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Wiki Committees[edit source]

Use this list to connect with wiki content leaders

Book and Paper
Electronic Media
Elizabeth Robson (Chair)
Photographic Materials
Luisa Casella (Chair)
Amanda Maloney
Alejandra Mendoza
Barbara Brown
Emma Cieslik
Fernanda Valverde
Jackie Peterson-Grace (Co-Coordinator)
Kate Clive-Powell (Co-Coordinator)
Wooden Artifacts
Materials Testing
Instrumental Analysis
Collection Care
Exhibition Guidelines
Choosing Materials for Storage and Display
History of Conservation

Wiki Tips[edit source]

Please add tips e.g. pieces of code or instructions that you think others may find useful across our pages. For additional quick reference on extended formatting codes use the MediaWiki Help:Formatting page. Due to differences in MediaWiki versions, code that works on Wikipedia does not always work on the AIC wiki. If you would like to request a fix/upgrade please make a notation with your username timestamp in the Requests for Technical Fixes/Updates section further down on this page.

Tip - Indenting[edit source]

This useful tip on paragraph formatting comes from User:LBedford one of BPG wiki chairs:
Most text coming from a word processing document can be copied directly into a wiki page, but tab spacing doesn’t transfer. To create an indent at the beginning of a line, use a colon : Multiple colons at the beginning of the line will move the text further to the right, as if it had been tabbed over.

Tip - Inserting links[edit source]

There are two frequently used types of links: an internal link which connects to another page within the AIC wiki, and an external link that connects to a site out on the internet.

  • Internal link: Page Name displays a hyperlink to the desired page.
If you want to replace the displayed page name in your sentence with other text, insert a vertical pipe and a blank space after the page name: spot test. BPG editors have made an example in the Composition section of the cloth page. (Hit the Edit link to the right of the section header to see the code details.)
As with the internal links above, adding a vertical pipe and a blank space after the url will allow you to display other text that will be hyperlinked to your desired internet page. I’ve made some examples in the Bibliography section of the cloth page.

Note: with both these links, the blank space after the vertical pipe is critical to get the first word of the different text to appear correctly.

MediaWiki offers even more linking advice.

Tip - Anchor Links[edit source]

In addition to internal (within our wiki) links and external (to online resources outside of our wiki) links. You can set up an anchor link to jump a user to a specific section of a page. This is particularly helpful on long pages so that the user can quickly find the info that you want to send them to. Headers coded with the == symbols facilitate creating anchor links.

  • To jump a user to a category further down on the same page merely create an internal link using the same text as the header title e.g. Wiki Tips
  • To jump a user to a header line on a different page use the page name, followed by a # to the header name, and use can use the | symbol if you want to put alias text. e.g. Environmental Control
  • For more on anchor links visit the MediaWiki Help:Anchors page.

Tip - Adding Images[edit source]

Use this cheat sheet for Adding_Images on our site. The Fine Arts Conservancy has generously allowed AIC to use any images from their site to illustrate the AIC wiki.

Tip - Removing link to an image[edit source]

Sometimes you want to put a small image in to highlight a link or text for instance, the little pdf logo or the YouTube logo. But you don't want people clicking on those small thumbnail images and going to that image page. Using the code |link= within the file link will remove the link to that image. To see the difference look at the examples below:
Download the Archaeological Discussion Group's Fieldwork Checklist
Download the Archaeological Discussion Group's Fieldwork Checklist In the upper link the pdf logo is itself a link making it confusing what the user is supposed to click on. In the lower example the pdf logo is not.

Tip - Creating an Image Gallery[edit source]

Use the gallery mode code to create a tile of images on the page as seen here:

Tip - Moving or Removing the Table of Contents[edit source]

A Table of Contents (TOC) is created automatically when you use the automatically formatted Headings available in the WYSIWYG toolbar. But you can modify its placement or remove it if unecessary:

  • To remove the TOC use __NOTOC__
  • To move the TOC use <div style="float:right; clear:both; margin-left:0.5em;">__TOC__</div>

Tip - Adding instructions to a page for future users[edit source]

If you want to include instructions on a page for future users and explain code - but you just want to show the code - not actually use it. You can put your text inside the code e.g.''<nowiki>[[#ref1|Author's Last Name Year]]

Tip - Mail To[edit source]

If you would like to include an email address for users to email an individual there are a couple of solutions:

  • use the following code - [mailto:insert email address] e.g. [1] or you can also insert an alias [mailto:insert email address|alias text] e.g. AIC's e-Editor. You can use the | to put an alias following the email address.
  • if the user has their email address listed in their Username profile you can merely link to their username page e.g. User:RPArenstein

