Wiki-inventory for Living heritage brings visibility to intangible cultural heritage in Finland. Already 150 elements from over 220 communities!
The Finnish Heritage Agency opened a Wiki-inventory for Living Heritage in 2016 related to the UNESCO 2003 Convention. The Wiki-inventory now contains 150 submissions from 220 communities in five different languages! Many of them in English.
The purpose of the inventory is to compile information and present intangible living heritage extensively in Finland, together with ICH communities, associations, museums, other institutions or informal groups. The inventory is an essential tool in making living heritage more visible. In Finland, the inventory is collected in an open and involving manner, using Wikimedia.
The Wiki-inventory is a platform that is constantly being supplemented and updated. The traditions may be related to celebrations, food, crafts, performing arts, games, nature, or oral traditions, for example. Good practices, projects, or methods for the safeguarding of living heritage can also be presented in the inventory.
Through Wiki-inventory it is possible to present rich and diverse cultural heritage from small individual phenomena to broad entities. Groups and communities are encouraged to share their living heritage as well as other information sources related to it. The platform can be used in three languages (FIN, SWE, ENG) and articles in even other languages are encouraged.
In keeping with the spirit of the UNESCO Convention, it is hoped that examples of living heritage will be listed as widely as possible, and that more examples will be collected from all around Finland, of phenomena small and large, whether traditional or somewhat surprising.
Elements within the wiki-inventory can be suggested for the National inventory of intangible cultural heritage. In 2017 the Ministry of Education and Culture nominated 52 elements for inclusion in the National Inventory of Living Heritage. The National Inventory will be updated regularly, and the next opportunity to submit applications is 4.11. - 5.12.2019.