Scripto is an alternative to the ProofreadPage extension used
by Wikisource. It is based on Mediawiki but also on OpenLayers,
the software used to zoom and pan in OpenStreetMap.
The only website I have seen that uses Scripto is the U.K.
War Department papers, and in many ways it is more clumsy
than ProofreadPage. But there might be a few ideas that could
be worth picking up. Take a look.
The software is described at http://scripto.org/
As for reference installations, they mention
Lars Aronsson (lars(a)aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
After Wikimania, I took a trip to Toronto, where the
Internet Archive has a large book scanning center.
If you have worked on Wikisource, I think you know that
many of the books there come from the Internet Archive,
which provides scanned images and OCR text in the form
of a Djvu file, which can be proofread and presented
I went there to learn more about how to scan books, but
another possibility is to use their existing facilities,
which currently are not used at full capacity.
The way the collaboration is set up, the room is provided
by the University of Toronto, but the equipment and staff
belong to the Internet Archive. The participating libraries
around Canada decide which books to digitize and pay a
small fee to the Internet Archive for scanning them.
This opens up an interesting opportunity. If we want a
particular book to be digitized, and we can find it in
the library catalogs of the University of Toronto, it
might be possible (in theory, at least) for us to present
this wish and perhaps provide the money needed, either
directly from the Wikimedia Foundation, or its chapters.
Canada is a country with many immigrants and the library
system has books in many languages.
This brings me to the question: Which books would be the
most important to scan, to help Wikipedia?
For the Swedish and Danish Wikipedia, I know this are the
out-of-copyright encyclopedias from the early 20th century,
that I have already digitized in 2003 and 2008, respectively.
The Czech "Ottuv slovnik" has already been digitized by Google,
as the Wikipedia article points out,
But are the black-and-white scans good enough, or would the
Czech community be interested in Internet Archive quality
scans in color? If so, we have to figure out if the Internet
Archive will scan it for free, if the UofT library will pay,
if the Czech chapter can pay (some chapters have money, but
are not allowed to send donated money abroad, because of tax
deductions), or perhaps the WMF. I saw the Ottuv slovnik on
the shelves, in the same building as the scanning stations.
It's just waiting for somebody to piece the puzzle together.
But let's begin with a wish list of which books to scan. Of
course they need to be out-of-copyright to fit in the
Internet Archive, Wikimedia Commons, and in Wikisource.
Perhaps illustrated works are more interesting than text?
This would be a GLAM + wiki cooperation that cuts across
Lars Aronsson (lars(a)aronsson.se)
Project Runeberg - free Nordic literature - http://runeberg.org/
It's likely that many of us will be on holiday, but here there is the page
where we should stat collecting tasks
and developing the roadmap for Wikisource improvement in the next months.
I just posted the same link in oldwikisource village pump,
please do the same in your local wikisource.
I have been on a gentle tirade against Commons admins about the works that
they delete without reference to the respective Wikisources when something
is nominated for deletion, and they feel the need to delete.
I have been encouraging them to at least poke one of the wikis where an
image is used, most especially if the work is a djvu file. REally cranky
with them when they just delete a djvu file, as it screws up many
components, and means that we cannot even easily delete the works at our
wikis if it is warranted. So I would appreciate your help at Commons, if
you see this activity being undertaken without due concern to the sister
Other users can also help a little with the process by looking at their
local wiki for the [[Special:Contributions/Commonsdelinker]] which is the
clean up bot. If there are removals at your local wiki, and you think that
the removal was unwarranted, then you may wish to pursue its undeletion at
Commons. If it is a fair deletion for Commons, however, your local wiki
would be able to host the work, then I am open to requests to recover the
work, either at your local wiki page, or at my commons page. As there are
a number of commons admins at the WS, they too may be willing to assist.
WSians should consider whether [[Commons:User:Commons fair use upload
bot]] may be of help to their wiki, 1) in getting the relevant help text
done, and 2) whether it is applicable to their needs. I believe that this
is useful means to push admins at Commons who may be deletionists to look
to getting a positive resolution if the work can be hosted at your WS wiki.
I've uploaded my Wikimania slides, and I created the category on Commons
"Wikisource presentation slides":
Please use it in the future, and possible on your past uploaded slides, it
would be nice to have them all in the same category.
We have a lot work to do together, let's start sharing our documentation :-)
For a while it bothered me that there's an account on Twitter called
"wikisource", which didn't actually belong to project we love, and
which didn't publish any tweets. So I emailed the Foundation about it
and voila: It is now an official Wikisource Twitter account:
It didn't publish anything yet, but the Foundation's communications
people are probably planning something. If you have any ideas about
using it to promote Wikisource, speak up!
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
I've written a small roadmap for Proofreadpages with the most important thinks to do in the next month/years.
A very important things to do is to write a complete documentation en English for both contributors and people that want to install ProofreadPage in their own wikis.
The idea is to have a documentation of reference that can be update easily when there is changes in ProofreadPage.
There is already a documentation on oldwikisource https://wikisource.org/wiki/Wikisource:ProofreadPage , English Wikisource https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Help:Proofread and French Wikisource https://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Aide:Affichage_par_pages but all are not completes.
A good idea may be to merge and these documentation pages in the help namespace of mediawiki.org that is done for that and have a great translation system. ProofreadPage is not only used by Wikisource and people from others wiki will be more easily search what they want on mediawiki.org .
We can imagine two pages :
- one for users: Help:Proofreadpage for users
- one for administrators: Help:Proofreadpager for admins
Is there anyone interested by coordinating this task ? I won't have the time to do this.
PS: I'm looking for a person that can do the needed artworks for the Wikisource Android application.
> I am happy to announce that effective today, Stephen LaPorte is joining
> the Foundation as legal counsel in the Legal and Community Advocacy team!
> Stephen has been interning with us for a semester, and we're thrilled that
> he's staying onboard. We went through a very competitive interview process
> and he was by far the best candidate for the role. One of the criteria for
> this role was that the candidate be a Wikimedian, and Stephen fits that
> neatly. *As a volunteer, he enjoys de-orphaning articles and cleaning up
> dead-end pages on the English Wikipedia. He also proofreads on the English
> Wikisource. He started contributing to Wikipedia in 2008 after working on
> [[w:Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve]] for a class project.*
> You'll have the chance to meet him at the Berlin Hack-a-thon, or at
> Wikimania this summer. *A little bit of background on Stephen: he
> studied English and Latin at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and law at
> the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is interested
> in copyright, privacy, and trademark law. During law school, he worked on
> the Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal.*
> Stephen will be helping out with contracts, content/community
> questions/issues, trademark approvals & licensing, trademark enforcement,
> and other general matters that come up for lawyers. Stephen will report to
> This was an extremely competitive process, and we're very lucky to have
> him join us.
Deputy General Counsel