Australia experienced its most successful Wikipedia Takes event, this was the result of a number of months preparation and support from the Waroona Tourist Centre and members of the Waroona Historical Society. The event was organised by the Tourism Centres manager and assisted by Wikimedian User:Gnangarra, prior to the event Wikimedia had just 4 photographs from the Waroona region, a region of over 800+ km2. In the preparation the Tourism Centre created packs about the region that included maps, shot lists for photographers to record their efforts, list of goals & inspirational list to help photographers identify potential targets as well information on places of interest to visit. The Tourism Centre was the base for the day where people could enjoy free tea, coffee, and snacks while talking to guides familiar with the region and the needs of Wikipedia articles. As they departed to explore and capture Waroona participants were also given water and sunscreen, then when they returned to upload their photos participants were given a thank you bag of goodies.
Gnangarra has reviewed the 2000+ photographs and selected approximately 100 images to be judged by Bob Litchfield a respected commercial photographer and lecturer in photography for over 30 years, with the final three receiving gifts provided by businesses in the town. For the children that participated the local radio station producer and regional online content producer for ABC Open will help select images that will go into an exhibition during January in the Tourism Centre. This will also include radio and online interview with the children about participating the event which will then be published under a CC license. All of the participants had a wonderful day with many asking to invited to the next one, organisors are currently planning the next one for May 2014
State Library of New South Wales: WWI edit-a-thon and batch upload
On the 23rd of November the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) hosted an edit-a-thon focused on content relating Australia's involvement with WWI. This was attended by six experienced editors as well as one brand new wikipedian who has expertise in historical research and WWI in particular. The day was successful in producing content and developing a tool for using images from the Library. The Library shared with the participants their collection of diaries from WWI, and the participants then created an article about Langford Wellman Colley-Priest which later appeared in the DYK section of the mainpage on 28 November receiving 2800 views. Library staff have been proactively working to re-evaluate a restrictive policy requiring permission to use scans of public domain images within their collection, and the website has now been updated to read "This image may be used freely without requesting permission. The State Library of New South Wales requests acknowledgement that the image is from the collections of the State Library of NSW." This simple but major step has enabled a massive change in how historic images of New South Wales will be distributed to a world-wide audience. On the day a number of PD images of photos in their archives were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons using an experimental batch uploading script. The number of images on Commons from their collection previously stood at 304 (substantially due to the State Library's own targeted uploads commenced during their innovation project), but is now up to 4683 and continues to rapidly rise with new batch uploads, 23 of which are already in use on other WMF projects.
SLNSW - Newcastle
The State Library of New South Wales continued with its editing workshop program this time in Newcastle where Users Whiteghost.ink and Ariconte lead participants through an introduction to actively editing articles. The subject area of the articles was broad with user choosing their areas of interest while retaining an association with the region.
This training session was significant, not only in terms of the fact that there are now a couple of trained Wikipedia editors among the staff of each state/territory library in the country, but also because this was the culmination of the SLNSW Wikipedia project (which included the Wikipedian In Residence with Whiteghost.ink earlier in the year). The project was always hoping to be able to develop enough skill and confidence within the SLNSW that editing WP became part of 'business as usual' for their staff, and that they could then train other state libraries too. So, to sit up the back of the room and watch two of my former 'students' deliver their own WP training day was brilliant!
Thanks especially to User:99of9 (also one of the original SLNSW trainers) for helping out remotely during the day and over the weekend in ensuring the articles we created were given the once-over and all our new users were welcomed.
In October 2013 the jury selected the winners out of the 3210 photos that were uploaded by 121 participants for a total of more than 13 GB. One participant uploaded 700 photos! In the beginning of November we organized on a evening a prize giving ceremony at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIKIRPA) in Brussels. The winning participants received a certificate and a box of Belgian chocolates. The organisation provided us a conference room and afterwards gave the participants the opportunity to talk with some drinks and snacks.
In November we continued to work on mass uploads. We are making progress with the Eugène Trutat project, with 280 new files uploaded. The ~200 ones uploaded three years ago in the pilot project will be overwritten soonish; but the Commons metadata and the Archives metadata will have to be merged manually. The City Archives of Toulouse are eager to continue the collaboration with a larger collection from World War I.
With Trutat nearly out of the way, we reactivated the mass upload project with the Haute-Saône museums, and hope to report on progress there soon.
On the technical side, the Python library was transferred to a shared GitHub project, in order to accept contributions more easily. Apart from small changes, we implemented a new feature to compute metrics on categorisation made through the volunteer-driven metadata alignment. We also carried on with our documentation efforts.
