Europeana and Wikipedia - plans for collaboration


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Presentation at the Wikimedia UK annual meeting in 2012. The topic of the presentations are on Europeana's plans to work with the Wikipedia community.

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  • Brief intro of who I am I’m going to assume you have some familiarity with both Wikipedia and Europeana. Time does not permit me to do otherwise. Note: I’m using Europeana as a short for Europeana and its partner network of c. 2000 GLAMs. It’s a little too long to say everytime…
  • This is the basis on which we can build collaboration
  • The Europeana elevator pitch 2000 GLAMs in the Europeana network Currently having aggregated 24 million records for digitized works Books, Letters, Newspapers, Sheet music, Art (paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, etc.), Artifacts, Photography, Music, TV, etc. Note that the Europeana portal isn’t mentioned. As long as we and our partners are attributed and linked to the action can take place elsewhere. Portal with search service Search API Exhibition platform Linked Open Data
  • With Wikimedia I mean both the foundation and the chapters. I realize they are distinct.
  • The types of content can reinforce each other. GLAMs can get context (in their preferred language) and Wikipedia can get authoritative metadata and digital objects There will be meetings with the WikiData-project to investigate possible collaboration based on Europeana’s CC0 metadata
  • Note that as Wikipedia has much larger user bases (number of visitors) than any GLAM it’s the GLAMs who stand to win most by having their content in Wikipedia Provided they are correctly attributed and can get the usage statistics they need
  • I can’t stress the potential of point 3 enough!!! I see wonderful things!
  • In the UK the situation isn’t very good. Adoption of the Public Domain Mark is slow to non-existant with many UK GLAMs claiming copyright over faithful 2-D digital reproductions of out of copyright content We’re working with our community of GLAMs on CC0 and on preservic the Public Domain
  • The first thing we can do together is to make it really simple for GLAMs to share their Open Content with Wikipedia The other way around is largely already possible due to Wikipedia’s open nature and projects like Dbpedia
  • Aim: For a GLAM to upload collections to Wikimedia Commons should be a matter of will not (scripting) skill!!! If anyone can com up with a better name for the project I’d be happy!
  • A very sketchy diagram of what the project is about First drawn on the back of a map of Haifa in between sessions at Wikimania Here I’ll make a walk-through of a happy flow upload
  • Note to GLAMs: We’ll be looking for beta-GLAMs who want to test and pioneer in this project! At Europeana we currently have about 6 GLAMs who want to batch upload to Wikimedia Commons via the developed system
  • Sharing content (media) is the first step. The real engagment, and generation of knowledge, happens when content is put into context, when it’s re-used and re-mixed. Europeana is currently creating a programme for how we could do just that together with interested Wikipedians. We’re in the early stages so these are early thoughts!
  • Please get in touch with John and Lennart if you want to do events with the Europeana community
  • A part of Europeana Awareness Crowdsourcing of privately held stories and memorabilia of the First World War Online submissions and Collection Day Roadshows Similar to Antiques Roadshows except your stuff doesn’t get valued but digitized!!! See
  • Rudolf Kämmerer, a seaman from the German auxiliary cruiser 'S.M. Berlin', took part in only one military action during World War I. Afterwards he had plenty of time to write an extensive report about it with detailed coloured maps. Kämmerer's diary tells the enthralling story of how the ship was interned and the whole crew were detained in Hommelsvik near Trondheim, in neutral Norway, from November 1914 till the end of the war. This story is CC0 and the digitized memorabilia CC-BY-SA
  • Here’s the German Wikipedia article about the ship on which he served I think we could update this one based on Rudolf’s story and images!!!!
  • Here’s the English Wikipedia article on Rudolf’s ship. The article needs sources and is almost just a stub. So we think that while the personal stories in Europeana 1914-1918 might not be notable enough to be the bases of articles themselves they’re good material for improving existing ones.
  • And here’s the English article on HMS Audacious the battleship that was sunk due to the minelaying actions of Rudolf and his crewmates It tries to link to a stub about the SM Berlin. But there isn’t one. Again, I think together we can do better
  • So I’ve given you the whys and some hows: What do you think? Do you see a basis for good collaboration and helping each other reach our missions?
  • Europeana and Wikipedia - plans for collaboration

