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From: Chris "Jethro" Schilling <cschilling(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 3:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] November 30 deadline for new Project Grant
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The open call for Project Grants is officially underway! As you prepare
your proposals this month, please keep in mind that the final deadline is
November 30th, and that this will be only the only open call for Project
Grants during this fiscal year, which ends on June 30th, 2019. To learn
more about this grant program and how to prepare an application, please
visit our landing page on Meta. <
In addition to the resources mentioned in the prior announcement, we have
scheduled some proposal clinics where applicants will be able to discuss
their proposals or ask questions with Wikimedia Foundation staff using
Google Meet or using IRC. Some of these will be themed toward specific
topics (such as proposals involving a GLAM-related project), and others
will be more general. For a list of scheduled proposal clinics, please
review the Project Grants landing page on Meta. <
clinics may be added throughout the month.
Chris "Jethro" Schilling
I JethroBT (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:I_JethroBT_(WMF)>
Program Officer, Wikimedia Foundation
On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 8:08 PM Chris "Jethro" Schilling <
> Hi everyone,
> The open call for the Wikimedia Foundation Project Grants program will
> begin on November 1, when we begin public review of new proposals. The
> final deadline is November 30th for all submissions. <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>. Importantly, this will
> be the only open call for Project Grants in the current fiscal year, which
> ends on June 30th 2019.
> We are also seeking additional volunteer candidates to expand the Project
> Grants Committee. More information is provided at the end of this email.
> Project Grant funds are available to support individuals, groups and
> organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas, whether
> focused on building a new tool or gadget, organizing a better process on
> your wiki, researching an important issue, coordinating an editathon
> or providing other support for community building.
> We offer the following resources to help you plan your project and
> complete a grant proposal:
> * Tutorials for writing a strong application: <
> * General planning page for Project Grants: <
> * Program guidelines and criteria: <
> Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal
> support upon request. Contact us at projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org if you
> would like feedback or more information.
> We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and
> make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects. Put your idea into
> motion, and submit your proposal by November 30th! <
> Volunteering for the Project Grants Committee
> We are also seeking candidates to participate in the Project Grants
> Committee, the volunteer decision-making body that reviews all Project
> Grant proposals and decides which projects to fund. Committee members
> diverse backgrounds with skill sets like:
> * On-wiki editing and experience
> * Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended
> on-wiki or online impact.
> * Background in handling externally provided money and working within
> budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
> * Any grants you've applied for or worked in grant programs (in the
> Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
> * Expertise in areas like knowledge equity or knowledge as a service, that
> will help us move toward our movement strategic direction
> * Software or research expertise
> If you are interested in serving as a committee member, you cand find more
> information and submit your candidacy here by November 15th: <
> Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with
> your grant application, or about serving on the Project Grants Committee.
> Contact us at projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org.
> Take care,
> Chris "Jethro" Schilling
> I JethroBT (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:I_JethroBT_(WMF)>
> Program Officer, Wikimedia Foundation
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TL;DR: alert level on Wikidata Query Service have been increased, any
Icinga alert should now be treated seriously.
As you might know already, we're having trouble keeping up on updates
on the public Wikidata Query Service cluster. We're working on it, but
it is a hard problem. At the same time, known use cases of the public
WDQS endpoint don't depend on a short update lag.
As such, we have increased the alerting threshold on update lag for
this public cluster to 6h / 12h for WARNING / CRITICAL . This does
not actually change the quality of service of WDQS public endpoints,
but somewhat aligns expectations and reality. It also means that all
alerts raised by WDQS should now be treated seriously and not ignored
as known issues with no immediate solution.
At the same time, we're having a conversation of what the service
level of that cluster should be . Feel free to join that
conversation if you are impacted (or just if you have interesting
thoughts on the subject).
Thanks for your patience,
Operations Engineer, Search Platform
UTC+1 / CET
Dear Wikidata list,
our Illuminati-budget is still not yet exhausted. Let me send out a second call for our workshop next week:
We are planning to use our upcoming yearly Illuminati-Workshop at the Gotha Research Centre to get a better idea of the database we have created in the past months at
We can offer grants for travel expenses (in central Europe) and accommodation in Gotha - and will give you insight into the present state of research into the real Illuminati, those of the 1770s and 1780s.
We are looking for creative ideas of what to do with our wikibase installation (you can see some sample queries here: https://database.factgrid.de/wiki/Sample_queries).
* How would we best connect our database to Wikidata?
* What intriguing visualizations could we offer?
* What searches would be possible?
* What should we do with our old media wiki (https://projekte.uni-erfurt.de/illuminaten/Main_Page)? - a site which is presently still far more valuable with its transcripts of and commentary on documents (we would love to migrate all its content into the new database).
* How would we organise a crowd sourced project on the new database?
The workshop will begin on Friday 16, 9:am with scholarly talks for those interested. We will open the data mining section in the early afternoon and give here an introduction into
* our database,
* our data and
* the history and structures of the Order (which we would love to better explore with the database).
The data miners would have the ensuing afternoon and early evening and part of Saturday morning for exploration. We would eat out together and exchange views again on Saturday morning.
Here our German program with Google translation: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1151
Contact olaf.simons(a)pierre-marteau.com during the next three days to make reservations.
Looking forward to the event,
Dr. Olaf Simons
Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt
Schloss Friedenstein, Pagenhaus
Privat: Hauptmarkt 17b/ 99867 Gotha
New designs are up for structured copyright and licensing statements ,
based on feedback from the first round of designs. Please take some time to
look over the new mockups and tell us what you think. How copyright and
licensing is displayed in structured data is extremely important, and the
development team needs to hear from you.
Thanks, enjoy your weekend.
Community Relations Specialist