Hi all, I have some great news to share.
OCLC is partnering with the (US) National Network of Librarians of Medicine
(NNLM) to offer a free four week course, Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and
Medical Information that will empower you to confidently guide your patrons
to reliable resources on the internet. There is an upcoming preview webinar
on August 14th were you can find out more.
This is a follow on from our extremely popular Wikipedia + LIbraries
course that we offered in 2017.
Hope you will share the news in your communities and encourage people to
*From:* GLAM <glam-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org> *On Behalf Of *Maria Cruz
*Sent:* Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:47 AM
*To:* Wikimedia Education <education(a)lists.wikimedia.org>; Wikimedia & GLAM
collaboration [Public] <glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org>;
*Subject:* [External] [GLAM] Introducing Wikimedia Space: A space for
movement news and conversations
Today, the Wikimedia Foundation's Community Engagement department is
launching Wikimedia Space <https://space.wmflabs.org>, a platform for
movement <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement> organizers,
affiliates, contributors, partners, and the Foundation to share news,
questions, and conversations.
Learning from others has been the bedrock for development and growth in our
movement. With this platform, we want to promote these sorts of enriching
exchanges by welcoming people from every background to build strong and
diverse communities, breaking down the barriers for entry to our movement,
and focusing our efforts on facilitating collaboration, including from
communities that are new to our movement.
Wikimedia Space is a single place for collaboration, comprising Blog
<https://space.wmflabs.org/> and Discuss
<https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/> hubs. The Blog section provides a
movement-wide platform for project updates, recent events, and shared
learnings. We have designed editorial guidelines that allow everyone to
share their news with others. Wikimedia Space also allows anybody to add an
event, which can be discovered in a calendar
<https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/c/events/l/calendar> or a map
<https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/c/events/l/map> of the movement. We want
this new space to be safe and welcoming, especially for newcomers, and this
is why it is governed by a code of conduct
<https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/guidelines>, and relies on active
Wikimedia Space is currently a prototype, built on WordPress
<https://wordpress.org/> and Discourse <https://discourse.org/>. While at
present it only operates in English, it will evolve to include multiple
languages in the near future. This project is only possible with your
participation. Spread the news and join Wikimedia Space
Read more about the features you’ll find on our blog post. We have also
published posts on how to make this space yours, so it can best serve your
needs. You can find all the documentation for this project on its page on
See you at Wikimedia Space!
*María Cruz * \\ Communications and Outreach Manager, Community Engagement
\\ Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
mcruz(a)wikimedia.org | Twitter: @marianarra_
Hashtag Search <https://hashtags.wmflabs.org/> is a tool that allows users
to search for uses of hashtags in Wikimedia edit summaries. As of now, the
functionalities of the tool are quite basic - Few simple search options are
provided and the results are listed with the option to download them as
CSV. Many Wikimedia campaigns such as 1Lib1Ref use this tool to track edits
and users might want to get into more details for a particular search.
Along with my mentor Sam Walton, I have been working on a GSoC project “Create
a subpage for statistics and charts related to hashtag search’’
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T186706>. The aim of this project is to
create a subpage for helpful statistics and graphs related to the results
of a search.
After making some progress we have displayed the three primary graphs that
we were looking for - Top projects, Top users and edits over time. Users of
the tool can also download each of these statistics as CSV. They can also
view a complete list of editors and projects. We have setup a test instance
of the tool which you can find here: https://hashtags-staging.wmflabs.org/
After clicking on the above link a search form is provided where you can
search for a hashtag. Fill the form and make a search (You can also click
on one of the trending tags). Click on the “Show statistics” button in the
stats box. You will now arrive at the statistics page. Scroll the page to
see the graphs. You can also download the results as CSV. Search form is
also provided on the statistics page so that you could modify the search
Now we are trying to collect feedback from users of the tool so that we can
enhance the current functionality of the tool. Also we would love to know
what more statistics we could show on the subpage. If you have any
suggestions for us please let us know by commenting on my Pull Request:
https://github.com/WikipediaLibrary/hashtags/pull/31 or commenting on the
Phabricator for the project: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T218986.
The American Library Association meeting is later this week in Washington
DC. What sessions are there on Wikipedia, Wikidata and other projects?
I know of a few (below). What else is out there?
HOT TOPIC: Wikipedia for Health
6:00 – 6:15 pm, Washington Convention Center, OCLC Booth 1647
Sharon Streams, Director, WebJunction
Learn to evaluate Wikipedia's health and medical topics.
10:30 – 11:30 am, Washington Convention Center, Room 207B
OCLC Linked Data Roundtable: Stories from the Front
During this session, a panel of experts will share their current activities
and recent experiences with linked data (including Wikidata!) including
updates on OCLC's initiatives, an LC update on BIBFRAME, and more. Q&A will
follow the panelists' brief presentations. Panelists include:
Andrew Lih, Wikimedia DC - Outreach and GLAM
Matt Miller, Library of Congress
Anchalee "Joy" Panigabutra-Roberts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
News You Can Use Session:
OCLC Research Update: Active Engagement
10:30 – 11:30 am, Washington Convention Center, Room 151A
OCLC Research examines the challenges and issues currently facing libraries
and explores new and emerging areas of librarianship. In this session,
Andrew Pace, Executive Director for Technical Research, will explain OCLC
Research’s continuous cycle of active engagement with institutions;
examples will include current discovery and access projects, open content,
and Wikipedia, as well as details of OCLC’s recent linked data prototype.
