February 17th – 23rd everyone can participate in the FindingGLAMs Challenge – a competition to improve data about GLAMs on Wikidata. The rules are simple – join the Challenge Dashboard and start adding information to Wikidata items of museums, galleries, archives and libraries – or creating new ones. The most active participants will receive prizes from Wikimedia Sverige.
The competition is a culmination of the over a year long project FindingGLAMs in which Wikimedia Sverige, in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation and UNESCO, has been working at improving data about cultural heritage institutions and their collections across the Wikimedia Projects.
Archives Portal Europe provides information about archival materials in the collections of several thousand European institutions, as well as the archives themselves. Wikimedia Sverige has worked with APE to import their institution directory to Wikidata. A key element of the collaboration was releasing the directory under a CC0 license. Now Wikidata has a new property, P7764, which has been used almost 7,000 times – mostly in items that were created from scratch using data provided by the Archives Portal Europe. That's a lot of items to edit and improve in the FindingGLAMs Challenge!
Open GLAM now! is a webinar series that the Swedish National Heritage Board produced in 2019, exploring how museums and other cultural heritage institutions can use digital data and media to work with their audiences. All the presentations are now up on Youtube. Some are in Swedish and some in English. The topics include copyright and licensing, hacking cultural heritage, collaboration between institutions and user-generated content.
Wikipedia in Libraries
The project Wikipedia in Libraries is on tour and we are doing workshops in five locations around Sweden. We have completed the first part with visits to Umeå, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Örebro and Hässleholm. It is now a two-week break before the next round of meetings. We have met about a hundred librarians and been talking about free knowledge and how we can use Wikimedia's platforms in such a way as to fit into the library's program activities.
The homework until the next meeting is to conduct a workshop for some in-house staff, discussing what themes might be possible and interesting from a local perspective and what such an arrangement might look like. We are using the Outreach Dashboard as a tool to track the development of the platforms. At the next meeting, we will talk more about images in Wikimedia Commons and about structured data in Wikidata. The librarians are well aware of different systems for categorization and the usefulness of adding linked open data.