Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/NYBG March2019

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New York Botanical Garden
Wikipedia Editathon
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
When and Where
Date:Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Time:11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address:LuEsther T. Mertz Library
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458

#HerNaturalHistory - Editing Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons
Help us enhance information in Wikipedia about women in natural history during our Wikipedia Editing Workshop on 13 March in celebration of Women’s History Month!

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden welcomes students and Wikipedia editors to participate in an Edit-a-thon focused on creating and enhancing information in Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons related to the theme of Women in Natural History. This edit-a-thon is part of the #HerNaturalHistory campaign of the Biodiversity Heritage Library is co-sponsored by Wikimedia NYC.

The participants affiliated with this initiative will not make any edits that would not be beneficial to the goals of Wikipedia. We will modify our editing behavior if any edits conflict with Wikipedia guidelines. Please contact the Project Coordinator, emjackson42 (talk) if any activities appear to go against this statement.

Event details[edit]

Studious Wikidatans
  • Hosts: The LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden
  • Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458 40°51′59.5″N 73°52′44.5″W / 40.866528°N 73.879028°W / 40.866528; -73.879028
  • Directions: Directions @ NYBG
  • Subway:
    • "B" train"D" train "4" train to Bedford Park Blvd. From the station exit:
      • Take the Bx26 bus east to the Garden's Mosholu Gate entrance.
      • OR walk eight blocks (IND) or ten blocks (IRT) down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd. (approximately 20 minutes). Turn left onto Southern Blvd. and walk one block to Mosholu Gate entrance.
  • Metro-North Railroad:
  • Hashtag: #PlantsAndPeople
  • Cost: Free
  • What to bring: Please bring your laptop!
  • Participants: Open to all! However, editing Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons is a little different than editing Wikipedia. This event will be most useful for those who have edited Wikipedia already and are very comfortable using computers.

What is Wikidata?[edit]

  • Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines.
  • Wikidata acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikisource, and others.
  • Wikidata also provides support to many other sites and services beyond just Wikimedia projects! The content of Wikidata is available under a free license, exported using standard formats, and can be interlinked to other open data sets on the linked data web.

Read more: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Main_Page

What is Wikimedia Commons?[edit]

  • Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language. It acts as a common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, but you do not need to belong to one of those projects to use media hosted here. The repository is created and maintained not by paid archivists, but by volunteers. The scope of Commons is set out on the project scope pages.

Read more: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Welcome

Itinerary[edit]

11am-5pm Editing Wikidata & Wikimedia Commons
(materials available all day for editors who do not want to participate in training or other activities)
11am-12pm
Welcome & Introductions
A Beginner's Guide to Wikimedia Commons & Wikidata
2pm(ish)
Snack Break (if desired) - sandwiches! (Thanks, WM NYC <3)

Training[edit]

A one hour training session will be offered at the start of this event covering introductory topics.

Editing Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons is a little different than editing Wikipedia. It is advised that you have some experience editing Wikipedia already and be very comfortable using a computer.

Task List[edit]

Flickr[edit]

  • This workshop follows a non-Wiki workshop on 3/12 concerned with adding plant name information to plates on Flickr.
  • This is the task list for the event on 3/12.
  • Here are the tagging instructions for Flickr.

Instructions

  1. Attendees will create and/or log into a Flickr account.
  2. Attendees will choose an asset to edit using a spreadsheet provided.
  3. Attendees will add the tag "nybgtagging" to the asset.
  4. Attendees will add taxonomy:binomial and taxonomy:common tags.

Excerpted from tagging instructions above:

How should I tag my photos for EOL use?

For most photos, all you need to do is create a binomial tag with the genus and species name like this: taxonomy:binomial="Genus species"

Example: taxonomy:binomial="Panthera tigris"

Note that you need to have quotes in your binomial machine tag to keep it from breaking apart at the space between the genus and species name.

Tags are not case sensitive, i.e., either taxonomy:binomial="PANTHERA TIGRIS" or taxonomy:binomial="panthera tigris" will work just as well. You can also put the quotes around the entire tag instead of the taxon name, i.e., "taxonomy:binomial=panthera tigris" will also work.

Tips and Tricks

  • Check your spelling! You may wish to do this through Google or Tropicos.
  • It can be helpful to have the book in BHL open in in another window - sometimes the caption text is available as OCR.

Other Possible Tasks

  • Add Wikidata information for:
    • illustrator:wikidata=Qxxx
    • engraver:wikidata=Qxxx
    • species:wikidata=Qxxxx

Wikimedia Commons[edit]

  • The more metadata in Wikimedia Commons, the more powerful the resource is and the more accessible the content is. For this task, attendees will adding missing date, authorship, and taxonomic information to Wikimedia Commons images.
  • This is the BHL maintenance category on Commons. (Note that this includes assets that are not JUST from the #HerNaturalHistory photo set.)

