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The presentation for my talk on the GLAM projects of Bulgarian Wikipedia, given on 12 October 2013 at the 1st OpenGLAM Conference in Warsaw, Poland. The two presented projects are with Sofia Zoo and ...

The presentation for my talk on the GLAM projects of Bulgarian Wikipedia, given on 12 October 2013 at the 1st OpenGLAM Conference in Warsaw, Poland. The two presented projects are with Sofia Zoo and with the Bulgarian Archives State Agency.

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  • GLAM@Bulgaria An overview of two successful GLAM projects in Bulgaria (2011-2013) User : Spiritia aka Vassia Atanassova OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Bulgarian Wikipedia • Established December 2003 • As of October 2013: 152K articles • Cooperation with external institutions – Wiki projects with lecturers and students from 5+ universities – Two GLAM projects, of which • One funded by Wikimedia Foundation: Grants:Sofia Zoo and Bulgarian Wikipedians/ Sofia Zoo Powered by Wikimedia • No ‘Wikimedia Bulgaria’ Chapter yet! OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Project with Sofia Zoo • Timeline Aug 2011: Wikimania@Haifa 31 Dec 2012: Deadline of 1st extension Jan 2012: Idea for WMF project 31 Jul 2013: Report submitted 3 Sept 2013: Report approved 5 Apr 2012: Project approved 30 Apr 2013: Deadline of 2nd extension 1 May–31 Aug 2012: Proposed project timing 1 Feb–15 Mar 2012: Preparing the proposal Dec 2011: Idea for collaboration OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12 Readiness for further collaboration
  • Project with Sofia Zoo • Project goals and results – New information plates for the exhibited species, featuring • QRpedia codes to Wikipedia articles (code generated from ENWP and species’ Latin name)   Red ruffled lemur Varecia rubra Червен гривест лемур OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Project with Sofia Zoo • Project goals and results – New information plates for the exhibited species, featuring • QRpedia codes to Wikipedia articles (code generated from ENWP and species’ Latin name) • Free photos from Commons, with attribution – Creation/improvement of articles in BG Wikipedia • Impact – Zoo’s staff became devoted ‘ambassadors’ of Wikipedia – Free content/licenses are advertised in BG – BG Wikipedia is positively reflected in media coverage OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Project with Sofia Zoo • Budget sources – Wikimedia Foundation grant – Voluntary co-funding 36 64 • Budget allocation – Metal constructions for holding the plates – Printing the PVC plates – Brochures and promotion OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12 5 38 57
  • Project with Sofia Zoo OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Project with State Archives Agency • Timeline Oct 2011: BASA contacts BG WP 13 Mar 2012: 6 Wikipedians sign agreements with BASA 17 Noe 2012: NARA’s Chief Innovations officer Pamela Wright visits BG May 2013: 1 new Wikipedian signs. Plovdiv Archives join Dec 2012: 2 new Wikipedians sign June 2012: 1 new Wikipedian signs Nov 2011 – Mar 2012: Negotiations with BASA OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12 Aug 2013: BASA’s Director Martin Ivanov changed by newly elected government
  • Project with State Archives Agency • Archival issues: – – – – Late archives digitization in BG Poor document descriptions and metadata Almost all catalogues are on paper and unsearchable Few documents available at a time • Legal issues: – Free licenses are generally unknown in BG (even among jurists!) – BASA does NOT hold copyrights on hosted archives – Public domain materials dated to 70+ years ago OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Project with State Archives Agency • Technical issues: – Digitizing equipment: own laptops, cameras and scanners – Good free wifi connection provided by BASA – New accounts: ‘BASA <account>’ for easier tracking of project-related contributions • What we digitize? – Illustrative content: photos of people, places, events, newspaper clips – Documents: acts, statutes, etc. - mainly for illustration, potentially to be OCR-ed and used as primary sources OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Project with State Archives Agency • When we digitize? – When copyrights allow us • PD-old • EU-anonymous – When there are relevant - real or potential - articles in Bulgarian Wikipedia, which can be illustrated – When foreign Wikipedia’s can directly benefit – Sometimes, the image gives rise to the new article  • Where we upload? – Wikimedia Commons, see ‘COM:BASA’ OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Project with State Archives Agency OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • GLAM Lessons Learnt • Know your Wiki∗edian community. – Their attitude towards the GLAM cooperation. – Their willingness/availability to contribute. – Their preferences to communication/organisation • Know your GLAM partners. – Their workload / seasonality / availability, etc. – Their internal bureaucracy and regulations – The legal limitations and concerns they may have OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • GLAM Lessons Learnt • Planning and coordination of efforts is important. – Always provide more time than initially planned. – Maintain a public ‘progress report’ wiki page. – Discuss the policy of the GLAM mailing list (public/private, open/closed, archived or not). – Be inclusive and ‘advertise’ the GLAM project for other Wiki∗edians to involve. OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • GLAM Lessons Learnt • Plan expenses very carefully! – Secure 30+ % co-funding when the beneficiary is an organisation that is not a Wikimedia chapter. – Non-commercial co-funding raises less problems (We didn’t have any ) – Careful planning today saves problems tomorrow (We didn’t have any ) – Do not forget: incidental expenses • Timely prepare publicity materials. – Have them ready and only update. OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • What’s so glamourous about GLAM • Meeting new people from GLAM institutions! • So MUCH to be done! – And so few people there to do it… – Wherever you start from, you’re on the right track! • Few Wikipedians doing GLAM means: – – – – better coordination among those involved working at your own pace less editorial/administrative stress more rewarding experience  • GLAM projects are about to give rise to BG chapter! OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12
  • Thank you for your attention! ~~~~ Vassia Atanassova http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/user:Spiritia Special : Emailuser/Spiritia OpenGLAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 11-12