December 14, 2013

A Museum and 12 Design Schools improving Design Topics on Wikipedia

Kick Off Meeting at the Design Museum in Barcelona
 The Design Museum of Barcelona (Museu del Disseny de Barcelona) has initiated a  collaborative project between Amical Wikimedia and a number of art and design schools and universities in Catalonia. The aim is to promote the presence of design on Wikipedia, and stengthen relations between the museum and education centres, as well as, highlighting and making the information generated by these institutions accessible on the internet.

A leader due to its characteristics at an international level, this Wiki-project will run until the end of the 2013-2014 school year, and will culminate with a wiki-marathon at the Museum's Documetation Centre, located at the Disseny Hub Barcelona building in Glories Plaza.

The following centres are participating in the project: The Escola Superior de Conservació i Restauració de Béns Culturals de Catalunya (ESCRBCC), Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona, Escola Municipal d'Art Illa, Fundació Història del Disseny, ESDAP LLotja, Escola Massana d'Art i Disseny, Escola Municipal d'Art Arsenal, Bau. Centre Universitari de Disseny, Escola d'art i disseny de Sant Cugat, Escola Superior de Disseny Felicidad Duce, EINA. Centre universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona adscrit a la UAB, and The Grau en Disseny de la Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Belles Arts- GRACMON (Grup de Recerca en Història de l'Art i el Disseny Contemporanis).

We'd also like to note that Viquiprojecte: Museu del Disseny is the second part of a collaborative project with popular online encyclopedia that was initiated in 2011. The project served to promote the Museum's collections on Wikipedia, as well as, Catalan design and the designers most representative of Catalonia. 

November 27, 2013

Collections Online: motto and aim. Let's do it with 3 Wikipedians in Residence at a time

The pinacoteca room of the Museum.
The Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer (Víctor Balaguer Museum & Library) is located in Vilanova i la Geltrú, a beach town 50 km away from Barcelona. It was founded in 1884 by Víctor Balaguer so as to thank the city for its support during his politician career.


All the paintings exhibited at the museum are now available on Wikimedia Commons thanks to a project initiated by the Museum with the collaboration of Amical Wikimedia to make the museum collection more accessible to a wider audience.
It is said today that everything that can not be found on the Internet does not exist, or at least is not visible. With the intention of leaving this shadow of invisibility behind, the museum has started a second project with Amical Wikimedia to gradually include its artistic and ethnographic collections on Wikimedia Commons.
 Broadly speaking tasks to be carried are Uploading several collections of the museum to Wikimedia Commonsthrough the following steps: painting and sculpture exhibited at the Museum, labeling all acquisitions (categorisation), introduction of other collections on display in the galleries (Egypt collections, Philippines, Pre-Columbian, oriental ceramics, glass, archeology,...) and -if possible- collections kept at the warehouse (painting, sculpture, and other types).

They want to improve Wikipedia's coverage on local artists, creating and / or expanding the entry of artists with work in the collection, prioritizing local ones. They also will expand Wikipedia articles related to the highlights of the collection

Museum publish a "Butlletí" magazine since their 1800s, and the goal is to read it all again an re-use it as Wikipedia references for XIX and XX Century art articles. Contextualizing Knowledge by referencing articles. So far, contemporary art collections has been excluded from the project to avoid copyright issues. We still have plenty of work to do with Public Domain content.

Museum director and team are really committed to free knowledge. They also believe that public collections of a country should be available to everyone, no matter where they live. A tool such as Wikipedia and its sister projects allows them to do so in an environment in constant expansion. From the local reach to a global network. Open your museum and let the global community improve it.

Who and How
To make this transfer of knowledge possible, museum will proudly hosts 3 Wikipedians in Residence at a time: 
* Elisenda Admiral, graduated in Humanities (UAB) and MA in Comparative Studies in Art, Literature and Thought (UPF), 
* Montse Medina, graduated in History (URV), is currently completing a Masters in Cultural Heritage Management (UB) 
* Marina Padilla, that the fourth race of the Degree of Art History (UB).  

They are all emerging heritage professionals and kind of newbies on the wikiworld. They will do this partnership as some practice/scolarship for their formal studies or universities. They have already done more than 300 edits in less than a week, and are received by the Catalan community with warm. We need more women on board! 



