Wish you all a great and joyous 2012.
The new year is probably a good time to kick off a new initiative around GLAM (Museums).
Museums are important cultural institutions for GLAM initiatives. There is no complete and reliable list Museums across India. This is due to various reasons like geographical distribution and jurisdiction. These institutions have a wealth of cultural knowledge and artifacts and therefore are key to partner with.
Some of the incredible artifacts they house are not widely known to the general public. As an example Mysore museums house the Halmidi inscription has the oldest kannada inscriptions that go back to 400-500 AD.
Museums can come under various jurisdictions like the following:
Archaeological survey of India
Central ministries – Culture, Rail, etc
State archaeology departments
Run by public sectors
Run by Trusts or NGOs
Museums can cover various themes:
Art and Crafts
What needs to be done?
Catalog and compile a reliable list of Museums for each of the states and UTs in the country. This will need to done by reviewing various sources online, state and central departments.
Subsequently a subset of these could be chosen for specific initiatives.
Call for volunteers
This is a for volunteers to assist with this compilation. We need one volunteer for each of the states.
Please volunteer here: http://wiki.wikimedia.in/List_of_Museums_in_India
Starting point for GLAM initiatives: http://wiki.wikimedia.in/GLAM_India
Look forward to your active participation. Thank you!