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
For people that doesn't know me, I contribute to the French Wikisource and I try to improve the Proofread Page extension.
Here is a description of some modification into Proofread Page that will be deployed sooner, I think next week.
1 I have made a patch in order to add support of not-arabic page number in the "page" namespace for languages that doesn't use arabic numerals: new pages of multi-pages books will now have a name with number in their own language. Existing pages can keep their names with arabic numerals or be renamed by hand or with a bot in order to use not-arabic numbers.
The pagelist tag will links to pages with a localized number but, if the localized page doesn't exist and a page with an arabic number exist, pagelist will link to this page. The pages tag and the navigation inside of the page namespace will use the same system.
So, with this system, nothing, I hope, will be broken in wikis.
2 I have added support of wiki links to proofreadpage_page_status message.
3 I have written a change that create prp-pagequality-[1-4] HTML classes and add them to all links to Page namespace. These classes are done in order to allow people to color all links to page namespace. The old quality[1-4] classes can of course be ever used in order to color these links only inside of Index namespace.
So I hope that these improvments will increase ProofreadPage quality.
Sorry for my poor English,
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/