Open access as Australia reopens
Toby Hudson presents for Open Access Week 2021
As Australia slowly reopens, GLAM organisations and universities celebrated and exchanged knowledge as part of Open Access week 2021.
Run by Open Access Australasia, the week featured panels and events from Monday 25 October until Friday 29 October 2021. Wikimedia Australia recently joined Open Access Australasia as a member offering a response to the Proposal for a National Open Access Strategy in Australia.
Themed It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity, the discussions focused on using open science to combat global challenges, openness through a First Nations lens, the benefits and barriers to OERs, what open means for different disciplines, accessibility, and non-technical communication, as well as hacking OA, shaking up research assessment and how different parts of the open knowledge ecosystem interacts.
Speakers included Wikimedian Dr Thomas Shafee, an evolutionary biochemist with an interest in science communication, who works to bridge the academia-Wikipedia divide in his roles as editor at PLOS Genetics and Editor in Chief of WikiJournal of Science.
Also featured was Wikimedia Australia's Associate Professor Toby Hudson, who discussed the value of growing research by nurturing the open knowledge ecosystem with Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley as well as Andrew Jaspan and Prue Torrance. You can watch the panel discussion here.
Hudson, who is a University of Sydney chemist made the case that scientific misrepresentation during the pandemic had underlined the need for “more radical transparency” than the peer review process normally allowed.
“We need to be linking back to our sources, but those sources need to be available for proper critique. They need to be open – to write, to read, to audit, to critique and to change or update,” he said.
Hudson who is a prolific Wikimedian, working particularly on Wikidata, also highlighted how mainstream media, who draws on undisclosed sources or studies that are not openly available, can lead to confusion or mistrust from their readers.
Wikimedia Belgium GLAM report October 2021
On 8 October Geert Van Pamel gave a workshop about "How museums can benefit from the Wikimedia community", as part of the yearly BEmuseum conference. You can read the presentation here.
On 28 October an edit-a-thon was organised by the Brussels ULB university about Rethinking Economics, notable women in the economy domain.
Wikipedia Art Month + Heritage Days
Wikipedia Art Month
Example of an artwork that found its way into Wikimedia Commons during Wikipedia Art Month. "Five Little Red Riding Hoods I" (2013) by Maria Evestus
October was an Art Month in Estonian Wikipedia, that aimed to draw focus on art, Wikipedia and how the latter can introduce the former.
It included an art-themed article competition, web lectures, and virtual exhibitions. Outreach was done to contemporary Estonian artists and to art schools of Estonia. Article competition was carried out in cooperation with Tartu Art House and Tartu Art Museum.
As part of the Art Month, we also introduced the Wikigallery of Newer Estonian Art, that showcases some of the 21st-century works that are available under free licenses in Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Art Month would once again return in October 2022 at least in the Estonian Wikipedia, but you are all welcome to join.
Wikipedia Heritage Days
Gate of Hulja cemetery – one of the added images
In the middle of September, there were Heritage Days, to collect newer images of cultural monuments.
Estonia participated in Wiki Loves Monuments for the years 2011–2015 during which we collected around 10k images. That covered a significant part of objects in more easily accessible locations and so it hasn't seemed reasonable to carry on with that.
But we still need more images and so we have tested with Wiki Loves Rephotography and Heritage Days campaign to encourage people to make images of cultural monuments without needing to carry out a full-sized competition. For the next Wikipedia Art Month maybe there could even be a competition of artworks that depict cultural monuments? Or a stronger focus on art monuments, that have mostly stayed unphotographed?
Collaborations and partnership
Encourage cultural institutions to use open licenses
Wikimedia Italia is working jointly with ICOM Italia (International Council of Museums) and in particular with his Research Group Digital Cultural Heritage. The group is born in 2015 with the aim to studying and implementing tools to support the Museums in defining their online communication strategy.
From now on, Wikimedia Italy and the Research Group Digital Cultural Heritage, intend to give further impetus and visibility to initiatives already implemented in the past months, with a series of actions that encourage cultural institutions to use open licenses on their content. In particular through:
- the creation of a special award for cultural institutions which have adopted open licences;
- the development of training dedicated to museum operators;
- the dissemination, in museums, archives and libraries, of the FAQ Author's rights, copyright and open licenses for culture on the web, a paper with practical indications with the aim of clarifying the opportunities and legal limits related to the reuse and dissemination of digital reproduction of cultural resources on the web, in order to be able to take decisions on topics of a complex world with a better awareness.
