GLAM/Newsletter/September 2020/Contents/Sweden report
Musikverket: more folk music and photos; Hack for Heritage 2020; Wiki Loves Monuments; Wikipedia in the libraries; Digital Book Fair on Wikipedia
Musikverket: more folk music and photos
The project Free music on Wikipedia, which we mentioned last month, is now in full swing. In September, we focused on uploading material shared by the Swedish Performing Arts Agency, the majority of which is historic recordings of folk music from several regions of Sweden. They include a number of songs performed on the spilåpipa, a local type of flute that had no recordings on Commons before! A bunch of photographs of folk musicians were also uploaded.
Violin players Mårten Andersson and Bengt Bixo, unknown date.
The dancing group of Skansen on tour in USA, 1905.
Nils Andersson writes down music by Gössa Anders Andersson, working on a book project about Swedish folk music, unknown date.
Hack for Heritage 2020 – online
The annual hackathon organized by the Swedish National Heritage Board, Hack for Heritage, took place online this year due to the Corona pandemic. The new, experimental format did not discourage the participants, who worked together despite being spread all across the country. Wikimedia Sverige participated as a partner, holding a workshop about the Wikimedia projects and answering any questions the participants had about Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and open licenses.
Wiki Loves Monuments
Over 2,000 photos were uploaded in the Swedish edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, documenting the built cultural heritage of our country. The competition was made possible by open data shared by Swedish GLAMs, and included protected buildings and archaeological monuments (Swedish National Heritage Board), culturally significant boats (Swedish National Maritime Museum) and working life museums (Working Life Museums Co-operation Council). The Swedish National Heritage Board published information about WLM on its website, pointing out that there are a lot of culturally significant places in our country that don't normally get much attention, and every photo can make a huge difference in increasing awareness about them.
Wikipedia in the libraries
The project Wikipedia in libraries will be completed this autumn! A report (in Swedish) with analyzes and conclusions has been written. We would like to thank everyone who participated (95 editors adding almost 80k words to over 500 articles, combining for 2.13M views, and also uploading over 160 images to Commons) and are very happy for one of the projects, which arose together with the libraries, to continue on its own. It is project LGBT that has created a workspace for collaborative work and is also the weekly competition for October 5-11 on Swedish Wikipedia!
The most important conclusion from the project is that we can quickly adjust and work under new conditions. This in itself requires that you work iteratively (plan, do, check, act), that is, be able to quickly adapt to changing conditions - something that Wikimedia's platforms and its participants are very good at. This year there were many video meetings and we look forward to new collaborations and projects – both through video meetings and in real life!
Digital Book Fair on Wikipedia
Wikipedia and Wikimedia Sverige are usually represented at the Göteborg Book Fair each year. It has been a tradition, and gives us much value, as we meet readers and other wikipedians, recruit new editors and take photos for Wikipedia articles. Due to the the covid-19 pandemic, the Book Fair was digital this year, and so was our participation.
We arranged a digital book fair on Wikipedia as a marathon edit-a-thon during four days (24–27 September). Each day had its own theme, related to the themes of the Book Fair. The theme on Thursday was Libraries and Education and on Friday we wrote about Children's literature and Young adult's fiction. Saturday was a highlight with the theme South Africa, where the user Oesjaar on Afrikaans Wikipedia participated and talked about South Africa and the language situation in the country, among other things. It was very much appreciated! On Sunday the theme was Digital culture.
We had announced the event on Facebook and had handed out brochures to several libraries in different cities in Sweden, where we could reach out to their visitors. We were 11 organizers and 12 other participants in the edit-a-thons. We wrote 24 new articles and improved 138 other articles. We found the event successful and we strengthened important contacts for the future.