setup that can log clicks on Commons leading to external pages.
off or not available, it degrades gracefully (it just won't count the
To activate : addOnloadHook ( log_external_link_clicks ) ;
setup is required.
This will "capture" all external link clicks within the page content,
tell the toolserver about it, and then load the intended page.
A logfile will be generated on the toolserver, containing anonymized
data like the Commons page and namespace, target URL, link text,
It also records content and user language, as well as the information
if the user was logged in or not (but no user name or IP!).
Log files will be visible on the toolserver in
/mnt/user-store/mm6_logs (1 file per month; can switch to 1 per day if
volume is too large).
That should give us some nice statistics about how many people follow
which link from where, which will be useful as an argument on GLAMs.
Note that with the same mechanism, I could log other events as well,
e.g., clicks on an image on the image page (to see the full-size
version). However, it would be overkill to use it for "image pages
viewed" in general, IMHO.
Just a heads-up that yesterday I recorded an interview with Scott Mayman of
ABC Radio, where we talked about the Bert Roberts photo collection, free
licensing, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikipedia. The interview will be
broadcast on Scott's "Afternoon Chillout" programme next week, most probably
on Friday. People on the Gold Coast can listen on 91.7FM, and on the
Sunshine Coast can listen on 90.3FM. We spoke for fifteen minutes about
various things, but the interview will be edited down to around five minutes
for actual broadcast, so I don't know what topics will actually make it onto
the air. Nevertheless, if you're in the area, and want to hear me talk
about Edwardian-era Ipswich, flagged revisions, and the free culture
movement in general, please tune in!
Craig (who is glad that his first on air radio experience is over with!)
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From: Michael Peel <email(a)mikepeel.net>
Subject: [Wikimediauk-l] Wiki Loves Art at the V&A - photos now on Commons
Thanks to Kaldari, the photos from the Wiki Loves Art event at the
Victoria and Albert Museum last February are now (finally) online!
You can find them at:
Please help categorize them and add them to articles - the more these
images are used, the stronger our argument to museums in the future
to get them to participate in this sort of event, so we can get even
more photos etc...
Planning for the Britain Loves Wikipedia event next February is
ongoing; we have several museums involved already, and a number of
others that are interested. Please help develop the event on the wiki:
According to the statistics, the traffic of Commons grew last month by 35%
to 268 M. This makes it in traffic bigger then the German Wikipedia.. The
German Wikipedia is our third biggest Wikipedai... Does anybody have a clue
what is happening. Is there a potential for a similar sized growth next
Given that we are getting to the stage where we will support video, Commons
may become bigger then the English Wikipedia in traffic
For the purpose of meeting officials and attempting to convince them to
donate pictures to Flickr Commons or Wikimedia Commons, I'd need
statistics about museums that already do so.
Do we have that available somewhere? (Numbers of pictures, how they are
used on various project, how prevalent they are and so on.)
The French chapter did a wonderful job organising some of the brightest
lights that deal with Commons in one place. Many subjects were discussed and
some things were achieved.
The two (technical) things that stand out on the achieving part..
- there is now global usage for images from within MediaWiki itself.. so
no need for using the toolserver... The process of gathering all the
necessary data may now have ended..
- a first stab has been made at subtitles for video
- In the discussion there were many things I found absolutely wonderful:
- the workflow of uploads will be reconsidered; this means that a
"working area" will exists where pictures can have a temporary home. This
will allow to upload a batch of images and tag them all with shared
attributes.. It will also allow for the checking of known issues BEFORE they
- This working or staging area would also exist for GLAMs or competitions
- A demo was given for what a competion workflow might look like
- Pictures are now deleted when certain attributes are wrong or missing..
When they are pushed back into the staging area, we are less nasty and allow
- Social networking tools help us support newbies, resolve issues in a
quiet way.. This helps us realise our objectives; write an encyclopaedia,
build a kick arse freely licensed resource of multi media
- there is a mailing list for people involved in GLAM and the outreach to
GLAM, many people subscribed and hopefully this will lead to better
coordination and in shared lessons learned
It was a great meeting.. There were a few critical issues as far as I am
- several relevant people refuse to post / answer on the foundation-l.
The list proves to be irrelevant because this list does not get that message
- currently there is no alternative... LiquidThreads may help as it is a
pull not a push mechanism ...
- some people I missed at the meeting, Durova being the most notable
- our focus was about improving Commons for the people that use it
particuarly as contributors.. The success of our project is however the
result of use and reuse. \
- subtitles was one of the more important novelties, we need to make the
reuse in WordPress, Drupal .... as easy as the reuse of Commons in MediaWiki
!! The API is getting to the stage where that is doable
A collection that is now being added to commons,
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From: Craig Franklin <craig(a)halo-17.net>
Subject: [Wikimediaau-l] The A E "Bert" Roberts photograph collection
To: Wikimedia-au <wikimediaau-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
I’m pleased to announce that based on some contacts that I made at the
GLAM-WIKI conference back in August, and some onsite work that the Brisbane
Wikimedia community has been doing at the Queensland Museum (QM), the Museum
has commenced uploading digitized images from their “A E (Bert) Roberts”
photograph collection to Commons. Bert Roberts was a coachbuilder from
Ipswich in the early 1900s , but also enjoyed photography and took
photographs of a wide variety of subjects, chiefly scenes of everyday life
in Queensland from the time. While not famous for his photography during
his lifetime, after his death his collection of images came to be recognised
as providing a unique view into the society of the time. His photographs
are the subject of a Queensland Museum exhibition, which chiefly resides at
their Toowoomba campus (the Cobb & Co Museum), but which presently has
travelled to Ipswich for a limited time.
So far, 21 images have been uploaded to Commons, but there are over a
thousand glass plate negatives in total that the Museum has. You can see
what’s been uploaded so far here:
My request to all of you, basically, is to:
· Categorise, enhance, and basically edit the file pages as much as
· Look for appropriate pages on Wikipedia and other places where
this content can be used, and use it.
· Spread the word that GLAM institutions are seeing the benefits of
making their collections available through Commons and other free media
· Watch out and make sure the pages aren’t vandalised, and any
problems that crop up are dealt with quickly so that QM can concentrate on
providing us with free content, and not learning arcane points of Wiki-law.
Many of the original plate glass negatives held by the museum have not been
digitised yet, but if there is anyone who would be interested in
volunteering some of their time to learn how to do, and then actually **do**
the digitisation, there may be an opportunity to get in and do that. If
you’re interested (and preferably have some “serious” photography
experience), let me know and I’ll pass your details on.
It’s my hope that this will be but the first of many successful
collaborations between WMAU people and GLAM institutions throughout the
country. I already have a couple of other collaborations cooking away here
in Queensland that will hopefully result in a win not only for the WM
projects, but also open access to cultural and heritage material in
If anyone has any questions regarding these particular images, please feel
free to ask me!
Wikimediaau-l mailing list
With some fanfare the LSE library have added some images from their
collection to flickr commons. As per the rules of flickr commons these are
listed as "no copyright restrictions". If you click on the LSE's
interpretation of "no copyright restrictions" they link to a very non-free,
personal, non-commercial licence.
Flickr's understanding of no copyright restrictions:
BY ASSERTING "NO KNOWN COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS," PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS
ARE SHARING THE BENEFIT OF THEIR RESEARCH WITHOUT PROVIDING AN EXPRESSED OR
IMPLIED WARRANTY TO OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO USE OR REPRODUCE THE
PHOTOGRAPH. IF YOU MAKE USE OF A PHOTO FROM THE COMMONS, YOU ARE REMINDED TO
CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS OF APPLICABLE LAW BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH A
PARTICULAR NEW USE.
The LSE Library's understanding of no copyright restrictions:
"The images published on our Flickr Commons photostream are all marked as
having ‘no known copyright restrictions’ attached to them. This means that
we are unaware of any current copyright restrictions for displaying this
selection of photographs from our collection within the Flickr website,
either because LSE owns the copyright, or the term of copyright has expired,
or because no evidence has been found that copyright restrictions apply.
The images on our photostream are meant to be used for personal, educational
or research purposes. To obtain high quality digital copies, or to find out
more about copyright terms for the reproduction of specific works in our
collection, please contact the Library's Archives and Rare Books Division.
Please note that it is our policy to charge licensing fees for commercial
I've complained here:
The LSE replied:
Just to clarify on the copyright point. Copyright in ‘No known copyright
restrictions’ refers to the rights of the photographer. In the case of all
the images we have put on Flickr as far as we have been able to establish
copyright has either expired or belongs to LSE. Licensing is different, this
applies to permission to reproduce images. We have placed these images under
a ‘non-commercial licence’ which means that they can be used freely for
personal and academic use. Charges only apply if someone wanted to use the
images for commercial publications when we would have to supply higher
resolution images. This is standard practice for commercial publications.
Flickr Commons has a code of practice dictating what can be displayed on the
site and LSE adheres to this in all respects.
Can they really claim copyright and licensing are different like this?
I know library thing had people upload images from this collection believing
"no copyright restrictions" meant PD. I expect some will end up on Commons
Hi Liam and list,
Thanks again. As I said in the original post, if there is anyone who is
interested in photography, located in or willing to travel to Brisbane, and
is happy to spend some time learning how to digitize plate glass negatives
(which I believe is a rather specialised skill), let me know and I'll pass
your details on with an eye to getting the rest of the collection digitised.
Unfortunately only a portion of the possible images have actually been
copied to digital media; a problem more based in lack of manpower and time
than lack of will on QM's part. Not only are there obvious benefits to
Commons if we can get someone to do this, but it's a rather specialised
skill and could look good on one's CV if they're looking to get into
curating and the like.
Liam Wyatt (liamwyatt at gmail.com)
Sat Nov 7 15:53:35 UTC 2009
I just announced this to the group assembled here in Paris for the
applause and congratulations all around. We have spent the last two
in intense discussion about "GLAM collaboration" and there are many amazing
technical/community/process projects that are being looked at. There are an
increasing number and increasing quality of these kinds of collaborations,
so, to be able to look at a new collaboration appear right in the middle of
high-level discussions about how to improve these collaborations is just
fantastic. It really reminds us why we are here and what can be achieved.
Once again, Congratulations and please let me know personally or us know as
a community if you need any assistance on this project. I hope that as a few
more get uploaded and incorporated into articles we can announce this
collaboration a bit more widely e.g. through the Wikipedia Signpost and
maybe the Frontpage of Commons news announcement.
Peace, love & metadata