Kan Wikipedia användas för att sprida kulturarvet?

Jag läser den fantastistisk spännande artikeln Venerable British Museum Enlists in the Wikipedia Revolution i New York Times om Britsh Museums samarbete med Wikipedia, i artikeln beskrivs samarbetet ha uppkommit pågrund av:

“I looked at how many Rosetta Stone page views there were at Wikipedia,” said Matthew Cock, who is in charge of the museum’s Web site and is supervising the collaboration with Wikipedia. “That is perhaps our iconic object, and five times as many people go to the Wikipedia article as to ours.”

In other words, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Kunskapen om hur användarna agerar på webben fick British Museum att ändra strategi och använda Wikipedia för att förmedla kunskap om deraa samlingar. Sedan är beskrivs i artikeln vad som förenar dessa två insitutioner och vad som skapar konflikter:

What unites them is each organization’s concern for educating the public: one has the artifacts and expertise, and the other has the online audience.

Dividing them are issues of copyright and control, principally of images. Wikipedia’s parent, the Wikimedia Foundation, is strongly identified with the “free culture movement,” which generally holds that copyright laws are too restrictive. The foundation hosts an online “commons” with more than six million media files, photos, drawings and videos available under free licenses, which mean they can be copied by virtually anyone as long as there is a credit.

That brought Wikipedia into a legal tussle with another prominent British institution, the National Portrait Gallery, when high-resolution copies of paintings from its collection were uploaded to the commons. A Wikipedia volunteer had cobbled the copies together from the gallery’s Web site, justifying his actions by noting that the paintings involved were no longer under copyright. Both the portrait gallery and the British Museum generate revenue by selling reprints and copies of pieces in their collections.

“Especially at a time like this, we can’t afford to sacrifice any revenue source,” Mr. Cock said.

 Sedan kommer den spännande slutklämmen om målkonflikter inom Wikipedia-communityt:

Mr. Wyatt said he “would love a high-resolution image of the Rosetta Stone,” that shouldn’t be Wikipedia’s only goal in working with the museum. He said that there had been some extremism on his side of the debate: “ ‘Content liberation’ is the phrase that has been used within the Wikimedia community, and I hate that: they see them as a repository of images that haven’t been nicked yet.”

Jag ser motsättningarna, men även beröringspunkterna och jag förväntar mig en livlig diskussion kring det imorgon när jag ska på en workshop om Creative Commons-licenser och fotosamlingar. Jag hoppas också att frågan om Wikipedias roll i förhållande kulturarvet kommer upp till diskussion och belysning. Det ska bli spännande, i vilket fall som helst.

Inbjuden som talare är bland annat Lyam Wyatt Wikipedia Australien och volontär vid British Museum. Se det fullständiga programmet.

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