We are delighted to announce that Wiki Workshop 2021 will be held
virtually in April 2021 and as part of the Web Conference 2021 .
The exact day is to be finalized and we know it will be between April
In the past years, Wiki Workshop has traveled to Oxford, Montreal,
Cologne, Perth, Lyon, and San Francisco, and (virtually) to Taipei.
Last year, we had more than 120 participants in the workshop and we
are particularly excited about this year's as we will celebrate the
20th birthday of Wikipedia.
We encourage contributions by all researchers who study the Wikimedia
projects. We specifically encourage 1-2 page submissions of
preliminary research. You will have the option to publish your work as
part of the proceedings of The Web Conference 2021.
You can read more about the call for papers and the workshop at
http://wikiworkshop.org/2021/#call. Please note that the deadline for
the submissions to be considered for proceedings is January 29. All
other submissions should be received by March 1.
If you have questions about the workshop, please let us know on this
list or at wikiworkshop(a)googlegroups.com.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in this year's edition.
Miriam Redi, Wikimedia Foundation
Bob West, EPFL
Leila Zia, Wikimedia Foundation
Hope this email finds you well. Crossposting this notification from
Wikimedia L. This is a gentle reminder about the Project Grants Program
open call that started on January 11, with the submission deadline of
February 10, 2021. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>. This
first open call will be focussed on Community Organizing proposals. A
second open call focused on research and software proposals is scheduled
from February 15 with a submission deadline of March 16, 2021.
For the Round 1 open call, we invite you to propose grant applications that
fall under community development and organizing (offline and online)
categories. Project Grant funds are available to support individuals,
groups, and organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas,
from organizing a better process on your wiki, coordinating a campaign or
editathon series to providing other support for community building. We
offer the following resources to help you plan your project and complete a
Weekly proposals clinics via Hangouts during the Open Call
Join us for real-time discussions with Program Officers and select thematic
experts and get live feedback about your Project Grants proposal. We’ll
answer questions and help you make your proposal better. <
> You can join the different proposal clinics on the following dates:
General Proposal Clinics
- Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM UTC - Videoconference link
- Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:00 PM UTC - Videoconference link
GLAM-themed Proposal Clinics
- Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:30 PM UTC - Videoconference link
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 9:30 AM UTC - Videoconference link
Campaign-themed Proposal Clinics
- Tuesday, January 26, 3:00 PM UTC - Videoconference link
- Thursday, February 4, 8:30 PM UTC - Videoconference link
We also offer these support pages to help you build your proposal:
* Video 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 February 10, 2021! <
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. Please check more about the
changes introduced in the Project Grants program in the forwarded email
Junior Program Officer
Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
> On Wed, 23 Dec 2020 at 09:54, Marti Johnson <mjohnson(a)wikimedia.org>
>> Hello Wikimedians,
>> I’m writing to announce the next opportunity for funding through the
>> Project Grants program, and to share changes in how review will happen in
>> the coming year and beyond.
>> Background context:
>> Over the past few months, the Wikimedia Foundation has begun work on a
>> new strategy for how we will structure our grants programs in the future,
>> with the goal of aligning more closely with the Wikimedia Movement’s 2030
>> Strategic Direction . We’ve been having conversations with many
>> stakeholders in the Wikimedia community and we’re in the process of
>> brainstorming about possible frameworks to improve how we make grants. This
>> coming year, 2021, will be an experimental year in which we will pilot some
>> smaller changes as we move toward a larger redesign process later in the
>> year and beyond.
>> How do I learn more about applying for project funding through Project
>> You can learn more about the guidelines for the Project Grants
>> program here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Learn
>> You can learn more about how to plan for a project proposal here:
>> You can learn about how to apply here:
>> What will change in the grant review process for Project Grants in 2021?
>> In previous rounds, all Project Grant proposals have been reviewed in
>> one round, inclusive of proposals related to four themes: research,
>> software, and online and offline community organizing. In 2021, we will
>> experiment with offering two separate and dedicated rounds. One will be
>> focused on online and offline community organizing. A second round will
>> focus on review of research and software grant proposals.
