We are working on the Wiki Loves Africa Report to WMF.
Bear with us please... this is not especially funny to do. And some of
you have already informed us that it was boring to report. I know... I
agree... it is not the funniest part of the contest ;-)
But we can NOT do it properly without your help.
So right now... I would like to ask each team to double check if the
event report form is actually correct
It is here :
And what I see there is :
Nigeria: 3 events
Algeria : 5 events
Tunisia : 1 event I am pretty sure you did more
Cameroun : 3 events one of which is 2 months before the
Côte d'Ivoire : 12 events
Tanzania : 0 events 0 budget ?
Egypt : 1 event or maybe 2
Uganda : 4 events
I have reasons to think that those figures are not correct.
Can you please check this page and confirm that this accurate or fix the
report the best you could ?
This is the last effort we will ask you :)
Thanks a lot
Forwarding this here for anyone interested to join us.
- *Still looking for new committee members*: This would be a good time
to nudge anyone you've asked to sign up as a candidate for the IEG
committee. I'd love to get a few more names added to this list
prospective candidates by the weekend. Is there someone you know who you
think would be a good fit for the committee? Please send them a note now
(see Helen's email below for possible languaging)--or if you don't have
time to send a note but are willing to have me reach out, you can also just
pass along names and contact information to me directly and I'll send a
- *Still need confirmation from some of you about your continued
committee participation:* If you haven't already done so, please reply
now and let me know if you will continue to serve on the IEG committee this
Thanks a bunch!
*Marti JohnsonProgram Officer*
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On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 6:21 AM, Thepwnco <thepwnco.wiki(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Sharing some sample messaging for getting the word out about the IEG
> committee and our call for new members. Feel free to copy and forward to
> other communities and lists you are a part of.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Thepwnco <thepwnco.wiki(a)gmail.com>
> Date: 12 March 2016 at 09:07
> Subject: Individual Engagement Grants Committee seeking new members
> To: libraries(a)lists.wikimedia.org, glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org,
> gendergap(a)lists.wikimedia.org, glam-us(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> Hi all,
> The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) Committee is seeking new members
> for its final round (before IEG transitions into the Project Grants
> We are aiming to finalize committee membership by April 1st, and ask
> interested candidates to submit their names by March 25th here:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee#ieg-candidates. More
> details below!
> *About the committee*
> We are a consensus-based volunteer committee with members who come from
> over 15 different wikis and collectively speak over 10 languages. We
> review grant applications in four categories: Research, Tools, Online Community
> Organizing, and Offline Outreach and Partnerships.
> This round will also follow directly on the heels of the second Inspire
> Campaign <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire>,
> currently underway and focused on 'Content Curation and Review
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire/FAQ>' so we
> expect that to be a prominent theme in the proposals this round.
> For more info about IEG, the committee, timelines, and tasks, visit
> *Committee membership criteria*
> We look for the following qualities and qualifications in committee
> - Experience with the Wikimedia movement and at least one Wikimedia
> project <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_projects>.
> - Experience with some aspect of Wikimedia programmatic or
> project-based work, e.g. editor engagement, WikiProjects or other on-wiki
> organizing processes, outreach, events, partnerships, research, education,
> gadget or bot-building, etc.
> - Ability to edit basic wiki-markup (grant proposal discussions are
> largely conducted on meta-wiki).
> - Reasonable facility with English, for reviewing and discussing grant
> - In good community- and legal- standing (not currently blocked or
> banned, involved in allegations of unethical financial behavior, etc).
> - Availability to actively engage in the selection process during the
> published schedule for that round (time commitment is about 3 hours per
> week, plus 1 extra day for scoring).
> - Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an
> intended on-wiki or online impact.
> - Experience handling externally provided money and working within
> budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
> - Experience applying for grants or working in grants programs (in the
> Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
> - Ability to read and write in multiple languages.
> - Members may apply for an Individual Engagement Grant themselves, but
> they will recuse themselves from reviewing proposals in the same category
> as their own during that round.
> - Membership does not conflict with membership in other Wikimedia
> committees, including the Grant Advisory Committee
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:PEG/Grant_Advisory_Committee> or
> the Wikimania Scholarships Committee.
> IEGCom mailing list
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Forwarding important information about an opportunity to intern in product management with
Wikidata at Wikimedia Deutschland.
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Internship opening: product management at WMDE
Forwarding info about an opportunity to intern in product management with
Wikidata and the good people at Wikimedia Deutschland.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Lydia Pintscher" <Lydia.Pintscher(a)wikimedia.de>
Date: Mar 24, 2016 07:24
Subject: [Wikidata] internship opening: product management at WMDE
To: "Discussion list for the Wikidata project." <
Hey folks :)
I am looking for someone to support me me with my product management work
at WMDE as an intern. If you'd love to work with me and the rest of the
team, love Wikidata and want to learn, this might be the thing for you.
More details are here:
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During Wikimania an African meetup will be organized to discuss about
projects in the region and how to promote African content in Wikimedia
Add your name to this page below if you want to join the meetup.
Wikimedia Tunisia member
Apologies. Please note that *July 1, 2016* we will launch the new
Conference Support Program.
