Wikidata:WikiProject sum of all paintings
The WikiProject sum of all paintings is a WikiProject to get an item for every notable painting.*
- 1 Background
- 2 Scope
- 3 Metadata!
- 4 Work
- 5 Help
- 6 Participants
- 7 How this data is being used
- 8 To-do list
On Wikipedia we have a lot of experience breaking down large amounts of work into smaller chunks that can be completed. Examples of this are the windmill project on the Dutch Wikipedia and the many lists of historic buildings that were created for Wiki Loves Monuments (Q1353202). For paintings we can use the same strategy: We break it down into smaller parts that can be handled and then we can utilize Wikidata to celebrate the sum of all paintings through linked open data!
All or everything is too broad and has no limit. This limit is to be able to handle the processing of the data - let's not overwhelm ourselves (yet). The scope can always be expanded - in the future we will have the sum of all sculptures, drawings, you get the picture! The scope of this project is notable paintings. A painting is considered notable if one of these options is true:
- The painting is in a notable collection of a museum, library, archive (i.e. a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- The painting is made by a notable artist (i.e. Van Gogh painting in a private collection)
- Paintings in scope meet notability guidelines in Wikipedia, as they are notable for being in a notable Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (Q1030034) collection, are painted by notable painters, and/or generally have secondary reliable source documentation written about them.
- GLAM is an acronym and means galeries, libraries, archives and museums, but in a broader sense includes also public buildings like castles, town halls, administrative buildings or religious buildings like churches, cloisters, temples etc. that can hold paintings or wallpaintings and other pieces of art.
- Use the guidelines of item structure when adding data to each painting entry. Think of it like a collections management database of information.
- If you come across an item (i.e. a painter, medium, collector) that does not exist create it please on Wikidata. (Click the red link :) )
All institutions have metadata of some sort - this data is super important to making the most out of this project. Our dream is that all GLAMs open their collections metadata under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0). This allows us to easily upload data to Wikidata using automated processes and saves us time and people power to focus on other parts of the project. It also means that those GLAMs who have released that data, like the Rijksmuseum (Q190804) already have their data on Wikidata. You can learn more about why you should open your data CC0 here. Right now, only a small group of institutions have done that.
But my data is published under a CC-BY-SA license! We can't use it through auto mass import because it is incompatible with the license of Wikidata. It's a restrictive license for data and goes against our mission of providing free, reusable data.
For data in databases in the USA we have a similar copyright situation as reproductions of 2D artworks: It's (probably) in the public domain. See the Wikimedia Foundation’s preliminary perspective on the legal issue of database rights. So from a legal standpoint we're probably save to copy data from a museum in the US, just like we can copy the reproductions of old paintings. Just like with copying reproductions, we rather do it together with the GLAM than without their knowledge and consent. See also this overview of cases studies of working together with GLAMs.
We haven't released our metadata, but we do have some of our collections online - Great! Then we can slowly work on manually putting your artwork on Wikidata. Please list it below by country and help us by adding your data manually on Wikidata. It's a long process, but, better than not having your work represented.
Getting the data for all paintings and importing this data and curating the items is a lot of work. To make this manageable we subdivide all paintings in smaller sections by collection (P195). This way people can focus on one collection, get it to a certain standard and than move on to another collection. For this to work every painting needs to have collection (P195).
Here are a few ways you can get started in helping out!
Help bring these lists down to zero
Wikidata already has quite a few paintings. You can help by adding information to these paintings.
Here are some other lists you can help with:
- All paintings without creator
- All paintings without inventory number
- All paintings without collection
- All paintings without date
- All paintings without material
- All paintings without depicts
- All paintings without genre
- All paintings without image
Notes: On Wikidata, private collection (Q768717) is a valid collection (P195) and those paintings in private collections should be labelled as such. These will occasionaly have no inventory numbers. You can give it inventory number (P217) with "no value" snak if you are absolutely sure the collection does not use any inventory numbers. Wikimedia commons recognizes "oil on canvas" and "oil on panel" in the artwork "medium" field. On Wikidata, the material used (P186) should be filled with two items; oil paint (Q296955) and also to canvas (Q4259259) or to "panel". The depicts (P180) can refer to specific buildings if a cityscape, or to people, if a portrait, but it can also be something less specific, such as "forest" or "abstract art". Typical genres are landscape art (Q191163) or portrait (Q134307).
Add collections that need to be worked on by country
We also work on things based by country, which is then broken down into institutions within that country. Please add your institutional data here. Just copy and paste from another page if your page is a red link and modify the markup as needed.
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States of America:
- The full list of locations
It's possible to keep notes on individual museums, see the full list of museums here: Wikidata:WikiProject sum of all paintings/Museum.
