I'm pleased to let you know that Wikimini in French (http://fr.wikimini.org)
has reached 10 000 articles. For those who don't know our project, Wikimini
is a free encyclopedia written by children and young teenagers, both at
school and at home. It currently exists in French and the site is based on
Mediawiki (same software used by Wikipedia).
On this very special occasion, our aspiring encyclopedists were asked to
choose 3 words that would best describe the project in their eyes. A word
cloud was built using the words we had received and their frequency. I
wanted to share it with you, so I translated it in English:
I hope you'll find it interesting and inspiring.
Members of list, please find info below... thanks:-)
In response to your invitation to disseminate our visions, I am CCing my reply to the Wikimedia Education list, to which I am subscribed, and I look forward to hearing about the findings of the Seville workshop that was completed yesterday.
(As regards the comments link on the blog page, it's a good thing that it was cleaned from spam, but it's still "dead". Is there any chance of it becoming active again? I'm quite certain fellow Europeans on the Wikipedia Education List will be interested in participating in the dialogue, but for the time being we have no way of doing so!)
To members of the list: Open Education is an EU initiative described as (copy-paste) "A joint space for developing visions on the future of Open Education in Europe"
I participated in the call for vision papers with the submission "The Open Community in the School of Today" (direct link here, or look at p. 110 of PDF booklet), in which Wikimedia plays an active role. I learned about the Call for Papers in a message forwarded to the list by Everton Zanella Alvarenga (thanks Tom!)
Looking forward to feedback:-)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:19 PM
Subject: Vision Papers: Booklet online
I am pleased to inform you that the booklet with vision papers on Open School Education is now online as well. I posted the links on the first page of the blog to give your papers more visibility (http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/openeducation2030/).
Please do disseminate our joint production widely and encourage colleagues, friends and your professional networks and groups to discuss your visions.
Christine & Jonatan
Dr. Christine Redecker
DG Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
Edificio Expo; c/ Inca Garcilaso, 3; E-41092 Sevilla,
Phone: +34 954 48 84 23
Fax: +34 954 48 82 08
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
The views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.
Today, we concluded the Brede Værk project* that has run for the last three
weeks on the Danish-language Wikipedia. Students from Ørestad Gymnasium**
and Det frie Gymnasium*** have been writing articles about the
industrialisation in Denmark, based on materials from Brede Værk****, which
is part of the National Museum*****. The project first appeared on our
radar in July 2010, so things do not always move as fast as we would love
The students were assigned sandboxes to allow them to create their own
articles with minimal interference. Three of the articles have now been
"promoted" to the main namespace, while two others need to be merged into
pre-existing articles, one needs a general improvement, and one needs to be
merged with an article that a group of students created when they tried to
avoid damaging another group's work.
The three-week process has been frustrating (generally in a good way), but
apparently the fear of changing someone else's text is something we need to
We plan to have more collaboration with the gymnasiums and the museum in
http://palnatoke.org * @palnatoke * +4522934588
the last 2-3 years I run a number of projects in the Aristotle University
of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. They were done with the invitation and
cooperation of dr. Bratsas from OKFN Greece.
Two of the projects were with a postgraduate class on web science of the
School of Mathematics of AUTH and another one (for two years) was with an
undergraduate course (medical education) of the Medical School of AUTH,
which involved the translation of medical articles from english to greek
Both had very good results, especially the last project with the medical
They translated so many excellent articles (we had given them a selection
of top and high importance articles, of FA-class to B-class: most of them
chose FA and A class articles). We had asked them to form teams of two to
three students, each with a personal account, to work on the same article,
so we had a very good quality instead of asking an article from each
student (that would give just a big quantity of bad articles).
For wikipedia it was great, as greek wikipedia has many gaps in medical
articles, and it is almost impossible to translate articles on an area with
such special terminology. The students except all the good things anybody
earns from contributing to Wikipedia, trained their vocabulary and english
and greek terminology of their science. The professor expressed his
interest to do something more than just an assignment.
We are organising another project in the School of Mathematics (
with undergraduate students this time. It will be again translation from
teams of students, of mathematical articles. This time we are planning it
better as we will be using online ambassadors to help with the students,
assigning them personally (last time there was just a list of wikipedians
willing to help). The assignment will be given to almost 140 students.
I have created a logo (
to use, is it ok or do I need something different since our project is not
a part of the official Wikipedia Education Program sponsored by the WMF?
Οι παραπάνω απόψεις είναι προσωπικές και δεν εκφράζουν παρά μόνο εμένα. Το
μήνυμα θεωρείται εμπιστευτικό μόνο εάν το έχω ζητήσει ρητά, διαφορετικά
μπορείτε να το χρησιμοποιήσετε σε οποιαδήποτε δημόσια συζήτηση.
