Wiki Loves Monuments is currently producing in Italy a growing network of institutions and public administrations supporting the initiative and allowing access to their contents. This month with a resolution of the Comunal Committee, Pavia released its monuments and artistic heritage under a CC0 license, recognized the potentiality of an initiave such as Wiki Loves Monuments for enhancing and promoting the city. It is important to notice that Wiki Loves Monuments is really working as a door opener and a powerful communication tool to establish new partnerships and explain the importance and the advantages of adopting open licenses and contributing to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects.
Case studies make their way on the Italian Wikipedia
Case studies about partnerships within the Share Your Knowledge and WikiAfrica
projects are undergoing heavy changes on it.wiki. The existing ones were examined lately and
their structure was compared to the ones written by Wikimedians for
international GLAM partnerships. The latter were judged to be more
effective and understandable, so the former are being rewritten. The case studies now follow a standard format, which includes an infobox with a summary of the collaboration, overview on the institution, history of the collaboration, uploads on Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects and feedback from the community, contents analysis, contents samples (articles, images, documents...), press releases, presentations, events linked to the collaboration, related articles, external links, categories. Elitre is specifically focusing on this task and we are planning to highlight 2-3 institutions each month. All case studies are listed in the GLAM collaborations on the Italian Wikipedia.
The case study about the Fondazione Cariplo, as of today, tells the story of a major partnership in the field of art between Wikipedia/Wikimedia and an Italian institution. Describing how such contacts are established and managed, as a matter of fact, is crucial to make sure that anyone can understand and replicate these efforts in the future. New research on the Cariplo case (made possible by some of the tools specifically used for GLAM reports) shows that, although less than a half of the donated pictures is actually included somewhere, in the first four-month period of 2012 affected pages received more than 1 million and a half hits, and that these images are being displayed on a number of Wikipedias beyond the major ones: projects in Russian, Swedish, Galician and Basque are also benefiting from the presence of these relevant artistic images. More about this case can be found in previous issues of This month in GLAM.
New contents were also added to the story of the collaboration between Wikipedia and the historic African, Asian and Latin American Festival in Milan. The Festival provided 150 articles about movies and filmmakers and involved its public, including people who never edited before, during two edit-a-thons (2011 and 2012). The results of the last one were presented last March in Milan during a public event focused on good practices to follow to add cinema-related contents to the encyclopedia. Among the most relevant entries, the article about the Italian director Andrea Segre. Texts from the English version of the Festival site might be uploaded in the future.
New case studies are also being written, like the one about the African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT (English version available): more can be read about it on the Spain report for this month.
News in brief
Training for Wikipedians in residence, March-May 2012, Milan. Three months side-by-side training for Wikipedians in residence, lettera27 Foundation in collaboration with Wikimedia Italia.