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WikiCite 2017 May 23rd, 2017, 1PM

Open content Programming

(Firefox asked me to rate it this morning, with a little picture of a broken heart and five stars to select from. I gave it five (’cause it’s brilliant) and then it sent me to a survey on mozilla.com titled “Heavy User V2”, which sounds like the name of an confused interplanetary supply ship.) Today […]

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MediaWiki Documentation Day 2017 May 12th, 2017, 4PM

Programming

It’s MediaWiki Documentation Day 2017! So I’ve been documenting a couple of things, and I’ve added a bit to the Xtools manual. The latter is actually really useful, not so much from the end-user’s point of view because I dare say they’ll never read it, but I always like writing documentation before coding. It makes […]

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Editing MediaWiki pages in an external editor February 21st, 2017, 2PM

Programming

I’ve been working on a MediaWiki gadget lately, for editing Wikisource authors’ metadata without leaving the author page. It’s fun working with and learning more about OOjs-UI, but it’s also a pain because gadget code is kept in Javascript pages in the MediaWiki namespace, and so every single time you want to change something it’s […]

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Penguin Classics portal on Wikisource April 12th, 2016, 5PM

Open content

I’ve made a start of a system to pull data from Wikidata and generate a portal for the Penguin Classics, with appropriate links for those that are on Wikisource or are ready to be transcribed. I’m a bit of a Sparql newbie, so perhaps this could’ve been done in a single query. However, I’m doing […]

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Penguin Classics on Wikisource March 14th, 2016, 3PM

Open content

As a way of learning Sparql and more about Wikidata, I’m trying to make a list of which pre-1924 Penguin Classics are on Wikisource. Penguin lists their books at penguin.com.au/browse/by-imprint/penguin-classics. The following Wikidata Query Service query lists all editions published by Penguin, their date of original publication, and whether there’s an Index page on Wikisource […]

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