The English journalist Daniel Metcalfe wrote about his travels in Angola: “Like most museums in Luanda, this one wasn’t open…” Lack of funds, unskilled coverage and handling of cultural artifacts and disinterest may cause that parts of the cultural heritage are destroyed or even forgotten. But how can the heritage be preserved, how can everyone learn about the rich art and history of a region when it is not accessible? How can we create access for everyone without big funds, even better, without any funds?
A solution for this problem might be found in the Wikimedia projects: Wikipedia for articles, Wikimedia Commons for photographies, videos and sound files, Wiktionaries for small African languages, Wikisource for documents, GLAM activities for creating the contacts between institutions and active Wikimedians and finally Wikimedians in Residence to help the institutions on site.
It is essential that more Women editors share the knowledge of the World from a female perspective. And it is imperative that Africans tell the story of Africa from an African perspective. One way of finding African Wikimedians in Residence is to invite interested African Wikimedians and invite them to a workshop.
From 30th of November to 4th of December 2015 the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg offered space, technology and funding in their spacious rooms in Johannesburgs leafy suburb Parkwood. The project was coordinated and managed by Isla Haddow-Flood, Project Manager at WikiAfrica and Brigitte Doellgast, Head of Library & Information Services sub Saharan Africa of the Goethe-Institut. An experienced Wikipedian was recruited as trainer: Gereon Kalkuhl from Germany. Participants came from Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa.
The pre-course-tasks that were given to delegates were to write at least one article on Wikipedia relevant to an African country, to research the state of the Open Movement in their country, to research possible content partners and to upload photos to Commons.
It is no easy task to make Wikipedians fit for being Wikimedians in Residence in only five days. Many topics have to be addressed. The programme looked like this:
Wikipedia: what it is, what it is not; consensus, community, registration. Discussion among delegates of experience on Wikipedia. Run down of the Wikimedia projects - and their relevance to WIRs (to include case studies of usage). The Foundation and Chapters • Wikipedia (Five Pillars) • Wiktionary (Accuracy) • Wikibooks and Wikijunior • Wikinews (newsagent, interviews) • Wikiquote • Wikisource (Digital library, sources, translations) • Wikiversity (tutorial and courses) • Wikivoyage (travel guide) • Wikimedia Commons (pictures, videos, sound files) • Incubator (new language versions) • Meta-Wiki • Wikispecies • Wikidata • Wikimania • outreach.wikimedia.org
Wikimedia and Wikipedia
Part II of 11:00–12:30
Open Africa – Introduction
Workshop / participatory
Presentations by each delegate of the open movement in their country.
Tuesday, 1st of December 2015
Working on Wikimedia projects and going GLAM
Workshop / participatory
Review of Wikipedia articles created by delegates. Look at editorial oversight and control, control systems, namespaces • Structure and Format of an article • Templates • Info Boxes • References • External links • Where to find help.
Citations and research
Workshop / participatory
Weblinks, sources, citations. How to quote, how to format citations. Overview of citation tools. Demonstration of Zotero.
Liam was the very first Wikipedian in Residence. He shares his experience of being a Wikipedian in Residence.
Wikimedians/-pedians in Residence
Introduction of the Wikimedian in Residence programme with examples of successful collaborations (Consumer Reports, Swiss Federal Archives). History since Liam Wyatt. Duties. Compensation. Outreach. Impact and Influence. Reception. Core Characteristics of a Wikipedian in Residence.
Mignon via Skype from Cape Town
presentation via Skype from Cape Town
A short intro to community engagement based on FunDza strategies with their communities two sets of writers. Then an interactive exercise for the workshop participants - 1. What were their main motivators for becoming involved with Wikipedia; 2. What keeps them involved with Wikipedia; 3. Why would others want to be contributors to Wikipedia; 4. What strategies could they put in place to keep people involved.
