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Hello, Smallison, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions, especially your edits to Riverboat coffee house. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few links to pages you might find helpful:

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Speedy deletion nomination of Draft:Riverboat Coffee House[edit]

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Welcome to The Wikipedia Adventure![edit]

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September 2017[edit]

Information icon Hello, I'm Zackmann08. Thank you for your recent contributions to Stuart Laughton+. I noticed that when you added the image to the infobox, you added it as a thumbnail. In the future, please do not use thumbnails when adding images to an infobox (see WP:INFOBOXIMAGE). What does this mean? Well in the infobox, when you specify the image you wish to use, instead of doing it like this:

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Instead just supply the name of the image. So in this case you can simply do:

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There will then be a separate parameter for the image caption such as |caption=Some image caption. Please note that this is a generic form message I am leaving on your page because you recently added a thumbnail to an infobox. The specific parameters for the image and caption may be different for the infobox you are using! Please consult the Template page for the infobox being used to see better documentation. Thanks! Zackmann08 (Talk to me/What I been doing) 19:36, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

National Contribution Month in Canada 2017[edit]

Good day, I write to you because you are an organizer of an event part of the National Contribution Month in Canada 2017. I would like to invite you to copy and fill these tables after your event to report on the results and share the link on the talk page: [1]. This is important to record the activity of Wikimedians in Canada and report it back to the Wikimedia Foundation. Thank you very much for your involvement, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me, Amqui (talk) 14:31, 3 October 2017 (UTC)

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Lee Cremo[edit]

Hi Smallison, just wanted to say good work getting the Lee Cremo article started. I'm surprised there was no article already. Cmr08 (talk) 03:39, 11 February 2018 (UTC)

Indigenous musicians[edit]

I might have been interested in attending if I'd known about it earlier, but unfortunately I already have other commitments this evening — but good luck with it!

To get to a redirect that you want to convert into an article, you can do one of two things:

  1. Search for DJ Shub the same way you'd search for an article, either by typing DJ Shub in the search bar or by clicking on it in an article that's already linking to it (e.g. Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year.) That will take you to the target page A Tribe Called Red at first, but because you used the redirect to get there you'll see a small "(Redirected from DJ Shub)" just under the page header. If you click on it again there, then instead of redirecting you to A Tribe Called Red again the link will actually take you directly to the DJ Shub redirect itself, which you can then edit as a normal page.
  2. If for some reason you lose that "redirected from DJ Shub" link (e.g. by reloading the A Tribe Called Red page after you're already on it), then you can also find "DJ Shub" in A Tribe Called Red's "What links here" list — and if you click on it in there, you'll also get taken directly to the DJ Shub redirect itself.

Once you've gotten to the redirect page, you don't actually need to do anything else to the redirect before you can convert it into an article — you can just open the edit window and start typing the article. (Remember, of course, to overwrite the redirect link with the new article, rather than leaving it there and starting the new article after it — but you don't have to actually delete the page first or anything like that, you can just replace the redirect with the new article you're creating.) Hope that helps. I'll still be on my computer for a while before I go out, so feel free to drop me another line on my talk page if you have any more questions. Bearcat (talk) 20:23, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

I've also linked his name where it appeared in your Meetup list — so that's one more place you can click on it to follow the first process I outlined above.
And if you're looking for some additional article ideas, the Canadian Folk Music Awards also have an "Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year" category. (I do realize that the Junos are the higher priority if it's a Juno-related event, but it's still some extra indigenous musicians to consider if you run out.) Some people are already in your existing worklist anyway because they've also been nominated for Junos, and there may be some accidents where a person already has an article and it just didn't get linked for some reason — so feel free to fix those too by adding the links — but there are also some people I don't see in your existing list yet. Category:Canadian Folk Music Awards has an article for each year the awards have been presented — the "aboriginal songwriter" category didn't happen every time, but it did happen most years and the winners and nominees are in each year's article if and when it did. (And also, if somebody's willing and interested in a relatively easy but valuable project, it would also be worthwhile to copy the Aboriginal Songwriter category lists from each year into a new article about the Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year category itself, like the Juno categories already have but the CFMA categories don't yet.) Bearcat (talk) 20:42, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Also, if you run into any other problems this evening that you don't know how to fix, throw me a note on my talk page and I'll look into them when I get home around 11. Bearcat (talk) 21:33, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

You're very welcome, and thank you in return for getting it in place! I added a couple of other categories that he should be in as well — and since he was already in Category:First Nations musicians he didn't actually need to be in Category:Indigenous musicians of the Americas at the same time, because the First Nations category is already a subcategory of the Indigenous musicians one, so I removed that. But other than that it looks great. Thanks again! Bearcat (talk) 12:52, 5 April 2018 (UTC)

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Indigenize Wikipedia[edit]

Indigenize Wikipedia[edit]

Hello!

