Flickr2Piwigo 1.3.0

I thought I’d help out and try to update the Flickr2Piwigo plugin to support OAuth, but having done so I now seem to have become a maintainer of the thing. So that’s good. I’ve just released version 1.3.0.

I’ll try to see to all the outstanding bug reports (well, there’s only one at the moment). And then perhaps add some extra features (support for approximate dates? automatic downloading? download of other people’s photos?).

GITenberg

This is a project that I’ve wanted for years, and now it’s here: https://gitenberg.github.io/

Project GITenberg is a Free and Open, Collaborative, Trackable and Scriptable digital library. It leverages the power of the Git version control system and the collaborative potential of Github to make books more open.

40,000 Project Gutenberg books have been uploaded to GitHub, and can now be forked, fixed, and fed back to the world’s biggest library of public domain ebooks. Other alliteration is also possible.

I’ve just sent my first pull request, for a typo I found in Gissing’s The Paying Guest.

The only thing lacking now is the original scans of these books, so that the ebooks can be verified against the source.

DokuWiki hackfest

The annual DokuWiki hackfest is on in a month or so. Wish I could go. Will do next year.

It’s going to be held in the brilliant-sounding LinuxHotel in Essen, Germany, from Monday 29 July to Sunday 4 August.

There’s been a bit of stuff written lately about grumpy meanness and less-than generous interactions in various open-source communities, and I certainly agree with some of that. I’ve experienced it in some places, but certainly never in the DokuWiki world. Everyone seems just rather normal there, and friendly. (Some of the terseness in the Kohana forums, for example, isn’t! Not that collaboration doesn’t need critique, but it also needs kindness.)

Last year’s hackfest sounds like it would’ve been fun. A chap from Southeastern Railway said:

The Hackfest is just starting to wind down and as the only ‘user’ here for the whole weekend it has been a fascinating experience. I am the host on this occasion and we are a big user of Dokuwiki which is the core application in our technical document management system, some 40,000 pages and 20,000 images.

I have been involved with technical document management for many years, in both aviation and rail. DokuWiki is the first really successful document management application I’ve implemented. Our user base has taken to it with ease and we continue to find new and innovative things we can do with the software.

Writing Plugins

I want to help to write plugins for things. Not these full-blow, stand-alone applications with requirements and scopes that change and change and are never finalised! Far nicer to work on a small part of a bigger application, with a particular goal in mind that can — with time and work — come closer and closer to being realised.

With other people, too. That’s the best part of it. There’s whole communities of users out there. Much nicer to work with.

Another Wikimedia meetup

There’s to be a Wikimedia meetup this weekend; hurrah to that. How better to rekindle (and why did Amazon have to steal that word?!) the passion for helping write and build Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries, Libraries, Newspapers, Textbooks, and Universities — than drinking beer on a Saturday afternoon?! None! I say, none at all.

Fremantle Society website

I have recently started helping to maintain The Fremantle Society’s website (fremantlesociety.org.au), and it’s reminding me of why I work in IT and of how much I’ve been missing being part of any greater endevour (with people, I mean, and working together for some purpose — as I once did with the Coop, for instance). There are fantastic, passionate, intelligent people involved, and more than that — there is something to believe in! I don’t mean that in any too-deep way: just that it feels like the Society is not only an incorporated-body-that-has-meetings, but rather something of a focal point for people who see and care about a certain historical/communal aspect of Fremantle.

I have many ideas about the website redevelopment. At the moment it’s technical stuff: deciding between Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, or something else, and the philosophical differences that software engenders (in the means of interaction and collaboration). I’ll post more, soon, about what we’ve been thinking about that. (I’m liking the idea of the division down the lines of there being The Fremantle Society, Inc. on the one hand, and the society of Fremantle on the other. The distinction between the incorporated body, and the actual built and social environment of the City that is the former’s raison d’être.)