In January Wikipedia celebrates its birthday. This is the starting point for the international campaign "#1lib1ref", where librarians donate time adding lacking reference to Wikipedia. Germany participated for the first time. The outreach is mainly based on a twitter-campaign. That is why we use the hashtag and abbreviations, as only 140 characters per tweet are admitted: #1lib1ref reads on librarian adds 1 reference. There is a translated website for guidance the librarians could turn to and even a tool was developed helping to quickly identify Wikipedia articles that lack reference. As evaluation becomes more and more relevant check here for specific outcomes. Even if in the first round no records for added reference were achieved among German librarians, still we had good results in motivating librarians to follow us on twitter (among 60 - 85 new followers), which helps us to enhance the idea of Free Knowledge among these strong proponents. During the campaign we had one real-life-workshop in Hamburg and a webinar in partnership with the German library association. For next year I would recommend more real-life-workshops to further participation.
keep GLAM and care on
In order to give an overview what WMDE is planning to do 2017 in the GLAM field with volunteers and institutions we published a short presentation on Wikimedia Commons. Besides further GLAM on Tour Stations and more Coding da Vinci hackathon events, we will mainly focus on being present at conferences and hearings to lobby Free Knowledge in the cultural heritage sector.
Europeana reaches out
Many of us working in Europe know the European platform for GLAM content: Europeana. Two years ago a council of 50 members was created to broaden the perspectives and to give advice both to the platform itself but also to its members mainly GLAM institutions. Last fall I was elected to become a member of that council. It is not only the first time a Wikimedian entered the circle but until than no other mayor proponent for the user perspective was represented in the council. Thanks to Wittylama Europeana is already cooperating with Wikimedia like in the actual challenge on Worldwar I. But we all know it needs many torches to light the cave. Thus I hope that in the coming two years I will have the opportunity to rise the torch for reuse and free license in Europeana. Some of my ideas I expressed in this blogpost.The first council meeting will be held 21st of February. I will keep You informed.