Dear folks at Wikimedia,
Thank you for existing! You are responsible for the encyclopedia I use every time I need an encyclopedia! So, you publish an encyclopedia (Wikipedia), a dictionary (Wiktionary), an archive of news articles (Wikinews), online classes (Wikiversity), online textbooks (Wikibooks), online non-educational books (Wikisource), lists of quotes by people or shows or whatever (Wikiquote), an encyclopedia of living things (Wiki Species), a meta-wiki that no one knows the reason for (Meta), a place where all files on the wikis are placed (The Commons), and a site I don't know why the deuce it exists (The Wikimedia incubator). I was just wondering, how would you like to start an almanac, guys? That would be neat, a wiki almanac.
Not WMF-related, but a project I think many here would find sympathy with:
They do public-domain audio recordings of public-domain books. The
audio files are hosted by ibiblio.org, but the rest runs on a server
of their own. They need $20k for the hosting. US tax-deductible
donations are being taken by the Internet Archive on their behalf.
Reminder: the research paper deadline for WikiSym is **March 7**.
Please don't hesitate to contact myself, Felipe Ortega, or the
appropriate track chair (listed below) with questions.
====== CALL FOR PAPERS ======
W I K I S Y M 2 0 1 0
The International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
July 7-8-9 in Gdańsk, Poland.
Co-located with Wikimania 2010 (Intl. Conference on Wikimedia
Foundation projects, http://wikimania2010.wikimedia.org).
Peer-reviewed and archived in the ACM Digital Library.
WikiSym, the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration,
will be held this summer in Gdansk, Poland. Starting this year, WikiSym
aims to explicitly broaden its scope, exploring not only the thriving
wiki community, but also other open movements and open collaboration
initiatives. This includes related areas such as open online communities,
collaborative creation of multimedia content (with or without wikis),
and open journalism and publishing, just to list a few examples.
Furthermore, our goal is to establish WikiSym as a venue for the exchange
of information, experiences and practices among an interdisciplinary
audience, including researchers, practitioners, industry representatives
and experts with a wide variety of different backgrounds.
As a result, WikiSym has established 3 complementary tracks to merge the
contributions from such a diverse community:
* Wiki track: Focused on research in wiki technology,
wiki websites, wiki communities, and in general any kind
of initiative pivoting around wiki software.
* Industry track: This new track will focus on the specific
needs of enterprises and private companies interested in sharing
and promoting their experiences around wikis and open collaboration
* Open collaboration track: This track is a dedicated venue for
sharing research results and experiences in initiatives that may not
be built specifically on wiki software, but share the "wiki way"
of organization. These may include open collaborations, open communities,
and open movements that allow the interchange of ideas and contributions
from participants with a range of interests and motivations.
Research manuscripts may be sent to any of these tracks.
However, submitting the same manuscript to more than one
track at the same time is not allowed. Therefore, please
select the most appropriate track for the topic covered in
your manuscript before submitting.
* March 7th: Submission deadline for research papers.
* March 21st: Submission deadline for Doctoral Symposium
proposals, posters, demonstrations, workshops, panels, tutorials.
* May 4th: Notification of acceptance for research papers.
* May 11th: Notification of acceptance for Doctoral Symposium
proposals, posters, workshops, tutorials, panels.
* July 7-9: WikiSym 2010!
Given the interdisciplinary nature of wikis and open
collaboration initiatives, WikiSym invites contributions in
a wide range of fields.
TOPICS OF INTEREST: WIKI TRACK
* Wiki user experiences, usability, and discourse analysis
* Reputation systems and quality assurance processes
* Scalability -- social and technical
* Wiki technologies and implementations
* Translation and multilingual wiki content
* Educational applications
* Wikis for non-textual media (images, video, audio)
* Content dynamics and wiki evolution
* Wiki archiving and versioning
* Wiki administration: dealing with abuse and resolving conflict
* Wikis and the semantic web, knowledge management and tacit knowledge
* Wikis for small audiences (departmental and family wikis)
* Legal issues (copyright, licensing)
* Visualization of wiki structure
TOPICS OF INTEREST: INDUSTRY TRACK
* Business opportunities around wikis and open collaboration
* Best practices to adopt wikis and open collaboration in industry
* Information disclosure: practices and experiences
* Community building and support
* Open publishing and open licensing in the industry
* Wikis and open collaboration entrepreneurship
* Coopetition: best practices
* Interaction and synergies between industries and open communities
* Open innovation: strategies and experiences for leaders/followers
* Promotion, support and funding of open collaboration initiatives
* Knowledge management
TOPICS OF INTEREST OPEN COLLABORATION TRACK
* Social software for collaboration and work group processes
* Open online communities
* Technologies for networked collaboration
* Social interactions on the web
* Open and citizen journalism
* Social networks
* Collaborative content creation
* Distributed development of software
* Cooperation for problem resolution
* Information disclosure strategies
* Open call working environments
* Crowdsourcing and information synthesis
* Collaborative multimedia collections
* Distributed content categorization/tagging
* Open publishing
* Commons projects and repositories
* Distributed selection of content
Research papers present integrative reviews or original
reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical,
or in the development or deployment of novel systems.
