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50 images from the Science Museum collection[edit]

The Science Museum in London have agreed to release 50 of it's images (at a medium resolution) under a Wikimedia compatible license. Do you have anything in particular you need that they have? Feel free to give me a list if you like. The 2 websites that the images would be available from are:

I'm hoping this is the start of something larger but could just be a one off so am trying to come up with a most wanted list. Please leave your suggestions below (linking to specific pages) --Mrjohncummings (talk) 23:44, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

Here is my selection:

Hawkeye7 (talk) 02:53, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

Just checking out the idea (playing around) but on the odd chance these might be useful:

The 1322 NASA photos are *all* ok regarding copyright, but this may not be the best place to get them. Still, the museum has selected a very beautiful group

The light micrographs are all wonderful, but it looks like they are all properly copyrighted by individuals

Car bodies all look like they fit in with the restrictions we have to deal with, and might be very useful for selected articles, e.g.

Royal Society transactions might be very useful for some articles

All in all there's a wonderful trove here (with some annoying restrictions). Keep up the good work. Smallbones(smalltalk) 16:54, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/results.asp?image=10418192&itemw=4&itemf=0010&itemstep=1&itemx=63

http://collectionsonline.nmsi.ac.uk/detail.php?t=objects&type=all&f=&s=south+pointing+chariot&record=0

Would both have their uses.Geni (talk) 19:00, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

Gibraltar[edit]

Well you know my subject... :) These would be useful:

copyfraud[edit]

FWIW both these images are in the public domain

See:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USSMonitor1862.3.ws.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monitor_officers.jpg

I'm aware of this (and lots of other examples), am preparing a report on this at the moment. --Mrjohncummings (talk) 19:35, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

Chemistry, materials and chemical engineering[edit]

These pictures can be useful for pages related to chemistry, materials and chemical engineering:

  1. Apparatus used to discover polyethylene, 1933.
  2. Ammonia synthesis plant, 1977.
  3. Woodall-Duckham continuous tar distillation plant, c 1956.
  4. A selection of electric heaters for laboratory use, c 1920s.
  5. Abel flashpoint apparatus, 1900
  6. Alcohol Hydrometer, 1700-1730
  7. Amal Bunsen burner with five burner heads
  8. Apparatus for determining the empirical formula of organic compounds, 1820s-1830s
  9. Apparatus for electrolysis, 1800-1820
  10. Ball and stick atomic model set
  11. Bottle used in first preparation of viscose rayon, 1892.
  12. Bernal's model of the structure of a monatomic fluid, c 1950.
  13. Plant used for the manufacture of soda by the Solvay process, early 1960s.
  14. Mould to make hot water bottles (3 parts), made b
  15. Simon-Carves-Monsanto contact process sulphuric acid plant, c 1952.
  16. Sulphuric acid works illustrating the lead chamber process, 1890.
  17. Copper sulphate pentahydrate, 1934.
  18. Experimental Viscometer
  19. Objects made from celluloid, 1880s-1920s.
  20. Objects made from cellulose acetate, c. 1930s-1940s.
  21. Rubber ball from Peruvian child's grave, c. 1600.
  22. Differential Pressure Transmitter, 1952
  23. A collection of terylene fibre specimens, donated in 1972
  24. Residual carbon from distillation of crude oil.
  25. Bunsen's thermostat, 1867.

If all or some of them will be uploaded, just let me know and I will add them in the appropriate pages. --Daniele Pugliesi (talk) 01:06, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Museum Guides[edit]

Were you aware that it is possible to create maps with links to images and articles eg:

[[1]]

Although I expect the people over at open street maps or even the geohack people on the toolserver could do a better job.Geni (talk) 19:43, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, I think it may be hard as the museums are over multiple levels and may get squished on mobile devices (I have an android phone this happens on sometimes) but if you would like to do something I'd be happy to help any way I can, I think these guides will need multiple techniques for different galleries. I tried to use Google Maps to make a multi level map, it works quite well but the GPS signal in the museums is awful. I want to make the guides as understandable as possible by non English language speaks as well. I have been thinking it would be really nice to do image maps for some exhibits if they're quite complex. It's hard to tell from the image but the Giant sequoia has dates for various events, I may do an image map for this or possibly a table.
If you've got an idea for something and need some photos I'm at the museums nearly every week dat so just let me know, I'm going to try to get museum visitors involved in taking images asap, not quite sure how to make a useable list they can use to know what needs photographing though. Mrjohncummings (talk) 20:01, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
If we can't get the museum to release a map of their interiors under a free license the people to talk to are open street maps. In terms of photos of stuff on display most of it has already been nabbed. Things like Old Bess (beam engine) are tricky to photograph well.Geni (talk) 21:41, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Photo request[edit]

Hi John, any chance that we can have a photo of the memorial tablet for Frederick DuCane Godman and Osbert Salvin for those articles? Thanks. Shyamal (talk) 08:02, 27 June 2013 (UTC)

