In May Wikimedia Italia uploaded the Midterm learning report of project Empowering Italian GLAMs, a project co-organized with ICOM Italia, the Creative Commons Italian chapter, the Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis" of the University of Turin and cofunded by Wikimedia Foundation.
Empowering Italian GLAMs aims at addressing all Italian museums and heritage institutions in using open tools and the Wikimedia projects for sharing and reusing contents related to their digital collections. The project is structured into 3 workpackages addressing 3000 institutions (invited to join a Wikipedia campaign by providing images of their institutions), triggering 500 institutions (involved in releasing a collection with open license and upload it on the Wikimedia projects) and focusing on 5 case studies, uploading and monitoring content, documenting and evaluating the activities and disseminating the results.
Here is a brief outline of what has been done during these months of the project:
An awareness raising campaign among Italian GLAMs. The project is indeed contacting all Italian museums through a communication campaign, press communicates and media relations at a national and local level, conferences webinars and monthly meetings, networking with stakeholders, emails (mass mailing managed with Wikimedia Italia’s CRM system, CiviCRM with reports on https://wiki.wikimedia.it/wiki/Empowering_Italian_GLAMs/Invii_email_ai_musei) and direct and personal contact.
It’s been created a tool to collect data from institutions, to upload documents associated to cultural institutions and to allow them to review Wikidata data. The tool is designed also for possible future translations. https://glams.wmcloud.org/
One of the most efficient strategies to involve museums and to disseminate open access was the organization of a regional event/workshop to present the project and to increase awareness. The first of these was organized on March 28 by ICOM with the collaboration of Wikimedia Italia, Creative Commons Italia, Department of Economics and Statistics (project's partners) and Lombardy Region. The video made available online allows all interested institutions to find information (https://www.icom-italia.org/webinar-tutti-i-musei-italiani-su-wikipedia-28-marzo/) In fact, 26% of the institutions that joined the campaign are from Lombardy.
In September 2023, after the busy summer period for Italian museums, a recall was made and many new museums are joining the initiative.