WMFR monthly report - march 2010
The WMFR monthly status update is back -- this is the activity report
for the last month, March 2010.
- *WMFR is growing*: the last fundraising campaign attracted 60 new
members and WMFR now enjoys 200 active members. Welcome to them!
- *WMFR hired its first employee*: Bastien Guerry will assist WMFR in
various projects, his main commitment for 2010 being a conference
turned toward the academic/GLAM world.
- *WMFR elected the new board* during its annual general assembly: a
warm welcome to the new board members Nicolas Vigneron (secretary),
Pierre Beaudouin (treasurer), Thierry Coudray (assistant treasurer)
and a sincere thank you to Delphine and Alexandre for their past
involvement as board members.
General Assembly 2010 (march, 13th-14th 2010)
The board has been renewed
Here is the new board:
- Adrienne Alix, president
- Pierre Beaudouin, treasurer (newly elected)
- Nicolas Vigneron, secretary (newly elected)
- Julien Fayolle, vice-president
- Thierry Coudray, assistant treasurer (newly elected)
- Rémi Bachelet (reelected)
- Florence Devouard
- Christophe Henner (reelected)
- Rémi Mathis (reelected)
We held three votes: 1) The members approved the moral and financial
annual reports. 2) Members agreed on supporting Montreal's application
for hosting Wikimania 2011. 3) Members voted on letting WMFR try to get
the "recognition of public utility" label.
Brainstorming thematic sessions (march, 13th)
We then held three collective brainstorming sessions:
Ludovic Péron (from both WMFR and WMCH) facilitated a workshop on "how
to get accreditations as a photograph for Wikimédia France?". The
members raised the question as to whether chapters should try to
coordinate and share more information about this, but apparently most
problems are specific to each event, the trick being to bring a BIG
Bastien Guerry presented a general review (WOW report) of his first
month experience with WMFR and what he found surprising. Long story
short: there are tons of energy and potential, let's make it real by
improving inside and outside communication, and by publicly assuming
values and partnerships.
Jean-Fred presented the regional activity of the western "cabale" (aka
la Non-Cabale de l'Ouest). This is a very active group of wikipedians
holding regular meetings in Rennes, adding many pictures of Brittany
(and more) to Wikimedia Commons, maintaining local contacts within the
citiy and with public authorities, etc.
Thematic workshops (march, 14th)
Sunday 14th was dedicated to three workshops: 1) ongoing partnerships
with GLAMs, 2) internal communication processes, 3) academic/GLAM
The city of Toulouse (south west of France contacted WMFR to build a
partnership about their prehistorical collections so that wikimedians
might be allowed to take pictures of it and work with labs on proper
scientific metadata. This partnership might span over other picture
collections from the city of Toulouse in the next months.
Internal communication of WMFR can be improved: the monthly newsletter
is back; some members are working on a "welcome kit" to help newcomers
better understand where they can help and propose new projects. The
purpose of the various mailing lists will be clarified so that people
can join small - but effective - active working groups.
The colloque is planned to take place at the end of 2010. There is an
overall agreement on the fact that WMFR should focus on GLAMs for this
colloque. The next steps are these: find a location, stabilize a
date/time, make a "save your date" announcement, build the program,
call for contributions.
WMFR's participation to local events and conferences
- March, 12th: Julien Fayolle participated to a debate about Web 2.0.
- March, 21st: Adrienne Alix presented WMFR and fr.wp to PhD students
from the Wikipeplum project (a project of scientific communication),
also presenting them with the /Plume !/ project (some PhD students
validating credits by contributing to fr.wp.)
- March, 22nd: Emilie, Carl and Bastien represented WMFR to the Forum of
Cognitive Sciences. They engaged in fruitful discussions with
students and researchers about fr.wp and Wikiversity.
- March, 29th: Adrienne Alix presented fr.wp participated to a panel
about « Internet for everyone, by everyone? » organized by the local
LUG in Toulouse.
- Three members (Jastrow, Jeffdelonge and Mikani) covered the local
elections and took pictures of various events.
(Of course, this list is not exhaustive.)
