I am very pleased to announce that Wikimedia NYC and Wikimedia DC are
working in collaboration to host the first national Wikimedia conference in
the United States!
Here are the details for the conference:
Dates: Friday, May 30, 2014 - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Location: New York Law School (185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013)
For more information, please review our official press release below! We
hope you will join us and help us spread the word!
Hi all, the new bulletin from Wikimedia Italia (#68) is available. This
time we wrote about a look on the projects we'll have in 2014, a new
collaboration on GLAM, the nomination of M/ in the Ombudsman commission,
and past and present appointments.
As usual, a link has been added to meta, at
more-or-less raw text of the bulletin follows below.
== WMI projects: where we are ==
The activities of Wikimedia Italy are going on at a goold pace. At the
start of the new year, here there is a recap of our ongoing and future
projects. [http://www.wikilovesmonuments.it/ '''Wiki Loves Monuments
Italia'''], whose 2013 edition ended last September, is already back in the
start-up phase: new enrollments are open for municipalities wishing to
participate with their own monuments. Please note that to do this it is
necessary to "free" them: that is, to grant permission to photograph them,
as per Codice Urbani. This year, participation is also open year
photography courses and schools, so come in and contact our staff [mailto:
segreteria(a)wikimedia.it sending them an email]. With the 2012 edition of
Wiki Loves Monuments Italia, Wikimedia also participating to in the tender
for the [http://www.federculture.it/premio-cultura-di-gestione-2013/ Premio
Cultura di Gestione] (Management Culture Prize), organized by Federculture
with the aim of bringing out valuable initiatives across the country,
rewarding those who have made particularly innovative projects in
valorization and management of cultural heritage.
In the meantime, the project [http://www.archeowiki.it/ '''Archeowiki''']
is in full swing. Archeowiki involves schools in a wonderful journey to
explore the lesser known archaeological heritage of Lombardy. Through the
"wikigite" the boys have the opportunity to study cultural aspects that
often they did not even imagine; this is much appreciated, as evidenced by [
article] written by a student at the Mendel Agricultural Institute of
In our future issues we will update you on the other projects: stay tuned!
SUPPORT THE CULTURE
'''''How can you contribute to these and other projects? Easy: become a
volunteer of Wikimedia Italia, or make your donation on [
http://www.sostienilacultura.it/ sostienilacultura.it] by bank transfer,
postal order, credit card or Paypal. With just 25 Euros you will help
freeing a monument; 50 euro help us to provide the material on Wikipedia to
a class of students.'''''
== GLAM: a new collaboration starts ==
The collaboration between
[http://wiki.wikimedia.it/wiki/Pagina_principaleWikimedia Italia] and
http://www.fmach.it/ Fondazione Edmund Mach] in San Michele all'Adige will
soon kick off. The collaboration is devoted to the development and
protection of the agri-food, forestry and environmental system. The
agreement is part of the GLAM/Libraries project, for which [
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utente:Virginia_Gentilini Virginia Gentilini]
is referent Virginia Gentilini. On February 20 Virginia will give a
presentation at the offices of the Edmund Mach Foundation. The project will
involve the Agrarian Institute attached to the Foundation, through the care
and development of the Wikipedia entry dedicated to it, as well as the
expansion of the activities of ''information literacy'' in the school
curriculum of the institute.
== Ombudsman Commission ==
[http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utente:M7 M/], one of the founders of
Wikimedia Italia and former member of our Board of Directors, has joined
the [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission/it Ombudsman
Commission], the body that investigates complaints of violations of the
The members of the Ombudsman Commission are selected by Wikimedia
Foundation within the Wikimedia community; they act on behalf of the Board
of Trustees. To file a complaint about an alleged infringement you can
write directly to one of the members (M/ will be able to respond in
Italian) or write to cu-ombuds-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org.
== Past and future appointments ==
* On January 11, in Lugano, [[Utente:Laurentius|Laurentius]] (''Secretary
of Wikimedia Italia'') attended the public meeting [
https://www.facebook.com/events/766264686720702/ eDem - Digital Democracy
and Participation Online - Tools and Projects], promoted by the Pirate
Party of Ticino. The appointment was at the Libri al Centro (formerly
Melisa) bookstore. Other speakers were Maolo Attivissimo (blogger snd radio
author), LIlario Valdelli (Community Manager, Wikimedia Switzerland);
moderator was Carlo Brancati (Liquid Party manage, "Servizio Pubblico" tv
* On January 17, [http://wiki.wikimedia.it/wiki/Utente:Aubrey Andrea Zanni]
Radiotre Rai Scienza] has bestowed a tribute to Aaron Swartz, programmer
and activist in favor of open access, on the occasion of the first
anniversary of his death on January 11, 2013. You can [
to the episode] on the Rai Radiotre site. Also on Aaron Swartz,
Bernardo Parrella of Global Voices and Andrea Zanni have also created an
interesting [[http://aaronswartztributo.tumblr.com/ e-book], which can be
downloaded freely under a Creative Commons license.
* February 27-28, Rome: L[http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utente:Sannita Luca
Martinelli], member of Wikimedia Italia, will speak about Wikidata on the
occasion of the international conference [
http://www.aib.it/attivita/congressi/c2014/fsr2014/ Faster, smarter and
richer. Reshaping the library catalogue], promoted by the [
http://www.aib.it/ Italian Libraries' Association].
* March 14, Milan: Pierfranco Minsenti, digital librarian, will participate
in the [http://www.convegnostelline.it/relatori1.php?IdUnivoco=69 Convegno
delle Stelline] with a speech entitled ''Wikipedia as a collaborative work
environment for a cross-community of libraries''. The aim is to define the
impact on librarians of the collaboration of to Wikipedia.
I've just uploaded the wiki and PDF versions of the Foundation's most
recent, 2012-13 Annual Report, a project I was invited to work on after my
departure as comms director back in September. You can access a wiki and
PDF version here:
As in previous years, we will also have a printed version. Hopefully some
of you will be able to see those copies in the coming months.
It's been fun to work on this project again - as in previous years we
welcome your comments or feedback. There's a comment section on the meta
You can also find a blog post announcing the release of the report here:
jay walsh (on behalf of Communications for WMF)