I'm very proud to announce the release of our new tool: warc2zim.
Warc2zim is a command line tool for GNU/Linux and macOS which allows to
convert a WARC file to a ZIM file. WARC being a widely used storage
format of the archive world, warc2zim offers new opportunities to reuse
WARC stored data and benefit of the whole feature set of the ZIM file
format and readers like Kiwix.
The tool has been achieved with the strong collaboration of the
Webrecorder team. It is one milestone of a bigger project called Zimit,
a project we run we the sponsoring of the Mozilla Foundation.
The ZIM created using that process works slightly differently than the
traditional ones (the ZIM specification is formally respected). We are
currently running an effort to update all the Kiwix readers, but it
already works well with Kiwix Serve.
The tool is distributed at:
More news to come about warc2zim and Zimit in January 2020.
Happy offline reading!
Kiwix - Wikipedia Offline & more
* Web: https://kiwix.org/
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/KiwixOffline
* Wiki: https://wiki.kiwix.org/
Hello everyone !
This is my privilege to suggest the adoption of a dedicated logo for our
We currently operate under the generic wikimedia logo for our UserGroup.
A couple of weeks ago, Stephane told me one of his team members
(user:Schlag88) would possibly have some free time to do a design work.
I thought suggesting a brand new dedicated logo for our UG would be very
welcome and sweet to us.
And there you go ! We have a really well-done proposition in our hands.
Please check it out : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Offline_UG.svg
I am in support of this logo because it carries a meaningful message to
me. Here is what I see in it :
* Low part of the logo is our planet, figuring our World.
* Middle part represent the "disconnection", being offline
* Top part is our worldwide network, connecting people
What do you think ? Do we adopt it ? :)
Thanks especially to Benjamin Bach in Denmark who made this happen, by
referring the BBC's "People Fixing the World" program to me and others
earlier this summer. Yes this podcast is only 23min, but it took many
months of hard work to pull together!
Huge Thank You to Anish Mangal whose Internet-in-a-Box community action in
remote Northern India truly brought this podcast to life — and to everyone
who pulled together, so that the global public rich and poor listen up —
and wake up to all these many amazing "Offline Internet" initiatives...
All thanks to BBC producer Tim Colls himself, who courageously went far
beyond the usual Technology Solutionism — carefully addressing "Educational
Imperialism" and the ethics of ignoring grassroots community voices — *and
what everyone of us CAN in fact do about this:*
How to put the internet in a box
People Fixing the World <https://pod.link/1177590377>Oct 19, 2020
*Thanks to Everyone catalyzing these grassroots learning hubs of all kind,
in your own country AND in your own culture!*
In that spirit (how can we *each* help, everyone in *their* our way)
anybody with even the most basic Linux skills should consider trying
out an Internet-in-a-Box
7.2 <https://github.com/iiab/iiab/wiki/IIAB-7.2-Release-Notes> pre-release
to craft their very own "community learning hotspot." Thereby seeding
exactly such Sneakernet-of-Alexandria "Burnings for Learnings" peoples
networks, in any rural or impoverished community that you can find, that
deserves its own aspirational tools...
- What are the most humane Sneakernets-of-Alexandria currently being
built today, around this planet?
- How should these distant human networks in health clinics / schools
/ prisons / libraries (and in your own home!) tangibly learn from each
other, co-curating to Pay It Forward helping others?
*None of us have all the answers in 2020! But Internet-in-a-Box
<http://internet-in-a-box.org/> is one key piece of this puzzle
and installable on most any Raspberry Pi or PC <http://download.iiab.io/>,
if you too can enable kids/communities and civic networks in your part of
the world. So do write us
<http://internet-in-a-box.org/pages/contributing.html> if you have any
questions about how best to make this possible, so we help each you (and
help each other!) materially help others ~*
(Apologies for cross-posting.)
Last month, we shared a survey to inform the planning and funding processes
of Wikipedia 20 anniversary celebrations. The survey results have
demonstrated interest in hosting virtual and in-person events around the
world to celebrate Wikipedia’s 20th birthday.
We are excited to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation will be supporting
individuals and groups planning to hold Wikipedia 20 celebration events
through the Rapid Grants program.
The Rapid Grants program can support event plans with a budget ranging from
500 USD, up to 2,000 USD. All the details, the eligibility criteria, and
the application form are available on the Wikipedia 20 grants meta page. 
Applications for Rapid Grants are accepted between the 1st and 15th of each
month, and a decision on the application is, typically, ready by the end of
that month. For applicants who would like to host Wikipedia celebration
events during the month of January 2021, we highly recommend applying as
soon as possible (i.e. during the November 2020 cycle). For later events
through the end of 2021, applications will continue to be open later in the
*Other funding opportunities*
If your plans for the Wikipedia 20 celebration event don’t meet some of the
eligibility criteria for a Rapid Grant (e.g. your budget is expected to
exceed $2000), you may want to consider reducing the scale of your
activities, or to explore other grant opportunities that may better support
Additional funding for Conference & Event grantees (e.g. for a regional
or thematic conference) who wish to incorporate a celebration event to an
existing conference. 
Conference & Event Grants to support celebration events for more than
2000 USD. 
*Round one applications for Conference & Event grants is now closed.
Details for round two (for events that will be held between July and
December 2021) will be announced on the conference and event grants page.
For more information on Wikipedia 20, please visit the Wikipedia 20 grants
meta page. 
Thank you and please share the message with your communities!
On behalf of the Wikipedia 20 team, Samir Elsharbaty
Samir Elsharbaty (he/him)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
For your information
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Sujet : Brand Project to pause until March 2021 - Sharing survey report
Date : Tue, 6 Oct 2020 18:34:47 +0200
De : Samir Elsharbaty <selsharbaty(a)wikimedia.org>
Dear Affiliate Liaisons,
We hope you and your communities are safe and well. We are writing today
to share some big updates.
1. The Brand Project will pause until March 2021.
On 24 of September Zack McCune and Heather Walls attended the Board
meeting and recommended that the Brand Project pauses until March 2021.
As referenced in the community open letter, many Wikimedia movement
activities, events and key collaborations have been put on hold or
restructured due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe this should
also include the Brand Project. The Board resolved to pause the project
and stated this publicly
2. The project’s process will evolve with guidance from a new ad-hoc
During the pause, a small ad-hoc Board committee will be formed to
liaise with staff, and develop a process of collaboration and
decision-making appropriate for the Movement’s brand. This committee
will include Trustees James Heilman, Raju Narisetti, and Shani Evenstein
Sigalov. There is also the intention to include a small number of
community representatives from affiliates, open letter signatories,
emerging communities, and Foundation staff to be designated by the
Executive Director. We’ll update you with more details on the committee
3. The naming survey report
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. Here is the executive summary:
Affiliates in Asia and Africa agree the most that a Wikipedia-based
naming system "will help their affiliate" compared to European and
North American affiliates who mostly disagree.
“Network”, “Organization”, “Trust”, and “Wiki” terms were ranked low
and should be removed from future naming considerations. “Movement”
term was productively associated with humans, progression, the
future, and social justice and should be further refined.
No single naming system showed sufficient scoring to be recommended,
and a second round of revision is advised (as per original project
plan) once the pause has been completed.
To learn more about what naming elements should be removed, refined and
recombined please view the full report
Thank you for all your participation in the Brand Project so far, we
hope you enjoy the pause and we look forward to collaborating with you
again next year.
Samir and the Brand Project Team
Samir Elsharbaty (he/him)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>