- the development of a research project on the economic impact of the adoption of open licences by cultural institutions, through the offer of a prize for degree theses.
Browne? No, Matulović! Solving a case of mistaken identity: How Wikipedia helped to create a Serbian stamp
Success has many fathers. This story is a small but peculiar example of how Wikipedia helps with the reproduction of images, shown via some of the “fathers” involved in this case.
Photographer Rob Mieremet
Matulović, wrongly identified as Browne, Dutch National Archives 2011 (visited 24 Oct. 2021)
This story begins on the 17th of January 1974 in the small city of Beverwijk, in the Netherlands. The 36th edition of the Wijk aan Zee chess tournament is taking place, and it attracts a multitude of chess grandmasters from across the world: Argentina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Spain and the US (though, notably, no Russians). The tournament was (and still is) sponsored by steel producer Hoogovens, later Tata Steel. The tournament concludes and is won by the American chess and poker player Walter Browne, with a score of 11/15. Local Dutch newspapers, without the budget to pay photographers of their own, rely on photo press agencies for pictures of the event. Anefo photo agency send Rob Mieremet. He shoots 13 photographs in total. Mieremet (1947-2015), as winner of the Silver Camera as best Dutch photographer in 1973, is certainly a good photographer, but he is no ardent lover of chess. He is unsure as to the name of one of the players, so he names one of the photographs “Browne” (assuming it to be Walter Browne, the tournament winner). The photo is thus filed as “Browne”. Despite this, all chess players know the pictured person to be the famous Serbian chess player Milan Matulović (who would go on to take bronze in the tournament).
Anefo & Dutch National Archives
“Browne” uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (23 Oct. 2018); name changed to “Matulović”
After 44 years of operation, Anefo closed its doors in 1989, and its photo archives were sold to the Netherlands Government Information Service (Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst). This collection was further transferred to the Dutch National Archives (Nationaal Archief) in 1996. In 2011 the National Archives and partner Spaarnestad Photo uploaded 350,000 photographs to the database http://gahetna.nl -originally under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA-3.0), later under a CC-zero license), which made most photographs freely available. Several thousand of these photographs were then uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Wikipedia volunteers, with the intention that they would be used in Wikipedia articles.
Wikipedians Mr.Nostalgic & Vysotsky
Matulović on a Serbian stamp, 2020
One such volunteer was Mr.Nostalgic. A Dutch Wikipedian, and a keen photographer himself, Mr.Nostalgic is of course his online epithet. In real life he works for a pharmaceutical company, and photography is his hobby. He saw value in the National Archives collection, and decided to upload to Wikipedia Commons 350,000 photos on his own initiative, in his spare time, using 5 laptops and Pulover’s Macro Creator. Over a period of five months, Mr.Nostalgic uploaded 2,000 photos to Wikipedia Commons a day, including 270k photos from the original Anefo archives. Lo and behold: the photograph of Milan Matulović, still disguised as “Browne” snuck its way into Wiki Commons on 23 October 2018.
That same evening, another Wikipedian (me - Vysotsky) identified “Browne” as “most probably Milan Matulović”, and added the photograph to several different language versions of the Wikipedia article about Matulović. Two years later (Nov. 2020), Wikipedia user Materialscientist uploaded a cropped version of the photo.
Pošta Srbije & Boban Savic
In 2020, the national postal service of Serbia, Pošta Srbije, decided to honour five chess grandmasters. They chose “the first Serbian chess grandmaster, chess bohemian and romantic, globetrotter and polyglot” Bora Kostić, alongside Petar Trifunović, Milan Matulović, Milunka Lazarević and, of course, Svetozar Gligorić. The artistic design was done by Boban Savic, but the original images were supplied by the Serbian Chess Federation and a sports journalist. These original images were without a doubt obtained via Wikipedia Commons. Not only was the image of Matulović almost certainly taken from the original Anefo photograph, but the photo used of Petar Trifunović bore similarities to another Anefo photograph by Harry Pot from 1962. Conclusion: Serbian postage is stimulated by Wikipedia-style cooperation.
