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The GLAMwiki toolset
Share your media collections on Wikipedia!
David Haskiya, Europeana Foundation @Best in Heritage
Imag...
Outline of my talk
1. Setting the stage - Europeana, Wikipedia, GLAMwiki - what is it?
2. Why would you use the GLAMwiki t...
What and who is Europeana?
• We’re a non-profit foundation - idealists and true believers
• A network of likeminded herita...
What is Wikipedia?
• Wikipedia is the world’s largest encyclopedia and is available in hundreds
of languages
• Wikimedia C...
What is GLAM? And GLAMwiki?
• Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums
• An acronym coined by Wikipedians and has taken ...
Why the GLAMwiki toolset?
• Before the toolset all large uploads had to be performed and coded one by
one by a developer, ...
How does it work?
• It’s an online tool, a part of Wikimedia Commons
• It takes a GLAM-collections, formatted in XML, and ...
Three cases and overall stats
• I will now quickly present three cases of GLAMs doing uploads to
Wikimedia Commons using t...
Rijksmuseum, Japanese prints
• 1854 prints in total uploaded as part of the GLAMwikitoolset beta testing
• The prints are ...
• c. 120 000 views of the files in
Wikipedia articles - per month*
• The files are used in 16 language
versions of Wikiped...
Nordic Museum
• 1051 files in total
• Illustrations from 19th century fashion magazines
• Uploaded by the Nordic Museum as...
• c. 50 000 views of the files in Wikipedia
articles - per month*
• The file on the left is viewed c. 20 000
times per mon...
The British Library
• 437 files in total
• Only one of the collections they have shared on Wikimedia
Commons
• Illuminated...
• c. 1.7 million views of the files in
Wikipedia articles - per month*
• The White Rabbit from Alice in
Wonderland is view...
Overall statistics
• The GLAMwiki toolset has by now been used by 157 users...
• ...to upload 748 771 files...
• ...of whi...
Main takeaways
• As a library, archive or museums, Wikipedians and Wikipedia are natural
collaboration partners for you
• ...
September 22, 2016
The Music Lesson, Louis Moritz,
1808, Rijksmuseum , Public Domain
National Library of Scotland
• 1288 files in total
• Photographs, prints, drawings, maps and more
• When the GLAMwiki Tool...
• c. 2.5 million views of the files in
Wikipedia articles - per month*
• The files are used in over 50
language versions o...
National Heritage Board, Sweden
• 975 files in total
• Only one of the collections they have shared on Wikimedia
Commons
•...
• c. 24 000 views of the files in Wikipedia
articles - per month*
• The image of Art Blakey is viewed c. 12
000 times per ...
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Presentation of the GLAMwiki toolset at Best in Heritage 2016

Presentation of the GLAMwiki toolset at Best in Heritage 2016 in Dubrovnik. The presentation focuses on how museums,archives and libraries can share their digital collections with Wikipedia and in so doing reach a much larger and international audience than what they can otherwise.

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Presentation of the GLAMwiki toolset at Best in Heritage 2016

