Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia that can be edited by anybody, has launched a campaign to be listed as a World Heritage Site as part of its 10th birthday celebrations.

The non-profit organisation behind the site, Wikimedia, has opened a petition proclaiming it “is a masterpiece of human creative genius and is also of universal human value”.

If successful, Wikipedia would become the first digital entry on a prestigious UNESCO roster of international cultural and natural wonders that includes Giant’s Causeway, Stonehenge and Westminster Abbey.

The idea of applying for World Heritage Site status was originally proposed ealier this year by Wikimedia Germany. It quickly attracted support from other branches of the organisation and the petition was opened on Tuesday.

“It is not only a success story in the history of the internet, but a success story for a paradigm change in the treatment of free knowledge,” the campaigners said.

“Therefore we deem Wikipedia ready to join the ranks of other UNESCO World Heritage sites.”

Source: The Telegraph


AAM unveils its 2nd annual virtual conference to deliver outstanding educational content live from the 2011 Annual Meeting in Houston, May 23-24, 2011.

The AAM Annual Meeting Virtual Conference 2011, produced in collaboration with LearningTimes,  is a two-day online conference. In partnership with AAM’s standing professional committees, it will showcase ten sessions of broad appeal and greatest relevance to the 2011 annual meeting theme “The Museum of Tomorrow”. A stellar cast of subject matter experts will offer broad, multidisciplinary perspectives to museums of all types and sizes.

The Museum of Tomorrow

Despite its online format, the AAM virtual conference is not a static experience. Through participation you and/or your organization will have opportunities to meet peers, share information, expand your professional network, and learn from talented colleagues.Through this virtual conference, you’ll be better able to:

-Understand how to sharpen your organizational vision

-Demonstrate the public value of your institution

-Learn more about your ever

-changing visitors and the tools and strategies to best reach them

-Glean insight on how best to protect and grow your assets

-Connect and network online with museum colleagues from around the world

Source: AAM


For two years, an entire division of the Ministry of Environment is dedicated to the hard work of inventorying Spanish Natural Heritage. It has been a difficult task that includes a comprehensive compilation of all the elements that shape and influence biodiversity. All of this information is collected online on the web Biodiversia.


The initiative is based on two parallel tracks. On the one hand, the inventory is done to fulfill the objective of acquiring a global and comprehensive knowledge of the Spanish state of biodiversity. Take shape in a technical document that contains the distribution, abundance, condition and use of marine and terrestrial elements of the natural heritage member.

Along with this technical catalog is released to a parallel platform, driven by the Biodiversity Foundation and made available to the public this information.

The platform is presented as a social network where Internet users can create working groups or interest and share information, in addition to consulting the data provided by the administration. The most novel contribution of this website is inviting users to participate and provide information at their fingertips. In fact, that information is added to the official list after undergoing scientific review for accuracy.

One of the most striking that provides the platform is Biomap, an application based on Google Maps technology to help them into the field as the distribution of fauna and flora as fire history, landscape or protected areas.

Source: Público


Antoni Tapies Foundation hosts on Thursday May 12 the seminar “Digitalisation and access toculture in the information society: questions and legal challenges”, which aims to provide a framework for reflection and discussion about intellectual property rights and their impact in promoting access to culture.

 

Edificio de la Fundación Antoni Tapiés. © Marc Coromina, 2002

Edificio de la Fundación Antoni Tapiés. © Marc Coromina, 2002

With the participation of workers from different sectors of the intellectual property field, from copyright management companies representatives to use defenders of Creative Commons Licenses. The seminar is organised in five round tables, preceded by a presentation, and followed by a closing session, which will outline the conclusions of the day.The initiative is related to the project Combined Arts (A Place for Education, Exhibition and Research) of Fundació Antoni Tàpies, which comprises the digitalization of documentation related to the publications, the Collection and the Fundació archive, with the aim of making it available to the public.

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10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee and reception

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Law and access to culture in the information society: questions and legal challenges› Laurence Rassel, Director of Fundació Antoni Tàpies› Dídac Martínez, Head of University Services, u p c.› Manuel Martínez Ribas, lawyer of id law partners (b g m a)

11:00 – 12:30 a.m.

