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This is your Nordic Open Data Week 2015 “wake up call”, events for #Aarhus, #Helsinki, #Malmö, #Global, #København and #Oslo

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Today you can attend events in Danmark, Norge, Sverige, Suomi and event Globally though the magic of the Interwebz.

Besides the Nordic Open Data Week events, we’re tracking a Danish General Election Town Hall Meeting in Copenhagen, that will be streamed live, starting at 7pm.

Also in Copenhagen the annual #cphdistortion Festival kicks off.

Links to calendar:   

Map with all upcoming events

NOTE: All times are CEST (UTC+2), this has implications for Suomi which is EEST (UTC+3), so add one hour for Finnish events.

  • AARHUS: Internet Week Denmark 2015 #iwdk
    Starts:Event is in progress
    Ends: 6th June 2015 – 12:00 am
    Location: Aarhus, Denmark
  • HELSINKI: Open Science Lounge
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 12:00 pm
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • MALMÖ: Open Data in School
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 10:00 am
    Location: Minc I Sverige AB, Anckargripsgatan 3, 211 19 Malmö, Sweden
  • HELSINKI: Biodiversity hack
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 5:00 pm
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • HELSINKI: DroneArt Helsinki!
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 4:00 pm
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • GLOBAL: Open Science / Access online meetup
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 2:00 pm
  • HELSINKI: Open Southwest Finland Challenge Opening at Restaurant Koulu
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 4:00 pm
    Location: Restaurant Koulu, Eerikinkatu 18, Turku, Finland
  • KØBENHAVN: WikiWednesday looks at architecture in Ørestad
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 8:00 pm
    Location: Vestamager St., Denmark
  • GLOBAL: ICT-political town hall meeting #itvalg
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 9:30 pm
    Location: IDA Mødecenter, Kalvebod Brygge 31, 1560 København, Denmark
  • OSLO: Open Data Week: Lean Coffee
    Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: 3rd June 2015 – 10:00 pm
    Location: Teknologihuset, Pilestredet 56, 0167 Oslo, Norway

DroneArt Helsinki!

Date June 3 2015 1.00pm – 5:00pm (EEST (UTC+03))
Location Hub13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13 A, 2nd floor, 00100, Helsinki, Finland
Price Free
Official site Hey Event: DroneArt Helsinki!


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Wikimedia Suomi, Avoin GLAM and Maptime Helsinki organize together a maker event on public artworks. Let’s photograph some, put them on a map, model them in 3D and make them alive! Bring your own cameras, laptops, drones or balloons!

List your equipment and software recommendations here: https://wmfi.hackpad.com/DroneArt-Helsinki-RtOyTAaKOot

Program

10.00–11.30 am Getting together in the morning, HUB13
11.30–2 pm Photographing/Droning artworks
2–5 pm Workshopping/hacking at HUB13 (online working)
5pm #GLAMkaljat at Open Knowledge Finland office lawn, Caloniuksenkatu 9 D 64

Participants will also have the chance to 3D-print the photographed statues at Fablab the following day, Thursday 4 June: Facebook event: #CultJam15 Workshop Helsinki . Preregistration required.

External links

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Historical Objects: How I stopped fearing and learned how to contribute cultural heritage to OpenStreetMap

Historic Place - Splash screen
Historic Place – Splash screen

I was aware that a cool OpenStreetMap based project called Historical Objects/Historic Place existed, and I had used it earlier, but it wasn’t until I got a comment on the blog that I realised the power of the project, and that it augmented the power of my guide How to share cultural heritage on Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap | opennordics.org.

The first thing I did was to contribute a Danish translation of the project, I urge you to do the same, it’s as easy as editing a Wiki-page, something that is a requirement for a 21st century citizen.

Here’s my translation from German to Danish: DE:Historical Objects/Translations/table.da – OpenStreetMap Wiki

Start your own by simply copying the page for a translation that you’re able to do, and change the two character language code into the one for your language, and add your language to the list of translations.

Historical Objects/Translations – OpenStreetMap Wiki

It took me just a few hours to contribute the Danish translation, and it’s already live.

Historic Place - Zoom level 1 - UNESCO World Heritage
Historic Place – Zoom level 1 – UNESCO World Heritage

At the zoomed level 1, “Historic Place” shows only UNESCO World Heritage sites, this makes perfect sense, and it’s easy to spot missing sites.