  1. 1. The GLAMwiki toolset Share your media collections on Wikipedia! David Haskiya, Europeana Foundation @Best in Heritage Imagines, Dubrovnik, 2016-09-22 Danse de trois faunes et trois bacchantes, Hieronymus Hopfer, Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, Public Domain
  2. 2. Outline of my talk 1. Setting the stage - Europeana, Wikipedia, GLAMwiki - what is it? 2. Why would you use the GLAMwiki toolset? 3. How does it work? 4. Cases x 3 and Overall statistics 5. Summary and main takeaways 6. Q&A (and more stats) The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA
  3. 3. What and who is Europeana? • We’re a non-profit foundation - idealists and true believers • A network of likeminded heritage and technology professionals • An open data platform with many services and drawing on the collections of nearly 4000 European GLAMs • Europeana Collections, Europeana APIs The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA “We want to build on Europe’s rich heritage and make it easier for people to use, whether for work, for learning or just for fun!”
  4. 4. What is Wikipedia? • Wikipedia is the world’s largest encyclopedia and is available in hundreds of languages • Wikimedia Commons is a media library with c. 30 million media objects free for use - and is the only source of media that Wikipedia (directly) uses • Together they form the starting point of most citizens search for information and knowledge online - Wikipedia is ranked as the 7th most used website globally What is Wikimedia Commons? Why does Wikipedia matter? The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA
  5. 5. What is GLAM? And GLAMwiki? • Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums • An acronym coined by Wikipedians and has taken on elsewhere • The GLAM Wiki Initiative is a loose collective of Wikipedians and GLAM professionals who work together for the benefit of both communities • Why would a GLAM? Because part of our official missions is very often to share our knowledge and collections with the public on whose behalf we work A shared interest between Wikipedians and GLAMs The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA
  6. 6. Why the GLAMwiki toolset? • Before the toolset all large uploads had to be performed and coded one by one by a developer, typically one of a handful of volunteers • This had caused a long backlog to build up • The Wiki community decided it was time to develop a tool that librarians, archivists and museum collections curators themselves could use • The Wikimedia Chapters of the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France and Switzerland decided to fund Europeana to develop the toolset To support large uploads of GLAM content of course! The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA
  7. 7. How does it work? • It’s an online tool, a part of Wikimedia Commons • It takes a GLAM-collections, formatted in XML, and allows the user to map the metadata to Wikimedia Commons templates • The tools then kicks off a batch upload, uploading the metadata and media • Very large batch uploads are supported and the tool works best for such very large uploads of (hundreds of) thousands media objects • For smaller uploads of a few dozen or couple of hundred collection objects there are now other tools, e.g. Pattypan (which is superior for collections with offline media) Super brief version - long version here The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA
  8. 8. Three cases and overall stats • I will now quickly present three cases of GLAMs doing uploads to Wikimedia Commons using the tool • For each case I will provide statistics of use showing the enormous reach a GLAM can gain by sharing their collections on Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia • Then I’ll share the overall statistics Rijksmuseum, the British Library, and the Nordic Museum The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA
  9. 9. Rijksmuseum, Japanese prints • 1854 prints in total uploaded as part of the GLAMwikitoolset beta testing • The prints are only a small part of the full Rijksmuseum collection, the entire collection was actually uploaded • The collection includes the prints of many well-known Japanese artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige • On Wikipedia they’re used in a wide variety of articles from the very general, like the article about dragonflies, to the specific, e.g. an article about a specific well-known print A subset of a beta upload The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA
  10. 10. • c. 120 000 views of the files in Wikipedia articles - per month* • The files are used in 16 language versions of Wikipedia • The Plum Park in Kameido alone is viewed c. 17 000 times per month in the articles on Wikipedia in which it is included • Technical quality is high with images typically 6 megapixels or higher Some stats
  11. 11. Nordic Museum • 1051 files in total • Illustrations from 19th century fashion magazines • Uploaded by the Nordic Museum as part of the Europeana Fashion project The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA A museum of the cultural history of Sweden and the Nordic countries
  12. 12. • c. 50 000 views of the files in Wikipedia articles - per month* • The file on the left is viewed c. 20 000 times per month in the Wikipedia article about Victorian fashion • The files are used in 11 language versions of Wikipedia • Technical quality is medium with images typical around 2.5 megapixels Some stats
  13. 13. The British Library • 437 files in total • Only one of the collections they have shared on Wikimedia Commons • Illuminated manuscripts, drawings, maps and more • Tip: Like the British Library, use OpenRefine to wrangle your metadata before uploading it The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA One of the first libraries to use the tool on their own initiative
  14. 14. • c. 1.7 million views of the files in Wikipedia articles - per month* • The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland is viewed c. 250 000 times per month • The files are used in over 50 language versions of Wikipedia • Technical quality is medium with images typically around 2 MP Some stats
  15. 15. Overall statistics • The GLAMwiki toolset has by now been used by 157 users... • ...to upload 748 771 files... • ...of which 20 012 files have been used in 27 476 Wikipedia articles • In August 2016 alone those Wikipedia articles were viewed 21 279 191 times • Meaning that if the pattern holds the files will have been viewed around 240 million times in 2016. The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA If you weren’t already convinced!?
  16. 16. Main takeaways • As a library, archive or museums, Wikipedians and Wikipedia are natural collaboration partners for you • Working together you can both fulfill your missions of sharing knowledge better • The statistics are there to prove the incredible reach that pro-active outreach to the public via Wikipedia can result in • The GLAMwiki toolset can help you share your collections on Wikimedia Commons and in extension, Wikipedia If you forget all else, remember this! The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA
  17. 17. September 22, 2016 The Music Lesson, Louis Moritz, 1808, Rijksmuseum , Public Domain
  18. 18. National Library of Scotland • 1288 files in total • Photographs, prints, drawings, maps and more • When the GLAMwiki Toolset went into beta testing the Wikipedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland just picked up the tool and made the uploads with no help from Europeana dev team The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA One of the first libraries to use the tool on their own initiative
  19. 19. • c. 2.5 million views of the files in Wikipedia articles - per month* • The files are used in over 50 language versions of Wikipedia • Technical quality is high with images typically 6 megapixels or higher Some stats
  20. 20. National Heritage Board, Sweden • 975 files in total • Only one of the collections they have shared on Wikimedia Commons • Illuminated manuscripts, drawings, maps and more • Tip: Like the British Library, use OpenRefine to wrangle your metadata before uploading it The GLAMwiki toolset CC BY-SA A small beta upload
  21. 21. • c. 24 000 views of the files in Wikipedia articles - per month* • The image of Art Blakey is viewed c. 12 000 times per month • The files are used in about 25 language versions of Wikipedia • Technical quality is low with images typically slightly below 1 MP Some stats

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Presentation of the GLAMwiki toolset at Best in Heritage 2016 in Dubrovnik. The presentation focuses on how museums,archives and libraries can share their digital collections with Wikipedia and in so doing reach a much larger and international audience than what they can otherwise.

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