as you may or may not know, a couple of years ago I was working with the
"Dictionary of Sydney" [DoS] - an digital history project to get recognised
experts to write about all aspects of Sydney's history/people/places etc.
Whilst I was there one of the things I was particularly involved with was
ensuring that each contributing author had the option of licensing their
content under CC-by-SA, and I'm pleased to say that the vast majority did
Just this week saw a new update to the website with a variety of new
articles to add to the existing collection - as described in their blogpost:
http://dictionaryofsydney.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/drumroll/ *You can see
all the articles that are freely-licensed by going here and clicking on the
"sort by license type" button at the top
As you can see these articles can be of huge value to WP content about
Sydney - some are even expert peer reviewed and published in the UTS Sydney
Journal <http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/sydney_journal>. Because
they're stable articles by named authors in a government-research-grant
funded publication they are good sources to reference in their own right, as
well as providing many good footnotes within the articles to primary
sources. Of course, being CC-by-SA, they are also able to be copied directly
into Wikipedia and Wikified (something I've previously done with Sydney
artists' Camps <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_artists%27_camps>, Glebe
Island <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glebe_Island> and Hugo
Is there anyone here who has the time and technical knowledge and would like
a) make a neat attribution
when content is copy/pasted into WP from the DoS, e.g. the way we do
You can see the text I've written manually to provide attribution at the end
of the articles mentioned just above?
b) relatedly, make a specific source
when we wish to use DoS articles as a citation (to add to the
of other Australian source
c) If it's possible, create some kind of checklist where we can mark off
which articles have been imported and integrated, which ones have been used
for footnotes only, and which have done neither?
If people in Sydney are interested perhaps we could ask the folks at DoS or
their partners the StateLibrary if they would like to host an "editathon"
where we can spend some time working on this in person? Anyone interested?
Next time I get a chance I'm going to try and merge their article on
Bungaree <http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/bungaree> into WP's much
less comprehensive article <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bungaree> though if
anyone wants to beat me to it, go right ahead!
p.s. I've crossposted this to Australian Wikipedians Noticeboard
Peace, love & metadata
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