The on-wiki version of this is here:
The Wikidata team at Wikimedia Deutschland will be working on improvements
to the lexicographic data part of Wikidata during this year. The Abstract
Wikipedia team at the Wikimedia Foundation will be working on the
generation of natural language text for baseline Wikipedia articles in the
next few years, and on functions in Wikifunctions to work with
lexicographic data. For these cases, it would be beneficial to focus on a
small specific set of languages at first. Participating communities will
hopefully find that this project leads to long-term growth in Wikipedia and
Wiktionary in and about their language.
Lydia and Denny would like to choose the same focus languages for both of
the teams, as this is beneficial for both projects to have this aligned.
We will be working closely together with the focus communities over the
next few years. This means that features will land first in these languages
and we will have particularly active feedback channels. We are looking for
communities that are open to trying out new things.
The decision of which languages should be the focus languages should be
done together with the wider communities. In particular, we would like to
make the decision with a promising self-selecting community. This worked
very well for Wikidata, where the focus projects were self-selected.
We will use English as a demonstration language and two or three other
languages as focus languages. English is chosen as it is easy to
demonstrate to a wide audience and is a working language for both
For the focus languages, we want to work with an active and enthusiastic
community or seed of a community over the next few years on these projects.
In order to be fully transparent, we have compiled a number of detailed
we would like to use to guide us in our decision, but this assumes that
there are communities to choose from. None of these criteria are set in
stone, and we are happy to discuss them, remove some if they are not good
ideas, or add others if we missed something. Regard this as a strawdog
proposal. For example, Mahir Morshed
<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mahir256> came up with a complementary
set of criteria on Phabricator
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T274373#6821602>, which we will consider
in the selection as well. We will have Q&A office hours for discussion, and
are open to comments via wiki
We are thinking of a two-pronged approach:
first, to call for communities to propose themselves to work with us;
second, to look at the data and see which languages would be good
We don’t want to set too strict a process. We would like the second prong
of the approach to go on throughout the whole process to help us come to a
good understanding of the options.
For the first prong, we would like the candidate seed groups to describe
and nominate themselves on wiki, following a short form
Nominations should be submitted by April 7, and the decision will be made
by April 14 by the teams taking your comments into account. If we notice
that self-nominations are not happening, we will try to engage with
language communities directly.
It is possible that the two teams will choose different candidates,
although we will try to avoid that.
We are looking forward to hearing about what you think of this proposal.
Please comment on the talk page on wiki
Lydia and Denny
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
Many of us were hopeful that we would be able to organise an onsite
hackathon and meet in person in 2021. While this is sadly not the case, we
still wanted to offer the opportunity for the technical community to get
together virtually, work together on various projects, and discuss new
This is why we’re happy to invite you all to join the ‘21 Wikimedia remote
hackathon on May 22/23
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2021> - save the date,
and bring your projects & ideas!
Building on last year’s edition, this event is organized in a light mode,
offering a lot of space for spontaneity, experimentation, and all kinds of
projects. The ‘21 Wikimedia remote hackathon is built by and for its
participants, and coordinated by a team of volunteers and staff - Amir,
Birgit, Joaquin, Léa, Mohammed, Neslihan, Pavritha.
On this page <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2021> you
will find all the relevant information. The planned framework consists of
one main track of sessions that participants can follow, open rooms for
informal discussions, workshops and social events, and to work together on
We will send out more information on how to schedule a session in the
program soon! You can also add yourself to the participants list
mention if you would like to help with tasks such as facilitation, or
We hope that this event can be a moment of fun, reconnecting with
long-time-no-see Wikimedians as well as onboarding new people into the
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us on the
communication channels of the event
Hope to see you there!