We encourage emphasizing lessons learned and providing a
clear concise message to the audience about the relevance
of the work. The paper must place your work in context
within the field, citing related work and indicating clearly
what aspects of the work are new.
Research papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee
to meet rigorous academic standards of publication.
They should be written in English and must not exceed 10 pages
(for full papers) or 4 pages (for short papers). Papers will
be reviewed both with respect to conceptual quality and
clarity of presentation. Authors of accepted papers are
expected to attend the conference in order to present the paper.
Accepted submissions will be published in the WikiSym
proceedings and archived in the ACM Digital Library.
Submitted papers should use the ACM SIG Proceedings Format, see:
The Doctoral Symposium is an interactive forum for doctoral
students to receive present and discuss their doctoral work.
Students who are at least one year away from dissertation
completion are invited to submit to the Doctoral Symposium.
Students beginning their research are especially invited to attend.
To submit a proposal send a 2-3 page description of your
dissertation research, including:
* A description of your work
* The goals---what contributions will your research generate?
* The approach---what is being performed to achieve
the goals? How will results be validated?
Additionally, your adviser must send a brief statement
of your dissertation progress to date and a statement of
recommendation to the Doctoral Symposium chair.
Workshops provide an opportunity for researchers and
practitioners to discuss and learn about topics that require
extended engagement such as new systems, research methods,
standards and formats. A workshop should require participants
to engage with each other for at least half a day. For shorter
sessions, please consider WikiSym's open space format.
A workshop proposal should consist of approximately two
pages describing what you intend to do and how your session
will meet the criteria described above. It should include a
concise abstract, proposed time frame (half-day, full-day)
and one-paragraph biographies of all people relevant to the
submission. Workshop proposals will be reviewed and selected
for their interest to the community. Each workshop will be
allocated a half-day or a full-day and a room.
Panels provide an interactive forum for bringing together
people with interesting points of view to discuss compelling
wiki issues. Panels involve participation from both the
panelists and audience members in a lively discussion.
Proposals for panels should consist of approximately two pages
describing what you intend to do and how your session will
meet the criteria described above. It should include a concise
abstract and one-paragraph biographies of all panelists. A panel
submission will be reviewed and selected for their interest to
the community. Each panel will be given a 90-minute time slot.
Poster presentations enable researchers to present late-breaking
results, significant work in progress, or work that is best communicated
in conversation. WikiSym's lively poster sessions let conference attendees
exchange ideas one-on-one with authors, and let authors discuss their
work in detail with those attendees most deeply interested in the topic.
Poster proposals may describe original research, engineering, or
experience reports. Submissions should consist of a two-page extended
abstract outlining the content of the poster. Successful applicants will
be invited to display a poster, 1x2m in size, at a special plenary
session of the Symposium.
Wikis are intended to be used, and no format is better suited for
demonstrating the utility of new wiki research and technology than showing
and using it. If you would like to demonstrate new features or products,
this is the place! Demonstrations give presenters an opportunity to show
running systems and gather feedback. Demo submissions will be reviewed
based on their relevance to the community. A submission should be one
page in length, with a title and a short description of the demo.
The description should include what you plan to demonstrate, what you
hope to get out of demoing, and how the audience will benefit. A short
note of any special technical requirements may be included.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Please submit your research papers in PDF format through our research
paper submission system
For all other papers and proposals, please email the respective
chair (see below).
All accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings and
archived in the ACM Digital Library.
Submitted work in all categories should use the ACM SIG Proceedings
Format, see: http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html
Questions regarding submissions may be directed at the respective chair
using the following email addresses:
* Workshops: workshops(a)wikisym.org
* Demonstrations/Tutorials: demos(a)wikisym.org
* Posters: posters(a)wikisym.org
* Doctoral Symposium: docsym(a)wikisym.org
General questions should be directed at chair(a)wikisym.org.
