Continuing on from last month's report, I will be analysing further results from the July 2012 This Month in GLAM survey. Click the graph thumbnails to see them larger.
How do you read This Month in GLAM?
Displaying the headlines of articles on the front page of each issue was proposed at GLAMcamp Amsterdam as a good way to browse articles. Looking at the chart on the right, one can see that this was a great suggestion; around 60% of people read articles based on their headlines. Another 10% read about GLAM activities in specific countries.
Readers' suggestions for improving the look and feel of the newsletter are welcomed; get in touch either by leaving a comment below or by email.
What do you think of the general quality of articles in the newsletter?
This question was designed to show to the members of the GLAM community what readers think of their writing. As the graph shows, opinion is largely positive (1 was highest). It would perhaps have been productive to add another field for those filling in the survey to say why they gave the answer they did.
What do you think of the coverage of articles in the newsletter?
I wanted this question in the survey so we could see if our audience thought we were covering the GLAM news that matters. We seem to be doing relatively well, but there is of course room for improvement. If you know about anything GLAM programs that have been happening in your country, feel free to contribute at the Newsroom or by leaving a note on the suggestions page.
I think this survey has provided an overview of where we're doing well and areas in which we can improve. On that note, this month we are trialling a new front page design. This is the first of, hopefully, many improvements to come. Let us know what you think in the comments section below or by email.
For now, I shall leave you with a wordcloud made from responses.
Cooper-Hewitt collections database links to Wikipedia; brief news
For example, you can check out all of the people (artists, designers, etc.) that are in the Cooper-Hewitt’s collection who have a Wikipedia article about them here. When that Wikipedia content is improved, it’s updated on the Cooper-Hewitt’s collection page as soon as the team at Cooper-Hewitt Labs runs a bot (which they intend to run on a weekly basis.)
Inspired by the recent controversy surrounding Gibraltarpedia related to conflict of interest, Dominic McDevitt-Parks took to the US National Archives' own blog to weigh in on how NARA approaches the issue. He discusses how he worked with NARA to develop internal guidelines for editing which stress that staff edit Wikipedia to enhance public knowledge of and exposure to collections. Wikipedia should be viewed as part of the archival process, rather than a concern of public affairs departments. NARA's guidelines have been published on Wikipedia, and they are in the process of becoming official NARA policy. It is hoped that such transparency will help maintain the goodwill of the Wikimedia community towards GLAM projects.
News in brief
GLAM Bootcamp US planning is underway. The US National Archives has provisionally agreed to serve as a venue for the event, planned for early next year. The concept was presented at the Oct. 6 Wikimedia DC board meeting, and the chapter agreed to assist in funding and logistics for a GLAM Bootcamp. Discussion is taking place on the mailing list.
GLAMcamp London brings international Wikimedians to the capital
Over the weekend of 15-16 September, 35 Wikimedians from around Europe and the United States gathered at the British Library in London. Over the course of the two days, attendees got the chance to discuss where the GLAM movement was, where they wanted it to go, and how to get there. During breakout groups on the second day, initial planning for wmuk:GLAM-WIKI 2013 began, and a group brainstormed and started work on a GLAM Bootcamp.
First UK Wikipedia Takes... event in Coventry: On 1 September, Coventrian Wikimedians ran Wikipedia Takes Coventry. More than 2100 photographs were uploaded by 51 participants, almost all of whom were non-Wikimedians. The images taken can be found on Wikimedia Commons. For more information see this blog post.
There was a tour of the major British Museum exhibition Shakespeare: staging the world on 13 September, followed for most of the group by a very interesting talk over coffee with Dora Thornton, the lead curator of the exhibition.
Upcoming exhibitions were discussed with the British Museum. The Ice Age Art exhibition will run from late February 2013, and we hope to be able to announce initiatives here, to follow on from the Event a year ago, which produced fantastic photos.
Surreal edit-a-thon over the tomb of Salvador Dalí
Salvador Dalí was a prominent Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, is somehow wiki-related. The Teatre-Museu Dalí (Dalí Theatre and Museum) in Figueres used to be a theater and is the place where the Catalan master did his first solo exhibit. It was his largest single project and the main focus of his energy up until 1974. He is actually buried in the middle of the scenario of the old theather, in the exact place we held an all-night edit-a-thon. It was a surrealistic experience in which twelve Wikipedians, from all around Catalonia, improved Dalí-related articles. It was the best way to start a GLAMwiki relationship with such an important foundation.
