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Oggetto: [cultural-partners] Biggest donation of photos in Italy - Paolo
Data: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:26:20 +0200
Hi to all,
I’m the Wikipedian in residence at the digital library of Fondazione
BEIC, Milan, Italy.
In the last days we at BEIC are uploading almost the entire photo
archive of a notable Italian photographer, Paolo Monti, counting 15.000
The whole archive was acquired by Fondazione BEIC in 2008.
For what I know, this is the biggest donation of images in one shot ever
made in Italy. It’s also the first time that a digital archive from a
famous photographer is almost completely uploaded into Commons.
This notable result was possible thanks to the long-lasting
collaboration between BEIC and Wikimedia Italia, started in 2014, and
also thanks to the technical assistance of Federico Leva aka Nemo, the
previous WiR at BEIC, now GLAM specialist at Wikimedia Italia.
The photos of the Paolo Monti archive represent a variety of subjects
(art, events, architecture, people, portraits, nature, artistic nudes,
experimental) and were shot since 1950s to 1980s. Many of them are B/W,
but there are also many fascinating colourful artistic/experimental
We are now beginning to work on:
* fixing categories (often translating the basic original italian
keywords into english Commons categories) and providing a more detailed
* inserting useful images into Wikipedia articles (in italian, english
and other languages)
* selecting the best photos to candidate them as "featured pictures”
in Wikimedia Commons (only those with 2 Megapixel or more).
Please help us, this is a huge work!
If you have any other ideas on how the images may be used, let us know!
Wikipedian in residence, Fondazione BEIC, Milan
(also Wikipedian in residence at the Science Museum, Milan)
(main project page)
(Fondo Paolo Monti - in Italian)
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