Item structure to describe paintings on Wikidata
Paintings should be properly described. See Wikidata:WikiProject Visual arts/Item structure to find a full list of properties. We'll highlight some important ones for paintings here. The two statements every painting here should have:
- instance of (P31) → painting (Q3305213) (or one of it's subclasses) so we can find the painting
- collection (P195) so we can subdivide the work in smaller parts
And to make it a good start painting item add the following statements:
|property||Data type||description||required||missing values|
|creator (P170)||Item||maker of a creative work or other object (where no more specific property exists)||yes||check|
|inception (P571)||Point in time||date or point in time when the organization/object was founded/created||yes||check|
|instance of (P31)||Item||this item is a specific example and a member of that class. Not to be confused with Property:P279 (subclass of).||yes||check|
|material used (P186)||Item||material the subject is made of||yes||check|
|location (P276)||Item||location the item, physical object or event is within. In case of an administrative entity use P131. In case of a distinct terrain feature use P706.||yes||check|
Questions, issues? Just ask on the talk page (click "Discussion") or send out a tweet with the hashtag #glamwiki.
Add painters (aka creators)
To link paintings to their creators, we need to have items about these painters. You can help create missing painters. Good sources for finding painters to create are:
- Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN identifier (P245)) - http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/ulan/
- RKDartists (RKDartists (P650) - https://rkd.nl/en/explore#query=
You can also use Mix'n'Match to match existing items to these authority control databases.
These sources usually contain enough information to build a new item:
- Add the name as the label, add variants as aliases.
- Set the label with country and occupation
- instance of (P31) → human (Q5)
- sex or gender (P21) → male (Q6581097) / female (Q6581072)
- occupation (P106) → painter (Q1028181) / ...
- country of citizenship (P27)
- date of birth (P569)
- place of birth (P19)
- date of death (P570)
- place of death (P20)
Catalogs document the paintings that used to be in public collections, were lost to theft or accident, sold for unusually high prices (we can't yet include data about prices paid), or which were notable for some other reason. Old catalogs help trace the provenance of paintings as to owner, attribution or location. You can add items for catalogs and add one catalog number to one painting, or model entire catalogs. The numbers of the artworks used in catalogs is open data. For older paintings, we can just fill these in. For catalogs listed by publisher or institution, see c:Category:Catalogs of art by institutions.
- Use property catalog code (P528) for the catalog number
- Use the qualifier catalog (P972) for the catalog (if the catalog doesn't exist create an item for it)
Try to find the "recognized" art historian for the specific painter you are studying. If the art historian doesn't exist create an item for him/her, but first check the name using the Dictionary of Art Historians (Q17166797).
- Frans Hals: both Seymour Slive (Q15430972) (1974) and Claus Grimm (Q1098537) (1989)
- Pieter de Hooch: Peter C. Sutton (Q19999275)
- Numa Trivas for Frans Hals: Frans Hals catalog raisonné, 1941 (Q18117920) - view here: Talk:Q18117920
- Seymour Slive for Frans Hals: Frans Hals catalog raisonné, 1974 (Q17616737)
- Claus Grimm for Frans Hals: Frans Hals catalog raisonné, 1989 (Q18120456)
- Peter C. Sutton for Pieter de Hooch: Pieter de Hooch catalog raisonné, 1980 (Q20002953)
- en:Catalog of the paintings on show at the Rijksmuseum in 1956 (catalog for tourists): Catalog of the paintings on show at the Rijksmuseum in 1956 (Q16986324)
- en:120 Paintings from the Rijksmuseum (accompanying photo album of 120 top paintings for above catalog of +/- 1200 paintings)
- 17th-century Dutch still life painting exhibition catalog with 80 paintings (from 1999-2000): Still Life Paintings from the Netherlands 1550-1720 (Q20678531)
- 17th-century Dutch painting exhibition catalog with 132 paintings (from 2008): Haarlem: The Cradle of the Golden Age (Q20743524)
- Hofstede de Groot for Pieter de Hooch: Pieter de Hooch catalog raisonné, 1908 (Q19979468)
- Hofstede de Groot for Frans Hals: Frans Hals catalog raisonné, 1910 (Q18752198)
- Monet: Catalogue Raisonné (Q17441029)
- J.-B. de la Faille: L'Œuvre de Vincent van Gogh, catalogue raisonné (Q17280421)
- The New Complete Van Gogh: Fully revised and enlarged edition of the Catalogue raisonné (Q19833315)
- Edvard Munch: Complete Paintings: Catalogue Raisonné (Q18891549)
- c:Jacob van Ruisdael catalog raisonné, 1991 Jacob van Ruisdael and the perception of landscape (Q20886253)
- c:Jacob van Ruisdael catalog raisonné, 2001 Jacob van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, Drawings, and Etchings (Q20859222)
- c:Jacob van Ruisdael exhibition 1981-1982 Jacob van Ruisdael exhibition 1981-1982 (Q20754643)
- c:Jacob van Ruisdael exhibition 2005-2006 Jacob van Ruisdael exhibition 2005-2006 (Q20857456)
If you are interested in 17th-century Dutch paintings, please consider helping with the subproject Wikidata:WikiProject sum of all paintings/Hofstede de Groot, which is a compiled list of prominent 17th-century Dutch paintings before World War II split many large European art collections.
We have different ways you can help out depending on your skill set and what you feel like doing. Simplified in three steps:
- Get the data
- Upload the data
- Curate the data
- Add content to Wikidata! Edit away :)
- Add inventory numbers
How chapters can help
- Chapter volunteers or personnel can help by reaching out to museums to get them to release their metadata for paintings into the public domain (CC0). You might already have existing contacts with museums and this might be the next project to do with them. Because we focus on metadata and not images of artworks we can work together with museums of contemporary art (mostly off-limits for other projects because of copyright restrictions). Over time we'll have case studies here of other museums who contributed to Wikidata and how that worked out. You'll be able to use that as an extra push to get a museum on board.
- Host events bringing together volunteers to edit painting content on Wikidata.
How GLAM staff can help
- Talk to your staff about opening up your metadata under a CC0 license. Then get in touch with us on the talk page or via Twitter hashtag #glamwiki and tell us that you've opened it. We'll work with you to make sure it's properly declared and accessible and then start the processing of uploading your data to Wikidata! Learn more here.
- Have events to support adding painting data to Wikidata manually and painting content onto Wikipedia!
To import datasets to Wikidata we need bot operators. The current import bots are all based on Pywikibot so some knowledge of that or of Python is a pro. It's also quite important you understand the dataset, not everything is in English!
Ready to import
We found several nice CC0 licensed collections that can be imported now by a bot.
- Finnish National Gallery (Q2983474) (Finland): api
- Minneapolis Institute of Art (Q1700481) (United States of America): metadata dump
- Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (Q18342336) (United States of America): metadata is individually located on object pages
- M - Museum Leuven (Q2362660) (Belgium): data in Europeana
Please add your name to this list! Simply add a # at the bottom of the list followed by your signature (just type 4 ~ like this: ~~~~) and voila! :)
- Multichill (talk) 11:28, 8 August 2014 (UTC), focus on the Netherlands
- Husky (talk) 11:38, 8 August 2014 (UTC) - Cool, i'd like to focus on building tools to visualise progress.
- Spinster (talk) 07:00, 9 August 2014 (UTC) Happy to help with manual finetuning that can't be done by bots, and anything else on the 'soft/wet' side of this project. I'm dreaming of complete artists' oeuvres on Wikidata!
- Rich Farmbrough (talk) Time to learn2Wikidata
- Jheald (talk) 12:33, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
- Kippelboy (talk) 07:01, 21 August 2014 (UTC) (Focus on Catalan paintings (subdivision of Spain)
- Mushroom (talk) 12:27, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
- Jane023 (talk) 09:11, 3 October 2014 (UTC) work on Dutch 17th-century paintings and landscapes of Haarlem; Most recently, the sum of all "attributed" paintings by Frans Hals, which is nearly done
- Missvain (talk) 18:51, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
- Fæ (talk) 13:27, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
- Zolo (talk) 14:57, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
- Beat Estermann (talk) 10:33, 3 December 2014 (UTC) (Focus on Swiss heritage institutions)
- Vladimir Alexiev (talk) 15:07, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
- KRLS (talk) 11:26, 11 February 2015 (UTC) (Focus on Catalan area museums)
- DivadH (talk) 11:35, 1 March 2015 (UTC) ,happy to help out with any questions in regards to the Europeana API, how to best query it, and/or our metadata
- Xcia0069 (talk) 11:49, 8 March 2015 (UTC), Work on data related to Gianlorenzo Bernini and Artemisia Gentileschi. Work at Europeana too !
- Susannaanas (talk) 07:29, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
- Wittylama (talk) 17:29, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
- Fabrice Florin (talk) 02:35, 26 June 2015 (UTC) I can help in California later this year.
- Vaughn88 (talk) 15:58, 15 July 2015 (UTC) I can help!
- Raymond Ellis (talk) 19:31, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
- Hsarrazin (talk) 14:11, 29 August 2015 (UTC) - will give a hand with Creators and AC :)
- louis-garden (talk) 14:21, 31 August 2015 (UTC) for italian paintings (XIIe-XVIIe)
- Olivier (talk) 21:46, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
How this data is being used
Having all this data about paintings available opens up all sorts of creative reuse. Some examples:
- http://sum.bykr.org/ - The Sum of All Knowledge, a project to visualize the knowledge getting added to Wikidata, Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons
- http://www.zone47.com/crotos/ - Crotos, a tool to browse works of art on Wikidata
- Wikidata Skim - A (very) limited replacement for Wikidata Query, with images
- For example, here are all paintings by Frans Hals
The todo list of things still to add to this page, feel free to expand!
- tools to visualize this progress - I'm working on this Husky (talk) 11:38, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
- art finder, I'm in a city, where should I go
- release letter
- Europeana already CC0
- Support / references / endorsements (Rijksmuseum?) and more
- tedious by hand -> bots (some source)
- CC0 case study
- Make intro for Wikidata:WikiProject sum of all paintings/Find paintings on Wikipedia on this page and link to it