Wikipedians rounded by Dalí artworks
Museu de Mataró edit-a-thon
Mataró is a city 40km from Barcelona. It dates back to Roman times, when it was a village known as Iluro. It contains the ruins of a first century BC Roman bath house (known locally as the Torre Llauder) that can be visited. The first railway in peninsular Spain was the Mataró – Barcelona line, which was opened on 28 October 1848 by the Catalan businessman, and Mataró native, w:Miquel Biada.
It is a hub for cultural activity and social engagement, but Mataró suffers from a lack of Wikipedia coverage. We decided to organize a Wikipedia Workshop at the Mataró Museum - where we undertook Wikipedia activities last year - to show local cultural organizations how they could improve the city's coverage on Wikipedia. Local librarians helped us by bringing a couple of boxes full of potential sources, and local experts improved related entries. It has planted the seed of what we think could be a great relationship.--Kippelboy (talk) 13:37, 9 October 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Smithsonian Institution, Brooklyn Museum and WikiAfrica
In the meantime, the project is almost on the final stretch. Now that the end of the year is approaching, users are focusing on improving pages related to the project. While guidelines and procedures were all published long ago, other pages are being written, in both Italian and English, to summarize the history of the initiative (it/en) or to share details about the related Wikipedian-in-residence course (it/en). A page on Outreach wiki has also been created. Making sure that all the documentation is clear and online in multiple languages is a priority for any GLAM programs, since this allows successful projects to be replicated.
During September, work has begun teaching staff at the National museums to edit Wikipedia and to upload images to Wikimedia Commons. So far three workshops have taken place, with around 25 curators and experts having improved and created new articles. Three more workshops are planned during October and November, as well a day dedicated to copyright, licensing and an in-depth session on uploading to and using Wikimedia Commons.
WiR at National Heritage Board
Lennart has had the first inspirational days at Riksantikvarieämbetet (National Heritage Board).
Two representatives from Wikimedia Sweden participated at GLAMcamp in London on the 15-16 September. Two major outcomes were reached during the weekend:
During the GLAMcamp John Andersson joined the task force working with the organization of the GLAM-WIKI 2013 conference.
Axel Pettersson participated in the discussions about a pair of GLAM Bootcamps for volunteers that will be organized in 2013.
News in brief
Wikimedia Sweden and the Nordic Museum had an initial meeting about an edit-a-thon that will have fashion as its theme. The edit-a-thon will take place in March 2013 in cooperation with other organisations such as Europeana Fashion and Stockholm University.
The Salón de la Plástica Mexicana held an edit-a-thon to kickstart a project aiming to document its past and present membership. The Salón is an honor society of artists in Mexico, not necessarily Mexican artists, which is part of the federal government's Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Institute of Fine Arts). The event had two purposes: the first was to attract new and experienced editors to Wikipedia, especially those with an interest in Mexican art; the second was to encourage membership of the organization both to access sources for articles as well as to gain photos of themselves and their work.
The event attracted only seven editors, including two students from ITESM-Campus Ciudad de México, but it brought in documentation and photos from more than twelve notable artists. The documentation will be used to continue the project with ITESM students. Artists' photographs are being directly donated to the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana, which can authenticate the copyright status on photographs of artistic pieces. The photographs will then be donated by the Salón to Wikimedia Commons at a later date, when there are a significant number of photographs to upload.
The following article is an update of GLAM activity from the last month (and a bit) across the African continent and beyond. The activities listed below have come from the work of two Wikimedia chapters, South Africa and Kenya, and from the WikiAfrica Project.
GLAM content partners sharing knowledge
The GLAM side of WikiAfrica's Share Your Knowledge project has received content and images for upload from its 55 content partners across Africa. The museums under the Western Province Government – Department of Museums are currently competing amongst themselves to expand articles about their institutions. Many of these related articles are being worked on in the WikiAfrica Incubator and shall be moved over to the main site once they are finished.
South African Heritage Institutions Supports Wiki Loves Monuments
Wikimedia South Africa and WikiAfrica have been working to get South Africa's heritage institutions involved in and participating as upload sites for the upcoming Wiki Loves Monuments 2012. The National Heritage Council (NHC), South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA), Western Cape Heritage and City of Cape Town Heritage are all eager to be involved, especially in an upload marathon at local museums. This will involve uploading images to the South African Wiki Loves Monuments page, and thus to Commons, in an event that took place on Heritage Day (24 September), a public holiday.
