Earth trembled again in the Emilia-Romagna Region, yesterday evening. Main focus of this earthquake is the area between San Possidonio, Concordia and Novi (Modena province), with many townships affected in a wide radius around. Trembling was distinctly felt from Padua to Milan.
As I already mentioned in a recent post, “assessing present conditions and documenting them in photos/pictures/descriptions” would be pretty useful in the present situation, and this should be done encouraging grassroots action as a crowdsourcing factor.
Though the old multivolume Guida d’Italia by the Italian Touring Club still remains the main and largest collection of information on cultural heritage - organised by regions, locations, and itineraries (with a thorough names and places register). Other regional data bases have of course been added, but it should not be assumed that they deliver a complete information. Also, while Emilia-Romagna’s IBC - its cultural heritage institute - has a very well organised geographic data base, the Lombardy Region’s cultural heritage database has a very fine tuned logical structure, but it lacks for instance a way to launch a quick, broad research on, say, historical buildings as a whole (that could be either museums, or mansions of historical significance, etc.).
Also having a full list of affected sites seems less easy as one would imagine: neither the Ministry of Internal Affairs nor the Protezione Civile agency carry anything of use. Besides, the list couldn’t be a static one, since the earth has been trembling since the last two weeks.
Just to give a few figures, the main historical buildings in the affected area of the Emilia-Romagna region (no such data are easily available for Mantua and other sites in the Lombardy area) are as follows:
- province of Bologna: 203
- province of Ferrara: 94
- province of Modena: 126
- province of Reggio Emilia: 106
As for artefacts (neither archaeological, nor contemporary ones - but these numbers are by no means exhaustive), here is a similar list for the same area:
- province of Bologna: 5300
- province of Ferrara: 2481
- province of Modena: 5444
- province of Reggio Emilia: 3113
Finally, for artefacts related to ethnographic or anthropological collections, the figures (here, as well, numbers should not at all be considered as final) are as follows:
- province of Bologna: 961
- province of Ferrara: 5
- province of Modena: 2009
- province of Reggio Emilia: 5159
A proposal - shoot pictures of historical building and artefacts containers (museums, churches, etc.) in the present conditions, tag them with location, date, and the indication “earthquake in Italy, May 2012” and post it to a specific folder on Flickr, or (even better, for single shots) to Panoramio.
Last not least: if you do so, or find out someone who does or did so, would you mind sending me the relevant URL, in order to implement an archive of post-disaster cultural heritage related pictures?