Project:Current events

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This page is a compendium of some programming and maintenance of the site including updates, activities of the Wiki Working Group established in 2022, information from past wiki edit-a-thons, and wiki meetings at the AIC annual meeting. For coding tips visit the Community Portal page. Please feel free to add an update. Don't forget that there is a lot of great information on the Wiki Editors' Resources page --RPArenstein (talk) 12:16, 16 November 2016 (CST)

AIC Wiki Working Group (WWG)[edit source]

The WWG is comprised of volunteers interested in providing feedback and developing wholistic, collaborative solutions for issues that will affect the wiki site-wide. Some of the anticipated projects include:

  1. Semantic wiki – AIC received a grant from NCPTT to implement the semantic wiki update on our site. Essentially this will create an underlying database structure that will facilitate more complex search options, allow for automated menu templates, and facilitate participation with LinkedData projects. It will help us arrange content more thoughtfully and provide a clear path through our pages. We have a vendor hired to do the technical work but need guidance in moving forward with the structure based on how our users access our content. This project is anticipated to have a one kickoff meeting via Zoom and then monthly online meetings over the course of a year.
  2. LinkedData – Assist in creating a template for glossary and Lexicon content so that it can be combined into a consistent format that will facilitate participate in the LinkedData project. This project will overlap with the Semantic wiki discussion but will also involve some editing/coding of pages. This topic is anticipated to have 6 one-hour online meetings and with asynchronous work in between. Flexible time commitment over a potential six-month period.
  3. Copyright – AIC’s publications committee is updating copyright, permissions, and terms of service agreements for all its print and digital publications. Participants will review updated language for AIC’s site and provide feedback and edits on the new language. This topic is anticipated to have one, one-hour meetings and participants would then review the new language. Flexible short-term opportunity.
  4. Banners and Disclaimers – Various groups have different methods of working on our wiki. However, we can move towards consistency of language and format in our use of banners and disclaimers, which will provide for a better user experience in understanding levels of review and updates. This topic is anticipated to have 2-4 one-hour online meetings and with asynchronous work in between. Flexible time commitment over a potential six-month period.
  5. Accessibility – participants will provide feedback on visual accessibility to improve the site in accordance with best practices developed by AICs website committee and other resources. This topic is anticipated to have 1-2 one-hour meetings and participants would then review the site independently and make updates/corrections as needed with a flexible time commitment.
  6. Translation – Help develop best practice guidelines for providing non-English language translations of content on wiki pages.
  7. Best Practices – Brainstorm and provide peer to peer feedback on ways in which the various groups working on AIC’s wiki can foster interest in participation, collaborate on topics of common interest and expand use and access of the site. This topic may overlap with the semantic wiki discussions. Quarterly online meetings of any interested content leaders and wiki editors.

Updates and Maintenance[edit source]


October 2022[edit source]

  • Add server to the vulnerabilities scanner
  • Update stack to include gateway option
  • Upgrade Production Wiki to 1.35.8
  • Upgrade Test Wiki to 1.35.8

September 2022[edit source]

  • Check system and docker logs to look for potential issues
  • Deploy test wiki via Portainer agent
  • Fix ES readonly alert
  • Node.js AWS EOL
  • Solve Portainer volume problem
  • Wiki is down incident

August 2022[edit source]

  • Clean up clutter and stale backups (if any)
  • Inspect ElastocSearch container warnings
  • Inspect Nginx error logs
  • Remove TalkRight extension
  • Upgrade system packages
  • Wiki is down incident

July 2022[edit source]

  • Clean up working directory, sync changes
  • Investigate Postfix Issue
  • Upgrade production wiki to 1.35.7
  • Upgrade test wiki to 1.35.7

June 2022[edit source]

Check system and docker logs to look for potential issues Maintenance Research Make ES readonly check report up status Site outage Status of external links page Update SSH Keys Verify Restic backups are restorable

May 2022[edit source]

WikiWorks accomplished the following tasks as requested and as part of the monthly service contract:

