Available at http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php/Wikimedia_news/numero_23/en.
Dear members, another year is gone and our association enters in 2009
with a lot of important events. The WMI Members' Meeting is nearer and
nearer, and we urge all members to attend it. In February we will also
host "wikimangia", an event which, like in the past years, wants to
gather at the same banquet table people from the various wiki projects
to stay together, laugh, eat and generally enjoy ourselves.
* *January 9*, Reggio Emilia: at Gabella, a meeting about Wikipedia
and Wikimedia; Paginazero will attend it.
* *February 14/15*, Monte Amiata: we'll have the fourth edition of
"wikimangia". All members and non-members are invited; keep in
mind that the event is focused on eno-gastronomy, so /no more
wikitalks and go eat and drink/. If you want to confirm your
attending, go to the page on wikipedia
* *March 22*, Milano: Ordinary and Extraordinary WMI Members'
Meeting, at Domus Academy, via Giacomo Watt 37.
News from our projects
News from Italian WMF projects
* *Wikiquote*: added a new parameter
to the template Interproject to connect to Wikipedia articles in
other languages (here
<http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/q:it:Utente:BimBot> created 4129
redirects ftom the same number of works' titles to the
corresponding paragraphs of 1767 articles; all sysops were given
bureaucrat flag, as per consensus
* *Wikisource*: reached 20.000 texts.
* *Wikizionario*: two new policies are adopted. One to recategorize
all flexed forms
so that categories may be more effective; another to recategorize
These policies will lead to the deletion and creation of hundreds
News from Musica
Musica completely renewed its home page, adding an area showing new
uploads. During the last month, two operas of Giuseppe Verdi and some
new punk albums were added.
News from the Association
As per our charter, the Board called an *Ordinary and Extraordinary
Wikimedia Italia Members' Meeting*, which will be held in *Milano* on
*March 22, 2009*.
This meeting is really important for our Association; besides usual
management issues (budget and resolutions' approval) and the usual talks
among members and wikipedias, we are aiming to *change the charter* of
the Association. Among the changes proposed there is the lowering of the
quorum needed to make further changes to the charter itself (now it is
set at three quarters of the members, and we risk to have the
Association locked up), and the modifications needed to become an
*Associazione di promozione sociale* (APS: see it.wiki
Becoming an APS allows us to have several facilitations: the most
important one is the deducibility (or partial deductivity) of the
donations to the Association.
* Virtual Skiz asked for and was appointed coordinator of the
Association for Campania. Nomination lasts three months since
* Board approved unanimously transfer of €3.500,00 to Wikimedia
Foundation. This is the whole amount of donations to Wikimedia
Italia in 2008 (€1.700,00), and 30% of proceeds of gadgets' sell.
This montly activity report covers october, november, and december 2008
* WM-Fr rewarded the winners of the Wikiconcours "Cross project"
category with 100€ gift checks for books.
*Funded the numerization of pictures of Gandhi.
== Public activities and interventions ==
**Le Cube, Greater Paris Area, Oct 11th.
**Bibliothèque Marguerite Yourcenar, Paris, Dec 14th and Nov 9th.
**La Cantine (dedicated to senior citizens), Paris, Nov 21st.
**Nanterre, Nov 29th.
**Creative Commons France, Paris, Oct 15th.
**JDLL (free software meeting), Lyon, October 17 & 18th.
**Salon de l'éducation/Educatice, Paris, Nov, 27 to 29th.
**Open World Forum, Paris, Dec 1st and 2nd.
** 21 October: talk about "Free knowledge and Wikimedia" to students
from "IEP Toulouse" (policital sciences school,
** 17 October: presentation to Auvergne librarian association (Brioude)
*Partner of Wikimedia Foundation for the annual fundraiser.
*Developed a new donation website with online payment system
*Improvement of previous, as well as creation of new promotional
material (leaflets, fundraising buttons...)
*Raised approximately 50 000 euros (last donations not included)
*Supported the set up of the Wikiposter project with a
press release] (creation and purchase of poster from our images)
== International events/happenings/news ==
*Anything on an international level that touches the chapter/interests
** 16 October: presentation to "From illiteracy to computer illiteracy
: an equal form of exclusion ?", European Meeting of Social Press
** 2-3 October: presentation at "3rd Conference on Cultural Economics"
** December: two presentations at the Israel Business Conference in
Tel Aviv. Was the opportunity for chapter (French and Israel) contact
and for a wikimeet in Tel Aviv
**Funding of the Zeus Web Server for the Toolserver.
== Lobbying/Political ==
* Assisted to the announcement of the French "Plan du Numérique 2012"
(action plan of the government)
* First contacts with reporters without borders in november (they
publish a yearly book with pictures to support the press, we presented
* The council of Île-de-France, a French region (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%8Ele-de-France_(region) ) voted to
become a member of Wikimédia France.
