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Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: M010 Wikidata for cultural heritage
Facilitators/Speakers: Will Kent, Jorge Gemetto, Marcela Lanza Tripoli Time block: Morning Beginning: 10:30
Location: Auditorium Duration: 60 min

In this session, you will learn about:

1. How Query Wikidata helped us to understand better our archive of over 18.000 life stories

Founded in 1991, Museu of the Person is a virtual and collaborative museum of life stories. The museum has one of the largest collections on the history of private life in Brazil and is open to anyone who wants to register and share their life story. The museum believes that valuing the cultural diversity and the story of each person as a patrimony of humanity contributes to the construction of a culture of peace. For 30 years, we have received life stories in different media formats. Even in the 1990s, we published stories received via email from collaborators. Today, our website offers a platform that allows the submission of text and multimedia narratives. We have also carried out over 300 oral memory collection projects, in connection with local communities. In total we have interviewed over 18.000 people from all over the country. However, our current platform only provided us with limited intel about our own archive, due development limitations. This has significantly improved once we started using the Query Wikidata, which allows us to have a deeper understanding of our archive, as well being able to create graphs with this information, as int can be seen in this article: https://medium.com/creative-commons-we-like-to-share/commons-voices-contributing-life-histories-to-the-open-knowledge-ecosystem-in-brazil-66ca1fca79fd We would like to share with the public the benefits from using the Query Wikidata tool.

2. Paulina: Data Tools for the Public Domain

The session presents Paulina project, an initiative to create a global and multilingual search engine for works and authors in the public domain using Wikidata and Python. The main goals of the project are to create a friendly interface to discover authors, identify the copyright status of a work in different jurisdictions, access public domain works from Wikisource and/or other sites, and invite users to improve information about the public domain on Wikidata.

An alpha version of the tool is available at: https://paulina.toolforge.org/ At this moment, the tool already allows to search authors, look for their works, identify the copyright status and access the work if available.

Recognizing that there are already other tools based on Wikidata that facilitate knowledge and access to cultural works, such as Crotos, OpenArtBrowser or Inventaire, among others, this project focuses on: - identifying the copyright/public domain status of works of any kind, - encouraging editors and institutions to improve the information about the public domain on Wikidata, - helping to shape best practices for modeling data related to the public domain in Wikidata.

Beyond the launch of this tool, the project aims to facilitate the creation of national, regional or thematic implementations, according to the needs of each community. The code repository is available with a FLOSS license at: https://gitlab.wikimedia.org/toolforge-repos/paulina

The objective of the session is to show the preliminary version of the tool and seek collaborations with people and institutions.

3. Teaching a Wikidata Project Curriculum

The path from a dataset to a successful Wikidata project is not always clear. Over the past two years Will Kent from Wiki Education has been developing a curriculum that is based on Wikidata project work. Geared toward individuals who have a dataset in mind, this curriculum connects participants to tools, resources, and workflows that demystify project implementation. It is our hope that attendees will leave this situation with a better grasp on project workflows, relevant community practices, and the various resources that exist to support Wikidata projects.

Experience level: Intermediate
Keywords: Re-use & re-interpretation of digital heritage, Linked data, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki23M010

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2320 Stretching Meta
Facilitators/Speakers: Susanna Ånäs Time block: Morning Beginning: 11:45
Location: 401 Duration: 30 min

In the Wiki Loves Living Heritage project, we are using Meta-wiki for publishing information in ways it was not designed to work. It is a publishing system for blog posts and learning materials, an event announcement platform, dynamic catalog of heritage elements and a launchpad for Wikimedia Commons contributions.

I would like to introduce all these functions, and discuss what could be developed further.

See the slides and come with questions!

Experience level: Intermediate
Keywords: Capacity building & training, Communication & outreach for heritage, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232320

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2118 WADE: A tool for adding depiction information to artworks on Wikidata
Facilitators/Speakers: Edward Betts Time block: Morning Beginning: 11:30
Location: 411 Duration: 45 min

The Wiki Art Depiction Explorer (WADE) is a user-friendly web interface to add depiction information to the Wikidata items of artworks.

Wikidata contains 879,411 items that represent paintings. These paintings are catalogued with various bits of information like the name of painter and when the painting was made. One important piece of information that is often missing is a machine readable description of what is depicted in the painting.

