2023:Program/Submissions/Journeys to the human past: documenting megalithic monuments on Wikipedia - NHJQ8F

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Title: Journeys to the human past: documenting megalithic monuments on Wikipedia


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I am an active user on the German Wikipedia and Commons since 2006. I contributed more than 3100 articles and more than 14.000 photos.

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Type: Poster session

Track: GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 5 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

This poster presents the work of the German „Wikiprojekt Megalithik“ founded in 2009 to collect information on all megalithic monuments in Europe. Our goal is to create lists and articles about all sites, to provide bibliographical references and to take photos of all the sites.

Description[edit source]

Megalithic monuments are the oldest buildings of Western, Central and Northern Europe directly tangible to a broader audience. Archaeological investigations began very early but until the present day we lack a systematic database that covers all known sites. While there are such databases for the Scandinavian countries, for other countries, e. g. Germany, there are only printed collections that are very good, but in most cases have been written multiple decades ago. Besides that there are many private websites, that are mostly just photo collections of existing and easily accessible sites. Wikipedia could be an ideal place to connect scientific accuracy and private enthusiasm. In late 2009 we began to compile lists for all megalithic sites in Germany and later for the neighbouring countries. Our goal is to collect all megalithic sites in Northern europe, to describe them, to provide all relevant bibliographical references and to take photos of all the sites. The first three points are almost completed for Germany. Thanks to financial support by Wikimedia Deutschland since 2013 excursions have taken place to systematically photograph these sites. An extension of our work to other countries is intended.

This is an updated version of my poster presentations at Wikimania 2018 and 2019

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

Megalithic monuments exist throughout western, central and northern Europe and also in other parts of the world. Good documentation requires the collaboration of many Wikimedians from many different countries.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand