A complex collection of decorative arts: the Wolfers collection
The Belgian organization Packed/VIAA will contribute several GLAM pilot projects to demonstrate how Structured Data on Commons can work for various types of cultural collections: a typical museum collection, a photographic archive, and more.
In March 2019, Packed works on a pilot for a complex collection of decorative arts, which can serve as an example on how to describe many different kinds of decorative objects from GLAM collections. The pilot project also explores how different types of collections of decorative arts, from different institutions, can relate to each other on Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.
Olivier van D'huynslager (User:Oliviervd) extensively describes the Philippe and Marcel Wolfers collection on Wikidata this month. Louis Wolfers (1820-1892), his son Philippe Wolfers (1858-1929) and grandson Marcel Wolfers (1886-1976) were part of a family of prominent Belgian silversmiths and designers of decorative arts - jewellery, sculpture and other decorative items. Some of the objects they have designed are in Belgian and international museum collections; their company's archive and many design sketches have been preserved as well. Olivier's work in March focuses, among other things, on describing all these individual items on Wikidata, and interrelating them correctly.
Later this year, images related to these collections will be described in structured data format on Wikimedia Commons, and this pilot project will be used as the basis for new documentation on data modelling for structured data as well.
Research on 'metadata roundtripping'
Unknown actor, Hildur Engström and Julia Caesar in the revue Hertiginnan av Danviken at Kristallsalongen 1906. Photograph 1906 by Anton Blomberg (1862–1936), Scanned glass negative, Swedish Performing Arts Agency, Public Domain.
Don't forget to check out this month's Special Story in This Month in GLAM: it describes progress of a project by the Swedish National Heritage Board to investigate how cultural institutions can retrieve back improved metadata from their files on Wikimedia Commons.