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This was circulated on the Wikipedia GLAM list today. This is also something that we hope to promote via the WikiConference India 2011 (though we do not have concrete plans on how to do that - ideas welcome!) . What follows is the press release for the "Wikipedia for World Heritage". warm regards, Pradeep --mail begins-- Hi everybody, I am new to this list. I've only read yesterday's and today's posts but that's already been really, really interesting. I am a PR assistant at Wikimedia Deutschland, mostly involved with our chapter publications and supportive tasks for WMDE's projects, as well as press support of community events. Ever since the initiative "Wikipedia for World Heritage" was launched a couple of months ago I have also been involved there. I'd like to keep you informed about the initiative's progress trying to convince the UNESCO of declaring Wikipedia the first digital World Cultural Heritage. For now, please find our initial press release below (a kind of introduction). By the way, approaching 50k supporters who have signed the online petition: http://wikipedia.de/wke/Main_Page?setlang=en Best, Michael -- Michael Jahn Öffentlichkeitsarbeit Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Eisenacher Straße 2 | 10777 Berlin Tel. (030) 219 158 260 http://wikimedia.de <http://www.wikimedia.de/> Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch freien Zugang zu der Gesamtheit des Wissens der Menschheit hat. Helfen Sie uns dabei! *Helfen Sie mit, dass WIKIPEDIA von der UNESCO als erstes digitales Weltkulturerbe anerkannt wird. Unterzeichnen Sie die Online-Petition:* http://wikipedia.de/wke/Main_Page?setlang=de Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V. Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985. PRESS RELEASE Berlin, 26 May 2011 * **Wikipedia for World Heritage! * * * *Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales calls for signatures to be collected and presented to the UNESCO.* On Monday, 23 May 2011, Wikimedia Deutschland started a worldwide collection of signatures for the Wikipedia for World Heritage!<http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>initiative. People are invited to join the list now by signing an online form <http://wikipedia.de/wke/Main_Page?setlang=en>. The list will ultimately be presented to the World Heritage Committee<http://whc.unesco.org/en/comittee>at the beginning of 2012. To date more than 7000 people from over 100 countries have already signed the petition. Each signature supports the initiative’s claim that Wikipedia as the largest collection of human knowledge should be recognized as the first ever global and digital World Heritage site. Altogether there are ten UNESCO criteria for recognition as a World Heritage site. The first of those criteria demands that World Heritage sites “represent a masterpiece of human creative genius”. The online petition is quoting these exact words. By signing it participants confirm that Wikipedia has universal value and that the claim is true in its case. This petition is the starting point for a global discussion of Wikipedia’s cultural meaning. Currently the free encyclopedia provides free access to more than 18 million articles in over 280 languages. Since the beginning of the new millennium Wikipedia has evolved into the collective memory of the world. Having Wikipedia recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site is a huge step towards preserving its cumulative knowledge for future generations. “Millions of people take Wikipedia for granted. They use it each and every day. Still, free access to the sum of human knowledge is not a matter of course in many places. It is a global challenge to recognize, support and preserve the work that hundreds of thousands of volunteers invest in this community project. The key to free exchange of knowledge is public recognition”, says Pavel Richter, CEO of Wikimedia Deutschland. The initiative was introduced in March 2011 at the international Wikimedia Chapters Conference in Berlin. Chapters from all over the world will accompany the initiative's activities regarding Wikipedia’s recognition as a World Heritage site. Wikimedia Deutschland will entertain an expert round on the subject on 31 May 2011 at the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin. The event will be a public kick-off. Further activities with the international community will follow. Additionally, public discussion provides a chance to explain how to deal with free knowledge and to stress its meaning for society. The advertising agency Leo Burnett supports Wikimedia Deutschland in the initiative’s realization. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was the first to sign the petition. In a video statement <http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page> he calls for support of the initiative. In his appeal Jimmy Wales puts emphasis on how important international awareness is to the free encyclopedia: “A lot of people think of Wikipedia as a technical phenomenon, a technical achievement. But in fact it isn't. What Wikipedia is, is a cultural change, a cultural achievement. We are going to try to get as many people as possible to sign the petition. Just like Wikipedia itself, the more people we get involved, the greater the chance that we'll achieve our goal. Please sign the petition!” Links: Petition: http://wikipedia.de/wke/Main_Page?setlang=en International website and video statement by Jimmy Wales: http://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page * * *About the UNESCO World Heritage:* UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Its list of World Heritage sites currently recognizes 911 properties as parts of the cultural and natural heritage of the world and worthy of protection. The basis for this list is the World Heritage Convention, established in 1975. The convention has been signed by 187 countries so far. By doing so they have committed to protect World Heritage sites in their respective territories and to support each other’s efforts. Further information: http://whc.unesco.org/ *About Wikimedia Deutschland:* Wikimedia Deutschland is a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of free knowledge. Since its foundation in 2004 the organization has been supporting the Wikimedia projects, the most well-known of which is Wikipedia. Wikimedia Deutschland promotes free of charge access to free knowledge, thereby endorsing the fundamental human right to education. Wikipedia, like its sister projects, is ad-free and independent. This is only possible through volunteer dedication and donations. Further information about Wikimedia Deutschland: Website: www.wikimedia.de Blog: www.blog.wikimedia.de Twitter: www.twitter.com/WikimediaDE Kind regards Catrin Schoneville spokeswoman Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. -- Öffentlichkeitsarbeit Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Eisenacher Straße 2 | 10777 Berlin Tel. (030) 219 158 260 http://wikimedia.de <http://www.wikimedia.de> Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch freien Zugang zu der Gesamtheit des Wissens der Menschheit hat. Helfen Sie uns dabei! *Helfen Sie mit, dass WIKIPEDIA von der UNESCO als erstes digitales Weltkulturerbe anerkannt wird. Unterzeichnen Sie die Online-Petition:* http://wikipedia.de/wke/Main_Page?setlang=de Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V. Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985. _______________________________________________ cultural-partners mailing list cultural-partn...@wikimedia.ch http://lists.wikimedia.ch/listinfo/cultural-partners -- Pradeep Mohandas How Pradeep uses email - http://goo.gl/6v1I9
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