There is a new course designed for librarians, archivists and museum workers who want to train on enhancing the digital content of cultural institutions through Wikimedia projects. "Wikimedia Community for Cultural Institutions. How to enhance the content of museums, archives and libraries" is the third MOOC created by Wikimedia Italy in collaboration with the e-learning office of the University of Padua. An entirely online course, to be taken according to one's own time needs, perfect for keeping up to date on open access issues.
By the end of the course, everyone will be comfortable with the concepts of open access and public domain, know how to move between the Creative Commons free licenses and also within the Wikimedia projects, adding contributions such as photos, data and text and measuring their impact. The course provides in fact the essentials to effectively use Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikivoyage, Wikimedia Commons and also OpenStreetMap.
This third MOOC, as the other two (aimed more at education) was possible thanks to the collaboration with the University of Padua, which was the first in Italy to host two Wikimedians in Residence, who have been working for two years to accompany this university, one of the largest and oldest in Italy, on Wikimedia projects. In addition to producing online courses designed to train on Wikipedia, the university has also committed itself to making its museum collections accessible to all and has involved faculty and students in the creation of new Wikipedia entries, on all fields of knowledge.
The three courses are available to all on the EduOpen platform, here.
Arkivia is Wikimedia Italy's new newsletter dedicated to free culture and open access to cultural heritage. It will be a monthly newsletter, launched on April 20, hosting the voices of those who are committed to open access in Italy and giving advice on how to collaborate in person. There will be space for opinions, for telling about projects done in Italy and what is happening abroad. Arkivia will be a tool to disseminate and inspire, a meeting point for people interested in treating culture for what it is: a common good.
"To archive" can mean to catalog, to preserve, but also to close a process. Arkivia wants to do just the opposite: to open up, to initiate new projects, providing information, connecting ideas, releasing knowledge.
The first issue discussed how unfair (and unsustainable) is to charge for digital reproductions of artworks.
Here to sign up: Arkivia newsletter.