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Director of Library Trends and User Research, will
share progress on case study research of public libraries responding to the
opioid crisis with community partners. And Chela Weber, Senior Program
Officer, Research Library Partnership, will talk about the work the
partnership is doing with libraries and archives in the area of special
collections. Time for Q&A will follow the presentations.
(Sorry for x-posting!)
Next Monday, June 24, between 1530-1700 UTC, the Wikipedia & Education User
Group will be hosing its bi-monthly Open Meeting and you're all invited!
The full meeting agenda is listed at the end, but it includes 2 featured
speakers this month: LiAnna Davis, from the Wiki Education Foundation in
the US, who will be talking about how to scale an education program;
Chaitanya Velaga from India, who will be talking about user retention and
project sustainability. We look forward to learning from their stories!
The meeting will be held between via this link: https://zoom.us/j/876197184.
Many thanks to WikiEd for hosting us using their account, so we can have
multiple people joining without any technical difficulties. :)
*Meeting Agenda: *
* General updates from the UG board
* Updates regarding the working groups, with a focus on the tech tools
survey we are planning
* Updates on the Education Space at Wikimania
* 2 featured speakers
* Q & A
*Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible! *
Shani, on behalf of The Wikipedia & Education User Group.
*Shani Evenstein Sigalov*
* Lecturer, Tel Aviv University.
* EdTech Innovation Strategist, NY/American Medical Program, Sackler School
of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
* PhD Candidate, School of Education, Tel Aviv University.
* OER & Emerging Technologies Coordinator, UNESCO Chair
<https://education.tau.ac.il/node/3495> on Technology, Internationalization
and Education, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
* Chairperson, WikiProject Medicine Foundation
* Chairperson, Wikipedia & Education User Group
* Chairperson, The Hebrew Literature Digitization Society
* Chief Editor, Project Ben-Yehuda <http://bybe.benyehuda.org>.
Results of Wikimedia Foundation ASBS elections. Congratulations to the
winners and a big thank you to those who put themselves forward for
election. I admire you!
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From: Ad Huikeshoven <ad(a)huikeshoven.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 11:55 PM
Subject: [All-affiliates] ASBS results
*Dear Wikimedians, We are writing to let you know the result of the
election for the 2 Affiliate Selected Board Seats on the Wikimedia
Foundation board. The successful candidates were Nataliia Tymkiv and Shani
Evenstein Sigalov. A total of 122 affiliates voted, 85% of the 143 eligible
to vote, which is a record. As you know the election was conducted under a
variation of the Single Transferable Vote, which meant that prorated votes
were redistributed between candidates to come up with the final result. In
the 10th step of counting the final place, after Nataliia Tymkiv was
elected, was between Shani Evenstein Sigalov (40.519678) and Richard Knipel
(40.480322). We have put the full count narrative on meta so that others
can verify it if they wish. It is the closest ASBS result for some time,
and all candidates brought very valuable perspectives to the work of the
WMF. In the 9th step of counting Reda Kerbouche lost by a very small
margin. Adding a ballot with rank #1 for Richard or Reda would result in
them being elected instead of Shani. The same goes for removing a ballot.
Changing the ranking on one of the ballots in a specific can way can result
in a different outcome for the second seat. This is an election in which
every vote counts. As in any election, there is a chance that some voters
misinterpreted the instructions and voted wrongly. We don't see a
justification for an action as extraordinary and controversial as opening
votes for review after the vote period is over. The instructions were
visible and clear: "Rank any candidate from 1 (your preferred candidate) to
11 (your least preferred candidate)." After voting, voters received a
confirmation email stating the name of each candidate they voted with the
number of their rank: Rank 1, Rank 2, ... The agency of voters should be
respected. As part of the retrospective we may identify areas of
improvements on our side, but still the process was quite simple and
documented. Some voters realized they made a mistake and requested a new
ballot. New ballots were issued in those cases. This choice was done
because of the specific situation of this election, since the process was
complex for new affiliates and participation, diversity and inclusion were
a clear goal. We have published on meta information about who got a new
ballot within the voting deadline. The Election Facilitators have been
available nearly 24 hours a day monitoring the various communication
channels to answer any questions affiliates might have. We did our best at
answering all of them. After our own scrutiny of the data, and based on our
experience in community processes, we strongly advise the community to
respect the integrity of the process, and advise against allowing any
modifications of votes at this point. If the votes had been reopened for
modification with or without publishing vote results, that would have
caused significant confusion and criticism that could have jeopardized the
entire election. We will publish a debrief with recommendations for a next
ASBS process on meta. We invite all representatives of affiliates to a
feedback session at Wikimania. We would like to congratulate Nataliia
Tymkiv and Shani Evenstein Sigalov and thank everyone who stood. Regards,
Ad Huikeshoven, Lane Rasberry, Jeffrey Keefer, Neal McBurnett, Abhinav
Srivastava, Alessandor MarchettiElection Facilitators 
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