* Anthere received her award from the hands of the minister in charge
of digital economy. Was the opportunity to gather French actors of the
* Monthly IRC meeting for the members and the Board to discuss current issues
* Phone conferences will be tested in January
* WM-Fr new website development ongoing, based on TYPO3.
* Hosting of our tools was migrated in september on a dedicated server.
* Wikimédia France now on Viadeo (French social network) and LinkedIn
(previously on Facebook).
*General Assembly planned mid march in Paris: will feature approval of
financial data and election of new board.
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please find below the summaries of the activities of WMNL in december. The
activities are somewhat lower, since the end of the year involved a lot of
things that are not worth while reporting (financial statements, annual
report blabla). This will most likely be the last report from this board,
because on January 31 there is a general assemblee with board elections.
The annual chapter report for 2008 can probably be expected around
march/april this year (hopefully before the chapters meetup in Berlin).
Evaluation of the annual national conference will also be concluded this
month, and if interest is there, I can translate the core results in
If you have any question, please let me know.
Content Online Platform
On the suggestion of Angela (and Wikimedia Nederland), Esther Hoorn has been
invited as an expert to the Content Online Platform. Topics include
protection of minors and cultural diversity online.
Wikimedia Nederland has won the legal case against Sijthoff. This because
the judge agreed with Wikimedia Nederland that Wikimedia Nederland has no
legal or technical influence on the content of the projects.
New year cards
Wikimedia Nederland has sent new year cards to its members and allies.
People who has meant something special to the association received a hand
written note. Besides this, invitations have been sent for the new year
drink on January 17, which is organized in Amsterdam together with Creactive
Commons Nederland and Open Streetmap NL. We have already had quite some
positive feedback on them.
Quite some attention (side news) for the outcome of the legal case. Mostly
positive'ish towards Wikimedia. Also interest for the 10k articles for the
Frysian Wikipedia (including interview on Omrop Fryslan) and some minor
subjects for more foreign issues.
Here is Wikimedia Sverige chapters report for December 2008.
== Seminars and conferences ==
We were invited to speak about Wikipedia at the Christmas conference for
professors at teacher programs. It was a nationwide event held at the
University of Karlstad. The talk was taped and it is available online.
== In media ==
=== Early announcement of Swedish Idol winner ===
Just a few days before the final of the Swedish Idol the page on Wikipedia
gets vandalised by announcing the winner as if the final already took
place. Unfortunately it stays there for 18 hours before being reverted,
long enough for one of the biggest Swedish tabloids to pick up the
news. Although this wasn't a major situation it shows there is still
some education to do since the paper wrote "those responsible for
Wikipedia have now removed the information".
=== Donations / Fundraiser ===
Wikimedia Sverige received a donation from the media company Mindpark. The
donation was 1 per employee (totalling 2000) and 500 from the CEO. It
was also a challenge to other companies to do the same, and so far one CEO
have matched this. This and the fundraiser was noticed in one of Sweden's
biggest newspapers, with a surprisingly accurate article. 
The 29th of December one journalist writes in her blog "Why I never will
donate to Wikipedia" about how the article about her blog was being
deleted for the reason it was not notable. Lennart, our chair, gave a very
good reply, which in turn hasn't got a reply from the journalist. The
interesting part is that Wikimedia Sverige noticed a substantial increase
of donations after this.
== Milestones ==
=== Swedish Wikipedia reaches 300 000 articles ===
At 14:23, December, 13 Swedish Wikipedia reached 300 000 articles. The 300
000th article was Arvidsjaurs kyrka  a church in the northern Sweden.
Wikimedia Sverige issued a press release  that were picked up by
Piteåtidningen. Some tables and graphs are available.
=== Swedish Wikipedia has more than 92 488 users ===
Why is this significant? Because it is more than 1 % of the population of
Sweden. User 92 489 is [[:sv:w:User:Akew]] and signed up on 30 December.
== Wikipedia Academy aftermath ==
Without any involvement from WMSE, one of the participants at WA arranged
his own seminar about Wikipedia and general criticism of sources at the
University of Kalmar. We believe that is a huge step towards a more
broadened and nuanced (or should I say relevant) debate.
== Board meetings ==
During this period we have had one board meeting. One of the most
important outcome was the decision to get an online payment system for
donations. Minutes are only available in Swedish. 
== Members newsletter ==
We have sent out one newsletter to our members. It is available in
Jan Ainali [[User:Ainali]] for Wikimedia Sverige