This is the second part of our reporting on the recent events for all things Wikimedia – the annual Wikimania conference, held this year in Stockholm – where Europeana held several associated events. Following the main conference, Europeana convened the inaugural meeting of National Libraries (and equivalent consortium organisations) who are currently working directly with Wikidata and its underlying software Wikibase. This event was organised by our Wikimedia liaison Liam Wyatt and hosted by our partners the National Library of Sweden. Liam updates us here on the meeting content.
Every year during the Northern summer holidays, approximately 1,000 members of the Wikimedia community – the worldwide group of volunteers and professionals behind projects including Wikipedia and Wikidata – gather for their annual event: Wikimania. This year’s event, hosted in Stockholm, had as its theme the relationship of open-access information to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The event's program was chaired for the second year running by Europeana’s own Wikimedia liaison Liam Wyatt, in a voluntary capacity. Today he fills us in on this year’s gathering.
As Europeana celebrates its tenth anniversary, four Wikimedia editors from across the continent - from Armenia to Wales - reflect on working with some of their favourite artworks from Europeana Collections. Their experiences highlight the importance of making our cultural heritage not merely accessible but also reusable.
Learning how to share to, build upon, and research with Wikidata were the key lessons from EuropeanaTech 2018. As more cultural organisations proactively engage in freely licensed structured data, Europeana is helping network members gain skills.