Once again, I get the joys of bringing you all fun video streams! Today's
stream(s) comes from the Data Summit  at O'Reilly HQ. Unlike my last set
of feeds (WCWC11/WikiX), this one should be basically all presentations and
hopefully a little more interesting (though we don't have a good pull for
the projections, sorry). As usual, the stream only need VLC .
The URL for the stream is: http://transcode1.wikimedia.org:8080 - All you
need to do is launch VLC > Media > Open Network Stream.
I give you the standard "there is no warranty". I'm going to (hopefully)
add a second stream later in the day and I'll send out an update when that
happens. If you've got questions/comments - email me directly or message me
on irc.freenode.net/#wikimedia (Username is in my signature)
[[User:ShakataGaNai]] / KJ6FNQ
This is the first I've heard about this, as an OTRS volunteer for an English
language non-info-en queue. I do not have the luxury of being subscribed to
the OTRS mailing list, as it's restricted to those with access to the
info-en queue. That subset of OTRS members is not equal to all of them.
Therefore I was not been privy to the aforementioned discussion, which
involves procedures that theoretically would affect me. I do see that there
is discussion of it on the OTRS wiki.
On December 4, 2010, Sue Gardner, the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation spoke with the audience at TedxDubai. She focused her talk around why Wikipedia works the commitment of the volunteers in the Wikimedia movement and the notion encyclopedias are meant to be radical.
I hope you enjoy,
James T. Owen
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison
Office +1.415.839.6885 x 6604
Sorry if you feel that I am repeating myself with trifles not worth to
bother the foundation list, but...
It seems that people have difficulties understanding the meaning of
"distribute unchanged Wikimedia content, including appropriate
attribution" at [[:foundation:Trademark Policy#Things You Can Do, a
So I suggest to add a new paragraph, called [[:foundation:Trademark
Policy#Things You Cannot Do]], with:
* Anything that is not included in [[#Things You Can Do, a Summary]], including:
* Distribute any unfree WMF logo under a free license.
* Create adaptations or derivative works, which combine any unfree
WMF logo with a share-alike-free license, because it violates the
terms of that license : see "You may not offer or impose any terms on
the Adaptation that restrict the terms of the Applicable License" in
article 4-b of http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode
Besides, I have the feeling, that "distribute unchanged Wikimedia
content, including appropriate attribution" at [[:foundation:Trademark
Policy#Things You Can Do, a Summary]] may require an explanation why
this does not contradict "your website may not copy the exact look and
feel of any Wikimedia website" at [[:foundation:Trademark
Policy#Services Related to Wikimedia Projects]] (2). That apparent
contradiction between "unchanged" and "not copy" would be best solved
by adding the following at [[:foundation:Trademark Policy#Things You
Can Do, a Summary]] or at a new paragraph called
[[:foundation:Trademark Policy#Definitions]] :
*"Wikimedia content" : A) the central part of a collaborative wiki
website page, including text, images and other media files, excluding
the margin with the logo, the footer and any unfree header. B) any
free file available from an internal download link on a File page.
Or we could replace the wording "Wikimedia content" by "Free contents
contributed by or uploaded by Wikimedia users, including bots".
After two months of work, I just release the alpha version of wikiedge.orghttp://www.wikiedge.org/ An online magazine for Chinese Wikipedia
The basic idea of the website is to remix good content from Chinese
Wikipedia into a magazine style.
It is still in early phase, lots of bugs and big room to improve, but the
concept itself was proven.
The goal of the project is promote reachness of Wikipedia in Mainland China.
Though it is not a big project, but I still think it would be helpful.
It is an opensource project hosted at github
I invite developers here to join the project, but you'd better understand
If you want to port the idea into other languages, please contact me, and I
can also help you.
Apart from celebrating 10 years of Wikipedia 2011 is also an election year for the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation.
As you may recall the board has three directly elected representatives on it which serve for two years. Currently those are Mindspillage, SJ and Wing. As in the past years we rely on an effective election committee to coordinate the elections for us. They not only guarantee that the election is overseen by an independent body, but they also make sure that the tremendous amount of work that needs to be done is taken care of. My job is to coordinate the formation of this committee.
This is a call for volunteers to serve on the election committee. If you feel that you can contribute to this committee, please contact me and give a small summary of why you think you would be able to help out with this process. Just to make sure we all understand: you cannot be part of the election committee if you are planning to be a candidate or are planning to support any candidate publicly. Deadline for any extra volunteers is January 22 th 12:00 UTC.
