Wiki Loves Monuments Awards Ceremony and Closing Event
On 30 November, over 60 people gathered at the Swiss National Library in Bern in order to celebrate the winners of this year's Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest. After the announcement of the winning pictures, the participants were invited to discover a photo exhibition made up of pictures from three year's of Wiki Loves Monuments contests set in contrast with historical pictures from the Federal Archives of Historic Monuments. After lunch at the library's cafeteria, new contributors could learn during workshops how to integrate images into Wikipedia. In parallel, the National Library offered guided tours through the Federal Archives of Historic Monuments. (More photos)
Waiting for the show to begin
The proud winners of this year's contest (with the jury at the back)
Photo exhibition: “Monuments through time"
At the Federal Archives of Historic Monuments
This year's winning pictures at the exhibition
Wikimedians at the Swiss National Library
Matthias Nepfer, Head of Innovation at the Swiss National Library, used the Wiki Loves Monuments Award Ceremony as an occasion to announce that this was just the start of a long-term partnership with the Wikimedia community and unveiled the names of the two Wikimedians, jointly recruited with Wikimedia CH, that are starting their job in January 2014: Emmanuel Engelhart and Micha L. Rieser (one French and the other German speaking). The latter has been Wikipedian in Residence at the Federal Archives since July. He concluded his residency at the Federal Archives with a guided tour of the archives for his fellow-Wikipedians and the upload of World War I images from the archives' photo collection. See: Media contributed by the Swiss Federal Archives.
Image Donation from the Central Library of Solothurn
A few weeks earlier, Zentralbibliothek Solothurn (a public library in German speaking Switzerland), in collaboration with Wikimedia CH, had newly released around 1.200 pictures coming from one of their collections. The prints and drawings collection gathers notable historical pictures. The focus is on subjects from the canton of Solothurn and on Solothurn artists including Ludwig Midart (1733-1800), Martin Disteli (1802-1844) or Heinrich Jenny (1824-1891). There are also views of the canton of Solothurn by well-known artists from other regions such as the Zurich engraver David Herrliberger (1697-1777) or the Toggenburg landscape painter and engraver Johann Baptist Isenring (1796-1860). Pictures were uploaded in high quality (300ppi) and in a lossless TIFF file format. See: Media contributed by Zentralbibliothek Solothurn.
The idea is to create in Wikimedia projects an important library about history of Alps, with all fundamentals books, and a bibliography of on-line and off-line material.
In December there will be a cycle of lectures at the University of Padua for students within the degree in History using the Italian Wikipedia project on History of the Alps as starting-point for their studies and their bibliographic research. The main point of discussion will be around this question: "Wikipedia and the history: which is the perspective?". They will be taught by Andrea Caracausi, the Project Manager for the LabisAlps donation. This is a pilot in order to propose a larger cycle of lectures at the same university for 2014/2015 using the same project and the material uploaded to Wikisource and included on Wikipedia.
In addition new GLAM partners in the Alpine space have been contacted for new projects using the criteria to select rare and endangered material about the Alps and about mountaineering.