[OSM-talk] Fwd: Biggest Wikimedia Commons photos dataset in Italy - Paolo Monti (BEIC)

Federico Leva (Nemo) nemowiki at gmail.com
Fri Apr 8 15:20:01 UTC 2016

Forwarding on request.

Photos are not geotagged yet, but Paolo Monti shot many of them as part 
as geographic surveys hence I expect many will be valuable depictions of 
some rare corners of the OSM map.

Soon we should have a list of (approximate) places (categories) in one 
of the Commons pages linked below.


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Oggetto: [cultural-partners] Biggest donation of photos in Italy - Paolo 
Monti (BEIC)
Data: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:26:20 +0200
Mittente: marcok

Hi to all,
I’m the Wikipedian in residence at the digital library of Fondazione 
BEIC, Milan, Italy.

In the last days we at BEIC are uploading almost the entire photo 
archive of a notable Italian photographer, Paolo Monti, counting 15.000 
The whole archive was acquired by Fondazione BEIC in 2008.


For what I know, this is the biggest donation of images in one shot ever 
made in Italy. It’s also the first time that a digital archive from a 
famous photographer is almost completely uploaded into Commons.

This notable result was possible thanks to the long-lasting 
collaboration between BEIC and Wikimedia Italia, started in 2014, and 
also thanks to the technical assistance of Federico Leva aka Nemo, the 
previous WiR at BEIC, now GLAM specialist at Wikimedia Italia.

The photos of the Paolo Monti archive represent a variety of subjects 
(art, events, architecture, people, portraits, nature, artistic nudes, 
experimental) and were shot since 1950s to 1980s. Many of them are B/W, 
but there are also many fascinating colourful artistic/experimental 

We are now beginning to work on:
  * fixing categories (often translating the basic original italian 
keywords into english Commons categories) and providing a more detailed 
  * inserting useful images into Wikipedia articles (in italian, english 
and other languages)
  * selecting the best photos to candidate them as "featured pictures” 
in Wikimedia Commons (only those with 2 Megapixel or more).

Please help us, this is a huge work!
If you have any other ideas on how the images may be used, let us know!

Thank you,

Marco Chemello
Wikipedian in residence, Fondazione BEIC, Milan
(also Wikipedian in residence at the Science Museum, Milan)

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:GLAM/BEIC (main project page)
http://www.beic.it/en/node/1969 (Fondo Paolo Monti - in Italian)

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