The timeline for the next steps in the process will be published somewhere in February by the election committee. So if you are interested in becoming a candidate, time to start preparing!
Jan-Bart de Vreede
Wikimedia Board of Trustees
Board Liason Election Committee
PS: Should you want to know more about the role of a board member: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_board_manual
Books, LLC. respond. They say they included Wikipedia URLs on their
pages, but Amazon removed them.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrew <andrew(a)booksllc.net>
Date: 1 February 2011 23:29
Subject: BBC "5 Live Investigates"
To: dgerard(a)gmail.com, slimvirgin(a)gmail.com, geniice(a)gmail.com,
Hi David Gerard,
I totally understand your concern about Wikipedia getting proper
credit on wiki books! And I understand how annoying it is when that
What Charlotte was investigating, as I understand it, was why Amazon
in the UK had dropped the wiki book descriptions we (Books LLC)
provide them with.
Those descriptions credit Wikipedia as the source, include an excerpt
of one of the Wikipedia articles, a URL to read the full article at
Wikipedia, and the titles of other Wikipedia articles in the book
(space permitting). The book itself credits Wikipedia on the
publisher’s page, the introduction and at the end of every article. I
agree with you that readers have a right to that information.
Hopefully, with our continued pleading Amazon UK will provide it.
While Amazon didn’t explained why they dropped the Wikipedia credits,
they did say that they don’t allow URLs in book descriptions. I guess
they don’t want their customers leaving Amazon and going to Wikipedia.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do let me know. I
will be happy to help in anyway I can.
Public Relations Manager
BBC "5 Live Investigates" on Books LLC, Sunday night 9pm UTC Remove Highlighting
[.To WMUK-l for local interest, and foundation-l as the issue's been
discussed there at length.]
Just spoke to a researcher, Charlotte something, for BBC 5 Live
Investigates, Sunday 9pm, this item likely to go out 9:45pm or so.
This was just for her research, it wasn't a recorded piece.
The piece is on Books LLC and similar operations, which sell reprints
of Wikipedia articles as books on Amazon. She was after the Wikipedian
I said that it's entirely legal - that you can use our stuff without
permission, even commercially, and we like that - "Please, use our
stuff!" - you just have to give credit and let other people reuse your
version: "share and share alike."
So the only issue is that it isn't clear enough these books are just
Wikipedia reprints. For us, the annoyance - I said that "annoyance" is
probably the word - is when a Wikipedian finds one of these books,
goes "aha, a source!", buys it and ... discovers it's just reprints of
stuff they have. "While trademark is an issue, we'd like them or
Amazon to make it a *bit* clearer that these texts are Wikipedia
She wasn't clear on the business model. I said these are
print-on-demand books, where *no* copies exist until someone orders
one, at which point a single copy is printed and sent. POD is *very
good* these days - you can send a PDF to a machine, and the machine
will produce an *absolutely beautiful* perfect-bound book for you,
which previously would have been quite pricey. This is enough for them
to have a tiny, tiny niche.
I also pointed out that anyone can make their own PDFs of Wikipedia
articles and some of the projects have partnerships with outside
companies to do nice printed books of Wikipedia reprints. But in such
cases, everyone is very clear on what they're getting: a nice printed
physical copy of content they already have for free on the web.
I tried to answer very descriptively, as I can't speak *for* 160,000
people, but there's been enough foundation-l and related discussion to
get an idea of what people think. My apologies if I missed bits, this
was off the top of my head without referring to nuances of discussion
foundation-l mailing list
foundation-l [at] lists
> I agree that the edit restrictions on the WMF wiki are very
> unfortunate and there's still much more that can be done (perhaps one
> day leading toward www.wikimedia.org as a single information,
> collaboration and discussion hub, subsuming both WMF and Meta, and
> possibly other backstage wikis).
> Erik Möller
> Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation
Perhaps have Meta: Strategy:, Outreach: Usability:, Tech:, and Wikimania*:
namespaces to replace the separated sites in existence today. The main
space could cover wikimediafoundation.org content. Wikimedia: for meta-wiki
discussion. Or any variation on that. At the least, there is no need to
keep creating new wikis for Wikimania if you properly tag content for the
year it applies to.
-- Aaron Adrignola
Allrightsreserved is a new website proposed for the purpose of hosting
contents currentlty tagged with commons:Template:Copyright by
Wikimedia, commons:Copyright by Wikimedia Deutschland and
commons:Template:Copyright by Wikimedia Polska and hosted at Wikimedia
More at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Allrightsreserved