Below is a link to a presentation called "WikiProject Medicine for Medical Education". Two of the people mentioned in this presentation are Ocaasi (Jake Orlowitz) and Jmh649 (Dr. James Heilman, MD, CCFP-EM). Quote from http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education_Portal/Newsletter/Newsroom: "Big news, UCSF has proposed a 4th-year medical elective, for
credit, in which students would choose and improve a medical topic on
Wikipedia. This is the first medical school education project we have
heard of, ever!" Although this was first annou
Here's a link to a presentation which was just noted on the Outreach wiki: https://www.dropbox.com/l/IlZ2gDoenHOttj9QJkBG19
This looks awesome.
[please pardon this crossposting]
I am pleased to announce the first Program Evaluation and Design Workshop!
- *When*: 22–23 June 2012
- *Where*: Budapest, Hungary
The application process is now open. We have only 20 slots available for
this workshop and the application deadline ends on May 17th. This two-day
event will be followed by a pre-conference workshop at Wikimania 2013.
Ideally, applicants would commit to attending both events.
*Why are we offering this workshop?* Over the next couple of years, the
Wikimedia Foundation will be building capacity among program leaders around
evaluation and program design. A better understanding of how to increase
impact through better planning, execution and evaluation of programs &
activities will help us to move a step closer to achieving our mission of
offering a free, high quality encyclopedia to our readers around the world.
*What will take place at this and the following workshops?* Our long-term
1. Participants gain a basic shared understanding of program evaluation
2. Participants will work collaboratively to map and prioritize
measurable outcomes, beginning with a focus on the most commopn program &
3. Participants will gain increased fluency in common language of
evaluation (i.e. goals versus objectives, inputs & outputs versus outcomes
4. Participants will learn and practice how to extract and report data
using the UserMetrics API
5. Participants will commit to working as a community of evaluation
leaders who will implement evaluation strategies in their programmatic
activities and report back at the pre-conference workshop at Wikimania 2013
6. …and participants will have a lot of fun and enjoy networking with
other program leaders!
We will publish a detailed agenda for the event in Budapest soon on meta.
*Which programs & activities are we going to focus on?* During the workshop
in Budapest, we will only have a limited amount of time. Therefore, we will
be focusing on the some of the more common programs & activities:
- *Wikipedia editing workshops* where participants learn how to or
actively edit (i.e. edit-a-thon, wikiparty, hands-on Wikipedia workshop)
- *Content donations* through partnerships with GLAMs & related
- *Wiki Takes/Expeditions* where volunteers participate in day/weekend
events to photograph site specific content
- *Wiki Loves Monuments* which takes place in September
- *Education program/classroom editing* where volunteers support
educators who have students editing Wikipedia in the classroom
- *Writing competitions* which generally take place online in the form
of contests, WikiCup, and challenges – often engaging experienced editors
to improve content.
*Who should apply?* Community members who play an *active role* in
planning and executing programs & activities as described above in the
Wikimedia community. Your experience and knowledge will make this workshop
*What about the costs for travel and accomodation?* Hotels, flights and
other transportation costs will be on your chapter; the Wikimedia
Foundation will provide the venue, handouts, breakfasts and light lunches,
and a dinner for all participants on Saturday. If you're not affiliated
with a chapter and cannot afford to attend the event, please send me a
private email – we have a small amount of money set aside for those cases.
Applications are open until May 17. You can apply via this Google
Thanks for your interest, and I look forward to a great group of
Wikimedia Foundation Program Evaluation & Design Community Coordinator
and keep it free!
Visit me on Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:SarahStierch>!
I'm so curious to know more about what everybody does within their
education programmes around the world, especially after hearing about what
Jan Ainali at Wikimedia Sverige has told me about the education day in
So, I thought about how we best may share this, and this may definitely not
be the absolutely best idea but I'll just send it out to you to see what
you might think.
So, I've put the people together that I know work with education and in or
in close collaboration with Wikimedia in one or another way, in groups of
three. You may see this here:
So my first idea is to simply have a hangout in these groups where we share
ideas about our various education programmes. It would be great to hear
* Structure of the programme
* Current activities
* Mistakes (or rather, things to learn from)
Please do add any aspects you may find relevant for a talk like this.
I would suggest that these conversations are to take place in May if that
may be possible, and that we briefly summarise what we have learned during
these talks so we can all take part of everybody's conversations. The
reason I only put three per groups is to make it easier to find a time that
works for everyone, and also to make time for dialogue which is may be
better with fewer people.
Please do let me know what you think about this, and if someone is
forgotten, please do add yourself to the list, we may be four in groups
(and it is four in a group already).
And do you generally find this to be a good idea?
My hope is that this will have us learn from each other, and to feel more
connected with our various educational efforts and ideas.
I wish you all a great weekend!
*Every single contribution to Wikipedia is a gift of free knowledge to