Documentation about the first GLAMs in Italy contributing to Wikipedia: QR codes and licenses
Two case studies have been created to document the pilot collaborations between GLAMs and Wikipedia in Italy: the collaboration with the National Technological and Archeological Park of the Colline Metallifere Grossetane in Tuscany Region and the collaboration with the International Centre for Architectural Studies Andrea Palladio based in Vicenza.
Between the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007 within the project Parco-tag, the staff of the National Technological and Archeological Park of the Colline Metallifere Grossetane has created QR codes from Semapadia to identify mineralogical sites and to link them to Wikipedia articles created to document the territory. The initiative was officially presented in collaboration with Wikimedia Italy in November 2007 during the Expò of Cultural Heritage in Venice. In September 2007, the International Centre for Architectural Studies Andrea Palladio has provided high quality texts and images about the entire work of the architect Andrea Palladio which has been used to create articles on Wikipedia in Italian and English.
Milan African Collections support WikiAfrica and contribute to Wikimedia Commons
The collection of art from Africa, Asia and Latin America owned by Milan city council at the Castello Sforzesco will be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons. The Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco has just enthusiastically signed a letter in which they express their support to WikiAfrica and they agree to provide 4.000 images and description of their works in CC BY-SA. The collection is not open to the public because it is still waiting for its museum; Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Projects represent a very important step to make the collection available for the first time to the public. This is also the first public GLAM in Italy contributing to Wikipedia. Fondazione Passarè has also expressed its support to the project WikiAfrica. Fondazione Passarè is the foundation which preserves and valorize the works and archives of Alessandro Passarè (1927-2006), an Italian collector of African art who carefully documented his travels to Africa. 300 work of the Passarè foundation are part of the Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco and they are currently and partially in view in an exhibition at Castello Sforzesco.
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Training for Wikipedians in residence, March-May 2012, Milan. Three months side-by-side training for Wikipedians in residence, lettera27 Foundation in collaboration with Wikimedia Italia.