>... We are not a general educational non-profit....
The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage
people around the world to collect and develop educational content
under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it
effectively and globally.
How is it possible for an educational non-profit to be any more general?
You're invited to the IRC office hours with the Language Engineering team at
the Wikimedia Foundation.
Time: 16.30 UTC
1. ULS & Project Milkshake updates.
2. Translation UI/UX design findings
3. Q & A
For more logistical info and time conversion links check the page on
Meta. Thanks, and we hope to talk to you soon!
Wikimedia Language Engineering Team
I don't speak for the GCs, but there's a redlink for the log on the meeting
page on Meta, and someone has posted some notes on Etherpad. You can see the
If the log doesn't appear in a couple of days, I suggest that you contact
one of the GCs to ask for an update.
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:56:12 +0700
From: John Vandenberg <jayvdb(a)gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Meeting on Monday with Group Contacts for
WM IRC channels
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Is there a log of this meeting?
sent from Galaxy Note
On Oct 15, 2012 5:15 AM, "ENWP Pine" <deyntestiss(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
> For those who might not have seen the announcements in #wikimedia-ops and
> other IRC channels:
> There will be a meeting with the Group Contacts for the WM IRC channels on
> Monday, October 15.
> Agenda and details are available at
> So far, messages have been given in the following channels:
> I have attempted to contact people in these channels but didn?t get a
> reply, so if anyone who has competence in the language, please translate
> and forward this announcement. Additional languages are also welcome.
> Thank you.
For those who might not have seen the announcements in #wikimedia-ops and other IRC channels:
There will be a meeting with the Group Contacts for the WM IRC channels on Monday, October 15.
Agenda and details are available at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC/Group_Contacts/Meetings/October_2012
So far, messages have been given in the following channels:
I have attempted to contact people in these channels but didn’t get a reply, so if anyone who has competence in the language, please translate and forward this announcement. Additional languages are also welcome.
Thematic organizations have the same amount of authority over content on
Wikipedia as chapters. To spell this out clearly that means NONE. One does
not put these sorts of details in a NGOs by laws however this will be
clearly described in the policies once incorporated.
MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian
The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM, Geoff Brigham <gbrigham(a)wikimedia.org>wrote:
> *Next week, we’re saying goodbye to our long-term Head of Communications,
> Jay Walsh. He will be starting shortly a new adventure working at a San
> Francisco based start-up in corporate communications. His last day at the
> Foundation will be Tuesday, October 23. The Foundation will be kicking off
> a search process for a new head of communications, and in the interim we’ll
> also be receiving communications strategy from our advisers at Minassian
> Media, a consultancy that helped us manage communications around
> Wikipedia’s tenth anniversary.
> Since Jay started at the Foundation in January 2008 he’s taken a lead role
> in shaping both the voice and identity of the Wikimedia Foundation, and has
> played a critical function in supporting our projects. He’s been our
> spokesperson on hundreds of media inquiries, helping to shape a positive
> and enlightened perspective on our projects in some of the biggest media
> outlets in the world. Jay has provided communications counsel on major
> initiatives to almost everyone at the Foundation, and I’m sure to many of
> you throughout our community.
> Since starting at WMF Jay has grown the communications team, which now
> includes roles supporting movement communications, global media outreach,
> and merchandise. Under his leadership we created and grew a blog which now
> sees up to 40 posts a month, a social media presence with over a million
> followers, and content published in many localized languages. Jay helped us
> bring the Foundation’s first four annual reports to the world, and he gave
> us a voice and open identity for great events like Wikipedia 10.
> We’ve been fortunate to have strong communications leadership for a period
> of rapid growth for our projects and our movement. Please join me in
> wishing Jay well on his next steps. We will miss him.*
> Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately
> directed to Wikimedia-l, the public mailing list of the Wikimedia
> community. For more information about Wikimedia-l:
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I'm sad to see Jay go. He was great at so many things. I'd wish him nothing
but the best on his next endeavor.
Good luck and Bon voyage, Jay!
