Supporting the current Europeana Migration campaign, Europeana is offering dedicated resources to partner institutions wishing to integrate a Wikimedia component into their work. Europeana will also be connecting its internal Migration Vocabulary project to Wikidata - taking advantage of the existing concept translation, ontology, and external authority-control connections in Wikidata to increase the usability and findability of all Europeana Migration material.
In contrast to the previous two major campaigns (Europeana 1914-1918, and Europeana 280) this will not be a simultaneous continent-wide competition but a tailored response to the needs of each partner, in their own timeframe.
We can help partners by supporting any of these activities:
- If you’re hosting an event, like a collection day, you could expand on it by having some Wikimedia-related activities going on at the same time:
- Have an ‘editathon’ for local Wikipedians going on in another part of the venue. (A private tour of the museum is often a good 'thank you' and enticement for the volunteer Wikipedians for this).
- Ask local Wikipedians to work with curators/staff to improve/begin Wikipedia articles in applicable languages where the museum has the expertise and academic resources.
- Conduct semi-formal and/or personalised Wiki-training of staff so that they can feel confident in contributing in the future.
- Work with the general public attending your collection day event to scan/photograph the items they bring so they can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (which has specific and sometimes different technical/copyright requirements to Europeana).
- If you’re not hosting an overarching event, you can still get involved with some Wikimedia activities. Here are some ideas of how Europeana could support you:
- Help you run a ’DataThon’ meeting to map your collection's metadata to Wikidata, learning about each other's metadata needs in the process.
- If your building is an historic one, together, we could run a photography event/tour for local Wikimedians, take their own photographs, and then upload to Wikimedia Commons to improve the visual record of the site/building.
- Support the creation of a Wikipedian-in-Residence position at the museum, and help to advertise for that role. Funding, duties, time period would depend on the circumstances and needs of the institution.
- Support a mass upload of multimedia (and/or its metadata) from your collections to Wikimedia Commons and/or Wikidata.
Get in touch now to discuss how we can help you!