2023:Program/Submissions/Cultural heritage and the Wikimedia movement in times of crisis - 8XRFWW

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Title: Cultural heritage and the Wikimedia movement in times of crisis


Giovanna Fontenelle (WMF)

I’ve been a Wikimedian since 2016, editing as a volunteer and Wikimedian-in-Residence using the User:GiFontenelle account. Now, I’m a Program Officer, for the Culture and Heritage team at the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Type: Lecture

Track: GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 60 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The world loses irreplaceable pieces of knowledge all the time due to wars, fires, natural disasters, and other crises, especially in museums, libraries, and archives, but also external objects such as monuments. As the world's largest and most available source of knowledge, the Wikimedia movement and its projects have not only the ability but also the duty to share those objects, but also safeguard them. In this lecture, both the Culture and Heritage and the Global Advocacy teams, as well as Wikimedia South Africa (TBD) and Wikimedia Chile will show how we can accomplish that together, why it is important, what are the accessibility challenges and how we can advocate to overcome them.

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Almost every day, the world forever loses irreplaceable pieces of knowledge. This loss can happen because of political motivations (e.g. wars), natural disasters, and even neglect or disinterest (e.g. fires). The Wikimedia projects not only need that knowledge, but can also be a way into safeguarding heritage materials (documents, 2D works of art, monuments, and so on) before they are permanently lost or even during or after these moments of crisis.

In order to safeguard those objects, the country where those objects are based should have Copyright Laws that allow not only allow proper digitization and documentation, but also policies that allow the sharing of reproductions, such as Freedom of Panorama, Open Licenses guidelines, and other Copyright considerations, which are all accomplished by Copyright Reforms.

This session will touch on GLAM and Heritage materials, Wikimedia Commons, Advocacy, and Copyright. It could also be included in the "Legal, Advocacy, and Risks" track.

The speakers are from chapters in Latin America and Africa, from an African Library (TBD), and from the Wikimedia Foundation. The presentations are intended to introduce the importance of the topic, share ideas and challenges both from the Cultural Heritage and Advocacy sides and find pathways of collaboration.

Speakers - Giovanna Fontenelle, Culture and Heritage, Wikimedia Foundation - Franziska Putz, Global Advocacy, Wikimedia Foundation - Douglas Scott, Wikimedia South Africa (TBD) - Ingrid Thomson, Wikimedia South Africa and Jagger Library, University of Cape Town (TBD) - Patricia Diaz Rubio, Wikimedia Chile

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

Diversity: This session will have speakers from Africa (South Africa) and Latin America (Chile and Brazil) sharing their knowledge or experience, but also connecting to a topic that is important worldwide, though especially significant and impactful in developing communities or endangered countries.

Collaboration: Safeguarding cultural heritage is a challenge for everyone, everywhere. This session is an opportunity to show and discuss pathways of collaboration and share ideas about what the community can do or advocate for WHEN and IF they find themselves in a crisis situation.

Future: Safeguarding cultural heritage is protecting access to knowledge worldwide for current and future generations. It is also one of the possibilities of guaranteeing that knowledge equity is and will be a reality and an enduring right.

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?

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