On November 24th, the Wikipedians of Rennes, Brittany (the so-called NCO) were invited by the central library of Rennes Les Champs Libres for a small editathon on Wikipedia and Wikisource, given this day was exactly the 10th anniversary of Wikisource and given the library concomitantly opened a new digital library centered on local heritage. Nine people were present during the afternoon, and they contributed on Wikipedia on the topics of the library of Rennes and the local heritage and culture, and in reviewing some pages on the Wikisource in French and Breton.
GLAM conference for professionals in Besançon
"Musées en Franche-Comté", a professional association of museums, organized a one-day conference (14 November) to present Wikimedia France actions with GLAMs. The conference was the initiative of the Haute-Saône Museums, with which we collaborate. Our chair Rémi Mathis presented the chapter and the Wikimedia movement. Then, case studies on Wikimedia collaboration were shown, including Centre Pompidou, Sèvres - cité de la Céramique and musée de Cluny. About thirty museum professionals attended the conference, most of whom knew very little about our projects.
MS Wissenschaft; Science Gallery; Zugang gestalten; Science 2.0; OKFest 2014
In Berlin, the Max Planck Society are operating the Science Gallery, a digital exhibition space featuring several exhibitions in parallel, between which can be switched back and forth. For 30 days and throughout the Berlin 11 conference taking place in the neighbouring Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (see Open Access report), one of the themes was Open Access, and on that occasion, several speakers of the conference also gave talks there, including teenage inventor Jack Andraka. Avenues for collaboration between the gallery and Wikimedia projects are being explored.
The GLAM conference Zugang gestalten took place on November 28-29 in Berlin and was attented by over 200 representatives from museums, libraries and archives. Keynotes from both the former and future minister of cultural affairs on the perspective of Germany's future as digital land of culture stressed the importance of the issue still far from being solved. Pavel Richter, Wikimedia Deutschland, stretched out his hands to the audience, highlighting the role of community efforts such as in the Wikimedia movement. But the star of the event was Lizzy Jongma who presented the fully accessible collection of the national Rijksmuseum of the Netherlands. A truly inspiring collection of 125.000 items within the reach of us all.
Public funds finance and sustain museums, archives, libraries and monuments – but why? What is a government’s task, what is its responsibility when it comes to maintaining and creating access to cultural heritage?
The focus of the conference was a contemplation of the self-image of cultural institutions and what is expected of them. What is the relationship of cultural institutions to private initiatives and commercial activities? Is there a public responsibility to sustain what is culturally relevant? Can culture be equated with economic utility? Or does the responsibility of public archives, museums and libraries only start when economic utility ends? What is the reason behind legal tax or copyright privilege of so-called “memory institutions”? Finally it will be discussed whether and to what extent legal regulations are sufficient to enable “memory institutions” to fulfill their duties in the digital world.
For the second time GLAM on Tour took place. This time within the rather famous baroque library in Görlitz located in an even older renaissance building in the centre of Görlitz. Almost 20 Wikipedians, Wikisource editors and Wikimedians participated and created a WikiProject involving the staff of the library. More than 200 photos and many new articles arouse. Some of the participants will return for further research. Read more in English in the blogpost.
Annual conference of the Leibniz Association
In parallel to Zugang gestalten, the annual meeting of the Leibniz Association took place in Berlin on November 28-29. It included a meeting of the Science 2.0 research network — of which Wikimedia Deutschland is a partner — and Daniel Mietchen gave a talk on how ideas of free and open knowledge fit with the mission of the network.
On 13 and 20 November 2013, Andrea Zanni, with the help of Massimo Telò and Pervinca, held a training course for the patrons of Public Library Baratta*, in Mantova. There were a dozen participants, and the response was very positive. Pervinca and Massimo will also available for support for a "wikipedian library group", host by the library.
Firenze, 19, 26 November and 3 December 2013, University of Florence; the aim of the course is to create or improve articles on librarianship. introductory course.
Mestre (Venice), WikiVEZ project, a course started on 30 October, composed by five lessons about Wikipedia and sister projects and a final editathon about Venice and Murano glass articles. WikiVEZ is a joint project between Wikimedia Italia, VEZ Public Library of Venezia Mestre and PromoVetro Consortium. More than 25 people, both patrons and librarians, attended the course with the aim of strengthening the local wikipedian community and spreading information about the art of Venetian traditional glass.
Second Bibliohackathon in Trento
On, 25 and 26 November 2013, in Trento, Wikimedia Italia together with Fondazione Bruno Kessler and MART Museum organized a two-day Bibliohackathon, after just one month from the first one.
The training days were targeted towards librarians and general GLAM professionals.
