The Smithsonian Institution officially launched their Open Access initiative on February 25, 2020, with the participation of many Wikimedians involved.
The initiative provides CC0 access to "3 million 2D and 3D digital items" across the organization's 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. Wikimedia District of Columbia and the community has worked with Smithsonian for more than a decade on Wikimedia-related projects, and has been a consistent partner in pushing for this initiative. At the launch event at the National Museum of American History, Wikimedia Foundation chief executive officer Katherine Maher gave opening remarks, and Wikimedia DC had a booth with Kelly Doyle, Open Knowledge Coordinator with the Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative, and Andrew Lih, who has partnered with Smithsonian on the Wiki Art Depiction Explorer, operated a demonstration booth at the launch event. Wikimedians who have worked with the Smithsonian in the past included Sarah Stierch and Dominic Byrd-McDevitt who served as Wikimedians-in-residence with the Smithsonian over the last decade.
Effie Kapsalis, the Senior Digital Program Officer at the Smithsonian, helped get Smithsonian Open Access off the ground. A longtime Wikimedia contributor and open access supporter, Effie used a newly open image from a 1900s eclipse to create her outfit for the launch event. A creative way to kick off the multiple uses for the 3 million newly released items!
The Smithsonian used the occasion to publish their collection information via a new API and a dump of their collections data in Github, both of which are available through their open access portal. A new Wikidata property wikidata:Property:P7851 was created for a new Smithsonian-wide identifier to prepare for this open access release.
Effie Kapsalis, senior digital program officer, Smithsonian Institution
Lonnie Bunch, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Katherine Maher of the Wikimedia Foundation
Event at the National Museum of American History
Andrew Lih, Dominic Byrd-McDevitt (former Wikimedian in Residence), Sara Snyder (Smithsonian American Art Museum), Effie Kapsalis (Smithsonian Institution)
Andrew Lih and Kelly Doyle demonstrated Wikidata Knowledge Graphs and Wikidata Game to attendees
Wikidata Knowledge Graph demonstration
Wikidata Game interface
Open Access: Metropolitan Museum of Art
On February 20, 2020, The Met celebrated three years of its open access initiative with a salon at the museum that included a presentation by Andrew Lih on the Wikimedia collaboration over the last three years, starting with Wikipedian in residence Richard Knipel's work from 2017 to the present day. Andrew described three phases of engagement - contribution, collaboration and co-creation, highlighting projects to upload The Met's content to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata, to creating knowledge graphs of connections to other domains, to using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help predict image tags for other artworks.
Black Lunch Table and College Art Association Annual Conference held a meetup, CAA 1
Black Lunch Table and Rutgers University held a meetup, RutgersFeb2020
Black Lunch Table and Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, held a meetup, SAIC Feb2020
Smithsonian Wiki Summer Internships
Along with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the American Women's History Initiative, Kelly Doyle will host a paid internship around Wikimedia this summer. The intern will work with the Museum of Natural History to uncover notable women in anthropology from the archives and work to add those women to Wikimedia. Together, they'll help plan an edit-a-thon in June at the Museum. The intern will learn on and off Wiki skills from this experience.
There's also a wiki-related summer internship available at the National Museum of the American Indian.
The internships are paid and housing in DC is provided. Travel to and from DC is reimbursable. The intern must be a current undergraduate student and be a US citizen. The deadline to apply is March 15th.
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