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WikimediaNews - no. 84 - September 4, 2014
Official bulletin from Wikimedia Italia Association.

Wikimedia News n. 84, September 4th 2014

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 started

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 3500 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 and 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 Euronics, WWF, Spazi Medievali, Wiki Loves Busto Arsizio and Fondazione Gran Paradiso. This is a big challenge for users, participating in a contest that spans over 36 nations, all committed to prize the cultural richness of their territories.

Flag of Tuscany, by Angelo Romano [CC-BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

WMI and Tuscany region cooperate on Open Data

Cooperation on Open Knowledge between institutions and WMI is increasing. We recently signed an agreement with Regione Toscana (Tuscany region 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 both parties. 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).


Old port, by Alessio Sbarbaro (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Friday September 5th: at Salone di Rappresentanza of Palazzo Tursi, in Genoa, there was the presentazione 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 OpenGenova association.
  • Sunday September 21th: the association Gruppo Archeologico Ambrosiano (GAAm), partner of Wikimedia Italia for the Archeowiki project, prepared a tour to Desenzano. The track contains two stops: 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 flyier (downloadable in .pdf).

News from OpenStreetMap

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), is now integrated with iD editor thanks to an extension showing the images of the surroundings.
  • Newspaper La Stampa uses OpenStreetMap as cartographic source for the visualization on a news article.
  • Stamen Design got 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.