As we have stated in our annual plan , “currently, community members
must search many pages and places to stay informed about Foundation
activities and resources.” We have worked in the past two quarters to
create a single point of entry. We call it the Wikimedia Resource Center,
and its alpha version is now live on Meta Wikimedia:
As the movement expands to include more affiliates and more programmatic
activities every year, newer Wikimedians are faced with lack of experience
in the movement and its various channels for requesting support. In order
to expand Wikimedia communities’ efforts, we want to provide easy access to
resources that support their very important work. The [[m:Wikimedia
Resource Center]] is a hub designed in response to this issue: it is
intended to evolve into a single point of entry for Wikimedians all over
the world to the variety of resources and types of staff support they may
need to develop new initiatives or also expand existing ones.
This version of the Resource Center is only the beginning. For phase two of
the project, we will enable volunteer Wikimedians to add resources
developed by other individuals or organizations to the Wikimedia Resource
Center, and in phase three, the Wikimedia Resource Center will include
features to better connect Wikimedians to other Wikimedians that can
We want to hear what you think about this prototype and our plans for it!
If you have comments about the Wikimedia Resource Center, you can submit
your feedback publicly, on the Talk Page, or privately, via a survey hosted
by a third party, that shouldn’t take you more than 4 minutes to complete.
A feedback button is on the top right corner on every page of the hub.
Looking forward to more collaborations!
Communications and Outreach Project Manager, Community Engagement
Hello education community!
I'm happy to announce that the new issue of This Month in Education
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/News> is out. The featured
article this month highlights some exciting activities in Ghana, and be
sure to check out the other related articles about WEP activity in Africa.
Like an article? Have a question?* Please contribute your thoughts* on the
article's talk page!
I'd like to take this time to also say that* we'd love to have more
volunteers work with us to produce this newsletter.* Having monthly issues
is a great way to make sure we are aware of what is going on with WEP
around the world, but also requires a lot of bandwidth from our small team.
Please reach out if you are willing to join us :D.
Finally, we want your stories! *Don't forget to submit your stories for the
next issue by 20 June! *You can submit by heading to the newsroom
using the input box.
I hope you all are having a great start to the week.
WMF | Education Program Manager
user: NSaad (WMF)
*Want to talk about the Wikipedia Education Program?*
Schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/nsaad-1
Nichole, however I may understand that you were busy, someone really could
have given the go-ahead. I think I recall seeing several drafts in the
Newsroom and then when I looked again they weren't there. As this was not
the way I recall things working in the previous issues, I drew the
conclusion that the Newsletter had reverted to the quarterly format.
As I have obtained parental consent forms for uploading photos of my
students, and they will be disappointed if they are not included in this
newsletter (by June newsletter I meant the one with May news to be released
in June and not the June news to be released in July), please wait until a
little later when I will upload the draft I have prepared before releasing
the Newsletter. There is a 10 hour time difference between Greece and San
Francisco so I think this is the least I could expect of the person in
charge of the Wikipedia in Education newsletter.
Thanks, expecting a positive reply.
On May 29, 2017 8:57 PM, "Nichole Saad" <nsaad(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Dear Mina and all,
My apologies if myself and the Newsletter Team have dropped the ball on
requesting articles for the May edition of "This Month in Education." This
has been an especially busy and travel filled month. However,* please
understand that you may submit your article to the newsroom at any time*.
As long as your article is submitted before the deadline, it will make it
into that month's issue. The issue for May will go out today. You have
until June 20th to submit your article for the June newsletter, and I
encourage you to do so.
The submission deadline for each month's newsletter is the *20th of the
month*. Kindly check the publication guidelines
all the relevant information on how the newsletter is published each month.
Each month, if you submit in the Newsroom
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Newsletter/Newsroom> by the
deadline, your article will be published. Finally, if you need an extension
on the deadline, kindly reach out to me and I will see if we have the
bandwidth to accommodate your request. Most likely we will.
Thank you for your email, and for your contributions to our community
newsletter. I hope I have clarified how you can participate.
all the best,
On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 11:53 PM, Mina Theofilatou <saintfevrier(a)gmail.com>
> Hello all:)
> I have been waiting for an email or Meta post inviting editors to submit
> stories for the June Wikipedia in Education Newsletter. I have checked all
> the relevant wiki spaces and there's nothing there. Had we not returned to
> the monthly format? Am I missing out on something?
> I have important stories to share, and I'm sure other educators around the
> world do also: this is the end of the school year for most countries. All
> the work we have been doing all year has matured, our students have worked
> hard with impressive results. Please confirm that there will be an
> opportunity for us to share our achievements before summer vacation
> Nichole Saad, looking forward to hearing from you.
> Best regards,
> Mina Theofilatou (User:Saintfevrier)
> Kefalonia, Greece
> Education mailing list
WMF | Education Program Manager
user: NSaad (WMF)
*Want to talk about the Wikipedia Education Program?*
Schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/nsaad-1
Education mailing list
I have been waiting for an email or Meta post inviting editors to submit
stories for the June Wikipedia in Education Newsletter. I have checked all
the relevant wiki spaces and there's nothing there. Had we not returned to
the monthly format? Am I missing out on something?
