There is a problem with registration when there are more than 15 people trying to do on the same IP. When people have workshops this is a real problem. Is there any way to solve it?
We're doing an outreach effort to Oceania, with an early focus on
Micronesia. Details can be found at
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Outreach_Oceania . We have an itinerary
set and airfare paid for. We've talked to local colleges and we'll be going
there as our primary form of outreach. We're intending to do secondary
outreach to local GLAMs. We'll be going to Majuro in the Marshall Islands,
and Kosrae and Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia from January 27
to February 16.
We'd be really keen to have another Australian, some one from the GLAM
sector or some one with education experience attend and participate in these
outreach efforts. Ideally, we'd like some one is keen to help and who can
be self funding in terms of airfare and help with some of the lodging costs
(round trip airfare costs between $1,500 and $2,300 from Cairns) or some one
has a specialised skill set that would be really beneficial for us to have
along when we make a funding pitch to WMF. (One of our participants is
American. Hence, funding sought there. The other two are myself and
User:Hawkeye7.) If you've teaching experience, conducted wiki workshops,
have experience working with GLAMs, that would be really great.
It is a big ask, but if you have the time, going along would be really
great. The islands we're visiting have small populations of between 2,700
and 25,000, so there is a great opportunity to make a big impact. :) If
you're interested, please get in touch with me via e-mail, on IRC, or on one
of the talk pages for the project. If you have general questions about the
project, please feel free to ask on list.
(apologies for cross-posting, but it's a UK topic, a MILHIST topic, GLAM
topic and an education topic all rolled into one)
You might be interested to know that Wikimedia UK has lent its support to a
bid led by a researcher at University of Birmingham, supported by Oxford
University and also the Imperial War Museum, for a project funded by JISC to
categorise and prioritise the UK's cultural heritage related to World War
This isn't a partnership per se though it may well lead to one. The only
commitment we have made is to write a letter and go to a meeting, and the
outcomes will be very long-term. However I think it's significant because
1) It is good recognition that the Wikimedia movement is a stakeholder in
the development of heritage and educational resources. (The phone call when
someone from Oxford was saying "we really think your support would add
weight to what we're doing" was, erm, interesting)
2) It gives us as an organisation formal access to a strong network of
world-leading institutions focusing on this particular task
3) It's also relatively unusual for a Wikimedia organisation to provide
support to someone else to apply for third-party funding in a competitive
tendering process, but in this case the Wikimedia UK board thought it was
quite justified in pursuit of our objectives.
This should help us build up our network of institutional partners,
particularly (but not exclusively) aimed at the World War I centenary, and
help lay the groundwork for some exciting collaboration work in the future.
Any questions, or if you'd like to express your interest in being involved
in future work on the World War I centenary, please give me a shout.
(1)JISC's Invitation to Tender:
Wikimedia UK's letter of support (and a bit of a manifesto):
The people whose bid we are supporting (though nothing specific about it
I've added also Wikiversity (1) to the agenda.
Wikiversity (2) is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning
resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and
styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional
training and informal learning. Some examples can be found at: School and
university projects (3)
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The scholarship is just for "post secondary students". This year it is
restricted to Canadian but as the numbers have not been as good as hoped
(still a few months to go). Will be looking at offering this globally next
I will be lecturing on Wikipedia next month in India and Nepal at two
medical school their. I will let you know how it goes. They have managed to
find a computer lab with 10 computers in New Delhi thus after the lectures
which will be open to all we will be having a hands on session limited to 20
people. It supposedly filled up the day it was announced.
MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian
(apologies for the cross posting)
This is just a quick note to alert you that we'll be having an IRC
Office Hours on Friday, October 22 at 02:00 UTC to discuss the India
Education Program .
The team working on the India Education Program will be present to
answer any questions about the program in #wikimedia-office on
irc.freenode.net. See the Meta page on IRC Office Hours for more
information on accessing the IRC channel and time conversions .
Hope to talk with you then.
Global Education Program Communications Manager
Does anyone have any experience doing Wikipedia/Wikinews outreach and
training in remote areas? What sort of materials did you use in the
classroom? How closely did you work with teachers in developing classroom
I subscribed to that mailing list since its beginning, but didn't get
involved in it yet. I've just checked about all the previous messages ;-)
I am a French wikipedian, and would like to tell you about a pretty old
project: a wiki encyclopedia designed for children.
It seems that this list mainly focus on Wikipedia-editing in higher
education and to a lesser extent, offline content from Wikipedia for
children, with the "Wikipedia for Schools" selection.
However, I noticed this message:
Le 20/04/2011 03:31, Nikhil Sheth a écrit :
> The 2008/09 edition of Wikipedia for Schools is very good, but also
> limited in that it has only 5500+ articles (contrast with Wikipedia en
> latest selection that has 45000+) and many times topics we need aren't
> I got Okawix and downloaded Simple Wikipedia package for offline -
> it's got many articles in simpler language and can be very useful for
> lower-age children. But it's uncensored and so unusable. Is it
> possible to start a simple wikipedia project to collect the
> for-schools articles, or better yet just filter out inappropriate ones?
The idea of a equivalent of Wikipedia for children was discussed in
particular in 2005-2006 on this page :
Although it had no continuation as a Wikimedia project, wikis with such
a feature were launched first in Dutch: WikiKids
<http://wikikids.wiki.kennisnet.nl/Hoofdpagina>; in french a few month
later: Vikidia <http://fr.vikidia.org/> (article on Wikipedia
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikidia>) and then in Spanish Vikidia in
spanish <http://es.vikidia.org/>. I opened Vikidia.
WikiKids and Vikidia in French are doing well and are quite alike in
size and activity, whereas Vikidia in Spanish doesn't make it so well.
On Vikidia in French, we currently have a guest-book opened, and the
comments left on it
<http://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Vikidia:Livre_d%27or/Automne_2011> are quite
Children say they appreciate the article to be more readable for them
than on Wikipedia, their main reserve being that some article are not
developed enough, or that there isn't articles on every subject they
would like to know about... They clearly expect (and claim) some
substantial content, though it has to be easier than the wikipedia's
We have yet a bit more than 10 000 articles in Vikidia in French, and
about 220 000 unique visitors a month.
This "Wikikids" question was mentioned again in the Wikimedia scope one
year ago there: meta:2010 Wikimedia Study of Controversial Content: Part
Two#Recommendations: Controversial Text
/Because of the considerations outlined above, our recommendations
surrounding text in WMF projects are the following:
It is recommended:
3. That, however, the Foundation investigate the creation of a
"WikiJunior" version of the Wikipedias, aimed at children under the age
of 12, either as a stand-alone project or in partnership with existing
and appropriate educational institutions.
Recommendations 2 and 3
(...) Much more successful, in our opinion, is a project specifically
targeted to children, and to the quite different needs of children in
different age groups. Some projects of this nature have already been
begun in the WikiJunior section of WikiBooks, but it is our feeling
that the scope of such a venture might necessitate the formation of
partnerships with institutions who have experience and resources already
devoted to this area./
...to which I had this response on meta:User talk:Sj
Another feature of WikiKids/Vikidia is of course that it let children be
involved in building the content, and does not "only" aim to produce and
offer content for children, for the same benefits that you can find in
Wikipedia-editing workshops for students. There is both some school
projects and volunteer children editing on Vikidia along with teenagers,
students and adult writers.
My question is of course: */why is there no equivalent in English yet
(And if you are Spanish speaker or if you know people that would be
interested in it, please tell them about http://es.vikidia.org ; I would
be glad that there is new people involved in it, or even take it in charge.)
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