GLAM/Newsletter/October 2013/Contents/France report
Working on metadata; Symposium on the public domain; News from GLAM in Rennes
Working on metadata
This month, our volunteers have concentrated their work on the metadata mapping in order to perform the batch upload for the Fonds Trutat from the Archives of Toulouse City. We believe it is important to talk about this work, which is basically the behind the scene of the batch upload.
First, Jean-Frédéric has continued his work on his mass upload python library (which is published on GitHub <https://github.com/JeanFred/MassUploadLibrary>) and specifically on the documentation of his tool which is used by Wikimedia France for its batch uploads.
Secondly, our volunteers have worked on the data translation of the Fonds Eugène Trutat. It's a work in progress, but you can see the first results on pages such as Commons:Batch uploading/Fonds Eugène Trutat bis/Places which maps all the places from the metadata to a commons category.
Symposium on the public domain
On October 31st was held at the French national Assembly a symposium about the public domain, organised by the group SavoirsCom1 and MP Isabelle Attard. During the day several topics were discussed: the lack of a positive legal definition of the public domain in France, the weaknesses of the public domain in France, reuses of public domain material, and voluntary transfer to the public domain. Adrienne Charmet-Alix was invited to present the role of the public domain in the Wikimedia projects, the vision of the Wikimedia movement regarding copyright on PD works, and actions like GLAM-Wiki or Wiki Loves Monuments. The morning roundtables were moderated by Pierre-Carl Langlais, long-time Wikipedian, public domain activist and Wikimédia France member.
- See the program
Rennes city's archives and library
A very active group of Wikimedians lives in Rennes. In October, they planned many events, two of them were GLAM oriented.
Two workshops were held in the City Archives services of Rennes (Brittany). During this workshop, people were able to discover both archives' resources and Wikipedia. For this event, the Archives release high-resolution digitalized documents under Public Domain.
- More information (in French) : http://blog.wikimedia.fr/archives-rennes-6163
- See the images on Wikimedia Commons
The Rennes public library held a conference in October in order to present its new online digital library, Les Tablettes rennaises. This website only includes free content under Public Domain. The licence choice was advised by the local wikimedians and the open data promotion group.
- See the Tablettes rennaises website (in French) : http://www.tablettes-rennaises.fr
A workshop has been organized on October 1st at the Archives nationales to train 20 archivists so that they can contribute to Wikipedia. Some people from each department were present to learn Wikipedian skills and began to work on articles, which are supposed to use the images they released.
The first workshops have been organized at the Centre Pompidou. About 15 people joined the group to write articles about modern and contemporary art. One workshop is organized every week and the new Wikipedians are both trained by us and visit the museum with curators so that they fully understand the artworks they work on.
- The "rencontres numériques", a meetup organized every year by the French Ministry of Culture about new media and digital practices, took place in the French National Library. A presentation of Wikimédia France's current GLAM projects was held by Benoît Evellin (user:Trizek) and representatives of Wikimédia France’s major GLAMs partners (museums of Versailles, Sèvres, Pompidou, Cluny, and the National Archives).
- Following a request from the National Archives to more easily put content punctually on Wikimedia Commons (aside from the batch upload we are helping them with), we experimented with using Upload Campaigns for that purpose. The customized upload wizard would add categories and the partnership banner, and restrict licensing options to the bare needed (presumably, public domain for scans of collections, and CC-BY-SA for other photographs taken by the agents).
- The Wiki Loves Monuments jury announced the winners in France