Access and use of cultural digital archives: principles and conditionsModeradora: Laurence Rassel, Directora de la Fundació Antoni Tàpies› Prodromos Tsiavos, representative of the Communia network and Head of the Creative Commons project in England, Wales and Greece› Marià Hispano, archivist of Dos Punts Documentació i Cultura› Daniel Solà, designer and computer systems director, and José Ribas, managing director, of the magazine Ajoblanco› Daniel G. Andújar, Vice president of Associació d’Artistes Visuals de Catalunya (a a v c)

13:00 – 14:30 p.m.

The case of the national libraries and archivesModerator: Baptista Borrell, Director of Consulting of UPCnet› Philippe Aigrain, Director of Sopinspace (Société pour les espaces publics d’information)› Simon Bell, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Licensing of the British Library› Gloria Pérez-Salmerón, Head of the Biblioteca Nacional de España› Enric Cobo Barri, Head of the Service for the Coordination of the Public General Archives in Catalonia, Subdirecció d’Arxius i Gestió Documental de la Generalitat de Catalunya

14:30 – 16:00 p.m.Lunch16:00 – 17:30 p.m.

Legal aspects in the digitisation and access of archives in the information societyModerator: Malcolm Bain, lawyer of id law partners (b g m a)› Dr. Van Gompel, professor of the Institute for Information Law, Amsterdam› Ramón Casas (Ph. D.), professor in Intellectual Property at the Universitat de Barcelona or Raquel Xalabarder (Ph. D.), professor in Intellectual Property of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya› Javier de la Cueva, lawyer› Jordi Bacaria Martrús, President of the Intellectual Property Section of the Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Barcelona› Jaime de Mendoza, technical adviser of the Subdirección del Ministerio de Cultura

17:30 – 19:00 p.m.

Copyright collective management and register of the works of art: repercussions of Creative Commons LicensesModerator: Manuel Martínez Ribas, lawyer of id law partners (b g m a)› Paula Jiménez de Parga, Director of v e g a p Catalunya (Visual Entidad de Gestión de Artistas Plásticos)› Patricia Riera, Head of c e d r o delegation in Catalonia (Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos)› Mercè Vallverdú, lawyer of s g a e (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores)› Santiago Oros, Head of Registre de la Propietat Intel·lectual de Catalunya› Ignasi Labastida, Head of the Creative Commons project in Spain

19:00 – 19:15 p.m.

Closing remarks and conclusionsLaurence Rassel and Manuel Martínez Ribas

You can follow this through live streaming the conference.

Source: Fundación Antoni Tápies


Master in Museums that is taught on the campus of Huesca organized a seminar on accessibility in museums and other places of disclosure of assets, which was held on 26 and 27 April.

The seminar, included in the teaching program of this postgraduate degree from the University of Zaragoza, will be open to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of the Institute of Huesca.

Campus de Huesca de la Universidad de Zaragoza.

The headquarters of this center in Huesca (Park Street, 10) hosted each evening at 16.30 and 18.30 hours, two conferences of heads of cultural centers and institutions of disability, current experiences show and try to offer accessibility guidelines that allow exhibition contents to get all citizens.

‘Look at me! Public accessibility for all’ is the title of this conference pretending to be a meeting and exchange of knowledge and experience between professionals and people interested in promoting accessibility. New technologies, interdisciplinary arts and design are some of the content linked to it will be discussed in the papers.
The seminar began on Tuesday, April 26, with the conference ‘Invisible Cultures, “which gave Isabel Torres, the Spanish International

Cooperation Agency (AECI) in Montevideo. It said various cultural inclusion strategies being developed in South America and North America, from different cultural policies.Then Esther Strong, Department of Education’s National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC), spoke on ‘How to make art accessible to all audiences?’, Paper in which he reviewed the interdisciplinary content as a way of multiplying access paths to knowledge.

Program April 27

On April 27 intervened, firstly, Begoña Consuegra, Department of Cultural Resources ONCE, who gave a presentation on access to museums for people with severe visual impairment.

Consuegra regretted that the current situation in museums far from accessible to the blind, in part due to legislation, although states that these areas must be accessible, the law is not developed. “It’s a very vague law does not specify how or to what degree, or who will be responsible for monitoring that meet the standard. In addition, it is not punitive. Thus, accessibility in Spain is only a matter of goodwill, “said the art.

