Europeana Art History Challenge

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Europeana Art History Challenge is a pan-European project aimed at celebrating Europe's shared art heritage through Wikipedia.

What is Europeana?

Europeana is a pan-European online portal for different forms of digitised cultural heritage and artworks, including paintings; books; films; museum objects; archival material and music. Europeana collaborates with different organisations at a national and European level to archive, digitise and share relevant works.

As part of its work, Europeana has created the Europeana 280 initiative, whereby each EU Member State was asked to nominate 10 local artworks to be celebrated across Europe.

For more information about Europeana, visit the Europeana portal or the Europeana wiki page.

What is the Europeana Art History Challenge project?

This project takes inspiration from the Europeana 280 initiative to improve and share knowledge about each of these nominated artworks through Wikipedia. Individuals in each participant country are asked to do this by creating new (or improving existing) Wikipedia articles about each of the artworks nominated by their own country in their own-language Wikipedia.

The project begins on the 15th April 2016 and runs for 6 weeks until the end of May 2016.


There are 30 participant countries in the project, covering 39 different-language Wikipedias - for a full list of participants and languages involved visit the project's participant list.

Everybody is welcome to participate in Malta's workshops and editathons.

Europeana Art History Challenge Malta

Malta is one of the 30 countries which are participating in the project. Malta's involvement is being coordinated by Wikimedia Community Malta.

Malta has nominated 10 artworks for the Europeana 280 initiative. Through the Europeana Art History Challenge project, a number of workshops/editathons will be organised to create new articles (or improve existing articles) about each of these 10 artworks on Wikipedija, the Maltese-language Wikipedia. These articles will then be translated into all the other 38 languages involved in the project, by individuals/groups within the other 30 participant countries. People involved in the Maltese strand of the project will also be translating articles about the artworks from other countries into Maltese on Wikipedija.

This means that articles about each of the 10 local artworks will be translated into 39 languages, and each of the 10 artworks nominated by the other 28 participant countries will have articles about them created in Maltese.

Please visit Malta's project page for more information, including a list of the 10 Maltese artworks that are featured in this project.

How to participate

In order to participate in this project all you need to do is join us at our workshops/editathons during the project's lifespan. Participation is open to all, including newcomers.

It is important that you bring a laptop along with you in order to write and edit articles.

The first session will take place at 11am-1pm on Saturday 16th April at Spazju Kreattiv.

All contributors are encouraged to use the hashtag #280 in their edit summaries when editing an article.


Prizes will be awarded to the individual participants who make the most contributions throughout the project. A €20 gift voucher will be awarded to two local winners, whilst a €100 gift voucher will be awarded to the overall winner.

Points will be awarded according to the following criteria:

  • In Wikipedia
    • 10 points: Creating a new article that did not exist in any Wikipedia before (at least 3,000 bytes)
    • 5 points: Creating/translating/improving an article that already existed on another Wikipedia language (at least 3,000 bytes)
    • 2 points: Creating a "stub" (less than 3,000 bytes)
  • In Wikidata
    • 1 point: Adding a referenced statement to the Wikidata item
    • 1 point: Adding a language label or description to the Wikidata item

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