(This is a post by Wikisource volunteers Andrea Zanni and David Cuenca)
Spring has come for the Wikisource Vision development project. Sun is shining, birds are singing, and wikisourcerors are, as always, relentlessly proofreading. During the month of May, users from all around the world have proofread almost 1,000 pages per day. The Wikisource Vision development project has not been idle either.
Our tech wizard Tpt has developed a little gadget that in the future will allow us to make sister project content–like public domain books from Wikisource–more visible in Wikipedia. The content card is based on a mockup designed during the discussion about a new interface for interproject links. If you want to try it out, follow these instructions. The Wikimedia Foundation’s Pau Giner has kindly designed some less intrusive icons that could be used in a definitive version. Leave your feedback here.
On Wikidata, the work of the “book community” is proceeding steadily. Books properties have been thoroughly debated and most of them created. On another front, the Request for Comments related to references and sources is aiming to have the first working version of the Guidelines for sourcing statements in Wikidata ready for June 15th. These guidelines have sparked a controversy about what to do with unsourced statements, normally imported by bots, and if automatic imports should be required to add reliable sources. This is currently being debated by the community, weighing which is more important for the project at this early stage: data quantity or data quality.
Another topic that has been getting attention this last month is the proposal for a Wikisource User Group. As you might know, Wikimedia User Groups are a new form of association for Wikimedians and free knowledge enthusiasts all around the world. We would like to form a Wikisource user group and we are gathering interested participants and feedback; your opinion on this will be appreciated. The group would be informal, but still a recognized community of Wikisource users and lovers. With the creation of such group, we aim and hope to boost communication, coordination and collaboration among different language Wikisource communities. Common issues are better tackled together, wiki-style.
Two weeks ago, I attended the Wikimedia Hackathon in Amsterdam, which accomplished the following:
- After reaching out to some Commons-related participants, the ongoing Google Summer of Code project related to improving the UploadWizard for books will be slightly modified to benefit the community at large. This will be presented soon.
- Collaboration with the Wikidata team allowed us to characterize the improvements needed in the interface for a better user experience when creating and navigating book data.
- New insights about how to create an opt-in template and module centralization for Wikisource or other projects. (If you would like to apply for an Outreach Program for Women internship to work on this, contact me or add it to
David Cuenca, User:Micru on Wikisource
- This blog post is part of the Elaborate Wikisource strategic vision, an IEG project to improve Wikisource.