Museum + Korean instruments + Wikipedia

This blog is written by Sara Guasteví, Sara is a documentalist in the Music Museum of Barcelona.

A few years ago, Horacio Curti, a professor at the ESMUC (High School of Music of Catalonia) and a specialist in Asian music proposed an exhibition for the Music Museum of Barcelona, with a spectacular result that we can now see (and until June 2018!). The exhibition proposes an approach to the sounds of Korea from the music through social and ritual aspects, which not only include instruments, but also the music, its contexts, and the costumes.

This project led to a close collaboration with the National Gugak Center, and in addition, the NGC donated 22 Korean instruments to the Music Museum of Barcelona. The instruments donated are Sanjo gayageum, Sanjo ajaeng, Hyangpiri, Dangpiri, Sepiri, haegeum, Jeongak ajaeng, Soribuk, Yanggeum, Sogeum, danso, Taepyongso, nagak, nabal, jing, Jabara, Yonggo, Sogo, Kkwaenggwari, Janggu, Jwago and Ulla. The exhibition is completed with a large and illustrated catalog of specialized articles, and with fifteen videos of high quality, with a total duration of more than an hour and a half, they feature recordings of Korean music and instrument makers, specially prepared for this exhibition.

Every time we prepare for an exhibition, we analyze in parallel what content we have in Catalan Wikipedia, and what’s in other languages. In a particular case, in the exhibition of Musical Sculptures, we made the Wikipedia contents regarding the sculptures as a part of the text for the exhibition. Since then, we have been collaborating with Amical Wikimedia and Catalan Wikimedians, and allow them to access the information generated by the museum, specialized bibliography from the museum library, and help the Wikipedians to expand or create articles on various topics. 

Earlier this month, the inauguration of the Eolssigu! The sounds of Korea exhibition occurred in coincidence with Wikipedia Asian Month, on this occasion, we have photographed 31 exhibited pieces and released them to Wikimedia Commons, which gave us a push to start a Wiki project “Museu de la Música de Barcelona/Corea” to create articles on Music of Korea.

Special prizes for Wikipedia Asian Month 2017

Fasten your seatbelts. Wikipedia Asian Month is ready to give you a tour of Asia for the entire month of November. During this tour, you will learn a lot about Asia; People, language, culture, and many more things.

Preserved JR Central Class 955 “300X” experimental shinkansen car 955-6 on display at Hamamatsu Works Open Day by Rsa under CC-BY-SA 3.0

As the online edit-a-thon started from 1st November, You can choose from any one of the 41 languages and take part in this edit-a-thon. This year many affiliates and projects are providing some special prizes for Wikipedia Asian Month.

  • Asian Art Month is an event supported by Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York City. The event encourages Asian art topics related to historical Asian artworks, artwork types, and art traditions, from any region of Asia.
  • 120 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand, a sub-contest to write articles about travel in Russia, culture, and traditions, from any region of Russia. The contest is limited within Thai, Russian and English language Wikipedias.
  •  Wiki Seed Of Taiwan Knowledge project,  a project by Wikimedia Taiwan, which invites WAM participants to write articles about Taiwanese aborigines.
  • Bhubaneswar Heritage Edit-a-thon, a global edit-a-thon supported by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority to write articles on different heritage monument of Bhubaneswar. The purpose of this event is to turn Bhubaneswar into a QRPedia city.

We would like to thank the affiliates and projects for these special prizes, and request Wikipedians to take part in them.





Thank you for joining WAM 2017!

Started in 2015, Wikipedia Asian Month is an online annual event aimed at promoting content related to Asia in different language Wikipedias.  The participating communities run a local Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on their own language Wikipedias, which promotes the creation or improvement of the Wikipedia content about Asia except for their own country. The participating community is not limited to Asia. In past two years, over 13,000 high-quality articles are created in more than 50 languages by more than 2,000 Wikipedia editors.

As one of the parts of the friendship of Wikipedia Asian Community, each participant who creates at least four articles that fulfill the criteria will receive a special designed Wikipedia postcard from other participating countries. If you haven’t yet signed-up your language in WAM 2017, You can sign-up here. Below we have provided some notices and guidelines for organizing it.


Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The monument in Dhaka established to commemorate those killed during the Bengali Language Movement demonstrations of 1952 by Mostaque Ahammed under CC-BY 2.0

The Sample page for Wikipedia Asian Month is ready to be translated. If you had this page for 2016 already, you can modify the data and numbers for this year. The article requirement for this year is four articles, an article should be of 3000 bytes and 300 words. The fountain tool doesn’t support IP users to participate, Please encourage them to register an account.

Before the event, we encourage WAM organizers to localize this template to use on the sign-up page and m:Wikipedia Asian Month/QA, but you can also just put a link towards the meta page. The template will be developed gradually once the tool is ready to be used.

Both the participants (created 4 or more articles) and organizers will receive postcards from different supporting affiliates for this year. This year we have some special prizes provided by Wikimedia Affiliates and others. Take a look at here. If your organization would also like to offer a similar thing, you can update the rules and criteria on the meta page. We will also send a regular paper copy of the certificate to the WAM Ambassadors through the basic mail.

Please feel free to contact the WAM team at the meta talk page, or chat with us on Facebook.

Odia Wikipedia is ready for the new round of Wikipedia Asian Month, Are you?

Odia Wikipedia community is ready to organize the new round of Wikipedia Asian Month for the month of November. This year Odia Wikipedia is joining the Wikipedia Asian Month for the second time as a language partner to write about topics related to Asia in Odia language. Wikipedians contributing to Odia Wikipedia can join and edit articles in this edit-a-thon.

Postcards from Wikimedians in Thailand, by Athikhun.suw under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Wikipedia Asian Month is an initiative started in 2015 aiming to bring the Wikimedia Communities in Asia together to improve articles about Asian countries on different language Wikipedias. Throughout the month of November, many Wikimedia affiliate, and different language Wikipedias will take part in an online edit-a-thon, encouraging Wikipedians to create articles on various topics.

One of the articles I translated during the last Asian Month Edit-a-thon was on Japanese mythology. Considering the culture-specific words in that article, translating it into Odia was a very refreshing experience for me, says Prateek Patnaik. Prateek is a student, and he volunteers for Odia Wikipedia and Wikisource. He also adds, “The Asian Month Edit-a-thon was nice to take part in. Though I was involved in Wikipedia before, the Asian Month Edit-a-thon was one of the first edit-a-thons I’d taken part in. It opened up a new side of Wikipedia.”

In 2016, Odia Wikipedia was among the 50 languages to join the Wikipedia Asian Month. Around 26 articles were created as a part of the edit-a-thon by 9 users in the month of November.

I have already selected some topics to write in this edit-a-thon, says Aliva Sahoo, an active contributor to Odia Wikipedia and WAM 2016 Ambassador,  It is exciting to write about other countries, which helped me to know about their culture, places and many other things. Also receiving a postcard from a foreign country encourages in participating in this online edit-a-thon.”

Men 4x100m Relay – Thailand(Silver Medal Winners of AAC 2017) by Athletics Federation of India under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Earlier this year, the community collaborated with the Sports and Youth Services department of Government of Odisha to release images of 2017 Asian Athletics Championships under CC-BY-SA 4.0, around 300 images were uploaded to Commons. The Odia community members are excited to use those images in creating articles on Asian athletes and encourages other Wikipedians to use the images in this year’s Wikipedia Asian Month.