Museu Paulista, or Museu do Ipiranga, was created in 1893 by the state government and is the oldest public museum in the state of São Paulo. Since 1963, it is part of the State University of São Paulo (USP) infrastructure and preserves art collections and other objects from Brazilian domestic and public working spaces (tools of crafts such as carpentry, shoemaking, tailoring, typography).
In 2013, the Museu Paulista was closed because of conservation and security issues. Since 2019, this monument was fully restored, the installations were modernized and its size doubled. After nine years, it finally reopened this September 7th, during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the independence of Brazil.
1. Infrastructure - "one needs to consider the infrastructure as a continuous process, instead of mere acquisition and use of technological resources. The chosen platforms guide processes and influence how the collection items will be conserved and accessed today and in the future."
2. Institutional organization - "As a public and university museum, Museu Paulista also must be a space for permanent empowerment and transversal integrative team dynamics. This is especially relevant for digital dissemination which today permeates everyone in the museum instead of referring only to one specific department related to technology."
3. Content - "The dynamics of digital convergence modify the relations between publics and the knowledge under the custody of cultural institutions. Museu do Ipiranga is a pioneer in the free digital ecosystem. Its action changed from a content depositary to a curator of open content in environments on the web."
4. Community - "The digital dissemination contributes to the contemporary ressignification of the role of museums by providing an immediate connection with the society to which museums serve and belong. The development of an accessible-free-diverse community around the knowledge under the custody of the museum walking together with the participatory dynamics of the digital, can contribute to the accomplishment of the mission of Museu Paulista."
Access to the collection of Museu Paulista
Today, 33,449 media items depicting objects from some of the 200 collections kept by Museu Paulista are available on its GLAM-Wiki partnership platform. The museum itself relies on items uploaded to Commons to share its digital imagery with broader audiences. According to the GLAM Wiki Dashboard, the media files from Museu Paulista have 2,187,882 views per month, they are in use in 21,548 articles and 104 projects. 20.5K (62.77%) media files illustrate Wikidata items and 9.7K (29.84%) are inside ptwikibooks.
"The project proposes the development of a service that facilitates the publication and monitoring of editions and collaborations carried out by users of digital collections from memory institutions in the Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia environments. Therefore, it proposes the technical modeling of a feedback service, called roundtripping, between the information networks of the wiki ecosystem and the free software Tainacan. Tainacan has become an important free software for the management and dissemination of digital collections in a network of memory institutions in Brazil. There are important technical and operational challenges for the implementation of a service that not only allows the publication of collections from a digital repository of a memory institution, but also monitors the reuse, editions and collaborations of users in other information networks. By allowing the connection between the Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia information networks for the publication and encouragement of the reuse of the digital collections of institutions already published in Tainacan, the project aims to expand the circulation of heritage collections, make the knowledge generated about them relevant and, thus, value Brazilian material culture on the network society. (AU)"
The project is organized by researchers and officers from several universities in Brazil, along with members of Wiki Movimento Brasil Amanda Jurno and João Alexandre Peschanski.
Other news from Brazilian GLAM
Spring of Museums in Brazil: Between September 19th and 25th, Instituto Brasileiro de Museus (Ibram) organized the 16th Spring of Museums.
MUSEU DA CAPITANIA DE ILHÉUS organized a workshop about the access and the difusion of documents and the cultural heritage in the Wikimedia platforms.
MAG SEGUROS presented its GLAM-Wiki partnership and organized some expositions about it collection.
GLAM partnership with RHN: Now its official: GLAM partnership with Rede de Historiadoras Negras e de Historiadores Negros was approved by VTRS team. As we announced in our July Report, RHN wants to create a on-wiki Open Digital Repository of the academic production of Black Historians; Wikipedia articles about Brazilian black personalities and other people who played a leading role in historical events and processes; and add many Wikiquotes of Brazilian black researchers and great personalities, books, films and proverbs.