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

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Emilio José Rodríguez Posada ,

Universidad de Cadiz, ES
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Ángel González Berdasco,

Universidad de Oviedo, ES
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Jorge A. Sierra Canduela,

Wikimedia España, ES
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Santiago Navarro Sanz,

Wikimedia España, ES
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Tomás Saorín

Universidad de Murcia, ES
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Abstract

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 network. With time, some of the volunteers met at what were called Meetups, encounters initially aimed at tightening bonds and not at bringing about any direct improvement in project content. Face-to-face initiatives later took place that involved not just volunteers but also cultural entities. 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.

How to Cite: Rodríguez Posada, E.J. et al., (2012). Wiki Loves Monuments 2011: the experience in Spain and reflections regarding the diffusion of cultural heritage. Digithum. (14). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i14.1472
Published on 31 May 2012.
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