As you zoom in, more and more objects shows up, I decided to zoom in on Denmark, and noticed a castle that didn’t have a name.

Historic Place - Castle without a name
Historic Place – Castle without a name

Strange, which one could that be? I pressed the Objekt ( Punkt ) (English: Object/Point) link and was taken to the object.

OpenStreetMap - Castle without a name
OpenStreetMap – Castle without a name

That looked somehow familiar, but I had to zoom out, and it’s Vordingborg Castle Ruin, one of the largest medievial castle ruins in Denmark.

OpenStreetMap - It's Vordingborg Caste Ruin
OpenStreetMap – It’s Vordingborg Caste Ruin
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So I want to add a name to OpenStreetMap. That’s easy, just select the link to the OpenStreetMap editor of choice by selecting it. I selected “Redigér med iD” (“Edit with iD”), the web based editor build into OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap - iD Editor - Vordingborg Castle Ruin
OpenStreetMap – iD Editor – Vordingborg Castle Ruin

So I added some relevant meta data to OpenStreetMap: Name, Danish Wikipedia article and Wikidata-object.

OpenStreetMap - added meta data to Vordingborg Castle Ruin
OpenStreetMap – added meta data to Vordingborg Castle Ruin

That looks good, so I select “Gem” (English: “Save”) and summarise my changes.

OpenStreetMap - save changes to Vordingborg Castle Ruin
OpenStreetMap – save changes to Vordingborg Castle Ruin
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Select “Gem” (English: “Save”) again, and the changes are saved, if you then select “Vis på OSM” (Show on OSM”) to see your changes.

OpenStreetMap - Vordingborg Castle Ruin updated
OpenStreetMap – Vordingborg Castle Ruin updated

That’s it, there’s really nothing to it.

HAPPY MAPPING!

ps. My partner in crime, @neografen, kindly brought to my attention, that it takes up to 24 hours before the changes go live on Historic Places.

Open GIF animation jamming session at SMK

Animated GIF created using elements from artworks in SMK’s Public Domain collection
Animated GIF created using elements from artworks in SMK’s Public Domain collection
Date Friday May 29 2015 2.00pm – 5:00pm
Location The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst), Sølvgade 48-50, DK-1307 København K, Denmark
Price Free, sign up needed Registration – Open GIF animation jamming session at SMK
Official site Google Docs: Description / Call text


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Bring SMKs paintings to life in the animated GIF workshop at SMK Fridays ‘Set Art Free!’ at Statens Museum for Kunst 29 May.

Follow the link to read more and sign up – there are limited seats, so hurry up! You don’t need to be an experienced GIF maker. It’s easy to get started, and Sanna, Neea and Kati from Aalto University Media Lab will facilitate the workshop.

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How to share cultural heritage on Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap

It can be difficult to contribute to open data projects.

In this, very detailed article, I’ll take you through all the steps involved in adding a commemorative plaque to Wikimedia Commons – an open source of educational materials, like pictures, and OpenStreetMap – an open map that you can edit like Wikipedia.

Notice that you can use different tools, but these are the ones that I often use, and also notice that I’ve been very thorough. You can choose to cut some corners, and wait for others to add the information, that’s the beauty of projects like Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap.

Introduction

I often pass commemorative plaques that I’ve never noticed before, it makes me very curious about the history behind it, so I quite often take a picture of them and later I share them on Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap.

A lot of the plaques are already documented, but in closed databases, we can do better in the 21st Century.

Here’s one in Central Copenhagen that I’ve never noticed before.

Founding of Politiken Commorative Plaque
Founding of Politiken Commorative Plaque

It commemorates the founding of the Danish national newspaper Politiken October 1 1884, a very important day in Danish media history.

Now I want to add it to Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap, and these are the steps involved.


Step 1: GeoLocation

NOTE: This step can be skipped if you have a modern cell phone or camera with GPS that records the GeoLocation automatically (including compass heading).

The first step is to add the picture to Wikimedia Commons, I don’t have GPS in my camera, so I need to determine the location of the plaque, I use the excelent service GeoLocator, especially because it makes it easy to add the camera heading.

Since I knew that the plaque was located new the departmentstore Magasin du Nord in Copenhagen, I did a search for it.

