On Monday 23 September an edit-a-thon was held in the Belgian city Antwerp as cooperation between Fashion Museum Antwerp, Wikimedia Belgium (in founding process) and Wikimedia Netherlands. About 25 participants listened to a presentation about the museum, followed by a presentation about Wikipedia and Wikimedia, and started with editing and writing about Belgian fashion. In between writing sessions the participants had a tour through the museum and were informed about the collection and exhibition of the Belgian fashion.
The edit-a-thon was organized as part of Europeana Fashion and also other organisations were involved. The museum uploaded also images of pieces, see the category on Commons.
For Belgium there were 3210 photos uploaded by 121 participants for a total of more than 13 GB.
There was one participant that uploaded 700 photos.
On the 28th of September there were 422 uploads.
In the past year, some photographers from Wikimédia France had worked with the association ToucanWings who promotes aerial photography using UAV. This summer, as part of its partnership with the chapter (see previous TMIGcoverage), the Palace of Versailles keenly agreed to three photo sessions above the palace and the park. More than 150 photographs have been uploaded on Wikimedia Commons.
Parterre de Lantone and the main building of the Palace
Hameau de la Reine
Temple de l'Amour in the Petit Trianon garden
Grand Trianon, viewed from the garden
ToucanWing's quadrirotor UAV in Versailles
Study days in the West
Benoît (User:Trizek) presented the work of the chapter and the GLAM projects at two occasions : in Granville, for a study day of the network of museums in Lower Normandy ; and in Nantes for a study day on the engagement of GLAM visitors.
As a result of our partnership with the National archives, GLAM volunteers have uploaded 42 media from the Archives and worked on the metadata of thoses files.
In September a new flyer on GLAM activities was published and sent out to 7000 members of Wikimedia Deutschland. The aim is to motivate our supporters to become ambassadors for Free Knowledge in that GLAM-Institution they are already active in. Read more on the initiative. The flyer was inspired by one made by Lori Phillips while she was working as a Wikipedian in Residence at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis, USA, in 2011. We hope to gather new personal contacts to GLAM-institutions and to find more people willing to forward the message of Free Knowledge.
A photo-walk was arranged to cover Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace in Bangalore on September 29th, 2013 in collaboration with the Bangalore Photo Walk group. User:Omshivaprakash led the photo walk and gave an introduction to WLM and the Creative Commons.
A photo-walk was arranged in Srirangapatna, Mysore on September 29th, 2013. Kiran Ravikumar led the team.
At the moment, the efforts are focused on the BNCF Thesaurus: the synchronization of links between Italian Wikipedia and the BNCF Thesaurus now counts 7,548 links in main space. The links were later uploaded on Wikidata, and are now recalled from there by Template:Thesaurus BNCF.
In the next months, will be implemented two more steps:
granting a feedback towards BNCF, in order to correct several wrong connections between Thesaurus entries and Italian Wikipedia articles;
extending the coverage of the Thesaurus entries (at the moment only 14,000 entries have a link to Wikipedia, on a total database of more than 40,000 entries).
WMI, BNCF and Italian library association (AIB) have also organised two meetings:
Wiki Loves Monuments México ended with a total of 6,479 images contributed by almost 629 male and female photographers, competing with images showing a great panoramic view of the national monuments. In addition to the experience in the contest, this represented several achievements for Wikimedia México:
The WLM experience
The contest represented an additional experience through the organization of workshops (one of them sponsored by Fundación Pedro Meyer) and seven photowalks (two of them in Mexico City, four in the city of Puebla, one in the city of Guadalajara). About 150 participants attended these tours. In Mexico City, several attendants asked to participate during 2014 in addition to WLM, which will be organized.
In order to make reflections about free culture in Mexico, WLM invited on September 21 six activists and researchers of free culture and the architectural heritage to a panel: Enrique César, Ulises Kentros, Alan Lazalde, Mayra Mendoza, Irene Soria and Eneas de Troya. This panel was organized at UNAM's Chopo University Museum. A general status of free culture in Mexico was raised, the concept of monument was questioned, and notions such as virtual monument on the web were even included. Other reflections were made about the value of sharing the artistic work and how it is possible to generate profitability and digital altruism models by means of free licenses such as Creative Commons. The need was established to continue these reflections during 2014.
Mexico was one of the countries about which the highest number of mentions were made in the media, including one during two minutes at the morning news program which is the most viewed in the country (as well as the most read blog in the country).
August 26th, 2013 - Reactor 105.7 FM - Interview of Iván Martínez by Ana Francisco Vega in La enredadera, aired on national radio.