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 9:17 AM, Alex Wang <awang(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Hi Olatunde,
>> It's exciting to hear you're hoping to plan WikiIndaba 2017 in Nigeria!
>> Please note that while the last date to submit a Project & Event Grant
>> under the current grant structure is May 30, 2015, beginning July 1, 2015
>> we will be launching a new Conference Support program to specifically
>> provide more support for conference organizers. I would recommend you wait
>> to apply until that program launches.
>> You can read more about the new grant structure here:
>> If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to let
>> us know.
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: <reachout2isaac(a)gmail.com>
>>> Date: 14 March 2016 at 14:35
>>> Subject: [African Wikimedians] WIKIDABA 2017 in Nigeria
>>> To: african-wikimedians(a)lists.wikimedia.org
>>> Dear African Wikimedian,
>>> On behalf of the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, I'm pleased to announce
>>> our intent to host WIKIDABA 2017 in Lagos State or Abuja, the federal
>>> capital territory, Nigeria. We wish to inform you that we have the consent
>>> and endorsement of major stakeholders in open knowledge movement in
>>> Africa[FOSSFA] ( Free and Open Source Software for Africa) and the Federal
>>> Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Information and Communication
>>> Since 30th May 2016 is the last day to apply for a grant under the
>>> current Project & Event Grant, we aim to submit our proposal prior to this
>>> deadline. We will appreciate any suggestion that will help to achieving a
>>> successful WIKIDABA 2017.
>>> Being a huge event and it’s about us (African Wikimedian). We therefore,
>>> request for collaboration with any willing groups in Africa.
>>> Warmest regards,
>>> Olatunde Isaac,
>>> Manager, Wikipedia Education Program Nigeria
>>> Coordinator, The Wikipedia Library, Yoruba.
>>> Secretary, Wikimedia User Group Nigeria.
>>> Phone: +2348166620737
>>> Email: reachout2isaac(a)gmail.com
>>> User page: Wikicology
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>>> African-Wikimedians mailing list
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>>> Skype: douglas0scott
>>> South African mobile number: +27 (0)79 515 8727
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>> Alexandra Wang
>> Program Officer
>> Project & Event Grants
>> Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
>> +1 415-839-6885
>> Skype: alexvwang
> Kacie Harold
> Interim Program Officer - Project and Event Grants
> Wikimedia Foundation
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Just want to do a quick head count to see who got a scholarship to attend Wikimania. Please just let us know who got one, and who didn’t.
Project Manager: WikiAfrica
I know that most of you will unfortunately not be at Wikimania, so my
question is directly to those who will get there... has any of you the
intent of submitting (or already submitted) a request for a "1 table 2
chairs" at the Community Village ?
I wanted to give you a first feedback regarding the organization of WLA
and in particular the organization of the jury and of the global vote.
The reason why I offer this feedback now is because I read in the local
teams feedback that the votes should be more transparent.
I could not agree more...
I should however also outline that the photo selection is one of the
contest element that is very bad for my health.
Last year, we had no special tools but 6000 images to rank. We did that
in several parts, but mostly using google docs. I spent a HUGE amount of
time (and when I say HUGE, I really mean HUGE) managing the images and
the selections proposed by the jury. It was truely awful.
This year, I was more optimistic because I had been told of the Jury
Tool made by Ilya.
In terms of jury, we selected images in 3 rounds (the Community picture
was a fourth round).
The first round was on the Jury Tool with only wikimedians. It worked
well generally, except that
- I had to ask Ilya *many* times to set up the tool
- one jury member was not very reactive
The second round was again on the Jury Tool, with all jury members. It
worked more or less ok, except that
- I had to ask Ilya many, many, many, many, many times to set up the tool
- some jury members were not reactive
- some jury members voted only for a selection of images, which somehow
does not work very well in selecting the best images
Which means that at the end of the second round, there was no clear winner
And the problem is that this tool allows only two roles. The admin role
see everything. The jury role sees only his votes. Which is not very
satisfactory in terms of transparency.
The third round ended up on Google Docs again. Because after waiting for
Ilya to set up the tool for MANY weeks, I GAVE UP.
We could have done the third round on Commons (pretty much in the same
way than the community vote), but then... we would have needed to train
our non wikimedia jury to actually edit Commons. Which is nice... but
probably beyond what they were ready to do.
In short... the vote was a nightmare in 2014. And it put me in murderous
mood in 2015.
So I am still looking for an acceptable way of judging 8000+ images in
- a reasonable timeframe
- in a transparent fashion
- without spending HOURS of time on it
I have opened a page on the IdeaLab to discuss the Jury Tool.
At least... I discover that I was not the only one victim of a
non-reactive developer :)
But let me just say that unless the tool is improved during the year (or
unless a new tool is made available), the way pictures are selected will
have to be changed dramatically. Maybe it means we should stop working
with an external jury ? Maybe it means we should first select images at
the local level then at the global level as WLM is doing (but then
giving no price for countries with no local team ?)
I dunno. But we have an issue there. I am interested to know how people
involved in other contests actually do.