On 23 March, an Europeana Sounds edit-a-thon took place at the Music Library of Greece at the Athens Concert Hall, where thirty-eight people shared their love for music and Wikipedia. The goal of the event was to enrich Greek Wikipedia articles with Greek traditional songs, from the Library’s collection shared in the Europena Sounds project.

Photo by Themistoklis Karavellas (NISV) & Marianna Anastasiou (FMS), CC BY-SA

The event was organised by the Music Library of Greece (FMS), the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the Europeana Sounds project, represented by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV). This edit-a-thon would have been no success without the help of GFOSS (Greek Free/Open Source Software Society) and Costas Papadimas, who gave a speech on Open Source software and Rights Labeling Licences, and helped the participants in Wikipedia editing. Moreover, Manos Kefalas, a dedicated Wikipedia expert and instructor in a Wikipedia school, along with his students, helped us prepare the event and gave valuable guidelines and instructions to all the participants.

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Photo by Themistoklis Karavellas (NISV) & Marianna Anastasiou (FMS), CC BY-SA

This event was successful in gathering together people having different backgrounds, in terms of knowledge and interests. Some of the participants were Library’s patrons and music enthusiasts who had special interest in the edit-a-thon’s subject and were given a chance to know more about Wikipedia. Others were Wikipedia enthusiasts, many of them active members of the active Wikipedia community members that visited the Library for the first time and also got the chance to know more about Europeana Sounds.

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Photo by Themistoklis Karavellas (NISV) & Marianna Anastasiou (FMS), CC BY-SA

Participants got acquainted with the traditional music and dance of Thrace and eastern Macedonia and the programme “Recording, study and promotion of the music of Greek heritage in music and dance” through a presentation from Vera Kriezi (FMS) and were given a tour of the Music Library of Greece by the Library’s director Stephanie Merakos.

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Photo by Themistoklis Karavellas (NISV) & Marianna Anastasiou (FMS), CC BY-SA

Harry van Biessum and Themistoklis Karavellas (NISV), representing Europeana Sounds, gave introductory speeches about the Europeana Sounds project and its crowdsourcing and enriching activities.

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Photo by Themistoklis Karavellas (NISV) & Marianna Anastasiou (FMS), CC BY-SA

A short introduction to the day was presented by Marianna Anastasiou from FMS, during which the participants were informed about all the resources available to them: 112 songs of the Library’s collection, labelled as CC BY SA, were uploaded in Wikimedia commons, accompanied by extensive metadata and a table of suggested articles was also provided to the participants.

After all the presentations and the tour the actual editing began. At the end of the day the participants created 11 new Wikipedia articles and used 34 different audio items to enrich Wikipedia articles 43 times. For example the beautiful zurna wind instrument can be heard on the Greek and English Wikipedia thanks to the participants of this edit-a-thon.

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Participants editing, photo by Themistoklis Karavellas (NISV) & Marianna Anastasiou (FMS), CC BY-SA

The event was covered by journalist Aimilios Charbis in an article published in the top Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

View more photos of the event.

by Marianna Anastasiou, Music Library of Greece of the Friends of Music Society (FMS)