The first experiment of Wikimuseums took place on 5 and 6 May 2016 at the Pignatelli Museum of Naples: two days of meetings and in-depth analysis about cultural heritage and digital partecipation. 

Conference

A meeting open to the public with the presentation of projects and case studies from Italy and the Netherlands. The goal: to explore the possible interactions between museums, cultural heritage and digital participation.

After the introduction of the work, the first session presented the key concepts of the day and some of the most useful tools: the wiki approach to museums and use of open data for the cultural heritage. Wikimedia Italia illustrated the activities of the GLAM Project, dedicated to improving the content related to the cultural sector on Wikipedia. BAM! Strategie Culturali presented the QRpedia project and its application to the National Gallery of Parma. Open Cultuur Data brought the experience of the Dutch network that since 2011 is dedicated to the opening of the data in the cultural sector. In the second part of the morning, the lens moved to two cases of exceptional museums. Matera 2019 told I-DEA, the project of digitization of archives and collections of Lucania in a large virtual museum, widespread and accessible by all. The Rijksmuseums Amsterdam presented Rijksstudio, one of the most innovative projects in the world in the digitization and opening of the museum collections, based on the creative re-use of images of the part of the public works.

Workshop

A training session for a limited number of operators and professionals in museums and cultural heritage, to learn to deal with one of the most used dissemination tools in the world, Wikipedia.

A team of experts made up by members of Wikimedia Italy, Open Cultuur Data and BAM! Cultural Strategies engaged a group of professionals and museum operators in an intensive training session, theoretical and practical, about the use of Wikipedia. How do you become an author on Wikipedia? Which projects are already active in the GLAMs communities? How does it work with images? How do you measure the impact of an open data project? In the second part of the workshop, the participants were asked to get involved directly as contributors, experimenting their skills in creating Wikipedia pages starting from the artworks of Museo Pignatelli.

Marathon

Two day of practice and theory for a group of students from Naples and an experienced team of experts, to improve the visibility of a number of less known places and monuments of the city center.

Wikimuseums involved a group of students passionate about culture and technology, engaging them in a process that hasn’t been developed only in the two days of 5 and 6 May. In the previous weeks, the group had a say on the choice of the assets on which to work and the Wikimuseums team discussed with them the suggestions of places to discover in the historic center of Naples.At the beginning of the first day of the marathon, the Wikimuseums experts presented to the group methods and tools, in a crash course in digital participation. Afterwards, the whole group of experts and students were engaged in a editathon: an intensive session of creation and editing of Wikipedia entries, corresponding to the selected artworks.The second day of the marathon was about going out of the museum and “tag” the city. Thanks to OpenStreetMap, the group geolocalized the chosen places on a map of Naples online and connected them to the newly produced Wikipedia entries that were available to all the users of the map. Some QR codes linked to the entries were positioned close to the assets, to show citizens the passage of the marathon.