  • (urgent response) Bring the site back up
  • Add DataTables for long table
  • Add ElastiocSearch read-only Monit watcher
  • Check disk space monitor
  • Deploy test wiki via Portainer agent
  • Vimeo issue

April 2022[edit source]

  • Assist with TOC headings
  • Deploy test wiki via Portainer agent
  • Es􀀤mate: Add ads
  • Install EditAccount
  • Research ElasticSearch charges
  • Update name of the Canasta docker image
  • Update stack to allow PORT variable to contain bind address
  • Upgrade production wiki to 1.35.6
  • Upgrade test wiki to 1.35.6

March 2022[edit source]

  • Deploy test wiki via Portainer agent
  • Email issue
  • Responsive References
  • Sentry integration
  • Setup automatic packages updates
  • Update binding address on compose file

January 2021 Hosting and WikiWorks updates[edit source]

Server setup

  1. Set up, configure and test a LAMP stack (or similar) on a new AWS environment.
  2. Install git and composer.
  3. Set up SSL.

Upgrade to MediaWiki 1.35 - MediaWiki will be set up on a fresh AWS server.

  1. Update MediaWiki to version 1.35LTS.
  2. Update all skins and extensions to their latest compatible versions.
  3. Research incompatible extensions, perform any minor fixes needed and propose replacements (if needed).
  4. Migrate to the new server.

Install VisualEditor - The VisualEditor is a WYSIWYG editor that makes adding or modifying pages much easier.

  1. Install VisualEditor.
  2. Install all dependencies.
  3. Configure VisualEditor to allow simple WYSIWYG editing of content pages.

Install ElasticSearch - The built-in MediaWiki search is not very good at all. Wikipedia uses ElasticSearch instead.

  1. Install ElasticSearch and its dependencies.
  2. Install Elastica & CirrusSearch.
  3. Configure to work with the existing wiki.

Miscellaneous

  1. Install a Vimeo widget.
  2. Install a Google Calendar widget.
  3. Replace Google Analytics with the newer GTag.
  4. Restyle the Main Page to match the new skin version.
  5. Open external links in a new tab.
  6. Make visited links more distinct.

March 2019 WikiWorks updates[edit source]

The following work was completed by Ike Hecht, WikiWorks 3-18-2020:


Future work that was suggested includes:

  1. We will need to update PHP to version 7 to support the new MediaWiki version. But we need the current wiki to stick with running PHP 5. That means we'll need to run PHP 5 & 7 side by side to perform this update. That is a very tricky configuration. Please contact your host and ask if they can perform this for you. Otherwise, we will need root access to the server (you can ask them about this as well - they almost certainly won't allow it) and it will take some time to set that up.
  2. This might be a good time to migrate your host. As I've mentioned, we offer hosting starting at $50/month plus a setup fee, but really we can work with any host you prefer, including a new VPS on your current host. This will make the above PHP issue much easier to deal with.
  3. We will probably need to switch the External Link extension to a more modern extension. That is a good thing as the current one is not so good.
  4. There is a [testwiki site] that should be updated as well.
  5. The Lockdown extension may not be compatible with the new MediaWiki version (this is used to prevent users from reading the Draft namespace).
  6. MediaWiki has removed the "hit counters" feature ("This page has been accessed ### times."). It can be kept functioning by using an extension, but this will take a bit of time.


Assuming numbers 1, 5 & 6 are non-issues, update to version 1.31LTS are estimated at 6 hours in total.

May 5, 2015 site maintenance[edit source]


December 16, 2012 site maintenance[edit source]

The following work was completed on the site by contractor Ike Hecht of WikiWorks:

