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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

Nordic Open Data Week Logo

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

Nordic Open Data Week Logo

Internet Week Denmark 2015 #iwdk

Date Monday June 1 — Friday June 5, 2015
Location 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Official site Aarhus Data Drinks Exclusive & ODDK (in Danish)


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The second Internet Week Denmark will take place in Aarhus, Denmark June 1 – 5, 2015

Quote from the official website:

The festival features industry focused talks and presentations for professional digital employees, workshops and networking for students, entrepreneurs, investors, and executives. The overall theme is the internet and new opportunities for innovation, business, public service, jobs, and growth.

Mobile apps, FaceBook, Twitter, online hotel bookings, and email communication represent only a few aspects of the services many of us use on a daily basis. Citizens – families, kids, and seniors – everyone will see a number of exciting events in the urban space.

External links

Nordic Open Data Week 2015 #nodw15

Nordic Open Data Week Logo Wide
Nordic Open Data Week is a joint Nordic effort to make open data more tangible to citizens, private and public sphere. The week features public events about the different shapes and forms of open data. There’ll be open data information visualisation hackathons, lectures, workshops, and even a kids hack.

Nordic Open Data Week seeks to strengthen Nordic collaboration on open data. Open Data being a contemporary digital extension of key historic Nordic focus on education, knowledge and collaboration across public, private, government and national borders. Likewise, the Nordic Open Data Week is a product of Nordic public, private and government collaboration.

Hackathon and open data

The aim is to arrange activities in Nordic countries that visualize the value and meaning of open data. This can be an ArtHack, maker hacks, hackathons or any other kind of creative meetups.

The planned period is 29th of May to 7th of June . The aim is to have many activities in all nordic countries. Activities can be independent of each other and just make use of the name and dates. Anyone is allowed to launch their own activity during this week and use of the increased attention a joint activity like this can bring.

The Nordic Open Data Week 2015 will bring together interested parties from the Nordic countries to work simultaneously on open data. Each country has earlier had activities such as hackathons and competitions at the national level with great success; raising this to the cross-border level can bring added value in terms of new and better services – both at a cross-border and national level, while also acting as a catalyst to open up even more data from public sector vaults.

The theme for events is to use any available (Nordic) open data and create physical or digital visualisations. The value of open data comes from reuse – i.e. the selection, modification, combination and visualisation of such data. Creating physical objects or digital visualisations is an effective way to make people aware of the existence of open data and its value. These objects and visualisations can be installed in public places where people can see and interact with them.

External links

We Can [Edit]! Copenhagen #WeCanEditCPH

This project seeks to address and counter Wikipedias well-documented gender bias in practice and theory. It will do so by arranging feminist edit-a-thon on March 8 2015 and March 9 2015 with a connected academic symposium on the morning of March 9. The edit-a-thon will be dedicated to train new editors to write 30 new articles and expand selected stubs in Danish and English on notable female figures, primarily female artists and scientists, plus a few female topics.

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