Wikimedia news no. 67

Da Wikimedia Italia.

Wikimedia News no. 67 - January 9, 2014

WikimediaNews - no. 67 - January 9, 2014
Official bulletin from Wikimedia Italia Association.
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Two infographics talking about Wikimedia Italia in ideas and numbers

Happy 2014

New year, same old appointment with the newsletter of the Wikimedia Italia. We are back on time again and take advantage of this space to wish everyone a happy new year, dedicated to sharing and free culture!

#sostienilacultura campaign: let's take the stock

The campaign sostieni la cultura ("support culture") began quietly at the end of 2013 but has already achieved a great success, thanks to your support. Up to now, we had more than 300 donors, allowing us to collect over 11000 Euro! A special thanks goes to the two major donors: Mr. Giancarlo Pallavicini and Ms. Ines Ruffino, for the esteem and confidence that had in us.

We remind you all that the campaign #sostienilacultura does not stop: in fact, it's going on in 2014. Through the site you can continue to donate and give enrollments to the Association at any time of the year and for any occasion. As a thank you, you will receive the graphics that make up the kit of ambassador of culture, customized for partners and donors.

If you still have doubts, read this interview with our President: Frieda Brioschi explains why donations are used to maintain us independent. If you want to know how your money will be spent, remember to visit periodically our website and read through this newsletter: we will keep you updated on all projects that Wikimedia Italia will carry on throughout the year!

We also remind you to follow the progress of the campaign on all the social profiles of Wikimedia, especially those on Facebook and Twitter, helping to grow the hashtag #sostienilacultura. To encourage you, we suggest a theme: here there is the list of the 100 most visited entries on Wikipedia in Italian in 2013: it is mostly composed by TV movies. Do you agree? What would you like to see at the first places in a country that protects the culture? Tell us what do you think, using #sostienilacultura!

Wiki Loves Monuments in the world

As in the Italian edition, also in the international competition of Wiki Loves Monuments nature prevails! The winning photograph represents the passage of a train in the Swiss mountains covered with snow. You can view online all ten shots considered the best among those who participated in the editions of Wiki Loves Monuments organized in the world; unfortunately there is no Italian among the finalists, but we hope to recover in 2014. Not to be missed is the rundown of the [finalists photographs selected in each country. It'll be like touring the the world while sitting at home.

Meanwhile in Italy Wiki Loves Monuments did not stop, opening the season of exhibitions: on January 6 in Todi ended an exhibition dedicated entirely to the Temple of Our Lady of Consolation, the monument that collected the most number of shots in our contest. The exhibition hosted over 500 photographs of the Renaissance cathedral. Up to December 21, it was the turn of Asti: WeLand and CREATIVE associations, together with the group Instagramers Asti, concluded the long months of initiatives related to the competition with an exhibition of the best shots, national and local, and with the awarding of winners of Wiki Loves Asti 2013. Moreover, always in Asti, the exhibition will be repeated from 9 January until 2 February, at the Association Il Diavolo Rosso.


The re-reading contest organized by Wikisource to celebrate its first decade has its official winners! On the first step of the podium, with as many as 716 points accumulated thanks to his tireless proofreading and correction of pages already transcribed and formatted, there goes the user Chinasky, followed by Raskolinkova with 376 points and Mccoy who has earned 313 points. The entire list can be viewed directly on the page dedicated to the outcome of the ballots. Congratulations to the winners!

Freeing Cultural Heritage: an occasion to change the rules

Something is moving in favor of the sharing of Italian cultural heritage: on the site you may subscribe to the initiative (launched by OKFn Italia with the support of IWA Italy) who wants to "promote a series of amendments to the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, making the data of Italian Cultural Heritage available and reusable for all."

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT), and particularly the Minister Massimo Bray, are asked to consider a series of amendments, whose purpose is to make also the data of Italian Cultural Heritage open data. With these amendments - the accompanying letter sent to the Minister says - the Italian artistic heritage will be amplified "due to simplification and reuse of the data of our works of art, encouraging the preservation and visit." Particular attention is also paid to lesser-known works, for which the direct accessibility to a digital archive could mean, in some cases, salvation from neglect and oblivion. This is very dear to Wikimedia Italy, that with the annual competition Wiki Loves Monuments specifically aims at cataloging the monuments of Italy, also re-evaluating those poorly understood by the majority of users.

Please subscribe to the amendments (you can do so on behalf of an institution or entity, or as a private citizen), to return to Italians free access to their culture!

Wikipedia in 2013

The year has just ended and in the world of Wikipedia is already time to look back and do the first analysis. As a start, the ranking has been published of the most read encyclopedia entries during 2013. Here we reveal only the top three of the Italian language version, letting each of you the fun of making comparisons with other issues: 1. Grey's Anatomy 2. The Vampire diaries 3. Italia.

In addition, you can download on your computer the updated version at December 2013 of the whole Italian Language Wikipedia, thanks to Kiwix. By doing so you will be able to consult the encyclopedia offline, wherever you are!

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