  • Update MediaWiki version - The MediaWiki version was updated from 1.14.0 to 1.20.2, which is the latest stable version. The old version of MediaWiki together with its database is still available on the server in the /mediawiki-1.14 directory. Due to rewrite rules, this directory is currently inaccessible from the web.
  • Update extensions - The following extensions were brought up to their latest versions:
  • Cite
  • Math – modified to use the external script at : http://www.forkosh.com/mathtex.cgi
  • Lockdown
  • The following extension was removed: Password Reset – This extension is currently incompatible with the new version of MediaWiki and was deemed unnecessary. It has since been largely replaced with core functionality.
  • Password Reset replacement - Resetting passwords in MediaWiki is now largely provided by the Special:PasswordReset page. Users who have supplied email addresses can use this to reset their own passwords and Admins can use it to reset others’ passwords. If it is a requirement in the wiki to reset passwords for users who have not supplied email addresses, the options available will need discussion.
  • Update skin - The custom monobook-based AIC skin was updated to work with the latest version of MediaWiki. A bug in the original skin that caused formatting errors on special pages was corrected. The “About our funder” box was moved from its erroneous placement in the skin into the Main Page’s code.
  • URL structure - The URL structure was simplified. The wiki is now found at: www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Main_Page . However, the previous URL structure still works. For example: www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=Main_Page.
  • The mediawiki extended toolbar was added
  • Modifications were made to the navigation sidebar but these remain incomplete until the image files can be added fix the appearance.


AIC Edit-a-thons[edit source]

January 2019 Edit-a-thon[edit source]

The following list are issues by AIC wiki Creators during the January 2019 wiki month to be addressed by the WikiWorks contractor as soon as funding allows: All Creators are welcome to add suggestions to the list --RPArenstein (talk) 15:38, 22 December 2018 (CST)

  • Update page listed in the Content Areas from Education & Training (old) to Education & Professional Development. The page is currently set to redirect
  • Tweak color pallet so that there is a greater distinction in the color after a link has been followed (currently the shades of blue are difficult to distinguish)
  • Automatically add icons to external links and links to pdfs (as in Wikipedia) to make links more visually obvious. --Kkelly (talk) 12:39, 26 December 2018 (CST)
  • Automatically add horizontal rules under Level 2 Headers. BPG has manually added these to most of our pages (see example), and we think they look really nice and visually similar to Wikipedia.--Kkelly (talk) 12:50, 26 December 2018 (CST)
  • Nested bullets are poorly distinguished. Consider changing the level 2 bullet to an open circle. --Kkelly (talk) 12:50, 26 December 2018 (CST)
  • Improve formatting when pages are printed. Currently, all embedded internal and external links print out as urls. As with Wikipedia, it would be better if internal inks were printed as the text, but underlined.--Kkelly (talk) 12:50, 26 December 2018 (CST)
  • Structural issues with the breadcrumbs especially when there are multiple categories
  • In particular, the hierarchy for the BPG breadcrumb is not correct. The hierarchies as currently expressed on the Breadcrumbs page are currently:
and they should be something like this:
--Kkelly (talk) 12:39, 26 December 2018 (CST)

Best Practices call with wiki leaders January 15, 2019[edit source]

Agenda

  • Best practices for preserving legacy content while updating pages
  • Moving away from print-based formatting to more wiki intuitive page naming
  • Disclaimers
  • Page status notifications
  • Coordinated use of categories


Disclaimers[edit source]

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."


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 - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=Paintings&action=edit


This entry is a Draft

seen in:
History of Conservators & Conservation - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=History_of_Conservation_and_Conservators&action=edit

Copyright 2022. The Book and Paper Group Wiki is a publication of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation. It is published as a convenience for the members of the Book and Paper Group. Publication does not endorse nor recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein. Information on researching with the wiki and citing the BPG Wiki can be found on the Reference and Bibliography Protocols page. The BPG Wiki coordinators can be reached at bookandpapergroup.wiki@gmail.com.

Cite this page:

Project:Current events. 2022. Book and Paper Group Wiki. American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Accessed December 8, 2022. https://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Project:Current_events


THIS ENTRY IS A DRAFT

http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=Template:In_Progress_Draft


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 - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=Exhibition_Standards_%26_Guidelines


STATE In progress, 1/30/2012 seen in:
BPG Book catalog - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=Books_Section_2_-_Examination_and_Documentation_-_Chapter_2._Documentation
BPG Paper catalog - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=BP_Chapter_1_-_Fiber_Identification


In progress: Seeking additional comments and images to develop this section


FROM: PMG Cased Photographs - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=PMG_Cased_Photographs

http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/PMG_Photographic_Processes


