GLAM/Newsletter/July 2019/Contents/Italy report
Archeology in alpine valleys
A small but notable museum, now on Wikipedia...
Ornavasso is a small town in a valley connecting the Lago Maggiore via the Simplon Pass to Switzerland, it's the most southern Walser settlement but they are not the first who settled there...
In August 1890 Enrico Bianchetti, a local historian of Ornavasso, was very surprised when, during some excavation works on the railway line, some graves were found. It turned out to be the biggest Lepontic necropolis ever found.
In July 2019 members of InFormAzioni association and of Insubria local group were very surprised when they discovered that the planned visit at the archeological museum in Ornavasso would be guided by a very nice lady. It turned out to be a famous archeologist and specialist of Celtic history and culture, Paola Piana Agostinetti who is also curator of the museum.
The small museum hosts some notable treasures found in the 345 graves, due to the italian laws we were afraid to take pictures (even if we had the authorization) so we have to go there again and take more. In the afternoon we literally invaded the local library to write about the monuments of the small town (Here's the dashboard).
The event was part of the project Sui passi di Carlo Amoretti which aim is to retrace the tour described by this ancient writer and scientist in a new modern "wiki-way" organizing content creation events. Project and events are organized by InFormAzioni association with the support of Wikimedia CH.
Wikimedia projects for GLAMs summer school
Wikimedia Italia is planning the first edition of the summer school "Wikimedia projects for GLAMs" that will be hold from 9th to 13th of September in BASE Milan. The program includes workshops and case studies on Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikisource and Commons and it involves collaboration with several Italian cultural institutions such as Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, BEIC, AIB and International Council of Museums.
Wikipedia in Academia
Corrado Petrucco, a Wikimedia Italia member, is planning the international meeting "Wikipedia in Academia" that will take place on 20th and 21th of September in Padua. University teachers from all over the world will present their experience with "Wikipedia method" in their academic courses. During Friday several relators, such as Neil Thompson, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab professor at MIT, Melissa Highton Digital Learning, Teaching & Web coordinator at Edimburgh Univeristy, Eduard Aibar from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Brian Mckenzie from Maynooth University IE., will speak about using Wikipedia both in humanities and in scientific subject. During Saturday wikimedians will hold two workshops for high school teachers and some case studies.
A third Wikipedia course for PhD candidates was run at the Politecnico di Milano ("Polytechnic University of Milan"). One again, Andy Mabbett visited to lecture on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons, and to teach Wikipedia editing. He was joined by Italian editors Marco Chemello and Niccolò "Jaqen" Caranti. As the course dashboard shows, 90 new articles - mostly on STEM subjects - were created and further 238 edited. During Andy's visit, he also met with the BEIC digital library team, and enjoyed a social event with local Wikimedians. It is already planned to run the course again in 2020.