The information we collect will be made freely available, through Wikidata, the sister site to Wikipedia which works as a platform for open data. Through Wikidata we can integrate the information into Wikipedia in any of its 280+ languages. This can then act as a starting point for the world-spanning community of volunteers who are active on Wikipedia to further enrich the material.
By making the information more widely available we also believe that local communities, and the general public, can make use of the information in ways which allows them to both appreciate their cultural heritage and help with documenting it. Since the enriched information is freely available to everyone any resulting information can in turn be re-used, be it for tourism, as a complement to the official data or any other imaginable use.
The information will be clearly referenced so that it is obvious that it comes from official data, while at the same time clearly labeling any additional information which is added so as to make it clear that such info is not official nor is the agency in question responsible for it.
What we offer
During the project we are able to support the the national institution responsible for gathering data about the country's cultural heritage, for free with our work (until the project ends the 30 September 2017). Furthermore, we are able to host the data online without any cost for the institution.
The project is supported by a group of strong international partners, such as UNESCO, and we want more institutions to join and take advantage of this network.
Wikimedia Sverige has technical expertise around working with cultural heritage data. We have worked with datasets from a large number of countries to bring them collections online in an efficient and valuable way — and to find ways for them to engage volunteers in a massive online community. We can assist the team at the institution ongoingly, every step of the way.
We are not lawyers, but we do have an in-depth knowledge about copyright relevant for digitization projects and can help with clarifications and recommendations.
We will also work to highlight the cooperation in external communication, through press releases, on social media channels, on blogs and on email lists. This will be done in cooperation with the communication staff at the institution.