Dati Lombardia - Project Closure
The pilot project started in January (here Italy report) dedicated to reworking, harmonizing and importing into Wikidata the open data made available by the Lombardy region has been successfully concluded. Designed to be replicated in other territorial contexts, the Data Lombardia Project takes a set of data released on its portal by the Lombardy region, focusing on those related to cultural heritage, to reorganize them and make them even more easily accessible to everyone online. The Data Lombardia project was not created to be strictly local, but to be replicable in other contexts as well. In fact many institutions and local governments publish, by duty or choice, datasets in open format.
To read the full project report, click here (Italian version)
New important agreement with Touring Club Italiano
Headquarters in Milan, Palazzo Bertarelli
In June Wikimedia Italia and Touring Club Italiano (Italian Touring Club or Touring Club of Italy) worked on an agreement regarding activities over the three-year period 2022/24. Activities will focus on selection and verification of image rights status, digitization and metadata, uploading and sharing on Wikimedia projects, and communication, including organization of events. For the year 2022, the materials will be geopolitical maps and chart tables made by TCI; for the year 2023, photos on issues related to the environment in a broad sense (collections of images related to the hydrogeological environment, plants and/or animals, civil structures); for the year 2024, photos related to non-European countries.
Italian Touring Club is a nonprofit association that has been involved in tourism, culture and the environment for over a hundred years. Through the years, it has produced a wide variety of maps, guidebooks, and more specialized studies, and is known for its high standard of cartography.
Tripoli - TCI, Possessions and Colonies, 1929
In particular, the collaboration is aimed at digitizing and making available the content and digital reproductions of the Italian Touring Club's collections, adopting the most open access-compatible Creative Commons tools and licenses possible, as well as those best suited to the various types of content and materials shared.
In detail for the year 2022, Italian Touring Club will make available the following content:
- 79 geopolitical maps made by TCI in the 1930s for L'Enciclopedia Treccani;
- 128 double map plates of the Thematic Atlas of Italy made by Touring Club Italiano with the contribution of the National Research Council (the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities) in the late 1980s of last century, published early 1990s.
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