For this issue of the contest, the communities of Mexico City, Puebla and Guadalajara are bigger, including new male and female volunteers, who will
Edit-a-thon "email@example.com: Construcción Colectiva del Wiki del Centro Cultural Casa Talavera/Collective construction of Cultural Center Casa Talavera's wiki" (jointly organized by Wikimedia México (Gustavo Sandoval) and the Autonomous University of Mexico City's Cultural Center Casa Talavera, located within la Merced neighborhood (Historical Center, Mexico City) (included: edit-a-thon, photograph rally to contribute images to both Casa Talavera's archives and to WLM, as well as the celebration of the worldwide Software Freedom Day): it was a very interesting meeting where photographers, Wikipedians, artists working at Casa Talavera and other people interested in the administration of web pages and web radio broadcast were working together to create Centro Cultural Casa Talavera's Wikipedia article, as well as many other articles about la Merced neighborhood, a very ancient area in Mexico City where many types of commercial activities exist over 700 years ago. Also, many photographs were taken about these activities. Deep reflections were made about copyright and copyleft during the session, considering the difficulties faced by photographers during both this specific session and WLM in general to obtain images of historical monuments.
Wiki Loves Monuments; ECNC photo competition; Europeana Fashion Edit-a-thon Antwerp; Fourth Dutch Wikipedian in Residence; Wiki loves libraries workshop; 10 years of CC licenses
Since this summer I helped to organise the Dutch edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. This year there was special attention for Municipal Monuments. In the Netherlands next to National Monuments, every municipality can indicate which buildings, statues, bridges in their municipality are monuments. There doesn't excist a National database of these monuments, so we thought collecting this data would be an interesting project for this years Wiki Loves Monuments. This project took us many calls and e-mails to the more than 400 municipalities in The Netherlands to get the lists with Municipal Monuments. We created a page with all those lists, so participants could see which monuments are participating. Now the contest has ended, we hope many new free fotos of these monuments are uploaded to Wiki Commons. To promote participation there have been Wiki Takes in Groningen, Nijmegen, The Hague and at Kasteel de Haar. Special attention this year was there for The Hague, where the Peace Palace celebrates its 100 year anniversary. Participants could follow a photography workshop and a guided tour through the city. On the 12th of October there will be a special Edit-a-thon in The Hague, to create new articles about monuments.
ECNC Photo competition
Although ECNC can not be considered as a GLAM, the photo competition that runs until the 15th of October can be interesting to GLAM's. The idea of the competition came from ECNC and volunteers of Wikimedia Nederland supported it by setting up the upload wizard. One of the goals for Wikimedia Nederland to support this competition is to see if and how we can support initiatives by other organisations that lead to more content on commons and/or other Wikimedia projects.
BiSC Utrecht, the service organisation for libraries in the province of Utrecht, and Wikimedia Nederland organised a workshop for libraries. The goal of the workshop was to generate ideas for cooperation. The workshop was inspired by the earlier Wiki Loves Bieb project.
10 years Creative Commons
Wikimedia Nederland attended the celebration of 10 years of Creative Commons in the Netherlands. The future of the licenses and their use was being discussed at the event.
Amical projects: Catalan Culture; Wiki Loves Monuments
A case study report about three of the edit-a-thons organized as part of the Europeana Awareness project was produced in cooperation with Europeana Foundation. The idea is that the report should give GLAM staff a few concrete examples and give them a better understanding of the possible outcomes so that more GLAMs within the Europeana network will start to contact their national chapter and co-organize edit-a-thons. You can read a blog post about it or have a look at the full report here.
Sign language films on Commons
After about a year of talking about it, discussing licenses, thinking about use and other issues, we are now in the final stages of a content donation of about 150 000 films of sign language divided over 16 different languages. The organization Spread the sign has, and are continuously, filming signs that they use for an online dictionary. As they also want to raise awareness of sign languages and make the films more used and useful they have decided to release the films under CC-BY-SA and are currently working on an upload bot to get the work done.
So far the Swedish Wiktionary community are talking about how to use the films on sv.wiktionary. All ideas about how to use the films are welcome on the cooperation page or within the different communities.
We participated in #Hack4DK, a Danish heritage hackathon taking place in the National Museum of Denmark. The event looked at new ways of using open cultural data such as images, maps, aerial photos, listed buildings, films and artworks. We worked on connecting our database of public art to a similar Danish dataset  but there were also various other projects involving wiki(p|m)edia. You can see all of the projects at .
New cooperation with Botanical Garden; History of Alps update; OpenGLAM workshop at OKCon
The community of Wikisource is working to proofread them.
In the meantime we received the material of Domenico Rudatis (1898 - 1994), one of the first alpinists, to be uploaded in Commons and Wikisource.
