Monday, March 07, 2011

Plan your #holidays with Wiki loves #Monuments in mind

When you are playing the tourist, it is nice to be on a mission, when you are not only moving about "because that is what you do" but  when your movements have a purpose. Wiki loves Monuments can give you such a purpose.

The Wikimedia chapters of Europe are working together in one big photo competition to document the architectural heritage of Europe. Some countries like Belgium do not take part because there is no Belgium chapter and others like Italy do not take part because their laws assume copyright of Italian monuments.

This Belgium problem can be solved by its Wikimedians.

Italy deserves a quite different response. Just do not go. Ignoring Italy as a travel destination because your pictures are not yours to license is quite appropriate. A solution may be found in cooperation with the regional authorities in Italy; when this allows us to ignore such silly dictates from Rome, you will find it amazing what the Italian country side has to offer.


Vicenç Riullop said...

Still others are ignored: Ignoring is to do nothing.

GerardM said...

This competition is organised by chapters. When a country has no chapter, there is nobody to organise it.

Vicenç Riullop said...

So the contest at Alghero is organized by nobody at nowhere. Perhaps it is better to ignore chapters, not Italy:

Joan Gomà said...

I Agree with the spirit of the post but not with the details. Were the laws are putting restrictions to free knowledge we must press to change the laws. Warning the people not to travel to those places is a good pressure tool. But I can't agree with the chapters monopolistic view. This sounds to me as mean as the laws restricting freedom. Let the people organize the contest were ever there are volunteers ready to do the job. And about the case of Italy if there is a city whose authorities are ready to break the restrictions the best we can do is say: for Italy go only to Alguero the only free knowledge friendly city of the country.

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