May 24, 2012

Wikipedian-in-Residence at the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

MNAC- National Art Museum of Catalonia [Jafeluv CC-BY-SA]
It's official. I'll be collaborating with the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) as a Wikipedian-in-Residence for the next months.

The MNAC museum embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, objets d'art, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage) and has the task of explaining the general history of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to Modern Art. Is also very important the material conserved in its Library and at the General Archive. A museum is made by its collections, but, as well as conserving them and being responsible for them, it also has to spread knowledge of them, and here is where a Wikipedian-in-Residence can Help.


The Project
The project is part of the internationalization process of the museum. It aims to add value to the museum and its collection by the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia, in different languages​​, thus improving the online presence both of museum, Catalan Art and its most representative artists.


MNAC has a huge collection and loads of masterpieces that must be better known worldwide. MNAC needs to be explained. I believe that Wikipedia is one of the most powerful tools to contextualise a museum collection within a global discourse on the history of art. We need the reach of a project used by people from all around the world who will help us to translate and improve the global knowledge of our National Art collection. Wikipedia is one of the main gateways to knowledge and MNAC must be well represented.


Activities
During the next months we will plan several projects and activities, such as content donations, backstage passes, edit-a-thons, Wikipedia workshops for museum professionals....We want to establish new links of cooperation: Start projects of co-creation of content with universities, art centers and even the general public, using Wikipedia as a workplace.


It's not only the MNAC
As a National Museum, I believe that MNAC has to be a cornerstone for the rest of the local museums, serving as an example and encouraging them to open their collections to a broader public, so they can create new discourses from their already generated knowledge.

So there is a lot of work to do and everybody is welcome to help!

Visit the Wikiproject page: [at the moment only in Catalan wiki] at http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/VP:MNAC

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