The Wikipedian in Residence project at the Museo Galileo has been concluded in June 2016. The Museo Galileo was selected –together with the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, the MUSE-Museo delle Scienze in Trento and the Fondazione Mansutti in Milano– by Wikimedia Italia as home to a Wikipedian in Residence for a two-month period. The Wikipedian in Residence is someone especially skilled in Wiki Projects who works in-house at an organization with the aim of bringing its collections out in the Wikipedia world.
As a result of the project, over 450 Italian and English contents from the Museo Galileo website which are pertinent to entries not yet included in Wikipedia or can be helpful to improve current articles, about 130 pictures and some videos have been shared with the Wikipedia community. Moreover, training workshops enabled the museum staff to work by themselves in the Wikipedia world after the Residency is finished.
This project notably implemented the topics related to the history of science in the most visited online encyclopedia. Not to forget that it is a new “chapter” of a dialogue with Wikimedia Italia that began in 2009 through the sharing of some biographies from “A Thousand Years of Science in Italy” website and continued in recent years with the creation of entries related to the museum collections and library.
The Museo Galileo will continue to work on the GLAM project with Wikipedia thanks to the contributions of its staff and the researchers who collaborate with the Institution.