user Alex Brollo has developed a very interesting tool which I think many
of you will find very useful.
(afaiu he developed this from a previous tool, but he can explain it better)
To test it, go on your oldwikisource account,
and in User:YOU/vector.js copy this:
The tool will appear under Tools, and it's called "Ritaglio immagini" (crop
It opens a window which allows you to select and crop an image directy on
It is extremely useful to use illustration directly on the page.
It is usable both in View and Edit mode.
In the Italian Wikisource we have made it a Gadget and button, so it's
active for everyone.
It is now possible to send the application for scholarship for Wikimania.
It would be great if lots of Wikisourcerors were there, as Wikimania is an
extremely productive and exciting time
to work on projects, get ideas and have meetings.
I really encorage all of you in think about it and try to participate:
Wikimedia Foundation is giving scholarships, but also does some chapters.
So, think about it.
Moreover, as a Wikisource user group we could advocate to give users of
Wikisource a sort of priority
in the scholarship selections... (I simple mean to write them and note that
Wikisource is in amazing shape and this is the time to boost things :-)
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From: Katie Chan <ktc(a)ktchan.info>
Date: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM
Subject: [Wikidata-l] Wikimania 2014 scholarship now accepting application
To: textbook-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org, wikidata-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2014 in London are now being
accepted. Applications are open until the end of the day UTC on 17 February.
Wikimania 2014 scholarships is an award given to an individual to enable
them to attend Wikimania in London from 6-10 August, 2014.
Only a single type of scholarship will be available from the Wikimedia
Foundation for Wikimania 2014. A Wikimedia Foundation scholarship will
cover the cost of an individual's round-trip travel costs as arranged by
the Wikimedia Foundation travel agency, shared accommodation as arranged by
the Wikimedia Foundation, and registration for Wikimania.
Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection process and
selection criteria by the Scholarship Committee, who will determine which
are successful. To learn more about Wikimania 2014 scholarships, please
To apply for a scholarship, fill out the application form on <
http://scholarships.wikimedia.org/apply>. It is highly recommended that
applicants review all of the material on the Scholarships page and the
associated FAQ before submitting an application.
If you have any question, please contact <wikimania-scholarships@
wikimedia.org> or leave a message on <https://wikimania2014.
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May be an interesting read for those of us that lives outside the USA and
curates public domain contents.
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De: "Yael Meron" <yael(a)wikimedia.org.il>
Data: 28/01/2014 06:52
Assunto: [Wikimedia-l] A letter from WMIL to the Board of Trustees
regarding the deletion of images from Commons under URAA
Here is a letter I just sent on behalf of the Board of Wikimedia Israel to
the WMF Board of Trustees, regarding the deletion of images from Commons
The letter is also posted on Meta:
We would love to hear your thoughts on this, preferably in the discussion
page on Meta.
WMIL Board Member
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Date: Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Subject: A letter from WMIL regarding the deletion of images from Commons
Dear Board of Trustees,
As you might know, there was a discussion on Wikimedia Commons regarding
the Golan v. Holder copyright case, where the copyright status of a massive
amount of non-US images was changed from public domain to copyrighted. The
conclusion of the discussion was that there was indeed a problem with such
images, but that they would be deleted on a case-by-case basis. The actual
effect is not only that masses of public domain images be deleted from
Commons (with the burden of proof lying on the uploader), but also millions
of PD images waiting to be uploaded to Commons which are now in limbo. This
will certainly hinder or eliminate many GLAM partnerships around the world
and, again, deprive Commons of millions of images, many of them
historically important or iconic.
The reason behind the community decision was that, since Commons' servers
are located in the United States, all public domain images must
specifically be in the public domain in the United States, regardless of
their status in any other country. The Foundation's legal team issued a
legal position, which did not actually take any position but gave the
pertinent legal arguments. It is clear however that the community was in
fact trying to legally protect the Wikimedia Foundation from lawsuits,
therefore it stands to reason that the Foundation should specifically
address where it stands on this issue.
We believe that Wikimedia's position is not just to interpret the current
legal status, but to act and change it.
In light of this, we implore you to speak out and act in favor of uploading
public domain images to Commons that are not necessarily PD in the United
States, whether by allowing it directly, or making other arrangements to
allow such uploads without risking legal backlash. Millions of images are
at stake. This is possibly more than the amount of content that would be at
risk had PIPA/SOPA passed, and the Foundation made its position on
PIPA/SOPA very clear. It goes without saying that blocking access to public
domain images on Commons goes against the stated aims of our movement and
deals a severe blow to its legitimacy.
