Dear Boston Wikimedians,
We're hosting two editathons and a workshop at MIT!
This Friday (22nd) we will have a workshop on teaching with Wikipedia, from
1-2pm. This is meant for professors and other instructors who want to use
Wikipedia in their classes. This will be followed up from 2-5p by an
introduction to how to edit and an edit-a-thon on general topics.
Next Friday (27th) from 1-5p we'll have another introduction to editing
workshop and an edit-a-thon themed around black history, especially black
history in STEM fields.
Both workshops will be on campus. All are welcome! Registration links and
more info is on the pages above.
Let me know if you have any questions.
New England Wikimedians may be interested in this upcoming talk at the
Berkman Center in Cambridge. It will also be livestreamed for those (like
myself) that can't make it.
Amanda / User:AmandaRR123
*2/2 - Engineering Open Production Efficiency at Scale*
*12:00pm, Berkman Center for Internet & Society *
Wikipedia, largely used as a synecdoche for open production generally, is a
large, complex, distributed system that needs to solve a set of "open
problems" efficiently in order to thrive. In this talk, computer scientist
Aaron Halfaker uses the metaphor of biology as a "living system" to discuss
the relationship between subsystem efficiency and the overall health of
There's already been a lot of inspiring reactions to the the Year of
Science, so I'm delighted to say that the Wiki Education Foundation (Wiki
Ed) is officially launching our Year of Science work in the USA and Canada
There's a blog post pointing to the work we're doing:
There's our Year of Science page for academics and their institutions,
describing what we're doing and how to contact us:
And finally, we're handing over the reigns to the Wikipedia Year of Science
Portal to community members, so they can share ideas, news and events
related to the WP:YOS (that's a shortcut! or):
We'd love to see what chapters and projects can do with this theme, so
please spread the word freely! We're also hoping people will use
#yearofscience or #YoS when they do.
We're looking forward to seeing what we can all do together.
(Apologies for cross-posting).
Wiki Education Foundation
User:Eryk (Wiki Ed) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Eryk_(Wiki_Ed)>
*Our organization supports the Wikipedia Education Program in the United
States and Canada.*
We have two volunteers to represent the New England Wikimedians at the 2016
Wikimedia Conference: Gabe and Abhishek. We can only send one
representative, so please take a moment to read their information and then
weigh in at the Google survey below with your recommendation as to who
should represent us in Berlin.
Note: To vote, we request that you have demonstrated some activity with our
group within the past four (4) years, either in person or online, and that
the New England Wikimedians is your primary local Wikimedia affiliation.
For your vote to be counted, you must respond to the survey with both your
real name and your Wikimedia username. Names will not be used for anything
beyond tallying for this survey.
I began volunteering on Wikimedia projects in 2004, and, since that time,
I've contributed by writing articles, providing academic sources for other
editors, assisting with college classes, and working on software
development. I'd like to travel to the Wikimedia conference to learn more
about how we can grow the Wikimedia New England group and to learn more
about Wikimedia Germany's software development efforts, particularly
I will be in the Cambridge area for next two years. This Wikimedia
Conference will help me to understand other chapter/user-group efforts and
programs. I can learn from them and it will enable me to execute our
programs at a better level.
*Take the survey: *
Votes will be collected through Wednesday, January 13. Please let me know
if you have any questions!
On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 12:16 PM, Maia Weinstock <maiapw(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> The New England Wikimedians user group has been cleared to send a
> representative to the 2016 Wikimedia Conference
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2016> taking place
> in April 22-24 in Berlin, Germany. The person who would go on our behalf
> would receive travel funding, including flight and accommodations during
> the conference. (We are in Group 2 of the specific funding guidelines here
> We are looking for a volunteer to represent the NE Wikimedians at this
> event. If you are interested, please email me by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Jan
> 10. Include your name, Wikipedia username, and a 1-2 sentence statement
> explaining why you'd like to go. I will announce candidates on Monday, and
> we as a group will need to vote on who to send by Thurs., Jan. 14 (info on
> the mechanism for voting will be given at that time).
> Eligibility: All those who have demonstrated that they are a member of our
> group in some way within the past two years, whether attending group
> meetings, participating in edit-a-thons, taking part in relevant activity
> on the Wikimedia platforms, or similar. Not sure if you qualify? Apply
> Maia (user:Girona7)
> Co-leader, New England Wikimedians
The New England Wikimedians user group has been cleared to send a
representative to the 2016 Wikimedia Conference
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2016> taking place in
April 22-24 in Berlin, Germany. The person who would go on our behalf would
receive travel funding, including flight and accommodations during the
conference. (We are in Group 2 of the specific funding guidelines here
We are looking for a volunteer to represent the NE Wikimedians at this
event. If you are interested, please email me by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Jan
10. Include your name, Wikipedia username, and a 1-2 sentence statement
explaining why you'd like to go. I will announce candidates on Monday, and
we as a group will need to vote on who to send by Thurs., Jan. 14 (info on
the mechanism for voting will be given at that time).
Eligibility: All those who have demonstrated that they are a member of our
group in some way within the past two years, whether attending group
meetings, participating in edit-a-thons, taking part in relevant activity
on the Wikimedia platforms, or similar. Not sure if you qualify? Apply
Co-leader, New England Wikimedians