recently Wikimedia Czech Republic was involved into the creation of the
Czech Republic digital education strategy for 2020. This strategy is being
created from comments of different involved parties (NGOs, corporate and
public). It is a basis for a creation of laws and other documents by Czech
Ministry of Education and other related organisations. Czech education is
basically public, while some private schools (on all levels), should repect
some basic education corpus set by the Ministry.
Unfortunately for Wikipedia, this strategy and the previous ones are based
on decentralization of digital education resources. So WMF projects, could
not be the only one digital resources for Czech students. This push as to
the open market, where we are disadvantaged, because corporate and maybe
some other entities could get the best marketers/sellers of their products
and be more succesfull in getting more students for their digital products.
Responsable people understand that NGOes might be handicapped in such
markets as they are usually good in what they do, but they are not good in
marketing. Here we are looking for a functional system, which would place
equality between corporate and NNO sector. And thats why, I am writing to
you. Any idea, how the "offical recommendation" could support NNO projects
such as Wikipedia?
* In celebration of the July 2014 approval of the Egypt Wikimedians user
group by the affiliations committee, this week's report will include a
focused report on Egypt with an interview from Samir El-Sharbaty. The
originally scheduled report on the broader Arab World Education Program
with Tighe Flanagan will also be published this week.
* Next week is Wikimania. I originally scheduled the Mexico report to
publish that week and the WMF global report in the following week. To
accommodate those who are attending education events at Wikimania and are
interested in WMF's current thinking, I will make the report available for
pre-publication viewing next week. I will send a link to the report to this
email list. Feel free to share the link. The WMF report will be published
in the Signpost as originally scheduled the week following Wikimania.
The Wikimedia Research Hackathon on August 6 and 7 takes place parallel to
the general Wikimania Hackathon in London.
Wikimania Hackathon information is available at
Research Hackathon information is available at
>From the Research Hackathon info page: this "is an opportunity for anyone
interested in research on wikis, Wikipedia, and other open collaborations
to meet, share ideas, and work together. It's being organized by
researchers in academia and the Wikimedia Foundation, but we want anyone
interested in research to participate. Whether or not you consider yourself
a researcher, or would ever want to be one, come with questions, answers,
data, code, crazy ideas... or just your insatiable curiosity."
Local participation will occur at Wikimania London and in Philadelphia, PA,
US. Remote participation is possible and will include researchers and
community members globally.
Please see the Research Hackathon information page for scheduling and
Further questions may be directed to Aaron Halfaker (ahalfaker(a)wikimedia.org)
or Leila Zia (leila(a)wikimedia.org).*
*A $1 fine will be imposed by Oliver Keyes on anyone who misspells Leila's
name or misdirects emails to the WMF Executive Director.
The This Month in Education newsletter is growing and getting more sophisticated fast! And we need more hands! Consider this a call for anyone who is interested in helping to put the newsletter together each month.
If you will be at Wikimania, we will have a very brief meeting for anyone interested in working with us (Anna Koval and yours truly) at the first coffee break at 11am on Aug 8. We can meet at the registration desk.
I will also be in London early, from the 3rd on, taking advantage of the week from work. ;) If you would like to meet before then, let me know! (osamadre(a)hotmail.com or leigh.thelmadatter in Facebook)
I've been working on ways to generate useful statistics for the
US/Canada Education Program that aren't covered by Wikimetrics,
* finding all the articles edited by a group of students
* finding how many page views a set of student-edited articles gets over time
I recently set up a project on Tool Labs to make it easier for my team
to look up specific data whenever they want. I thought it might be
useful for others -- especially anyone else using the Education
Program extension to list students and their articles. So today I got
it working across languages. The page views tool is very slow, but the
articles edited tool is quick.
I am Akshit (Co-Founder of Wibe), we have made a Chrome Extension by which
anyone will be able to watch relevant YouTube videos corresponding to the
Wiki Article they are reading.
It is the deadly combination of Wikipedia and YouTube, it can really become
a great new feature of Wikipedia. We developed it to solve our problem of
switching to YouTube from Wiki to understand a particular thing.
I would be very thankful if you guys please try and review it. Then if you
like Wibe, consider it to integrate as a functionality in Wikipedia for
some days so that user can use and review this new feature.
*Demo Video*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98uDPo7ZjVI
Install the Extension and then try out "
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About" page to see how it changes
the original wiki page by integrating relevant videos from YouTube.
Akshit Agarwal (Co-Founder, Wibe)
Dear attendees of the Wikimania Education Pre-Conference, dear subscribers
of this mailing list,
on behalf of the organizing comittee, it is my pleasure to announce the
session "Education Programmes: Organisations and Practice" which will take
place on August 7th, 10 am as part of the Education Pre-Conference.
During the session we want to showcase and discuss the various different
models of Wikipedia education programs worldwide. Our focus will solely be
on the organizational structure, i.e. how the programs are run and
supported. On the one hand to aid new education activists who are looking
into starting their own project, on the other hand to provide new ideas for
veteran Wikipedia education organizers.
To spark the discussion, we will have speakers from very differently
structured Wikipedia education initiatives. Namely. the panel will feature:
* Jami Mathewson of the Wiki Education Foundation
* User:Hubertl from Austria's community run school and university program
* a representative of the succesful Serbian chapter's education policy
* a member of Ação Educativa Brazil.
After they have introduced their project, there will be plenty of time to
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various models and to share
For more information and updates see:
For the organizing comittee,
I wanted to draw your attention to the Educator Training we'll be having as
part of the Wikimania Pre-conference on August 7:
The Educator Training is designed to give educators of all levels the
knowledge they need to use Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects as a
teaching tool in their classrooms. The training is open to educators from
any country, and Wikipedia editing experience is not required.
If you're interested in attending or you know someone who is, please see
the page for more information. I especially encourage anyone who's thought
about getting a Wikipedia Education Program going in your country to
attend, as you'll learn a lot about the different kinds of assignments
students could do.
Head of Communications and External Relations
Wiki Education Foundation
*Please note my new email address and update your contacts accordingly:
Thank you to those of you who agreed to interview. I just wanted to let you
know that the Signpost report is nearly complete. We are working through
some final checks.
We will publish the report as a series. Below is the planned order of
publication. Occasionally the Signpost skips a week of publication due to
volunteer capacity shortages, so this schedule may change.
Week of July 9: "Wikimedia education in the United States and Canada";
interview with LiAnna Davis, Head of Communications for the Wiki Education
Week of July 16: "Wikimedia education in Serbia"; interview with Filip
Maljkovic, President of Wikimedia Serbia
Week of July 23: "Wikimedia education in Israel"; interview with Michal
Lester, Executive Director of Wikimedia Israel
Week of July 30: "Wikimedia education in the Arab World"; interview with
Tighe Flanagan, WMF Arab World Wikipedia Education Program Manager
Week of August 6: "Wikimedia education in Mexico"; interview with Leigh
Thelmadatter, Regional Ambassador and instructor at Monterrey Institute of
Technology and Higher Education.
Week of August 13: "Wikimedia Global Education: WMF's perspective";
interview with Anasuya Sengupta, WMF Senior Director of Grantmaking
I hope you enjoy the series.