Tip - Adding Tables[edit source]

There are multiple ways to add format tables. For examples of code also use the following MediaWiki pages

Here is one example:

Category 1: High restriction panel paintings
elephant ivory
±5% from target
Category 2: Mode rate restriction furniture
painted organics
ethnographic objects
±10% from target
Category 3: Low restriction wooden agricultural implements
±15% from target
Category 4: Minimal restriction stable decorative metals
±20% from target

Another example with a title and without sortable headers

Relative Humidity % at Selected Temperatures
Saturated Salt Solution Chemical Formula 68°F 77°F 86°F
Lithium Chloride LiCl H2O 12. 4% 12. 0% 11.8%
Potassium Acetate KC2 H3O2O 23. 3% 22. 7% 22.0%
Magnesium Chloride MgCl2 6H2O 33. 6% 33. 2% 32.8%
Potassium Carbonate K2CO3 2H2O 44. 0% 43. 8% 43.5%
Potassium Nitrate KNO2 49. 0% 48. 1% 47.2%
Magnesium Nitrate Mg(NO3) 2 6H20 54. 9% 53. 4% 52.0%
Sodium Nitrate NaN O2 65. 3% 64. 3% 63.3%
Sodium Chloride NaCl 75. 5% 75. 8% 75.6%
Ammonium Sulfate (NH4)2SO4 80. 6% 80. 3% 80.0%
Potassium Nitrate KNO3 93. 2% 92. 0% 90.7%
Potassium Sulfate K2SO4 97. 2% 96. 9% 96.6%

Tip - Changing colors[edit source]

Colors if you want to change colors, whether font, template background, etc. Look for the help via MediaWiki's CSS color codes help page

Tip - Citations[edit source]

As of May 2015 This new extension has been added to facilitate citations on the AIC wiki [2]

Tip - Changing Text Size[edit source]

You can change the size of text by using the following code:

  • Big - This text is bigger than standard
  • Small - This text is smaller than standard

Remember to close your code with the / at the end otherwise all text that follows will use the same format. Use these formatting revisions judiciously.

Tip - Summary field[edit source]

“What am I supposed to put into that Summary field at the bottom of the Edit page? Is it important?”
Rather than reinvent the wheel I will point you to the MediaWiki answer which is a bit long, but the gist of it is that putting even a short entry into the Summary field is very useful in helping colleagues understand the purpose of your edits. The wiki entry gives useful information on what and how to summarize.

Additionally entering information into the summary field is also critical when uploading an image or file into the wiki’s document library. To give you an example of why, try typing datalogger into the search box on the wiki. You’ll see that there are several pages where datalogger is in either the title or text of the page. Next, try an advanced search. Click on the check box next to File and then click on the Advanced Search button at the bottom of the page. You’ll see that this advanced search was able to retrieve several images of dataloggers that I uploaded. Even though the word datalogger wasn’t in the file name, the search found it in the summary. Next time you edit on the wiki – give it a try!

Tip - Assigning categories[edit source]

There are so many things to remember when setting up a new page but, please, try to remember to assign a Category. It is quick and easy to do – you just insert it as an internal link with the Category: prefix e.g.. If you click on a category link it will take you to a page with a listing of all other pages with the same category tag, making it easy for a reader to browse through related articles.

  • Check out an example of its use in the PMG catalogue by clicking on the Category link in the box at the bottom of the page

  • Before creating a new category check to see if there already is a category that works for you. See the list of current categories on our wiki in the Special Pages > List of Pages > Categories (access Special Pages from the left hand menu under Tools)
  • It is the presence of categories that creates the useful "breadcrumbs" trail (e.g. Main Page > Preventive Care > Exhibition Standards & Guidelines) at the top of a page to assist with navigation.
  • You can add appropriate categories to any page across the site, even if this is outside your normal area of work. Just pop your code in at the end of any existing category list.

If you are responsible for a page – check whether a Category tag is present. If not please go ahead and add one as an Edit-A-Thon month contribution!

Tip - Linking to a Category Page[edit source]

To add a link to a category page that will appear as a regular link in the content of a page (meaning it will not be automatically put in the section at the bottom that lists the categories to which the page belongs), adding the following to the content of the page:
[[:Category:Category name]]

The only difference as compared to adding the page to a category is that you have to put a colon after the first two brackets (before the name of the category) and replace "Category name" with the actual name of the category.

