GLAM/Newsletter/May 2017/Contents/Italy report
Sacred art and videogames
Edit-a-thon at the Tridentine Diocesan Museum - branch of Villa Lagarina
Villa Lagarina is just a small comune in Trentino (northern Italy) but it contains a lot of treasures! During the course of many centuries the noble family Lodron called many artists to work in the local Church of the Assumption (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta).
A branch of the Tridentine Diocesan Museum (Museo Diocesano Tridentino) was founded in 2000 to hold some of the works of art originally made for the Church. The Tridentine Diocesan Museum had already hosted an edit-a-thon in its main headquarter in Trento in September 2016, and now it has hosted one in its branch of Villa Lagarina!
In the morning the wikipedians visited the Church and the Museum. In the afternoon they did an edit-a-thon, hosted by the local library. New articles were created on Italian Wikipedia about artists that have been active in Villa Lagarina (Nicolò Dorigati, Gaspare Antonio Baroni Cavalcabò, Cristoforo and Teodoro Benedetti), several were improved, and some images were uploaded. There were ten participants, including some new users!
Edit-a-thon at the Videogame Archive of the Cineteca di Bologna
The Cineteca di Bologna is a film archive where important collections are hosted and restored, like all the works by Charlie Chaplin. Scholars and students can access movies, books and audio recordings in the Renzo Renzi library.
Inside the library, since 2009 there is also a videogame archive (Archivio videoludico). There, users can inform themselves about videogames thanks to available dissertations, publications and magazines, while also play and study the actual videgames thanks to dedicated hardware.
On May 13th, sixteen people, Wikimedians and game enthusiasts alike, gathered for an edit-a-thon on science fiction and videogames. Before the edit-a-thon, curators showed set pictures from the early 1900, drawings of scenes from The Great Dictator (some never shot) and the collection of the Archivio Videoludico, containing both games and hardware, like Commodore 64 and Virtual Boy.
The edit-a-thon started after lunch and ran up until the library closing time. Ten attendees had little or no experience on Wikipedia, and half of the participants were women. Someone traveled for more than 2 hours to join!
The curator and local Wikimedia Italia volounteers had selected a list of articles to be improved and many magazines containing reviews and comments, both in Italian and English.
In the end, 13 articles have been improved, with about 70 new references and 4 new sections added. Pictures are being uploaded to a category on Commons.
Curators and participants were very happy, we are planning to run more events there on cross-media topics.
May 12th, Università di Firenze, Giaccai held a presentation Wikipedia, un luogo dove raccontare le donne" at AIB, UDI, conference " Femminile plurale, narrazione di donne attraverso biblioteche e archivi"
May 20th, Cernobbio (CO): Villa Bernasconi edit-a-thon, valorisation project "Liberty Tutti". Partecipated Marta Pigazzini (Wikimedia Italia coordinator of Lombardia), Dario Crespi, Stefano Dal Bo and Cristina Benassi.
May 20th, Salone del libro, Torino. Anna Maria Marras, Museums and Archives National coordinator, was invited with Giuliano Volpe to present of the book "La democrazia della conoscenza. Patrimoni culturali, sistemi informativi e open data: accesso libero ai beni comuni?"