(This press release is also posted on the WMF wiki at
'''The Wikimedia Foundation and Saudi Telecom (STC) partner to provide
access to Wikipedia free of mobile data charges in the Middle East'''
''Service available immediately to STC customers in Saudi Arabia''
San Francisco, California and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- October 14, 2012
-- Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and the Wikimedia Foundation announced
a new partnership today to offer Wikipedia free of data charges on
mobile devices to STC customers in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait.
By making Wikipedia available to its 25 million mobile customers, STC
and the Wikimedia Foundation commit to increasing access to the free
and open knowledge available on Wikipedia. Wikipedia Zero enables
customers to browse the website for free and with high flexibility on
all mobile phones.
This partnership is part of the Wikimedia Foundation's mobile
strategy, which focuses on reaching billions of people around the
world whose primary opportunity to access the Internet is via a mobile
device. This initiative is particularly important, given that the
Foundation has made Arabic language countries a special priority in
its strategic planning.
“We are thrilled that STC has joined us in removing a major barrier to
accessing Wikipedia on mobile phones. Improving access to the
Wikimedia projects in the Arabic speaking world is a strategic
priority for the Foundation, and this partnership is a step forward in
our mission to enable everyone on the planet to access free
knowledge,” said Kul Takanao Wadhwa, Head of Mobile, Wikimedia
Foundation. “With Wikipedia Zero, the Wikimedia Foundation is able to
provide free Wikipedia access to almost 230 million mobile users
around the world. We’re very excited that STC is joining us in this
In collaboration with “Intigral”, a company specialized in providing
digital media solutions to telecom operators, STC subscribers can now
access the free service in both Arabic and English by pointing their
mobile browser to m.wikipedia.org. A lightweight, text-only version
optimized for slower connections is also available at
zero.wikipedia.org. The move comes as STC continues to consolidate its
leadership in various fields, especially in social awareness and the
fostering of a knowledge-sharing culture. Wikipedia Zero will also be
available through the mobile browser, and features high browsing
speeds despite being a free service.
Eng. Ibrahim Al Omar, Vice President for Personal Services, said “One
of the principles that STC adheres to is the commitment to spreading
social awareness and the fostering of a knowledge-sharing culture that
accomplishes the aspirations of all segments of our customer-base.” He
then added, “Wikipedia Zero is considered an additional cornerstone
that supports the continuous efforts of STC in the field of social
The launch of Wikipedia Zero comes in line with STC’s strategy to
prioritize customer needs, and is an affirmation of the company’s
commitment to fulfilling customer expectations while meeting their
demands, and to continuously develop its services to satisfy their
aspirations and give them a variety of unrestricted options and
For more information, please refer to the partnership Q&A at:
'''About Saudi Telecom'''
Saudi Telecom Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides
telecommunications services to individuals and businesses primarily in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its GSM segment primarily offers mobile,
prepaid cards, international roaming, and messaging services. The
company’s Landline segment principally provides fixed line, card
telephones, interconnect, and international call services. Its DATA
segment primarily offers leased data transmission circuits, DSL, and
Internet services. The company also engages in the operation of
communications projects; transmission and processing of information;
wholesale and retail trade of recharge card services,
telecommunication equipment and devices, and computer services; sale
and re-sale of various landlines and mobiles telecommunication
services; and maintenance and operation of commercial centers. In
addition, it provides mobile services, international
telecommunications, broad band, and other related services in Bahrain;
and operates third generation mobile network in Indonesia. The company
was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
'''About Wikimedia Foundation'''
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
receive more than 456 million unique visitors per month, making them
the fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, August
2012). Available in 285 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 22
million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of
roughly 100,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the
Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded
primarily through donations and grants.
Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately directed to Wikimedia-l, the public mailing list of the Wikimedia community. For more information about Wikimedia-l:
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People have copies of all language versions of the old site as of Aug of
2012. It should be possible to set them up as well. What we would need
would be a community of editors to request it. No real sense creating dead
wiki that fill with spam. However it would also be nice if we could stream
line the creation process for new language versions (when previous content
MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian
The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine