(Please excuse cross-posting)
Call for Participation
2019 May 10-11
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Linked data promises to expose the richness of library collections to the world, and to open up new pathways to knowledge based on previously unlinked data. After a decade of experimentation and pilot projects, what are the next steps to move to large-scale production of linked data? How can the library community learn from and contribute to other communities who are working toward similar goals? The 2019 LD4 Conference, to be held May 10-11 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, aims to bring practitioners together to collaborate on creating pathways to implementation of linked data in libraries.
The Program Committee invites interested practitioners to apply to participate in this event. We especially encourage applications from participants from groups and regions that are traditionally underrepresented in conferences related to libraries and linked data, as well as applications from early career professionals.
“Participation” can take many forms:
* delivering a presentation on current work
* giving a lightning talk
* leading a hands-on tutorial
* demonstrating a tool
* working on a defined project in collaborative environment
* facilitating a working session
* engaging in an in-depth discussion session
* and more
The Program Committee will select participants and will design the agenda based on the applications received.
Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, there is no registration fee for this conference, and a limited number of stipends are available to make participation possible for those who would not otherwise be able to attend.
To apply to participate (in any of the ways listed above, including attending and engaging but not presenting or leading) please complete the Application to Participate<https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3PHrZv1egoVwdJr> (which includes the funding application) by February 1, 2019. The Program Committee will notify applicants of decisions (including funding) by February 28, 2019.
For questions about the LD4 Conference, please contact the conference co-chairs at ld4conf_chairs(a)googlegroups.com
For more information on the event, please visit this preliminary webpage<https://wiki.duraspace.org/x/6IZ7Bg>
Michelle Futornick (Stanford University) and Jason Kovari (Cornell University), Conference Co-Chairs
Dear Librarians and Library Lovers:
happening again from January 15th through February 5th! Imagine a world in
which every librarian added 1 more reference to Wikipedia...
We want you to make #1Lib1Ref your own! Adapt the subject area or type for
your community, region, and language. Run events when it works for you.
Also, try Citation Hunt’s new “Intersections” feature to preload topics
that you select and care about (http://citationhunt.org
Check out the new campaign homepage: http://1lib1ref.org.
added new resources for both editing and organizing.
Our goal is to make this year’s campaign as inclusive and expansive as
possible. We are working with a global team of ambassadors, affiliates,
champions, and amplifiers. Everyone can play a part in making Wikimedia
Stay in touch by using the campaign hashtag #1Lib1Ref on social media. You
can reach out to the organizers any time at 1lib1ref(a)lists.wikimedia.org.
Happy holidays and happy #1Lib1Ref!
-The Wikipedia Library and the 1Lib1Ref Global Ambassadors
p.s. Please share/post/retweet in your networks to help spread the word :)
Exciting times: the first feature of Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons -
multilingual captions - can now be beta tested. See below for further
After the deployment of captions, the other functionalities of Structured
Commons (depicts + other statements from Wikidata) will be added in the
Looking forward to your tests and feedback! Sandra
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From: Keegan Peterzell via Commons-l <commons-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 9:50 PM
Subject: [Commons-l] Structured data on Commons: Multilingual captions beta
To: Wikimedia Commons Discussion List <commons-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, <
The Structured Data on Commons team has begun beta testing of the first
feature, multilingual file captions, and all community members are invited
to test it out. Captions is based on designs discussed with the community
 and the team is looking forward to hearing about testing.
***If all goes well during testing, captions will be turned on for Commons
around the second week of January, 2019.***
Multilingual captions are plain text fields that provide brief, easily
translatable details of a file in a way that is easy to create, edit, and
curate. Captions are added during the upload process using the
UploadWizard, or they can be added directly on any file page on Commons.
Adding captions in multiple languages is a simple process that requires
only a few steps.
There is [[mw:Help:File_captions|a help page available on how to use
multilingual file captions]]
Testing will take place on Beta Commons. If you don’t yet have an
account set up there, you’ll need one. (direct link:
Beta Commons is a testbed, and not configured exactly like the real
Commons site, so expect to see some discrepancies with UI elements like
Structured Data introduces the potential for many important page changes
to happen at once, which could flood the recent changes list. Because of
this, Enhanced Recent Changes
<https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Help:Enhanced_recent_changes> is enabled
as it currently is at Commons, but with some user interface changes.
Feedback and commentary on the file caption functionality are welcome
and encouraged on the discussion page for this post:
Some testing has already taken place and the team are aware of some
issues. A list of known issues can be seen below
If you discover a bug/issue that is not covered in the known issues,
please file a ticket on Phabricator and tag it with the “Multimedia” tag.
this link to file a new task] already tagged with "Multimedia."
Search is not currently working on Beta Commons. Search is not needed
for testing captions, but service should be restored soon.
Language name display inconsistencies in multilingual file captions -
Language names for multilingual File captions can run into the caption
value in the mobile view - https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T209333
Deleting a caption field that has text that exceeds the limit does not
re-enable the "publish" button -
"Edit" tab for past revisions should be "restore" -
When using the back button, recently added captions sometimes don't
display in Chrome - https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T208894
File Captions can't be edited on mobile browsers -
Wrong font weight for some language labels on SDC captions box -
Community Relations Specialist
Commons-l mailing list
Program Officer, GLAM and Structured Data, Wikimedia Foundation
How Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums work with Wikimedia
Dear Wiki & Libraries enthusiasts,
I have a huge favor to ask of everyone in this mailing list --
TLDR: *please fill out* *this questionnaire
And now in more details:
As some of you may know, I'm a PhD candidate at the School of Education,
Tel Aviv University, and my research focuses on Wikidata as a learning
To succeed in my research, I need data about how users (especially
librarians) interact with Wikidata, so it would be of great help if you
could take the time to fill out the questionnaire linked above.
It's estimated that it should take between 15-30 minutes, depending on how
detailed your answers would be.
I'm striving for at least 100 replies, but this is one of those cases of
"the more, the merrier", so every person filling it out is of huge help.
Please feel free to ping me privately or send me an email if you have any
questions, or if you are willing to participate in a follow up
also an option to mark that in the questionnaire itself).
Thanks in advance for considering filling it out. I will be forever grateful
to anyone who can help and promise to update you on my progress. :)
*Shani Evenstein Sigalov*
EdTech Innovation Strategist, NY/American Medical Program, Sackler School
of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
PhD Candidate, School of Education, Tel Aviv University.
Lecturer, Tel Aviv University.
Chairperson, WikiProject Medicine Foundation
Chairperson, Wikipedia & Education User Group
Chairperson, The Hebrew Literature Digitization Society
Chief Editor, Project Ben-Yehuda <http://bybe.benyehuda.org>.