"Wiki loves Bieb" (Wiki Loves Libraries) started a few years ago. After a period of inactivity it has been revitalised. Currently the focus on a few pilots: small scale events at local libraries, like Wikipedia training sessions and writing sessions (edit-a-thons). The first edit-a-thon was organised in the public library of Amersfoort. 12 participants, from which 6 had never edited a Wikipedia page before, worked on articles related to the city of Amersfoort.
The advantages of cooperating with a library where clear:
They have a good local network of people with all kinds of interests
A lot of literature is at hand, which is very helpful to find sources for Wikipedia articles
The infrastructure is already there: desktops, WiFi, coffee, thee, etc.
In Stockholm the event was organized by Nordiska Museet, who also hosted the maiden Europeana Fashion edit-a-thon back in March 2013, along with with Wikimedia Sweden. There were 29 participants including 8 new users. This edit-a-thon had a specific focus on shoes and there was presentation over the retro shoe collection at Nordiska Museet from curator Helena Lindroth.
Virginia Gentillini wrote a blog post discussing what it's like to organize an edit-a-thon. It can be found here.
Tel Aviv Edit-a-thon
The Tel Aviv edit-a-thon was organized by Wikimedia Israel and the Holon Institute of Technology as part of the EVA/Minerva Conference the 10th Jerusalem Conference on the Digitisation of Cultural Heritage. Marco Rendina, the technical coordinator for Europeana Fashion was in attendance and gave a presentation on the edit-a-thon series and explained how to be a contributor to Wikipedia to the attendees.
Rich as it is, Wikipedia should be enriched some more, specifically with knowledge about shoes and all things fashion. To get people all over the world to share their knowledge about fashion Europeana Fashion held an online competition for those at the edit-a-thons as well as those not in attendance but wished to contribute to the movement. The Europeana Challenge was established running from 12 November to 12 December. Those who wished to participate in the challenge could register and their contributions were tallied and points were awarded to each contributor. Those who contributed the most; edited articles, wrote new ones, uploaded or enriched content on Wikimedia Commons were able to win a prize. Europeana Fashion partner organizations donated fashion books and catalogs to serve as prizes.
Europeana Fashion is happy to have completed so many very successful edit-a-thons this past year and are thankful for all our partners' hard work to make these events possible. In the new year Europeana Fashion will start organising a new series of edit-a-thons and will publish a Europeana Fashion Wiki Edit-a-thon Handbook.