Editathon of Wikipedia Student Clubs at UAM and UNAM
On 21 July, Wikimedia Mexico made his second Editathon. This time, organized with the Wikipedia Student Clubs in the UAM Iztapalapa and the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the UNAM, gathering 25 people editing Spanish Wikipedia. The venue was the Telmex Hub, a technology learning center located in the historic center of Mexico City. This center provides excellent connectivity and provides a laptop to each of assistants, in a totally geek and very comfortable ambient.
The editatón started about two o'clock in the afternoon, and was divided into two groups. One for newbies to learn the basic rules of Wikipedia and a quick workshop of wiki markup, and the other, who decided to write articles directly. Wikimedia Mexico supported resolving their doubts. While UAM students focused on writing new items from their own university, the UNAM students worked on philosophy and history. Máxima pragmática and the Biblioteca Digital del Pensamiento Novohispano are two of the new articles writed during the event. For all it was a fun and exciting experience, reaching 12 new articles, and many more editions. At eight at night we had to turn off the equipment because Telmex Hub is open until that hour, if not, maybe we could have stayed a little longer to edit.
Local channel of Televisa, main broadcaster of Latin America, attended the event and gave extensive coverage the editathon before and made later a news report.
Participating students are planning with Wikimedia Mexico the next activity in August: a photographic invasion and an editathon at the Palace of Fine Arts.
WM-MX participated with two speeches. The first called "Shared environments", speaking to students about the importance of a free encyclopedia, with Odin Mojica of Mozilla Mexico local chapter, and José Serralde and Irene Soria, both artists and promoters of free software tools in artistic creation. And the second in the panel "Film in the Internet age." In this last, participated León Felipe Sánchez, a lawyer and one of the main drivers of Creative Commons in Mexico, Juan Carlos Reyes, filmmaker and researcher, and Ivan Martinez, coordinator of WM-MX. In addition to talks, collaboration of the local chapter of the festival included diffusion, and in coming weeks, helping the organizers for some of the movies can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
Launch of MPBAeditorial.mx website
As part of the first activities for a future GLAM agreement with the museum of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts), one of the major cultural venues in the city and the country, we participated in the launching of the museum's new website, MPBAeditorial.mx, held at the beautiful Zone of the Murals. Carmen Alcazar, representing Wikimedia Mexico, gave a talk in the panel "Digital culture projects", about the possibilities of cultural cooperation through Wikimedia GLAM projects, which generated a lot of questions of attendees and interest for future agreements with the chapter. The next activity with the museum, in a few weeks, ¡will be an editathon!.
The event included speakers from the museum itself, the CONACULTA, Cultural Diffusion of the UNAM and CENTRO school, among others.
Garros donates 650+ images to Commons
Garros Galería, a private art gallery located in Mexico City, has donated over 650 photographs from its earlier exhibitions and events, which include images of artwork located at on Commons. Garros is the first art gallery in Mexico to partner with Wikipedia. Joel Nava Polina, the gallery owner, is highly involved in social media with very active Facebook and Twitter (@garrosccr) accounts, so he has been very receptive to working with Wikipedia, even placing QR codes for Garros’ Wikipedia page Garros Galería on the front of the gallery! Garros (which means "claws" in Spanish) is a cat-themed establishment with a gallery/boutique downstairs and Mexico’s only cat museum upstairs. However, it also works to promote new artists, especially those from Mexico City’s small but important Japanese artist community, whose members have come to the country because Mexico offers more opportunities to artists than Japan does! Prior to the donation, Garros and students from ITESM-Campus Ciudad de México have been working on putting together articles on the notable artists associated with the gallery, such as Fumiko Nakashima, Shino Watabe and Midori Suzuki.