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Wikipedia Library

The WikiProject Report would like to focus on the Wikipedia Library for a Signpost article. This is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Would you be willing to participate in an interview? If so, here are the sample questions for the interview. Contact me on my talk page and I will set up a different page for for you to answer questions. When you respond, feel free to skip any questions that you don't feel comfortable answering. Multiple editors will have an opportunity to respond to the interview questions. I will be leaving messages on active member's talk pages and invite them to participate also. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the interview, please share this with them.

The Very Best of Regards,
Barbara (WVS)   12:28, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
@Barbara (WVS): This would be great! It looks like the interview page is still set up for WikiProject Comics though, are the TWL related questions somewhere else? Thanks, Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:44, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
I just linked to that Comics interview as an example. The interview pages for the Library folk are located somewhere else and you will get your own interview page if you would like to participate. Can I interview you?
Barbara (WVS)   19:07, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
The page that is linked above is to show future interviewees what the questions will look like. I would like to ask additional questions AND invite interviewees to pose their own questions to answer. You know that I love libraries, right? I cannot maintain a NPOV on this topic. I can set up your interview page now if you would like.
Barbara (WVS)   13:07, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
Ah, I see! Ha, yeah that would be great. Are you wanting to focus on interviewing users who have received access through TWL, or TWL coordinators and staff? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:13, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
The interview will be a lot about you, a WPL editor, but blatant advertising for your project is appropriate also. You have staff? Oh well, you can explain that in your interview. (I don't have staff....)
Barbara (WVS)   19:07, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
@Barbara (WVS): Just to clarify - The Wikipedia Library is a Wikimedia Foundation program, not a WikiProject (which is why we have staff). The interview seems to be geared towards WikiProjects; is it still applicable? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:53, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library Card platform

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The Wikipedia Library team are happy to announce the migration of our free research access signups to the Library Card platform! The Library Card is a centralised location for signing up to all of the free resources available through the library - now totalling over 60 publishers and databases offering access to more than 80,000 paywalled periodicals to help you research and find citations for Wikipedia articles. On-wiki signup pages have been archived, and all future signups will be coordinated on the platform.

Log in directly with your Wikipedia account via OAuth, and if you find resources that would be useful to you, please sign up! Ongoing development will be occurring for the site, so please let us know if you run into any error messages or unexpected behaviour. You can flag bugs directly on Phabricator.

Later this year we'll be integrating an authentication system, enabling direct access to resources using your Wikipedia login. No more need to remember separate logins for each website! We'll also be using this system to allow automated no-application-required access to a subset of partners, and integrating it with a search tool to make it easier to figure out which aggregator or publisher has the content you need! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 20:26, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedian in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh to engage archivists and librarians to facilitate the transfer of historical content into Wikimedia projects

Your support is solicited for the Project Grant that can be seen here. Part of the grant-making process requires notification of those who would like to support this project. I am the potential grantee and believe that this position will make a significant contribution to many projects, including the WP:Library. The University of Pittsburgh intends to release as many historical photos as possible into the public domain. Most of the archival materials are related to United States History. Other projects will also benefit. Some of these are Wikipedia:WikiProject Indigenous peoples of North America, Wikipedia:WikiProject Ethnic groups, Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red, Wikipedia:WikiProject Pennsylvania, Wikipedia:WikiProject United States History, Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/American Revolutionary War task force, Wikipedia:WikiProject Pittsburgh, and Wikipedia:WikiProject African diaspora. Some of these WikiProjects are currently semi-active and would benefit from more contributions from those in the Western Pennsylvania region and the University of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh has significant archival and historical content related to gaps to these WikProjects. I would also like one or two advisers to give me advice in this capacity. Thank you for your consideration.

Best Regards, Barbara (WVS)   10:58, 26 September 2017 (UTC)


Is there any possibility of the Bloomsbury access being extended to cover their Food Library (at []?) I know there will be a small but very grateful number of editors keen to access the resource. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 10:11, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

@SchroCat: I'll look into it :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:05, 11 October 2017 (UTC)
That's great - thanks Sam! - SchroCat (talk) 12:10, 11 October 2017 (UTC)

Guide for access to research: looking for early readers

To help researchers (and Wikipedians), I've been collaboratively working on a now 24-option guide about how to access sources when you don't have access to them. The folks at WP:RX are pros at this kind of digging. Could you give it 10 minutes and feel free to make comments, suggestions, corrections, or additions? Don't hesitate to be bold :)

You're a Researcher without Access to Research: What do you do?

Thank you!

Jake Orlowitz Ocaasi (WMF) (talk) 18:47, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

Zotero Translators

Zotero translators are bits of computer code used by Zotero to scrape or parse metadata about an individual work, from a web page. Wikipedia uses them in the Citoid tool that many of us use for adding citations. A list of currently-available translators is here. Some translators are site-specific, others rely on generic embedded metadata.

I have just commented on a proposal to create a pair of translators specifically for the British Newspaper Archive, saying that having one would be useful for Wikipedia editors with access to that site via the Wikipedia Library.

That has led me to think that it would be sensible, when we agree a new WL partnership, to check whether there is a suitable translator (or set of them), and if not, to encourage someone to write one, and in either case to then have the translator(s) added to Citoid. Of course, once they are written, they remain available in perpetuity, for the benefit of the world at large.

The Zotero community may be reluctant to invest effort in creating translators for paywalled sites, so we may have to turn to coders in our own community for assistance.

I'm happy to advise on the process, or act as a link with the Zotero community, when needed. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:17, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

I've written multiple translators and can also advise as needed czar 17:30, 6 November 2017 (UTC)