BAM!’s project on museums and open data:
two days in Naples discussing theory and practice

Wikimuseums is BAM! Cultural Strategy’s project dedicated to the open data challenge for Italian museums. Its first experiment was carried out on the 5th and 6th of May 2016 at the Museo Pignatelli di Napoli – two days of meetings, in-depth analysis, and training on cultural heritage and digital participation, the digitalization of the collections and the wiki approach to heritage.

Why

Museums, collections and cultural heritage belonging to our cities are often an underestimated resource of daily life. Regaining control over these places means recreating a collective identity: this requires knowledgable citizens but also cultural institutions that are open, inclusive and up to date.

Wikimuseums was born to stimulate museums, professionals and citizens to face this challenge; to encourage people and give the public more access to culture through simple tools, with the aim of allowing citizens to use the network and contributing to a common good. A way of rediscovering the public aspect of our heritage and the active role that a community plays in defining its value and importance.

How

BAM! created a programme made up of 3 main parts:

  • conference open to the public presenting national and international case studies which involved the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture and the Dutch network Open Cultuur Data.
  • An educational workshop in collaboration with Wikimedia Italia, dedicated to professionals who work in museums and on cultural heritage sites, to delve into the use of one of the most popular communication tools in the world: Wikipedia.
  • digital marathon, in collaboration with OpenStreetMap Italia, which led a group of Neapolitan students working beside a team of experts, to take advantage of less known places, artwork and monuments in the historic centre of Naples.

These two days in Naples were carried out thanks to the Polo museale della Campania which held the event at the Museo Pignatelli and also thanks to the Netherlands Embassy in Italy which named Wikimuseums as one of the 6 prizewinners of “Le Sfide delle Città”, launched to celebrate the Dutch semester of Presidency in the European Union.

Resources

Visit the Wikimuseums website
See the photos of the event in Naples
Read the accounts of the first and second day on the blog
Relive the two days on social networks
Subscribe to the Wikimuseums Facebook group and stay up to date on news from the Neapolitan community.

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