GLAM presentations at WikiconNL
On November 13, the annual WikiconNL - conference by and for the Dutch-speaking Wikimedia community - is organized by Wikimedia Nederland. This year's edition will be fully online.
The program contains an entire track about GLAM-Wiki collaborations, including presentations and panels by Maastricht University, LIMA, Naturalis, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Koninklijke Bibliotheek.
Outreach by members of the Aotearoa New Zealand Wikimedia User Group
24-hour edit-a-thon on Ada Lovelace Day
The edit-a-thon in progress, coordinator User:Pakoire top centre
On October 12th, volunteer Wikipedia editors in Aotearoa start an international 24-hour editing marathon to improve the coverage of women in Wikipedia. This Women in Red event began at midday in Aotearoa with a 10 hour editing session jointly run with Wikimedia Australia; the New Zealand coordinator was User:Pakoire. New Zealand passed the editing baton to Australia, and the event moved from time zone to time zone, finishing in New Zealand 24 hours later. Aotearoa has several editors active in Women in Red, who between them have run previous events to showcase women in the arts, history, science, and politics. This event was the first national Women in Red event in Aotearoa, and took place simultaneously in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and even Hokitika. We were luckily enough to undertaken radio publicity and picked up new volunteers from Massey University keen to work on academic biographies.
The scheduling of a 24-hour worldwide edit-a-thon requires complicated time zone diagrams!
Wikidata Presentation to the Managers of Australasian Herbarium Collections (MAHC)
On October 21st Ambrosia10 gave a presentation to the Managers of Australasian Herbarium Collections (MAHC), a sub-committee of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH). She presented on Wikidata giving a live demonstration to the attendees on how to create a Wikidata item for botanists, botanical collectors and scientific journal articles. The aim was to show how, by adding collectors and publications to Wikidata, these linked open data can be used by all herbaria to improve the metadata relating to their herbarium collections. She demonstrated the Cradle tool showing the scientific collector form to give guidance on the type of data that might be added to Wikidata, the Wikidata Query Service giving some basic examples of queries that may be of interested to the managers, and demonstrated the Scholia tool showing visualisations of both a particular botanical researcher as well as visualisations for an institution. She also demonstrated how a Wikidata item for a deceased collector might be used in the website Bionomia to link the collector to the specimens they had collected, the data of which is stored in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Finally she shared previously created resources to help guide and support the managers when contributing to Wikidata. This presentation has subsequently led to a further invitation to present on Wikidata to the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria in the new year of 2022.
Wikidata for Libraries and notable Librarians in Nigeria
Wikidata for Libraries and notable Librarians in Nigeria
Wikidata for Libraries and Librarians in Nigeria Poster
As part of the commemoration for the Nigerian Library Week, we recognized Libraries and Librarians for their contributions in promoting open access to information to enhance reading culture for quallity education and long life learning in Nigeria using the Wikidata for Libraries and Librarians project to train library students and librarians on how to contribute to Wikidata by creating and improving items on national, public, private, academic, and school libraries and librarians who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and development of libraries in Nigeria to create visibility for established libraries and information centers as well as notable librarians on Wikidata.
The project, which began on October 1st with 44 participants and has active contributors on the event dashboard has held four online training sessions and has over 38 participants who are still creating and updating Wikidata articles for Nigerian libraries and librarians.
A good start to GLAM Fall
Wikipedian in residence at Youth Theater Dadov
A Wikipedian in residence at the Youth Theater Dadov has started on 11th October and it will last for two months. In October, 71 articles were written, 2 articles improved and 121 photographs from various performances can be found on Wikimedia Commons.
Wikipedian in residence at the National Library of Pirot
During the Wikipedian in residence at the National Library of Pirot in October, 14 new articles were written, 17 were improved, while 16 articles were illustrated. Articles are also made on Wikidata. 15 new photos were posted to illustrate the articles.
