9. Install License Templates

Copyright licenses can be assigned to files when they are uploaded to the wiki. Note that Install Message Box Templates is a prerequisite for the license templates.

  1. Start the virtual machine and log in:

    ssh -p 8015 hjc@dynamicshjc.case.edu
  2. Check for and install system updates on the virtual machine:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    sudo apt-get autoremove
  3. Install the license templates. License templates are selected for each file at time of upload.

    To install the license templates, first download this XML file (license-templates-1.27.xml), and import it into the wiki using Special:Import (choose “Import to default locations”).

    Complete the installation by editing these wiki pages and filling them with the following:

    • MediaWiki:Wm-license-cc-zero-text

      This file is made available under the [[wikipedia:Creative Commons|Creative Commons]] [//creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication].
    • MediaWiki:Wm-license-cc-zero-explanation

      The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the [[wikipedia:public domain|public domain]] by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

    Details about how the XML file was created can be found here [1]. The two MediaWiki pages listed above had to be manually filled because they would not export from Wikipedia properly.

  4. Test that the license templates are working by visiting Special:Upload, selecting each license from the drop-down menu one at a time, and inspecting the message boxes that appear. If the licenses look alright, there are no script errors, and there are no red links, then the license templates are working properly.

  5. Shut down the virtual machine:

    sudo shutdown -h now
  6. Using VirtualBox, take a snapshot of the current state of the virtual machine. Name it “License templates installed”.



The XML file license-templates-1.27.xml contains versions of the following pages, originally exported from Wikipedia, that are compatible with MediaWiki 1.27 and contemporary extensions (e.g., Scribunto on branch REL1_27):

Template:Category handler
Template:File other
Template:Free media
Template:Image other
Template:License migration
Template:License migration announcement
Template:R from move
Template:Template other

Versions compatible with MediaWiki 1.27 were found by first trying the versions of these pages currently on Wikipedia, exported using Special:Export on 2016-08-21. At the time, Wikipedia was running an alpha-phase version of MediaWiki 1.28.0. Luckily, this just worked without errors or rendering glitches. If it had not, I would have used the method described in Updating Templates Exported from Wikipedia to find working versions of these pages.

I then made some modifications. On Wikipedia, the list of licenses is quite long and includes many that will not be useful to our students. To remove these, in the XML file I deleted several lines from MediaWiki:Licenses.

Finally, to eliminate the red links that would otherwise appear in some licenses, I manually edited the XML contents of many templates. Specifically, wherever there would be a red link, I added the interwiki prefix wikipedia:. For example, [[Creative Commons]] appears several times across a few templates. I replaced each instance with [[wikipedia:Creative Commons|Creative Commons]].

The final result is the file license-templates-1.27.xml.