I threw together a userbox for anyone who wants to use it. The best
explanation is this pointer to where I added it to my ENWP userpage:
It takes just one parameter, "membership" which could be member, supporter,
board member, or whatever.
It's kind of tall because of the text below the logo. If we have a logo
without the text, I can change it.
Greetings fellow Cascadians!
By popular demand, I am helping organize yet another round of Community
Data Science Workshop
Benjamin Mako Hill. Registration is open until October 2nd! Read on for
The series consists of three-and-a-half day-long workshops in October and
November. They are intended for anyone interested in learning how to use
programming and data science tools to ask and answer questions about online
communities like Wikipedia, Twitter, free and open source software
projects, civic media, etc. These will be an improved version of the workshops
we have run for the past two years
The Community Data Science workshops are for people with no previous
programming experience and, thanks to sponsorship from UW's eScience
Institute <http://escience.washington.edu/> and Department of Communication
<http://www.com.washington.edu/>, are free of charge and open to anyone.
Our goal is that, after the three workshops, participants will be able to
use web data and the Python programming language to gather and manipulate
data, test hypotheses, and generate graphical visualizations to answer
- Who are the most active or influential users of a particular Twitter
- Which bike routes in Seattle receive the most traffic on rainy Winter
- Who has written the most Wikipedia articles about Harry Potter?
The skills you learn in these workshops can be used to gather & analyze
data from thousands of other sources. All you need is a lively imagination
and an open API.
Details and dates are online here:
If you are interested in participating, fill out our registration at the
link above before October 2nd. Priority is given to people who can attend
all the sessions. Register soon because we have been oversubscribed both
previous times we have run these workshops!
If you already know how to program in Python, it would be really awesome if
you would volunteer as a mentor! Being a mentor will involve working with
participants and talking them through the challenges they encounter in
programming. No special preparation is required. If you’re interested,
there’s a link on the program page linked above, or you can send me an
Hope to see you there,
(On behalf of Mako, Mika, Tommy, Ben, Dharma, the Community Data Science
Research Group <http://communitydata.cc/>, and all the CDSW mentors.)
Joe's photos, along with a list of articles that we edited, are at
I believe that we created six articles, edited at least one additional
related article, and signed up at least three new users. I think that there
were about 12 people present. Thanks everyone!
If there is interest on the part of the Wing Luke Museum in having these
kinds of events on a monthly or quarterly basis, I'd be happy to
collaborate with them to provide what support we can provide. Our focus in
the fall in Seattle will be the UW series, but we might be able to provide
some occasional and/or remote support to Wing Luke, and we might talk with
them about having another WikiAPA event with them during winter break or
next quarter when we can be present in person. Of course, any Wikipedians
are welcome to collaborate with Wing Luke on their private initiative as
Thanks again for a good turnout and a productive, interesting event.
I might be interested. No idea what will be the shape of my life a few
months from now.
Possible science wikiexpedition to eastern Washington (Pine W)
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From: Tomasz Finc <tfinc(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 12:26 PM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Announcing the launch of Maps
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Cc: Max Semenik <msemenik(a)wikimedia.org>
The Discovery Department has launched an experimental tile and static maps
service available at https://maps.wikimedia.org.
Using this service you can browse and embed map tiles into your own tools
using OpenStreetMap data. Currently, we handle traffic from *.wmflabs .org
and *.wikivoyage .org (referrer header must be either missing or set to
these values) but we would like to open it up to Wikipedia traffic if we
see enough use. Our hope is that this service fits the needs of the
numerous maps developers and tool authors who have asked for a WMF hosted
tile service with an initial focus on WikiVoyage.
We'd love for you to try our new service, experiment writing tools using
our tiles, and giving us feedback <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Maps>
If you've built a tool using OpenStreetMap-based imagery then using our
service is a simple drop-in replacement.
Getting started is as easy as
How can you help?
* Adapt your labs tool to use this service - for example, use Leaflet js
library and point it to https://maps.wikimedia.org
* File bugs in Phabricator
* Provide us feedback to help guide future features
* Improve our map style <https://github.com/kartotherian/osm-bright.tm2>
* Improve our data extraction
Based on usage and your feedback, the Discovery team
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Discovery> will decide how to proceed.
We could add more data sources (both vector and raster), work on additional
services such as static maps or geosearch, work on supporting all
languages, switch to client-side WebGL rendering, etc. Please help us
decide what is most important.
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Maps has more about the project and related
== In Depth ==
Tiles are served from https://maps.wikimedia.org, but can only be accessed
from any subdomains of *.wmflabs .org and *.wikivoyage.org. Kartotherian
can produce tiles as images (png), and as raw vector data (PBF Mapbox
format or json):
Additionally, Kartotherian can produce snapshot (static) images of any
location, scaling, and zoom level with
For example, to get an image centered at 42,-3.14, at zoom level 4, size
800x600, use https://maps.wikimedia.org/img/osm-intl,4,42,-3.14,800x600.png
(copy/paste the link, or else it might not work due to referrer
Do note that the static feature is highly experimental right now.
We would like to thank WMF Ops (especially Alex Kosiaris, Brandon Black,
and Jaime Crespo), services team, OSM community and engineers, and the
Mapnik and Mapbox teams. The project would not have completed so fast
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Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 6:41 PM
Subject: Upcoming press release to celebrate 5 million articles on English
Aligned with discussions at the Wikimedia Conference about coordinating
press releases around the world, I would like to invite you to participate
in the drafting and upcoming publication of a community-written press
release that celebrates English Wikipedia's milestone of 5 million
articles. I particularly extend this invitation to affiliates which are
located in areas where English (in any dialect) is a primary, official, or
Drafting and discussion are happening here:
Please ask your affiliates to participate in a near-simultaneous press
release from interested affiliates and WMF on the day that English
Wikipedia reaches 5 million articles.
Please make sure that your affiliate's contact information is current on
Meta so that it can be included in the press release. Journalists may wish
to speak with representatives of your organization about the press release
and about Wikipedia in general.
This event offers and opportunity to raise public awareness of Wikipedia in
general and our many accomplishments, as well as the many challenges and
opportunities ahead of us to make English Wikipedia in particular be more
accurate, friendly, inclusive, accessible, reputable, and comprehensive.