A good word about Wiki Librarians is heard far and wide
The good news can be heard and seen far and wide, so you can read about our project Wiki Librarians in InfoTheca, Journal for Digital Humanities. InfoTheca, Journal for Digital Humanities, is a multidisciplinary journal published biannually in Open Access which publishes original papers that are subject to review by the members of an international Editorial Board. The project Wiki librarians has existed since the beginning of 2015, and the University Library “Svetozar Marković” and is logistically and financially supported by Wikimedia Serbia. The part of the project that deals with the training of librarians is officially accredited. Moreover, the project has expanded its scope to work with students, as well as with librarians outside the training process, through editathons, digitization of content, participation in other wiki activities such as 1Lib1Ref, Wikipedian in Residence. We are so proud of our librarians!
Editing Wiki projects workshop are held to Color Media Communications, as well as the Serbian National Council. There were 6 participants in total.
Theater play "Hajduci" at Dadov Theater in 2013
Theater play "A ballad about Pisonja and Zuga"
General rehearsal of the play - "Goat ears in the emperor Trojan" - DADOV 11.jpg
Theater play "A ballad about Pisonja and Zuga"
Theater play "A ballad about Pisonja and Zuga"
Women Writers Month
Women Writers Edit-a-thon
Group of wikitakers meeting the press
For the sixth consecutive year, on the occasion of Women Writers' Day (Monday closest to October 15, the feast of St. Teresa of Jesus), an edit-a-thon was held in collaboration with the National Library of Spain, the Asociación Clásicas y Modernas and FEDEPE. The aim was to make women writers and their literary legacy visible through the editing, creation and improvement of articles on Wikipedia from a gender perspective. The event took place virtually on October 21; it began with the interventions of Ángel Martínez Roger (cultural director of the BNE), Mentxu Ramilo (vice-president of Wikimedia Spain), Ana Bujaldón (president of FEDEPE) and Fátima Anllo (president of Clásicas y Modernas), and then the editing phase took place. A total of 15 people participated and 30 articles were edited. In the context of this celebration, throughout October we proposed the Women Writers Month, an online edit-a-thon whose objective was to increase, in any language, the existing content on Wikipedia about women writers, and thanks to which 11 articles were edited.
Wiki Takes Altea
On October 2, Wiki Takes Altea took place, an activity with the purpose of photographing elements of this town. The activity was jointly promoted by Amical Wikimedia, Wikimedia España, the Official Association of Librarians and Documentalists of the Valencian Community (COBDCV) and the Valencian Academy of Language (AVL), and was part of the Wikiproject: Writer of the Year 2020-21: Carmelina Sánchez Cutillas. This project was initiated with the intention of working over two years to give visibility and projection to the figure of Carmelina Sánchez-Cutillas, both as a writer and as a researcher, in Wikipedia and in the other sister projects of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Given that the author was closely related to the town of Altea, the key place of her most famous narrative work, this wiki takes was organised to photograph all those places in the town that are related to the author and the book Matter of Brittany. The images obtained can be consulted in this category.
The Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk; More museum data on Wikidata; LGBT edit-a-thon; Local business history in Nyköping; Stockholm City Museum ♥ Wikipedia; Writing about fashion at Nordiska museet
The Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk
Pylyp Orlyk’s Constitution (Ukrainian: Конституція Пилипа Орлика (Konstytutsiya Pylypa Orlyka), also known as The Constitution of Bendery, is a 1710 constitutional document written by the Hetman of Ukraine, Pylyp Orlyk. The Latin language original document is kept in the National Archives of Sweden. The National Archives have uploaded high-resolution photographs of the document as well as a video of it. As part of the upload they also updated the representation of the constitution itself on Wikidata and created new items for the two original language versions of it (Wikidata items Q212300, Q108760757, and Q108760846 respectively).
This is the first upload to Wikimedia Commons that the National Archives of Sweden have done since 2014. From now on they plan to do an upload of a small number of selected files each month and are also planning to do a batch upload of maps of Sweden in the coming year.
Page 1 of the Constitution of Pylyp Orlyk.
PDF of the full constitution.
Read along version of the constitution.
More museum data on Wikidata
Slides from the presentation about the project at WikidataCon 2021.
The work with linking the authority data of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and the National Historical Museums to Wikidata continues. The property National Historical Museums of Sweden agent ID, created a couple months ago, has been populated with over 7,000 items – all done by the museum staff, working on cleaning up and linking their authority posts. Also the Nationalmuseum's property has been added to about 2,000 items. This, in turn, has made it possible to import more information about whom the artworks in Nationalmuseum's collections depict – as you can see in this query.
We also spoke about the project at WikidataCon, where we introduced the prototypes of the data visualisation that are being developed by Albin Larsson. You can have a look at this map, which maps the international connections between Sweden and the countries of origin of its monarchs' spouses.
Biblioteksutveckling Sörmland and Sörmlands Museum are continuing to host edit-a-thons as part of the Swedish Wikipedia LGBTQI project. At the edit-a-tho October 14 participants continued to improve articles listed at the project page, and to work on the articles about LGBT rights around the world.
Local business history in Nyköping
Sörmland Museum has hosted a project for students at the folk high school of Nyköping, writing articles on local historical companies in and around Nyköping. The museum provided sources for the students to use in their articles, showed artifacts from the collections connected to some of the companies, and helped students in their reference library. Wikimedia Sverige held a workshop with the students, teaching them how to edit Wikipedia articles. The groups improved six articles on various topics such as an old hospital and an automobile company. We hope this will lead to more collaboration in the future!
Stockholm City Museum ♥ Wikipedia
Presentation (in Swedish) used at Stockholm City Museum.
As a restart of the work with the Wikimedia projects by the Stockholm City Museum they hosted a presentation by Axel Pettersson, WMSE, at their October staff meeting. Almost 30 staff members learned about how Wikipedia and the other projects works, ways to contribute material and knowledge and how to reuse and see stats from relevant articles and material uploaded to Commons. A follow up workshop with more hands on editing, uploading and finding gaps to fill is planned for the beginning of next year.
Writing about fashion at Nordiska museet
During an all-evening event around fashion history, Stockholms Museum of Women's History, Nordiska museet and Wikimedia Sverige organized an Editathon on fashion history in Nordiska museet's library. With an extra focus on women, both visitors and the museum's employees helped to reduce the gender gap in Wikipedia.
British Library and Khalili Collections
This month I uploaded a number of entries to Wikidata, pertaining to the New Media Writing Prize. This prize, run since 2010, is awarded to outstanding pieces of electronic literature. All shortlisted and prize-winning authors for the main prize are now live on Wikidata, and further information on subcategory prizes will be uploaded throughout November. Queries will be uploaded to the Project Page for the British Library when they are available.
Calligraphic panel by Abdülmecid I
Two images relating to Islam from the Khalili Collections bulk upload have been given Featured Image status on Arabic Wikipedia, and both have been featured on Arabic Wikipedia's home page. A calligraphic panel by Abdülmecid I was Picture of the Day on 21st September, being seen 91,495 times. A painting relating to the Hajj was Picture of the Day on 1st November, getting 101,146 views. Arabic language volunteers have translated the descriptions. The Khalili partnership has already resulted in two Featured Images on English Wikipedia, four on Wikimedia Commons, and four on Persian Wikipedia.
"Sacred Pilgrimage Journey" oil painting
The Talismanic Shirt with depictions of Mecca and Medina has for months been visible in English Wikipedia's Featured Pictures index, and also been highlighted in places such as the Islam portal, the religion portal, and the fashion portal. From July to October, this has resulted in 9.7 million views for this one image. With these numbers included, Khalili Collections images are routinely getting more than four million views per month.
This month has focused on enriching the data about objects relating to Islam and adding them to Wikipedia articles. English Wikipedia articles on Islamic intellectuals including Ibn Arabi, Qadi Ayyad, Jaghmini, and Ibn al-Banna' al-Marrakushi now have additional images. There are now 673 Commons categories with Khalili Collections images: an increase of about 50. There are 8,745 Wikidata statements about the objects. I have set out suggestions on good practice in representing medieval and ancient manuscripts on Wikidata both in the on-wiki guidance for describing manuscripts and in a blog post published on Medium. In each case, my suggestions have been improved by community feedback. Following my own advice, I have concentrated on improving the representations of Islamic manuscripts in the Khalili Collections, and connecting them to the representations of their literary works. This allows us to ask Wikidata questions such as which literary works are represented in Khalili Collection manuscripts or which objects in the Khalili Collections have main text in Naskh script?
Wikiconference North America + Workshops
Wikiconference North America
Wikimedia volunteers from throughout North America held a conference, WikiConference North America 2021
Plenary talk were made by Carmen Alcázar, and Connie Moon Sehat.
Two tracks of talks were livestreamed, Red Stage, Day 1; Blue Stage - Day 1.
WorkAdventure was used for networking.
Wacky Wikipedia Trivia was livestreamed with Annie Rauwerda, The Depths of Wikipedia
Architects BUILD Wiki, Detroit Edit-a-thon
National Organization of Minority Architects held a workshop, Legacy Project: Architects BUILD Wiki, Detroit Edit-a-thon
Hier Property Edit-a-thon
USDA National Agricultural Library, Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project, and Wikimedia DC held a workshop, Hier Property Edit-a-thon
Women Innovators in Aviation and Space: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative held a workshop, Women Innovators in Aviation and Space: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. There is video of the proceedings, Women Innovators in Aviation and Space: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, October 29, 2021.
Needs assessment interviews; Cultural heritage on Wikidata – thousands of monuments in Norway; Structured Data uploads continue
Needs assessment interviews
Needs assessment interview summary, 2021-10-19
We have made an initial evaluation and assessment of the interviews and discussions that we conducted during September and October. Results show that there is a need and we have grouped these into four themes. It has been both fun and educational to meet so many wonderful people in the movement.
The needs are about more resources, training at different levels, know-how and hands-on. So there are many new ways to work further on. We will continue with more interviews and even deepen these if necessary. If you want to be involved and contribute with suggestions how to improve the work with content partnership, you are welcome to contact tore.danielssonwikimedia.se
Cultural heritage on Wikidata – thousands of monuments in Norway
Some of the cultural heritage monuments in Norway – there are over 17,000 on Wikidata!
We created almost 14,000 items on Wikidata for cultural heritage monuments in Norway. The data for the items was taken from the Monuments database. These were originally from the Norwegian Riksantikvaren’s site] and include the ID in their database: Kulturminne ID (P758).
An attempt to match the items against already existing Wikidata items was made, to add the ID to them. It was however hard to get the correct items, as the articles for many of the monuments were about wider concepts. E.g. a piece of rock art linking to a village where it is located.
Items with the Kulturminne ID property, including the newly created ones, can be viewed in this query.
Structured Data uploads continue
We have set up a page in the hub portal with a summary of our data uploads, including the work with SDC and Wiki Loves Monuments. There you can find an overview of the countries we have worked with. We are now up to a dozen countries, with Norway and Tunisia as the most recent additions.
Tools and data – WMSE at the WikidataCon 2021
We had a great opportunity to talk about different aspects of the hub initiative at WikidataCon 2021.
Alicia Fagerving participated in the panel Please don’t get hit by a bus! Towards a resilient and sustainable Wikidata tool ecosystem, moderated by Sandra Fauconnier. Several developers exchanged their experiences of creating and maintaining Wikimedia tools, with all the joys and frustrations it involves. Tools, such as Pattypan and OpenRefine, are the key to working with big amounts with data and other resources, so it's definitely something we're keeping an eye on as an emerging Content Partnerships Hub.
Alicia also talked about our work with Structured Data on Commons and Wiki Loves Monuments photos.
Once the recordings of these talks are available, you will be able to find them here.
A Wikimedia Commons Reconciliation Service, You Say?
In October 2021, the OpenRefine team has continued working on structured data functionalities, with a focus on the Wikimedia Commons Reconciliation Service. By the end of October, we have started testing the service in OpenRefine itself, and are including and improving upon additional features, including support for various formats of Commons file names, and data extension, including support for all datatypes. The Wikimedia Commons Reconciliation Service is also available for technical testing at the Reconciliation service test bench.
Why Wikimedia Commons reconciliation? How does it work?
A Wikimedia Commons reconciliation service is necessary groundwork to allow further editing of (structured data of) Wikimedia Commons files in OpenRefine. How does this work?
- The reconciliation service takes a list of file names on Wikimedia Commons that are entered in a column in OpenRefine. It then looks up the M-ids (identifiers) for these files. This process is called reconciliation.
- The magic happens in the next step, though... after reconciliation, the user can proceed to retrieve wikitext and existing structured data statements from these Commons files. As requested, the wikitext and the structured data for each file will be listed in consecutive (new) columns in OpenRefine. This process is called data extension.
- As a result, the user will be able to take this wikitext and existing structured data, modify and clean it further in OpenRefine, and convert wikitext to structured data (for instance: convert strings of names of photographers to their corresponding Wikidata items, and add these as creators (P170) to the files' structured data. This step is currently not yet possible; the OpenRefine team will work on this during the upcoming months.
The reconciliation service is not written specifically for OpenRefine alone; it will also be usable in other tools that want to take existing information (Wikitext and structured data) from Wikimedia Commons files and further process this information.
OpenRefine at WikidataCon 2021
The OpenRefine team presented its ongoing work related to Structured Data on Commons to the Wikidata community at WikidataCon 2021. Additionally, we also gave a general OpenRefine tutorial, and participated in a panel discussion about Wikimedia tool sustainability. Slides (where relevant) of these sessions can be found at https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikidataCon_2021/Documentation/List_of_sessions.
GLAM and Culture office hours
Once again, the GLAM & Culture team is organizing its office hours. Our office hours are one-hour meetings, planned and scheduled by the team, with the aim of sharing experiences and discussing themes of interest.
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To celebrate Wikisource’s 18th birthday in November, we’re hosting an event with the incoming CEO of Wikimedia Foundation, Maryana Iskendar. There will be guest presentations from partners and community members and we will be asking you to share your perspectives and questions. Please join us on 24 November 2021 from 1:30-3:00 PM UTC.
We’ll close the calendar year by reflecting on recent trainings and courses for museum workers and librarians. On 13 December, Wikimedia Argentina will present their Cultura para abrir course, which attracted more than 600 GLAM professionals in Latin America, and Wiki Movimento Brasil will share their GLAMs tutorial and its use in the Wiki Loves Bahia campaign.
On the next day, 14 December, we expect to have Alice Kibombo talking about the Wikipedia in African Libraries Course she delivered for AfLIA, and Wikimedia UK presenting the Connected Heritage webinars and program.
We’re still confirming the exact timings, so keep an eye on this page.
Due to Outreach having limited readership and visibility within the movement, our community newsletters don’t always receive the attention they deserve. To address this, we’re working with our colleagues in the Movement Communications team to migrate the This month in GLAM newsletter to Meta-Wiki.
Both teams are working on this task in the next few weeks in order to:
- Increase visibility and participation in the GLAM newsletter.
- Ensure the GLAM community has a place (Meta-Wiki) where they feel seen, engaged, and supported by the Wikimedia community, partners, and Foundation.
- Increase the amount of multilingual (or translatable) content to engage contributors from other languages and more regions.
This activity already has the support of the newsletter’s main editors and will be more broadly announced to the GLAM-Wiki community on various channels, with further details about the process, timeline, and proposed changes.
If you have any questions or ideas about the migration, please contact the GLAM & Culture team at glamwikimedia.org and the community editors at thismonthinglamgmail.com.
New structured data features
References in SDC
In the last few months, Commons contributors (especially those working with museums) have been very active in pointing out the value of adding references to the Structured Data on Commons interface. References in SDC will allow contributors to attribute the metadata's provenance, giving GLAM institutions credit for the metadata they share. This will allow them to more easily identify and update their metadata without overwriting community contributions.
The product team has announced that this feature will be released soon, after a test period. To follow updates for this feature, check the Phabricator ticket Create a way to see and add references to structured data on Commons (MediaInfo) statements (T230315).
Structured Data on Commons M-ID to Wikidata into dumps
As we highlighted in our August newsletter, GLAM users of Structured Data on Commons also requested that the unique identifier for each file on Wikimedia Commons (the M-ID) be added to Wikidata to simplify queries and the batch upload process. This feature has now been developed. You can learn more by viewing the Phabricator ticket Determine an IRI to join commons mediainfo entities and wikidata properties referencing commons images (T277665) and this example query.
November's GLAM events
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