[open-humanities] First steps with OpenPhilosophy.org

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Dec 21 16:11:28 UTC 2011

Great thanks for this Lars.

Based on what you're saying, we should definitely make sure we think
about how we can integrate transcription functions in
OpenPhilosophy.org with Wikisource.

Could you recommend a good point of contact for Wikisource for this?
Perhaps you in the first instance? :-)

All the best,


On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 3:47 PM, Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se> wrote:
> On 12/21/2011 02:15 PM, Jonathan Gray wrote:
>> does Wikisource
>> now support being able to have image / transcription in parallel?
> Yes, the step from just e-text (like Project Gutenberg) to scanned
> images and transcription/proofreading is what I introduced in
> Wikisource in 2005, rather than expanding Project Runeberg to
> more languages than the Scandinavian ones, as I described here,
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:LA2/Digitizing_books_with_MediaWiki
> This is now the standard mode of operation in Wikisource.
> It is handled by the ProofreadPage extension to the Mediawiki
> software (which I didn't write). It uses a colour coding, where red
> means raw OCR text that has not yet been proofread, yellow is
> proofread once and green is validated by a second user.
> The French Wikisource contains 344,211 proofread+validated
> pages and the English comes in second at 193,289 pages.
> If you only count validated pages, however, the German Wikisource
> is leading with 108,469 pages. Here are some statistics,
> http://toolserver.org/~phe/statistics.php
> The first book with scanned images that I put up in October
> 2005 was a 5 volume encyclopedia, and not all of it has been
> proofread yet. You can try it out by clicking "edit" here,
> http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Page:LA2-NSRW-3-0552.jpg
> Every scanned book page has such a wiki page in the "Page"
> namespace, and for each book there is also an overview or
> "Index" page, e.g.
> http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Index:The_New_Student%27s_Reference_Work
> These namespaces make it a bit more complicated than I would
> have wished for. I tried to look at Scripto, but the only demo
> I could find was the Papers of the War Department. Are there
> other sites that use Scripto?
> --
>  Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
>  Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
>  Project Runeberg - free Nordic literature - http://runeberg.org/
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Jonathan Gray

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