On the 14th and 15th of March, the most important conference for Italian librarians has been held at Stelline Fondation. The title was "La biblioteca che cresce. Contenuti e servizi tra frammentazione e integrazione". Our members Chiara Storti, Marco Chemello, Luca Martinelli and Claudio Forziati had speeches and Wikimedia Italia was co-organizer of the side conference "Strategie digitali per la scuola", with speech of the member Luigi Catalani and 6 workshop on Wikimedia projects.
WLM award ceremony
On the 23rd of March, 71 people took part, in Sala Studio Bertarelli (Castello Sforzesco, Milan) at the award ceremony of WLM Italy. 15 photographer received award, certificate and clapping form the audience. Moreover, it has been inaugurated the exhibition with the 21 winning photos.
Preparation for WLM2019 in Tuscany is warming up. After the intense effort in the province of Pistoia during last year (18 out of 20 municipalities taking part to WLM2018), this year we sent emails to all the civil parishes in the provinces of Prato, Lucca and Livorno and part of the provinces of Pisa and Florence. After the first courses for wikidata and cultural heritage (see February report) in Pontedera, in March we organized another event at the library of the Department of Social Science of the University of Florence with User:Alexmar983, followed by a 2-day event about Wikipedia and Wikidata at the municipal library "Ernesto Ragionieri" in Sesto Fiorentino under the supervision of User:Giaccai and User:Manuelarosi. In total, we gathered more than 24 librarians who will help us further in our effort to classify and list the cultural heritage of our region on Wikidata, and create related articles on Wikipedia. Another course will take place at the Lazzerini library in Prato in April.
March 5th, biblioteca Ernesto Ragionieri
On March 28th the "Palestra Wikipedia" ("Wikipedia Gym") started in Florence, organized by WMI, Fondazione Strozzi and the University of Florence. it's the third event where volunteers teach students majoring in history of art at the University of Florence how to create and improve articles about modern day artists. In total, the course will encompass seven lessons and will be attended by 15 students.
Art and Feminism 2019 Salerno
On the occasion of the Art + Feminism 2019 campaign, the Computer Science Department of the University of Salerno, in collaboration with the Mind the Gaps and Wikimedia Italia, hosted the sixth international women's writing marathon.
After the greetings of the organizers and a detailed introduction to the use of Wikipedia, the participants discussed the political activism of women in favor of human rights and the issues of the gender gap; after, the editathon of the previously selected entries based on encyclopedic relevance criteria: this year the focus was on biographies of activists awarded with the International Women of Courage Award. Ten biographies were written and there was great enthusiasm for the subject and for the approach to Wikipedia.
Art and Feminism 2019 Potenza
On the occasion of the Art + Feminism 2019 campaign, the Walter Gropius Art School of Potenza hosted an initiative promoted by the Gender Citizenship Purpose Committee and CIDI Potenza, with the support of Wikimedia Italia, to enrich the pages dedicated to women of Basilicata on Wikimedia projects. The participants developed the wikibook dedicated to the biographical profiles of Lucan women.