In the first half of the month, we completed the upload of ~70 new selected images, with simple free software scripts which we made on purpose and which integrate with existing tools. We then proceeded to verify what need there is for such illustrations, by surveying existing Wikimedia projects pages and by adding images where images were lacking or of inferior quality (e.g. upgrade from JPG to raw TIFF).
The outcome is that the ~120 files we uploaded so far were useful, and are now used, over 1600 times across 165 Wikimedia projects; almost all files are used on at least 2. In the process, we performed 4000+ edits across 170+ wikis.
The interpretation is that, among the Wikimedia projects pages on authors and works covered by BEIC, many have few or no illustrations, or contain images in very low resolution, sometimes uploaded over ten years ago. Therefore, the BEIC collections can provide a significant benefit, even in topics which may be taken for granted and sufficiently covered (like Dante Alighieri). The impact is guaranteed when we upload TIFF images (rarely available online) or create new articles (where we can provide images and bibliographic information).
Two training sessions were held with BEIC employees, in preparation for their confidence and editing to get up to speed, especially on Wikipedia and Wikisource.