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Submission no. 67
Title of the submission
State of the Wikisources

Author(s) of the submission
E-mail address
Country of origin

Wikisource :P

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikisource Community User Group

Type of session
  • Panel
Length of session
60 minutes
Ideal number of attendees

Some statistics (WMCON 2018 poster).

In 2018, Wikisource turns 15! Created as one multilingual online library, there is now 68 linguistic versions which gather a total of 3,7 millions texts.

In 15 years, a strong community has grown and developed rules and habits. Some partnerships have been made, eg. import of contents with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF, National Library of France) in 2010 or with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in 2011 and also monthly workhsops at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ, National Library and Archives of Québec) since 2015. Tools were built; first and foremost the ProofreadPage extension (that displays scanned page side-by-side with the transcription) but also tools for importing or exporting texts. Exciting things are happening in India (no spoiler, Indian Wikisources and GLAMs will talk about that).

Slowly but steadily, Wikisources keep growing. But in order to go up, some challenges has to be resolved. Technical ones are fundamental as Wikisource can be a difficult platform to master (too much for attracting enough newcomers), socio-linguistic ones (a Wikisource can't exist without a healthy community) and GLAM-related one (attracting more libraries as they are natural allies).

What will attendees take away from this session?

Better knowledge of:

  1. how Wikisources work,
  2. where Wikisource come from, in what state it is nowadays and where it goes.
Slides or further information
Special requests

As an introductory presentation, it would be better to have it early in the conference (at least before GLAMTLV2018/Submissions/Indian Wikisources and GLAMs who will go into details on a specific point of the same subject)

Interested attendees


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