>> By offering separate, dedicated rounds, we hope to offer more
>> tailored support for applicants, with better integration with staff in the
>> Wikimedia Foundation who have relevant expertise, and with more focused
>> Committee recruitment to improve the quality of proposal review. We also
>> hope it will reduce the burden on volunteer committee reviewers in any
>> given round.
>> When will community organizing grant proposals be accepted?
>> The open call will launch January 11, and the submission deadline is
>> February 10, 2021.
>> The full schedule is posted here:
>> When will software and research grant proposals be accepted in 2021?
>> The open call will launch February 15, and the submission deadline is
>> March 16, 2021.
>> The full schedule is posted here:
>> How will this affect currently funded Project Grants?
>> Our intention is to make sure that current projects will not be
>> interrupted by this change, both with regard to current or planned work.
>> Will there be other changes coming in the future?
>> After these rounds, we expect bigger changes for Project Grants.
>> We are currently in a strategic design process and have been actively
>> engaging many stakeholders from around the world to help us think about
>> what these changes should look like.
>> Once we have draft frameworks ready, there will be opportunities for
>> feedback from Wikimedia community members before any decisions are
>> finalized. We will keep you updated!
>> Please let us know if you have any questions about these changes or if
>> you would like to learn more about how to get involved in the strategic
>> redesign process for Project Grants.
>> Warm regards,
>>  <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_2030>
>> *Marti Johnson*
>> *Pronouns: she/her/hersProgram Officer*
>> *Individual Grants*
>> *Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>*
>> *1 Montgomery, Ste. 1600*
>> *San Francisco, CA 94104*
>> +1 415-839-6885
>> Skype: Mjohnson_WMF
>> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
>> sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
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Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation  for their monthly
Office hours next week on 2021-02-02 at 17:00-18:00 PM UTC (9am PT/6pm
To participate, join the video-call via this Wikimedia-meet link . There
is no set agenda - feel free to add your item to the list of topics in the
etherpad  (You can do this after you join the meeting, too.), otherwise
you are welcome to also just hang out. More detailed information (e.g.
about how to attend) can be found here .
Through these office hours, we aim to make ourselves more available to
answer some of the research related questions that you as Wikimedia
volunteer editors, organizers, affiliates, staff, and researchers face in
your projects and initiatives. Some example cases we hope to be able to
support you in:
You have a specific research related question that you suspect you
should be able to answer with the publicly available data and you don’t
know how to find an answer for it, or you just need some more help with it.
For example, how can I compute the ratio of anonymous to registered editors
in my wiki?
You run into repetitive or very manual work as part of your Wikimedia
contributions and you wish to find out if there are ways to use machines to
improve your workflows. These types of conversations can sometimes be
harder to find an answer for during an office hour, however, discussing
them can help us understand your challenges better and we may find ways to
work with each other to support you in addressing it in the future.
You want to learn what the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation
does and how we can potentially support you. Specifically for affiliates:
if you are interested in building relationships with the academic
institutions in your country, we would love to talk with you and learn
more. We have a series of programs that aim to expand the network of
Wikimedia researchers globally and we would love to collaborate with those
of you interested more closely in this space.
You want to talk with us about one of our existing programs .
Hope to see many of you,
Martin (WMF Research Team)
(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/>
As part of the improvements on the support process
we would like to find ways to involve better the community in the
development of Wikidata. This is why, on top of the Wikidata and Wikibase
office hour, we are experimenting with a new format: the Wikidata bug
It's an online event where Lydia, the product manager of Wikidata, publicly
works on triaging development tasks (typically on Phabricator), improving
their descriptions, defining their priority, and collecting the wishes and
needs from the participants.
The first session will take place on *February 16th* and will be about
Data*. Join us and bring your favorite Phabricator task! You can find more
feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. We're looking
forward to chat with some of you there!
Community Engagement Coordinator
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
After you run a SPARQL query in the Wikidata Query Service (
https://query.wikidata.org), the interface provides a lot of options - you
can download the results in formats like CSV and JSON, and it even provides
code to let you run that query directly in a variety of different computer
languages. What I don't know, though, is whether there is some URL that,
when accessed, will directly retrieve the results, in some format like CSV
or JSON. The idea is that some code - in any language - can get the results
without needing any SPARQL-related libraries or special handling, by just
going to the "CSV URL" (for instance) and retrieving the results. Does such
a thing exist?
