Below you will find the report of activities of August and September 2014
done by the volunteers of Wikimedia Mexico. Please don't hesitate to get in
touch with us if you require extra information about this activities or
only to make some suggestions.
The report is also available on Spanish and English in our wiki:
On behalf our chapter.
Carmen Alcázar (User:Wotancito)
===50 hours of art in Wikipedia: the Museo Soumaya editathon===
Between September 26 and 28, we literally lived in Museo Soumaya of Mexico
City during a 50-hour editathon, surpassing the mark of 35 hours
established by Amical Wikimedia in 2012. With the full support of the
museum, we finished this great challenge achieving 64 new articles in
Spanish Wikipedia and more in English, Catalan and Hebrew with editors
outside Mexico City, in Uruguay, Venezuela and Israel. There were also
editors who came from the States of Puebla, Jalisco and Aguascalientes just
to be part of this wondrous occasion.
Museo Soumaya made a great effort as well: they developed a logistics plan
that included the active participation of researchers, investigators and
museum curators, offered unique support for the wikipedists' stay,
established a small temporary library with references, created a complete
program of cultural contents (including guided visits to the museum and its
thematically divided halls), visits to the Inbursa Aquarium and UNOtv
studios, and provided hot meals and beverages during the 50 hours of the
event on top of it all.
The event began with the presentation of the new museum website, presented
by Alfonso Miranda, head of Museo Soumaya, and followed by a special
message of opening by Lila Tretikov, executive director of Wikimedia
Foundation. "We are so proud to partner with institutions like Museo
Soumaya as part of our ongoing relationships with the world’s leading
galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. I want to thank the organizers
of this event, the incredible team at Wikimedia Mexico. Your passion,
enthusiasm, and energy are unsurpassed. You inspire me with your creativity
and commitment", said Tretikov in her message.
We had special talks by Herminia Din, from the American Association of
Museums, and Liam Wyatt, currently GLAM coordinator at Europeana and
At 10:01 PM Sunday 28th, everyone in the museum celebrated reaching 50
hours of continuous Wikipedia edits and we had a small cocktail
celebration, and the ceremony award from the Museum to the people who wrote
The results of the activity are huge: 64 new articles in 5 languages, 1616
editions to the Wikimedia projects and 15 new and active registered users.
We hope to continue working with the museum in our shared mission of free
knowledge dissemination to the whole world, one art piece at a time.
===1985 Earthquake editathon===
On September 20th we perform the 1985 Earthquake editathon at Centro
Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco (CCUT) of UNAM. During some hours the
Wikimedia Mexico community edit about the main article of the 1985
Earthquake, one of the most relevant historical events in the recent Mexico
City history. In addition to the Wikipedia edition activities, the cultural
center recorded some stories from citizens who lived the events, due to an
open call made previously. The surrounding zone of Tlatelolco, where the
cultural center is settled, was one of the most damaged zones.
This event was inaugurated by Mr. Marco Rascón, interinstitutional
coordinator at Mexico City Culture Secretariat, and Eunice Hernández, Head
of Communications of the CUT. In his speech, Mr. Rascon highlighted the
importance of 1985 Earthquake in the Mexico City recent history and the
subsequent development of their democratic institutions. He was involved
actively in the social movements after the earthquake claiming houses for
the victims and the mind under the "real-life superhero", Superbarrio
Gómez. Rascon noted that free knowledge efforts help to expand the
available historical sources for the future generations with more scope and
For this editathon, the Wikimedia Mexico organizers worked previously for
at least 15 hours with hemerographical sources only available in libraries
and included now in the Spanish Wikipedia article. In this editathon we
worked to give more breadth and historical references to a single article,
unlike other events that we worked on several simultaneously. And the event
was not only an exercise of writing with more accuracy but as an exercise
of social gathering about an episode which remains in the Mexico City
habitants until today.
During the event we uploaded 116 historical photos from the next weeks
after the earthquake taken by Roberto Esquivel, an engineer recently
passed. His family been assisted to the editathon and received a diploma
from Wikimedia Mexico community. All the donated images are available now
in Wikimedia Commons.