This entry is in the process of being corrected

http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=Template:In_Progress seen in:
OSG catalog - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=Archaeological_Objects
BPG catalog - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=Books_Section_2_-_Examination_and_Documentation_-_Chapter_2._Documentation
PMG catalog - http://www.conservation-wiki.com/w/index.php?title=PMG_Cased_Photographs


Peer-review and text editing completed


FROM: http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Stabilizing_Wet_Photographic_Materials


Seeking updates to previously published information


FROM: http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/PMG_Exhibition_Guidelines_for_Photographic_Materials_(published_2004)

From every Sustainability Committee page:

This page is maintained by the Sustainability Committee at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). It is intended to provide information about sustainable practices for AIC members, conservation/preservation professionals, and other interested parties within the cultural heritage profession. Please send comments and suggestions to sustainability(at)conservation-us.org.


From the BPG Pages:

Copyright 2022. The Book and Paper Group Wiki is a publication of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation. It is published as a convenience for the members of the Book and Paper Group. Publication does not endorse nor recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein. Information on researching with the wiki and citing the BPG Wiki can be found on the Reference and Bibliography Protocols page. The BPG Wiki coordinators can be reached at bookandpapergroup.wiki@gmail.com.

Cite this page:

Project:Current events. 2022. Book and Paper Group Wiki. American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Accessed December 8, 2022. https://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Project:Current_events


From the OSG Pages:

This entry is in the process of being corrected


CAUTION: The Objects Group Wiki pages are published for the members of the Objects Specialty Group.  
Publication does not endorse or recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein.



From the PSG Pages: The information presented on the Paintings Conservation Wiki is the opinion of the contributors and does not imply endorsement or approval, or recommendation of any treatments, methods, or techniques described.

Schedule for the AIC Wiki Hack-A-Thon, May 2013, 2015 Miami[edit source]


9:00-9:30 Introductions - Who you are, where you are from, what you know and what you'd like to know about wikis
9:30–10:00 Introduction to preservation wikis - a.k.a. a word from our sponsors


10:00–10:30 Morning Refreshment Break
10:30–11:00 Instruction I: Coding Instruction (split into groups by experience level)


11:00– 11:30 Work time to code based on Instruction Session I - opportunity to implement the tips and tricks from the instruction session
11:30–12:00 Instruction II:

  1. Copyright, fair use, digital commons and digital etiquette - Nora Lockshin
  2. Posting images and video - Rachael Arenstein


12:00–1:30 Lunch
1:30–2:00 Instruction III:

  1. Cross-referencing and integration - Suzy Morgan
  2. Validity banners and peer review - Rachael Arenstein


2:00– 3:00 Work time to code based on Instruction Sessions II & III - opportunity to implement the tips and tricks from the instruction session
3:00–3:30 Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:30– 4:30 Hack-a-thon – Free-time to work independently or in topic groups with Group Leaders

  • Suzy Morgan - EMG
  • Samantha Springer - Materials Testing
  • Shelly Uhlir - Mountmaking
  • Stephanie Watkins - PMG wiki
  • Michele Derrick - CAMEO

and more...

January 2013 Edit-a-thon[edit source]



September 2012 Edit-a-thon[edit source]


January 2012 Edit-a-thon[edit source]

AIC Board Report updates[edit source]

May 2022[edit source]

Statistics[edit source]

  • The e-Editor and AIC Communications Director examined the wiki’s Google Analytics. While some of the trends in terms of work week usage remain consistent. There has been a huge jump in mobile users in the past year with mobile users surpassing desktop users in 2021 for the first time in 2021.
  • The wiki ranges from 40,000 – 66,000 page views a month with over 572,000 page views in the last year. This visitorship dwarfs that of CoOL.
  • In the last 1.5 years 63 new editors were added to the list of Creators. Over 100 new content pages were added. Over 750 image or pdf files were added to the site and over 7,200 page edits were made.
  • Top pages over the last year include the following:
    • Organic materials
    • 10 agents of deterioration
    • BPG landing page
    • Archaeological Conservation
    • BPG adhesives
    • Paintings
    • Materials testing results

Technical support and upgrades[edit source]

  • The new service contract with WikiWorks has allowed for resolution of a number of technical issues, particularly with new account creation and password recovery. Updates to widgets and extensions can now be updated as needed without delays.
  • The e-Editor and AIC Communications Director met with WikiWorks to discuss the template for the semantic wiki update in preparation for discussing the organization of the site with the members of the new wiki working group.
  • Investigation into placement of advertising for AIC supporters has begun.

