Ministry of culture and information of Republic of Serbia approved project submission by Wikimedia Serbia, for organizing and realizing the three Wikipedian in residence programs in 2018.
Department for digitization of the Ministry of culture has recognized WIR project, and GLAM in general, as a project with a big potential for digitizing Serbian cultural heritage. The Ministry will finance complete program with approximately 4200 euros, and each of the three Wikipedians in residence will spend two months in cultural institution - digitizing, writing articles, and educating employees about Wikipedia, GLAM and Wikimedia movement in general. Therefore, Wikimedia Serbia has opened a public call for Wikipedians who would like to work with cultural institutions, and established a selection commission to pick the best from more than 200 candidates who applied for this job. Besides this, Wikimedia Serbia will realize three more WIR projects, as it is planned for the 2018. This will provide more good results for the mission of free knowledge, but essentially will build strong connections with partners in museums, archives and libraries in Serbia.
The first day of the seminar gathered the managing directors of the 21 cultural institution, welcomed by general manager of Museum of Vojvodina Mr. Drago Njegovan and deputy ministry of culture Mr. Dejan Masliković. Masliković praised Wikimedia’s mission in GLAM and called institutions to proactively work on expanding visibility of national heritage. Wikimedia Serbia’s team presented Wikimedia movement, Wikipedia, GLAM program and free licence. All of them have shown an amazing interest to be part of GLAM, through releasing materials, Wikipedian in residence program, or implementing QRpedia’s codes on exhibitions in museums or city monuments. On the second day even more cultural employees came to learn how to edit Wikipedia, so nearly 30 people attended the workshop and successfully learned basic steps on editing Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Many of them had plenty ideas to work with GLAM, so we are expecting new partnerships and a lot of knowledge in the coming period.