We are a Movement – Together

I recently visited San Diego for a Wiki[m|p]edia conference. I was able to attend this very special event, thanks to WIkimedia Sverige (Sweden). During my visit I were able to put face together with old names I’ve previously collaborated with over the net.

It is empowering to feel that you are not alone in this movement of our, but instead that we are a collective with the same principles and goals. It is easy to forget, when we are sitting in our bedrooms with our laptops in bed, that it isn’t just you doing it, but a whole bunch of other nerds people doing the exact same thing, but on another side of the planet.

We might not share the same languge, and we might not share the same political or social beleives, but we do believe in a movement to provide the sum of all human knowledge, to everyone, no matter the former stated differences we, or they, might have.

Not all project, movement, or groups of people are as interconnected and caring towards each other as we are. I was able to travel roughly 14 hours away from home, to meet mostly strangers at a conference I’d never attended before – and yet I was able to connect and be included amongst these people.

I just wanted to say that I love every single one of you who are working to make others lifes better or easier. Either by providing more information by writing or translating, or if you help develop new software which will help new users feel included, or make a tool more accessible towards blind people. As I’ve said, no matter what you do, you should always now: We are in this together! We are united towards the same goal, and only together can we reach it. #WikiLove

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DMCA’s – Copyrights best friend

In August 2013, the Wikimedia Foundation recived a DMCA takedown notice of some content on the “Sport in Australia“-article on the English Wikipedia. That’s because the sending party claimed that they own the copyrights for the following information table, which is included below. Continue reading DMCA’s – Copyrights best friend

FindArticles.com

The website FindArticles.com was a great website which was functional until late 2012. It archived journal articles, newspapers and books of all sorts. At this pont in time Wikipedia has over 20 000 links to FindArticles.com, most of the as sources and references. The only downsides is that the website is dead. Most times when a link dies they are archived on other websites such as arhvie.org (the Wayback machine), and this website was, until September 2012. At that time the websites robot.txt was changed, and all archived copies on websites which follows web etiquette was deleted. The website isn’t marked as 404 either, which makes it hard for tools to mark the links as dead too.

Most of the links from Wikipedia to FindArticles are for journal articles, which most likely has doi’s or pmid’s, but not mentioned in the articles. Thes casues some problems. Either remove all links to FindArticles.com with any though of the consequences, or look at each article one-by-one and try to find another copy of the journal online or identification numbers and then remove the links.

Normally you could run the bot Citation bot on incompleat citation and have it fill out and find information which is not already in the reference, however the bot is currently blocked due to Wikimedia’s decition to change to https without real consideration of how it would break all tools currently in place for day-to-day operatons.