Archives and human rights
Like in 2021, we organized Archivos en Vigilia, a campaign by which cultural institutions and organizations were invited to upload content related to our countries dictatorship period (1976-1983). We specially approached Archives, empowering these institutions on their social, historical and cultural role in the processes of truth, memory and justice. We offered two training workshops for interested people on this proposal and then designed resources for supporting Wikimedia Commons uploading process, which you can see here:
In result, +130 photographs and historical documents were released, including radio broadcasts, in collaboration with Archivo histórico UNLP, Archivo Nacional de la Memoria, Archivo Histórico Zulma Totis del Liceo Victor Mercante, Archivo de la Radio Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Biblioteca Popular "Constancio C. Vigil", Archivo Histórico Prof. Armenia Euredgian de la Escuela Normal Superior Nº 2 Mariano Acosta, Archivo Histórico y Documental Universidad Nacional de San Luis.
These files are added to the 31 documents released in the 2021 edition.
Strengthening visual culture in Wikipedia
With Wikimedia Foundation's support and in collaboration with Wikimedia México and Wikimedia Chile, we organized an event about images on the internet, contextualization and research, and how Wikipedia can be an useful ally to connect information and images through the Add an Image feature for newcomers.
For this protect, we invited museums' professionals and other people related to visual culture to a training program where Cora Garmanik, specialist on photographies, delivered a theoretical background about image uses and descriptions, while WMAR, WMMX and WMCL demonstrated how to use the tool and worked on it in small groups of people, allowing a more personalized learning experience. This resulted in more than 100 editions to Wikipedia.
At the end, participants shared ideas about the potential of this new feature, willing that in the future it can be developed to connect heritage pictures and related articles.
Scaling digitization of historical documents at ANH
We reached over 300 documents since we started in 2021 with the digitization of historial documents from Argentina at the National Academy of History (ANH). We are working on the documentary collections of former president Roque Sáenz Peña, former governor of Buenos Aires Province Juan Manuel de Rosas, former vice-president Norberto Quirno Costa, member of congress Ovidio Lagos, among others. Files can be found here.
New projects on the road
WMAR is preparing the release of important projects that involve cultural communities. During the first days of April, we are launching CLiC: Cultura Libre Conectada a platform with resources aimed for archivists, museologists, librarians and other cultural workers in order to achieve open access policies on their institutions.
Interested people will find resources on digitization, intellectual property, free software, digital preservation and remote access of collections, among others. Resources such as guides, charts and booklets will help professionals develop better open access practices in their everyday duties, and encourage them to share as well experiences and new resources for the cultural community.
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