Results and summaries are reported continuously on the page for interviews. You can already see clear patterns and needs that we will continue to work with.
One such question is how to create a network that is broad enough and open to many issues, but still specialized to be able to solve more difficult, specific issues. It may be that you are looking for special knowledge that some people possess. How to create a network where the focus is on helping each other?
Read more at Needs assessment/interviews. Tips and suggestions are still highly welcome!
Contact tore.danielssonwikimedia.se and continue the discussion.
Helping with getting Pattypan back on track
Pattypan is a tool for uploading large sets of images. It is used widely by GLAM institutions to contribute to Wikimedia Commons.
Last year Pattypan stopped working which caused a lot of problems and delays. The issue stemmed from a change in the MediaWiki API. This affected a software library that Pattypan, among other tools, is using. At the same time Pattypan only supported a version of Java that was not compatible with some dependencies. This meant that the process of running and testing new versions of Pattypan was difficult.
We decided to see if there was something that we could help with to get Pattypan up and running again. Since it was requested by Albin Larsson, the volunteer developer working on the issue, we worked on packaging the tool. This means that the end user doesn't need to download any extra things besides the tool itself.
One central part of the work with the Content Partnerships Hub is the collaboration with International Government Organizations (IGOs) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) to make content available on the Wikimedia platforms. We are talking with several UN agencies, for example, around opening up their content to free licenses, and finding best ways for how to get them to the Wikimedia platforms. So far, the UN Environmental Programme has released their flagship publications under a Wikimedia Commons-compatible license, which means that these publications can be used to write or illustrate articles, for example.