Wikimedia communities + GLAM communities
Mignon, Isla, Gereon
Application of Mignon's workshop to GLAM partners and build local Wikimedia communities - analysing motivations, barriers and ways of overcoming the barriers.
Review of photographs
Reviewing photographs that have been uploaded by the delegates to Commons.
Thursday, 3d of December 2015
Open Licenses and Creative Commons in Action
Present possible GLAM partners and map out the possibilites. Mapping potential WIR activity in Africa.
GLAM tools, resources and Wiki Metrics
How to use tracking tools, how to track success, how to report findings. http://stats.grok.se/ for page views. Baglama2 for categories of WiR projects. How to contact Magnus Manske through bitbucket.
Intro to Open Licenses
CC Licenses in Action
Adam Oxford, HTXT Magazine
Open licenses in business. How open licenses help to keep business afloat in a challenging and competitive environment.
CC Licenses in Action
The African Storybook project. Discussion of how the open licence was essential to the growth of the project, especially with regards to translation and distribution.
CC Licenses in Action
bookdash. Discussion of how the open licence was integral to Bookdash’s model, allowing creatives to donate their talent and helping in the wider distribution of the books via other channels.
Lucky Bean Restaurant, Melville
Friday, 4th of December 2015
Consolidation and Action Plan
Open Business Model Planning
Participatory workshop. Attendants are working on their action plan.
Showing the increasing importance of Wikidata. History of Wikidata. First steps. The example of the showcase item Douglas Adams (Q42). The Reasonator. Creating new items. Tools for data access and statistics. Interactive Wikidata Tour.
Sharing his current experience of being a Wikpedian in Residence at UNESCO.
Wikipedians in Residence Engagement
Discussion / Document Creation
Present action plan for the next six months. Feedback.
Wikipedians in Residence Engagement
Discussion / Document Creation
Present action plan for the next six months. Mapping potential WIR activity in Africa.
The training component of the #OpenAfrica15 project was an overwhelming success. It achieved the overarching aims of the project, which was to provide skills, and outline the possibilities and potentialities, to Wikipedians from across Africa in order to create effective and supported partnerships with content partners in their own countries. Additionally, the Wikipedians were able to acknowledge core challenges which helped to overcome the barriers to contribution and community building that they face in their home countries.
The course was designed to provide the skills required to transfer content about Africa from existing content owners onto Wikipedia. It was also designed to help activate, energise, support and build local Wikimedia groups around a focal point.
The 6 participants in the #OpenAfrica course all had the opportunity to deepen their skills. With each having a background or strength in different areas, the participants were given the tools and skills to effectively communicate the different aspects of the Open community to others, to work effectively with a content partner to release their knowledge onto Wikipedia.
↑Daniel Metcalfe: ‘’Blue Dahlia, Black Gold: A Journey into Angola”. Huthinson, London 2013, p. 57.
New Editing Challenges and Design the guidelines for cultural institutions
Wikimedia Argentina launched a new challenge to put editing skills in Spanish Wikipedia community into practice. This time we chose the task of wikify sporting goods.
Guidelines for cultural institutions
January is one of the months with fewer activities GLAM program as many cultural institutions are closed for vacation and renewal of authorities; That's why we took advantage of this time of year for working guidelines for cultural institutions.
We are currently putting together three guides for promotion projects and cultural institution :
A manual on Wikimedia Commons .
Organizing an awareness workshop .
How to organize a edit-a-thon .
During the month of February will be posted on Wikimedia Commons for the whole community can use .
advise and assist staff and volunteers at the State Library of Queensland and their affiliated GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) and heritage organisations to contribute content to Wikipedia relating to Queensland in WW1 drawing on the material in their collections as sources
personally contribute content to Wikipedia in relation to Queensland in WW1 drawing on those same collections as sources
The role has been designed to align with the Wikimedia Foundation's strategic plan to "improve quality ... via partnerships with universities, cultural institutions and other groups who align with our mission".
