In this story I show which opportunities Wikipedia can offer to make the cultural and historic heritage in a city more visible and reusable by collaborating with citizens, libraries, institutions and other communities.
Wikipedia is not only the free encyclopedia used weekly by over 70% of the Dutch population, but also a community of volunteers, writers, photographers, software developers, teachers, project leaders and other active citizens. Culture, art and heritage comprise a substantial part of Wikipedia.
Within this sector the Wiki volunteer community closely collaborates with cultural institutions in the city, including public libraries, archives and museums. These parties increasingly make their knowledge, data and collections freely and openly accessible, sharable and reusable for citizens, artists, companies and institutions via Wikipedia. Reversely, via citizen participation projects like Wiki Loves Monuments more city-based, open and free cultural content becomes available for all. Olaf illustrates these developments by discussing practical projects the National Library, Wikipedia and a number of public libraries have set up over the last few years.
Presentation during Cultuur in Beeld, 14 december 2015, The Hague - http://www.cultuurinbeeld.com/ - the annual art and culture conference organised by the Ministry of OCW.
Slides also available on Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia,_cultureel_erfgoed_en_de_stad_-_Cultuur_in_Beeld,_14-12-2015,_Den_Haag.pdf