It'd be great to see wikimedians there. Tom
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From: Beatrice Martini <beatrice.martini(a)okfn.org>
Subject: [okfn-discuss] OKCon 2013 Call for Proposals – out now!
To: Open Knowledge Foundation discussion list <okfn-discuss(a)lists.okfn.org>
We are glad and excited to give you the news: the *OKCon Call for Proposals
is launched today*!
Read all about it on the OKCon website<http://okcon.org/call-for-proposals/>
Submit your proposals and share the news – we are looking forward to your
Open Knowledge Foundation
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Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
OKFN Brasil - Rede pelo Conhecimento Livre
Dear Wikimedia friends,
thanks for the valuable input on the project draft for the Chapters
Dialogue in the recent weeks and at the Chapters Meeting in Milan.
I have now integrated the feedback and updated the Meta page
accordingly. The process is designed to be open and transparent, so
please feel free to comment on and enhance the description.
As of now, we are looking for a contractor (paid position, 6 months)
from within the Wikimedia movement to design, realise and evaluate
this project. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person.
== Requirements ==
* Background knowledge of the Wikimedia movement
* Ability to shape and actively guide the dialogue
* Willingness and ability to travel world-wide
* Skills in inter-cultural communication
* Good written and spoken English skills, favourably also in Spanish
and possibly other languages
* Knowledge of project management and interview techniques
* Ability to work independently and remotely
* Attendance at this year's [[Wikimania 2013]]
* Experiences in survey design and data analysis are nice to have
* Be more of a story collector than a story teller ;)
Please apply until June 10, 2013 via email to
nicole.ebber(a)wikimedia.de and include
* a short motivation letter
* an overview of your experiences in this field
* a short description (max. 1500 characters) of what your first steps
in this project would be
* your earliest entrance date
* your time availability (full-time, part-time)
Find all the relevant information on the meta page. I am available for
all your questions and input, feel free to get in touch or leave
comments on the talk page.
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Obentrautstr. 72 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 219158 26-0
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
The next WMF metrics and activities will take place on Thursday, June
6, 2013 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net and the meeting will be
broadcast as a live YouTube stream.
The current structure of the meeting is:
* Review of key metrics including the monthly report card, but also
specialized reports and analytics* Review of financials* Welcoming
recent hires* Brief presentations on recent projects, with a focus on
highest priority initiatives* Update and Q&A with the Executive
Director, if available
Please review https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings
for further information about how to participate.
We'll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Thank you, Praveena
Executive Assistant to the VP of Engineering and Product Development
+1 (415) 839 6885 ext. 6689
I have started a proposal for a new wiki project: WikiLang (meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiLang). It is about endangered languages and language documentation/decipherment. It is a very important step in order to save our linguistic diversity which is ongoing faster than the extinction of animals. Most of our languages are highly endangered and there are pessimistic estimations that by 2100 90% of them will be extinct. So, please support the project and vote for it and/or give your feedback! (I for myself belong to a language minority and I can tell how important this is.) Thanks a lot!
I've just posted an announcement by legal on Meta (
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikivoyage/Logo_announcement) about the
Wikivoyage logo - unfortunately, we are going to have to choose a new one.
To save you all from having to click on the link, I'll reproduce the
announcement at the bottom of my email.
Sometime in the next couple of weeks, we will need to launch a contest for
the new Wikivoyage logo, but first I'm hoping to get feedback and
assistance in making the best process for that possible. We had been
considering ways to optimize logo selection by the community, with the idea
that we would have plenty of time to talk about the process before needing
it. Unfortunately, we now need something quite quickly. Accordingly, I'd be
really grateful for feedback on the process, which has been posted here:
You can read a little more about it here:
I hope you will share your questions, comments and suggestions there.
As many of you know, the community held a contest to design and decide upon
the new logo that would come to represent Wikivoyage, the latest open and
collaborative project to be hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. After
review of quite a few fantastic entries and much debate, the logo below was
decided upon by community consensus: [omitted; see linked discussion]
Unfortunately, both the Foundation and several members of the community
discovered that the eventually chosen logo bore a striking resemblance to
the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) logo: [omitted; see linked discussion]
At that time, the Foundation reviewed the two logos and believed that,
while some risk existed, there were significant enough differences between
the designs and the markets the two organizations occupied for both logos
Since then, the Foundation has received a cease-and-desist letter from the
WTO, requesting that we change the logo. While we wish that the WTO agreed
with our assessment that the two logos contain substantial differences and
could co-exist, we understand their concern. We still believe that there
are some significant differences between the Wikivoyage logo and the WTO,
however, such arguments are not guaranteed to win if we were to legally
oppose this request because there are also some substantial similarities.
With this in mind, as well as the fact that the Wikivoyage logo is still
relatively new and has not had a chance to build significant brand
recognition yet, we believe the better solution is to hold a new community
contest for a new logo.
We believe that the community is the best body to decide what logo should
represent their hard work and hope that interested community members will
take this opportunity to once again showcase their creativity and talent by
submitting designs. The WTO has been very understanding of the Wikimedia
movement’s values and need for community consensus and has agreed to grant
us ample time to develop a new logo through community processes. (Please
see the proposed Logo contest
That said, we hope to begin the process of community consultation and input
in the next few days so that the new logo can be in place by the end of
July. With that, we look forward to seeing new designs!
