Monthly Archives: September 2014

Session suggestion: GLAMs and Wikipedia – can we help each other?

I’d like to look at ways that GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) can work more closely with Wikipedia. Of course, it’s not just GLAMs but any organisation with some collection of “knowledge” (so that might include universities, local history societies, or just any organisation that has knowledge they’d like to share with the world).

The benefits of working together are:

* for Wikipedia, better quality information

* for GLAMs, the general public is more likely to find information in a Wikipedia article (as they are in the top of the search engine results) so having GLAM content linked from the Wikipedia article can bring the reader to authoritiative content on the GLAM website for a deeper understanding than can be provided on Wikipedia

Let’s work together to give people a better “knowledge experience”.

Kerry (Wikimedia Australia)

Downloading bulk newspaper articles from Trove

I have recently made some software, called Retailer, (a kind of proxy server) which can be used as channel through which to download the full text of newspaper articles from Trove, in bulk (and the New Zealand equivalent, Papers Past, too). Is there any interest in attending a workshop to deal with how to set up and use Retailer with Trove?

I would love to see a session where a bunch of people install it and run it on their notebooks.

I’d also really like to be able to document the installation and usage procedures, or better automate them.  So far I have only written instructions for installing and using on Linux. But I have a friend who has harvested thousands of articles running it on Mac OS X, and I’m sure it will also run on Windows and other OSes.

For background see my blog post How to download bulk newspaper articles from Trove.