Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

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On September 2, 2018, a fire destroyed Brazil’s Museu Nacional (National Museum) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tragically, approximately 20 million irreplaceable artifacts went up in smoke, with only very few—if any at all—backed up by digital copies. Wikipedia has recently launched a campaign to crowdsource photographs of the museum before the blaze and compile them into a digital archive, in an attempt to preserve this priceless permanent collection.


The oldest fossilized human remains discovered in the Americas, a colorful collection of moth specimens and a 3,000-year-old Egyptian coffin are only some of the objects Wikipedia hopes to immortalize in its virtual collection. To build the most comprehensive archive possible, the website is asking people to send in any photo—even selfies—that they've got of the Museu Nacional.


As Wikipedia wrote on Twitter: “There were over 20 million objects inside the #MuseuNacional. Did you take a photo of any of them? Help us preserve the memories of as many as we can and add them to @wikicommons.”


This tweet is followed by a helpful infographic which details how to submit these priceless images:


Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

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While there's no way to resurrect the 200-year-old museum, Wikipedia wishes that this project will provide future generations with a glimpse into these tragically lost treasures. The growing collection of user-submitted photos can be accessed through Wikimedia Commons.


Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

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Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

(Photo: Lets Vamoose LLC via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)


Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

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Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

(Photo: Lets Vamoose LLC via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)


Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

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References: Mymodernmet, Open Culture

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