The State Library of Queensland understand the concerns about paid editing and conflict of interest on Wikipedia. I will not be expected to edit content relating to the State Library of Queensland or any topic that I believe would constitute a conflict of interest. The State Library of Queensland has a long history of being a supporter of Wikipedia, having contributed tens of thousands of out-of-copyright images to Commons and collaborated with Wikimedia Australia on providing Wikipedia edit training throughout Queensland. I will be the first Wikipedian in Residence at the State Library of Queensland with others to follow later in 2016.
On the 28th of January, the NoongarPedia project held a WikiBomb which was hosted by the Storylines project of the State Library of Western Australia. Storylines is project created by the State Library of Western Australia to identify, explore and return to the community Indigenous materials within the State Libraries collections, where acceptable to share that with everyone,(Storylines link). NoongarPedia came about through the simple question of asking "why is there no Noongar Wikipedia" by researchers at University of Western Australia and Curtin University, they contacted Wikimedia Australia for help. We have now progressed to the developmental stages of a nys.wikipedia.org with an Incubator project and supporting this the first Indigenous Australia language dictionary in the Wikitionary Incubator. The aim of both projects coincided with each others aims of sharing Indigenous knowledge, after a trial Wikibomb late last year we are combining to hold one Wikibomb at the Library every month this year. The State Library of Western Australia is a supporter of the WikiData Down Under Tour as well as the NoongarPedia project.
By the time you read this, Andy Mabbett will have started a Series of Wikidata/ GLAM talks in Australia and Indonesia, continuing throughout February. He will also be attending social meetups, with events scheduled for Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Perth. Do join him, and tell your contacts in those countries.
Just For The Record is a project addressing how gender is represented in new media and writing/publishing tools like Wikipedia, and what influence this has on the way history is recorded. With the importance that such platforms as Wikipedia have gained in our society, and the new writing and publishing tools they propose, it is becoming clear that history is being written down once again. Therefore it is of great concern when studies reveal that only 8.5 to 22.7% of Wikipedia’s contributors are women. This problem was identified by the community itself as Gender Bias. Despite their efforts to come up with solutions to live up to their motto “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”, Wikipedia’s contributors are still predominantly male. Moreover, the contents published also show partial gender representations. As a symbolic example, the article “Heroines” is automatically redirected to the article “hero”, and its emblematic figures are mostly male. Next to the issues of authorship and subject matters, the writing style and structure can often be problematic. A classic example of this is the amount of articles about women that starts with “this woman was the sister/wife of this famous man” in their first or second sentence.
To address these issues Just for the record organises a series of events in Brussels starting in January 2016. The topic of the first event was Heroines. During Heroines, these observations were taken as the point of departure for lectures and discussions, and intervention—the day includes a crash course in Wikipedia editing. The event included a presentation by Catherine Lenoble on ‘Heroines (disambiguation)’ and an intervention by Clara Thomine.
The next event will be organised on 27 February 2016.
On 25 January 2016 the Public Domain Day Celebration lunch was organised by COMMUNIA, hosted by MEP Julia Reda in the European Parliament in Brussels. The event started with a talk by Julia Reda. After the host multiple people followed, who spoke about their experiences with copyright, afterwards followed by an opportunity to talk and discuss.
The western face of European Parliament after the completion of its latest extension towards Luxembourg square.
Wikidata meeting & workshop
On 29 January 2016 a second meeting was organised about Linked Open Data via Wikidata, the Wikidata project organised in collaboration with Flemish cultural institutions. (See previous report about the project)
During the first part of the day the project results were shared with the participating organisations. In the second part of the day a hands on Wikidata workshop was given to these institutions. The participants learned how they can edit Wikidata, how to add their own information, what information can be added, and more.
In the last weekend from January the annual conference for free and open-source software development, FOSDEM, was organised again in Brussels. Wikimedia had a stand at the conference, organised by Wikimedia Belgium, Wikimedia Deutschland and the Wikimedia Foundation. At the stand we had various materials from the Wikimedia movement and the focus of this year's stand was mainly on informing the public about Wikidata and its possibilities. The organising team was especially strengthened by some great WMDE staff that supplied information materials and more, as well as their great presence at the stand.
During the conference multiple presentations were given about certain topics in the Wikimedia movement, including about the Wikidata article placeholder, and about the Free Knowledge Game Jam.
From Wikipedia/Wikidata/Wikimedia/MediaWiki in total more than 15 people were present during the conference, coming from Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US and all together we had a great conference with good talks.
FOSDEM shows that it is important for the Wikimedia movement to reach out to all kinds of parties and inform them about the many possibilities there are in the Wikimedia movement, with MediaWiki, Wikidata, Wikipedia and more. With this conference the app makers and other software developers.
With the conference, also the presence on Wikidata of FOSDEM itself has been expanded.
Since June 2015, Wikimedia France, supported by the General Delegation for the French Language and the Languages of France, launched a project to train regional language speakers of France (Alsatian, Breton, Occitan, Creole languages... ) on how to contribute to the Wikimedia projects.
The political context in 2015 saw the return of the debate surrounding the ratification of the European Charter of Languages. Wikimédia France conducted a survey around regional linguistic and digital practices, involving several partners such as Lo Congrès or the Office for the Alsatian language and culture, Lo Cirdoc Béziers as well as universities such as Strasbourg, Sarreguemines ...
Following this survey, we held a first training seminar on Jan. 23rd at the "Maison de l'Europe" in Paris. The event gathered about 70 people.
Lingua Libre, a new tool for speakers
Alongside this first step, a second project is in partnership with linguists and contributors as Lyokoï, Psychoslave, Gratus, Vigneron and the APLLOD association. The development of an interface named "Lingua Libre" will record the words in regional languages and allow to upload them on Wikimedia Commons. The objective is therefore to bring an additional tool to help speakers to promote their language. In November 2015, the first recordings with Xârâcùù female speaker ( Kanak language of Canala region ) took place in the House of New Caledonia !
UNESCO make content and data available on Wikimedia projects
John Cummings has been working as Wikimedian in Residence at UNESCO funded by a Wikimedia Foundation grant. "I think that Wikimedia has a unique role to play in universal access to education which many organisations are working towards as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Wikimedia has a huge audience and receives over 15 billion page views per month as well as providing information in Google searches, Facebook and other sites. I hope that by working with UNESCO to explore how they can use and contribute to open knowledge projects including Wikimedia it will encourage other intergovernmental organisations to do the same."
Wikiproject UNESCO has been created to help people organise improving information on UNESCO programme inscriptions e.g World Heritage Sites and to help navigate and organise sharing of UNESCO media content on Wikimedia projects. It is designed to be accessible for people new to contributing to Wikimedia and covers several of the projects including Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikivoyage. It is structured around activities including writing, translation and sharing media and has clear and simple instructions for all tasks, it has several tools to help people in all languages.
There are several ways to be involved in the project with more opportunities including in person events in the future. Many of the current tasks are essential for setting up further cooperation, currently the most important are:
The GLAM/BEIC project first agreement was signed 2 years ago, in January 2014. The project is one of the most lost-lasting and successful result of Wikimedia Italia GLAM-wiki projects' launching in the country, showing to Italian libraries what actually can be done using open and wiki tools to spread information about their own collections. BEIC library, moreover, is an expandig collection of digitalized materials from Lombardy and Italy, resulting in being the perfect case for an ongoing wiki project.
In December 2015, Wikipedia pageviews of BEIC objects were 6,4 million (more than 2 million in the English Wikipedia), and 45 million from October 2014 to February 1st 2016.
The uploaded images are 1800 until now: 909 are in 6,603 articles in 207 different wikis.
The first printed edition of the Divine Comedy is present in 71 different Wikipedia, with an overall access of 200.000 a month.
From February 2016 new books, images and data will be uploaded.
On January 15 many events were organized in Italian libraries with the support of Wikimedia Italia, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Wikipedia. In Florence, Palermo, Salerno and Venice, librarians have held discussions on the issues of free access to cultural heritage and on the educational use of the wiki platforms.
Then celebrations concluded with wiki birthday cakes.
To mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of Wikipedia (Wikipedia 15), Shared Knowledge held a series of events (see Wikipedia_15/Events/Skopje) in honour of this occasion. For the birthday party, you can read in this monthly report of our organization, while for activities related with cultural institutions in this report.
Explore Wikipedia seminar
Participants of the first seminar Explore Wikipedia in American Corner Skopje
The Explore Wikipedia seminar was held on the 16 January, one day after the birthday of Wikipedia, in the American Corner Skopje, small library and organization supported by the State Department of the USA, which is situated in National Library. This seminar was one of our activities related to the 15th birthday of Wikipedia and for a week we had an open call to all interested to learn more about Wikipedia.
Although we had an extremely cold and rainy/snowy day in Skopje, we held successfully this seminar and we had an eight participants. On this seminar we talk with the participants about Wikipedia in general, its vision and mission, we watch a documentary movie about Wikipedia Zero, presentation about Wikipedia, explaining the basics of editing to the people attending, presentation about licences and copyright, activities of Shared Knowledge and what is Wikimedia movement. Also, we explain them how it is possible to become an editor or member of our organization in future.
American Corners Macedonia (article about corners in Macedonian) expressed an interest to generously host this kind of educational events in future. The participants received certificates for participation and were encouraged to take further interest in our activities.
Editing on the first editathon held at the MANU Library
Books provided by the Library Staff used for editing articles on Wikipedia
This edit-a-thon was a part of a range of the activities to marking the 15th anniversary of the launch of Wikipedia and according to a prior preparations of the Wikimedian-in-residence at MANU and the employees at the Library it was scheduled to be held on January 22th. The event took place on Friday, January 22th, at the Library of MANU as a three-hour edit-a-thon dedicated to the topic Aegean Macedonia.
The edit-a-thon was attended by 3 Wikipedia users - editors, and it was also attended by 2 students in philology from Poland who are studying a semester on exchange in Macedonia and they have presented their excellent knowledge of the Macedonian language. With the support of the library staff from the rich scientific library book fund were provided 30 books on various topics and areas related to Aegean Macedonia such as settlements, geography, dialects and accents, historical events and personalities of the Ilinden Uprising, National Liberation War during WWII and the Greek Civil War of which on Wikipedia in Macedonian language were edited a total number of 18 articles of which 12 created and 6 significantly improved.
This was the first such event for editing Wikipedia in Macedonian language, which is held in the library of the Academy, that will continue to be open with its rich book fund for future editing Wikipedia articles with accurate, reliable and scientifically proven data, facts and information of all sciences and arts.
Open day at the Archives
As a part of global celebration of Wikipedia 15, in The State Archives of the Republic of Macedonia was organized "Open day at the Archives". Wikipedians and other guests had chance to see part of the work at DARM, as well some original documents from Macedonian history. All of them were part of panel discussion about Wikipedia. Wikipedian in residence at DARM spoke about the beginnings of Wikipedia in general, and about the beginnings of Macedonian Wikipedia. Lightening talk about the numbers of articles and needs for new editors. There was a little cocktail party for all Wikipedians and other guests. After the party, little group of Wikipedians attend the edit-a-thon, while the novices were introduced with the basic editing rules.
As an independent GLAMer, WiR at DARM started with her work at 4th of January 2016. Achievement in January was as this:
13 articles (created or improved)
202 uploaded files in total
Used files in articles: 45 or 13.22% of all images of category
Many meetings with GLAM employees, who were introduced with Wikimedia movement and with the needs of GLAM employees as editors
In the Netherlands we recently started a project very originally named 'Wiki loves artists'. Our main goal is to make more images of contemporary art available on Wikimedia Commons. We want to accomplish this by approaching artists directly and explaining them about the benefits of sharing pictures of their work through Commons and the way this works. A more elobarate description of the project you can find below.
You can help us! Do you an artist that would like to contribute to this project? Do you know or work at a GLAM institution that has contacts that might be of interest to us? Or do you have advice for us on this topic? Please let us know! Getting in touch with these artists through the back door will greatly improve the speed and succes of this project. Should you have questions or remarks, you also now where to find us.
Thank you so much for helping us out!
Sandra Fauconnier (User:Spinster),
Hanno Lans (User:hannolans),
Michelle van Lanschot (User:Mtmlan84)
Wiki loves Artists/Project Contemporary Art
Due to modern copyright restrictions, there are very few images of modern and contemporary art missing on the various Wikipedia projects. In March 2015 we started a project group that set the modest goal of filling this contemporary art gap, so that modern and contemporary art can be enjoyed and used by everybody in the world. By enlarging young artists' knowledge of copyright and emphasizing the different possibilities of sharing their work, we hope to get them excited about contributing to Wikimedia Commons. For more informationː https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikiproject/Kunst/Hedendaagse_Nederlandse_beeldende_kunstenaars (projectpage in Dutch)
Two Wikipedia edit-a-thons
On both 18 January as 21 January 2016 a Wikipedia edit-a-thon was organised as part of the local writing weeks about the province North Brabant, held from 18 to 31 January 2016.
On 18 January 2016 the edit-a-thon was organised in 's-Hertogenbosch the building of the province administration (Dutch). There we were the guest of the King's Commissioner (governor) of the province. With the edit-a-thon we had together a lunch and we also got a tour through the building, including to the top floor where we had a magnificent view on the capital city of the province North Brabant.
On 21 January 2016 the edit-a-thon was organised in Eindhoven in the building with the name White Lady (Dutch). The building is a former factory building close to the city centre, where Philips produced light bulbs. Nowadays the building is used for other purposes, including the library of the city.
During the writing weeks more than 200 new articles were written and many other articles expanded and improved.
The King's Commissioner
Pettelaarse Schans seen from the top floor
Some neighboorhoods of 's-Hertogenbosch seen from the top floor
On January 7, GLAMing Madrid project finished. Some of the last taks, like the upload of files provided by the three museums, were carried out and we uploaded 197 files from the National Archaological Museum, 58 files from the Museo del Traje and 122 files from the Museum of Romanticism.
As well on January 14 finished the GLAMing Madrid Challenge, a writing contest about the three museums and their collections], with the participation of 30 users from 10 different languages. We continued recording concerts of classical music at Museum of Romanticism, uploading to Commons 5 new files from a pianist.
Wiki Loves Folk
Wiki Loves Folk (WLF) is a public photo competition around folklore, organized by Wikimedia Spain for the first time in 2016. As part of the preparations, we finished the list of items participating and we launched the official website of the competition.
Gobernantes de Chile project
Nacimiento y Defunción de los Gobernantes de Chile is a project by Wikimedia Chile for search, collect, record and digitally publish the certificates of birth and death of the rulers of Chile with the aim to preserve historical data, make them available to the general public and complete historical information relevant to Chile. We collaborated with them getting one certificate from the archives of a church in Seville.
The project lasts until July 2017, and during that time we will work on:
Migrating the information in the WLM database to Wikidata
Updating and adding new data about monuments, including from ten countries where cultural heritage is at risk
Uploading tens of thousands of images and media files from cultural heritage institutions
Increasing awareness about what the Wikimedia movement is doing in the cultural heritage field, both to the Wikimedia communities, general public and also to experts in the field
Promoting open data and free licenses
Organizing a photo exhibition with images of cultural heritage in at least three countries.
