1500+ photographs uploaded to Commons on the Centenary of Polish Independence
As part of the celebrations of the Polish Independence Centenary, Wikimedia Polska and the National Digital Archives have uplaoded over 1500 historical photographs from 1900-1930, inclding several hundered images from the Józef Piłsudski Institute. The photographs show Józef Piłsudski with family and colleagues, Polish Army and Legions soldiers and officers, independence activists, public and military ceremonies and many other scenes from the 1914-1918 period and the IInd Republic of Poland. All the images can be found in the Images from Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe category in Wikimedia Commons. Please reuse and illustrate Wikipedia articles with these archival images!
Heirlooms and European stories: editathon results!
Inspired by the 'European stories' / 'Heirlooms' theme of the project, the volunteer editors in Poland - most of them first-time editors of Wikipedia - have selected a wide range of subjects to do with culture, science, history, and social life in Poland and Europe. Students of the University of Łódź who took part in the program were introduced to basic rules of editing Wikipedia as well as the structure of basic articles and selection criteria for new content. 20 new articles were written and published in Wikipedia -- in English, Polish and German.
Students and volunteers have chosen topics which form a group of 'snapshots' of culture, tradition and science of countries and societies across Europe'a past, present and future. Students of the University of Łódź have selected themes to do with intercultural past, visible through industry and engineering (French cruiser D'Entrecasteaux); the fine arts (Peasant Coffin and traditions and folklore (Turoń). They described subjects dealing with the present daily life in Poland in foreign languages (Bambino ice cream, Zalewajka).
They have placed towns and villages into the largest language version of the largest open encyclopaedia, offering everyone information about those places (Ciebłowice Duże, Kudrichi). Others yet looked at contemporary artistic trends in the local context (Polish Vaporwave), and described phenomena outside the scope of the 'Heirlooms' but of global interest (RCW 34).
Ethnology Without Borders
On the 16-17th of November the Wrocław University hosted an international conference Ethnology Without Borders, organised in partnership with Wikimedia Polska. This year's Conference was devoted to digital humanities and research methods in the context of dynamically changing social context and an increasingly important role of technology in daily social life.
A day-long session was devoted to Wikiprojects carried out in Poland and abroad dealing with documenting ethnography and immaterial culture, customs and regional traditions. A small editing workshop was held and cross-institutional ideas were discussed, resulting in a new wikiproject (Projekt Upiór) emerging shortly after the event. A detailed programme of the workshop and lectures can be found on the event page. We particularly recommend this presentation by Klara Sielicka-Baryłka, both a museum expert and experienced Wikipedian, about Ethno-Wiki projects.