woot woot. :D There have been two news stories about women on the front
page of Wikinews in the past two days. (Both are sport stories about
softball.) It is nice to see front page coverage for them.
If you haven't written for Wikinews, I highly encourage you to do so. The
style guide can be found at
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Style_guideand if you follow the
directions, it is pretty easy to get your article
published, have it appear in Google News searchers and appear on the front
page. I wrote up my first editing experience at
I found the process much easier, especially for original research,
English Wikipedia. The expectations are very clear. There is a review
process to let you know issues. The people helping have been fantastic and
are pretty accessible for asking questions. If you do an interview with
some one or some other original reporting, you can use the source you
create for Wikipedia as an article source. (Though sadly, not for
It would be great to see a wider variety of women's topics covered on
(sorry for crossposting)
2nd CALL FOR PAPERS - Wikipedia Academy 2012: Research and Free Knowledge.
June 29 - July 1, 2012 | Berlin, Germany
Conference Website: http://wikipedia-academy.de/2012/wiki/Main_Page
Submit your papers here: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wpac2012
The “Wikipedia Academy 2012: Research and Free Knowledge” provides a
platform for the research community and the Wikipedia community to
connect, present, discuss and advance research on Wikipedia in
particular and on free knowledge in general.
The Wikipedia Academy 2012 is organized by Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for
Internet and Society and Freie Universität Berlin. The conference will
take place in Berlin, 29 June to 1 July 2012. The event will be open
to all interested parties and features a variety of session formats
ranging from workshops, panel discussions and tracks with traditional
paper and poster presentations to break-out sessions, lightning talks,
speed geeking and a free culture brunch. We particularly invite young
doctoral and postdoctoral researcher to participate and to submit
For research paper and poster sessions, we would like to encourage the
submission of extended abstracts addressing issues in the overall
nexus of Wikipedia and free knowledge.
== Dates ==
* Submission of extended abstracts: 31 March 2012
* Notification of acceptance: 1 May 2012
* Submission of full papers: 1 June 2012
* Event: 29 June - 1 July 2012
== Topics of interest ==
Submissions are invited for the categories following below. Further
details will be available soon on the conference website:
=== Research on Users of and Contributors to Wikipedia ===
* Diversity among users of and contributors to Wikipedia (e.g. gender gap)
* Influencing participation by adapting user interfaces in open
* Using information visualization as information instrument to users
=== Wikipedia Global ===
* Relations and Differences between national Wikipedias
* Differences between and critique of free/open knowledge ideologies
* Regional studies of Wikipedia and free knowledge with global lessons
=== Sharing Cultures and Practices ===
* Sharing culture(s) in Wikipedia and other projects of commons-based
* Incentives, innovation and community dynamics in open collaborative
* Wiki theory and wiki practices
=== Economic and Regulatory Aspects of Free Knowledge ===
* Economic, regulatory and societal implications of (increased) access
to free knowledge
* Different Modes of Governance: Emergence of Order and Coordination
* The role of licensing decisions for Wikipedia and other
collaborative forms of knowledge production
=== Wikipedia Analytics ===
* Wikis and Wikipedia as a research tool
* Analyzing Wikipedia as a source of "Big Data"
* Assessing and measuring the quality of Wikipedia articles
== Submission Guidelines ==
Extended Abstracts must be submitted by the given deadline for peer
review. Conference language is English, exceptions can be made on a
case-by-case basis. Submission entails a commitment that at least one
author will attend the event in the case of acceptance and deliver a
full paper version prior to the event. Also, authors grant the
organizers the right to publish accepted papers in the form of online
proceedings or a similar format, to be determined at a later stage. In
addition, accepted submissions will be automatically licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license unless the authors
explicitly state in their submission that they wish to opt out of this
licensing agreement. We encourage authors to use said license in order
to promote open access to scholarly work although decisions to opt out
will be respected and will not influence the review process in any
way. In any case, authors of accepted submissions cannot opt out from
the basic condition that they grant the organizers the right to
publish at least the extended abstract online.
Please submit your extended abstract (about 2-3 pages) in PDF, Open
Document Format (ODF) or plain text format at:
Note: You will need an easychair account to submit. You can create one
on the spot if you do not have one yet.
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
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Tel.: +49 30 219158260
Helfen Sie mit, dass WIKIPEDIA von der UNESCO als erstes digitales
Weltkulturerbe anerkannt wird. Unterzeichnen Sie die Online-Petition:
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.
V. Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts
Berlin-Charlottenburg unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig
anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin,
I am writing to invite each one of you to India WikiWomen's
has been scheduled for 25th March 2012, Sunday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
It's probably not possible for all of us to meet physically to celebrate
Women's Month but we all meet virtually - online!
During the two hour time slot we all will be editing an article which will
be pre-selected by way of nomination and votes. Depending on the number of
members joining in we can also organise an IRC meet to meet each other
before and during the event.
Everyone is welcome to come edit Wikipedia with us at this event. Women,
new editors, all those who relate to women's history or women's issues,
those who want to learn how to edit or can teach others how, and anyone
with an interest in women's history are particularly encouraged to attend.
Please sign Up here<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/India_WikiWomen%27s_Edit-a-Th…>and
suggest and vote for articles
Nomination for articles will be closed by 22nd of March and the voting will
be closed by 24th March. Hurry! :)
Thanks Nitika <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Nitika.t>, for bringing up
I welcome all of you to participate by editing subjects about women's
history and more. Everyone is welcome!
User : Netha Hussain <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Netha_Hussain> on
Student of Medicine and Surgery
Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode
Blogs : *nethahussain.blogspot.com
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Donna Benjamin <donna(a)digitisethedawn.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 7:01 AM
Subject: A Digital Dawn - online today to celebrate IWD
To: digitisethedawn <digitisethedawn(a)gmail.com>
International Women's Day 2012
The Dawn is now available online.
Thank you all so much for playing your part in making this happen.
Digitise The Dawn
The campaign to digitise Louisa Lawson's Journal for Australian Women
In case you're in the Washington, DC Metro area on March 30...
/*She Blinded Me With Science*/*- A celebration of Smithsonian women
Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution Archives
**March 30 - 1 to 5 pm
*This event, held at the Smithsonian Institution Archives is an
edit-a-thon devoted to improving content about women in science related
to the Smithsonian. Attendees will have a chance to work with
Smithsonian archivists and it'll be a good old time.
*Wikimedia DC Happy Hour*
At Hill Country BBQ in Penn Quarter
Hope you can join us! Please forward to interested parties and bring a
(It's a Friday afternoon because the archives aren't open on Saturdays)
*/Wikimedia Foundation Community Fellow/*
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On the Women's History Month event in SF and the Bay Area
There's a mistaken assumption that new contributors-to-be know how to sign themselves up for this event. Not true. I'm adding those who plan to attend, and they are not yet 'users.' Seems fine, but complete newcomers, no matter how promising, do not know their way around a Wikipedia sign up page.
Am getting read for a couple large sends via contact groups, let's see what happens. Who else is doing this? I've mentioned the Clayman and the Borg Institutes.