Wikipedia launched a call for users to create a digital collection of artifacts lost in the fire at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro. The proposal is to collect photos to preserve the memory of the nearly 20 million items that may have been destroyed in the fire last Sunday (2). It is estimated that 90% of the Museum's 200-year-old collection has been wiped out.
People who have pictures of the archaeological finds and other objects that made up the collection can upload the images to Wikimedia Commons, an open platform that brings together images that can be freely reproduced and used.
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National Museum of Rio de Janeiro before the fire Photo: Divulgao
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Founded by Dom Joo VI in 1818, the National Museum brought together the largest and most important scientific collection in Latin America. Items maintained by the institution include the human fossil known as Luzia, the oldest found in America, at around 13,000 years old. Another known artifact was the nearly two-ton meteorite found in Luzinia in the 1920s. Resistant to high temperatures, the object was one of the few preserved after six hours of fire.
The flames started at 7:30 pm on Sunday (2), after the visiting hours were over. The place where the fire started and the cause is still unknown. The building's structure was made of wood and the collection contained a lot of flammable material, which helped spread the fire quickly.
Wikipedia does not detail which photos are accepted in the collection. It is worth remembering that, in addition to objects and research material, many documents were lost in the accident. On Twitter, users suggest that the entity also accept the sending of photos of lost documents that may not have been digitized. At first, any photo of its own authorship will be accepted.
How to upload photos to Wikipedia
Step 1. Access the Wikimedia Commons page and click on Create account to register on the site.
Create a Wikimedia Commons account Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 2. After creating an account, locate the option Upload file in the left menu.
Access the Wikimedia Commons upload tool Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 3. Click Next on the footer to skip the initial instructions.
Proceed to access the upload tool Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 4. Click on Select media to share and select your own photos stored on the computer.
Select photos from the National Museum's collection to send to Wikimedia Commons Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 5. Click Add more files to continue sending more photos. When finished, select Continue.
Upload as many copyrighted images as you want Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 6. Enter your full name to complete the reproduction permission form for the material under the Creative Commons license. Then click Next.
Fill in the declaration of ownership of the photo and proceed Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 7. Give the image a name and description. Remember to mark the correct language of the description. Use the Add description in another language button to add the content in more languages.
Describe the image sent to Wikimedia Commons Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 8. Below, select the National Museum category, Rio de Janeiro and click on Publish to finish.
Wikimedia Commons has a specific category for the collection of the National Museum Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves