WikiTrain in Rennes
Some wikimedians editing train-related articles.
On saturday July 1st took place the fifth and last monthly workshop about Trains and rail transport in the museum of Brittany (musée de Bretagne).
Politician pin ups
Official parliamentary portrait of Tan Dhesi MP, JUne 2017, by Chris McAndrew
Just over five years after Andy Mabbett's Politician pin ups – open-licensed pictures, please blog post, the UK Parliamentary Digital Service released pictures of 620 (of 650) MPs under open licence. In her Making history: official portraits and open source images blog post, the PDS's Editor-in-Chief, Carrie Barclay, explained:
The election meant that all MPs would be passing through a certain place, at a certain time. That place being the Chamber as they're sworn in after the election. This gave us an unprecedented opportunity to take an official portrait of each Member without complicated shoot schedules, myriad locations, diary management, or difficult staffing issues.
Official parliamentary portrait of Tan Dhesi MP, "crop 2", (the preferred version for Wikipedia and Wikdiata)
Top celebrity photographer Chris McAndrew was commissioned to take the shots, with an average of just two minutes per person. Once they were made available on the parliamentary website, Andy and fellow volunteer Fæ worked to quickly upload all four versions of each image - the original and three formats of cropped image, being careful to name them in series (some had already been uploaded under other file names by other users; these duplicates are in the process of being rationalised). All can be seen in Category:Official United Kingdom Parliamentary photographs 2017.
Work is now ongoing to add the images to Wikipedia articles in all available languages, and to Wikidata. You can help!
California State University Northridge
Wikimedia LA held a STEM edit-a-thon, Meetup/LA/CSUN, at California State University, Northridge.
Black Lunch Table/Brooklyn Museum
Black Lunch Table held a meetup, Black Lunch Table/Brooklyn Museum July 2017 at the Brooklyn Museum.
Wikimedia Seattle held a wikinic, Wikipedia:Meetup/SeattleWiknic/2017.
Synthetic Biology at BUGSS
Wikimedia DC held a meetup, Synthetic Biology at BUGSS at Synthetic Biology at BUGSS, Baltimore, Maryland.
Arabic Wikipedia Day Edit-a-thon
Wikimedia DC held an edit-a-thon, Arabic Wikipedia Day Edit-a-thon in support of Arabic Wikipedia Day.
Wikipedia + Libraries project updates for GLAM
- Wow - 700+ viewed the 60-minute preview webinar on the Wikipedia + Libraries online training program; you can view webinar here
- Enrollment in the online training program is now open for US public library staff, if you know a US public library staff member, spread the word. Free course for US public library staff is from Sept. 13 - Nov. 15, 2017
- WebJunction article in Librarians Who Wikipedia series is a spotlight on Paul Flagg
Monika Sengul-Jones (WIR) and Sharon Streams (Director, WebJunction) recruiting public library staff at the ALA annual conference in Chicago.
Get more project updates in Montreal, including analysis of 20 interviews and 700+ survey results
English-language Wikipedia editors are invited to participate in the Wikipedia + Libraries online training program as guides. You can participate in the full course, or for one of the modules. Wikipedians need not be affiliated with US public libraries to participate, the more the merrier! Help course participants learn about Wikipedia by sharing your experiences and answering questions during the forum discussions that take place between the live sessions. Click here to participate.
Monikasj (talk) 23:33, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
When indicated French, simultaneous translation will be provided.
Edit-a-thon Training Draft
Edit-a-thons are one of the most commonly used programs among Wikimedia program leaders and one of the programs that they want to use most (see this survey result and this survey result.) However, in many settings and situations Wikimedia Community members are not sure what goes on during these events, or are unsure about the best practices for making those events successful.
During the month of July, Alex surveyed the existing documentation for edit-a-thons, to develop an initial draft of a training for folks who have not run Editing events before. The draft was developed, so that it could be included in the Programs and Events Dashboard training module environment. The environment allows for folks to translate such a training on Meta, localizing such a training for their own cultural and language context.
Please participate in giving feedback at the Draft Page.
Structured Data on Commons Update
Structured Data on Commons is making progress on design research and initial back-end development. This initial research, includes targeted outreach to major institutional partners, and deep design-research interviews With folks who have done batch uploads as part of GLAM projects.
With the hiring of User:SandraF (WMF), as the principal Community Liason on the project. She will also be supporting development of best practices for GLAM+Wikidata and the Structured Commons to be used as part of programmatic partnerships. Her background is very deep in GLAM-Wiki, where you may know her as User:Spinster.
The Structured Data team released a Newsletter on July 19 on Commons.
Wikimedia Blog updates
The Wikimedia Blog has included a number of stories of importance to representing GLAM-Wiki:
Participate in GLAM-Wiki activities at Wikimania
Wikimania this year, is filled with GLAM-Wiki programming, including a significant amount of the WikiConference North America and the main conference program. To learn more about the schedule, see: the post on the public GLAM mailing list.
Check back for a new edition next month.