Therefore, Begoña Consuegra first proposed a change in the legislation, which must be followed by the incorporation of accessibility in the curriculum, for people who work in museums are trained in techniques of description and relationship with this group, based primarily the use of hearing and touch.

Furthermore, the head of Social Responsibility in Barcelona Maritime Museum, Teresa Soldevila, released the codes needed to remove barriers in the cultural, from the experience of the center where she works.

This conference will be completed on 17 May with a visit to the Museo del Teatro Romano de Zaragoza, where he presented the draft of the Route Information Accessibility Caesaraugusta.

Master in Museums, has for two decades training professionals in education and communication from the campus museum Huesca. More than 300, from Spain and other European and Latin American countries have passed through its classrooms.

Source: Diario Alto de Aragón and Europa Press


The City of Plasencia (Cáceres) has opened the first Museum Typhlological of Extremadura, a space that, in addition to educational and artistic goal, aims to facilitate access to culture and heritage to all people, regardless of their sensory, especially to the visually impaired.

Museo Tiflológico de Extremadura

This museum, located at the Centro Cultural Las Claras, enables blind people to know the monumental and artistic heritage which has Plasencia through touch the exhibits, something not very common in most of the museums in which parts are protected by security cordons showcases or hindering their knowledge.

The 18 pieces that houses the new Museum of Plasencia Typhlological are a collection of sculptures that replicate some of the architectural monuments of the city and some details of them, as explained in a press conference today the mayor of Tourism, Raquel Puertas.

The works have been carried out in the sculpture workshop of the School of Fine Arts “Rodrigo German” de Plasencia, belonging to the Diputación Provincial de Cáceres, under the direction and coordination of the sculptor Juan Gila Boraita.

The choice of the monuments are designed reproduced with a didactic purpose, aiming at the museum where visitors learn the formal aspects of the different artistic styles that make up the monuments of the city.

Similarly, it seeks to highlight the difference between a sculpture and architecture attached to a free-standing sculpture, and the difference between high and low relief.

Since the pieces are accessible to the touch, much attention has been the choice of materials used for reproduction, using different types of clay, stone resin, thereby achieving textures that suggest the original material of the sculptures and monuments reproduced.

Thus, visitors to the museum, guided by the touch of hands can tour the facades of the Cathedral, the Choir, the aqueduct, the unique Abuelo Mayorga, the patron saint, the Virgen del Puerto, the details of the park Los Pinos, the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Church of St. Nicholas and the City, as well as other details such as gargoyles, and medallions.

Source: Efe


The art pieces are so delicate that a slight impact or shock during transport the can deteriorate badly. Therefore, their custody, care and ensure their protection has emerged as one of the increasingly essential tasks for Basque galleries.

Web del grupo Eun

EUN Basque company has revolutionized the care of the paintings in museums to develop a pioneering system that allows protection against possible shocks arising from sudden stops or vibrations caused by movement. “We saw the need to offer a technology to preserve these works of art with a more efficient system than those traditionally used,” says Iñigo Eguren, EUN group director.

The new system consists of a series of sliding screens scaffold that can protect the paintings and are able to absorb the vibrations emitted by the motion picture.
Also, this device manages to avoid the impact caused to any braking or sudden stops in shipments of parts. “There are devices that cushion impacts and brake position for protection in loading and unloading or blocking central locking the screen automatically locks up”.

“The systems we have developed are designed to protect works to preserve harmful factors such as light or dust, and to facilitate the order and warehouse space in the galleries to optimize the storage of the pieces” .

The project began a year ago when the company specializes in making file systems for offices and libraries, opted for “technological innovations” in an increasingly necessary equipment for museums Basques.

“This is a pioneering system in Spain and we have implemented and two museums. Guarantees the preservation of the paintings during its displacement, “detailing those responsible for this new project.

Source: El Mundo


Lleida University (UDL) opened on Tuesday April 12 a new Art Center Modern Age (CMEA), located in the Agri-Food Science and Technology Park of Lleida, featuring art and devoted to the analysis of the artistic heritage of late medieval and modern periods.

As reported by the UDL, the “CSI” of art is directed by Professor Ximo Company and his researchers will focus mainly on the analysis of Spanish and European painting from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Centro de Arte de Época Moderna (CAEM)

The CMEA was launched in 2000 in a dispatch from the Faculty of Arts. Since then, researchers in the scientific-technical service UdL have studied more than 200 works including paintings, sculptures, reliefs, metalwork, textiles, ceramics and architectural pieces.