Tip - Embedding a YouTube link with preview window[edit source]

As of May 2015 the AIC wiki has added a widget to allow for a preview window for YouTube videos to be placed on the wiki page. The widget syntax is {{#widget:YouTube|id=...|width=...|height=...}}. Copy the ID from the desired YouTube video.

An example is

this page links to wiki pages where this code could be used

To center the preview box try:

To align right with a caption try:

All the YouTube videos used in the BPG wiki.

Tip - Undo v. Rollback[edit source]

In the last training session I was asked the difference between the Undo and Rollback functions seen in the History tab. I am happy that I correctly gave the broad outline but I promised to double check and provide more details. The MediaWiki help pageprovides a very clear explanation of the differences in these two ways of reverting to earlier versions of the text.

In short, if you need to undo work you will probably want to use the Undo function rather than Rollback as it as it allows for more specificity and provides the ability to add a summary to explain your change (nice tie in with Tip #1 on Summaries earlier this week!). As I mention on the training calls, knowing that you can revert to an earlier version of a page should hopefully give you confidence that you can’t “mess up” anything. Our site is secure but, if you ever notice vandalism on a page that needs to be removed, that should be reported to me or to the AIC office immediately.

Tip - MS Word Add-in for MediaWiki[edit source]

"Do you have content already written in MS Word that you’d like to add to the wiki?"
Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to redo all your groovy Word formatting when you paste it into the wiki edit window? There was a link to a Word to Wiki markup macro on our Wiki Editor’s Resources page that I was never able to make function (although if anyone else had success that would be interesting to know). I searched around and found a newer MS Word Add-In for MediaWiki markup that worked when I tested it out. Voila!

I placed a link to this on our AIC Wiki Main page near the bottom under the getting started section. Even when using this program there will still be some work reformatting your text for appearances but this should be a substantial time saver. I hope that if you give it a try you will provide any feedback to the group on the Discussion tab for this page.

Update: As with many tech tips this one may be outdated with various upgrades to both MS Word and MediaWiki. If you try it please let me know. --RPArenstein (talk) 11:02, 11 May 2020 (CDT)

Tip - Notification of updates[edit source]

There are two easy ways to be kept abreast of edits on a wiki page of interest to you.

1. Use the WATCH tab in the wiki. First though you need to click on Preferences on the top header bar and make sure in your Email settings that you have entered your email and then checked E-mail me when a page or file on my watchlist is changed. Next, navigate to a page that is of interest to you and click on the Watch tab. Next time another AIC wiki creator edits your watched page you will receive an email update.

User:Kholbrow posted a tip on the OSG Discussion page on how to use RSS feeds to stay on top of things. You can track other people's changes by adding an RSS Feed to your browser-- When you are in AICWiki, click on the little orange RSS icon and the feed will come up. Or you can cut and paste the URL into your iGoogle page.

Tip - Validity Banners[edit source]

A number of Validity Banners are used throughout the site to indicate stages of editing and peer review. A consistent format for these banners is sought.

Tip - Thinking about our audience[edit source]

Our wiki platform is a space where each SG, committee, task force, etc. can develop their own content and so each catalogue or entry will be somewhat different in tone and style, but I wanted to remind our Creators that the original intent for the platform was as a place to put professional content by conservators, for conservators. Already we have broadened that scope a bit to include allied professionals but, as you write, please keep your audience of colleagues in mind. That’s doesn’t mean that our content shouldn’t be well written and engaging! For those of you writing more technical entries, check out this blog post by Alan Hogg, a former conservator who went on to get his PhD in atmospheric science and now teaches writing for the sciences.

We have other resources on the AIC website geared more for the general public including the “How to Care For your Treasures” series (and updates are in the works for these pages). I hope that if/when the public finds an entry on our wiki that they will say something to the effect of “hmmm… that seems pretty technical and involved. I’d better call a conservator!”.

Tip - Fixing Breadcrumbs[edit source]

The breadcrumb navigation aids at the top of the page under the page name are created using the MediaWiki:Breadcrumbs page.