News from some Wikimedia projects
On march 16th, the french wikiversity reached 1000 courses: see [this
blog entry] (fr) for WMFR's announcement.
In February, WMF deleted some french texts from the french Wikisource,
after the (french) publisher Éditions Gallimard sent them a take-down
notice. WMFR [blogged about this] to clarify the issue.
[this blog entry]: http://blog.wikimedia.fr/la-wikiversite-francophone-atteint-les-1-000-lecon…
[blogged about this]: http://blog.wikimedia.fr/gallimard-retrait-wikisource-domaine-public-1447
Dear Wikimedia partners,
Here we send our monthly report of the activities which are being carried out by Amical. Just as we did last month, when we sent you our February report. We are pleased to share our experiences with all of you.
J. Gustavo Góngora Goloubintseff
26 (Majorca), Monday 29 (Minorca), and Tuesday 30 (Eivissa), Viquibalear
contest prize-giving took place. Pau Cabot & Gomà.
31 March. Meeting between the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Catalonia's Government
Department of Education, and Amical Viquipèdia. Wikiletter's (Viquilletra) test
experience is confirmed. Four schools will start using it in May, while the
whole project will be carried on next course. User:Barcelona.
4th March. We had a meeting with the Castelldefels city council and the Center
for Regional Studies (Centre d'Estudis Comarcals) of Baix Llobregat to start
with the test Wikiproject:Castelldefels. This is part of the association's
collaboration with the Center for Regional Studies of Baix Llobregat. Further
10th March. Meeting with the Visual Artists Association of Catalonia. They
manage the Hangar space of Poble Nou, where one of the conferences of the Free
Culture Forum of Barcelona took place. One of the purposes is to sign an
agreement to have an editing workshop on Wikipedia on Hangar, having an
experienced person in edition to give support for the ones who need it and,
besides that, one of the aims is to have a Wikiproject in charge of enriching
the Wikipedia contents on visual arts. KRLS & Gomà.
26. Meeting with the enterprise in charge of the Environment Information Point
of the Balearic Islands' Government. The aim is to sign an agreement with them
to let them use the vp:Portal:Ecologia. We would assist them with volunteers to
have some edition courses on Wikipedia. They will use the Wikipedia's book as a
starting point and some activities in this sense will be held for the purpose
of promoting Wikipedia and encouraging more people to use it on Balearic Islands
ecology-related articles. Gomà.
26. Meeting with the General Director of Innovation and Teachers' Formation of
the Balearic Government. Their support for next year's edition of Viquibalear
is confirmed. One of the questions that arouse during the meeting was helping to develop software tools to
improve the system. They will enable us to involve the GD of linguistic
policy and the regional tourism ministry to achieve further economic support.
There is also the possibility of opening the project in other territories. Pau
Cabot & Gomà.
the conversations with the Visual Artists Association of Catalonia, we have agreed with the associated artists the possibility of releasing
images/files of low resolution of their works so that they can be uploaded
under CC SA license. The most suitable ones can be used for Wikipedia.
the meeting with the GD of pedagogical innovation of the Balearic Government,
we have proposed the regional tourism ministry to release images/files to
illustrate those Balearic-related articles.
have made contact with Vilapedia and they have agreed to upload their contents
under a compatible license with Wikipedia. They will soon update the license on
March 12, User:Góngora was interviewed by a Canadian local newspaper on the
present situation of minority languages on the Internet and Wikipedia. This
interview is still pendent to be published. We will keep on informing you about
this issue. Góngora.
agreement with TV3 for the Espai Internet (Internet Space) program has started
to work fully. At TV3 weekend news they have dealt with topics linking to the
corresponding articles on Wikipedia, which had been improved before.
Balear interviews User:Paucabot about Viquibalear. User:Paucabot.
have made contact with the Institute for Catalan Studies to see if they can analyze
periodically the language quality in the articles of Wikipedia in Catalan. More
information soon. User:Gomà.
have proposed the MNAC to carry on with a Wikipedian resident-like initiative. We
are still waiting for a response. More information soon. Gomà.
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