July 2013[edit]

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3D models[edit]

Hi John, I could swear that somewhere you said you'd written a guide to uploading 3D models to Commons. I can't find that on Commons itself. Can you point me to it? I hope I haven't just made this up. TIA, MartinPoulter (talk) 21:25, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

Afraid not, Commons doesn't support it yet unfortunately (soon please). What I made was a guide to creating 3d models for Wikipedia, a bit redundant till the functionality is added, but still useful for some things Wikipedia:3D_guide. Mrjohncummings (talk) 21:32, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. MartinPoulter (talk) 10:55, 5 July 2013 (UTC)
Oh i did forget though, look at Thingiverse, it's a bit like Flickr for 3d models, a useful place to put them for now, they should get some good and interesting use on there too, they support the full range of CC licenses as far as I'm aware. --Mrjohncummings (talk) 11:08, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

Learning Wikipedia[edit]

Hi John, this is the furthest I've got so far. --Benny Verbis (talk) 12:20, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi John[edit]

--Laurie.mh (talk) 12:20, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Ok I'm just starting to get the hang of this...[edit]

--Kate steiner (talk) 12:20, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi John[edit]

Hi John --AlisonHess (talk) 12:20, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

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bcs ada festival , hello[edit]

Hi John thanks for a lovely day --Createaccount909 (talk) 17:56, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Thanks for the Editathon training today. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shburnett (talkcontribs) 17:55, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi John[edit]

Thanks for a great afternoon! Really interesting. --Jscammel (talk) 17:57, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Thanks for the Editathon training today.--Shburnett (talk) 17:58, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi John[edit]

I've been interested to see some of the new pages. Alan, aka Thoughtfortheday (talk). 10:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

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Hello :)[edit]

Good to bump into you at the Third Estate on Saturday. (Which is actually a pretty good name for a place to bump into another Wikipedian, when you think about it.) Ian McDonald (talk) 12:03, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

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interesting article[edit]

Hello John --Smanders1982 (talk) 15:44, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

Alfred J. Clements[edit]

As you may recall, you kindly took a photo of Alfred J. Clements' memorial at Conway Hall yesterday. His notability is being challenged, so perhaps uploading it and adding it to the article will soothe the naysayers. Edwardx (talk) 21:58, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

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From Commons[edit]

Ciao, since I'm not English, I would need a helping hand to understand and write in English what people have said into this video TimedText:GibraltarpediA introduction video.ogg.en.srt (like made in TimedText:Monmouthpedia_video_revised.ogv.en.srt) as part of the project GibraltarpediA. In this way, it will translate into all the languages ​​of the world. Now is a temporary transcription without synchronization. Victuallers has already given it a helping hand! Grazie mille — Raoli ✉ (talk) 00:58, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Image suggestions[edit]

Do you know what magnifications are possible? I think most of the smaller arthropod families lack or have bad images. In many cases that means low magnification images that give a full subject coverage but in many groups that could be complemented by specific group identification features.

Here are some ideas from the top of my head. (Will keep adding to the list) Shyamal (talk) 08:29, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

  • metapleural gland of ants
  • example images of Mymaridae
  • eyes of Strepsiptera
  • representatives of Zoraptera
  • Brochosome (already has one though)
  • Aleyrodidae
  • Crochets on the prolegs of caterpillars
  • Combs on the claws of Alleculinae
  • Representatives of all mite families
  • mallophaga
  • fleas
  • bacteria on human skin
  • Cecidomyiidae

Electron micrographs of structural coloration structures[edit]

Hi, we met at the Wikimedia photographing in museums workshop. It would be really nice to get some electron micrographs of some structural coloration in insects. In particular:

  • the 'firtree' microstructures forming the iridescent blue wing scales of Morpho butterflies
  • the 'green' wing patches/scales of Emerald Swallowtail, Papilio palinurus
  • the 'green' wing scales of Parides sesostris, the Emerald-patched Cattleheart
  • the iridescent cuticle of Lamprocyphus augustus, a weevil from Brazil

These would all be really useful. Chiswick Chap (talk) 15:09, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Re: WMUK calendar stuff[edit]

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Wikipedia edit day[edit]

Hi John,

Cheers for showing us how to edit Wikipedia today.

Jordan

--Jlg484995 (talk) 14:58, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Hi John, thank you for the wiki training today. --Cezm82 (talk) 14:55, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Hello

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testing my talk skizzles[edit]

Hello! Thanks for the Wiki training! --Louisefall (talk) 14:57, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Hello[edit]

Hi John

Thanks for the into to Wikipedia editing.

Cheers

Richard Campbell (ONS) RjtCampbell (talk) 14:55, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Hello[edit]

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Great Barrier Reef-related edits[edit]

Hello John, I have been looking at a group of edits you have made relating to a recent news story regarding the reef. They look to me to not meet WP styles and policies for several reasons. They don't look to be neutral, for example through the inclusion of Waters very strident sound bite, and the selection of the way facts are presented; it possibly breaches WP:NOTNEWS, and also isn't consistent with the Manual of Style. I'm reverting a couple of instances, following WP:BRD, and suggest a discussion at the article talk pages. In the case of the addition to Larissa Waters in particular, I really don't think it is worth debating, because it isn't about her, and that article is a biographical one. We don't include in biographies every (or even many) instances where the subject spoke about a topic. Cheers, hamiltonstone (talk) 22:29, 13 February 2014 (UTC)


Hi Hamilton

Very sorry to miss your message, thanks for your edits. I have a couple of revisions I will suggest on the talk page, I'd really like to get the Great Barrier Reef up to featured article. I'm working on another article related in my sandbox, Threatened species known to occur in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (maybe the title needs some work).

Thanks

--Mrjohncummings (talk) 12:48, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

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Your Upload Of The Green Interview[edit]

Hi. Re https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:George_Monbiot_interview_with_The_Green_Interview.webm which you uploaded from youtube.com. On http://www.thegreeninterview.com/about I read "Visitors may also view one interview entirely free of charge. Access to the full-length interviews is otherwise reserved for paying customers ...". What makes you sure that your upload is not an upload of a copyright-violating copy? Peter Gulutzan (talk) 15:01, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Peter
The interviews on Youtube aren't the full length videos, they're short excerpts. The youtube channel is the official youtube channel of The Green Interview, also I've been in email contact with Silver to work with him to release more content, please see in the video's comments on Youtube.
All the best
Mrjohncummings (talk) 15:07, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Electron microscope images[edit]

Hi, on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Insects#Electron microscope images back in December, you offered to see if you could make images. Dunno if your offer still stands. Neither do I think it has priority, but I would be interested in Crowsoniella relicta, and in particular the ventral and dorsal habitus, maximilar palp and aedeagus. If I understand it well, the NHM has one of only two collections of this tiny beetle. Thanks, and if you can't do it, don't worry. Dwergenpaartje (talk) 22:24, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

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Hi[edit]

Hi --Mwhitman6 (talk) 22:36, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi![edit]

Hi! --Jenninamillion (talk) 22:42, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

hello Mr. John![edit]

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Thanks![edit]

So nice to meet you today - Thanks for your help! Tamale2222 (talk) 22:40, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

hi john!--Jbrazor (talk) 22:41, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Hi John! Thanks for the chat today, super helpful.--Rancelocks (talk) 22:42, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

hi[edit]

hi--Eep7 (talk) 22:44, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks again John, I really enjoyed the talk and hackathon yesterday. Cheers! --Eep7 (talk) 15:02, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

HI[edit]

Thanks!

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Hi from Chicago[edit]

HI Hi Hi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lydiaever (talkcontribs) 22:46, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Hello[edit]

Hi! --Jenmakesstuff (talk) 22:54, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Translation Protocol[edit]

I have a question about translation protocol. So I was looking at Dorte Gatermann's page and the German language version came up in a subsequent search. It has better/more information on it. I was thinking about just translating the German content and weaving it into the English language version.

Can I translate the Wikipedia page in a different language and add that content to Wikipedia En version? Is that considered copying work and is verboten? Is there attribution tags required?

Mwhitman6 (talk) 15:38, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Hey
So it's absolutely fine to translate from another language Wikipedia to English, here's the page to look at Wikipedia:Copying within Wikipedia. The bit you need is this:
Translations of copyrighted text, even from other Wikimedia projects, are derivative works, and attribution must be given to satisfy licensing requirements. When translating material from a Wikimedia project licensed under CC-By-SA, a note identifying the Wikimedia source (such as an interlanguage link) should be made in an edit summary and a link left to the original at the article's talk page. The template {{Translated page}} is available for this purpose.
So all you need to do is translate from the German (keeping all the references) and then add this to the talk page for the article on the English version {{translated page|de|Dörte Gatermann|version=123123294|insertversion=590234220}}
Let me know how it goes and if you need any more help
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Hello from Ireland[edit]

Hi John, this is Rebecca (fellow natural history nerd!) - hope to see you at Wikimania in a few months. I'll keep an eye out for your Barrier Reef article. Smirkybec (talk) 15:04, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Battle of Clontarf Editathon[edit]

Hi, John. I just want to say thank you for an enjoyable and useful afternoon at the Battle of Clontarf Editathon this afternoon. Keep up the good work! Scolaire (talk) 17:32, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

John, I was contacted by RashersTierney about the possibility of an Irish Chapter being something to come out of the Battle of Clontarf Editathon and received another email today about it. I've been involved in efforts before, if you're interested, drop me a line. Best, --Tóraí (talk) 11:17, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Medical Translation Newsletter Aug./Sept. 2014[edit]

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Feature – Ebola articles[edit]

Electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion

During August we have translated Disease and it is now live in more than 60 different languages! To help us focus on African languages Rubric has donated a large number of articles in languages we haven't previously reached–so a shout out them, and Ian Henderson from Rubric who's joined us here at Wikipedia. We're very happy for our continued collaboration with both Rubric and Translators without Borders!

