Method and activities
The main and fundamental activity of the project is to modernize the handling of built cultural heritage data. This will be done by transferring all information from the Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) database to Wikidata, and develop the tools needed to make the data more useful and so more valuable. The project will determine how WLM datasets can be matched with the structure of Wikidata and how the data can be uploaded. The method will be continuously evaluated and developed after each dataset and done in close collaboration with Wikimedia volunteers and staff. The project will explore and share methods for keeping Wikidata updated with data from official sources.
In parallel we will begin work to update existing data, add more data, more media and link it to other information sources. The selection process concerning what data and media to add to Wikidata will be based primarily on the needs of Wikimedia volunteers, and secondly based on requests from our partners in the heritage sector and then, if time permits, other stakeholders' wishes. Data from all over the world will be added, with a particular focus on countries in Africa, Asia and Southern Europe. We will actively work to convince decision-makers to release built cultural heritage data and media under an open license. To be able to reach the right people and to get a better understanding of the local situation we will use the vast networks of UNESCO, Cultural Heritage without Borders and of the wider Wikimedia movement.
We will also work with GLAM institutions all over the world to add media files related to cultural heritage to Wikimedia Commons, achieved through batch uploads.
To contextualise the media and data we will run events aimed at adding the new material to Wikipedia. The events will be run in connection with other events including the photo exhibitions.
We will put in a considerable amount of work into communication about this great resource which will include creation of information materials, press releases, blog post and social media to participation at conferences concerning cultural heritage, GLAM, education, Open Data and humanitarian aid.
To reach the public a travelling photo exhibition will be organized. The photo exhibition will travel to at least three different countries with the aim of highlighting cultural heritage that is threatened and how digital tools can be used to preserve it. The photo exhibition will be organized together with Wikimedia Italia. Wikimedia Italia will join us in selecting the best and most important pictures from Syria and other places where cultural heritage is in danger or destroyed, write short narratives about them and the Wikimedia movement’s work with cultural heritage. The photo exhibition will include both a physical and digital component so that more people will be able to access the material.