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Wiki Loves Monuments, Gruppo Archeologico Ambrosiano and Wikipedian in Residence Course in Milan

Wiki Loves Monuments

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The Italian website for Wiki Loves Monuments is up and running: To properly face the legal issues, the Italian team (lead by Wikimedia Italia but with the participation of several associations and institutions, including lettera27 and Gruppi Archeologici regionali - regional archeological groups) has decided to inform about the contest as soon as possible, to establish partnerships with institutions. In addition, the team has set up a wiki for compiling lists of monuments and work on documents and discussions:

Gruppo Archeologico Ambrosiano

Wikimedia Italia has organized a short training course for the volunteers of Gruppo Archeologico Ambrosiano to introduce them to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia sister projects, and to encourage them to contribute. The course was coordinated by CristianCantoro. Wikimedia Italia and Gruppo Archeologico Ambrosiano are currently defining a common program to involve Italian museums with archeological collections, organizing wikigite (wikitours) and working together on Wiki Loves Monuments.

Wikipedian in Residence Course in Milan

A course for Wikipedian in Residence which aims at making the collaboration between Wikipedia and cultural institutions easier and at supporting the institutions taking part into the projects GLAM, WikiAfrica and Share Your Knowledge. The training course addresses students and cultural institutions staff who want to contribute to Wikipedia, and it addresses wikipedians and wikimedia volunteers who would like to collaborate with cultural institutions. In general each participant is associated to a GLAM. The course lasts 3 months (12 weeks), from 7th March to 30th May, and it is structured in a one-hour meeting per week at the office of lettera27 Foundation. The first six meetings are focused on Wikipedia, its principles and how it works; the next six meetings support individual work and give hints on different and specific aspects of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia sister projects. The participants will be guided in producing 15 quality articles or 50 quantity uploads based on documentation provided in CC by-sa or PD by cultural institutions. The trainers are wikipedians, administrators of Wikipedia in Italian and lawyers with an expertise in Creative Commons licenses and in copyright; the coordinator of the training is Remulazz, lettera27 Wikipedian in residence. The course is free and open to a maximum of 10 participants. The Wikipedian in Residence course is based in Milan and it is promoted by lettera27 Foundation in collaboration with Wikimedia Italia.

# Date Meeting GLAM and Wikipedia
1 07/03/2012 Introduction and expectations. Wikipedia: what it is, what it is not; consensus, community, registration. Registration on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource with small and simple edits to existing articles. Download of Zotero. The participants collect statistics from the institution webmaster and overview of the GLAM mission, projects and activities.
2 14/03/2012 A Wikipedia article, editorial oversight and control, control systems, namespace. Sources. Using Zotero participants work on the GLAM sources (bibliography, publications, catalogues, online articles, reviews, essays...) and on other sources associated to 50 key words relevant to the GLAM (objects, collectors, territories, concepts, buildings, protagonists...). They start looking for copyright information (©, cc, existing procedure and contracts within the GLAM).
3 21/03/2012 Creative Commons, Licenses, authors, chronology and credits, OTRS. Clearance and structure of an article. The participants verify the copyright on their sources, they collect information from the GLAM and they select the most relevant contents. By selecting one of the 50 keywords, they start producing their first article in their sandbox. They verify if they can use some of the sources previously selected (texts, images, videos...) and eventually they start the procedure to make the sources available.
4 28/03/2012 Footnotes, bibliography and Wikisource. Article. The participants finish their article, add footnotes and bibliography with the Wikipedia standards (around 10.000 characters text, rich, complete and articulated). Participants are invited to involve other people in editing and contributing to the article (GLAM staff, other volunteers, friends...).
5 04/04/2012 Editing, categories, templates and tables. Editing. The participants enrich the article with the correct editing, templates, charts and tables if necessary and they move the article from the sandbox to Wikipedia. The articles should be around 10 kb and it should have the characteristics of a quality article. If they finish working on the first article they start a new one. Mid-term evaluation.
6 11/04/2012 Wikimedia Commons and images. Editing. The participants enrich the articles with the hints provided during the meeting and they start new articles. At this point, based on the GLAM they are collaborating with or based on their personal attitude, they decide if they want to produce 15 quality articles or 50 shorter articles. The produce a list of articles they want to create or they want to contribute to.
7 18/04/2012 Quality and Individual work Individual work on the articles selected.
8 02/05/2012 Wikievents and hints to promote participation (Wiki Loves Monuments, Backstage pass, Wiki Takes Your City) Individual work on the articles selected.
9 09/05/2012 Case studies and documenting the collaboration between cultural institutions and Wikipedia Individual work on the articles selected.
10 16/05/2012 Monitoring and evaluating the impact and the visibility of articles and images Individual work on the articles selected.
11 23/05/2012 Organizational chart: Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia chapters and current projects of Wikimedia Italy Individual work on the articles selected.
12 30/05/2012 Conclusions and presentations of the work produced. Evaluation. Follow up and evaluation of the course and of the articles and images produced (website statistics and feedback from the institutions involved 03/10/2012).

News in brief

  • Share Your Knowledge press conference: Press conference to present new cultural institutions involved in Share Your Knowledge and WikiAfrica, within the Festival di cinema africano, dell 'Asia e dell' America Latina, Milan, 25/03/2012.

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