Submissions/Experience with GLAMwiki Toolset, a tool for mass-upload of multimedia content to Commons

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After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission

Experience with GLAMwiki Toolset, a tool for mass-upload of multimedia content to Commons

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Mónica J. Mora

E-mail address



Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Creative Commons Panama

Personal homepage or blog

Personal blog

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

This presentation will describe our experience uploading a batch of 500 images of the natural and cultural landscape of Panama to Wikimedia Commons, between June and August 2014, using the GLAMWikiToolset.

“La Mochila” (Spanish for The Backpack) is an Internet portal for image searching of natural and cultural landscapes of Panama, oriented towards the national education system. It is designed to offer an initial pool of georeferenced images from organizations and institutions, and gives the possibility for students and professors to contribute their own images to the portal to be used freely.

We worked with Almanaque Azul foundation, the creators of La Mochila, to license the images with Creative Commons and, in addition to their availability in the portal, upload them to Wikimedia Commons for their use in Wikipedia articles of Panama.

The first batch consisted of 500 images owned by the Almanaque Azul foundation and donated by volunteers. Each image had at least 30 fields of metadata ranging from the regional location and ecosystem type, until scientific names of plants and animals, as well as key words related to the official curriculum of the country.

In order to deal with the diversity of information included in the metadata and facilitate the image upload, we used the GLAMWikiToolset, a tool designed to mass-upload multimedia content to Wikimedia Commons. GLAMWikiToolset makes use of XML files for content metadata.

During this presentation we will go through the steps undertaken to work with GLAMWikiToolset and the difficulties during its usage, from a non technical point of view. The XML files preparation is not an intuitive task if the user has no previous experience. As such, the objective is to give an overview of the time and effort required to master the tool (the learning curve) as well as advices to better take advantage of it.

In addition, we will describe the collaboration experience between La Mochila and Wikimedia Commons. We aim to inspire and contribute ideas to other Wikimedians and Wikimedia chapters.

Spanish version

El proyecto La Mochila es un portal de Internet para la búsqueda de imágenes georeferenciadas del entorno cultural y natural de Panamá, dirigido al sistema educativo. Esta diseñado para ofrecer un banco inicial de imágenes de organizaciones e instituciones, con la posibilidad de que estudiantes y docentes puedan realizar sus propias contribuciones de imágenes para el uso común.

Se trabajó con los gestores de la iniciativa - Fundación Almanaque Azul - para incluir como elemento adicional y complementario al proyecto, la utilización de licencias Creative Commons y la subida de las imágenes a Wikimedia Commons para su uso en artículos sobre Panamá en Wikipedia.

El primer lote de imágenes consistió en 500 imágenes donadas por voluntarios y tomadas por personal de planta de la Fundación. Cada imagen consta de al menos 30 campos de metadatos que incluyen desde la localización a nivel regional, provincial y por tipo de ecosistema, hasta nombres científicos de plantas y animales, así como palabras clave relacionadas con los tópicos del plan de estudios oficial del país.

Para lidiar con la diversidad de información incluida en los metadatos y facilitar la subida de las imágenes a Wikimedia Commons, se utilizó como herramienta la extensión GLAMwiki, diseñada especialmente para subir contenidos multimedia en masa, utilizando como insumo archivos XML que contienen los metadatos.

Durante esta presentación se explicará la interacción entre el proyecto La Mochila y Wikimedia Commons, con el fin de mostrar una experiencia de colaboración entre Wikimedistas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que pueda inspirar y aportar ideas a otros Wikimedistas y capítulos de Wikimedia.

De igual forma se enumerarán los pasos para utilizar la herramienta GLAMwiki y los obstáculos que se presentaron durante su utilización, desde el punto de vista de una persona no técnica. La preparación de los archivos XML de metadatos no es una tarea intuitiva si no se tiene experiencia previa, por lo que el objetivo es brindar a los asistentes un panorama del tiempo y esfuerzo que supone la utilización de la herramienta, la curva de aprendizaje de la misma y consejos para su mejor aprovechamiento.

  • Wikimedia Projects in the Spanish speaking countries
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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