Martin Poulter's activities this month as the university's Wikimedian In Residence:
- Meeting with Oxford's Museum of the History of Science about sharing a dataset and images of astrolabes: more to come in August.
- Sharing data about John Sibthorp and Ferdinand Bauer's 1786-88 botanical expedition to the eastern Mediterranean. A previous upload jumped the gun and included some dubious data, so I deleted the properties and started again.
- Sharing data about manuscripts in the Bodleian Library. This is a gradually growing data set that I have been adding to manually, while also building a tool to bulk share data and images from the Bodleian to Wikidata and to Commons.
- Reviewing a pottery ware dataset from the Pitt Rivers Museum for possible sharing on Wikidata.
- Giving a lecture at the Digital Humanities Summer School urging researchers to use Wikidata as a starting point for humanities data, and to improve what is there.
- Publishing a blog post, "Wikidata and GLAM catalogues: a round-up" explaining some of the projects using Wikidata in GLAMs.
While looking for biographical information about scientific instrument-makers in the Museum of the History of Science dataset, I found one had authored a short instruction booklet which is available in Google Books. This is now set up as a Wikisource transcription project. Help is welcome!
The Celtic Knot Conference
The National Library of Wales ran the second Celtic Knot conference, organised by Wikimedian in Residence Jason Evans in partnership with Wikimedia UK on the 5 and 6 July. The conference brought together wikimedians and other wiki partners from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, Catalan, the Basque country and the Northern Sami to discuss ways in which Wikipedia can help support and preserve minority or endangered languages. SLIC Wikimedian in residence Delphine Dallison produced a blog post giving an overview of the conference. There was also a Wikidata track running through the conference and you can read more about some of the tools and ideas discussed on the Wikimedia UK blog.
Jason Evans and Ewan McAndrew are currently looking for the next hosts of Celtic Knot for 2019. Get in touch if you think that could be you!
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