Michelle Paulson <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mpaulson_(WMF)>
Legal and Community Advocacy
Senior Community Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Per our blog post last month, we've been testing redesigns for account
creation and login across the projects. We've been doing so on an opt-in
basis, but we've dealt with any major bugs and translations are complete
for quite a few languages.
Starting tomorrow and barring any last minute hiccups, we're going to start
rolling out the new designs. Right now we're limiting it to about 30
projects, including the following...
- Wikipedia in 21 languages, including English, German, French, Italian,
Polish, Dutch, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Czech, Swedish, and others.
- In English: Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wiktionary,
- Wikimedia Commons
- MediaWiki .org
There are still local customizations that will need to be made in many of
these, but they are the kind of thing that doesn't require a developer to
do, just edits to the wiki. Look for announcements soon on your local
Village Pump equivalent for more info, or check out our
testing documentation. I'll be around to help any of these wikis that
don't have an admin handy to make requested changes.
The remaining projects we have held off on because there are localizations
still to be completed (on translatewiki) or there are problems with
localizations already finished. Since the work of localizations is never
100% complete however, we are putting out a hard *deadline of June 5th*,
after which we'll be turning on the forms for all projects, in all
languages. If you're interested in learning more about which wikis in
particular need help, please email me off-list or get in touch via my user
talk page anywhere.
Please speak up if you have any questions. You can still try these new
forms on any Wikimedia project via the method mentioned in the two links
P.S. Sorry if there are odd linebreaks in this message. Has anyone figured
out how to avoid this in Gmail?
Dear members of the Wikimedia community,
You will have seen an email recently from Patricio Lorente and Jan-Bart de
Vreede, the Board Reps to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), about
the FDC's new Letter of Intent process. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the
first step in applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC
Framework.  This upcoming year (2013-2014) will be the first time we
institute the LOI process. As you heard from them, we anticipate the LOI
will be a helpful planning tool for the FDC as well as offering us a chance
to begin working with entities in advance of the FDC proposal deadline. We
hope it will allow us to work closely with applying entities and to address
questions and concerns (and clear up any misunderstandings) significantly
before the proposal deadline.
Interested entities must submit an Letter of Intent in order to apply for
FDC funding. For Round 1 of 2013-2014, the LOI is due on June 8. The LOI
asks potential FDC applicants to state their intentions to apply and to
include a notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The
Letter of Intent
can be created on the FDC portal , and a sample is here for your
reference . The LOI is non-binding, but it is required in order to be
able to submit a proposal for Round 1.
In anticipation of the LOI's June 8 deadline, the FDC staff is holding
office hours twice to respond to questions. We welcome entities considering
applying for Round 1 funding to join us. Our two office hours will be held
on #wikimedia-office on:
* Tuesday, May 28 at 0:00 UTC
* Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC
These two sessions will have the following agenda:
2. Brief explanation of the FDC
3. Explanation of the purpose of the Letter of Intent and general FDC
4. Q&A on the LOI
And finally, for your reference, here is the 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal
process  schedule:
- *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 June 2013*
- Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 July 2013
- Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 September 2013
- Proposal submission deadline: 1 October 2013
- Community review period: 1 October - 31 October 2013
- Staff assessment deadline: 8 November 2013
- FDC recommendation due: 1 December 2013
- Board decision due: 1 January 2014
As always, contact us questions or requests for support:
Katy and the FDC support team
My dear colleagues,
Recently on May 21 the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has announced
that they will amend the Copyright Act to demand local ISPs to block
illegal contents on foreign websites, just like the SOPA bill in USA last
year. For more information, you can read the following news reports:
Now there are many Taiwan netizens protesting the bill:
But today we just see an news that TIPO just ignored these protests and
insist that this bill will not harm the net freedom and rights of general
http://newtalk.tw/news/2013/05/28/36854.html (it's in Chinese, you may use
Google translate to read the news.)
Indeed we should protect the copyright, but to ask ISPs to block websites
is too over-reaction.
We Wikimedia Taiwan is now against the bill and has just released an
Chinese announcement on our official website to explain why we against the
bill and ask the government to stop the act:
We also started an discussion on zh.wp to ask the community if we could put
the announcement as an global site notice, we even think about blackout
zh.wp for 24 hours (the date is still in discussion):
This is because according to Alexa.com (http://Alexa.com), Wikipedia is now
the top 10 website in Taiwan. To blackout Wikipedia in Taiwan should get
the attention of TIPO and has some effects.
My questions are:
* Could we ask for blackout Wikipedia (not just zh.wp) ONLY for Taiwan IP?
(Some users from China hope this blackout will not effect them)
* If we could not blackout Wikipedia only for Taiwan IP, could we ask to
blackout zh.wp? (from what we have discussed on zh.wp, the Chinese
community has agreed on such blackout, but the date is still on discussion)
* If we could implement such blackout, how soon it can be done?
* What suggestions from you that we should do as an local Chapter?
Thanks and Regards,
Blog: htttp://htchien.tw (http://htchien.tw/)