Wikidata editors are able to record what appears in a painting using the depicts (P180) property. Adding these depicts statements using the standard Wikidata web interface is laborious and unrewarding. Only 16.2% of the paintings in Wikidata have a depicts statement.

WADE was built to solve this problem. It shows the cataloguer a picture of the painting and asks them what is depicted.

I will describe how WADE works, how the community is using it and next steps for the project.

The audience will learn the benefit of using a dedicated tool for cataloguing art works. They see different ways of exploring the range of artwork Wikidata items.

Attendees will understand the role that tool builders can play in supporting the GLAM wiki community.

Experience level: Intermediate
Keywords: Free, Libre & Open Source Software (FLOSS) for cultural heritage, Metrics & tools (i.e., GLAM Wiki Dashboards, etc.), Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232118

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2258 Talk to the Wikimedia Foundation
Facilitators/Speakers: Yael Weissburg, Selena Deckelmann, Mike Peel, Silvia Eunice Gutiérrez De la Torre Time block: Afternoon Beginning: 13:30
Location: Auditorium Duration: 1 hr

Inspired by the successful ‘sip and chat’ session with trustees at WikiConference India, this is a conversation with Wikimedia Foundation staff and trustees.

Questions received in advance from the community are summarized below:

  • Will you expand the types of content we host and support? If so, what formats would you prioritize?
  • How do we make sure that content shared on our projects and Products created for them —not just on English Wikipedia—is as discoverable and useful as possible?
  • This community is diversifying and not everyone is focused on technical workflows. How is the Foundation supporting the interests of emerging GLAM Wiki organizers?
  • What would be a sustainable infrastructure for GLAM Wiki workflows? And is there a role for movement entities and partners to research or develop them?
  • How can the Wikimedia Foundation and communities work more and better together?
  • What can our projects and communities offer to respond to climate, political and financial crises threatening culture and heritage? What do we need in order to put this in place effectively and sustainably?
  • Institutional data will be the cornerstone of verified information in the AI-driven internet, and Wikimedia can leverage that. How can we facilitate this technically, programmatically, and with our communities?
Experience level: No previous knowledge is necessary
Keywords: Regional, global strategy & networking, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232258
Next session: GLAM around Latin America: case studies from big institutions

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2271 Wikipedia como herramienta para los museos y las culturas digitales
Facilitators/Speakers: Gastón Santos, Angie Cervellera Time block: Afternoon Beginning: 16:00
Location: 410 Duration: 1 hr

In 2021, a group of museum volunteers in collaboration with Wikimedia Argentina designed a booklet on editing Wikipedia. This pedagogic material explored how the way of understanding museums mission has been changing through the years, resulting on a more collaborative and close to communitys knowledge production process. This idea of a dynamic heritage and participative culture promoted volunteer's conversation on how Wikipedia could help achieve this new horizons, resulting in the booklet.

This session proposes the presentation of the booklet by Angie Cervellera, the Culture and Open Knowledge manager, and Gaston Santos, volunteer of the project and communication professional in Luis Perlotti Sculpture Museum of Buenos Aires. Angie will present the main topics involved in this booklet and Gaston the main learnings and challenges on being a newcomer Wikipedian. Both will deliver a workshop on how to edit museum contents (heritage, artists) on the encyclopedia, going through some examples and recommendations.

Participants will learn about general aspects of museums and Wikipedia synergy; how to successfully engage volunteers on this task; what are the best practices when editing Wikipedia for the first time; how is the editing process and which are the sources museums can provide.

Experience level: Beginner
Keywords: Re-use & re-interpretation of digital heritage, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232271

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 1875 Flickypedia - alpha showcase, feedback, discussion
Facilitators/Speakers: George Oates, Alex Chan Time block: Afternoon Beginning: 16:00
Location: 410 Duration: 1 hr

By the time the conference rolls around, we should have an Alpha version of our new Flickypedia tool ready for people to try. We would like to have a workshop to show the group the new release, and to talk more broadly about what people are thinking about the following topics: Flickr2Commons, Using Flickr, Using Wikimedia Commons, Structured Data on Commons, how CC licensing is evolving, and in general some hopes and dreams for the next decade or so.

We hope the session would be quite relaxed and conversational, and we'd prepare an agenda ahead of time.

It will be a good opportunity to do broader outreach too, about the Flickr Foundation, and its very long term goals.

