Category Archives: Tools

Open Access Report December 2012

  Since January 2012, I have been posting a monthly summary of Open-Access-related activities pertaining to Wikimedia projects as part of the GLAM Newsletter on the Wikimedia Outreach wiki. I have also occasionally contributed Tool Testing reports to the same GLAM newsletter, … Continue reading

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Open Access Media Importer progress report: October & November

The OAMI development process was streamlined to better incorporate feedback: We now use GitHub issues. Tickets are prioritized according to tags similar to a scheme used by Kathrin Passig in 2010: The plot helper script now can sort data by … Continue reading

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Open Access Media Importer: Presentation at WMDE, Collaborative Coding

Last Friday, I visited Wikimedia Deutschland to conduct a presentation on the current state of the Open Access Media Importer (slides), which is funded by WMDE. Attending were project manager Nicole Ebber and senior software developer Daniel Kinzler; Daniel Mietchen … Continue reading

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Open Access Media Importer: Page Templates, Automatic Import

Since the last post, most work was done on page templates for uploaded media files. Page names are now based on article titles and both the database and pages created by the Open Access Media Importer now contain articles’ DOIs. … Continue reading

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Open Access Media Importer: Usage and Statistics

A few days ago, at Wikimedia‘s free culture brunch I met up with Daniel Mietchen. He will talk about the Open Access Media Importer at Wikimania. Seeing another person trying to use the software turned out to be an interesting … Continue reading

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Open Access Media Importer: Almost works as advertised!

This month, after creating the upload functionality (oa-cache upload-media), my Laptop’s SSD died. Since, by habit, I only push feature-complete commits I lost the entire upload routine. Additionally, my backup from one month earlier was corrupted – and the backup … Continue reading

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Open Access Media Importer: Encoding

Until now, the amount of appropriately licensed data the Open Access Media Importer found was limited by a notable idiosyncrasy: The most straight-forward way of providing licensing information is an URL that can easily be checked against a whitelist of … Continue reading

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Open Access Media Importer: Plugging in your own data source

From the beginning, the Open Access Media Importer was intended to be modular. Only with the latest patches that feature has actually landed, as a result of decoupling interface and actual application logic: Data sources are now Python modules that … Continue reading

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Open Access Media Importer: Apology, frontend & usage

More than a month ago, I promised to blog about my quest to build the Open Access Media Importer for Wikimedia Commons about once a week. Obviously, I failed. In the first few weeks, I was stuck, not having any … Continue reading

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Project Introduction: Open Access Media Importer for Wikimedia Commons

Open Access scientific literature contains, almost by definition, content suitable – both in substance and licensing – for Wikimedia Commons. However, currently, there seems to be no automated, easy way to identify such files, convert them into appropriate formats and … Continue reading

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