Just some of our over 60 translations:
New roles and guides!

At Wikimania there were so many enthusiastic people jumping at the chance to help out the Medical Translation Project, but unfortunately not all of them knew how to get started. That is why we've been spending considerable time writing and improving guides! They are finally live, and you can find them at our home-page!

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DYK Nomination[edit]

FYI, I've nominated Ghoncheh Ghavami for a DYK nomination at Template:Did you know nominations/Ghoncheh Ghavami. Thanks for creating the article. Plot Spoiler (talk) 20:18, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of William Pooley (Ebola patient)[edit]

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Regular deletion discussion[edit]

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From Paula[edit]

Thanks for your help! --Paulaosu (talk) 13:58, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks again, let's see if I can do it alone :)
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Hello[edit]

How are things? --AES514 (talk) 13:58, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

Training session seems to be going well. MartinPoulter (talk) 14:03, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

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commons app[edit]

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Ghoncheh Ghavami has been nominated for Did You Know[edit]

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Botswana volunteers[edit]

Gaborone 3-phase study on Wikipedia as an mHealth tool[edit]

I see that you recently posted in the Wikimedia Botswana page looking for volunteers. My name is Afton Chavez and I'm a US medical student working in Botswana with the Botswana-UPenn Health Informatics Team on a Wikipedia Project. You can see details about our project on this grant application I just created, Botswana Wikipedia 3-phase study and HIV/AIDS article evaluation workshop. I'm wondering if once our project gets launched and we recruit people and train people, they would be interested in helping you. Also, we are hoping to train students, faculty, and librarians, so if you know of any human resources that would be interested in helping with training, please let me know! Thanks. Abchave1 (talk) 15:32, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

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ebola/west africa[edit]

hi, I would like to thank you for the images you have uploaded , as they could very well end up at the article Ebola virus epidemic in west Africa , thank you--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 17:48, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

MrjohncummingsI used another image for ebola/west Africa, however after looking at the images im not entirely certain how exactly to categorize them, please advise if I can help. thank you--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 14:30, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Fossil Fuel Divestment[edit]

Good article concept, thanks for doing that! Apologies in advance for whatever I revert/delete. There may be some questionable sources there. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 07:48, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

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Fossil fuel divestment[edit]

Hello Mrjohncummings,

I really liked your start to the fossil fuel divestment article and I supported your nomination for DYK. I'm new to the procedure for DYK so I don't really understand the process very well. Brian Everlasting (talk) 21:46, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Brian Everlasting
Thanks very much, I've never nominated something for DYK before, seemed like a useful and interesting topic to have more attention on.
Thanks again
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DYK nomination of Tesla Model S manufacturing process[edit]

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Nomination of Tesla Model S manufacturing process for deletion[edit]

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Following up[edit]

Hi John,

I wanted to touch base with you about the problem you reported in Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Feedback/Archive 2015 2#Visual editor loading bar never finishes loading (and phab:T97346) a couple of months ago. Is VisualEditor still not opening for you? Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 02:27, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Whatamidoing (WMF):, thanks for following up, I've just tried and it works :), its really coming on leaps and bounds since last time I checked.
Cheers
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Thanks! I'll close the ticket. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 05:38, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

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Hi - belated congrats[edit]

I just put this forward for a newbie ( her first article!). Could you help with an image of Cecilia? I notice you had managed to release lots of images including a couple of women scientists. Not a big issue, but women scientists are a push subject this month Victuallers (talk) 08:41, 14 November 2015 (UTC)


reply re ideas[edit]

Hi John I'll have a think about the translation. My first idea might be that ..... you get a few mates and read out the lines. Armed with the wonderful pictures you can make a simple video. Then you add French and Portuguese using the technology we had shown to us on the Gpedia and Mpedia videos. If successful then this might attract other languages. .... Oh and have you read above? Have you seen the new pictures I made? Victuallers (talk) 21:34, 20 November 2015 (UTC
Also .... see here. This is a small example but I posted the picture and someone has translated the caption for me. Victuallers (talk) 00:16, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
@Victuallers: I like the idea of doing voice overs, User:Billinghurst has suggested there may be a way to do the translations and then transclude the text, does this make sense to you? I'm assuming this means you can transclude the text over the top of the images so that they appear in the speech bubbles.
Yes saw the the new images, glad to see they are helpful, hopefully many more will be available quite soon.
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Best wishes for the holidays...[edit]

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Payment[edit]

Do you get money from UNESCO?--85.16.99.67 (talk) 16:08, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi, I don't get paid by UNESCO, I'm being funded to work there by the Wikimedia Foundation, you can see my project grant here, thanks, John Cummings (talk) 17:05, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

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UNESCO & Fatima Massaquoi[edit]

thanks for the great work at UN. women in red was working on a biography of Fatima Massaquoi. she was at UNESCO General Assembly in 1960. would it be possible to find head shots of notable people in the archives? maybe a scan-a-thon if necessary. Duckduckstop (talk) 20:19, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

@Duckduckstop:, thanks very much. UNESCO have a digitisation plan for their archives, I will let the archivist staff know there is a need for headshots of notable people for Wikipedia, additionally there is a lot of content that has already been digitised which will put online quite soon so please keep an eye on Wikiproject UNESCO for new content. Thanks again --John Cummings (talk) 09:46, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

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Urban Regeneration project for Historic Cairo[edit]

Hi John,

One of my trainees here in Milan, User:Dr.EOMR, has a draft article, on UNESCO's "Urban Regeneration project for Historic Cairo" (URHC), in User:Dr.EOMR/sandbox2. Please can you kindly assist with sources and images? PigsOTWing (talk) 10:41, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

Hi @PigsOTWing: and @Dr.EOMR:, I think all the information on this programme is available online, if you paste the query into the search box on the unesco website you will find the sources from UNESCO (I can't link directly to the search for some reason). Very happy to help with images once I get back to work next week :) John Cummings (talk) 12:31, 20 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks - we were looking for independent sources (and this is me). Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:52, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Prusa i3[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Prusa i3 at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 17:43, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Please see new note on your DYK nomination. Yoninah (talk) 19:38, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Please see new note on your DYK nomination. Yoninah (talk) 20:37, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

Visual Editor compatible template[edit]

Hi John. I'm sorry but I've done very little work with Visual Editor, so I can't offer an opinion on how it might cope with nested templates. You probably should ask those sort of questions at Wikipedia talk:VisualEditor - if that's not the right place, somebody more knowledgeable there ought to be able to point you in the right direction.

In the meantime, can I ask you to examine the logic of what you're trying to do, please? You want to be able to add references using VE that could be in several different forms, for example:

  • Raw text: ''Some Work'', by J. Doe (2000)
  • A citation template: {{cite book |last1=Doe |first1=J |title=Some Work |volume=Vol. 1, Part 2 |year=2000 |publisher=Foo Publishing House}}
  • An unspecified number of multiple citation templates: {{cite book |last1=Doe |first1=John |title=The Ultimate Question |year=2000 |publisher=Foo Publishing House}}; {{cite book |last1=Doe |first1=Jane |title=The Ultimate Answer |year=2000 |publisher=Bar Publishing Cavalcade}}

I can see how one might write code to create a template that accepted a set of parameters related to a single CS1 citation, e.g.

  • {{Open-source attribution |license=XYZ |last1=Doe |first1=J |title=Some Work |volume=Vol. 1, Part 2 |year=2000 |publisher=Foo Publishing House}}

That could check for the presence of CS1 parameters and the absence of a raw text parameter to make a switch, then assemble the CS1 citation within the template definition - that's no problem, and VE would almost certainly accept those in the 'TemplateData' block. But how do you think you would name the parameters when you wanted to cite a second work, or a third, etc.? There's also the question of how you cope when the licence for the first source differs from the licence for the second or third, etc. Those are the bits that I suspect VE would choke on. I mean, it's fixable, of course - anything is, given enough time and effort, but have you found out how many times the need for multiple sources might arise in articles to justify that time and effort? --RexxS (talk) 12:38, 1 July 2016 (UTC)


Thanks @RexxS:, essentially I'm trying to come up with a simple process with as few steps as possible for editors to copy open license text into Wikipedia and provide attribution. Because I don't have a good understanding of how the templates work and their structure I think I'm making bad decisions on how this could be done. There is a huge volume of suitable open license text available but there is no clear process or mechanism and very little documentation to do so currently.
The only way I am aware of doing it is to use Template:Open-source_attribution and I had to make up the instructions for using it, currently it is used around 80 times, and 60 of those is for the Biosphere Reserve text. When I've asked people who have created articles from the text they say it takes around 15 mins which 5 mins of which is fiddling with the rudimentary template.
Creating a simple way to reuse open license text on Wikipedia seems like a really simple way to create a lot of good quality Wikipedia articles easily and quickly, especially from things like scientific journals and text from GLAM partners e.g the national heritage register for Australia's descriptions of all their sites is available under CC-BY.
Does this make sense? I think if we can come up with a process then I can ask politely enough that someone will make the template (if that is what is used) VE compatible.
Thanks
--John Cummings (talk) 12:56, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

DYK process[edit]

Hi, John. Right now you just sit tight and wait for a prep builder to promote your hook to the prep area. Keep Template:Did you know nominations/Prusa i3 on your watchlist so you'll know when it's been promoted. After that, watchlist T:DYKQ so you can see the prep set being promoted to the queue. At the top of T:DYKQ is the calendar of when each queue appears; based on your time zone, that's how you'll know when it's scheduled. The DYK bot will post a notification on your talk page and on the article talk page when the hook appears on the main page. There's not much you can do about having the hook appear in the lead image slot; that's up to the promoter. But it's a strong image, so there's a good chance it will appear as the lead image. Best, Yoninah (talk) 16:12, 3 July 2016 (UTC)

