GLAM/Newsletter/December 2014/Contents/Italy report
New wanted articles and aids for editing
BEIC focus shifted to text for a month
In December, the partnership with BEIC has continued. The "traditional" activities like addition of files have slowed down, while a survey of the suitable articles and images was ongoing. Uploads on Wikimedia Commons will resume in January for the selected authors and works.
This month, the focus has instead been on text contributions. In particular, Wikimedia Italia's wikimedian in residence, Federico Leva, has polished Zotero, a tool for conversion between citation formats used also by Citoid. Adding references to resources of BEIC (and many other libraries) is already much easier, but further improvements are being made as the tool is used within BEIC; code has been published in GitHub and is under review.
Additionally, almost a hundred articles have been created in the Italian Wikipedia, about missing "BEIC authors". The articles were in good part about mathematicians and science people of the 16th, 17th and 18th century, translated and adapted from English, French and German Wikipedia (and many others). The new articles are typically filling blatant holes and red links and have already attracted further contributions from users of the relevant WikiProjects. BEIC collaborators have reached about 3000 global edits on Wikimedia projects.
With these two efforts, we hope to help editors spread free knowledge on important topics and on library resources of all the countries and languages.