The ‘21 remote hack coordination team
Birgit Müller (she/her)
Director of Technical Engagement
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
The 2021 LD4 Conference Program Committee is excited to announce the opening of the call for proposals for the 2021 LD4 Conference<http://bit.ly/ld42021>, which will be held online from July 12-23. We aim to build on the success of the LD4 2020 Conference<https://ld42020.sched.com> (1,500+ attendees representing 22 countries, 86 presenters, and 11 themed tracks)<https://sites.google.com/stanford.edu/ld42020/track-descriptions>, while incorporating the community’s increased experience with online meetings, and the availability of improved online collaboration tools, to create an event that is interactive, accessible, and engaging.
We invite you to submit your proposal<https://forms.gle/h8BVmSHrre8h4Xsy7> to be part of creating this online conference! Successful proposals will focus on concrete ways that linked data impacts GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) institutions, and will share pathways that allow others to participate in linked data. We especially encourage proposals from participants, groups, regions, and topics that are traditionally underrepresented in conferences related to linked data. Even if you’ve never attended an LD4 conference before, we strongly encourage you to submit a proposal. By bringing together a broad range of perspectives, the conference seeks to create a community of practice for linked data in cultural heritage institutions.
Our ideal conference will include activities tailored to all levels of experience with linked data, with a focus on themes of:
* Linked data education
* Inclusion of diverse voices
* Practical steps toward linked data adoption
* Reliability and availability of linked data
* Incorporating linked data into day-to-day library operations
* Linked data advocacy
Throughout, we hope to provide opportunities for participants to connect with one another around shared challenges and interests, forming connections that can continue beyond the conference timeframe.
Creating a conference together
The conference will combine pre-planned activities (that’s what we’re soliciting here!) with content planned on the spot. (A separate call to participate in a virtual poster session will be made closer to the conference date.) To propose an activity for the conference, please fill in this proposal submission form<https://forms.gle/h8BVmSHrre8h4Xsy7> by April 12. The Program Committee will communicate decisions for proposals by April 30.
Possible proposals include:
* Lead a hands-on workshop, which could include participants doing self-paced work ahead of time
* Facilitate a group project, where participants work toward a common goal
* Host a “try-out” space, where participants can try new tools or skills
* Facilitate a brainstorming session to solve a real-life challenge
* Facilitate a study group, where participants come together to discuss material they have studied in advance
* Deliver a presentation focused on a single topic, project or case study
* Give a lightning talk
* And more: surprise us!
The Program Committee will select proposals based on the following criteria:
* Support of the conference theme and goals
* Contribution to the ongoing linked data conversation within the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) community
* Potential to encourage attendee participation and engagement and make the most of bringing people together “live”, online
* Representation from groups, regions, and topics that are traditionally underrepresented in conferences related to linked data
* The conference will take place online, July 12-23, 2021.
* The language of the conference is English, but there may be opportunities to meet in language-specific groups if there is interest.
* The conference is free of charge, and general registration will open in May.
* The conference is an initiative of the LD4 Community<http://ld4.io>.
Questions about the conference and this call for proposals? See our website bit.ly/ld42021<http://bit.ly/ld42021> or contact 2021_ld4conf_chairs(a)googlegroups.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senior Agile Product Owner
Zepheira, a division of EBSCO
The Arctic Knot Wikimedia Language Conference
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Knot_Conference_2021> is a
Wikimedia event taking place remotely on June 24-25, and aims to at the
future of *indigenous and underrepresented languages and their presence and
use on the Wikimedia projects*. The conference will provide space and focus
for indigenous and underrepresented languages communities to connect, learn
from each other, and collaborate. As in the previous editions (see Celtic
Wikidata and how it can support underrepresented languages will be an
important topic during the conference.
*The Call for Submissions
is now open and runs until 15 April.* We are looking for your most
imaginative ideas for how we can host a variety of interesting, engaging,
and enlightening talks, workshops, presentations, and events. Contributions
related to *Wikidata and languages* are especially welcome.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to jhsoby(a)wikimedia.no.
On behalf of the organization committee,
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.
Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation  for their monthly
Office hours on 2021-03-16 at 16:00-17:00 UTC (9am PT/5pm CET).
To participate, join the video-call via this 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)