During the month of November work continued on projects with various museums. Adrienne Alix is currently finalizing partnership agreements with several major museums in Toulouse and Paris.
Several Wikimedians had appointments or contacts with cultural institutions that are likely to result in partnerships or joint actions. We hope to announce these new projects in early 2012!
Some metrics about the Museum of Toulouse
Among the partnerships that work well, we can do an update of the work at the Museum of Toulouse with some numbers: Today we have 842 pictures from the Museum of Toulouse, all made by Wikimedians.
The aim of this project is to take photos of high quality. Of these 842 photographs, 140 (16%) are IQ on Wikimedia Commons, and 112 (13%) are VI on Wikimedia Commons.
The pictures are disseminated on a large number of Wikimedia projects, whether Wikipedia, Wikispecies, Wiktionary, Wikinews etc.. : 533 (63%) are used on a project, there are 7691 uses in total. The images are present on 193 different projects. 95 projects contain at least five images from Phoebus Project.
There is still a lot of work, but the group is highly motivated and the result is enjoyed by all, especially by the Museum of Toulouse.
The 11-12-13 November, Jean-Fred and Benoit Evellin (Trizek) participated in a museographical experimentation: Museomix.
The principle of Museomix was to bring together all actors in the digital cultural world and museums to experiment concretely "the museum of the future". The event was organized in the «Musée des Arts décoratifs» (Museum about decorative arts and design in Paris).
Wikimedia France decided to participate in the experiment. This was an opportunity to meet many interesting people for our actions in museums, but it was difficult to link the projects developed during Museomix with the content of Wikimedia projects(and vice versa). People were there to set up to mount « funny » exhibition concepts and there was not enough space for the contents (and thus deep connections with the Wikimedia projects).
This brings us to think more about what should be our place with cultural institutions: working about the content and not necessarily about new and « funny » digital experiences.
The conclusion is mixed but Benoit and Jean-Fred do not regret having spent three days in this very intense experience.
Léna and PierreSelim have photographed an entire exhibition of paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth century at the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse and grouped the pictures on Commons by installing them room by room in french, to keep the meaning of the exhibition [intime 1]. This is a very interesting way to present the content, perhaps an innovation on Wikimedia Commons?
↑names have also been translated in english by now
Freedom of Panorama
In France there is currently no freedom of panorama. On November 23 a law was debated in the French National Assembly, in which two deputies have submitted an amendment to introduce freedom of panorama in France.
This amendment is a direct result of the actions of Wikimedia France. Remi Mathis, president of the chapter, was very active to defend freedom of panorama and explain to these deputies the importance of introducing freedom of panorama in the French law to value the cultural richness of France.
The amendment was unfortunately not accepted. It was dubbed during the session "Wikipedia Amendment." We are disappointed that it was not adopted, but this passage in the National Assembly has given high visibility to the problem among politicians and we are now able to explain to each political party the importance of this issue . The year 2012 is an important election year in France (presidential election and the election of deputies), we have a way to influence legislation.
You can see the video of the debate in the National Assembly and the transcript here.