|Library of the Museu Picasso. Tons of knowledge!! by: Kippelboy [CC-BY-SA]|
Over the next few months I will be collaborating as a Wikipedian-in-residence at Museu Picasso, in Barcelona.
The objective of my residency will be to establish a relationship between the museum community and local Wikipedians, through a series of activities, both internal and open to the public.
Museums are the custodians of knowledge and the arts. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, is becoming the family encyclopedia of this century, and is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world.
It's time to merge the expertise of museums with the potential spread of Wikipedia, in order to proactively build a relationship that brings benefits to both parties, to provide most users and better content in the best possible quality.
According to its director, Pepe Serra, the museum has an obligation to contextualize the work of Picasso and relate it to other artists, giving visibility and returning to society the knowledge that is generated within the institution. One of the many ways to do it is transferring this knowledge into the wikipedia universe, where the article about Pablo Picasso receives over 800,000 monthly visitors, and is present in more than 125 languages. Museums have the moral obligation to participate in this collaborative project.
This is one of many fruits that gave the Glamwiki BCN meeting that had place last March at the Picasso Museum. Following that event, museums across Catalonia, as MACBA, the Fundació Miró, the Railway Museum, the Art Museum of Girona, the Center for the Arts Panera or Jaume Morera de Lleida, are beginning to establish contacts with the Catalan community of wikipedians.
This is a pioneer initiative in Spain, and has been successfully done in places as the British Museum, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the Palais de Versailles or soon at the Smithsonian. Will be blogging about started projects :)