I'm reaching out to you today to let you know about a project the Yukon Arts Centre is doing, April 28th 2018, called Indigenize Wikipedia.
Valerie Salez is spear heading a project titled Conversations. This New Chapter project centres around activating a document held in the archives of the Trondek Hwechin Heritage Department (The Han Gwich’in Peoples Government in Dawson City, Yukon). The document contains the minutes of an impromptu meeting between Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and five Yukon First Nations leaders in August of 1977, regarding the then-approved Mackenzie Pipeline. The minutes of this meeting clearly reveal two opposing cultures and two opposing ways of understanding economic, social and cultural development, with the land and its inhabitants as the focus.
While researching events and people connected to this document, Salez noticed there was a lack of information available. Online searches have become a valuable first step to researching any topic. Wikipedia gained its name to fame as a peer sourced online encyclopedia. However, there is little to no information regarding key Yukon First Nations people. Let us indigenize Wikipedia. The goal is to have Yukoners create and/or add to wiki pages that highlight Yukon First Nations leaders, policy makers, politicians, cultural workers, artists/crafters, hunters, gatherers, community contributors, aunties, uncles, grandparents. This can be anyone alive or passed.
We are proposing a drop-in style event to allow people to contribute to Wikipedia. We are inviting people from the public and from organizations to contribute to writing, editing, or posting to Wikipedia about Yukon First Nations people.
If this interests you, I would be excited to hear your thoughts about this. Also, please pass this along if you know of anyone who would be interested! Heathervon (talk) 23:28, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

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Agatha Biddle[edit]

Would you like to add a "Talk" section and delineated WikiProjects to the new article on Agatha Biddle.Bigturtle (talk) 15:28, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
Sure. Just hadn't got to it yet. Done now. --Smallison (talk) 17:09, 9 October 2018 (UTC)

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Besides the handiness of Zotero's warehousing of personal citation collections, the Zotero translator underlies the citoid service, at work behind the VisualEditor. Metadata from Wikidata can be imported into Zotero; and in the other direction the zotkat tool from the University of Mannheim allows Zotero bibliographies to be exported to Wikidata, by item creation. With an extra feature to add statements, that route could lead to much development of the focus list (P5008) tagging on Wikidata, by WikiProjects.

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There is also a large-scale encyclopedic dimension here. The construction of Zotero translators is one facet of Web scraping that has a strong community and open source basis. In that it resembles the less formal mix'n'match import community, and growing networks around other approaches that can integrate datasets into Wikidata, such as the use of OpenRefine.

Looking ahead, the thirtieth birthday of the World Wide Web falls in 2019, and yet the ambition to make webpages routinely readable by machines can still seem an ever-retreating mirage. Wikidata should not only be helping Wikimedia integrate its projects, an ongoing process represented by Structured Data on Commons and lexemes. It should also be acting as a catalyst to bring scraping in from the cold, with institutional strengths as well as resourceful code.

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February 2019 at Women in Red[edit]

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Everything flows (and certainly data does)

Recently Jimmy Wales has made the point that computer home assistants take much of their data from Wikipedia, one way or another. So as well as getting Spotify to play Frosty the Snowman for you, they may be able to answer the question "is the Pope Catholic?" Possibly by asking for disambiguation (Coptic?).

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Headlines about data breaches are now familiar, but the unannounced circulation of information raises other issues. One of those is Gresham's law stated as "bad data drives out good". Wikipedia and now Wikidata have been criticised on related grounds: what if their content, unattributed, is taken to have a higher standing than Wikimedians themselves would grant it? See Wikiquote on a misattribution to Bismarck for the usual quip about "law and sausages", and why one shouldn't watch them in the making.

Wikipedia has now turned 18, so should act like as adult, as well as being treated like one. The Web itself turns 30 some time between March and November this year, per Tim Berners-Lee. If the Knowledge Graph by Google exemplifies Heraclitean Web technology gaining authority, contra GIGO, Wikimedians still have a role in its critique. But not just with the teenage skill of detecting phoniness.

There is more to beating Gresham than exposing the factoid and urban myth, where WP:V does do a great job. Placeholders must be detected, and working with Wikidata is a good way to understand how having one statement as data can blind us to replacing it by a more accurate one. An example that is important to open access is that, firstly, the term itself needs considerable unpacking, because just being able to read material online is a poor relation of "open"; and secondly, trying to get Creative Commons license information into Wikidata shows up issues with classes of license (such as CC-BY) standing for the actual license in major repositories. Detailed investigation shows that "everything flows" exacerbates the issue. But Wikidata can solve it.

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