Wiki Loves Monuments 2011: the experience in Spain and reflections regarding the diffusion of cultural heritage

Emilio José Rodríguez Posada, Ángel González Berdasco, Jorge A. Sierra Canduela, Santiago Navarro Sanz, Tomás Saorín
2012 Digithum  
Wikipedia came into being in cyberspace. Its early years were marked by asynchronous work by users located all over the world who hardly ever related on a personal level outside the net. With time, some of the volunteers met at what were called wikimeetups, encounters initially aimed at tightening bonds which did not bring about any direct improvement to the project content. Face-to-face initiatives later took place that involved not just volunteers but also cultural entities. The most recent
more » ... . The most recent event and the one with the greatest impact was Wiki Loves Monuments 2011, a competition to photograph monuments in 18 European countries, including Spain. The high level of participation led to 160,000 photographs of monuments being taken, with Spain occupying the third place in terms of number of photographs. In this paper we explore the origins, implementation, development and results of Wiki Loves Monuments. The success of the 2011 edition and requests from other countries has led to organization of Wiki Loves Monuments 2012, which will be held at the global level.
doi:10.7238/d.v0i14.1472 fatcat:5xbdq3dw4re2noyqgk5f2qkrlu