The election meant that all MPs would be passing through a certain place, at a certain time. That place being the Chamber as they're sworn in after the election. This gave us an unprecedented opportunity to take an official portrait of each Member without complicated shoot schedules, myriad locations, diary management, or difficult staffing issues.
Top celebrity photographer Chris McAndrew was commissioned to take the shots, with an average of just two minutes per person. Once they were made available on the parliamentary website, Andy and fellow volunteer Fæ worked to quickly upload all four versions of each image - the original and three formats of cropped image, being careful to name them in series (some had already been uploaded under other file names by other users; these duplicates are in the process of being rationalised). All can be seen in Category:Official United Kingdom Parliamentary photographs 2017.
Work is now ongoing to add the images to Wikipedia articles in all available languages, and to Wikidata. You can help!
Wow - 700+ viewed the 60-minute preview webinar on the Wikipedia + Libraries online training program; you can view webinar here
Enrollment in the online training program is now open for US public library staff, if you know a US public library staff member, spread the word. Free course for US public library staff is from Sept. 13 - Nov. 15, 2017
English-language Wikipedia editors are invited to participate in the Wikipedia + Libraries online training program as guides. You can participate in the full course, or for one of the modules. Wikipedians need not be affiliated with US public libraries to participate, the more the merrier! Help course participants learn about Wikipedia by sharing your experiences and answering questions during the forum discussions that take place between the live sessions. Click here to participate.
Ma Commune Wikipédia is a website developed by Wikimedia France to give information about the state of the Wikipedia articles for every French municipality and encourage people to edit the Wikimedia projects. It uses Wikidata to identify the communes.
Edit-a-thons are one of the most commonly used programs among Wikimedia program leaders and one of the programs that they want to use most (see this survey result and this survey result.) However, in many settings and situations Wikimedia Community members are not sure what goes on during these events, or are unsure about the best practices for making those events successful.
During the month of July, Alex surveyed the existing documentation for edit-a-thons, to develop an initial draft of a training for folks who have not run Editing events before. The draft was developed, so that it could be included in the Programs and Events Dashboard training module environment. The environment allows for folks to translate such a training on Meta, localizing such a training for their own cultural and language context.
Structured Data on Commons is making progress on design research and initial back-end development. This initial research, includes targeted outreach to major institutional partners, and deep design-research interviews With folks who have done batch uploads as part of GLAM projects.
With the hiring of User:SandraF (WMF), as the principal Community Liason on the project. She will also be supporting development of best practices for GLAM+Wikidata and the Structured Commons to be used as part of programmatic partnerships. Her background is very deep in GLAM-Wiki, where you may know her as User:Spinster.
The Structured Data team released a Newsletter on July 19 on Commons.
Wikimedia Blog updates
The Wikimedia Blog has included a number of stories of importance to representing GLAM-Wiki:
Wikimania this year, is filled with GLAM-Wiki programming, including a significant amount of the WikiConference North America and the main conference program. To learn more about the schedule, see: the post on the public GLAM mailing list.