I am really happy to have noticed that Wikisource books will be offered by
the Internet Archive in its Open Library project.
Obviously, it is well deserved that Wikisource gets a bigger public.
I have two questions:
* to what extent is the Wikimedia Foundation aware and has been involved
* are there other projects where by collaboration with other orgs we will
have a bigger impact?
As we are close to the end of this year, I started preparing the 2021
WCUG annual report. Formally, it is due end of November.
If anyone participated or organized some Wikisource events, please add
As you might know, the Two Centuries of Indian Print (2CIP) project of
British Library and West Bengal Wikimedians User Group are having a GLAM
partnership for almost a year now. The 2CIP collection of public domain
Bengali books are getting uploaded on Wikimedia Commons and then getting
proofread on Bengali Wikisource. Details can be found here -
In this regard. two long proofread contests had been organized this year to
let Bengali Wikisource volunteers focus on these books. The first contest
was held during March-April this year. (Link -
https://bn.wikisource.org/s/gwek ) The second proofread contest which ran
for 3 months from September 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021 just ended at
midnight. (Link - https://bn.wikisource.org/s/gwen .) In these two
contests, around 5500 pages were proofread in total.
We will not conduct any more proofread contests this year or early next
year giving break to our competition participants. Considering our small
workforce, we will also utilise this break to clear our maintenance
backlogs as much as possible. The GLAM partnership will go on by having
more 2CIP books uploaded on Commons, engaging with OpenRefine team to help
build a robust system for book uploads along with metadata management,
engaging with WMF community programs and machine learning teams to find
ways to negotiate with Transkribus etc. and so on. A full activity report
will be published soon in February next year by the user group.
(On behalf of West Bengal Wikimedians User Group)