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Europeana 1914-18 Wikimedia Challenge results


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Presentation given at the Europeana AGM, Milan, 6 December 2017

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Europeana 1914-18 Wikimedia Challenge results

  1. 1. Europeana 1914-18 Wikimedia Challenge /Europeana/1914-18 #EuropeForCulture #AGM2017
  2. 2. Wikimedia affiliates to submit a portfolio of activities, to showcase the diverse, innovative, and high- quality ways that this important period of Europe's history can be 20601/contributions_13743.html 20601/contributions_11667.html understood through open-access heritage. With an emphasis on working with Europeana partner cultural institutions across the continent. The Challenge
  3. 3. The Participants
  4. 4. Special mentions: • Wikimedia Estonia for its innovative use of the Wikipedia platform to curate a multilingual virtual art exhibition; • Wikimedia Italy for the quality and diversity of the content produced; • Wikimedia Switzerland for its detailed and beautifully produced portfolio. And the winners are... https://meta.wikimedi 1914- 18/Wikimedia_Italia#/ media/File:Poster_con _disegno_di_donna,_s critta- _Tacete_Anche_il_vost ro_silenzio_affretter% C3%A0_la_Vittoria.jpg [Announcement blogpost with jury comments]
  5. 5. Innovation award: Wikimedia Austria Portfolio “…based on a partnership with the education sector, it highlights the use of various media to investigate propaganda.”
  6. 6. Quality award: Wikimedia Norway Portfolio “…direct engagement with Europeana content (especially through the Transcribathon platform), extensive outreach to partners, and hosting of events.”
  7. 7. Diversity award: Wikimedia UK Portfolio “…projects relating to many different cultural institutions; pertained to multiple countries (England, Wales, Scotland, India, and Canada); and included multiple media forms.”
  8. 8. Portfolio Overall winner of the Europeana 1914-1918 Wikimedia Challenge: Wikimedians of Romania Jury Comments: “The Romanian Wikimedia community ran a Wikisource/Transcribathon project; uploaded Wikimedia Commons from Europeana 1914-18 crowdsourced material; and contributed their own material to the Europeana 1914-18 platform. They also entered the Europeana Transcribathon as a 'team'; and improved the categorisation and Wikipedia usage of Europeana 1914-18 material which had already been shared. This impressive portfolio was created by an entirely volunteer team.”
  9. 9. Wikimedians of Romania Team Iulian MĂCREANU – Team Coordinator
  10. 10. Wikimedians of Romania Team  6 editors and 1 robot  contributors at Romanian Wikipedia  volunteers and anonymous Macreanu Iulian – Team & content coordinator Strainu – Technical coordinator WWI Aprentices – Digitizer & Corrector Accipiter Q. Gentilis - Editor Haptokar - Editor Nenea hartia - Editor Strainubot - Robot
  11. 11. The WWI project • Started in 2014 • Cross-platform approach Wikimedia • Romanian Wikipedia • Commons • Wikisource Europeana • Europeana 1914-1918 • Transcribathon • European Film Gateway GLAM partners • Reusing of digital contents
  12. 12. Achievements  more than 800 articles on Romanian Wikipedia  more than 1.200 images on loaded on Commons  more than 250 images loaded on Europeana  more than 45.000 characters digitized at Transchribaton cross-platforms transfers creating an off-line digital library
  13. 13. Why we joined?  we already had a consolidated and stabile project  identify new ways and opportunities to improve our ongoing project  a chance to evaluate and validate our works in comparison with other similar projects
  14. 14. What we discover?  it is not so difficult to make valuable contributions for recovering our cultural heritage, even if you are a small team from a not so bigger country  Europeana has a huge amount of valuable resources that can be easily used for developing our project and bring it at a new level  GLAM partners could provide access to a lot of new and valuable resources  Wikipedia and Europeana, are complementary making easy developing of cross-platform projects
  15. 15. Lessons learned?  How to have a succesful project:  appropiate fit our own project into the “big picture”  proper use of the synergy between platforms  deep understanding of the specifities and differences (Wikipedia, Europeana, GLAM partners)  adequate use of all the ressources made available by the GLAM partners  be consequent and keep working in an organised and systematic way  Understand to manage and develop complex and multi-platform projects  Discovered and became aware and interested in “New Worlds” (Europeana, GLAM partners)  Remained “caught” and became enthusiastic by the new type of works: telling stories, bringing old photos in light, transcribe old war journals etc.
  16. 16. “WIKI-EUROPEANA” odyssey of a WWI soldier - Marin GOGOLOI “The impact of culture on society - it's a value, not a cost! ” EUROPEANA
  17. 17. 1916 - A book in German Romanian Front - 2017 A German painter Albert Reich Digitized by a GLAM partner Descendants of Marin Gogoloi 2017 1916-1918 1917 2014 2014 1916 2017 2017 Picture of Marin Cogoloi Story on Europeana Image loaded on Commmons 2017 National Military Archives Identified
  18. 18. Thank you!