Thanks @Yoninah:, really helpful, is there any way to express a preference to when it is displayed? I understand they change every 8 hours? I live in France so it would be nice if I could ask for it to appear while I'm awake :)
Thanks again
--John Cummings (talk) 16:30, 3 July 2016 (UTC)
The sets run for 12 hours at a time. Usually people ask for specific dates or times as per the article subject itself. After your hook is promoted to a queue, you can look at Wikipedia:Main Page alternative (Tomorrow and Next DYK) to see a mock-up of the main page with your hook in it. Yoninah (talk) 17:38, 3 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi again. Your hook has just been moved to the lead image slot in Prep 1, which is scheduled to be promoted to Queue 1, which is scheduled to appear in France on July 8 from 5 AM to 5 PM. Things could change, so keep an eye on T:DYKQ. Best, Yoninah (talk) 12:27, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi @Yoninah:, thanks very much for the information :) --John Cummings (talk) 04:03, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

DYK for Prusa i3[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 8 July 2016, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Prusa i3, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the most used 3D printer in the world (pictured) can partially self-replicate? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Prusa i3. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Prusa i3), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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Notifications[edit]

If you want to say "Thanks very much Carl Fredrik", and ping them at the same time, just use the {{user}} template - shortcut is {{u}} - like this: Thanks very much {{u|CFCF|Carl Fredrik}}.

The {{ping}} template adds @ and : and you have to show a different text like this: {{ping|CFCF|label1=Carl Fredrik}}. Hope that helps. --RexxS (talk) 16:42, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Wonderful, thanks RexxS. --John Cummings (talk) 20:46, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Yer, that worked. --RexxS (talk) 21:21, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Hi John!

Loved to see the 3DBenchy page you made! :) Thanks for your work and taking the time to write about the little 3D printing benchmark boat.

Greetings from Sweden. Paulo Kiefe (talk) 20:36, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Hi Paulo Kiefe, glad you like it, please do let me know if I missed anything out or got anything wrong, I want to add some photos of failed prints if you have any? --John Cummings (talk) 09:04, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

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Unesco Art Collection[edit]

Hi John, I stumbled upon Unesco's art collection website and would be interested in adding all the (notable) works to Wikidata. The website doesn't mention unique inventory numbers for the artworks though, and that's more or less a requisite on Wikidata (or at least we prefer to include those). Would it in any way be possible for you to ask around at Unesco who takes care of registration of these works, and whether it would be possible to obtain a data export that does contain inventory numbers? Also, this might be interesting for a small image donation at some point (of the public domain works) - but that has less priority IMO. Thanks! Spinster (talk) 12:59, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi Spinster, thanks for your message, I've looked into this a couple of times and there doesn't seem to be a unique ID numbering system, this is the case for many UNESCO lists. When we have imported other UNESCO lists into Wikidata we have simply created a temporary fictional ID system which is later removed, NavinoEvans knows a lot more about this than me. I'm going to try to set up a kind of data import workflow for all the different datasets UNESCO has, maybe we could use the art collection data as a trial?
Thanks again
--John Cummings (talk) 23:23, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Invitation to "target countries" discussion[edit]

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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WP:VPT[edit]

Hi John, any idea what's going on between your comment at WP:VPT and my comment? Something happened and both are kinda munged together. Regards, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 17:17, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

Oh wait, I think it was just a missing </nowiki> tag. I fixed it here. Take care, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 17:20, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

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Best wishes for the holidays...[edit]

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Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, and all best wishes for the New Year! Adoration of the Kings (Gerard David, London) is my Wiki-Christmas card to all for this year. Johnbod (talk) 10:26, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

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Contact from PeterMR[edit]

Hi from Petermr (talk) 09:37, 26 February 2017 (UTC) email is peterDOTmurrayDOTrustATgmailDOTcom

Guidelines in your role[edit]