Participants will gain:

  • Awareness of the new Flickypedia tool
  • Improved understanding of CC-licensing requirements for Commons
  • Ideas/awareness of Structured Data on Commons
  • Experience of software development user research
  • Awareness of legal challenges of moving content across platforms
  • Hopefully, a feeling of contribution to a very long term idea
  • Contribution of knowledge/perspective on broader GLAM-related issues/needs

Our presentation is available as Google Slides. Please enjoy!

Experience level: Beginner
Keywords: Tech, platforms & tools, Copyright & public domain
Notes: #GLAMWiki231875

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2355 Using the Campaign Product Event Registration Tools
Facilitators/Speakers: Alex Stinson Time block: Morning Beginning: 10:30
Location: 411 Duration: 45 min

The Campaign Product team has begun deploying features of Event Registration and Discovery to Meta Wiki. With the first deployment of features in 2023, this workshop will show how to use the tool, give folks a chance to express interest in it, and help give feedback on key features. To learn more you can visit the Campaign Product tools.

Participants will understand how the Event Registration feature works, learn about upcoming event discovery features, and learn how to ask for access to the first version of the tool.


Experience level: Beginner
Keywords: Content uploads & workflows, Tech, platforms & tools, Wikimedia campaigns
Notes: #GLAMWiki232355

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2257 Using Wikidata integration on the Wikimedia projects to enhance GLAM-WIKI content sharing
Facilitators/Speakers: Mike Peel, João Peschanski Time block: Morning Beginning: 9:00
Location: 401 Duration: 45 min
Releasing media content from GLAM on Commons has been really successful and important over many years. However, it's important it doesn't exist there in a vacuum, but instead gets integrated into the rest of the Wikimedia projects so that it is visible and used widely. We highlight the use of Wikidata as an excellent strategy to do this. In particular, the way that content is then automatically reused and visible across many projects, e.g., various language Wikipedia infoboxes and lists (using Listeria), as well as Commons category infoboxes. The same applies also to metadata added directly to Wikidata, which can be used e.g., in references (using Cite Q), dramatically increasing its visibility. We will cover other tools that can be used to manipulate and display media using Wikidata and its query service - both describing them and providing a how-to guide for how to implement them for your projects. We also mention how developers can also integrate with Wikidata within their applications and websites. We invite questions and conversations to identify future opportunities for Wikidata integration.

Participants will gain an understanding of Wikidata and its uses for distributing, querying and visualising GLAM-WIKI content

Experience level: Beginner
Keywords: Capacity building & training, Content uploads & workflows, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232257
Next session: DPLA's Digital Asset Pipeline: How we uploaded 4 million images of cultural heritage to Commons (so far)

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2298 Wikidata + Education + Heritage
Facilitators/Speakers: Sailesh Patnaik, Nat Hernández Clavijo Time block: Morning Beginning: 10:30
Location: 401 Duration: 45 min

Embark on a journey with us as we unveil the transformative potential of Wikidata in curriculum alignment. Join our session to explore Wikidata for Education, a remarkable project born in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana, in collaboration with UNESCO's Global Education Coalition.

Discover how this initiative has aligned Wikipedia articles with school curricula, revolutionizing the way students access relevant information. Our session will unveil the journey of this project, the strategic steps taken to achieve curriculum alignment, and the exciting expansion to Uruguay and Italy.

Be captivated by the firsthand experiences shared, particularly the insightful adaptation of the project in Uruguay. We invite your active participation and aim to connect with GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) stakeholders. Let's explore how GLAM data can be seamlessly linked or added to the existing model, opening up avenues for GLAM institutions to benefit from this project.

Experience level: Beginner
Keywords: Wikidata, Education, Offline Wikipedia/Kiwix, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232298

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2362 From British Newspaper Archives to Sage Journals: Learn how to access more than 90 paywalled resources for free through The Wikipedia Library
Facilitators/Speakers: Vipin SJ Time block: Morning Beginning: 11:15
Location: 401 Duration: 45 min

While disinformation and misinformation spread freely across the Internet, many of the most authoritative sources of knowledge are hidden behind paywalls, out of reach for volunteer editors. Through The Wikipedia Library, we make over 90 of the world's top subscription-only databases free for Wikimedians of all backgrounds. Any editor of good standing qualifies for access if they have edited for more than 6 months, made more than 500 edits overall, and been active in the last month. In this session, you will see a demo of The Wikipedia Library in use and learn more about the resources that are available, and how to access them. We’re having exciting conversations with new types of publishers at the moment and hope to be able to share more about that soon. We’ll also collect feedback on The Wikipedia Library: - What other publications, journals, and databases do you need to support your editing interests? - How can we make the Library easier to use? - How can we get more eligible editors to know about and use the Library to improve the reliability of our projects? - How can we best use non-free information sources in our projects, while continuing to promote open access?