Requests for Technical Fixes/Updates[edit source]

Please use this space to make notes on things that you'd like to see as technical improvements to our wiki platform i.e. not content related but issues relating to our template, functionality, plugins, etc. Please use your signature and timestamp so we can track requests and include them in future requests to our wiki contractor. --RPArenstein (talk) 13:46, 25 March 2020 (CDT)

Printing Defaults

  • when pages are printed, even as pdfs, headers print out at full links, and it wastes a lot of space. Can we change that?--Kkelly (talk) 14:05, 20 April 2020 (CDT). WikiWorks believes that this issue will likely go away after the upcoming MediaWiki upgrade. --RPArenstein (talk) 23:32, 30 December 2020 (CST)


  • Do we need an additional plugin to be able to create Navigation Boxes? (User:Dknauf, January 25, 2020). This can be done with templates but navigation boxes can be more automated and part of upcoming templates as part of the late 2021 upgrade to semantic wiki.--RPArenstein (talk) 23:32, 30 December 2020 (CST)

Please use "Book and Paper", not "Book & Paper", in the drop down menus, categories, breadcrumbs, etc. (double check this with your current BPG coordinators at the time of change.--Kkelly (talk) 14:56, 20 April 2020 (CDT)
Analytics: --Kkelly (talk) 14:26, 20 April 2020 (CDT) I can see total page views for an individual page, but it would be nice to know:

    • unique views, location of users, etc. --RPArenstein (talk) 23:32, 30 December 2020 (CST)I can provide some of this information to wiki chairs upon request using our Google Analytics account
    • view counts for pdfs (when link is direct, the page view count does not work) --RPArenstein (talk) 23:32, 30 December 2020 (CST) this is not currently possible
    • Page views for our own silo (e.g. all BPG Wiki pages) --RPArenstein (talk) 23:32, 30 December 2020 (CST) some version of this may be possible with a custom extension that pulls info from our Google Analytics account. This can hopefully be included in the semantic wiki update in late 2021. Note that HitCounters ("total page views for an individual page") were removed from core MediaWiki. Also, some browsers are beginning to block the Google Analytics JavaScript. One workaround would be to install an on-server analytics package. Something that can be considered when our wiki is moved to its to AWS hosting with its own server space and dedicated IP (expected January 2021).


  • Is there a way that videos have easily have captions, as with images? I've made a work-around with tables, but it is clunky.--Kkelly (talk) 14:05, 20 April 2020 (CDT)
  • Can we embed Vimeo videos, not just YouTube Videos?--Kkelly (talk) 14:05, 20 April 2020 (CDT)

--RPArenstein (talk) 23:32, 30 December 2020 (CST)This request has been included in WikiWorks SOW#6 to be completed 1/2021.

Topics for Development and/or Collaboration[edit source]

This space can be used for ongoing thoughts and conversations on how AIC wiki creators can work together on this platform. AIC e-Editor December 12, 2012

Shared Style Guides:--Kkelly (talk) 14:21, 20 April 2020 (CDT) Currently, there are two pages relating to style

BPG has developed style guides for our pages and we would be pleased if they became guides for the larger AIC Wiki. They are:

Shared Topic Pages: --Kkelly (talk) 14:21, 20 April 2020 (CDT) It would be great if we could identify strong pages in each other's specialty group silos that should be developed into shared resources. My suggestions are below:

<rr> I have noticed that certain topics that would be fertile ground for collaboration include - musical instruments could be collaboratively written by WAG and OSG, solvent use and disposal could be collaboratively written by the Committee for Sustainable Conservation Practices and the Health and Safety committee. I imagine it is possible to have these pages both be linked to different areas of the wiki (ex. the link under the OSG page and the WAG page could both go to a page about musical instrument conservation). Once the page has been started it can of course be linked to other pages easily, so it isn't like a specialty group really 'owns' any of the pages, they can be written collaboratively --Rosedcull 20:03, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes, OSG and WAG are currently discussing areas of overlap and there are members working on entries that would be relevant to both groups, including musical instruments. The Objects wiki group has previously announced their willingness to collaborate with other specialty groups and committees via the AIC Wiki listserv, has received several positive responses, and remains committed to this endeavor. The wiki platform provides an excellent tool for this type of group work, but we do need to be aware of and respect that each specialty group and committee has their own sets of guidelines for how their pages appear, processes for their editing, and final approval. --LGordon 20:47, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Human Remains (OSG, TSG, BPG - the remains, associated wrappings, remains made into other materials, the ethics of working on these materials, the conservation approach to these materials - the great thing about human remains is we would probably not have to emphasize the need to contact a conservator as much as other materials, and it would be really useful for a conservator to have a collection of information about remains and additional reading.

Water - tap water, DI water, RO water - I would find a page on each really useful, right now I have to hunt around to find something on water, it is in a number of different places (BPG, CSCP). 3. Surfactants - the information on surfactants that is important to conservators would be really useful. 4. Solvents - it would be great to have all the information about acetone, ethanol, mineral spirits on one page - what materials are soluble in these solvents, the toxicity, the teas chart, etc.

