King Bikram makes an offering to the holy man Roshan-i Dil: scene from the Gulshan-i 'Ishq
A new article draft has been written about the Gulshan-i 'Ishq, a romantic poem that combined elements of Indian and Persian culture.
On the 17th March, the nineteenth Did You Know to come from this project appeared on the English Wikipedia home page: "Did You Know that the Dar al-Kiswa in Egypt made ornamental curtains for the Kaaba in Mecca?" 2,780 readers clicked through to the article, bringing the equivalent of ten months' traffic to the article in one day.
There were no new image uploads this month, but I added five cropped versions of existing images. 202 category tags were added to images this month. The number of "uncategorised" images went down from 301 to 237. 13th-century glassware, Group paintings of women, and Birds in art of India are among the categories to which Khalili Collections objects have been added.
The "Art in the Age of the Caliphs" class at the University of Edinburgh, led by Dr Glaire Anderson, has this term been adding Khalili Collections images to Wikipedia articles and writing captions. They edited sixteen articles in total, including Jug, Mortar and pestle, and Belt (clothing). There are now 284 pages on English Wikipedia using Khalili Collections images: 23 more than at the start of the calendar year.
(Post Scriptum: forgot to add this at the time) On 29th of March I attended a day workshop at University College London about a new piece of software that would measure the potential impact of bulk image uploads to Wikimedia by identifying Wikipedia articles that the images could be used to illustrate. The software had been developed for use with libraries and I advised on how to adapt it for use by museums and art collections.
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