New collections of Alkmaar, Wiki goes Caribbean meeting, contemporary art Wikidata import, knowledge platform for GLAMS and 100 wikiwomen challenge
Content donation Regionaal Archief Alkmaar - thousands of (historic) pictures of Alkmaar and surroundings available on Wikimedia Commons
Interested in the Dutch city of Alkmaar and the surrounding areas? The royalty-free image collections of the Regional Archives Alkmaar can now be found in their entirety on Wikimedia Commons. This concerns the Davidse photo collection from 2009 with urban photography, a collection of glass negatives of harbor life in Den Helder from the early 20th century and photos from before 1900. The files were made available by a volunteer and a python script based on Pattypan.
Wiki goes Caribbean: workshop and course Wikipedia for Papiamentu students University of Curaçao
The 9th of March, third-year students of the Knowledge of Land and People course at the University of Curaçao will be working on work on translating articles from any language of their choice into Papiamentu. With their translation, the students contribute to the quality and quantity of the Papiamento Wikipedia and thus indirectly to the quality and quantity of the digital availability of Papiamentu, and also the preservation of the language and local culture. The students also gain experience in writing for an encyclopedia in order to make their scientific knowledge available to a large audience. The workshop is a pilot and a collaboration between the Papiamento Wikipedia community, University of Curaçao and Wikimedia Nederland.
Wiki goes Caribbean meeting Windward Islands
Saturday februari 12, the first Wiki goes Caribbean meeting of the new year was held The theme was the Windward Islands. Little has been written on Wikipedia about Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten, while there is enough to be found in the collections of, for example, the Dutch National Archives, but also in the Danish State Archives. The participants were given an online tour of these resources.
Historical photos about life on the islands from, among others, the collection of the National Archives are already on Wikimedia Commons, but because of brief descriptions they are difficult to find. That's why we started tagging these photos so they're easier to find in the future. Want to help too? Get started right away with the ISA tool.
The next meeting will be held on Saturday 23 April, and we will work on biographies of Caribbean women.
Collection data contemporary art Museum Bommel van Dam available on Wikidata
Since the inception of the partnerships between heritage organizations (GLAMs) and Wikimedia, there have been success stories about the millions of views images get when they are shared via Wikimedia Commons. But what if you can't share your images because you are a contemporary art museum and the images are copyrighted? Museum Bommel van Dam in Venlo posed this question after a Commons upload workshop.
Fortunately, the answer was not long in coming. Wikimedia all-rounder Hay Kranen, whose family comes from Venlo, to a look at the new museum website and decided to transfer all data about the 13,656 works of art in the collection to Wikidata. Because this data has been converted into linked open data on Wikidata, it is also possible to visualize everything about the collection without images. Such as a map with the birthplaces of the artists, the male-female ratio within the collection or what works are in the public domain. As a follow-up, we are currently working on adding these works to Wikimedia Commons.
Knowledge platform for cultural heritage organisation online
On the new Wikimedia Knowledge Platform Wikimedia Nederland launched, employees of heritage organizations can find information about sharing knowledge and collections via Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. The platform is under development and is continuously being supplemented. This month the knowledge platform has been expanded with the following articles (in Dutch):
Do you have a question about something you want to know about Wikipedia or a suggestion for an article for the knowledge platform? Please contact Michelle van Lanschot.
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