This is a similar case to PIPA/SOPA, and the Foundation can and should do
everything in its power to allow the use of these images in the Commons and
making them available to the public. Clearly the community is starting to
delete these images reluctantly, thinking it protects the legality of all
Wikimedia projects, but this only has to be true if the Foundation stands
on the sidelines. We believe that should the Foundation get involved, as
with the PIPA/SOPA case, the matter will be resolved quickly.
It should be noted that we the volunteers, both in Israel and in other
countries, are doing the utmost to obtain official documents that make it
clear that the relevant images are in the public domain. However, this can
only be done for images owned by governments. For images owned by
individuals the process is next to impossible, and is no different from the
process of asking every individual to release copyright on any image. As we
are frantically looking for all sorts of solutions, we expect the
Foundation to act on the behalf of the entire community and by extension,
This brought our chapter, as well as other chapters, to rethink about the
operation of Commons, and to seek alternatives. We may be forced, if this
issue is not properly addressed by the Foundation, to consider moving the
images to alternative servers located in other countries.
Thank you in advance,
--Wikimedia Israel Board
WMIL Board Member
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I’ve moved the is-upload tool from Toolserver to WMF labs. it’s now there . Please, update links accordingly.
I’ve also rewritten most of it. The new features are:
1. It does not use any more the IaUploadBot Commons user account to upload files but your own account using OAuth. The upload tool will request the upload and edit rights of your account each time you load it (it doesn’t store your OAuth credentials anywhere). The edit right is needed because the upload right does not cover the creation of File description pages.
2. Some small bugs are now fixed.
PS: The source code is here . Feel free to contribute!
I'm *really* excited about this.
Please thank the Wikidata team for me :-)
On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM, Lydia Pintscher <
> Hey :)
> Not long ago we enabled language links via Wikidata for Wikisource.
> This seems to have gone rather smoothly. Thanks to everyone who
> helped! But as you know this was only the start. What is actually more
> interesting is access to the data in Wikidata like the date of birth
> of an author or the year a book was published. We have planned this
> for February 25th (unless any issues arise). You will then be able to
> use the data in your articles. I hope this will open up a lot of new
> opportunities for you.
> If you have any questions
> https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Wikisource is a good place to
> find help.
> Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
> Product Manager for Wikidata
> Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
> Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
> 10963 Berlin
> Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
> Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
> unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
> Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
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A good example: Treasure Island from Roberl Luis Stevenson
We have the "work" here:
in the item, we have a property called "edition", which links to 2
* Treasure Island (1883, Cassell & Company)
* Treasure Island (1911, Charles Scribner's Sons)
I would say that this is a good model: we have the item for the first
edition too, for books that important.
For the majority of books (those who don't have important translations or
different editions), "work" and "edition" level could be merged in the
same, unique item.
Of course, wiki-style: if you want a different item, you just create it.
The basic level is a single item.
What do you say?
Do we agree on this?
I've already made my remarks on
but your help to make this post less Wikipedia-oncentric would be welcome =)
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From: Yana Welinder <ywelinder(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM
Subject: [Advocacy Advisors] Blog post about Wikipedia and the public domain
Cc: "legalteam(a)lists.wikimedia.org" <legalteam(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
Corynne Mcsherry <corynne(a)eff.org>, Jake Orlowitz <jorlowitz(a)gmail.com>,
Parker Higgins <parker(a)eff.org>, Daniel Mietchen <
daniel.mietchen(a)googlemail.com>, Andrea Zanni <zanni.andrea84(a)gmail.com>,
Mitch Stoltz <mitch(a)eff.org>
We have prepared a guest blog post for EFF about how Wikipedia relies on
the public domain:
The final post will be published on January 14 as part of a copyright
activism week that EFF and other organizations are doing next week. You
can find more information below about the different themes for the week.
It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of the public
domain, so I'd love to get your input on the draft.
Monday Jan 13 - Transparency:
Copyright policy must be set through a participatory, democratic and
transparent process. It should never be decided through back room deals
or secret international agreements.
Tuesday Jan 14 - Building and Defending a Robust Public Domain:
The public domain is our cultural commons and a public trust. Copyright
policy should seek to promote, and never diminish, this crucial resource.
Wednesday Jan 15 - Open Access: The results of publicly funded research
should be made freely available to the public online, to be fully used
by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Thursday Jan 16 - You Bought it, You Own It: Copyright policy should
foster the freedom to truly own your stuff: to tinker with it, repair
it, reuse it, recycle it, read or watch or launch it on any device, lend
it, and then give it away (or re-sell it) when you're done.
Friday Jan 17 - Fair Use Rights:
For copyright to achieve its purpose of encouraging creativity and
innovation, it must preserve and promote ample breathing space for
unexpected and innovative uses.
Saturday Jan 18 - Getting Copyright Right:
A free and open Internet is essential infrastructure, fostering speech,
activism, new creativity and new business models for artists, authors,
musicians and other creators. It must never be sacrificed in the name of
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