GeoLocator - Search for Magasin du Nord
GeoLocator – Search for Magasin du Nord

After I selected it, the map is shown.

GeoLocator - Magasin du Nord
GeoLocator – Magasin du Nord

Find the precise location of the commemorative plaque, which is on the corner of Østergade and Kristen Bernikows Gade.

Alt+Clicked the location of the camera, which is the geo location that is used for Wikimedia Commons.

GeoLocator - Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque
GeoLocator – Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque

Notice the marker and that the latitude and longitude of the marker position is displayed.

Switch to Street View to confirm that we’re at the right location.

GeoLocator - Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque - Street View
GeoLocator – Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque – Street View

Yes, that looks right.

Now we need to get the compass heading of the camera, this is done by Shift+Clicking the map to draw a line indicating the camera heading.

GeoLocator - Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque - heading
GeoLocator – Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque – heading

Notice the arrow that indicates the direction, and the compass heading, next to the caption “h = ESE 106°”, meaning East-South-East 106 degrees.

That’s it, we have the camera location:

latitude 55° 40′ 46.91″ N (55.679696°)
longitude 12° 34′ 57.84″E (12.582733°)
heading 106°

Now we’re ready to upload the image to Wikimedia Commons.

Step 2: Upload image to Wikimedia Commons

Go to the Wikimedia Commons UploadWizard (you’ll need a Wikimedia account, but not to worry, you’ll be prompted to create one.

First the instructions are shown, I’ll skip those, it’s just to make sure that you understand the terms of sharing content on Wikimedia Commons, and make sure that you select the correct license.

Select the “Next” button on the bottom of the page, you can also select “Skip this step in the future” to dismiss the instructions page.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Next
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Next

Select the media-files to upload.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Select Media FIles
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Select Media FIles

Browse for the media files.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Browse for Media FIles
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Browse for Media FIles

Select the file you want to upload.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - FIles Uploaded
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – FIles Uploaded

Press continue and select the release rights, usually “Own Work” if it’s pictures you’ve taken your self.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Release Rights
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Release Rights

Now add some details, we’ve added a description in English, Danish, categories:

location and other in other information we add a link to the Copenhagen Library page on the plaque bibliotek.kk.dk: Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse].

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Description
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Description

Select Next and you’re done, you picture has now been shared on Wikimedia Commons, and you can use it in other Wikimedia projects and on the web by copy/pasting the links show on the “Use” screen of the UploadWizard.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Use
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Use


Step 3: Add OpenStreetMap (OSM) node

Finally we want to add a node to OpenStreetMap (OSM), you’ll need an OSM account, so can create one if you don’t have it <a href=”https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new”>Create new OpenStreetMap account</a>.

Since we’ve already established the location of the camera when we added the picture of the plaque to Wikimedia Commons, we do a search for that location on OSM.

latitude 55° 40′ 46.91″ N (55.679696°)
longitude 12° 34′ 57.84″E (12.582733°)

We’ve found the location, so select the link to the location

OpenStreetMap Search Results
OpenStreetMap Search Results

We now have a location marker and we can add the node by selecting the Edit button.

OpenStreetMap - Location selected

There are several different editors, but we’ll use the default editor, called ID, in this example.

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor

Now we’ll the node by selecting the “Point” button, we’ll get a marker that we can move to the correct location, but notice that the location Wikimedia Commons wants is the location of the camera, but OpenStreetMap wants the physical location.

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor - Add point
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor – Add point

Now we need to add type of OSM node we want to add, it’s a memorial, so we’ll search for that.

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor - Search for Memorial
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor – Search for Memorial

OpenStreetMap - Edit feature
OpenStreetMap – Edit feature

Now we’ll add some information. We’ll use the common name used by the website of the Copenhagen Library “Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse”

First use the “Add field” function to add commonly used fields in a nice UI, we’ve added “Name”, “Address”, “Website” and a link to the Danish “Wikipedia” page for Politiken.

This translates to “tags” in OSM terminology, and each node type has a number of different tags you can choose from, you can even invent your own, but you might consider suggesting them to the community.

For the node type historic=memorial you should consult the OSM Wiki page for the historical=memorial tag.

We’ll add these tags:

OpenStreetMap - Edit feature - All tags
OpenStreetMap – Edit feature – All tags

Press “Save”, summarise the changes and press “Save” again.