I have begun a page about setting up a conservation laboratory, Setting up a Conservation Lab which could be a good place to start putting some of this general information about information. --Rosedcull 05:25, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes, it seems like the discussions of water, solvents, and other materials would fit naturally in the "Work Practices" section of the wiki and can be easily linked to from other pages. --LGordon 21:04, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

I am going to try to upload a file from Wikimedia commons onto this page using the code offered for "upload to a wiki", as Mary H. Gridley requested --Rosedcull 05:41, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

2011-09-15 13-20-34-eglise-st-maimboeuf

Trying the code for "Use this file on a website" <a title="By This photo was taken by Bresson Thomas. Please credit this with : Photo : Bresson Thomas in the immediate vicinity of the image. If you use one of my photos, please email me (account needed) or leave me a short message on my discussion page. It would be greatly appreciated. Do not copy this image illegally by ignoring the terms of the license below, as it is not in the public domain. If you would like special permission to use, license, or purchase the image please contact me to negotiate terms. English | Français | +/− (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons" href=""><img width="512" alt="2011-09-15 13-20-34-eglise-st-maimboeuf" src="//"/></a>

Disclaimers on the AIC Wiki[edit source]

The information below is collected from across the AIC wiki to begin a discussion on improving disclaimers across the site. Two types of statements are seen as necessary: --RPArenstein (talk) 18:04, 14 May 2017 (CDT)

  1. A statement on the Main Page
  2. Treatment pages - pages that discuss the specific of treatments should make it clear that this information is to be used by trained conservators who understand the treatments and materials. Using treatments on other materials e.g. paper treatment on other substrates, may result in damage. The disclaimer should link to Find A Conservator
  3. Statements that provide a clearly understood structure for where a page stands in the editing process. Some pages have been heavily vetted before they go off-line and others not. A standardized set of markers would be useful.

From the AIC wiki guidelines page section on disclaimers:
All pages regarding treatment or hands-on procedure have a disclaimer to advert against the use of the described procedures by non-conservators. The disclaimer reads: “ This article describes conservation procedures. It is meant to be used as exchange of technical information among trained art conservators and should not be used by non-conservators to intervene in cultural property."

STATE In progress, 1/30/2012 

seen in:
BPG Book catalog -
BPG Paper catalog -

This entry is in the process of being corrected seen in:
OSG catalog -
BPG catalog -
PMG catalog -

The goal of this wiki page is to provide information on the broad range of materials and topics encountered in the conservation of paintings. This information is intended to be used by conservators, museum professionals, and members of the public for educational purposes only. It is not designed to substitute for the consultation of a trained conservator. To find a conservator, please visit AIC's Find a Conservator page.

seen in:
PSG catalog -


The following Standards and Guidelines are a work in progress intended to spur information and discussion between exhibit personnel, conservators and other museum professionals. It is not designed to substitute for the consultation of a trained conservator.
To find a conservator, please visit AIC's Find a Conservator page.
If you are interested in contributing to or commenting on this text please contact the AIC e-Editor
The following Standards and Guidelines are a work in progress intended to spur discussion between exhibit personnel, conservators and other museum professionals. Please check back in the future as information is added to expand on the Guidelines without currently active links.
If you are interested in contributing to or commenting on this text please contact the AIC e-Editor

seen in:
Exhibition Standards & Guidelines -

This entry is a Draft

seen in:
History of Conservators & Conservation -

Definitions[edit source]

For simple definitions, Wikipedia can be a good resource we can use to fill in some empty spaces on pages and page sections that aren't conservation-specific (i.e. "History" sections). For information about re-using Wikipedia content and crediting it appropriately, I recommend taking the time to read the Reusing Wikipedia Content page. Here is an example of accreditation from the Wire Recordings page:

"This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Valdemar Poulsen which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0."

--Smorgan (talk) 14:33, 20 July 2014 (CDT)

Wikipedia Resources[edit source]

These resources were collected by Emma Cieslik, PMG Wiki contributor as helpful when learning how to use Wikipedia for cultural heritage work. Note, however, that there are differences in the guiding principles of the AIC wiki and Wikipedia and, due to differences in versions and extensions of MediaWiki, not all features available on Wikipedia are available on the AIC wiki. Additional thanks to Kelly Doyle, Open Knowledge Coordinator at the Smithsonian.

Resources: Introducing Wikipedia Editing and How To’s[edit source]

In-Depth Wikipedia Guidelines: More specific subject matter questions[edit source]

Wikimedia Commons: How to add and edit information on the image website[edit source]

What is Wikidata and how does it apply to cultural heritage?[edit source]