The event was a success, divided in 2 days for facilitating training and learning. The first day was talking day: Cristian Consonni spoke about Wikidata, and Andrea Zanni explained Wikisource, while Niccolò Caranti illustrated Commons.
Stra (Venice), 14 November, Europeana Fashion Editathon 2013 with Rossimoda Shoes Museum. The editathon is a joint project between Europeana Fashion, three Wikimedia chapters (Italy, Sweden, and Israel) and local cultural institutions. In Stra, Wikimedia Italy has worked together with Museo Rossimoda della calzatura, University of Padova and IUAV to organize an entire day dedicated to the history of shoeware in Venice area, with a guided tour to Museum's collections, an introductory course on Wikipedia and the editathon on fashion articles. 80 students of marketing and fashion are been involved. You can read about the editathon on Wikimedia Global Blog.
Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 award ceremony; Day of the Dead photo contest winners
This year, the Day of the Dead Wiki Style photo contest garnered 227 photographs from 44 participants. This is fewer overall photographs from the year before; however, the overall quality of the photographs was better as were the accompanying descriptions. This year, we decided to make the quality of the descriptions part of the judging. Another important difference was that because the 2 November holiday fell on a Saturday this year, a number of students were able to take photographs outside of the Mexico City metropolitan area. This year, we recieved photographs from states such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Morelos, Jalisco and Michoacán. The winner of the best photo category was User:Targus90, and the winner of the most original photo category was User:Juanmendiola. The user who uploaded the most photographs was User:Luisroj96 with 57 entries. The winning photographs are below with descriptions. All entries can be seen here
Storage shack with altar for the dead on a farm in the Lerma municipality in the State of Mexico
One of the various traditional dances done for a variation of Day of the Dead called "Xantolo" in Huasteca region of Mexico
One of the photos uploaded by User:Luisroj96, showing a paper mache skeletal figure in Mexican Revolution dress
Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 award ceremony
Wikimedia Mexico ends a succesfull program of activities of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 with the award ceremony of the contest, held at the Museo Universitario de Chopo of Mexico City at November 28, 2013. It was attended by the winners of the first, second, fifth, sixth and tenth places, their friends and family, representatives of sponsors and part of the jury.
In the event Carmen Alcázar, coordinator of the contest, did a summary of the details of the competition, which involved a dozen public events in three cities of Mexico for the first time and innovations never before done in global WLM, as an audience special award and a panel of reflection about the competition.
Claudio Briones, volunteer of the contest and final jury, highlighted that the quality of competition increased from 2012-2013, and the number of participants. "With this, the people via Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia will have access to higher quality materials", he said.
Now, the next stage is the tour in 2014 of the winner photos in several schools and venues of Mexico City.
Edit-a-thon Amersfoort; Wikipedia seminar Oslo; Wikimedia Nederland Conference; Europeana Fashion
"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.
Wiki Loves Monuments; Fundación Joaquín Díaz González; Wiki Party in Salamanca
Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 in Spain was held on September, but the results were been published in October. It was the third time that Wiki Loves Monuments was organized in Spain. This year Wikimedia Spain doesn't organize an awards ceremony, but the prizes and gifts were sent by mail. More than 23,000 images were uploaded during the contest (mainly on Wikimedia Commons, but also on Flickr) by more than 400 participants. Spain was the 5th country with more pictures and the 12th with more participants. Also there were more than 40 mentions in different websites, newspapers, blogs, etc. The three first pictures and the participant who uploaded pictures from more different monuments get a prize, and all finalists and the jury have also a diploma, a book about Wikipedia and a notebook of Lettera27.
2764 pictures released by the archive of the Joaquín Díaz Foundation
Wikimedia Spain started a cooperation with the Fundación Joaquín Díaz, which holds a Museum and an Archive dedicated to old pictures, old musical instruments and cultural research about the Spanish region of Castile and León.
The Foundation takes the name of Joaquín Díaz González, probably the most important folklorist and ethnographer on that region and one of the most important in Spain.
The first step of the cooperation has been the batch upload of 2764 old pictures of Castile and León to Commons, which can be visited at this category.
Wikiparty at University of Salamanca
On November, 15th a Wikiparty was hold at University of Salamanca, one of the most important universities of Europe. The first editathon on Wikipedia was celebrated linked to the exhibition Loci et imagines/ Lugares e imágenes. 800 años de Patrimonio de la Universidad de Salamanca. There was a visit to the exhibition, a workshop and finally, the editathon, about the images of the exhibition. The activity was organized by Medialab USAL and had the collaboration of Oficina del VIII Centenario, Oficina de Conocimiento Abierto and Manuel Pérez and Eduardo Azofra.
