With all the attention that has come from the massive fire that decimate the collection of the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, there has been a lot of talk of what could have been done to save the collection. Larger questions surrounding digitization and funding for arts organizations have arisen but the question of what comes next is still looming. This is where Wikipedia steps in with a simple solution to this question: user donated photos. Wikipedia wants to build a “digital archive” of the museum’s collection through user donated photos from before the fire. I think Wikipedia’s idea to call for crowdsourcing of photographs in order to document the collection is an interesting idea, I am also impressed with the user response as thousands of images have already come into the website. Now the burden lies on information professionals and art historians to sift through the raw data to create a functional AND factual archive.
-Charlotte India Eagle Info653-02