Once again, the GLAM & Culture team is organizing its office hours. Our office hours are one-hour meetings, planned and scheduled by the team, with the aim of sharing experiences and discussing themes of interest.
Wikisource, Outreach, Meta, and Commons logos
To celebrate Wikisource’s 18th birthday in November, we’re hosting an event with the incoming CEO of Wikimedia Foundation, Maryana Iskendar. There will be guest presentations from partners and community members and we will be asking you to share your perspectives and questions. Please join us on 24 November 2021 from 1:30-3:00 PM UTC.
We’ll close the calendar year by reflecting on recent trainings and courses for museum workers and librarians. On 13 December, Wikimedia Argentina will present their Cultura para abrir course, which attracted more than 600 GLAM professionals in Latin America, and Wiki Movimento Brasil will share their GLAMs tutorial and its use in the Wiki Loves Bahia campaign.
On the next day, 14 December, we expect to have Alice Kibombo talking about the Wikipedia in African Libraries Course she delivered for AfLIA, and Wikimedia UK presenting the Connected Heritage webinars and program.
We’re still confirming the exact timings, so keep an eye on this page.
This month in GLAM newsletter migration
Due to Outreach having limited readership and visibility within the movement, our community newsletters don’t always receive the attention they deserve. To address this, we’re working with our colleagues in the Movement Communications team to migrate the This month in GLAM newsletter to Meta-Wiki.
Both teams are working on this task in the next few weeks in order to:
Increase visibility and participation in the GLAM newsletter.
Ensure the GLAM community has a place (Meta-Wiki) where they feel seen, engaged, and supported by the Wikimedia community, partners, and Foundation.
Increase the amount of multilingual (or translatable) content to engage contributors from other languages and more regions.
This activity already has the support of the newsletter’s main editors and will be more broadly announced to the GLAM-Wiki community on various channels, with further details about the process, timeline, and proposed changes.
If you have any questions or ideas about the migration, please contact the GLAM & Culture team at glamwikimedia.org and the community editors at thismonthinglamgmail.com.
New structured data features
References in SDC
In the last few months, Commons contributors (especially those working with museums) have been very active in pointing out the value of adding references to the Structured Data on Commons interface. References in SDC will allow contributors to attribute the metadata's provenance, giving GLAM institutions credit for the metadata they share. This will allow them to more easily identify and update their metadata without overwriting community contributions.
The product team has announced that this feature will be released soon, after a test period. To follow updates for this feature, check the Phabricator ticket Create a way to see and add references to structured data on Commons (MediaInfo) statements (T230315).
Structured Data on Commons M-ID to Wikidata into dumps
As we highlighted in our August newsletter, GLAM users of Structured Data on Commons also requested that the unique identifier for each file on Wikimedia Commons (the M-ID) be added to Wikidata to simplify queries and the batch upload process. This feature has now been developed. You can learn more by viewing the Phabricator ticket Determine an IRI to join commons mediainfo entities and wikidata properties referencing commons images (T277665) and this example query.