All info on the project, including who to contact if you want to get involved, timeplan, activities and such are available on Meta. The talk page on Meta is open for comments and questions, and all input on this is welcome.
Nationalmuseum has agreed to release data about creators and artwork in order to update Wikidata and to create links back to authority files in their own database. This project will also help the Swedish part of Sum of all paintings as creators are added and connected.
Audio-describing London Landmarks, celebrating Wikipedia 15
In 2012, VocalEyes, a UK registered charity that works with arts organisations to identify and remove barriers to access and inclusion for blind and partially sighted people, ran a project in which various celebrities described well-known London landmarks, so that they could be better enjoyed by such people. They have now donated forty of these audio recordings to Wikimedia Commons, and they have been added by Liam Wyatt to the articles about the features they describe. Andy Mabbett has also been editing out short extracts, for use on the articles about the readers, as part of the 'Voice Intro Project'.
Oxford University celebrated Wikipedia's 15th birthday with enthusiasm. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) held a public half-day event, combining short presentations from researchers with an editathon led by Martin Poulter, the Bodleian Libraries' Wikimedian In Residence. The OII have released a very positive write-up of the day. Separately, the university's Open Access blog had a guest post by Martin on Wikipedia's role in fulfilling the potential of open access research. The publicity around Wikipedia 15 led to interviews on Sky News, BBC Radio Five Live, regional television, and for Oxford's student newspaper Cherwell.
Martin presented at a day conference on "DIY Digitisation": this expression describes when libraries encourage readers to take photographs of historic books and post those online. Martin—and most of the other speakers—urged that images created in this way should be shared under free licences. At a seminar for History postgraduates in London, Martin urged them to look at WikiProject History's 7,000 stubs as an opportunity to improve public understanding of their subject and to develop writing skills.
This month's uploads are from a unique collection: the John Johnson Collection is part of the Bodleian that collects ephemera: things like tickets, leaflets, newspaper clippings, board games, or writing paper that are not "publications" in the usual sense but give an insight into culture, mainly of the 19th century.
January also saw the start of the Open Knowledge Ambassador course, aiming to give the keenest members of the university a deeper knowledge of Wikipedia and related sites, and the ability to support outreach. Coming up in February are more Ambassador training workshops, the first ever Tudor Music editathon, a workshop for staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and a workshop for staff at the Voltaire Foundation.
Pre-production starts for Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons tutorial videos
Over the past several years, many videos have been produced to train new contributors. This series will feature VisualEditor and the new citation tool called Citoid. Additionally, the series will include an introduction to the Wikimedia Commons repository of freely-licensed media.
The video series and associated materials will help students and instructors who participate in the Wikipedia Education Program. The series is also designed to assist the professional staff and volunteers of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) with understanding how their content gains exposure on Wikimedia sites, and how to document or upload their content for direct viewing on Wikipedia and its sister projects.
The video content will be available in segments that can be viewed, translated, or updated individually.
There are currently volunteer translators for Arabic, Armenian, Czech, German, Greek, Odia, and Spanish. Additional volunteers with high proficiency translation skills are welcome to sign up on the talk page.
We are currently seeking feedback on the outline for the scripts, as well as suggestions for an attractive name for the series. Please leave any comments on this talk page!
At the time of writing, there were 33464 files in the Commons category Open access (publishing), of which 9401 were used a total of 98460 times across the main namespaces of Wikimedia projects. So far, these wiki pages were thought to receive a daily average of about 1 million page views, but since December 2015, these page views are calculated using the new Wikimedia pageview API, according to which the number is about twice as high.
Recent uploads: data citation, dino jaw, dozens of beetles
The following represents a selection of the files that have been uploaded this month from open-access sources. Most of these came from PubMed Central through the Open Access Media Importer, whose uploads now total over 21,300. If you can think of wiki pages where these files (or other files from the same source articles) could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.