British Library English and Drama event for Wikip/medians // Saturday 4 June 2011

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British Library English and Drama event for Wikip/medians // Saturday 4 June 2011

Fae-7
Hi,

Registration for this collaboration event at the British Library has
opened today and has yet to be promoted to the general public. Sign up
early if you would like to take advantage of full access to the
English and Drama unique collections (some of the archives suggested
have yet to be officially catalogued) with supporting advice from the
UK's leading curators and researchers who are eager to help improve
Wikipedia's (and sister projects) depth of coverage. Details at
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editathon,_British_Library

The event runs from 10am-5pm on Saturday 4th June and registration
will be limited to a maximum of 30. The event has been organized in
partnership with Wikimedia UK as part of our UK GLAM initiative. Your
comments for improvements or suggestions for alternative British
Library events are welcome on the registration talk page.

A long term Wikipedia collaboration page can be found at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BL

Cheers,
Fae
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Re: British Library English and Drama event for Wikip/medians // Saturday 4 June 2011

Isabell Long
Hi,

This sounds very interesting!

On 10 May 2011 17:03, Fae <[hidden email]> wrote:
> The event runs from 10am-5pm on Saturday 4th June and registration
> will be limited to a maximum of 30. The event has been organized in
> partnership with Wikimedia UK as part of our UK GLAM initiative. Your
> comments for improvements or suggestions for alternative British
> Library events are welcome on the registration talk page.

I've added my name, so assume I'm registered. :-)

Isabell.

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Re: British Library English and Drama event for Wikip/medians // Saturday 4 June 2011

Andrew Gray-3
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On 10 May 2011 17:03, Fae <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Registration for this collaboration event at the British Library has
> opened today and has yet to be promoted to the general public. Sign up
> early if you would like to take advantage of full access to the
> English and Drama unique collections (some of the archives suggested
> have yet to be officially catalogued) with supporting advice from the
> UK's leading curators and researchers who are eager to help improve
> Wikipedia's (and sister projects) depth of coverage. Details at
> http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editathon,_British_Library

This sounds very interesting! Are you looking for topic specialists in
particular, or...?

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Re: British Library English and Drama event for Wikip/medians // Saturday 4 June 2011

Alex Stinson
I am really glad to hear about the collaboration, the content on literature on Wikipedia is decidedly poor. Might I suggest that the articles that we work on in the third group, not be author pages, but rather individual works. Some of the most important literary works in the English language are c class or lower, with an emphasis not on their actual implications and meaning but rather on plot summaries and characters summaries, both largely unimportant in the grand scheme of literary criticism and secondary analysis of literature. I am excited to participate! 

Alex Stinson

On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM, Andrew Gray <[hidden email]> wrote:
On 10 May 2011 17:03, Fae <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Registration for this collaboration event at the British Library has
> opened today and has yet to be promoted to the general public. Sign up
> early if you would like to take advantage of full access to the
> English and Drama unique collections (some of the archives suggested
> have yet to be officially catalogued) with supporting advice from the
> UK's leading curators and researchers who are eager to help improve
> Wikipedia's (and sister projects) depth of coverage. Details at
> http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editathon,_British_Library

This sounds very interesting! Are you looking for topic specialists in
particular, or...?

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Re: British Library English and Drama event for Wikip/medians // Saturday 4 June 2011

Fae-7
I would love to see a number of generalist Wikipedians sign up for
this event. An experienced contributor could get a lot from 15 minutes
sitting with a curator talking through a key Wikipedia article on
their laptop screen after seeing the original material. I have
suggested to the curators that they think about recommended
bibliographies as a couple of good quality references supporting the
context that an enthusiastic curator can provide is bound to
immediately knock a C-class article up to B and we are likely to see a
few blossom to GA status.

Alex, I agree with your point about individual works and I would
extend that to popular film articles related to the lives and works of
these authors as well as associated artworks and other cultural
spin-offs. The impact of Oscar Wilde or H.G. Wells is so vast that
there are a huge variety of interrelated types of article than could
be improved and the British Library collections represents the ideal
reliable and verifiable source (which as well as being the legal
deposit includes many objects beyond books such as original draft
manuscripts and illustrations, playbills, audio interviews and the
personal papers of writers).

The British Library staff have been thinking about their wish list for
Wikipedia improvement and we plan to encourage event attendees and
others who are interested to continue their collaboration at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BL where further requests
for support from the BL will be welcome.

Cheers,
Fae

On 11 May 2011 17:19, Alex Stinson <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I am really glad to hear about the collaboration, the content on literature
> on Wikipedia is decidedly poor. Might I suggest that the articles that we
> work on in the third group, not be author pages, but rather individual
> works. Some of the most important literary works in the English language are
> c class or lower, with an emphasis not on their actual implications and
> meaning but rather on plot summaries and characters summaries, both largely
> unimportant in the grand scheme of literary criticism and secondary analysis
> of literature. I am excited to participate!
> Alex Stinson

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Re: British Library English and Drama event for Wikip/medians // Saturday 4 June 2011

brian.mcneil-2
On Wed, 2011-05-11 at 19:23 +0100, Fae wrote:

<snip>

> Alex, I agree with your point about individual works and I would
> extend that to popular film articles related to the lives and works of
> these authors as well as associated artworks and other cultural
> spin-offs. The impact of Oscar Wilde or H.G. Wells is so vast that
> there are a huge variety of interrelated types of article than could
> be improved and the British Library collections represents the ideal
> reliable and verifiable source (which as well as being the legal
> deposit includes many objects beyond books such as original draft
> manuscripts and illustrations, playbills, audio interviews and the
> personal papers of writers).

Commenting from the UK's only current UNESCO City of Literature, might I
point people at a couple of FAs:

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Se%C3%B1or_Presidente
*
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_team_behind_the_2,000th_featured_Wikipedia_article

I'm not likely to be able to travel to London for this event, but
thought this might be some interesting on-wiki stuff to offer as food
for thought.


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