Among his hottest discoveries, is that of a portrait attributed to Goya Camon Aznar Museum of Zaragoza, which was a forgery, probably during the second half of the nineteenth century.

The new center has two offices and two laboratories equipped with the latest technology, such as an infrared reflectography unit, high-resolution cameras, a Wood’s lamp ultraviolet radiation and X-ray equipment, electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy.

In each report issued by the CMEA is established as precisely as possible the technique, style, historical background, chronology, iconography, condition, and the authorship and equity, cultural and economic works that are under study.

In addition to this analysis, the experts proposed as UdL parts should be retained and, if necessary, and must be restored.

Currently, experts of the center are working on an oil painting attributed to Ribera and El Greco table.

Source: EFE


Málaga expands accessible tourism

People with hearing and visual dissabilities  will have guidebooks which are interpreted to the sign language and subtitled. A touch plane located at Marina Square will be the starting point of the five accessible tourist routes. These routes can be downloaded by QR integrated technology at the touch as well as from the web malagaturismo.com.

Universal Accessibility Councilman Raúl López, and the director general of tourism, Elías Bendodo have presented a new initiative for developing a more accessible capital in tourism.

Foto de la ciudad de Málaga.

On the one hand, it has taken a step forward in the service provided by traditional tourist audio guide that the Department of Tourism of the City of Manchester from the central office of the Plaza de la Marina is being made available to visitors at the headquarters Tourist information Plaza de la Marina. And secondly, there has been a touch flat center of the capital aimed at people with visual disabilities will be the starting point of tourist trails accessible from the city.

As for the audio guide service sites, since it was launched two years ago for free is the perfect complement to each of the 8 thematic pedestrian routes designed by the session running through the historic center, in paper published in several languages. Starting today, these audio guides contain information on the 5 most significant routes (Monumental, Sacra, Picasso, Traditional and Botany) translated into sign language (Spanish) accompanied by subtitles and voice-over, designed to meet the expectations of a target audience that is increasingly encouraged to travel to our capital given their degree of accessibility.

They have a new way of seeing the city, its monuments and curiosities of a more complete thanks to the information about what the visitor can discover in each of the pedestrian routes.

It should be noted the great success of thematic tourist audio guide service, for a total of 3,400 people made use of them in the past year. This has meant an increase of 126.8% compared to those used in 2009. The headsets are disseminated and promoted by the Department of Tourism of the City of Manchester in more than 500 points both Malaga Province hotels, information offices, etc.

Fuente: Polibea Turismo


Greco Museum in Toledo has been comprehensively renovated over a period of over four years to gain accessibility. During the reform have changed both the permanent exhibition buildings and facilities.

A study conducted between 2002 and 2003 has served to carry out the actions and has been the basis on which the new institution intended to respond to the needs of current museum and its visitors.

Pabellón de acceso al Museo del Greco en Toledo

In addition to removing architectural barriers, has built a new plant the flag of a reception area of concrete and glass that connects to the historic garden, one of its greatest values. They also visited a medieval caves that could be part of the ancient palace of Samuel Levi.

With regard to the permanent exhibition proceedings have focused on the adequacy of space and facilities, development of new items display support, the proper signaling pathways and services, and systems both architectural lighting exhibition in the Museum. With the reform process has also created new public spaces such as the reception area, the recovery of medieval caves and historic garden Museo.También are some new systems that allow better accessibility to visitors, especially to users with mobility or hearing.

Based on the difficulties of adapting a historic building have been adapted to different areas to ensure maximum accessibility to all visitors, including those persons having disabilities.

The Museum has to remove architectural barriers lift, lift tables and chairs, stair lifts, ramps and wheelchairs for the disabled.

In terms of communication barriers, have incorporated the following resources for people with hearing impairment:

- Magnetic loop counter to the public and meeting facilities

- Subtitling and videos in Spanish Sign Language all audiovisual

- Induction Loop to connect to the audio guide

- Audio amplifiers to connect to the audio guides (the latter will be available when it is this service)

Source: Tourism Polibea

Photo: Ministry of Culture