Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Wikimedia Canada are collaborating to offer users of the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal workshops in Wikipedia's French version. Starting on February, the first Tuesday of each month, experienced Wikipedians appoint all those who want to learn more about Wikipedia and learn how to contribute to the online encyclopedia. See the project page Wikipedia:BAnQ (French).
Each workshop will have a specific theme around which the public will be invited to contribute. BAnQ, which has a large collection of books and documents, ancient and modern, as well as rich archives around these themes, will provide participants the documentation needed to write well documented Wikipedia articles. Participants will find on site experienced contributors, and also librarians and archivists who specialize in the topics covered.
The goal of these workshops is to improve Wikipedia's French content, increase the number of Quebec contributors to profit documentaries and professional resources BAnQ and better represent Quebec, New France, French Canada or more broadly, French America.
The first meeting will focus on the following topics:
These meetings will continue in the fall. Thus, the Grande Bibliothèque will become the monthly meeting point of Montreal Wikipedians. For those who can not attend the workshops on Tuesday, it is possible to join via IRC tele-presence.Project page Wikipedia:BAnQ is the place where participants can coordinate their efforts and contributions.
The largest photographic competition in the world took place throughout the month of September. This year, more than 50 countries - including the southernmost continent on the planet Antarctica - participated in the hunting of monumental images! Not only harvested 370,000 pictures in the competition represent the best of the heritage of humanity, but the whole point of the Wiki Loves Monuments lies in the fact that the image bank is freely licensed and fully reusable by all.
The winners of the 2013 edition of the Wiki Loves Monuments in Canada are now known. Again this year a high rate of participation allowed the upload of more than 2,500 photos and historical heritage sites in Canada. Elsewhere in the world, involving more than 50 countries allowed the upload of 370,000 images under free license. All these images are freely reusable by all, under the terms of the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
After a national screening, participants Wiki Loves Monuments countries send the ten most beautiful images selected by the local juries, to access the second round, that is to be judged by members of the international jury. However, the three photographers in Canada who obtained the highest score is the merit of Canadian prizes: $500, $250 and $100 at the online store Camtec photo, official sponsor of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 in Canada.
For the first time, a Canadian picture is selected to be among the ten best pictures submitted under this competition. The image of a sunset over the former pavillion of the United States, now converted into a museum dedicated to the environment, the biosphere located on the heritage site Île-Sainte-Hélène at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, was selected among the 500 best photos submitted to the international jury.
The 2012 edition of the Wiki Loves Monuments is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest photo contest in the world with over 353 000 images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
July 1st is Canada Day, and Wikimedia UK and the British Library are today announcing the release of 2,000 historic photographs of Canada.
Since September 2012, we've been working to digitise a collection of historic Canadian photographs and release them onto Wikimedia Commons and into the public domain. The collection itself was acquired between 1895 and 1924 and consists of photographs supplied to support copyright deposits by Canadian photographers between those years. This came about through an arcane piece of colonial law, known snappily as the Colonial Copyright Law, which sought to extend British copyright protection across the empire, while also ensuring the collection of published material from these same areas. In practice, the law was a failure; only a few territories ratified it and even fewer actually deposited materials. Until 1925, however, Canada did implement the law and the Ministry of Agriculture effectively administrated the collection of copyright deposits. A copy of every item was sent to Ottawa and to London, where it was archived by the British Museum and then neglected for decades.
Materials collected from Canada included printed books, sheet music, maps and, of course, photographs. While the photographs were seen as trivial and undervalued at the time, what can now be perceived through the collection is a broad and human view of Canada at a crucial point in its history; a thirty year period when the Confederation developed politically, economically and socially, while garnering an international reputation. The collection itself provides views on this changing nation, from Vancouver to Halifax, with many unknown camera workers alongside well-known figures such as Frank Micklethwaite or William Notman.
All of this combines to create a strange mix of photographic subjects. Photographs of soldiers leaving for World War I are filed alongside images of cute kittens and men wrestling bears; trains are depicted steaming across the nation while boats continue to ply the water-ways; major cities are shown rapidly growing, while new settlements make their first marks in the dirt; and Eastern European immigrants rub shoulders with the First Nations.
Since today (Monday) marks the 146th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, it seemed an appropriate time to note the upload of the collection to Wikimedia Commons. There are currently just over 2,000 photographs uploaded, each with a duplicate full-resolution TIFF copy, with more to come in the following weeks. All the images are in the public domain, and are freely available for use and reuse - please, enjoy!
You can see more details on the collection on Wikimedia Commons.
Philip Hatfield (Curator, Canadian Collections, British Library) and Andrew Gray (former Wikipedian in Residence, British Library) Funding for the project was given by Wikimedia UK and by the British Library Eccles Centre for American Studies.
During the month of April, Wikimedia Canada is preparing the National Contribution Month, and is looking for experienced contributors to organize a contribution day event.
Contribution days are activities where Wikipedia's contributors, students, or anybody interested in contributing to Wikipedia meet together to collectively improve a predetermined theme. These meetings typically take place in a library where references are easy of access, but can be organized in any communal room. Beside improving articles, an objective of these workshops is to initiate new comers to the collaborative community of Wikipedia.If you are interested in organizing a contribution day, communicate with the national team on the project's talk page.
Users can already use the new editing interface in the English-language Wikipedia. Simply log in, go to the preferences page, and then under the "Editing" tab click "Enable VisualEditor". When looking at articles or their user page, users will see a new tab labelled "VisualEditor" that will let them try the new interface.
During this alpha test, it is recommended that users check all changes made with the new interface to ensure that nothing is broken. Changes made will be tagged in the article history as being made with the VisualEditor to track edits made with the new interface. Some features are still missing and Wikimedia programmers are working to fix bugs. Editors can give their feedback and report malfunctions at VisualEditor/Feedback.Source : Try out the alpha version of the VisualEditor, Wikimedia Foundation, 12 December 2012.
Wikimedia Canada is a non-profit organization committed to the growth, development, and distribution of free educational material and media. It is the official Canadian chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs many online projects, including Wikipedia, and has chapters in countries around the world. Feel free to register on the Wiki and partake in the discussions.