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currently the dump process is a bit broken. what is the Foundation's position
on this? why are developer resources allocated to put the server admin log on
twitter, but no one has touched dumps in months? is there not enough money to
fund this? how much more is needed?
(for an example of a problem, there is *no* successful enwiki dump at all on
download.wikimedia.org--the last 5 dumps, going back to 2008-03-12, all
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Our "national lexicon" here in Norway, Store Norske Leksikon, went
online with its new free edition today. The new edition has user
contributed articles. The chief editor says some of the reason for the
new edition is the harsh competition from Wikipedia, especially
no.wikipedia.org which outnumbered their previous article count last
year, now counting 209,079 articles. Also the alternate version
nn.wikipedia.org (a variation in Nynorsk) is growing steadilly, now
counting 46,466 articles. Store Norske Leksikon now claims they has
300,000 articles after inclusion of two other encyclopedias, a medical
encyclopedia Store medisinske leksikon and a biographical encyclopedia
Biografisk leksikon. Previously they had 155,000 articles.
Wikipedia in bokmål should have 300K articles around February or March
next year, it depends on how we will be influenced by the changes in SNL.
John Erling Blad
Making publicly available a dump without full information required by
the GNU FDL is - at least according German law - a copyright
violation. I am due a confidentiality obligation unable to give
details on a conflict case in which my German lawyer got financial
compensation for me.
According to this, a new project by Amazon that makes a terabyte of public
data available includes a full dump of Wikipedia. It also includes the
complete dbpedia - so it seems like there are likely to be lots of
duplicates. Given the other information it says it includes (the whole human
genome, all other publicly available DNA sequences, census data, etc.) I'm
not sure how it all fits in a single terabyte. Interesting concept, though.
I wonder how old the dump is, since they've been unavailable for some time?
Your donations keep Wikipedia running! Support the Wikimedia Foundation
There is a short period of time left before the switch over from the GFDL
license is to happen. What I observe is that it will be likely at the last
moment when the decision will be taken. The problem is that this is too
It is too late because there are many websites who have selected the GFDL
because Wikipedia has this license as well. Where the people in the know are
aware that this magical deadline is approaching many of the people involved
It is for this reason that I urge us, the board to make a decision and
publish it widely because the GFDL is a viral license and it will make
cooperation with these people legally impossible. That would be the same
tragedy as it is a tragedy that we currently cannot legaly cooperate with
the websites that do use the CC-by-sa.
Apologies in advanced for the cross-posting. :-)
Please circulate this call among Wikimedia communities, researchers
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== Call for Participation ==
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progress, or smaller community projects
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there have been some significant developments on de-WP, which I would
like to share with this list.
On February, 4th, all articles of the german WP had at least one
sighted revision. Since then, only pages newly created by noneditors
have to be looked at. On average, around 1.000 pages were marked for
the first time per day and these are now carried over to looking at
edits that have to be flagged. This means that since February 4th, the
number of pages with revisions awaiting review has dropped from almost
13.000 to 5.000 (see
last picture). More importantly, the maximal waiting time for edits to
be reviewed has dropped from 16 days to less than 7 now, which means
that finally, we are now in an acceptable regime. The goal is, to
reduce this time until tuesday to 5 days
The median waiting time for edits until review is still within hours.
Still on the list of things to do is making the criterias for a
sighted version more precise from "has been looked at by an
experienced editor and is without vandalism."
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