On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM, .mau. (maurizio codogno) <
On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM, .mau. (maurizio
New bulletin from Wikimedia Italia (#84) is available. Summary:
- Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 started
- WMI and Tuscany region cooperate on Open Data
- OpenStreetMap news
A link has been added to meta, at
; more-or-less raw text of the bulletin follows below.
<p align=justify>Italy boldly joins Wiki Loves Monuments. The third edition
of the picture contest started on September 1st and it will go on up until
the end of the month. This year there is an unprecedented participation in
Italy, thanks to more than 220 institutions that freed [
monuments''']. Those numbers are going to increase even more, showing that
Italian public administrations are more receptive in spreading free
knowledge and sharing of cultural heritage. This year we are pleased by the
joining of the '''MiBACT''', the Ministry for Cultural Heritage
Tourism, that supports the contest and has urged local ''Soprintendenze''
to do the same and free the monuments under their patronage.
The 2014 edition, so rich in content, is going to acknowledge the ability
of many photographers: besides the usual ten winners, who are going to get
smartphones and cameras supplied by Euronics in cooperation with Sony,
there will be additional '''special prizes''', offered by
''WWF'', ''Spazi Medievali'', ''Wiki Loves Busto
Arsizio'' and ''Fondazione
This is a big challenge for users, participating in a contest that spans
36 nations], all committed to prize the cultural richness of their
[[File:Flag of Tuscany.svg|thumb|400px|center| Flag of Tuscany, by Angelo
Romano [CC-BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons]]
<font size="5">WMI and Tuscany region cooperate on Open Data</font>
Cooperation on Open Knowledge between institutions and WMI is increasing.
We recently signed an agreement with '''Regione Toscana'''
administration). Tuscany commits to increasingly release its geographical
assets as Open Data.
This was possible thanks to their choice to facilitate the re-use of its
documents containing public data, promoting also the development of open
source softwares. Wikimedia Italia along with Tuscany region will foster a
series of activities aimed to dissemination and use of the regional
geographical assets, promoting the integration of open content released by
The agreements has a 3 years duration, tacitly renewable, while Wikimedia
Italia and Regione Toscana will evaluate the chances of starting joint
projects with other institutions and public entities of Tuscany, to "refine
and enrich the geographic, environmental and historical knowledge aiming to
improve, make available and spread free knowledge" (translating the [
resolution] ratifying the agreement).
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== Events ==
[[File:Genova.jpg|thumb|200px|left|Old port, by Alessio Sbarbaro (Own work)
[CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons]]
* '''Friday September 5th'': at Salone di Rappresentanza of Palazzo
in Genoa, there was the [
official presentation] of the contest '''[
Wiki Loves Monuments
Genova]''' by Carla Sibilla (council member for culture), Emma Tracanella
(coordinator for Wiki Loves Monuments Italia) and representatives of
* '''Sunday September 21th''': the association
Ambrosiano''' (GAAm), partner of Wikimedia Italia for the Archeowiki
project, prepared a tour to '''Desenzano'''. The track contains
the roman villa, with its Antiquarium, and the archaelogical museum. The
tour will be hosted by one of the young guides that participated to
Archeowiki during last year. More information on the official
downloadable in .pdf]).
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== News from OpenStreetMap ==
[[File:OSM.png|thumb|200px|left| OpenStreetMap with a [
"fourth dimension" in time], rendering by Christian Quest]]
* Mapillary, the crowdsourced "Street View" compatible with OpenStreetMap
(its images can be re-used for non commercial purposes and for extracting
data for OpenStreetMap), [
integrated with iD editor] thanks to an extension showing the images of the
* Newspaper La Stampa uses OpenStreetMap as cartographic source for the
visualization on [
a news article].
* Stamen Design [
a new grant] from Knight Foundation to continue and update the work that, a
couple of years ago, produced its Toner, Terrain and Watercolor maps.