The German association of press spokespersons gathered at Wikimedia Deutschland to learn about the movement and the Wikimedia projects. After an introductory talk, the press representatives of various organizations were able to inform themselves more intensively about Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata at work stations with longtime volunteers, who answered questions and gave expert insight. Due to the high response and demand after the event, we will continue this world café format for other occasions, next time at Konferenz nationaler Kultureinrichtungen in Potsdam, an association of 23 cultural heritage institutions which invited us to be part of their digitization working group. See the talk here (in German).
Press conference on GLAM on Tour
In the course of the preparations for the next GLAM on Tour station in October in the city of Brilon, a press conference was held at the museum Haus Hövener which will also host the event. Approximately 30 Wikipedians, staff members of the museum and members of the society for the promotion of Haus Hövener will gather in Brilon to write articles, load up pictures and find out about the mining industry in the region "Sauerland".
See the coverage here:
Museum für Naturkunde releases 15 million insect items
The Museum für Naturkunde (museum of natural sciences) in Berlin just released 15 million items of their vast collection of insect objects under the licences CC0 1.0 and CC-BY-SA 4.0 (announcement in German). The museum spends a lot of effort in digitizing content and making it accessible for as many people as possible. For several years now, WMDE has fostered a close relationship with scientific professionals of the museum. For example, the Museum für Naturkunde took part in the GLAM hackathon Coding da Vinci and provided freely licenced content for coders. We also invited Prof. Johannes Vogel, General Director of the museum, as a speaker for the GLAM conference Shaping access!.
MS Wissenschaft ends its 2014 tour
The MS Wissenschaft, a riverboat with a science exhibition on board, finished its 2014 tour at the end of September in Forchheim. The tour had started in May in Berlin and featured 38 stops across Germany and Austria, reaching a total audience of around 90,000. This year, the topic of the exhibition was the "Digital society", and a joint exhibit by the Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia Germany on Open Knowledge and Open Data was part of it. While in Vienna in September, a public event on Open Science was organized on the ship (see coverage in the Austria report).