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From: Dario Taraborelli <dtaraborelli(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Applications open for WikiCite (Berlin, May 25-26,
To: "Discussion list for the Wikidata project." <
wikidata(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Research into Wikimedia content and
communities <wiki-research-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia developers <
Citations and references are the building blocks of Wikimedia projects.
However, as of today, they are still treated as second-class citizens.
Structured data bases such as Wikidata offer a unique opportunity
turn into reality over a decade of endeavors to build the sum of all
citations and bibliographic metadata into a centralized repository. To
coordinate upcoming work in this space, we're organizing a technical event
in late May and opening up applications for prospective participants.
*WikiCite 2016 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiCite_2016>* is a
hands-on event focused on designing data models and technology to *improve
the coverage, quality, standards-compliance and machine-readability of
citations and source metadata in Wikipedia, Wikidata and other Wikimedia
projects*. Our goal, in particular, is to define a technical roadmap for
building a repository of all Wikimedia references in Wikidata.
We are bringing together Wikidatans, Wikipedians, software engineers, data
modelers, and information and library science experts from organizations
including *Crossref*, *Zotero*, *CSL*, *ContentMine*, *Google*, *Datacite*,
*NISO*, *OCLC* and the *NIH*. We are also inviting academic researchers
with experience working with Wikipedia's citations and bibliographic data.
WikiCite will be hosted in *Berlin* on *May 25-26, 2016*. Participation to
the event is capped at about 50 participants and we expect to have a number
of open slots for applicants:
- if you were pre-invited and have already filled in a form, you will
receive a separate note from the organizers
- if you have not been invited but you would like to participate, please
fill in this application form <http://goo.gl/forms/Yv6rve2wCt> to give
us some information about you and your interest and expected contribution
to the event.
Please help us pass this on to anyone who has done important technical work
on Wikimedia references and citations.
- *March 29, 2016*: applications open
- *April 11, 2016*: applications close
- *April 15, 2016*: notifications of acceptance are issued (if you
applied for a travel grant, we'll be able to confirm by this date if we
cover the costs of your trip)
For any question, you can contact the organizing committee:
*Dario Taraborelli *Head of Research, Wikimedia Foundation
wikimediafoundation.org • nitens.org • @readermeter
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der neue Wikimedia Deutschland Blogpost
GLAM Thematik ist online.
Herzlich und die besten Wünsche zu Ostern.
Dear list readers,
please check out the new WMDE blogpost on GLAM. In a nut shell : where
GLAMs fail crossing the threshold to the net.
kindly & all the best for your holidays
Kuratorin für Kulturpartnerschaften
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | NEU: Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-(0)44
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, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
Some of the goals for the project Connected Open Heritage (COH) are to
raise awareness and to reach out to experts. To achieve that we plan to
present and participate at a number of English and Swedish speaking
conferences and events.
We have prepared a list,
possible opportunities, but as we know there are more interesting things
happening all over the world, we invite you to add to the list. You can
both add events and conferences you think would be interesting for the
project, but also if you are attending an event and think you could talk
about COH in some way.
Feel free to add things here, to the list or to the talk page.
+46 (0)733 96 55 65
Twitter: @Haxpett <https://twitter.com/#%21/haxpett>
Stöd fri kunskap, bli medlem i Wikimedia Sverige.
Läs mer på *wikimedia.se/sv/blimedlem <http://wikimedia.se/sv/blimedlem>*
I'm very happy to announce that thanks to Wikimedia Italia since the
beginning of March and until the end of April I am working as Wikipedian in
Residence at MUSE - Museum of Science in Trento (north-east of Italy).
Muse was born in 2013 as the successor of the Trento Museum of Natural
Science in a brand new building by Renzo Piano.
Muse will contribute with image and scanned texts and its researchers will
contribute to articles.
