GLAM/Newsletter/April 2016/Contents/Italy report
MUSE Edit-a-thon and Backstage pass and Small Museums in Italy
MUSE Edit-a-thon and Backstage pass
Thanks to Wikimedia Italia from March to April 2016 Niccolò Caranti was the Wikipedian in Residence at MUSE - Science Museum in Trento.
More than 400 images have been donated to Commons: you may find them here.
Two books from the library of MUSE were scanned and published on Italian Wikisource: L'arte distillatoria by Pietro Andrea Mattioli is now complete; Il Trentino by Cesare Battisti is a work in progress.
Contributions have been made on English and Italian Wikipedia (articles such as Atheris matildae and Inostrancevia have been created).
As a conclusion of the residence, on the 28th of April an Edit-a-thon and a Backstage pass were held. A group of Wikimedians met the staff of the museum and helped them to contribute to the Wikimedia projects. The Wikimedians then had a guided tour to the museum and its backstage.
National Association of Small Museums
The National Association of Small Museums (APM – Associazione Piccoli Musei) is an Italian association established in 2007 with the aim to bring together, represent and enhance the specificity of small museums, which are very different from those of the great ones, more common subjects of GLAM-wiki projects. Advantageous specificities of this type of museums are, in particular, the close link with the territory and with the local community, and the ability to be welcoming and offer original experiences to visitors. In its work, APM continually deals with the professionals of the sector and with the most authoritative experts, which are involved in the annual national conferences.
Last conference was held on 29 and 30 April in Monselice (province of Padua) and for the first time Wikimedia Italia was invited too. Stefano Caneva (Wikimedia Italy, Wikimedia Belgium and association weLand) and Cristian Cenci (national contact point of Wiki Loves Monuments) participated with a talk entitled Small museums and OpenData. The experience of Wiki Loves Piedmont. Inspired by the excellent results of the first regional competition of WLM Italia, GLAM activities regarding Italian museums were presented, including framework agreements, collaborations, and document donations. A special focus on the experiences of active Wikipedians in Residence was provided.
Establishing contacts with young Italian museums is the most significant result of the event.