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor - Save changes
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor – Save changes

Congratulations: You just edited OpenStreetMap!

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor - You just edited OpenStreetMap!
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor – You just edited OpenStreetMap!

If you select “View on OSM”, you’re taken to the changeset

OpenStreetMap - Changeset
OpenStreetMap – Changeset

Select the node to view the node you added.

OpenStreetMap - Node - Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse (3521036042)
OpenStreetMap – Node – Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse (3521036042)

And, finally, share it on Twitter using the Tweet button on OSM.

OpenStreetMap - Tweet - Node - Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse (3521036042)
OpenStreetMap – Tweet – Node – Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse (3521036042)

Notice that I’ve added the tags #culher for culTURALherITAGE and #nodw15 for Nordic Open Data Week 2015, since there’s a Open Data Cultural Heritage Challenge on during Nordic Open Data Week 2015

This is how the Tweet looks.

You now have the skills to share cultural heritage on the Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap. Notice that I’ve been very thorough, you can choose to cut a few corners.

Finally press the share button, add a “marker” and select HTML format and copy/paste the code it to website.

OpenStreetMap - Share
OpenStreetMap – Share

For this result.


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Open Data Cultural Heritage Mapping Challenge

Runestones theghnnames
Date May 14 2015 11.00am – June 6th 11:59pm (CEST (UTC+02))
Location Global
Price Free
Official site The page you’re currently reading

Join the “Open Data Cultural Heritage Mapping Challenge”

Submit your cultural heritage OpenStreetMap nodes to participate in the challenge, it can be a new node or an existing node you have improved.

You’ll get points for documenting cultural heritage on OpenStreetMap, Mapillary, Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia, Wikidata, Tweeting a GeoTagged picture, a blog or any other open data platform, including your own.

If you use OpenStreetMap you can submit your OSM nodes using this form:
Google Form: Open Data Cultural Heritage Mapping Challenge

(after having read the guidelines).

Participate by Tweeting

This is a good example:

Participate by e-mail

Happy mapping!

Contents


How

The contest is simple in structure, based on a KISS point system: You get points while adding information, with the goal for each participant to gain as many points as possible. All you have to do is to submit your work using this form:
Google Form: Open Data Cultural Heritage Mapping Challenge


When

The challenge will run forever, but the contest during Nordic Open Data Week will end at 11:59pm on 6 June 2015 (CEST (UTC+02:00)).

Who

Everybody can help in any language with translating or by adding images, descriptions etymology and personal stories. Anyone can participate. If you need help adding updating the sites, state so in the description of the work you submit.

Why

We want to try out the power of Open Data to document memorials and monuments as we believe that it could be a fantastic tool to make important historic information easily accessible as possible! Currently a lot of this information is locked in closed databases.

Help us make this a success!”

Inspiration

Scoring

The idea is to “tell a story” for inspiration look at this OpenStreetMap node (2788425472):


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It’s a commemorative plaque dedicated to Operation Carthage aka. Shellhusbombardamentet in Copenhagen during World War II.

It’s linked to Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Commemorative_plaque_-_S%C3%B8nder_Boulevard_106_-_Operation_Carthage.jpg and Wikidata https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q1810832

Examples of updates we’ll honour

  • Add a new node to OpenStreetMap cultural heritage node. Nodes that qualify are of type historic=memorial, tourism=artwork, historic=archaeological_site, historic=rune_stone 5p
  • Add a new image of the object in Mapillary (image tag) and/or Wikimedia Commons (wikimedia_commons tag) and add it to an OpenStreetMap node: 5p
  • Add inscription tag to OSM node: 3p
  • Add inscription:url of commemorative plaque to OSM node: 1p
  • Add name:etymology:wikidata of commemorative plaque to OSM node: 1p
  • Add wikidata tag to OSM node: 1p
  • Add xx:wikipedia tag to OSM node: 1p
  • Add/update Wikipedia article on the subject: 1-10p
  • Write blogpost on the subject: 10p
  • Creativity will be honoured accordingly


Example:

Track your points by submitting from this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GTDbXPEMukSuh6-0hH9NDDZn4WDE0aLUBycv91ompRY/viewform, fill out your name, date, a description of what you did and enter the total number of points for the task.

In the above example with Operation Carthage we would get.

