Sam's notebook

New MediaWiki extension: AutoCategoriseUploads April 6th, 2018, 7AM

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New MediaWiki extension: AutoCategoriseUploads. It “automatically adds categories to new file uploads based on keyword metadata found in the file. The following metadata types are supported: XMP (many file types, including JPG, PNG, PDF, etc.); ITCP (JPG); ID3 (MP3)”. Unfortunately there’s no code yet in the repository, so there’s nothing to test. Sounds interesting though.

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Self-hosted websites are doomed to die March 4th, 2018, 9AM

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I keep wanting to be able to recommend the ‘best’ way for people (who don’t like command lines) to get research stuff online. Is it Flickr, Zenodo, Internet Archive, Wikimedia, and Github? Or is it a shared hosting account on Dreamhost, running MediaWiki, WordPress, and Piwigo? I’d rather the latter! Is it really that hard […]

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Extension:DocBookExport February 21st, 2018, 9AM

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There’s a new extension recently been added to mediawiki.org, called DocBookExport. It provides a system of defining a book’s structure (a set of pages and some title and other metadata) and then pipes the pages’ HTML through Pandoc and out into DocBook format, from where it can be turned into PDF or just downloaded as-is. […]

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Wikisource books for binding February 11th, 2018, 12PM

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I have been experimenting with turning Wikisource works into LaTeX-formatted bindable PDFs. My initial idea was to produce quatro or octavo layout sheets (i.e. 8 or 16 book pages to a sheet of paper that’s printed on both sides and has the pages layed out in such a way as when the sheet is folded […]

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CFB Folder 1 done November 26th, 2017, 9AM

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The first folder of the C.F. Barker Archives’ material is done: finished scanning and initial entry into ArchivesWiki. This is my attempt to use MediaWiki as a digital archive platform for physical records (and digitally-created ones, although they don’t feature as much in the physical folders). It’s reasonably satisfactory so far, although there’s lots that’s […]

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On not hosting everything August 23rd, 2017, 10AM

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I’ve been moving all my photos to Flickr lately. It’s been a long process, one complicated by the fact that it seems silly to run my own WordPress installation (and things like ArchivesWiki) if I’m not going to bother hosting everything myself. Of course, that’s not really very logical, and so I’ve decided that it’s […]

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Importing books from IA to Wikisource August 21st, 2017, 7PM

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After being inspired by Ewan McAndrew at Wikimania, I’ve taken a crack at doing my own video about importing books from the Internet Archive into Wikisource: There are a few mistakes here, and as I’ve yet to figure out how to edit videos properly (I’ve only managed to hang my video editing software so far), […]

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