Participants will learn about The Wikipedia Library and how they can access 80+ paywalled resources for their Wikimedia research and citations. They will also learn how they can collaborate with The Wikipedia Library to advance the project in their regions and knowledge backgrounds. Participants are also invited to discuss the strategic direction for the library and important topics such as language diversity, open access content etc.

Experience level: No previous knowledge is necessary
Keywords: Communication & outreach for heritage, Knowledge equity, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232362

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2306 DPLA's Digital Asset Pipeline: How we uploaded 4 million images of cultural heritage to Commons (so far)
Facilitators/Speakers: Dominic Byrd-McDevitt Time block: Beginning:
Location: Duration:

This talk will be an in-depth technical treatment of the Digital Public Library of America's digital asset pipeline—which is responsible for uploading 4 million images (by November, estimated) to Wikimedia Commons, as well as adding nearly 100 million structured data statements. DPLA is a national aggregator of cultural heritage metadata in the United States. DPLA's project has allowed it to become the largest overall contributor to Wikimedia Commons, and generate hundreds of millions of pageviews for its participating institutions. This presentation is a companion to DPLA's other proposal, which is primarily a discussion of the issues of strategy and movement capacity relating to the program—and this proposal is specifically to provide detailed information about how the technology actually works.

I will provide an overview of DPLA's organizational structure and its aggregation initiative, which makes all this possible. I will give a walkthrough of the DPLA Wikimedia Commons project and how it works. I will then spend the bulk of the presentation discussing the actual operation of our Wikimedia account and how we have accomplished what we have. Our bot is a set of scripts written in Python, which use pywikipediabot. We run the bot on an AWS server, with a script that use aggregated metadata from our partners to determine items that are eligible for Commons and downloads them to S3. We must also transform the data from DPLA's data model to wikitext for upload, using a crosswalk. This wikitext is becoming increasingly ephemeral (hopefully someday unnecessary) as we transition to Structured Data on Commons. A separate data synchronization script is run periodically across all of DPLA's uploads, and adds/updates the metadata from the source in the form of structured data statements, so that the data can be displayed in Lua-powered templates.

I hope this case study will provide insights for others trying to replicate any piece of this workflow on their own project.

Participants will leave the session with:

1. Technical aspects of bulk Wikimedia Commons upload from GLAM collections 2. Adding cultural heritage metadata as Structured Data on Commons, and running continuous updates 3. How iterative approaches allow technical projects to scale up over time

Experience level: Advanced
Keywords: Content uploads & workflows, Free, Libre & Open Source Software (FLOSS) for cultural heritage, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232306
Next session: Wikisource workshop

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2304 Wikidocumentaries for collaboration
Facilitators/Speakers: Tuukka Hastrup Time block: Morning Beginning: 11:15
Location: 410 Duration: 45 min

Wikidocumentaries is a website that anyone can use to navigate Wikimedia content in a visual way. It brings together data, images and texts related to any topic based on connections through Wikidata. Materials from connected external media repositories are displayed together with Wikimedia content, and they can be showcased in many ways, for example as photo collections, maps and graphs.

We invite collaboration to integrate Wikidocumentaries with other Wikimedia and GLAM projects. For some years already, Wikidocumentaries displays upload banners on pages about items in the Finnish and the Indian Wiki Loves Monuments contests. This practice requires that the cultural heritage designations have been added to Wikidata.

This year we have worked with Structured Data on Commons as part of the Google Summer of Code program. Wikidocumentaries now makes it possible for anyone to select and upload suitable images from external media repositories to Wikimedia Commons. The workflow places the image in the correct Commons category and adds some basic Structured Data on Commons statements. This functionality was implemented by our GSoC intern Zexi Gong and it integrates with the Finnish national aggregator Finna. The workflow can be extended to more cultural heritage repositories with public APIs.

