Museums, collections and cultural heritage of our cities are often an underutilized resource, yet too far away from everyday life. Regain possession of these places and share the value means reconstructing a collective identity, a democratic dialogue workshop: in order to do this, we need informed citizens, but also cultural institutions which are open, inclusive and updated.
Wikimuseums was developed to stimulate museums, professionals and citizens to face this challenge: to promote and expand access to culture through simple instruments, with a view to civic use of the network and care for the common good.
On 5 and 6 May 2016 at the Pignatelli Museum in Naples, Wikimuseums held its first experiment: two days of meetings and insights on cultural heritage and digital participation. A conference open to the public, a training workshop for the cultural sector and a digital marathon for a group of students: three moments to rediscover the public function of our heritage and the active role of the community in defining the importance.
The accessibility and sharing of data related to institutions and cultural collections is an important step to release the potential of culture, identifying new ways of creating value: re-use, re-interpretation, interaction with other sources, derivation of products, software or applications.
The best known and widespread approach in the world for the interactions between community and knowledge has had many successful applications also in the cultural sector: QRpedia and the GLAM project are good evidence of this, increasingly used in Europe, which could be imported successfully even in Italy.
The Netherlands are one of the European states that have been working for the longest time on the application of these tools to the cultural sector and that can provide some of the case studies and the most interesting professionalism, in order to show to the Italian cultural sector concrete work directions, already tested methods and proportionate to the results.
Wikimuseums in Naples
Open Cultuur Data | Public Participation Expert
Museums of Campania | Director
Rijksmuseum | Digital Communication Manager
BAM! Strategie Culturali | Project Designer
Wikimedia Italia | Coordinator in Campania, Italy
OpenStreetMap | Director
OpenStreetMap | Project Manager
Matera 2019 | Project Manager