Botanical Garden and Museum in Lausanne
This month Wikimedia CH signed a new partnership with a science GLAM in Switzerland, this time in Lausanne. The partnership includes the providing of a camera based system for the digitization of herbarium specimen (dried pressed plants). But this is only a part of the collaboration. The main result of the partnership will be presented in spring 2014 with the inauguration of a specific audio guide tour for blind or visually impaired visitors of the botanical garden. During the preparation of this tour, the Museum and Wikimedia CH will prepare audio descriptions of selected plants, based on the introductions to Wikipedia articles or completely new texts. The tour will also be improved by the usage of Kiwix-serve to display Wikipedia articles directly on tablets.
OpenGLAM at the Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva
One of the first events to take place at this year’s Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva was an OpenGLAM Workshop for Swiss cultural institutions and the wider open culture and heritage community that provided an opportunity to exchange experiences and best practices and to develop an action plan for rolling out OpenGLAM activity in Switzerland.
Representatives from the Swiss Federal Archives, the Swiss National Library, and other GLAMs from several European countries gathered alongside directors of digitisation and restoration companies, members of opendata.ch, CreativeCommons Switzerland, and Swiss Wikipedians.
The following topic areas received the most attention during the discussions:
How to reach broader community engagement?
Legal and technical standards
Collaboration with Wikipedia/Wikimedia
Sharing of documents, arguments and statistics at an international level
How to get the opening-up of collections recognized by the GLAM community / the funding bodies?
Importance of realizing quick wins!
With regard to OpenGLAM in Switzerland, the setup of an OpenGLAM working group was proposed that would bring together representatives of NGOs, GLAMs, research institutions and other interested parties that actively work together to promote the OpenGLAM principles in Switzerland.
Later at the same conference, the Open Knowledge Foundation's OpenGLAM Principles were for the first time presented to a larger audience:
Release digital information about the artefacts (metadata) into the public domain using an appropriate legal tool […]
Keep digital representations of works for which copyright has expired (public domain) in the public domain by not adding new rights to them.
When publishing data make an explicit and robust statement of your wishes and expectations with respect to reuse and repurposing […]
When publishing data use open file formats which are machine‐readable.
Opportunities to engage audiences in novel ways on the web should be pursued.
A full version of the OpenGLAM Principles is available on the Open Knowledge Foundation's website. Additional information with regard to the workshop can be found on the OpenGLAM Blog (including the various presentation slides).
September 2013 will always be the month the UK took part in Wiki Loves Monuments for the first time. We missed out in 2012, and planning began in January this year because we didn’t want the same to happen again. It has been a long process, but now the dust is settling and we can look back at WLM in the UK.
The first few minutes of 1 September were nervous. Would everything work? Would we have long to wait for our first upload? What did the month ahead hold? I nearly wore out the F5 looking for that first image, but only had to wait a few minutes. Thirty days later we had 11,995 photos from 573 people.
Both of those numbers are encouraging. The sheer number of photos meant the UK was the eighth biggest contributor to the global competition, but if anything those 573 people are more encouraging. Looking at the names of people who took part, there is a mix of old and new faces, and lots of people who have never edited before.
Buildings are the stage on which history happens, and WLM was a chance for people to engage with history as well as Wikimedia. And it worked. The fact nearly 600 people got involved speaks for itself, and several people have been in touch with the office saying how much they enjoyed the competition and adding something to Wikipedia. Some people wanted to know more about how it all works. It got people interested.
The competition is over as far as submissions is concerned, but now the judging stage starts. Volunteers have been integral to getting the infrastructure in place for WLM to work, and now they are helping by whittling down 11,995 photographs to around 1,000 for the final judging panel. The volunteer community have been outstanding. There are too many names to list here, but their efforts were invaluable and I owe them thanks.
As October wears on, keep an eye out for those listed buildings. Commons always needs good pictures, so don’t put away the camera just yet. The winners will be announced in early November, so watch this space.
Wikipedia at the Metropolitan New York Library Council in New York
The workshop was the third training Dorothy has organized for the Metropolitan New York Library Council so far. Dorothy’s Residency is consortium-based, and so her position is prominently focused on providing resources and trainings for librarians, archivists, and museum professionals to help them establish Wikipedia projects. She has held meetings with nine METRO member institutions to introduce GLAM-Wiki and Open-GLAM, and also helped organized “Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn", a Wiki Photo-Hunt and Edit-a-Thon at Brooklyn Public Library Central Library Info Commons in September.
Wiki Loves Monuments' goal is to enrich Wikipedia and her sister projects with photos and articles about the worldwide cultural heritage. Volunteers from 52 areas and countries organized this year the fourth edition of this event. Thanks to all their work we managed to have more than 370,000 photos uploaded by participants. This number of uploads is higher than the 2012 edition and is a new record. The 2012 edition is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.