Friends of the MC Collection museum in Sollentuna, Stockholm has started writing articles about both individual motorcycles as well as models and manufacturers following a workshop at the museum 14 November. They will also contribute with images of the motorcycles available in the collection.
Sebastian Ter Burg from Wikimedia Nederland gave an introduction to ongoing GLAM activities in the Netherlands and Axel Pettersson from Wikimedia Sweden gave some hints on what GLAM institutions should do to be successful when they want their staff to be Wikipedians.
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.
Open content at the BBC; edit-a-thons; photography
For the first time, the BBC have dipped their toe into open content waters, releasing three extracts from Radio 4 programmes from their archives, 'Desert Island Discs and 'Today', under CC-by licences, as a prelude to releasing around 200 more at an event London on 18 January 2014 (book via that link). The donation came at the behest of Wikimedian Andy Mabbett, who is running the project with the BBC and has written about the initiative on his blog.
Mining for information
The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers in Newcastle upon Tyne was the site of an edit-a-thon relating to the institute's collection. Robert Forsythe's delivered a report on the event, which included a tour round the collections, and there was enthusiasm for the topic, with one attendee travelling from the other side of the country to be there. The institute is considering a future event based around their collection so there may be more to come!
The Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland organised an edit-a-thon on the subject of early photography. Topics included the Edinburgh Calotype Club, the oldest photography club in the world, and participants were able to access the Library's digital collections. An editing session with the University of Edinburgh's PhotoSoc is also being considered. A staff edit-a-thon on Forgotten Faces and Absent Places encouraged employees at the NLS to contribute to Wikipedia using their own areas of expertise. A public event was also held at the National Library of Scotland as part of their National Book Week Scotland activities on 30th November, called 'Wikipedia in your Hands'. Details on these events can be found here. In Glasgow an edit-a-thon was run on the topic of Scottish women on Wikipedia on Sunday 16th November. Details of the outcomes can be found here.
There was a strong photography theme in November. Building on the success of Wiki Loves Monuments, a Wiki Takes event was organised based around London's tube system. The idea was capturing photographs of Grade I and II* listed buildings which weren't covered on Commons and were within easy reach of tube stations. Towards the end of the month there was an edit-a-thon-cum-photography-session at Conway Hall in London, with nine articles created.
Spotlight on the Digital
In his capacity as Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador, Martin Poulter attended and led a session at a "Spotlight on the Digital" session in London, whose topic was how to promote the discovery and use of digitised content. Major institutions such as the Wellcome Library and the British Library were represented, but the focus of the day was on how small projects with very little staff time can cheaply get their content used. Wikimedia UK volunteer Brian Kelly was also in attendance. A lot of the day's discussion related in some way to Wikimedia. Martin followed up with a written briefing (subsequently made available as a blog post) which will shape the national advice given to content holders.
The first GLAM Café was held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, on November 12, 2013. The GLAM Café is organized as a meetup group, the second Tuesday of each month from 5-8 p.m. CHF provides a space, coffee, and snacks; those who attend provide ideas and enthusiasm. The concept is similar to DC's WikiSalon, but open to a broader audience. Anyone interested in the areas of GLAM, digital humanities or Wikipedia is welcome. At least 36 people attended: about half were primarily interested or involved in Wikipedia, and about half in PhillyDH, a group for digital humanities. PhillyDH held a breakout meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Many people didn't know each other, so the first meeting focused on introductions and interests. The next meeting, on December 10, 2013, will likely be more work-oriented.
Edit-a-thon at Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, Washington
Wikimedia NYC and METRO’s Wikipedian-in-Residence organized an Edit-a-Thon on Greenwich Village History at the New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Library Branch in the East Village on Saturday November 2nd. Local historians, librarians, and professors came, as well as Greenwich Village aficionados. The event lasted from 10am-5pm and had about five Wikipedians in attendance, and over 15 other participants. Statistics for the event were generated using Wiki-metrics.
On November 21st, METRO hosted an “Advanced Wikipedia Training” for experienced editors. Members of Wikimedia NYC also offered support during the session. About 12 people were in attendance, from MLIS students to museum archivists to public librarians.
For this category, the latest BaGLAMa stats are available for October and indicate 37,975,326 views of 57,080 mainspace pages that were using materials from the category across 210 Wikimedia projects. Over 50% of these views are due to files that have been featured as Open Access File of the Day, and around 9% due to files uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer.
Open Access Media Importer
The following represents a selection of the ca. 200 files that have been uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer this month, bringing the total to over 14,500. If you can think of wiki pages where these files could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.