Voices from the BBC Archives plus Zoos, coins and Poets
At the "
Speakerthon" event at the BBC's New Broadcasting House in London on 18 January, organised by Andy Mabbett, volunteers and BBC staff identified and extracted around 300 sound clips of notable people speaking, from the BBC's archive of broadcast radio programmes. The BBC have agreed to release these clips under open licence (CC-by).
Around 100 of these have already been uploaded to Commons and many added to the (English) Wikipedia articles on the speakers, including, for example, Tim Berners-Lee, Alice Walker, Agnetha Fältskog and Morgan Freeman; with many more awaiting upload.
Colleagues are welcome to assist, by documenting, templating and categorising the files, and transcribing them, and adding them to articles. How to do all this is described in
the project guidelines
The Open Knowledge Foundation have
a blog post about the event.
This project is the first time the BBC have agreed to release extracts of broadcast material under open licence.
Wikimedians in Residence Pat Hadley and John Cummings signed in on a visit to WMUK's offices
John Cummings led an
editathon at London Zoo addressing the gender gap by creating articles on Women in Zoology.
John Byrne started
his residence at the Royal Society with training sessions for Royal Society staff, and internal meetings with various departments.
Participants editing at the Anybody but Burns edit-a-thon, 25 January 2014, at the National Library of Scotland
Ally Crockford ran an Anybody but Burns editathon at the National Library of Scotland, supported by the Scottish Poetry Library, to remind people that Scotland has more than one great poet. The results have been posted on the events page, and we are happy to report that despite the miserable weather, we had thirteen participants who created five new articles and improved twelve more.
Pat Hadley our Wikipedian in Residence at York Museums Trust reports that Andy Woods, curator of numismatics has provided 110 images of 54
coins from the Middleham Hoard. Now they are uploaded Pat hopes to work with user:Wehwalt and user:Johnbod to create an article on the hoard through AFC and use the coins to illustrate further articles. Pat has made contact with WikiProjects Numismatics, Archaeology, and Yorkshire.
GLAM submissions have come in for Wikimania 2014. Please indicate which you want to make the final agenda, and there is still time for more submissions.
We are collating a
list of specialist libraries that Wikimanians can consult before or after Wikimania.
The Wellcome trust
announced the release of 100,000 images under an open licence User:Fae is involved in discussions with them regarding the mass upload of the images to Wikimedia Commons - watch this space!
I really like this initiative of adding sound and am interested in exploring options to do something similar, with a science spin (be it voices of scientists, sounds of nature, sounds created for research purposes). --
Daniel Mietchen ( talk) 14:23, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
Check back for a new edition next month.