I have important stories to share, and I'm sure other educators around the
world do also: this is the end of the school year for most countries. All
the work we have been doing all year has matured, our students have worked
hard with impressive results. Please confirm that there will be an
opportunity for us to share our achievements before summer vacation begins.
Nichole Saad, looking forward to hearing from you.
Mina Theofilatou (User:Saintfevrier)
Dear Education enthusiasts,
Some of you may have heard that Cycle 1 of the movement strategy process is
over and the second round has already opened.
Below are some details on the results of round 1, as well as details on
round 2. You can help by doing 2 things:
1 - *Help share these details with your local communities*, especially in
case they do not have community liaisons, and then share your personal /
local thoughts on these themes there.
2 - *Participate in cycle 2 from an EDU-Wiki perspective (which is where we
need your help) - *
Our efforts around the world are dedicated to spreading the use of
Wikipedia & its sister projects as teaching and learning tools, in the hope
of not only creating high quality information in wiki projects, but also
help students develop relevant 21 century skills.
As mentioned, most of our work is done locally and you are all encouraged
to give your personal / local feedback via your local affiliates or
directly into the designated Cycle 2 page. However, *we also have EDU-Wiki
needs that are global and relevant to all of us.* It is therefore important
that we don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to let our joint
voice be heard *as a united group*.
To that end, we are facilitating a discussion on each of the 5 themes from
a *Wiki in Education perspective. *
You voice matters. So please share your thoughts & ideas.
If you have any questions, please ping me here or personally.
*==Cycle 1 Report==*
Between March 14 and April 18, participants of our movement have been asked
to answer the question: "What do we want to build or achieve together over
the next 15 years?".
1800 statements were gathered from around the world, and after being
analyzed, *13 themes have emerged: *
* Reliable, neutral, high-quality content
* Community health & support
* Internal & external collaboration
* Users, editors, & contributors
* Outreach, awareness, & promotion
* Funding, staffing, and other organizational needs
* Emerging communities
* Advancing education
* Movement values
* Sustainability & growth
You can read more about each of them it in *the complete "Cycle 1 Report"*
In case your country does not have strategy liaisons, please share these
results in your home wiki. You can further help by translating this page to
your own language.
*==Strategy Cycle 2 is now Open== *
So what's next? Cycle 2 of the strategy process has opened yesterday and
will remain *open till the June 12*. Full details on Cycle 2 are here
In this cycle, you can comment on *5 major themes* that have
* Healthy, Inclusive Communities
* The Augmented Age
* A Truly Global Movement
* The Most Respected Source of Knowledge
* Engaging in the Knowledge Ecosystem
*Feedback could be given in various ways: *
*1 - Via this email thread*
*2 - On Meta **in a dedicated page*
for us to discuss each of the themes.
3 -* Via our Facebook group
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikipediaEducationProgram/>,* which will
host a discussion per theme every few days.
4 - If you don't wish to expose your thoughts publicly, you are
welcome to *reach
out to me personally*, and I'll be sure to convey your thoughts forward.
==Relevant Further Links==
* Further details on the timeline of the strategy process
* Participating in the discussion via your own home wiki - this page has
further details on opening your own discussion per language or group
Thanks in advance for your participation. It can make a difference to all
Please disseminate this open invitation to a University of Edinburgh and Wikimedia UK conference to interested colleagues as appropriate.
How can technology support language communities?
Join us at the Celtic Knot conference<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017> taking place Thursday 6 July 2017 at the University of Edinburgh Business School to find out. Our programme is now live!
* Professor Antonella Sorace<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017#Keynotes> - Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh<http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/%7Eantonell/> and founding director of Bilingualism Matters<http://www.bilingualism-matters.org.uk/> will be speaking on ‘Bilingualism in minority languages: a resource and an opportunity’.
* Jason Evans<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017#Keynotes> - Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Wales<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Expert_outreach/Wikipedian_in_Residence_at_th…> will discuss his strategy for working with Wikimedia UK and the Welsh Government to develop the Welsh Wicipedia using a combination of community engagement, data manipulation and the implementation of Open Access policies.
Confirmed speakers also include:
* Susan Ross – Gaelic Wikipedian in Residence<https://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2017/01/wikimedia-uk-and-national-library-of-…> at the National Library of Scotland.<http://www.nls.uk/news/archive/2017/01/gaelic-wikipedian-begins>
* Dr. Sharon Arbuthnot<http://pure.qub.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/sharon-arbuthnot%28519b4b40-d075-4b…> - Research Fellow, Queen's University, Belfast. Presenting on the AHRC-funded eDIL project<http://www.dil.ie/> (Irish Language dictionary) on Wednesday 5th July.
* Gareth Morlais – the Welsh Language Unit, Welsh Government. Gareth will speak about how mapping how much importance major companies (Google, Twitter, Apple) attach to creative activity on Wikipedia led to the Welsh Government helping to fund two Welsh-language Wikipedia initiatives.
* Delyth Prys – Head of the Language Technologies Unit, Bangor University, will speak on Welsh/Celtic speech technology and why text-to-speech and speech recognition are becoming increasingly important in our digital world.