    1. 1. Europeana and Wikipedia:Our plans for outreach and collaboration David Haskiya Product Developer, Europeana
    2. 2. Mission, Content, Communityand Users
    3. 3. The Europeana mission“Europeana enables people to explore the digitalresources of Europes museums, libraries, archivesand audio-visual collections. It promotes discoveryin a multilingual space where users can engage,share in and be inspired by the rich diversity ofEuropes cultural and scientific heritage.” n tio nda f ou ofit n -pr no a is a ean ur op E
    4. 4. Wikimedia project goals“Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia projectbased on an openly editable model.” “Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language.” “Wikisource is an online library n of free content publications, atio collected and maintained by our nd fou community.” fit - pro on is an ia ed ikim
    5. 5. Complementary content• Wikipedia has primarily contextual articles about: • Persons • Subjects • Places • Periods and Events • But also works• Europeana has authoritative metadata about, andlinks to content to, individual works, for example: • Books, newspapers, letters, sheet music, manuscripts • Museum artefacts, photographs, visual arts • Music, radio recordings, ethnographic recordings • TV&film, amateur video
    6. 6. Complementary user groups• The student • The amateur scientist • The citizen expert • The journalist• For both Wikipedia and Europeana these are thetype of users we welcome to our sites and content
    7. 7. Complementary communities• Wikipedia has an active community of editors whoare potential GLAM e-volunteers• The Europeana network comprises 2000 GLAMswith their curators,librarians and archivists• What could happen if we can get thesecommunities to share content and work together?
    8. 8. Europeana is advocating Open• Europeana metadata will be explicitly CC0 fromJuly 2012• The Europeana Licensing Framework encouragesall our data providers to use the Public DomainMark for out of copyright content • And to use Creative Commons licenses for in-copyright content• Europeana currently has about 4 million recordslinking to works with an Open License or bearing the PD-mark• Working together with the Wikipedia community ispart of a strategy of leading by example
    9. 9. Collaboration projects• Build tools making it as simple as possible forGLAMs to upload content to Wikimedia Commons • And to download it for re-integration after improvements by the Wiki community • And get the Wikimedia Projects usage statistics they need• Match our communities and content to create,improve and translate Wikipedia articles and createcontent.• Match our communities to arrange a pan-EuropeanWikipedia Loves Public Art campaign• Sponsor Wikipedia Loves Monuments 2012 • As we did in 2011
    10. 10. What we can do together I:Share content
    11. 11. The GLAMwiki toolset project• A partnership between Europeana and threeWikimedia Chapters (UK, NL, France)• Together we’ll build a scalable curator-friendlysystem for mapping metadata and mass-uploadingcontent from GLAMs to Wikimedia Commons • And the reverse, to download and re-integrate improved content into the orginal GLAM-repository• And provide clear requirements to the WikimediaFoundation Data Analytics team to build usagestatistics solutions that are fit for GLAM-purpose
    12. 12. The Wikimania napkin sketch Analyst “Wikimedia Analytics” GLAM Curator Logs Wikipedian Wikimedia Projects “The GLAM wizard” Authorisation Previewer Wikimedia Import/ Mapping Commons Export Transformation dataGLAM APIsrepositories Plug-ins Mapping registry Europeana plug-in Media transformation? Public Domain Calculation? = software deliverable DPLA plug-in? …??? = requirements deliverable
    13. 13. The GLAMwiki toolset project• The project will run for 12-24 months starting inJune 2012• The software will, if all goes well, be integrated intothe Wikimedia Commons infrastructure andmaintained by the Wikimedia Foundation• The project will reach out to GLAMs on theWikimedia Commons “waiting list” to become pilotsin the project• Europeana will work together with its own networkpartners to facilitate as many batch upload projectswe can
    14. 14. What we can do together II:GLAM-wiki outreach and activities
    15. 15. Europeana Awareness• A project running 2012-2014 with a focus onoutreach• Wikimedia Sweden is a partner in the project • With funds to have two persons working with the project • John Andersson (User: Jopparn) and Lennart Gudbrandson (User: Hannibal)• Their focus will be on arranging Editathons • For example based on the open WWI-content crowdsourced by Europeana • Or other openly licensed Europeana partner content• But also a pan-European Wiki Loves Public Artcontest
    16. 16. Europeana and Wikipedia:Our plans for outreach and collaboration Questions or comments? David Haskiya Product Developer, Europeana