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Information for GLAM Partners

“The greatest threat towards the cultural heritage is lack of knowledge and disinterest. The best way to protect the cultural heritage is therefore knowledge and information that is easy to find and free”

Lars Amréus, Director-General of the Swedish National Heritage Board.

About the Project


Connected Open Heritage is a project aimed at improving and creating knowledge about the immovable cultural heritage of the world (e.g. monuments, archaeological sites etc.) and making it freely available online for everyone to use. By making this information readily available more people will have the chance to learn about our cultural heritage. We believe that access and awareness are key factors in building an interest in preserving the cultural heritage and understanding its importance.

This project will give more people than ever before knowledge about your country’s immovable cultural heritage through Wikipedia, one of the world’s most used websites with 15–20 billion page views per month from 500 million monthly readers. Interest and knowledge is needed to make people care and to avoid its destruction. To help preserve our existing cultural heritage and to understand lost heritage accurate and reliable information needs to be easily accessible to everyone.

We want to connect image collections from different GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) and from the general public through the Wikimedia projects and make the media files easier to find for anyone that is interested. We believe that images and other types of media will enhance the reader's understanding and enjoyment.

Furthermore, even though documentation and information cannot replace lost immovable cultural heritage, it gives us a chance to understand and research it and potentially to repair or sometimes even recreate it. It is also the first step to discovering the cultural heritage in your surroundings and, for people who cannot physically visit the sites, the only way in which they may ever experience them.

The project was made possible through a grant from the Culture Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery. Our aim is to educate the world’s population, and we have no commercial gain from this. Furthermore, as Wikipedia and our other platforms are run by a not-for-profit organization, we do not gather any detailed information about our users and we will never show them any advertisement.

Sharing your Media


What we offer


During the project we are able to support the museum for free with our work (until the project ends the 30 September 2017). Furthermore, we are able to host the media files online in the highest possible resolution (if the insitution so decide), 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 batch uploads of images from GLAM institutions (i.e. when a large amount of images are uploaded with the help of a specifically developed computer program) and with organizing events around adding suitable material into Wikipedia articles. We have worked with a large number of museums and archives to bring their collections online in an efficient and valuable way — and to find ways for them to engage in crowdsourcing and on working with 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 want to highlight the cooperation on our platforms and will create a dedicated page about the institution and the collections. This page will be linked to from each of the image pages and therefor give the institution high visibility. Furthermore, we will create categories for the institution to make it easy to find the material.

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.

Through our project we could possibly support local GLAM institution with some small funds to digitize photographic collections that are important for the Connected Open Heritage project. (This is experimental and we only have a limited amount of funding available, so we will have to prioritize based on the information provided and will focus on GLAM institutions with limited funding in developing countries.)

What we ask for


We are focusing on collections that show immovable cultural heritage, such as monuments, archaeological sites, and so on. Ideally the media collections show immovable cultural heritage:

  • That is at risk of being damaged or that already have been destroyed; and/or
  • Is located in one of our listed countries; and/or
  • Is located in one of the countries in the Wiki Loves Monuments database; and/or
  • That is unique and interesting for researchers and the broad public.

For us to be able to make good use of the material on Wikimedia projects it is important that there is some structured metadata available. More detailed information can be found on this page.

We are especially keen to help if this would be valuable for the local Wikimedia organization (User Group, Chapter or Thematic) and strengthen their long-time efforts; or if the online community of a Wikipedia language version has asked for it.

About us


Wikimedia Sverige (Wikimedia Sweden) is a charitable non-profit organisation working out of Sweden dedicated to promoting free access to knowledge for everyone. We are a chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation which has the goal to “empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content” and most famously does this through Wikipedia, the free-of-charge and free-of-advertisement multilingual encyclopedia which monthly serves more than half a billion unique visitors.

To maximise the outcomes of this project we are working in close collaboration with UNESCO and Cultural Heritage without Borders as well as in cooperation with local partners.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the UN working to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture.

Cultural Heritage without Borders works with cultural heritage as an active force in reconciliation, peace building and socio-economic development in societies affected by conflict, neglect or human and natural disasters.