* Àlex Hinojo<http://www.alexhinojo.cat/en/bio/> – Executive Director, Amical Wikimedia<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amical_Wikimedia> on the Catalan language project.
* Iñaki Lopez de Luzuriaga – Developing the Basque Wikipedia: From corpus expansion to outreach.
* Astrid Carlsen – Executive Director, Wikimedia Norge speaking on Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk and building a project to revitalize the Northern Sami Wikipedia.
* Robin Owain – Wales Manager, Wikimedia UK, speaking on recent developments supporting the Welsh language community.
* Mina Theofilatou presenting on ‘Adult Learners from the Ionian Islands of Corfu and Kefalonia sharing Cultural Heritage on Wikimedia Commons and Wiktionary’.
* Duncan Brown - Llên Natur<http://www.llennatur.com/Drupal7/llennatur/>, presenting on ‘Y BYWIADUR: the dictionary of life’.
* Rémy Gerbet - Wikimedia France; presenting on the Lingua Libre project<https://www.lingualibre.fr/> for massive open audio recording.
* Käbi Suvi - Wikimedia Estonia on the ‘Miljon+’ project as part of Estonia’s 100th anniversary.
* Ilario Valdelli - Wikimedia Switzerland, speaking on the Digital Library in Romansch and the new initiatives to map the archeological sites connected with Celtic culture in the Alps.
The main objective for Celtic Knot 2017 is the coming together of practitioners in the same room at same time; strengthening the bonds of those working to support language communities into a 'knot' and leading into action. We welcome diverse attendees ranging from Wikimedians, linguists, educators, researchers, information professionals, media professionals, translators, learning technologists and more coming together to share good practice and find fruitful new collaborations to support language communities as a result of the event.
To find out more about the conference themes and how to book your place to join us then please visit the Celtic Knot<https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2017> page. To assist with seeing areas of commonality and links between your work and the Wikimedia projects<http://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/wir/2017/03/10/seeing-the-links-at-the-celtic-k…> you can click here<http://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/wir/2017/03/10/seeing-the-links-at-the-celtic-k…>.
It promises to be a great event – including a panel on the Politics of Language Online, excellent papers, workshops and discussion spaces. Please feel free to forward this event to interested colleagues in your network.
If you would like to learn more then please contact me direct at ewan.mcandrew(a)ed.ac.uk<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Very best regards,
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The Wiki Education Foundation's draft annual report for 2016–17 and draft
annual plan for 2017–18 is now available on Meta:
This marks the first time that Wiki Ed staff have solicited Wikimedia
community comments and questions on our draft. We're doing so this year
based on conversations with members of the Simple APG Committee. As you can
see in our plan, Wiki Ed intends to enter the FDC process this fall. During
the review process from the Simple APG committee this spring, committee
members raised concerns about a lack of opportunity for comments on Wiki
Ed's draft annual plans. While we always publish our board-approved annual
plan on our website, we haven't offered a draft for comments in the past.
In an effort to be more transparent and respond to the Simple APG
committee's feedback, I've posted the draft of the annual plan on Meta and
invite comments and questions from the broader Wikimedia community on the
draft talk page. Comments made prior to May 28 will be taken into account
when Wiki Ed staff prepare a final version of the plan for the board to
As with all nonprofits, our board is the final decision-maker on our annual
Director of Programs; Deputy Director
Wiki Education Foundation
Agreed that what we're seeing are Internet-enabled implementations of old
practices. I think that there has been a recent renewal of awareness of how
effective these dark arts can be at generating revenue and perhaps
affecting political systems.
Over the years, a number of people and organizations have tried to
manipulate the neutrality of Wikipedia content for political, financial, or
PR advantage. I have the impression that the community's human resources
capacity and technical tools are currently insufficient in comparison to
the scale of the problems. I'm hoping that some of the tools that are being
developed as a part of the anti-harassment initiative will help a little.
I'm also thinking that a good exercise for students in Wikipedia in
Education classes would be to identify content that is noncompliant with
neutrality and verifiability standards, and either change that content
themselves or flag it for review by more experienced editors.
On Sat, May 13, 2017 at 5:53 AM, James Salsman <jsalsman(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Pine wrote:
> > I'm finding it encouraging to see that a number of researchers and
> > journalists are taking these problems seriously, trying to understand
> > and trying to improve the situation.
> > http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/tech/misinformation-on-
> I'm encouraged by the studies, but confused about why the fake news
> phenomenon is considered novel, rather than continuations of age-old
> disinformation, yellow journalism, aggressive public relations,
> manufactured consent, astroturfing, propaganda, and deceptive
> marketing. There's nothing new about it other than the term.
> Wiki-research-l mailing list
Gabriel Thullen has put together a helpful list of proposed sessions
related to education. Thanks, Gabriel!
I wanted to share here in case it helps people plan for August:
Also, remember that proposals for Lightning talks, posters and birds of a
feather will be accepted until May 15, 2017:
Finally, it appears we're having issues with mail being rejected by this
list. I am not sure what is causing the problem, but please keep me posted
if your mail is rejected so we can troubleshoot.
Senior Manager, Wikipedia Education Program