On November 28th, the first official conference about wiki projects in Florence Central National Library has been jointly organized by the Library, the national professional libraries association (AIB) and Wikimedia Italia. The conference is the fourth national event organized by Italian librarians and wikimedians, after the 2013 event in Marucelliana Library and two "Bibliohackathon" held in Florence and Trento in the same year.
The conference has been opened by Liam Wyatt speaking about international context of GLAM-wiki projects and Europeana, followed by Andrea Zanni, Wikimedia Italia's president, about Wikisource, Virginia Gentilini about 2013 Europeana Fashion Editathon, Luca Martinelli about Wikidata, Dario Crespi about Wiki Loves Monuments, presented by the biblio-wikipedian Susanna Giaccai. Librarians Anna Lucarelli, Giovanni Bergamin, Elisabetta Viti and Barbara Vanin have spoken about wiki projects inside their libraries, beginning from the use of professional BNCF Subject Headings Thesaurus in Italian articles, possible connections beetwen bibliographic data and Wikibase, the first BNCF digitization on Wikisource Manuale 150 ricette di cucina di guerra (already all proofread!), to wiki courses for library patrons working on Murano glass articles in Mestre (see the Venice Libraries Bulletin for more information).
Slides are available at the conference page (in Italian only).
Wiki Loves Monuments in Pompei
The award ceremony of 2014 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments in Italy in the archaeological site of Pompei has been the better way to thank people participating in the contest this year!
Wiki Loves Monuments Italy has been a huge success, with over 21000 pictures taken by one thousands participants.
The news has been covered by important media all over the country (this is Repubblica.it gallery).
Have a look on all the pictures uploaded on Commons for the contest here. More on the 2014 contest (winners, special prizes and so on) is available here.
Archaeological Open Data Manifesto
Wikimedia Italia subscribed the Manifesto Open Data Archeologici (MODA) promoting open access and open data for archaeology sector. The initiative is promoted by Italian Mappa Group of University of Pisa to rise awareness about the importance of an open approach in this discipline.
A Wikipedian in Residence at BEIC: first results
The second Italian Wikipedian in Residence Federico Leva (BEIC) is working in multiple ways in his collaboration with BEIC digital library in Milan and its librarians. As a result, for instance, a new article about the Italian photographer Paolo Monti, whose archive is held in BEIC, has been created, using the biography on the institution website as the main source of information, and 1777 Meditazioni sulla economia politica by Pietro Verri, from BEIC collections, is now beeing proofread on Wikisource for the eleventh birthday of the project contest.
More details are available on halfway report (in Italian).