Random selection of photos
Discovery Hut or Scott's Hut built (Antarctica)
City Hall (Aruba)
The Reunification Monument (Cameroon)
Lin ruins (China)
Hadrian's Arch (Jordan)
Chyasaldewal (Krishna Temple) (Nepal)
Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity (United Kingdom)
El Águila (Uruguay)
Results in numbers
In 2013 11,942 participants uploaded in 52 countries/areas more than 370,000 photos as part of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013. All together with the previous editions Wiki Loves Monuments made people upload more than 900,000 photos of monuments.
In the 2013 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments 52 countries and areas participated in Wiki Loves Monuments. Large parts on the map are coloured red, but also large parts are white. The world has 195 international recognized independent states, but has also many dependent territories. Only less than a quarter of these countries and territories participated in Wiki Loves Monuments.
The largest area that isn't covered is Africa. In a few countries Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized, but in most of them we have do not have any lists of cultural monuments on Wikipedia and no participation in the contest. Only in 7 of the 54 independent states Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized and we miss much of the African cultural heritage.
With the 2013 edition the first Arab states discovered Wiki Loves Monuments and made their first steps in the contest. Only in 5 of the 22 states of that region Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized. But the interest in the contest is growing in the Arab world thanks to the first pioneers in 2013 who bridged the cultural gap.
In 2013 the area of the Caucasus two of three countries started with Wiki Loves Monuments, including the area of Nagorno-Karabakh. Only Georgia did not participate.
In Central Asia there is no participation at all and we do little know about their cultural heritage.
In other parts of Asia the participation is fragile. Several countries indicated the wish to participate, but only a part of them were ready to do so. Especially the countries of southeast Asia are missing, while they do have a rich cultural history which deserves more attention.
In Oceania none of the 14 countries and 13 territories participated (besides Hawaii as part of the United States contest). The whole cultural heritage of the island nations are missing.
Besides the three largest countries, almost all the countries of North America (including the Caribbean region) are missing with their cultural heritage. From the 23 countries and more than 14 dependencies and other territories in North America, only 6 participated: Aruba, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama and the United States. The rich cultural heritage of this area asks to be mapped.
In South America the participation began in 2012 with 3 countries and grew in 2013 to 6 participating countries out of the 12 countries and 3 dependencies on the continent. We also explored in 2013 Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. What do we know about the cultural heritage of Brazil and French Guiana?
In Europe most countries have participated in Wiki Loves Monuments. The most empty part of this continent is in the southeastern part with the Balkans, Cyprus and Turkey. Other countries that are missing are Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland and most of the small states: Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City and Malta. Another point of attention are the areas of Greenland, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands.
Around the world are a lot of other islands and dependencies with a small cultural heritage we have almost no knowledge of.
In the first four editions of Wiki Loves Monuments we focussed on the participation of those countries who were able to organize a local contest with lists of monuments, a jury and prizes. In all those countries all the volunteers did a great job and did a lot of work to make this event happen. But I think our responsibility goes beyond only the area where we live. The Wikimedia movement should focus in the coming years on all those other countries around the world to enable them to participate in one of the most simple way of participation (with uploading pictures). We should reach out to those who have more difficulties in participating and making it easier for them to join the world's movement of expansion of free knowledge.
The judges of each country have until the end of the month October the time to select the 10 winning photos. In most countries a prize giving ceremony will be held where the winners get their prizes. In November the international jury will select out of those 520 photos the best 10 photos of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013.
As the 2013 contest broke the record of the 2012 edition in number of photos, the international team will submit the new record to the Guinness Book of Records.
In the rest of the year we work on writing articles about these monuments and translating existing lists of monuments to especially Spanish and/or English to enable the rest of the world to learn about these hidden heritage. Also we need to create new lists of monuments for other countries to get a better view on the world's heritage.
Already several users/teams indicated their interest to participate in a next edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. Users can already start with preparing Wiki Loves Monuments by searching for lists of monuments in undiscovered countries and/or contacting the local institutions who are responsible for keeping a list of their cultural heritage. The users from already participating countries can help the Global South otherwise only half the world is covered. The Wikimedia movement should actively support projects like Wiki Loves Monuments in participating, so that the world's cultural heritage fully gets covered and participation is enhanced.
The following represents a selection of the 446 files files that have been uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer this month, bringing the total to over 14,000. If you can think of wiki pages where these files could be useful, please put them in there or let us know. On October 1, the bot has been named one of six finalists in the Accelerating Science Awards Program. More on that will follow in the October report.