In September 2022, Wiki Rescues Manuscripts was kicked-off with the pilot year focusing on three different regions of Indonesia. Pusat Pengkajian Islam dan Masyarakat (PPIM), a research institute based in Jakarta, will be leading the Wiki Rescues Manuscripts pilot in Indonesia in collaboration with Wikimedia Indonesia and the community-led WikiLontar project, with the support of Wikimedia Foundation.
The project also includes a technical pilot which focuses on testing the viability of Transkribus, an AI-powered text and handwriting recognition tool, to support under-supported languages of South-East Asia.
Affiliates, communities, and organizations with interest in manuscript digitization are invited to sign-up below to become a learning partner on this project.
Between September 14 and 16, 2022, part of the Wikimedia Foundation's Culture and Heritage team was able to attend the 2022 European GLAMwiki Coordinators meeting. This was the fourth time this event has happened and it is seen by the European Wikimedia affiliates as an opportunity to share skills and best practices, coordinate projects, and consolidate connections.
During the event, the team managed to participate in several presentations and lightning talks. First, Fiona Romeo organized a workshop about Metrics and monitoring, together with Emil Chetty (Lead Product Manager) and Jessica Stephenson (Lead Learning and Evaluation Officer), both also from the Wikimedia Foundation.
Later, Giovanna Fontenelle presented about Crisis and GLAM, accompanied by Anna Khrobolova (Wikimedia Ukraine) and Susanna Ånäs (AvoinGLAM), in which some initiatives were shared, followed by a discussion with the objective of understanding if the Wikimedia projects are the best place for endangered cultural items and how to handle them once they are being uploaded and shared on-wiki. The slides are available here.
Regarding the lightning talks, Giovanna presented alongside Kamila Neuman (Wikimedia Poland) about the topic of welcoming newcomers and how we can exchange knowledge and experiences more regularly and clearly. Following that discussion and also thinking about newcomers, Giovanna addressed the issue of documentation and how difficult it is to document and describe initiatives in Wikimedia projects and how we can work together to improve it.
In addition to presentations, workshops, and lightning talks, the team also participated in discussions on several other topics, which should generate new initiatives soon. Stay tuned!