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Title: Creative uses of Wikimedia Commons for a better understanding of heritage!


Nassima Chahboun

Nassima Chahboun is an architect and cultural heritage consultant from Morocco. She is the co-founder of Wiki World Heritage, a Wikimedia affiliate dedicated to the documentation of world heritage, with focus on the Global south. She led several projects to document heritage, such as WikiKsour, MedinaStories, WHindanger and Told Cities, and several capacity building campaigns in countries without Wikimedia affiliates, such as Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Senegal.

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Type: Lecture

Track: GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 30 minutes

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Presentation language: en

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Abstract[edit source]

Beyond photo documentation of historical monuments and cities, Wikimedia Commons can be creatively used in combination with Wikidata to produce other layers of information about built heritage. This lecture will present and explain two examples: Sound mapping of old cities and Emotional mapping of monuments.

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While Wikimedia Commons is currently used mainly for photo documentation of historical monuments and cities (Wiki Loves Monuments for instance), it is actually possible to use it in more creative ways, in combination with Wikidata, to extract other types of information about built heritage. This lecture will present these creative uses through two examples: - Sound mapping of historic cities in Morocco, as part of "Told Cities" project by Wiki World Heritage. This mapping tends to draw the sonic landscape of these cities, which allows to understand the activities and dynamics happening in different streets and buildings, and also allow people with visual impairment to "hear" the city. - Emotional mapping of monuments in London, as part of an academic project entitled "Brent through your heart", where a photography campaign on Wikimedia Commons helped us to identify the emotional landmarks in one of London's boroughs (Monuments that are emotionally important for people). Through these two examples, attendees will explore different ways of using Wikimedia Commons and different types of information that can be extracted, beyond the conventional photo documentation.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

This session will catalyze future creative projects and collaborations between different communities, as it presents two projects that can be replicable in other areas of the world, and creative uses of Wikimedia Commons that can help develop its use in the future.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand