GLAM/Newsletter/May 2021/Contents/Italy report
Conference, webinar and projects
Wiki Marche GLAM Project
WikiMarcheGlam is an open cultural network project promoted by AIB Marche in collaboration with MAB Marche and Wikimedia Italia, as part of GLAM projects, that involves experts from Marche (a central italian region), interested in producing and sharing content issued with open licenses on Wikimedia platforms, whether they are digital natives or converted from original papers.
The project was created:
- to promote knowledge of Wikimedia open platforms within the network of public and private entities dealing with cultural topics;
- to disseminate the use of free wiki tools;
- to increase the number of Wikipedian collaborators;
- to provide basic training for a group of librarians, archivists and operators;
- to increase the content of Marche’s cultural heritage in the Wikipedia and on other wiki platforms;
- to identify of the Marche area items to be reviewed/created
- to sharing the digital resources present on cultural institutions in Marche region, related to texts or images that are useful to upload in Commons.
We already made activities and workshop on Wikimedia Commons, OpenStreetMap, Vikidia, WikiVoyage and Wikidata, with the aim of training those interested in the eventual activation of a sub-project.
Conference on the Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright
On 16th April 2021 Wikimedia Italy organized an online conference in collaboration with the National Central Library of Florence and Creative Commons Italy with the title "Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright: what prospects for museums, archives and libraries in the digital single market?". The main theme of this conference was sharing and reusing digital reproductions of cultural heritage and the participants were representatives of the central institutions of the Italian State, cultural institutions and national and foreign companies.
Starting with the European Copyright Directive, the conference was a moment to discuss the opportunities that the opening up of heritage can offer to the cultural sector, public bodies, businesses and citizens. Enhancing the accessibility and reuse of digital content, particularly in this historic period, is an opportunity for the revival of Italian culture and cultural heritage, an opportunity for a sector penalized more than others by the pandemic.
AperiDatathon for Wikidata Contest
On 11th May 2021 we held a joint online event with ICOM (International Council of Museums) to talk about the International Museums Day, celebrated on eighteenth of May and the Wikidata competition promoted by Wikimedia Italy, France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The competition invited users to improve the completeness and the quality of the data relating to the museums on Wikidata.
Alongside to the competition, volunteers were also asked to contribute for example by improving and completing an existing article, inserting appropriate images and image galleries, inserting links to art collections on museums webarchives and portals, updating info boxes or inserting Wikidata info boxes into Wikipedia articles. Or, for more experienced users to create a completely new article. They could consult the geographic museums map and explore museums with no article, and write about a cultural institution or translate an existing article in a different language. And all this was explained during the AperiDatathon.
This year the theme of International Museum Day 2021 was "The future of museums: regenerating and reinventing themselves".
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