November 20, 2013

Miró 202: Wikipedian in Residence and Wikipedia Audit

Terrace of the Joan Miró Foundation (With Freedom of Panorama! :)
 The Fundació Joan Miró (Joan Miró Foundation) and Amical Wikimedia have launched a process of reviewing and improving the content on Joan Miró on Wikipedia.

Previous step: Wikipedia Audit
As a first step , the Foundation commissioned a Joan Miró audit to Amical, in order to study the presence of Joan Miró and its Foundation on the Wikipedia Universe. The authors of this study, Esther Solé and myself (Kippelboy), analyzed the quality of content on the artist, reviewed the articles on works by Miró and have compared the status in all available languages, comparing it to similar artists and other relevant people. This way we have a resource to compare how the artist is seen on Wikipedia and the reach of it all.

Second step: Wikipedian in ResidenceFrom this audit, the art historian Esther Solé (User:ESM) has joined the Fundació Joan Miró as their brand new Wikipedian in Residence. Solé will coordinate and energize all actions to be carried out to achieve an increased accuracy of the contents on Wikipedia linked to the figure of Joan Miró.
Attached is the press release , which you can read more about this new phase of the process and on the previous actions of the Foundation maintain its determination to spread knowledge about Miro Wikipedia.

The world longest edit-a-thon: 35 hours in a row!

Not a one night shot
This project is not a one night shot. The Joan Miró Foundation collaborates with Amical Wikimedia since  2011, when we co-organized and edit-a-thon and included QRpedia codes on the exhibition Joan Miró. The Ladder of Escape, getting >1,2 millions of pageviews of related articles during the exhibit period. This commitment continued with a new action in April 2013: where they hosted the world longest edit-a-thon ever, 35 hours, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Espai 13 (the contemporary art room of the foundation). The goal was to complete information about emerging artists who have been protagonists of this area of ​​the Foundation. The Joan Miró audit and the Wikipedian in Residence is just the next step in the dissemination of Miró knowledge on Wikipedia, working close with the local community.

 Further reading:

September 18, 2013

Europeana 1989 challenge

Europeana has been collaborating with Wikimedia projects for a while. Europeana is a non profit foundation that enables everyone to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.

Europeana has now started a project page on meta, to foster collaboration between Wikimedia projects and Europeana, in order to make european cultural works more discoverable to the public.

Europeana 1989 Online Challenge
As one of Europeana's proposals, we would like to welcome you all to the Europeana 1989 Challenge that will take place during October-December 2013.
In this challenge all of the participants are invited to improve Wikipedia articles related to the European Revolutions of 1989 in your own language. There is a short list of topics that may be improved or translated.
While improving, you can also use the many fantastic pictures from 1989 that have been uploaded from Europeana's 1989 portal to our Wikimedia Commons category. These images are memorabilia from European citizens and have been compiled online and during some roadshows. These images can be used in as many articles as in many language versions as possible in order to share our common history in a neutral way (i.e. you can participate on any language version of Wikipedia that you prefer). For that we require your help!

As we strive for the images to illustrate well written and comprehensive articles
Points will be given for the expansion, translation or creation of one of the articles in the topics list, also for the addition of images to the articles. The points will be summarized and the international winner will receive some special related price. Please add yourself to the participants list if you want to join the challenge, so it's easy for everybody to see who is participating.

March 15, 2013

A Wikipedian in Residence at the History Museum of Catalonia

The History Museum of Catalonia. Jordi Ferrer. Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0

[[User:Galazan]], a historian and member of Amical Viquipèdia, will be the Wikipedian in Residence at the History Museum of Catalonia, the reference to know our closer Catalan history. Galazan, 29, has a degree in History from the University of Barcelona and is currently studying a Master in Cultural and Natural Heritage management. He frequently edits on Catalan Wikipedia since September 2005, centered in various subjects of social sciences, particularly on his professional insurance. As a Wikipedian in Residence his goal is to "train" museum staff to edit the famous online encyclopedia. In this way the museum professionals will be able to improve content providing them with high quality references.

The task of the resident will be establishing a relationship between the History Museum of Catalonia and the Catalan Wikipedia community through a range of activities, both internal and open to the public. One of the most important will be to expand and improve the quality of the encyclopedia articles related to our War of Succession and 1714. He plans to do some workshops with museum staff to teach them how to edit Wikipedia and solve typical newbie issues. In addition, the museum hosts and manages a network of Catalan Monuments. Other contents of the museum as highlights of its collection and its photographic collections are also some of the goals of the project. We will keep you informed!