May 17, 2011

Co-creating contents on International Museums Day

Homotherium latidens at Museu Arqueològic Comarcal of Banyoles.Photo: J. Tarrus. CC-BY-SA

To celebrate International Museum Day, we started a wikiproject in Catalan Wikipedia, in collaboration with more than 25 local museums and patrimoni.gencat, the web-based heritage project of our government.

Every year at this time, local museums select a highlighted piece of their collection and make some special activities during the month of May. They call it "The Jewel of the Museum".

This year this project has been extended to Wikipedia.

Museums of all kind -from large museums like Museu Picasso to small local museums- have sent us files with information about its featured objects, and we've created more than 30 new wikipedia entries.

This wikiproject has been the excuse to get in touch with these local institutions. Now more museum professionals are beginning to care and listen about topics such as CC-BY licensing, OTRS permissions and  notability, for example.

The project has been a success. Even the national press has talked about it.

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