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Serbia report: The Museum of Yugoslavia opened its doors for the Wiki community

By Ivana Guslarević and Miroslav Loci
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Wikimedia Serbia and the Museum of Yugoslavia organized an article writing edit-a-thon on Serbian Wikipedia about the notable persons of SFRY era. The edit-a-thon was held on November 29th – symbolically the former Republic Day, at the Museum of Yugoslavia. The written articles were also illustrated with photos from the fundus of this institution of culture. The Jagodina Historical Archive also joined the event, by donating political posters from this period to the wiki projects.

During the event, sixteen participants wrote fifty new articles, which is currently the most successful edit-a-thon in this year. The list of written articles (in Serbian) can be found on the following page: Edit-a-thon results

This edit-a-thon is marking the official start of long-term cooperation between the Museum and Wikimedia Serbia, and will continue with a Wikipedian in Residence program that is being implemented at this institution during December 2017. The Wikipedian in Residence is digitizing encyclopedic materials, which will be found on Wikipedia and other wiki projects, but he is also providing training to Museum employees for their independent work in a wiki environment, as well as on improving articles on Serbian Wikipedia. You can track his progress on the following pages: sr.wp / commons

The GLAM program was also supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, where initial workshops and presentations were held for representatives of museums, archives and libraries in Serbia on the possibilities of contributing to the wiki projects, and the presence of Serbian culture on the Internet.

As a result of this support, many cultural institutions are joining the GLAM program for the dissemination of free knowledge and culture, so at the moment Wikimedia Serbia is intensively establishing cooperation with museums, archives and libraries throughout Serbia. The historic archive of Jagodina has donated political posters as a beginning of the cooperation, another Wikipedian in Residence has started his work at the Museum in Leskovac, and a two-day seminar for representatives of museums in Vojvodina is to be held at the Museum of Vojvodina in December.