In a move inspired by the Bermuda Principles on open data in human genomics and by the Budapest, Bethesda and Berlin declarations on Open Access, natural history museums, botanical gardens and other institutions engaged in biodiversity research have launched and signed a declaration on open data. As the launch took place in the Bouchout Castle in the Botanical Garden of Meise (Belgium), the declaration is named the Bouchout declaration. More details in the Belgium report.
Automated import of scholarly articles into the English Wikisource
A proposal has been made on the English Wikisource to import the full text of suitably licensed scholarly articles in a bot-assisted fashion, with the corresponding media files going into Wikimedia Commons. The bot code exists and has been tested on 10 sample articles.
Open Access Media Importer
The following represents a selection of the ca. 300 files that have been uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer this month, bringing the total to over 16,800. If you can think of wiki pages where these files could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.