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WikimediaNews - no. 39 - November 16, 2012
Official bulletin from Wikimedia Italia Association.

Authors in Wikipedia

The award ceremony for the the "Authors in Wikipedia" contest will be held in Milan on November 26 at the headquarters of AICA (Piazzale Rodolfo Morandi, 2). Purpose of the project is to enable secondary school students to learn the use of Wikipedia for sharing knowledge. Each student, followed by a teacher, creates an article; these articles enter the competition (it is also possible that a group of students creates an article for the contest). In this way, Wikipedia is enriched with new content created by the pupils, forming at the same time new Wikipedians and improving the awareness of young people for the use of new technologies.


ArcheoWiki is starting! The new project is particularly addressed to less favoured audiences (such as the elderly and the disabled), and wants to raise awareness for the less known archaeological heritage in Lombardy, making it available through the technological infrastructure and the collaborative approach of Wikipedia. The activities will be focused on different targets: "Wikigita" (an excursion) for the general public, "Wikigita goes to school" for students of secondary schools and "Wikigita comes to you" for the elderly and disabled. The organizations benefiting from the project will be: non-European Civic Collections of the Castello Sforzesco (Milan); Fondazione Passarè (Milan); Ethnographic Collection of the Castiglioni Frothers (Varese); Civic Museum of Asola (Mantova); Civic Archaeological Museum of Desenzano (Brescia); Civic Archaeological Museum of Varese.

The adventure of growing up

"The adventure of growing up" starts again! The aim of the project is to make known memories and historical documents from the Istituto degli Innocenti in Florence, involving students, families, groups of young people, associations of migrant people. It offers workshops where history is combined with education, to reflect on the past and to write with the language of the present. The cultural heritage made ​​thus accessible gives children new ideas for participation and citizenship. Wikimedia Italy contributes to the project with learning activities on the theme of knowledge sharing and collaborative writing, directly targeted at boys, which complement and enrich the training. More insights may be found on the site of the project,

Wikimedia at Festival della Scienza

One of the events of the Genoa Science Festival 2012 has been a meeting "Wikipedia and the imaginary science", where a delegation of Wikimedia Italia talked about how Wikipedia, being an encyclopedia, also collects information about the theories rejected by the majority of the scientific community: this does not mean that these theories are considered at the same level as the standard ones, of course! In the meeting, we also told about people ("plotters") seeking at all costs to promote their vision on famous events, like the 9/11 attacks and the (non-)landing on the moon, and how the Wikipedia community approaches these discussions.

News from Wiki World

  • The first phase of Wikidata project officially started last October 30. There are already 30,000 elements and more than 16,000 registgered users.
  • Wikisource in Italian language reached 50,000 pages proofed.
  • MediaWiki software now supports a HTML5 video player.
  • The free touristic world guide Wikivoyage is being added to the Wikimedia projects, merging the previous community.

Notice: this newsletter is exclusively intended for information about Wikimedia Italia, both to its members and to the general public; as per Art. 1, Comma 2, Legge 7 marzo 2001 no. 62, it is not an editorial product