Talk:Wikimedia Digitization User Group

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Re: text tutorials and OER[edit]

Please build on existing resources, like s:Category:File creation help and http://digitize.archiveteam.org/ . --Nemo 09:18, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Perfect Nemo, we'll be looking at the resources already available and building from there, and also creating our own pages and ask for the collaboration of the community.--Zeroth (talk) 01:10, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

Re: Rightsclearing knowledge base[edit]

Please build on s:Help:Public domain and friends. Nemo 09:18, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Re: autores.uy[edit]

It would be nice to hear what features your custom website has that make it more suitable than es.wikisource.org for the task. Can the data be sync'ed with Wikidata? See d:Wikidata:WikiProject Books. --Nemo 09:21, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

autores.uy it's intendend to be an index of every uruguayan author, (in public domain or not) and of every kind of work (sound, plastic works, texts, photographs, movies, etc.). It has some differences with wikisources, like the possibility to show statics of uruguayan authors by public domain vs. private domain vs. unknown status, gender, geographic location, etc. Easy way of searching works and authors by the kind of work they created, etc. Anyway, the objective of autores.uy is not to sustitute wikisource, but to complement the kind of things you can do with one or the other.--Zeroth (talk) 01:10, 19 October 2015 (UTC)
Interesting. All of that seems possible in Wikidata. Wikimedia's objective is not to substitute autores.uy either, but we do need to learn about the respective strengths to know what to focus on. :) --Nemo 21:57, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Conference 2018[edit]

Has the group already selected participants? How are they going to be selected? Cf. Wikimedia Conference 2018/Participants' List. (Not asking for myself but for the sake of new people who never went.) --Nemo 13:16, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

Alex brollo, as a group member, do you know more? :) --Nemo 10:46, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

Tutorials/guides?[edit]

Where are the best places to find digitization tutorials or manuals of procedure? I've been thinking of adding some basic guidance to wikibooks:Wiki-based archival description and storage/Storage#Digitization but suspect there might already be a place for this sort of thing. Sam Wilson 01:32, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Hi Sam, as decided in the first UG Meeting we are planning to build a meta page that will serve as a landing page for tutorials, best practices, learning patterns, etc. I'll will start this page in the next few days and ping you. As for now, you can find some information regarding book scanning in s:Category:File creation help and http://digitize.archiveteam.org/ . Hope it helps!.--Zeroth (talk) 08:58, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
Cool, that sounds great! :) Thanks. Sam Wilson 09:22, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Digitization projects survey[edit]

In the first UG Meeting we decided to set a survey to be sent to the affiliates regarding the digitization projects they are currently involved to get a first unified panorama of the current situation. I think the survey should have the following questions, please give us your feedback regarding additions or modifications, keeping in mind that the objective is to map the projects but not to have a deep knowledge of every project:

  • Name/Contact of the project
  • Type of collection (short description, number and kind of items)
  • How many people are involved and their specific training
  • How long it's been running
  • Hardware / software used
  • Link to results (commons or wikisource category, external site, etc.)

Anything else?.--Zeroth (talk) 12:29, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Maybe, source of funding? Mauricio V. Genta (talk) 00:21, 24 April 2018 (UTC)
Good idea, i think we need to have an overall view of how much money is used in each project, in hardware, in paid hours, etc. (as well as its source) --Zeroth (talk) 12:15, 24 April 2018 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. Agree. --ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 18:16, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
I also agree! --Pablísima (talk) 16:13, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

I think we need to ask the following questions even if this makes it a longer/more in deep survey: "How did you plan the project? (if at all)", "Which challenges did you find while making the project and how did you solve them?", and "How did you design a workflow for the project?, How many times and which aspects did you have to change after the project was in place? And which trade-offs were made to set it right?", "Which mistakes did you think that were made that could have been solved by other resources different from money (i.e. technical help, experience from other colleagues, more training)?". Mistakes made during each project are probably the best way to learn about how to change them in the future. I know that I've learn a lot of my mistakes! --Scann (talk) 17:13, 24 April 2018 (UTC)

I think this is valuable information but at this instance I would make just one question regarding these kind of issues. Like, what were/are the most commons difficulties that you've found in carrying the project ahead? (i.e. no plan written, money issues) --Pablísima (talk) 16:13, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: November 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 17 / November 2018
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Wikimedia Conference 2019[edit]

Hi everyone! The following page is available to apply as a candidate to represent this user group at Wikimedia Conference 2019 and to vote for the person of our choice: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Digitization_User_Group/Wikimedia_Summit_2019 As we are very close to the deadline, the deadline to apply and define is December 16. Best regards, --Pablísima (talk) 16:23, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

2018 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee.

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The Affiliations Committee – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee can include up to fifteen members, roughly half of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2020.

Key skills

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members, including the following key skills and experience:

- Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
- Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
- Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly two-hour voice/video meeting.
- International orientation.
- Fluency in English.
- Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
- Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus.
- Skills in other languages are a major plus.
- Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
- Strong track record of effective collaboration (such as evidenced skills at facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and so forth) are a major plus.
- Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.

We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2018 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta at Affiliations Committee/Candidates/December 2018, and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2019, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to affcom@lists.wikimedia.org by 31 December 2018. Your application must include the following information:

- Your full name and Wikimedia username
- A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
- Answers to the following three questions:

  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you a uniquely qualified candidate?


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

Best regards,
Kirill Lokshin
Chair, Affiliations Committee

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 06:25, 17 December 2018 (UTC)