Our discussion on Consequences of Brexit for science got shut down prematurely and I'm not eager to make it formal by taking it to an official request. I am, however, interested in what guidelines you are given / you created in your role as a Wikimedian in Residence with regards to declaring potential conflicts of interest. The current guidelines don't really cover such a scenario. I see two facets: what the WinR advises people to do, and what editing he/she personally does. The example of Susan S comes up, of course, as it's the only one that I have. I'm not asking you to answer the following questions, but they are potential problems... Is she being paid by her employer to edit Wikipedia or is she doing it in her free time? Is she asking for changes to be made that should come about by editor consensus? Are you making changes for her that should come about by editor consensus? Is she adding things that are largely about her employer or its publications? (On the last, an article was created about a publication that she was heavily involved in.) If the current CoI guidelines don't cover these things well, perhaps you need to request or create some new ones, or do you have separate guidelines already? My best guess is that you're in a grey area that needs to be clarified; doing so would help reduce the quantity and intensity of clashes that are occurring, as well as helping with editor retention, a factor you highlighted. EddieHugh (talk) 12:24, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for your thoughts EddieHugh, I'm going to the Wikimedia Conference at the end of the month and will talk to people who work on expert outreach about this, I'll make it part of my presentation. --John Cummings (talk) 12:37, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
Hi John - I saw the post here by Eddie and reviewed what has been happening, and I have some concerns as well.
First, I agree with Little OliveOil (something I rarely do) that extensive discussion of COI issues at the article talk page was not appropriate. I don't agree that COI issues are irrelevant -- they are, but are perhaps not the key thing. Eddie's post above gets at the issues a bit better.
But the discussion should start with content issues (everything starts with content) and should move from their to behavior and what might be driving behavior.
In my view there are significant policy issues with the content that Susan has been adding (namely, I found WP:SOAPBOX (advocacy to protect and promote science funding, in WP's voice); WP:RECENTISM and WP:RELTIME issues are very strongly present (content added to WP written, well, like a report that has a dateline and looks forward and back from that date); WP:CRYSTALBALL (the Brexit article is almost all speculation that will look very different say three years from now but is not written as such, and will have to be completely revised or just removed); and WP:UNDUE weight on one perspective and even one source. It is going to take a lot of work to fix all this.
We love experts but per WP:EXPERT one temptation of experts is to use WP as a platform for their perspectives and their publications (see also [[WP::Conflicts of interest (medicine)]], which discusses this). We love experts because they bring a broad perspective on all the views in the field, and usually have the best sources at their fingertips. WP:COISELF is relevant here too.
There is also unfortunately a bit of WP:TEAM going on with you and Susan, where your RW efforts to teach and recruit her are transferring into taking her side in content disputes, in some kind of strange protectiveness here in WP. I think this is what is rankling EddieHugh the most. You also seem to be unaware of the policy issues with the content Susan is creating, which may stem from your own, well, COI -- your RW effort to recruit and encourage her to contribute.
Finally, in my view your response to Eddie is not altogether appropriate. It is great that you intend to take up the larger issues at WMCON 2017 at the end of the month, but a) Susan is avidly editing even today, and b) Eddie asked specific questions that you didn't address... and c) perhaps most importantly, you and Susan are part of the en-WP community, and you both need to be responsive in and to this community.
What is going on should be discussed somewhere central - not here or the article Talk page. Am trying to think through the most appropriate forum for productive discussion.
Don't know if you can hear this, or what your thoughts are, especially about where we should discuss this. I look forward to hearing from you. Jytdog (talk) 21:41, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
I've tagged the article (and talk) with COI, which I believe is the driving force with the article (scope/title/etc). John, can you help Susan WP:DISCLOSE on her userpage (the one that's been deleted). COI and residences are a borderline area, so I hope you agree with me that the more transparent we can be, the better. Regards Widefox; talk 12:59, 8 April 2017 (UTC)
User:Jytdog I'm not sure what discussions have gone on, but it's only out of deference to the residency, EXPERT, and not biting newbies that I haven't listed this article and COI editor at WP:COIN. Now, the AfD Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Effects of Brexit on science and technology is getting AGF / civility issues seemingly in defence of editors and/or the article from especially one article contributor. COIN is the obvious place to seek wider participation and COI disclosures, which I have until now resisted. Thoughts either of you? Widefox; talk 23:36, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
Hi Widefox, I think it would be useful to have a discussion on the COIN to draw up guidance for people adding prewritten open license text and how that relates to COI if they or the organisation they work for created the text.
Thanks
--John Cummings (talk) 17:50, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
If the author of a source is involved in using that source, let alone building an article on their own source, to me that needs declaring. It's just about transparency, COIs should can edit, especially in a guided environment like with a WM in residency. I'm no expert though, there must be some guidance. Widefox; talk 18:12, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

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Obasanjo at UNESCO[edit]

Hi John, might you be able to help me secure permissions for a UNESCO image? I'm looking for a photo of Nigerian president Obasanjo presenting a replica of a mask to UNESCO director Matsuura in 2005, for what I imagine was "Africa Day" (May 25, 2005). See the example here: [2]. I could only find a photo of the mask in the Mediabank. Any ideas on whether there is a photo like this in the archives and whether they'll share it? czar 04:23, 26 February 2017 (UTC) (reposted from Commons)

I'm unwatching this page now, but if you do have a response or recommendation on how to proceed, please {{ping}} me czar 08:55, 5 April 2017 (UTC)
Hi Czar, sorry to miss your message before, I'll look for you. I'm working on a way to mass import content to Commons which should start producing results soon. --John Cummings (talk) 19:46, 5 April 2017 (UTC)

UNESCO report on Abkhazia[edit]

Hello, John Cummings. I hope this isn't a duplicate request; I didn't see any sign that someone had already contacted you. An editor's looking for the Report on the Cultural heritage assessment mission to Abkhazia, Georgia, 10-17 June 1997 to work on articles about Abkhazia and hasn't been able to gain access to it. The discussion is at WikiProject Resource Exchange/Resource Request. Please help. Thanks. BlackcurrantTea (talk) 07:16, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

Hi BlackcurrantTea, can you mail me J.Cummings@unesco.org
Thanks
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An update from the Sustainability Initiative[edit]

Thank you for supporting the Sustainability Initiative!