Instructions

  1. Attendees will create and/or log into a Wikimedia Commons account.
  2. Attendees will choose an asset to edit from the categories provided.
  3. Attendees will add date information if missing.
    • To get the date, click on the link in the asset that takes you to BHL. BHL will have the date.
  1. Attendees will add author information if missing.
    • To get the author, click on the link in the asset that takes you to BHL. BHL may have the data.
    • Add the author using the following template: {{Creator:NAME}}
    • Use: {{Creator: Anonymous}} if no author is given.
  1. Attendees will add taxonomic information

Tips and Tricks

  • Check your spelling! You may wish to do this through Google or Tropicos.
  • It can be helpful to have the book in BHL open in in another window - sometimes the caption text is available as OCR.

Other Tasks

Wikidata[edit]

  • The more Wikimedia Commons is linked to Wikidata, the more useful both resources become. For this task, attendees will create "Creator" templates for BHL creators who do not have templates.
  • This is ta list of BHL Creators who are missing "Creator" templates in Wikimedia Commons. (Source: Victoria Leachman, Siobhan Leachman & Michelle Marshall and licensed by them for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Additional copyright information for task chart
Artists and Illustrators for BHL, Internet Archive, and British Library Flickr Projects. © Victoria Leachman , Siobhan Leachman & Michelle Marshall. This copyright work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence. In essence, you are free to copy, distribute and adapt the work, as long as you attribute the work to Victoria Leachman, Siobhan Leachman & Michelle Marshall and abide by the other licence terms. To view a copy of this licence, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. If you publish, distribute or otherwise disseminate this work to the public without adapting it, the following attribution to Victoria Leachman, Siobhan Leachman & Michelle Marshall should be used:
“Source: Victoria Leachman, Siobhan Leachman & Michelle Marshall and licensed by them for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/”.
If you adapt this work in any way or include it in a collection, and publish, distribute or otherwise disseminate that adaptation or collection to the public, the following attribution to Victoria Leachman, Siobhan Leachman & Michelle Marshall should be used: "This [work/product/application/etc] uses data sourced from Victoria Leachman, Siobhan Leachman & Michelle Marshall.”

Instructions

  1. Attendees will create and/or log into a Wikimedia Commons account.
  2. Attendees will create and/or log into a Wikidata account.
  3. Attendees will choose a creator to make a template for from the list provided. (NOTE: Some Creator templates may be created already and not be in the spreadsheet - search WM Commons before you create a new Creator template. If a template exists, add it to the spreadsheet!)
  4. Attendees will include the creator's Wikidata number in the template.
  5. Attendees will search for artworks by the creator and add the new "Creator" template to the assets.
  6. Attendees will add a link to the new Creator template to the spreadsheet above.
  7. Attendees will add new "creator" and "category" information to Wikidata object records.

Tips and Tricks

  • Check your spelling! If you're not sure what the name of the creator is for the template, check out what their name in Wikidata is.
  • It can be helpful to have the book in BHL open in in another window - sometimes the caption text is available as OCR.

HELP![edit]

  1. Ask one of the in-person editors for help.
  2. Reach out to other editors through Twitter using the "#HerNaturalHistoryWiki" hashtag.
  3. Write a note documenting a question or problem you have.


Wikipedia Policies[edit]

Quick Editing Tips[edit]

Tools and Other Resources[edit]

Wikimedia Projects[edit]

External links[edit]

Attendees[edit]

Sign up via Outreach Dashboard

Photography: By entering these premises, you understand that you may be photographed, filmed, or videotaped and you hereby give the New York Botanical Garden the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of you and grant the perpetual right to use your likeness, image, photo (collectively, “image”), without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium and to put the finished pictures/recordings to any legitimate use without limitation or reservation. You hereby waive, release and forever discharge the New York Botanical Garden from and against any and all claims or actions arising out of or resulting from any use of your image. The New York Botanical Garden shall not be obligated to use, and may elect not to use, your image.

Please note that this event is capped at 45 attendees.

Remote[edit]

If you are interested in participating remotely, please register for the Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon hosted by BHL and the Smithsonian Libraries. They will be supporting remote participants as part of the workshop at Smithsonian Libraries. The event will be live-streamed via YouTube Live (at this link: https://s.si.edu/NHWomenWikiLive), and they will be providing participants with access to their Work List (On this page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Women_in_Natural_History_Wikipedia_Editing_Workshop) and will have 3 methods (chat via YouTube Live, Twitter using hashtag #HerNaturalHistoryWiki, and a "help line" attendees can call into) to support questions from remote participants.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-natural-history-wikipedia-editing-workshop-remote-participation-tickets-55532477134

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