* Phoebe Ayers, University of California at Davis, USA; Symposium Chair
* Felipe Ortega, GSyC/Libresoft, University Rey Juan Carlos,
Spain; Programme Chair
* Dirk Riehle, Friedrich Alexander University of
* Felipe Ortega, GSyC/Libresoft, University Rey Juan Carlos,
Spain; Wiki Track Chair
* Martin Cleaver, Blended Perspectives, Canada; Industry Track Chair
* Giota Alevizou, Institute of Educational Technology, Open
University, UK; Open Collaboration Track Chair
* Pattarawan Prasarnphanich, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business
Administration, Thailand; Posters Chair
* Andreea Gorbatai, Harvard University, USA; Workshops Chair
* Stuart Geiger, Georgetown University; Wikimedia Liason
* Stuart Geiger, Georgetown University; Publicity Co-Chair (Academia-US)
* Yoshifumi Masunaga, Aoyama Gakuin University; Publicity Co-Chair
* Philipp Schmidt, University of the Western Cape, South Africa;
Publicity Co-Chair (Africa)
* Mayo Fuster Morell, European University Institute, Italy;
Publicity Co-Chair (Open Collaboration)
* Ward Cunningham, AboutUs.org and Cunningham & Cunningham, USA;
* James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand;
* Ted Ernst, AboutUs.org, USA; Open Space Facilitator
* Marc Laporte, TikiWiki CMS/Groupware, Canada; Webmaster
Please visit http://wikisym.org/ws2010 to obtain the most up-to-date
list of reviewers and collaborators included in our Programme
I've been part of the strategy process these last few months and will
continue to contribute to the wiki ( strategy.wikimedia.org ).
I've been talking to strategy facilitator Philippe and one of the
things that's come up and is still being discussed  is who will be
responsible for putting various ideas raised by the strategy process
I *think* it's almost inevitable that a side-effect of strat is that
some volunteers will want to discuss ideas with WMF staff; it's
acknowledged that the role of the WMF, of chapters and of volunteers
overlap to some degree and while discussion may clarify this to some
extent I think Strategy volunteers will be wanting to communicate with
WMF staff more than they had done previously... I know I will.
All of which led me to look at the foundation's staff page:
And what I noticed was that whereas, for example, Sue Gardner and Erik
Moller have wiki-linked job titles - which you can click to see their
respective responsibilities - there are quite a few staff entries that
It occurs to me that if every effort were made to put the
role/responsibilities of ALL staff on the wiki it would really help
people to address their ideas to the people most able to help.
Which brings me to a further point; the staff page has wiki-linked
names which take you to a user page and its associated talk page. Is
the talk page the advised way to contact a staff member directly? Or
is one discouraged from attempting to contact staff directly in
general? Are the mailing lists the approved way of getting through to
the WMF? Or should we direct everything through Cary as Volunteer
I think answers to these questions will be very useful to strategy
volunteers and so I'd like permission (or explicit advice not) to
paste up the response on the Strategy wiki. Don't panic: I don't
foresee a sudden tidal wave of stuff being thrown at WMF staff. And,
anyway, they all knew there was going to be a strategy, so I guess
they're prepared :o)
User:Bodnotbod @ en:wp / strategy.wikimedia.org
I am really happy to have learned that mobile support for Right To Left
languages, think Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Hebrew has been implemented. When
people start to find their way to their Wikipedia on their mobile, we stand
to gain many readers.
Did you know:
- That it takes only 25 messages to localise the Mobile interface in your
- That this software is written in Ruby
- That hcatlin and thedj are doing much of the work on this software
- That the mobile interface can be found at http://xx.m.wikipedia.org (xx
is your language code)
- That we need a main page for mobile Wikipedia
- That for Mobile Wiktionary still points to Wikipedia
As always, we need your help to help people find their way to Wikipedia it
does not take much to improve things for the mobile..
PS languages like Malayalam, Swahili and Bengali shine with their newly
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Florence Devouard <Anthere9(a)yahoo.com>
Date: 19 February 2010 21:19
Subject: [Wikipedia-l] Please HELP save Wikipedia history ! (urgent)
An editor on META is having the crazy idea of tagging all historical
logo propositions made during the Wikipedia logo contest back in 2003
with a template
"This image has no license information attached to it. This means that
it has an unknown copyright status. Unless the copyright status is
provided and a license is given, the image will be deleted one week
after this template was added."
Please help save Wikipedia history and weight in to avoid all those
images being deleted. We are reaching the limits of non sense.
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