During the spring the National Museums of World Culture is running a WiR collaboration with WMSE. This has so far included a row of internal Wikipedia editathons to give staff a deeper understanding of the encyclopedia, upload of audio and 3D files and planning of a couple of open events, in Stockholm and Gothenburg respectively, adressing inter alia representation issues. The National Museums of World Culture is also proud to be hosting the WMSE AGM and the ensuing open Wikipedia Day.
In March we finalized the upload of more than 800 images from three different Swedish expeditions with the Swedish zoologist and ethnographer Walter Kaudern. This batch is part of a cooperation with the National Museums of World Culture. It is the the first batchupload in 2018 and the third in total that includes pictures from the National Museums of World Culture in Sweden. The first expedition was made in 1906-1907 and went to Madagascar. The second one also went to Madagascar and took place in 1911-1912. The third expedition went to Sulawesi (previously Celebes) and took place in 1917-1921.
The images depicts a wide variety of scenes and objects. Many of them contains the multitude of local and international people involved in the Expedition in everyday situations in Madagascar and Sulawesi. Some of the photos could also be classified as "behind the scenes" shoots from the expeditions.
In general, a large number of the images are quite poorly described in regards to what the image actually depicts and would therefore need manual categorization and description. Help from the community would therefore be highly appreciated!
Funeral scene, Sulawesi.
The villagers carry palm wine, Sulawesi.
"The fossilized man", Sulawesi.
Harbour in Marovoay, Madagascar.
Air Force Museum
During two days staff at the Swedish Air Force Museum and other museums in the area learned more about Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects aiming to improve articles with their knowledge, Wikimedia Commons with their images and media files and Wikidata with their facts. As some participants returned from having attended a workshop back in the wikitext only-days it was great to see the smiles on their faces when they found out they no longer had to focus on mark-up but could move on to the more important things like adding references, notability and what sources are trustworthy enough to be used.
@Magnus J, Axel Pettersson (WMSE): It is really great to hear about those batch uploads! What kinds of help do you want from folks around the batch upload? Right now the page only links to the category, but doesn't describe very well what kinds of actions you expect from folks. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 03:15, 11 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for feedback Alex. Looking at it from a different angel I can completely see that what is evident when it comes to category names being in the middle of an upload is not as self explanatory for others. After some discussions with André we have come up with some ideas of how to improve category names by adding maintenance and by adding a short description (similar to the one here) to make it easier for others to contribute. A bigger discussion is how to connect maintenance categories from different uploads, and how to make sure users who add categories or improve descriptions and such also remembers to remove the maintenance category from the image.