The official launch of the Wikilove monuments was held on 1 September 2012 at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. A total of 1,863 photos of monuments in South Africa were uploaded at the close of the competition on 30 September.
Potential GLAMs - Still in Talks
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with Wikimedia Kenya:
Nairobi Railway Museum have partially accepted to collaborate with Wikimedia Kenya to have their content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The senior management requested copies of proposals to review them in detail. Wikimedia Kenya is in discussions on the best way to undertake this project, which would be the first of its kind. A preliminary study revealed that they have none of their collections digitized.
Kenya National Archives are still reviewing a proposal that was sent to them regarding GLAM. Hopefully the results shall be out by the time the next newsletter shall be published.
The following have expressed interest in working as GLAMs with WikiAfrica:
National Museum Malawi
Shimoni Slavery Museum, Kenya
Bamako-London Exhibition, UK/Mali
South African Heritage Resource Agency, South Africa
Name your hood, South Africa
IZIKO Museums of Cape Town (14 museums in the Cape Town area) www.iziko.org.za, South Africa
Africa Centre is a cultural platform based in Cape Town supporting and producing cultural projects and initiatives. In 2011 the Africa Centre adopted the CC BY-SA on its online documentation and in November launched a call for a Wikipedian in Residence in charge of contributing to WikiAfrica and coordinating more GLAM outreach in Africa.
doual'art: a cultural non profit organization focussed on contemporary art and urban research in Douala. Since 1991 doual'art produces public art and collects documentation about its city. doual'art provides all of its online documentation in CC BY-SA: project descriptions, artworks descriptions, biographies of artists and experts.
Check out this month's Italy report for a summary of these 3 case studies.
Kër Thiossane, an art centre, residency space and training facility based in Dakar. The centre provides training to intellectuals, artists and authors in Dakar on how to contribute to Wikipedia and wiki websites.
Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, now Festival de Cine Africano de Còrdoba. Spanish cinema festival specialized in African cinema providing film descriptions and biographies of filmmakers and experts in CC BY-SA (texts only).
Wikimedia chapters supporting the collaborations with institutions in Africa and with African contents
Wikimedia South Africa
Викимедија Србије (Wikimedia Serbia)
Open Access per default; Open Access Media Importer tests finished; Preparations for Open Access Week
In February, the 10th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, a meeting was held to look back upon that decade of open access and to discuss scenarios on how to move things forward over the next decade. The recommendations from the meeting have been released on September 12. Important from a Wikimedia perspective is that they cover licensing and designate the Creative Commons Attribution License (which is compatible with reuse on Wikimedia projects) as the default model for Open Access publishing. This will hopefully discourage publishers and authors from using licensing terms like the non-commercial condition that prevent reuse in most educational contexts, including on Wikimedia projects.
Open Access Week is a global event aimed at highlighting the ways in which Open Access can and does impact society, and research and education in particular. Around the world, researchers, students, librarians and many others get together to share their own experiences and to raise awareness amongst others. One way to contribute to the event is to have a look at the Wikipedia articles related to Open Access in your preferred languages and to see whether they can improved by adding or modifying a few lines, by inserting a reference or illustration, or by simply improving the narrative flow or checking the spelling. Another way is to check Wikimedia Commons for files from Open Access sources and providing them with a new home in a Wikipedia article, Wiktionary entry or Wikibooks chapter. For further information, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Open Access/Open Access Week.
Open Access Media Importer
Test phase finished
Over the course of the month, tests and bug fixes for the Open Access Media Importer continued, with the result that almost all known bugs concerning materials uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer Bot have been fixed. Their remnants in earlier uploads are currently being corrected manually, while a number of problems leading to suitable materials not being uploaded remain to be addressed. These are mostly due to non-standard markup of the XML provided by the publishers, or to non-standard file formats used by the original authors.
An interesting problem that occurred on the way was that the MIME type of image and media files was stated incorrectly in about 5-10% of cases. This could be fixed by implementing a routine that tests, based on the first 4kB of a file, whether the MIME type is indeed the one that is indicated in the XML. Once the Open Access Media Importer is operational, it is intended to be handed over to Wikimedia Germany, but it remains uncertain as to whether that would be via the Toolserver, Wikimedia Labs or some other way. A more detailed report is available from a blog post.
The following files represent a selection of what has been uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer this month. If you can think of wiki pages where these files could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.
Before you watch a video, consider guessing at the research question addressed in the corresponding scholarly article.