WikiWorks · MediaWiki Consulting · http://wikiworks.com
Hello everybody! As you might probably know, Wikimedia Foundation is
currently conducting a movement-wide consultation about the new
Wikimedia movement’s Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC).
== What is the Universal Code of Conduct? ==
The Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) is an attempt at drawing a basic
level of norms and behaviours that everyone is expected to follow,
regardless of their background, their level of commitment or way in
which such commitment is expressed (i.e. online or offline).
As you will see, it is a collection of *very* basic principles about
how to behave in a collaborative environment, most of which our
community already implements and shares as a value. It is, though, an
important attempt at strengthening our mutual commitment to protect
those users who might suffer from harassment, abuse or threatening
behaviours, because of their involvement on the projects.
== What is the Wikimedia Foundation asking us to do? ==
These days, a movement-wide consultation is being carried on by
various facilitators (like me), in order to ask for and collect
relevant feedback from all Wikimedia communities. The consultation is
scheduled to go on until the end of February 2021.
In particular, we will ask you – through general posts like this or
personal requests – your inputs on possible enforcement pathways for
UCoC, your overall experience on the projects, and your point of view
about how to improve and/or revise the current draft, as well as the
current project’s guidelines. As your facilitator, I assure that it
will be my responsibility to make sure that your voice will be heard.
Please remember that there is no such thing as a "stupid opinion" or
"worthless idea", so be bold and feel free to express yourself. :)
== What can I do? ==
Right now, the discussion about implementation of the UCoC is about to
really start. There are a lot of aspects to discuss, so I posted the
first three questions about how to potentially enforce the UCoC on our
1) What are the best paths for delicate issues?
2) How do we create better reporting pathways for people who are
targets of harassment?
3) How do we deal with incidents that take place beyond the Wikimedia
projects, but are directly related to them?
You don't strictly need to answer them here, but you can discuss them
on the proper Wikidata page I set up for that.
Anyway, if you wish to answer them here or you feel more comfortable
writing me an e-mail in private, please do so, I'll take note of your
answers anyway. :) Same goes with clarifications and doubts. I *had*
to remove the explanations for brevity's sake, but you'll find them
anyway on the Wikidata page.
So... hope to read you soon!
Luca Martinelli [Sannita]
The Community Resources team is reviewing its current grants programs
(Annual Plan Grants, Simple Annual Plan Grants, Project Grants, and Rapid
Grants) to ensure we are aligning with the strategic direction, with a
focus on equity and building a thriving movement. The redesign process will
take into consideration the Movement Strategy recommendations and
discussions around the recommendations. It will integrate direct feedback
from applicants and grantees that we have received over the past five
years. It will also continue to seek feedback from community members as it
We want to move towards implementing and learning new models for grant
programs that will feed into the broader resource allocation discussion of
the Global Council.
In this redesign process, we are examining:
Our role as a team to support communities and the movement
Our processes: applications, reporting, metrics, and participatory
decision-making processes and their alignment with equity
Our programs and understanding which are the needs we are addressing,
and what elements are missing to achieve the strategic direction.
We invite all of you to join us on this journey. On the Meta-Wiki page ,
there is an overview and timeline for the grants redesign process. We are
hosting office hours for multiple time zones in January 2021 to answer any
questions about the redesign process .
In February 2021, we will post a proposal for the new grants strategy. We
will invite you to review the proposed ideas. You will be able to provide
feedback on proposed grant programs on-wiki and through other channels.
Information about participating will be shared on the Meta-Wiki page .
When the feedback period is over, the Community Resources team will review
all community input and make final adjustments to complete the redesign.
In March 2021, the Community Resources team will review and incorporate
suggested changes and send a final proposal for endorsement and approval by
the leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation. Working together with you is
essential so that together we create grant programs that are useful and
address real needs for our communities. We look forward to engaging in this
next step and to hearing your ideas.
On behalf of the Community Resources team,
Junior Program Officer
Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>