Name: Mr. Open
Description: Add new node to OSM: 5p,
Add new picture to Wikimedia Commons: 5p
Add inscription tag to OSM node: 3p
Add inscription:url to OSM node: 1p
Add name:etymology:wikidata to OSM node: 1p
15p total

Prizes

OpenStreetMap goodie bags.

In addition you’ll have a shot at the “Nordic Innovation Prize”, especially if you combine it with public data sets from Nordic Countries Nordic Innovation Prize

If you make a visualisation based on datasets from sepcific agencies, you can also have a shot at the Awards for best visualization of an agency’s open data Awards for best visualization of an agency’s open data

External links

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SMK Fridays: Set Art Free

SMK Fridays
Statens Museum for Kunst
Date Friday May 29 2015 5.00pm – 10:00pm
Location The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst), Sølvgade 48-50, DK-1307 København K, Denmark
Price Free
Official site SMK Fridays: Sæt kunsten fri!: Statens Museum for Kunst (in Danish)


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SMK Fridays is a good opportunity to add culture to your friday. Relax with a drink, get to know art and experience art talks, music, movies and street kitchen.

On 29 May SMK Fridays is free of copyright. SMK has set the rights to 40,000 pictures of artwork in SMK’s collection free, so they can be copy/pasted, remixed and reused freely. On this night we celebrate free art and for instance presents new designs designs of old motifs, mash-ups and hacker art.

As always there’s also the possibility to visit the permanent exhibitions after normal opening hours. The night ends with a special artist-DJ, that will serve fresh tunes to the art.

The schedule is subject to change, so please check SMK Fridays: Sæt kunsten fri!: Statens Museum for Kunst (in Danish) for updates

External links

  • Facebook: Statens Museum for Kunst (in Danish) Accessed May 11 2015
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    Art on Wikipedia

    Le sort des artistes - Statens Museum for Kunst
    J.F. Clemens (1748 – 1831): “Le sort des artistes”, 1786, efter tegning af Abildgaard.
    Statens Museum for Kunst
    Date Friday May 22 2015 3.30pm – 5:00pm
    Location The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst), Sølvgade 48-50, DK-1307 København K, Denmark
    Price Free, but write an e-mail to Museum Director Anna Schram Vejlby at annvej@hirschsprung, if you wish to participate.
    Official site Facebook-event: Kunst på Wikipedia(in Danish)


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    Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK) and Den Hirschsprungske Samling invites you to “Wikipedia networking”.

    As art historian and art lover you can help to ensure the quality and depth of Wikipedia’s articles on Danish art.

    If you need help getting started or if you feel like sparring with others on writing about art on Wikipedia, then this is an event for you.

    In April and May Statens Museum is hsoting two workshops. The experienced Wikipedian Néné La Beet gives an introduction and helps new editors getting started, and during Fall we will host “writing afternoons”, where you can get help and guidance.

    The occasion is that more and more of the works of the Museums are made available online and can thus illustrate articles in Wikipedia. New and old wikipedians with art historic knowledge has, given this digitised material, good possibilities to write and improve articles on Wikipedia.

    The events are free and will be hosted by Statens Museum for Kunst.

    Write an e-mail to Museum Director Anna Schram Vejlby at annvej@hirschsprung, if you wish to participate.

    Merete Sanderhoff, SMK
    Claes Kofoed Christensen, SMK
    Anna Schram Vejlby, Den Hirschsprungske Samling

    External links

    Wikipedia edit-a-thon: Contribute to art history

    Wikipedia edit-a-thon - Contribute to art history - CC-BY-SA Merete Sanderhoff
    Wikipedia edit-a-thon – Contribute to art history – CC-BY-SA Merete Sanderhoff
    Date Friday May 29 2015 2.00pm – 5:00pm
    Location The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst), Sølvgade 48-50, DK-1307 København K, Denmark
    Price Free
    Official site Wikipedia:Edit-a-thon, Bidrag til kunsthistorien (in Danish)


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    SMK Friday May 29 is focusing on open cultural heritage that is freely available. To mark the occasion SMK is hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, about hacking the interpretation of art history and enrich it with your knowledge. Come and contribute in creating a richer and more diverse description of Danish art and art history in Wikipedia.

    Everybody can join, just bring your own laptop. We have free Wi-FI, and experienced Wikipedia editors will be on hand to help you get started.

    External links

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