Hope you have been well! We have just released v4.0 of the Commons Android
app to production on Google Play - this version includes tons of new
features (a map displaying nearby Commons pictures, custom SPARQL queries,
user profiles, and a custom picture selector), as well as fixes for major
bugs such as the "date uploaded" bug. The app can be downloaded from the
Play Store or directly from our GitHub repository.
I should probably also add that this will likely be my last release - I am
currently transitioning to a new career, and will be stepping down from the
role of project lead, which I have held for the past 6 years. I intend to
stick around on a volunteer basis, but the amount of time that I can put
into the app from now on will be much more limited. I have discussed this
with the app's community, and I believe that a new grant team might be
emerging, and one of the volunteers might step up to take on the project
Thank you very much for the support that you have all shown to the Commons
app over the years. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with all of you
- I have learned so much and met so many amazing people in the Wikimedia
community, and I certainly hope to continue being part of it. I also hope
that the app and the community surrounding it may have benefited from my
work here, and that the new team will be able to bring it to places that I
might not have ever foreseen.
Josephine (User: Misaochan)
If this isn't the best place to ask this question, please let me know.
I used to enjoy the Wikipedia app's functionality for finding articles by
location. It was good for exploring interesting places near and far and
learning about what was there.
That feature seems to have been dropped, so I made my own FOSS app,
available here: https://github.com/matthew-matvei/wikiscape
It's very basic but it's enough for my own personal use. *I wanted to know
if there was any interest in Wikimedia to bring some attention to the
project, initially with developers and then users.* If there is, I'd be
happy developing it further to support more advanced features; if there
isn't, then I would leave it where it is, which would be a shame since I
can't help but think I'm not the only one who misses the simple 'Map'
functionality in the old Wikipedia app.
I've checked out the seemingly similar Wikivoyage, but found that it
doesn't aim to provide the same functionality of exploring wikipedia
content using map-based location that Wikiscape would serve to provide.
Please let me know if there's any interest.
Hope you are all safe and well. We have just released v3.1.0 of the Commons
app for beta testing last week, containing basic integration for Wiki Loves
You can find more details about our implementation (and the challenges that
we faced) at
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Mobile_app/WLM_release , but the
summary is that WLM pins have been added to our Nearby map, for WLM
monuments. From now until 30 September, people can upload photos of
monuments through this map, and if their country is participating in WLM
2021, the relevant template will be added to these uploads.
Please do help us test this beta version if you can - we hope to release to
production early next week so all users can access it. :)
We're excited to present our latest release of the Wikipedia Android app
now on the Google Play Store (or as a standalone download
for devices without Google). Here are the major highlights from this update:
* *Watchlists*: Your watchlist is now accessible from the main screen when
you are logged in. Tap the "More" menu at the bottom and select
"Watchlist." If you have multiple languages selected in the app, the
Watchlist screen will merge your watchlists from those language wikis. You
can also choose which languages to show by tapping the language icon in the
toolbar at the top. Tap any of the items in your watchlist to see a
detailed diff screen for the selected change. And of course, to add any
article you're currently reading to your watchlist, tap the top-right menu
in the toolbar, and select "Add to watchlist."
* *Talk pages*: Article talk pages and User talk pages are now presented
natively. When reading an article, the corresponding talk page is
accessible by scrolling to the bottom and selecting "View talk page." User
talk pages can be accessed from various places where user interactions
might occur, including your watchlist, various push notifications (e.g.
messages left by other users on your talk page), and other users' and
article talk pages.
In addition to these major updates, this release has plenty of bug fixes,
design refinements, and performance optimizations. Check it out, and as
always, we welcome your feedback!
*Special note*: This release is dedicated to the memory of our late
colleague and friend Bernd Sitzmann, a brilliant developer and a wonderful
person, without whom the app wouldn't be what it is today. He will be
Lead Software Engineer (Android)
(Apologies for cross-posting!)
The Community Resources team is inviting you to an exciting opportunity to
be a committee member as part of the grants programs' participatory
Participatory grantmaking ensures that resourcing community efforts in the
movement is diverse, equal and inclusive. This practice aligns with
movement strategy recommendation 4. Ensure Equity in Decision-making:
Establishing shared responsibility and accountability for decision-making
and distribution of resources.
Serving committee members will have the opportunity to inform and advise
funding decisions and proactively share recommendations and mentorship to
support grantees worldwide in their development, growth, and sustainability
strategies; that contribute to a world in which every single human being
can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
You will also strengthen your capacity in participatory decision-making
processes while learning about our community's incredible work and the
different contexts that influence their work.
