Faras discoveries, Carpathian ethnography, and a spreadsheet-based uploader
New Commons upload tool for GLAM contributors!
Pattypan allows you to choose a variety of description fields
A new open-source upload tool called Pattypan, intended for all, but especially small-to-medium GLAMs and their volunteers, is now available for use.
The program is a desktop Java application that generates an .xls file to be filled in with file descriptions, based on extensive choice of file description fields, and supporting wikicode in any field. The application was written by Yarl - author of Vicuna uploader. We would like to hear opinions and requests: Yarl is still working on the uploader so modifications and improvements will be added.
The download page on Github; Quick instructions.
Yarl is still adding modifications so all interested volunteers are encouraged to participate in testing.
Help place unique archaeological discoveries on Wikipedia
Frieze block, First Cathedral, Faras Gallery at NMW
The National Museum in Warsaw is currently beginning a new project with its Wikipedian-in-Residence, centered around the Faras Gallery, the archaeological discoveries at Faras, Nubian culture and related themes.
Over the next 5 months, a group of volunteer Wikipedians and new volunteer editors (most of whom study or work in archaeology, art history and related fields) will work on a set of articles; the Museum, and the Polish Academy of Sciences are in the process of uploading the Faras images to Commons (images of artwork/documentation photos of the excavations/other related images) - to illustrate the articles. Meanwhile, the volunteers have already put together an impressive bibliography for the new articles, largely in English.
We would like to invite volunteers from your communities to participate in this project! We are looking for interested Wikipedians to help verify, translate or contribute to articles in other languages, as well as make suggestions regarding the selection of articles.
See the initial list of articles to expand or create.
Ethnography of the Carpathians
Wikimedia Polska and the National Museum of Ethnography in Warsaw are working on an extended project to expand, order and improve content on Wikipedia (in English and several Central European languages) related to ethnography, particularly ethnography of the Carpathian region.
The goal of the project is to collect bibliography, other source material, photo and audiovisual material regarding local, traditional folk culture of the region, release it on open licenses on Wikimedia Commons – and use it for better coverage of related articles. Teams consisting of Wikipedians, ethnographers and local contacts will be organized and sent to destination places in order to document folk culture in Wikipedias and Wikimedia Commons. All team members will then write, expand and illustrate a predefined set of related articles on related language versions of Wikipedia.
Wikipedians from the team are going to establish contacts with Wikipedians from all the visited countries, inform them in advance, and involve them in editing, as well as in local training workshops and documentation trips. Each trip will be linked to at least one museum of ethnography in the visited region, with whom the team will collaborate on the project (list of museums). We will also conduct a wikiworkshop for local residents, students and staff.
The project plan can be found here: please sign up if you are interested in taking part!
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