GLAM/Newsletter/March 2023/Contents/UK report
A new milestone for the project has been reached as Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam has passed Featured Article review! This is the first Featured Article to come from this partnership, which has also produced seven Good Articles. The review process involved weeks of discussion with six volunteers, who suggested dozens of stylistic improvements. On Wednesday 17 May, the article will be summarised and linked on English Wikipedia's front page as "Today's Featured Article".
An article about a painting, Musa va 'Uj, went live on English Wikipedia, becoming the 36th new article created by the project (excluding the new articles created at edit-a-thons). It passed DYK review, becoming the 23rd article from this project to do so. There is now a Khalili Collections category on English Wikipedia to assist navigation between the different articles. There are no new translated articles this month. There were no new image uploads, but one edited version of a previously-uploaded image.
I created a new piece of code that helps me to track the quality of hundreds of visual art articles in one go. The Global visual art taskforce has icons to show the quality rating of the various target articles, similar to the Vital Articles lists. This shows at a glance, for example, that the African artist biographies are at a generally lower quality level than the Central and Latin American artist biographies. Maintaining this list presents a problem: the Vital Article ratings are updated by a bot, but this bot is approved and coded specifically for the Vital Articles lists and cannot work with the global visual art taskforce page. I can't create Wikipedia bots, but what I have been able to do instead is code a PHP script which finds every link that is accompanied by a quality icon, then retrieves the current rating for that article in the Visual arts wikiproject (or another wikiproject if there isn't a visual arts rating). This produces a textual report which looks like:
El Anatsui changed from C to Start Zhang Zeduan changed from Stub to Start Tomioka Tessai changed from Start to C Saloua Raouda Choucair changed from B to Start Amrita Sher-Gil changed from B to C Larry Alcala changed from C to Start Mihr 'Ali changed from Stub to Start Abd al-Samad has no rating in the Visual arts wikiproject 282 articles examined
This saves a lot of time and directs me to the articles that have changed quality rating, as well as providing other useful error messages (for instance if an article has moved).
In other work, I have been adding data about paintings to Wikidata, using the catalogue volume The Tale & the Image: Volume one. Wikidata now knows about the paintings in the Shahnamah of Shah Alam II. These additions increase the Khalili Collection's visibility in the Sum of All Paintings dataset.
With Katy from the Khalili Foundation, I attended a meeting at SOAS in London about a future cultural diversity edit-a-thon.