Sum of All Astrolabes
Wikidata at Oxford
Martin Poulter's post as Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford has been extended another 5 months. The present contract is due to end in July 2019.
Martin gave a lightning talk at Oxford University's GLAM Digital Showcase event, presenting about Astrolabe Explorer to an audience of 80 GLAM staff, jointly with Dr Silke Ackermann, the Director of the History of Science Museum. Staff from the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the Science Museum in London met to discuss how the SM could work more with Wikimedia platforms. As a result, the Science Museum released data about the 25 astrolabes in their collection, and Martin created items for them in Wikidata. Martin also presented in the webinar of the OCLC Wikimedia Interest Group about a variety of Wikidata-related projects at Oxford, including Collection Explorer and The Sibthorp-Bauer Expedition. Both of these talks will be released online as videos. The other work this month has involved software updates to these applications and adding IIIF manifest links for Bodleian manuscripts that are already present in Wikidata.
For the remainder of the calendar year, we are exploring a bulk import of hundreds of astrolabe records to push Astrolabe Explorer a long way to being comprehensive.
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