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Optimizing Wordle guesses
Optimizing Wordle guesses

I’ve recently started playing the viral word game “Wordle”. After numerous discussions among family members about guessing strategy, I decided to spend some time over the holiday weekend writing a Python script to play with different guessing algorithms and strategies.

IIIF implementation
IIIF implementation

In connection with uploading files to Wikimedia Commons as part of our WikiProject Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, I’ve been working on the details of uploading images to the Vanderbilt LibrariesCantaloupe International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) server and providing IIIF manifests to describe them.

Uploading with Commonsbot
Uploading with Commonsbot

A few months ago, as part of our WikiProject Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, we received permission to upload Public Domain works from the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery to Wikimedia Commons, where they will be more accessible to the public.

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Uploading a thousand Gallery images to Commons
Uploading a thousand Gallery images to Commons

I recently finished work on CommonsTool, a Python script to upload artwork images to Wikimedia Commons. In addition to uploading the image files, it creates Structured Data on Commons claims to provide machine-readable metadata about the images and to link them to Wikidata items that describe the underlying artwork objects. It also uploads the images to the Vanderbilt Libraries’ International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) server and generates IIIF manifests to display those images in a IIIF viewer.

Making SPARQL queries to Wikidata using Python
Making SPARQL queries to Wikidata using Python

I recently solved several annoying problems that I’d been having when using SPARQL queries to acquire data from Wikidata. My success inspired me to write a comprehensive Python class that will reliably carry out every kind of SPARQL Query and Update, with defaults to easily make SELECT queries to Wikidata.

Birding in Puerto Rico
Birding in Puerto Rico

After recently making a trip to Puerto Rico that was primarily focused on bird watching, I decided to write a blog post to pass on some of what we learned. Much of the information that we got from books or the Internet was outdated or incorrect, so hopefully this post will help others to have an easier time finding good places to bird there.