Hi, John Cummings! Thank you again for supporting the Sustainability Initiative, which aims at reducing the environmental impact of the Wikimedia movement. Over the past two years, more than 200 Wikipedians from all over the world have come together to push the Wikimedia movement towards greater sustainability.

What's new?

We are writing you this message because there is great news: The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation has finally passed a resolution stating that the Foundation is committed to seeking ways to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment. Also, we have created a cool logo and found a nice name for the project which you can see on the right :-)

What's next?

Currently, we are working with Wikimedia Foundation staff to make sustainability a key priority for the selection of a new location for Wikimedia servers in Singapore. Also, we have presented the Wikimedia Foundation with a green energy roadmap to have all Wikimedia servers run on renewable energy by 2019.

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Wikimedian in Residence BoF at Wikimania 2017[edit]

Hello!

My name is David Alves (User:Horadrim~usurped), and I'm an Wikipedian in Residence at RIDC NeuroMat (User:Horadrim). I've reach your contact through the Wikimedian in residence page in Outreach. As you may know, Wikimania 2017 is coming! I am here because, as a fellow WiR, I believe this would be a great opportunity for us to share experiences, discuss difficulties and exchange solutions, creating a community among us capable of supporting in other projects that would benefit from residents. In that sense, I have submitted a proposal of a Birds of a Feather activity to Wikimania that you can check out here. I hope to count with your support in this project and would like to invite you to join us if you participate in Wikimania. In case of any doubts, please feel free to contact me, either in my talk pages or by e-mail at david.alves(at)outlook.com.

Thank you very much! ‎Horadrim~usurped (talk) 00:33, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: April 2017[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Water in Africa[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Water in Africa you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Lovinne -- Lovinne (talk) 03:01, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

Wiki Stats of UNESCO Challenge[edit]

Dear John Cummings,

Thank you for your interest is the statistics tool. The tool can be extended to use in multiple languages as I used that on odia wiki also. About multiproject results I am not sure may be there is a way. I never met a requirement. Also the core idea behind working of this tool is it is picking the list of article based on a category. We are adding a temple on the talk page of the article to include that into a category. A parser query is running based on the category (like the query in petscan tool).

Running the parser on another language is a matter of changing language variable only. Also picking the article is depend on a category like (Article created/expanded as a part of competetion).

To use this tool as an evaluation tool of UNESCO challenge we will face some difficulty. Because people are editing in multiple languages, article expansion mechanism and image adding mechanism are a little bit complex to calculate. I will try to find a way to execute upon. If any more plans please update.

--Ranjithsiji (talk) 02:41, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Water in Africa[edit]

The article Water in Africa you nominated as a good article has failed Symbol oppose vote.svg; see Talk:Water in Africa for reasons why the nomination failed. If or when these points have been taken care of, you may apply for a new nomination of the article. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Lovinne -- Lovinne (talk) 17:01, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

YouTube linking[edit]

Hi. If you believe there is a justification for adding links to YouTube videos in an article, it is a good idea to - at a bare minimum - ask first on the talk page, and give an explanation that includes evidence that the link does not run contrary to the WP:COPYVIOCITE policy (e.g., show that YOU are the person who produced the video, and hold copyright yourself, or some notice within the video that says it is not copyrighted material); WP policy specifically warns editors against adding links to YouTube. If everything checks out, and other editors support the inclusion, that's when you should go ahead - but not before. Peace,

Wiki Loves Biosphere Reserves[edit]

Hi John!

Is wikilovesearth.bio/ running this year? Just asking because the dates are all still set to 2016. Cheers, Braveheart (talk) 08:37, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Hi Braveheart, yes indeed, I need to fix the dates today. Thanks for asking :) --John Cummings (talk) 11:03, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
Great, thanks :-) Braveheart (talk) 19:39, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Hi John! Sorry for bothering you again, but how does picking the best picture work in this contest? Is every country supposed to pick the 10 best ones or is there an international jury doing that? Braveheart (talk) 10:11, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

Hi Braveheart, basically it will work as if the Biosphere Reserves competition was the same as national competition, with its own jury and 10 winning images going through to the international competition. Thanks, --John Cummings (talk) 22:16, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
Ok, great, thanks! Braveheart (talk) 22:28, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Military in Gibraltar[edit]

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