Abre-te Código is the Global South edition of the cultural open data hackathon Coding da Vinci, organized in Brazil by the Goethe-Institut São Paulo. After a preparatory stage that included the development of text and video materials in which cultural institutions and free knowledge organizations were able to share their perspectives and techniques for the digital dissemination of collections thorugh the Technologies, Legislations and Systems and Processes lenses, the hackathon starts in late October with a kick-off for the teams organization, mentories and the development of the first prototypes. More than 10 cultural institutions provided datasets under free licenses for participants to use during the hackathon. The event takes place entirely online and the teams will have the month of November to develop their projects to be evaluated by a specialized jury.
Wiki Movimento Brasil is very excited to be part of this initiative! We collaborated with materials on Wikiemdians in Residence and on GLAM Wiki processes and partnerships (text and video). We'll offer technical mentories and integrate the evaluation jury. Many more updates to come!
We’ll have the 25th Wikidata Lab on APIs and data extraction. It will be broadcasted live through WMB’s channels and the participants will have the opportunity to collaborate on a practical activity online.
We’re also glad to announce that The Wikidata Lab videos are now available on Wikimedia Commons! Wikidata Labs are technical trainings on Wikidata related tools and topics organized by the brazilian community since 2017 and have been broadcast live and recorded since 2018. There are now 15 videos on topics like structured narratives, OpenRefine, structured bibliographic references, data literacy and more. Some of them were held in English, with the participation of the global community, and others were held in Portuguese.
Wikidata Lab VIII - Day 1: Exploring and fixing ontologies on data modeling
Wikidata Lab VIII - Day 2: Images, metadata and Wikidata gamification
Wikidata Lab XVIII: Structured data on Wikimedia Commons
24/10: Wikidata party + Abre-te Código
On a Saturday, WMB’s small team will gather for work on a Paulista Museum dataset on Wikidata and offer a webinar for engaging the Abre-te Código participants on GLAM Wiki processes and Wikidata.
28/10: WikiCite Conference session
Érica Azzellini and Célio Costa from the WMB UG are organizing a session for the WikiCite Virtual Conference this year! Under the theme “Wikidata modeling projects, bibliography and library data”, the speakers from the Global South will share their ongoing projects with the broad community. The presentations will be both in English and Portuguese.
Wiki Loves Monuments
In 2020, Wiki Loves Monuments Brasil will occur during the month of October! We’re very excited to see the beautiful photos the participants will submit on this year’s edition. There are more than 7 thousand eligible monuments in Brazil to be photographed for WLM. Wiki Loves Monuments page uses a list automatically generated by Wikidata to provide for the participants the valid monuments for each Brazilian state.
The contest is organized for the second time by the Wiki Movimento Brasil User Group. In 2019, WLM Brasil had almost 5 thousand images submitted. We expect to reach 10 thousand images this year!
Wiki Movimento Brasil also received, in August and September, three Creative Commons grants: two from the CC Open GLAM Platform and one from the CC Open Education Platform.
In addition to these fundings, a WMB member also had a presentation approved at the Creative Commons 2020 Virtual Global Summit. Giovanna Fontenelle, who is also a CC Brasil member, will present about the case of the Brazilian OpenGLAMs partnerships on Wikipedia. The page for the lecture is available here.
The presentation will be on Thursday, October 22, from 12:30 - 13:00 UTC. It will be part of the Open Galleries/Libraries/Archives/Museums section.
Wikicontest with the Brazilian National Archives
As mentioned in the two previous Newsletters, WMB was holding second wikicontest on Wikipedia in Portuguese. This time, with the Brazilian National Archives, a significant cultural institution in Brazil.
The event officially closed on September 14, ending the activities of creating and editing articles, as well as using images, after almost two months of work. Brazilian editors improved and created entries related to Brazil’s capital, Brasília, on Wikipedia and used part of the 10 thousand images of the Brazilian National Archives collection uploaded on Commons through the GLAM partnership ongoing since 2017.
This is one of the biggest and most important Wiki Movimento Brasil events so far. The 509 participants were responsible for impressive total final numbers: 288 created articles, 887 edited pages, and 5.63 million bytes added, according to the event's page on Outreach Dashboard
After the end of the event, the top five winners list was released and the users should receive their awards in the coming weeks.
A few weeks ago, another GLAM-Wiki partnership from WMB was released. This time, with the Brazilian classical music portal Musica Brasilis.
Due to the group's big project with the Paulista Museum, this initiative with Musica Brasilis had to be paused, but in September, the project returned with all its might.
Since the restart, a portal for the GLAM-Wiki partnership has been created on Wikipedia in Portuguese, as well as the item for it on Wikidata and categories and logos on Commons. We are also finalizing the license for the images and we should soon share a video that will document the process of creating a GLAM in the Lusophone community. The goal is to use the initiative with Musica Brasilis as a model case.
Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros
In the past few weeks, WMB has also started another GLAM partnership. This time, with the Institute of Brazilian Studies, a unit from the University of São Paulo, with a huge collection of rare items from Brazilian history, including documents, books, magazines, manuscripts, works of art, and periodicals.
The partnership should only be made official and ratified in the coming weeks, but members of the WMB and the institute are already working together to decide the first items to be made available. Great news soon!
After a conversation with the library’s representatives, it was decided that the institution would enter not only with its bibliographic collection but also with items from its iconographic collection, initially considered outside the initiative. In this way, there will be an expansion of this partnership and an extension of the project with the University of São Paulo Libraries as a whole.
In the past few days, members of the from the University of São Paulo Libraries, involved in the GLAM-Wiki partnership, have also applied for a WikiCite grant. The project aims to engage the librarian community from Wikidata in edit-a-thons and also add bibliographical references from prestigious publications. The goal is to involve the Brazilian library community more and more on Wikidata and really connect them to the open knowledge and linked data community.