The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project at the University of Maryland Libraries and DC Wikimedia (official page | Meetup group) will be hosting an edit-a-thon on Monday, 18 August 2014 focused on using the newspaper sources available through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America (official site | Wikipedia page) database.
Participants in this edit-a-thon will learn about the Library of Congress's online public domain newspaper resources. Presenters will include Chronicling America staff and National Digital Newspaper Project members. The organizer of the Summer of Monuments WikiProject will demonstrate how Chronicling America can be used to tell the stories of America's National Register Historic Places.
When and Where
Monday, 18 August 2014, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
For people unable to attend in person a live stream of the morning speakers and a chat room will be available through an Adobe Connect webinar.
- 9:00 AM - Arrival and coffee
- 9:30 AM - Welcome, Liz Caringola, Historic Maryland Newspapers Librarian, UMD Libraries
- 9:35 AM - "Using Wikipedia to Make the Digitized Newspapers of the National Digital Newspaper Program More Discoverable": Preliminary Results, Donald Taylor, Wikipedian-in-Residence, Historic Maryland Newspapers Project, UMD Libraries
- 9:50 AM - Introduction to Chronicling America, Deb Thomas, Program Coordinator, National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), Library of Congress
- 10:20 AM - Introduction to National Historic Trust Library Collection, Doug McElrath, Manager of Special Collections, UMD Libraries
- 10:35 AM - Overview of the University of Maryland's Digital Collections and postcards, Jennie Levine Knies, Manager, Digital Programs and Initiatives, UMD Libraries
- 10:50 AM - Introduction to editing Wikipedia, Donald Taylor, Wikipedian-in-Residence, Historic Maryland Newspapers Project, UMD Libraries
- 11:05 AM - 12:30 PM, Editing time
- 12:30 noon - 1:30 PM, Refreshment provided
- 1:30-1:45 PM - Guided editing exercises using the Summer of Monuments Project, Leo Zimmerman, Project Manager, Wikipedia Summer of Monuments, Wikimedia DC. Here are some items we might discuss.
- 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM, Editing time
- 3:45 PM - Wrap-up and post-edit-a-thon survey
The Chronicling America edit-a-thon will offer a selection of prepared projects for attendees to work on:
- Use Chronicling America sources to contribute to the Summer of Monuments project by researching the history of America's National Register of Historic Places monuments.
- Create and/or expand articles pertaining to newspapers digitized by the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project
Please place anext an article to indicate that edits were made; the mark does not mean that all the suggested work for that article was completed.
Articles to create
- The American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper
- The Baltimore Commercial Journal, and Lyford's Price-Current
- Baltimore Daily Commercial
- Civilian and Telegraph
- The Daily Exchange
- The Maryland Free Press - FYI for the editor who works on this one, there are three newspapers using this name in the US Newspaper Directory (from Rockville, Hagerstown, and Annapolis).
- Pilot and Transcript
- Andrew G. Boyd
- Richard Hathaway Edmonds
- Joseph Escavaille
- William Wilkins Glenn
- Frederick Raine
- William Harrison Lowdermilk
- Edward M. Yerger
Articles to expand
- Clara Barton National Historic Site
- Der Deutsche Correspondent
- Duff Green
- Frank Key Howard
- Media in Cumberland, Maryland
- New Market Historic District (New Market, Maryland)
- File:Suffragette starves herself out of jail.jpg (added to Marion Wallace Dunlop)
- File:Longview Park.jpg (added to Longview Park Conservatory and Gardens, Rock Island, Illinois, and May Day)
The Library will have wireless guest accounts for participants. Please bring your own laptop.
- Chronicling America
- Crossroads of War: Maryland and the Border in the Civil War
- WHILBR: Western Maryland’s Historical Library
The following University of Maryland subscription databases will be available to those onsite or who have UMD login credentials:
- American National Biography Online
- ProQuest American Periodicals
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Baltimore Sun, The (1837-1988)
- ProQuest The Baltimore Sun
- Readex: America’s Historical Newspapers
Access databases with your public library card: The Baltimore Sun and some other newspaper archives on ProQuest can also be accessed with a Maryland Library card. Here, for example is a list of databases accessible with a card from Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library system. Here is a similar list for members of the PG County Library. If you live in Maryland you can get a library card in either of these systems and in most others around the state. If you live in the District of Columbia or Virginia you can get a library card in PG County and some other systems in southern Maryland.
- Baltimore: Its History and Its People. Vol. 3, Biography. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912.
- Green, Duff. Facts and Suggestions, Biographical, Financial, and Political, Addressed to the People of the United States. New York: C. S. Westcott & Co.’s Union Printing Office, 1866.
- Leigh, William, Jr. “The Press of Baltimore.” In Baltimore: Its History and Its People, edited by Clayton Colman Hall, 702-14. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912.
- Lowdermilk, William Harrison. History of Cumberland, Md. Washington, D.C.: James Anglim, 1878.
- Scharf, John Thomas. History of Baltimore City and County, from the Earliest Period to the Present Day: Including Biographical Sketches of their Representative Men. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881.
- Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland. Annual report. 1887.
- Van Arsdale & Company. The Strangers Guide to the City of Baltimore. Baltimore: J. D. Ehlers & Co., 1875.
- Williams, Thomas J. C. The History of Washington County, Maryland, From the Earliest Settlements to the Present Time, Including a History of Hagerstown. Baltimore: Regional Pub. Co, 1968.
Archival and manuscript collections
- Clara Barton Papers
- Davis Family papers papers (Historic New Market, MD)
- National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection (digital collection)
- See Category:National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection for postcards already in Wikimedia Commons. Ask University of Maryland Libraries staff for assistance if you want to use a historic postcard from the collection that has not been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
- Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey (Prints and Photographs Online Catalog)
Basics on editing Wikipedia
- Help:Cheatsheet - quick guide to Wiki markup
- Editing - The Basics has .pdf handouts and videos
- Wikipedia Training, Includes a one-hour training for newcomers, and more extensive pages for teachers and Wikipedia Ambassadors
- Wikipedia Tutorial is a hands-on approach that walks you through various aspects of Wikipedia editing
About Chronicling America
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a joint program between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) to provide grants to one organization in each U.S. state and territory to digitize that state's newspapers. After the local organization has performed the work of scanning their newspapers, making an OCR transcription, and marking it up with the necessary metadata, the digitized newspapers are then made available to the public via the Web through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America newspaper database.
The University of Maryland Libraries' Historic Maryland Newspapers Project is a recipient of an NDNP grant and in its two years has digitized nearly 110,000 pages of Maryland newspapers, including Baltimore German-language newspaper, Der Deutsche Correspondent, as well as a handful of English-language newspapers from Baltimore and Western Maryland. On July 21, 2014, NEH announced that it would award the University of Maryland $290,000 of funding to digitize an additional 100,000 pages as part of the NDNP.
University of Maryland Libraries' Historic Maryland Newspapers Project has employed a Wikipedian-in-Residence, Donald Taylor, for the summer to conduct a study of what might be done to make Chronicling America a more useful source for people making contributions to Wikipedia, as well as how Wikipedia might be used to make the nation's newspapers more available to the American people. Your input into this study is encouraged during the day's event.
Please indicate your intention to attend either by editing the appropriate section below. Alternately, you can join the edit-a-thon on the DC WikiMedia Meetup page for the event.
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Will Attend Remotely
Users who are unable to attend in person can view our morning speakers and chat with us and each other using Adobe Connect chat room created for the event. To join our online meeting click here.
- --KingJeff1970 (talk) 16:42, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
- --Mmespino (talk) Melissa Espino & Pat Reakes from the University of Florida
- --Digitaleffie (talk) 18:27, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
- --MHBeals (talk) 09:13, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
- --extabulis (talk) 12:58, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
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Post Edit-a-thon Report
At the end of the edit-a-thon, participants will be asked to complete a brief survey about the event. The results of the survey will be summarized here as a part of the post-edit-a-thon report to assist future edit-a-thon planners.
A the presentations were recorded and are available here.
- "About Chronicling America". Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. n.d. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- "Historic Maryland Newspapers Project". University of Maryland Libraries, Digital Collections. n.d. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- "NEH announces $34 million in awards and offers for 177 humanities projects". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved 30 July 2014.