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US National Archives bot down? and requestEdit

I notice the US National Archives bot hasn't uploaded anything since October, 2018. Has it been deactivated? Also, are there any plans to upload .jpg versions of the many .tiff master files? I know .tiff files are preferred for file fidelity, but .jpg are more convenient for displaying on Wikimedia sites. Also, may I request a bot-assisted upload of the NARA series Gerald R. Ford White House Photographs, compiled 08/09/1974 - 01/20/1977? The corresponding Commons category only has a about 80 images, while the NARA collection appears to have over 1,000. Note that some previously uploaded files uploaded without complete bot-generated meta data, e.g. this one, are more difficult to categorize. Thanks! (Update, I just read your user page, and understand if you can't contribute or respond right now due to the ongoing Federal shutdown. All the best! Take care.)--Animalparty (talk) 00:07, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

@Animalparty: As you guessed, I have been furloughed and I am catching up on my work inbox and other messages now. Thank you for your patience! The NARA upload bot is not really operating continuously; I operate it when I have the time and resources to do so, and sometimes when I do run it, I run into issues that I need to fix. I am trying to upload on a more regular basis, but I it's been a while, between the holidays and the shutdown. I can certainly prioritize that series, and let you know when I get to it. Also, regarding the TIFFs and JPGs, I uploaded a large number of TIFFs early on in our project, because we had them stored on a hard drive in the office. For these, there should usually be a JPG version already, unless there were some that were missed. For all the rest of the uploads, and future ones going forward, all I will be able to upload is the files from the online catalog. There are a very few TIFFs, but most of these are JPGs (or some low-quality GIFs, unfortunately). If you have been working with NARA images, or plan to, I would love to hear more about what you're working on. Thanks! Dominic (talk) 15:00, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

File:"Dance to the Talking Drum", 1963 - NARA - 558973.jpgEdit

 
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Copyright status: File:Souvenir Bookplate from Visit of the Military Archivist of Brazil - NARA - 122213798.jpgEdit

Copyright status: File:Souvenir Bookplate from Visit of the Military Archivist of Brazil - NARA - 122213798.jpg

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And also:

Yours sincerely, Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 02:43, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Error in captionEdit

Hello Dominic. There is an error in the data for a photograph of President Kennedy, which I note on the talk page for the image.

I have emailed the National Archives through the contact form on its webpage.

Best wishes, Kablammo (talk) 14:55, 21 July 2019 (UTC)


Copyright status: File:COMPOSITE PANELS FOR NDE - NARA - 17418100.jpgEdit

Copyright status: File:COMPOSITE PANELS FOR NDE - NARA - 17418100.jpg

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Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 00:27, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

@Magog the Ogre: I don't understand what happened here. It looks like you created the page with the first edit being the tag. Is that really what it looked like on your end? I am trying to figure out if this is a Commons bug or a bot error, but, as I don't think Commons normally even allows users to upload with no description, it seems like something went wrong on Commons' end and the description was lost during upload. Dominic (talk) 14:11, 25 July 2019 (UTC)
Sure looks like the bot uploaded an image, but there was an error of some sort which prevented the text page from being created, so (obviously) there is no license or description or anything. Could have been a networking glitch at just the wrong moment or something. At any rate, the file description for that item, and the license, needs to be edited in at some point or it would be deleted. Can you have your bot generate the file description wiki text or does it need to be done by hand? Carl Lindberg (talk) 03:33, 26 July 2019 (UTC)
Oh yes, I can definitely add in the metadata. I was just more concerned about understanding what happened and ensuring it doesn't happen again. Right now, I don't think the bot code was at fault here, but it's definitely a mystery to me. Dominic (talk) 13:26, 26 July 2019 (UTC)
If it's just this one image, I doubt it's systematic with your bot code. Anything involving networks can glitch every now and then. There could be a hole in the API code the bots use, which much allow this situation with just the right kind of failure. Carl Lindberg (talk) 14:54, 26 July 2019 (UTC)
Possibly doing about 500,000 posts to the API so far this month hasn't helped. :D Dominic (talk) 16:23, 26 July 2019 (UTC)
 :-) APIs don't get tired, but if there is a bug, the more often you upload the more likely you are to find the bug which depends on that just-so timing of issues. Carl Lindberg (talk) 21:34, 26 July 2019 (UTC)
I see the issue occasionally (a few times per month), usually with bots and very large uploads. It isn't even worth my time filing a bug with the WMF. They're probably already aware. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 17:36, 27 July 2019 (UTC)

Copyright status: File:A Chart of the Gulf of Florida or New Bahama Channel, commonly called the Gulf Passage, Between Florida, the Isle of Cuba, & the Bahama Islands - NARA - 102278731.jpgEdit

Copyright status: File:A Chart of the Gulf of Florida or New Bahama Channel, commonly called the Gulf Passage, Between Florida, the Isle of Cuba, & the Bahama Islands - NARA - 102278731.jpg

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And also:

Yours sincerely, Jcb (talk) 21:44, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

I fixed the top one, but you can't use PD-USGov-NARA as a license -- that was deprecated, since NARA is rarely the actual author of anything it holds. So anything that uses it will effectively not be licensed. Carl Lindberg (talk) 01:46, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
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