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Source: press release Tropenmuseum
The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and Wikimedia Netherlands will join hands to present an exhibition Art of Survival about Maroon culture of Suriname. As part of this collaboration, the museum will make approximately 2100 pictures available through Wikimedia Commons, the shared image repository used for Wikipedia and related projects.
By involving multiple language editions of Wikipedia at the exhibition, the Tropenmuseum reaches out to new audiences and invites them to add to the available information on the subject in the online encyclopaedias. The Tropenmuseum will incorporate valuable contributions into its exhibition when it becomes available through Wikipedia.
“The exhibition is about Maroon culture, and we hope that the exhibition and Wikipedia together will provide audiences with information about the Maroon, their culture, and their history – particularly in the languages of the countries where the Maroon live” says Susanne Ton of the Tropenmuseum. “Of particular interest will be the contributions in the English, Dutch, Sranang, French, and Spanish Wikipedias.”
“It is a novelty that a museum collaborates with an Internet community in this way”, says Gerard Meijssen, who as a Wikimedia volunteer played a major role in the realisation of this partnership.
“Extraordinary information will be made available about the Maroon and it will be really interesting to learn what extra material will become available through the Wikipedias.
“Cultural institutions, not only in the Netherlands but in the whole world, are becoming more and more aware of the possibilities offered by the Wikimedia projects to give their collection a bigger audience”, says José Spierts, chair of Wikimedia Netherlands. “We are really happy that the Tropenmuseum is willing to play such a pioneering role and we hope that this example will be followed by more initiatives aimed at making our cultural heritage generally available”. The Tropenmuseum and Wikimedia Netherlands worked previously together in “Wiki Loves Art /NL”.
Forty-five museums opened their doors to volunteer photographers to make parts of their
collections available through Wikipedia.