Wiki Working Group[edit source]

AIC members have been applying to volunteer for the WWG to provide input on the site-wide issues. Convening the WWG should begin this summer after the AIC meeting. The focus of the initial work will be on the semantic wiki update

November 2021[edit source]

Technical support and upgrades[edit source]

After the recent server move and mediawiki update there were a number of minor technical issues that needed to be worked out. AIC will be contracting with WikiWorks for a service contract that will include regular updates to keep the MediaWiki software up to date and hours that can be used for technical troubleshooting. AIC received a NCPTT grant that will fund implementation of the semantic wiki update. This work will take two years to fully implement and will allow AIC to better participate in LinkedData projects pulling information from the Lexicon pages.

Wiki Working Group[edit source]

We will be implementing an AIC Wiki Working Group of volunteers interested in contributing input and working on the following site-wide issues.

  • Semantic wiki – AIC received a grant from NCPTT to implement the semantic wiki update on our site. Essentially this will create a underlying database structure that will facilitate more complex search options, allow for automated menu templates, and facilitate participation with LinkedData projects. It will help us arrange content more thoughtfully and provide a clear path through our pages. We have a vendor hired to do the technical work, but need guidance in moving forward with the structure based on how our users access our content.
  • LinkedData – Assist in creating a template for glossary and Lexicon content so that it can be combined into a consistent format that will facilitate participate in the LinkedData project. This project will overlap with the Semantic wiki discussion but will also involve some editing/coding of pages.
  • Copyright – AIC’s publications committee is updating copyright, permissions and terms of service agreements for all its print and digital publications. Participants will review updated language for AIC’s site and provide feedback and edits on the new language.
  • Banners and Disclaimers – Various groups have different methods of working on our wiki. However, we can move towards consistency of language and format in our use of banners and disclaimers, which will provide for a better user experience in understanding levels of review and updates.
  • Accessibility – participants will provide feedback on visual accessibility to improve the site in accordance with best practices developed by AICs website committee and other resources.
  • Translation – Help develop best practice guidelines for providing non-English language translations of content on wiki pages.
  • Best Practices – Brainstorm and provide peer to peer feedback on ways in which the various groups working on AIC’s wiki can foster interest in participation, collaborate on topics of common interest and expand use and access of the site. This topic may overlap with the semantic wiki discussions.

May 2021[edit source]

The growth in wiki editing, use and content has exploded in the past year with the increase largely attributable to pandemic related shut-down projects. Since the last report, over 33 new Creators have been trained and given access to the site. After a dip in page count with some pages being consolidated and reorganized, there are now 44 new content pages bringing the site to a total of 971. 413 new files have been added over the past five months, a large percentage being images and materials testing results. Highlights for the last period include:

  • The site server was moved to AWS and SOW#7 was completed with a substantial update to MediaWiki. The semantic wiki extension was installed but is not active. FAIC has applied to NCPTT to fund the next scope that would enable the semantic wiki. This is essential in providing better structure and search functionality for our expanded wiki. It is hoped that with project can begin before the end of 2021.
  • New content has been coordinated on material testing, instrumental analysis, choosing materials.
  • There is active editing on EMG, PMG, BPG, DEI, Imaging, ADG, Health & Safety pages along with others
  • Extensive work on the Exhibition Guidelines by a group of NPS and MWG individuals
  • Expanded links between the wiki and CAMEO
  • Although the LinkedData grant application was not funded conversations continue with the project leaders on how to contribute AIC Lexicon and Glossary info from the wiki. A working group on people interested in this topic will be explored.