Digital humaniora meets Wikidata
In Sweden the project "Welfare State Analytics project" is looking into how to better use Text Mining for Modeling Swedish Politics, Media & Culture... one lesson learned when working with the Swedish parliamentary proceedings is that the people speaking in the parliament are not mentioned with the normal name instead they have a specific name form e.g. Wikidata Q6255268 is mentioned Åkerlund i Lidingö
- as Wikipedia articles often mention this "name form" we are now moving this information "down to" Wikidata so it can be easier used bý the ML experts in the project Welfare State Analytics se new sv:Wikipedia article about this old name form sv:I riksdagen kallad
- by doing this we also hope that sv:Wikipedia will get better access to Swedish parliamentary data and maybe we also can find how to use "Parla-CLARIN" a TEI Schema for Corpora of Parliamentary Proceedings. Example how this format makes it possible for filtering who is speaking in the parliament... see Notebook.
- my guess is that it would be interesting to follow how a specific subject has been discussed in the Swedish PM. The Swedish korpus is abt. 3 million pages and started in 1521...
For more info see GITHUB Wikidata_riksdagen-corpus.
HBTQI, Europeana and WiR
The Wikipedia in libraries – Project HBTQI has continued, and on 20 December held an edit-a-thon.
- The meeting began with a lecture, in English, by Adrian Murphy from Europeana. He talked about Europeana and what resources they have regarding Pride and the LGBTQI movement.
- Larissa Borck from Sörmland Museum continued with showing everyone how you can find images from Europeana and then upload them to Wikimedia Commons and add them to an articles on Wikipedia.
- The lecture and how to upload images to Wikimedia Commons was streamed on youtube and that way reached more people than the edit-a-thon itself.
Present at the meeting was also a new Wikimedian in Residence (Sofie Sigrinn), jointly employed by Sörmland Museum and Biblioteksutveckling Sörmland (the library development). The residence is a part time employment for six month between 1 December and 31 May.
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