[open-heritage] Wiki Loves Monuments - Italia
steko at iosa.it
Wed Mar 7 12:02:03 UTC 2012
as you might already know, Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is a pan-European
photographic contest where everybody wins, because all participants make
their work available under an open license, that is, a license
compatible with uploading on Wikimedia Commons. You can find more
information at http://www.wikilovesmonuments.eu/ and see last year's winner.
For various reasons, to date Italy has not been part of WLM. The main
obstacle is our cultural heritage legislation, and even more than that
its interpretation by government bodies at various levels (I hope
everybody will understand the difference between legislation and
government). This is not exclusive of Italy, and it has been one of the
topics under discussion within the Cultural Heritage Working Group of
COMMUNIA (you can read a report from the last meeting in 2010 at
Anyway... good news! This year Wiki Loves Monuments is going to happen
in Italy. A group of people has started working on it, coordinated by
some core members of Wikimedia Italia. As a minor contributor to the
initiative, I would say it's going to be an ingredient for huge change
in how GLAMs and open knowledge communities interact in our country. We
will concentrate on the so-called "minor heritage", both because it
needs and deserves more attention that it usually gets, and because it's
less likely to be problematic on the grounds of the above mentioned
issues with government. I am going to publish an interview with the main
organisers in the next few days on the OKFN blog.
What can you do to help? First of all, spread the word!
http://www.wikilovesmonuments.it/ is the main website. Please note that
it doesn't have (yet) a brief description in [your native language]. We
might need translators in the next few weeks, to make a short message
available in as many languages as possible.
If you have been to Italy before, and there are some areas that you are
in love with for their beautiful churches, temples, museums or
landscapes, you might be able to help us with the creation and selection
of lists of these monuments. If you plan on coming to Italy, you will be
able to participate to the contest.
Looking forward to seeing your pictures of Italy's monuments on
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