Faceted browsing and filtering of Commons images based on SDC statements was enabled by Tuukka Hastrup.

Wikidocumentaries started with the aim to also serve knowledge from the margins. Such information isn’t always in the scope of the more established Wikimedia projects, but Wikidocumentaries can fetch such data from other Wikibases in addition to Wikidata and visualize all the data together. This gives e.g. heritage communities an opportunity to overlay and aggregate their data with that of Wikimedia projects. One direction planned with our partners is to develop and deploy password-protected Wikibases that would allow a heritage community to share or protect assets at will.

We wish to propose Wikidocumentaries as a platform for collaborative reuse scenarios. With that in mind, we invite the participants to identify potential opportunities for collaboration as well as blocker issues. This is also an opportunity to discuss media reuse scenarios within the Wikimedia projects more generally.

Meta page: Wikidocumentaries

Experience level: Intermediate
Keywords: Content uploads & workflows, Re-use & re-interpretation of digital heritage, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232304

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2242 Understanding the Impact of Image Contributions to Commons
Facilitators/Speakers: Virginia Poundstone, Fiona Romeo Time block: Afternoon Beginning: 13:45
Location: 410 Duration: 1 hr 45 min

Historically, the Wikimedia Foundation has provided minimal support to affiliates and the wider movement for impact data and metrics. This limited support often pushed affiliates and the movement to find their own solutions, with multiple affiliates and volunteers making their own tools, data backups, and visualizations. We now have inconsistent definitions of impact metrics, gaps and errors in the data, and tools that can’t scale or be consistently maintained. These issues have been repeatedly highlighted by the GLAM Wiki community.

The absence of reliable tools and data can make it difficult for Wikimedians in Residence, affiliates, and GLAM professionals to access the resources they need to continue, or increase, their contributions to Wikimedia projects. But the Wikimedia movement needs these partnerships in order to address the significant visual knowledge gaps on our projects.

In this session, we will come together to build a shared understanding of what metrics matter most for Wikimedia Commons contributors, with a particular focus on culture and heritage.

Part I: Three invited perspectives on the need for improved Commons metrics: an affiliate, a partner, and a Wiki Loves campaign organizer Part II: The Foundation’s work-in-progress on Commons metrics Part III: Going beyond views—what are the new metrics you need to understand your impact? (interactive prioritization exercise)

  • Participants will understand that the Wikimedia Foundation is working on metrics for Commons, with a focus on GLAM needs
  • Participants will test an early demo and provide feedback
  • Participants will know how to share ongoing feedback on the metrics project as it develops
  • Participants will have some new ways of thinking about the impact of image contributions to Wikimedia projects
Experience level: Intermediate
Keywords: Partnership building (GLAM Wiki collaborations, etc.), Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232242
Next session: Using the Campaign Product Event Registration Tools

Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2075 Alt-Text Revolution: Bridging the Image Accessibility Gap on Wikipedia with apps and AI
Facilitators/Speakers: Jazmin Tanner, Fiona Romeo, Angie Cervellera Time block: Afternoon Beginning: 16:00
Location: 411 Duration: 1 hr

Join an early demo of a tool focused on empowering app users to contribute and enhance Wikipedia articles by adding crucial alt-text to images. Alt text is important for people with no or low vision and also for readers who turn off images due to low internet bandwidth or high mobile data charges. With 95% of Wikipedia images currently lacking alt-text, our tool aims to bridge this accessibility gap and foster inclusivity within the Wikipedia community.

During the session, attendees will have the unique opportunity to witness a live demo of the alt-text adding tool, hear about some of the research that has gotten us to this point, and provide feedback on what changes should be made to the tool before it is fully rolled out. We will also be demonstrating past microtask tools built in the apps as an indicator of what a future iteration could look like with the assistance of AI.

There will be an opportunity for attendees to sign up to serve as quality checkers of the output of the feature once it's been released.

Attendees will be able to provide early feedback to an alt-text adding tool in the Wikipedia apps and evaluate the guidance being used to create the tool. We also hope to inspire attendees to expand thinking of ways technology can be ethically used to address accessibility gaps in our collective pursuit of ensuring everyone can share in the sum of all knowledge.

Experience level: No previous knowledge is necessary
Keywords: Artificial intelligence, Knowledge equity, Tech, platforms & tools
Notes: #GLAMWiki232075