Here is statement by current committee member, Thepwnco, on their
My experiences with Wikimedia Foundation grant programs have been very
rewarding and I feel so fortunate to have served as a volunteer committee
member since 2014. Grant programs contribute to equity and sustainability
in our movement through funding unmet and under-resourced needs. Under our
participatory approach to grantmaking, volunteers play a key role in
decision-making. Volunteers also help support and strengthen community-led
initiatives by reviewing grant proposals for impact and providing feedback
and other support to prospective grantees. But being a volunteer committee
member is much more than just a way to share your knowledge and insights,
it’s also an incredible opportunity to learn and be inspired by the breadth
of amazing and innovative work taking place across the movement and in
diverse communities and regions.
Here are the committees that are currently soliciting new members:
* Project Grants: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project
** Project Grants Committee reviewing Community Organizing proposals: This
committee reviews proposals for projects that inspire and coordinate
volunteers, via campaigns, training, contests and other forms of community
organizing. You can learn more about Project Grants here:
** Project Grants Committee reviewing Research and Software proposals: This
committee reviews proposals for projects that create or maintain software
that supports the Wikimedia movement, or that conduct research to answer
questions important for Wikimedia communities and projects.
* Simple Annual Plan Grants:
** Simple APG Committee: This committee reviews proposals to fund a group
or organization's programs and operating expenses for 12 months. The groups
and organizations need to already have experience managing programs and
Orientation and training is provided for new members and you don’t have to
have previous experience to sign up.
Committee responsibilities include:
* Providing review and constructive feedback to help support applicants and
strengthen grant proposals
* Evaluating and recommending promising proposals for funding
* Helping recruit and spread the word about grants
* Optional: Becoming a project advisor for proposals that interest you
Eligibility requirements for committee members can be found here:
* Project Grants :
* Simple APG: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Simple/Committee
You can sign up as a candidate for a committee here:
Deadlines for submitting committee candidacy:
* Project Grants Committee reviewing Community Organizing proposals --
February 5, 2020
* Project Grants Committee reviewing Research and Software proposals --
March 5, 2020
* Simple APG Committee -- February 5, 2020
Please reach out to projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org for questions on the
Project Grants Committee and simple(a)wikimedia.org for questions on the
Simple APG Committee.
Veronica Thamaini, Program Officer for Simple APG
Marti Johnson, Program Officer for Project Grants
Chris Schilling, Program Officer for Rapid Grants
*Chris Schilling* (him/his/they/their)
User:I JethroBT (WMF)
Senior Program Officer, Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Hope you've been well. The Commons Android app team is stoked to be
releasing v3.0 of the app for beta testing! This version has several new
- The ability to pause and resume uploads, and the addition of a limited
- Structured data integration in our upload flow, whereby users can search
for and select "depicts" for their image
- The addition of a Leaderboard feature in our Achievements pane
- Users can now add and modify categories for their own uploads from within
- New UI with bottom navigation bar
If you'd like to help test the new version, please do sign up for beta
testing on our app's Google Play listing. Feedback, bug reports, and
suggestions are always welcome in our GitHub repo. :)
Thanks for your support!
Josephine / @misaochan (Commons app project lead)
I'm excited to share the release of the Vue.js Migration Project
This is an update on the Foundation's evaluation and adoption of
Vue.js framework for building user-interfaces in a modern,
developer-friendly, inclusive, and internationalization-ready way. It
is a result of the platform evolution program recommendations.
We aim to achieve this with help of the shared components and patterns
library Wikimedia Vue UI (WVUI). We project to implement first,
slimmed-down components for it as part of the Vue.js Search Case
Please find further details on the article. Also keep in mind, that
the shared charter reflects current planning and is subject to
repeated evaluation and possible change. Provide any feedback or
questions, on the talk page, technical issues and ideas on
Phabricator tagged with 'Vue.js' or directly to me.
Thanks specifically to Jazmin Tanner, who has played an essential part
in gathering inputs from all stakeholders and interested groups in
synthesizing the charter.
Also to Stephen Niedzielski as a thoughtful driver of the Vue.js
Search Case Study – one of the first major milestones. And generally,
thanks to all members of FAWG, WMDE, Product and Technology department
teams (Reading Web, Editing, Growth, Language, Multimedia, Design,
Core Platform, Performance) involved and leadership for continuous
strong support of this wide-reaching project.
 - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Vue.js/Migration_Project_Charter
 - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Platform_Evolution
 - https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/4767/
 - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Vue.js/Migration_Project_Charter
 - https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/vue.js/