Here is the project page on Italian Wikipedia:
Here is a pic of a grey-faced sengi, a species discovered in 2008 by Rovero
and Rathbun, taken by Rovero itself:
Here is a very old book about distillation owned by Muse library which I am
digitizing on Wikisource:
Please contact me if you have any question, suggestion, etc. You can write
me an email, or on my user talk.
I am Jaqen on Wikimedia projects, but as a WIR I am using the
account Niccolò Caranti (MUSE).
This is an update on the information that I sent to you the other day:
Wikimedia Technical Operations department is planning an important test of
the new "full" data center in Texas. The test will result in about 30
minutes of downtime for all the wikis, including Commons, Meta, Outreach,
all Wikipedias, etc. on two days that week. You will be able to read but
*This work was originally scheduled for this coming week, but has been
postponed until the week of 18–23 April 2016.*
Note that these two pages have slightly different dates; I'm trying to
figure out which is the correct set of dates. If you are scheduling
training events or edit-a-thons during that week, then you may want to
contact me to get updated information soon.
Also, if you experienced problems with the five-minute read-only test on
Tuesday, 15 March around 07:05 UTC, or if you have suggestions for places
to announce this, then please contact me in e-mail offlist or on wiki at
Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
The Wikimedia Technical department is doing a major test for a new data
center. This work will improve the reliability of the servers and their
ability to recover from a major disaster. As part of this work, it will
briefly be necessary to put all of the wikis into read-only mode. This
will make it *impossible to edit or save any page* on Wikipedia or any
related project, including the Outreach wiki, during those times.
The current schedule  is this:
* No editing for 5 minutes on Tuesday, 15 March at 07:00 UTC (3:00 a.m. EDT)
* No editing for 15 to 30 minutes on Tuesday, 22 March
* No editing for 15 to 30 minutes on Thursday, 24 March
The exact time for the second and third events has not been determined. It
will be posted at . It will probably be during a low-traffic time such
as 7:00 UTC.
I am sending this information to these lists because being unable to edit
would obviously be very disruptive to any training classes or
edit-a-thons. I apologize for the late notice. I hope that this will not
interfere with any of your work.
There is more information posted here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/Server_switch_2016 If you have
questions for me, then please contact me on wiki at
Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) Committee is seeking new members for
its final round (before IEG transitions into the Project Grants program
We are aiming to finalize committee membership by April 1st, and ask
interested candidates to submit their names by March 25th here:
*About the committee*
We are a consensus-based volunteer committee with members who come from
over 15 different wikis and collectively speak over 10 languages. We review
grant applications in four categories: Research, Tools, Online Community
Organizing, and Offline Outreach and Partnerships.
This round will also follow directly on the heels of the second Inspire
currently underway and focused on 'Content Curation and Review
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire/FAQ>' so we expect
that to be a prominent theme in the proposals this round.
For more info about IEG, the committee, timelines, and tasks, visit
*Committee membership criteria*
We look for the following qualities and qualifications in committee members:
- Experience with the Wikimedia movement and at least one Wikimedia
- Experience with some aspect of Wikimedia programmatic or project-based
work, e.g. editor engagement, WikiProjects or other on-wiki organizing
processes, outreach, events, partnerships, research, education, gadget or
- Ability to edit basic wiki-markup (grant proposal discussions are
largely conducted on meta-wiki).
- Reasonable facility with English, for reviewing and discussing grant
- In good community- and legal- standing (not currently blocked or
banned, involved in allegations of unethical financial behavior, etc).
- Availability to actively engage in the selection process during the
published schedule for that round (time commitment is about 3 hours per
week, plus 1 extra day for scoring).
- Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an
intended on-wiki or online impact.
- Experience handling externally provided money and working within
budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
- Experience applying for grants or working in grants programs (in the
Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
- Ability to read and write in multiple languages.
- Members may apply for an Individual Engagement Grant themselves, but
they will recuse themselves from reviewing proposals in the same category
as their own during that round.
- Membership does not conflict with membership in other Wikimedia
committees, including the Grant Advisory Committee
the Wikimania Scholarships Committee.