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June 5 we’re tracking Nordic Open Data Week 2015 events in #Aarhus, #Stockholm, #Malmö, #Helsinki, #Oulu, #Tampere, #Turku, #København and #Hönefoss

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Nordic Open Data Week

Today it’s the Danish Constitution Day and you can attend Nordic Open Data Week 2015 events in Danmark, Norge, Sverige and Suomi.

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/div>

    Ends: 6th June 2015 – 12:00 am
    Location: Aarhus, Denmark
  • STOCKHOLM: Restaurants and Wikidata: A recipe for success
    Starts: Event is in progress
    Ends: 7th June 2015 – 5:00 pm
    Location: Jussi Björlings allé, Stockholm, Sweden
  • MALMÖ: From Soil to Structure
    Starts: Event is in progress
    Ends: 5th June 2015 – 5:00 pm
    Location: Bangatan 9H, 214 26 Malmö, Sweden
  • HELSINKI: #Opendata Makes You Move Hackathon
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 5th June 2015 – 6:00 pm
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • OULU: #Opendata Makes You Move Hackathon
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 5th June 2015 – 6:00 pm
    Location: Kasarmintie 13, 90100 Oulu, Finland
  • TURKU: #Opendata Makes You Move Hackathon
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 5th June 2015 – 6:00 pm
    Location: Lemminkäisenkatu 14, 20520 Turku, Finland
  • TAMPERE: #Opendata Makes You Move Hackathon
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 5th June 2015 – 6:00 pm
    Location: Monitoimitalo 13, Satakunnankatu 13, 33100 Tampere, Finland
  • HØNEFOSS: #hack4no – hack for Norway – 2015
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: 6th June 2015 – 9:00 pm
    Location: Kartverksveien 21, 3511 Hønefoss, Norway
  • KØBENHAVN: Danish Constitution Day Celebration
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: 5th June 2015 – 6:00 pm
    Location: Grønningen, København K, Denmark

Nordic Open Data Week 2015, June 4, events in #Aarhus, #Stockholm, #Malmö and #Helsinki

Nordic Open Data Week Logo Wide
Nordic Open Data Week

Today you can attend events in Danmark, Sverige and Suomi.

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
  • STOCKHOLM: Restaurants and Wikidata: A recipe for success
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: 7th June 2015 – 5:00 pm
    Location: Jussi Björlings allé, Stockholm, Sweden
  • STOCKHOLM: Wikidata Visualization Challenge Award Ceremony
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 4th June 2015 – 4:00 pm
    Location: Lindstedtsvägen 5, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Lindstedtsvägen 5, 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden
  • MALMÖ: Performing Encryption Improvisational Workshop
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 4th June 2015 – 4:00 pm
    Location: Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, Sweden
  • MALMÖ: From Soil to Structure
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 5th June 2015 – 5:00 pm
    Location: Bangatan 9H, 214 26 Malmö, Sweden
  • HELSINKI: Data visualisation day
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: 4th June 2015 – 7:00 pm
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

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

Nordic Open Data Week Logo Wide
Nordic Open Data Week

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

#Aarhus, #Helsinki, #Global, #Turku and #Bergen has Nordic Open Data Week events today #nodw15

Nordic Open Data Week Logo Wide
Nordic Open Data Week

UPDATE: The MyData online hangout at 11:00am (CEST+2) has been postponed.

Today you can attend events in Danmark, Suomi and Norway.

Have a wonderful day.

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: Hyötyä omasta datasta – MyData tilannekatsaus 2015
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 2nd June 2015 – 11:00 am
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • HELSINKI: Open Government Partnership Finland
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 2nd June 2015 – 1:30 pm
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • HELSINKI: Freedom of Information, Openness and FoI requests
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: 2nd June 2015 – 3:00 pm
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • HELSINKI: Panel: Open Democracy and Citizen Participation in 2020
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: 2nd June 2015 – 4:30 pm
    Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
  • TURKU: MaptimeTurku – Open Street Map -sessio
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: 2nd June 2015 – 7:00 pm
    Location: Ravintola Kerttu, Läntinen Pitkäkatu 35, Turku, Finland
  • BERGEN: Open Data Week: Meetup
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: 2nd June 2015 – 9:00 pm
    Location: Olav Kyrres gate 49, University of Bergen, Olav Kyrres gate 49, 5015 Bergen, Norway
  • AARHUS: Aarhus Data Drinks Exclusive & ODDK
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 2nd June 2015 – 9:00 pm
    Location: Ridehuset, Midtbyen, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

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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