*Meeting with Manuel Venegas “Borla”, production coordinator, and Agustín
Peña, Program Manager at Ibero 90.9.
Shooting of the film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLAVxKM8DhY
(in Spanish with subtitles in English)
*Working session about Chapter processes with Minoru Osorio.
*Monthly Board meeting
*Meeting with Carlos Enrique Galindo Leal, PhD, General Director of Science
Communications, following up on the CONABIO project
* Airing number 14/24 of the radio program Möebius: ''From Ibargüengotia
to the Malaysia flight''. Aired on Ibero 90.9 FM of Mexico city.
*Talk at the Technology and Innovation Center in Telmex: Editatón Soumaya
Abierto. 50 hours of Art.
*Meeting with Abdiel, from the Iztapalapa Institute of Technology to
promote the Wikipedia Education Program
* Airing number 14/25 of the radio program Möebius: ''From Queen Victoria
to wedding garters''. Aired on Ibero 90.9 FM of Mexico City.
*Meeting with Marco Rascón, Institutional Coordinator at the Culture
Secretariat of the Distrito Federal Government, initial talks towards a
probable colaboration agreement.
* Airing number 14/26 of the radio program Möebius: ''Damon Albarn''.
Aired on Ibero 90.9 FM of Mexico City
*1985 Earthquake Editathon, at Tlatelolco Cultural Center of UNAM, Mexico
*Edit workshops towards the second editathon at Museo Soumaya: Editatón
Soumaya Abierto. 50 hours of Art.
*Talk at the State of Mexico Autonomous University, Atlacomulco campus, as
part of its 30 anniversary celebrations.
September 26 - 28
*Editatón Soumaya Abierto. 50 hours of Art, Museo Soumaya Plaza Carso,
*Participation at the Digital Communities for Learning in Higher Education
summit in Xalapa, Veracruz, as guests of the Veracruz University.
*Participation at Abre Latam 2014, the Open Data and Transparency meeting
in Latin America, in Mexico City.
=== Wikimania 2014 ===
>From August 6 to 10 we attend Wikimania 2014, the tenth conference of the
Wikimedia movement at the Barbican Centre in London
August 7 to 10
* Wikimanía 2014
Participation of Omar Sandoval, Salvador Alcántar
Andrés Cruz y Corro Armenta
Carmen Alcázar and Iván Martínez
in the Wikimedia international conference.
* Wikipedia and Wikimedia cultural partnering introductory talks to Centro
* Meeting with Eddie Ávila of Global Voices about indigenous languages
projects. Also, was spoken about Wikimedia México participation in
Encuentro de Activistas Digitales de Lenguas Indígenas
* Interview to
ván Martínez in "De doce a una" radio program at Noticias MVS, 102.5 FM of
* Participation of Salvador Alcántar
at panel "Café por los Derechos Digitales", Zapopan, Jalisco. Organized by
Wikimedia México, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Panoptikon Foundation.
*Interview to Andrés Cruz y Corro Armenta
y Corro in "Noticias todo el tiempo" morning news with Bernardo Lartigue
and Irela Perez, Radio Capital 830 AM of Mexico City.
*Follow-up meeting with teachers of Mexico Wikipedia Education Program at
Faculty of Philosophy and Literature) of the National Autonomous University
* Wikipedia, Wikimedia cultural partnering and Creative Commons
introductory talks to
Centro de Cultura Digital
* Wikipedia edition workshop to Centro Cultural Tlatelolco
* Follow-up meeting with Daniel Goldin and Biblioteca Vasconcelos staff
about Wikimania 2015.
radio program 14/22: ''From Johnny Cash to Budapest''
*Digital Rights Editathon
at Rancho Electrónico hackerspace, Mexico City.
* "Wikipedia, Puebla
rt" editathon, Capilla del Arte UDLAP, Puebla, Puebla.
rganized by Puebla Wikipedist Community and Capilla del Arte of Universidad
de las Américas Puebla.
* Meeting about cultural partners
with Daniel Cosío Villegas Library of El Colegio de México (COLMEX).
*Meeting with Open Street Map local enthusiasts at Rancho Electrónico
hackerspace. Wikimedia Mexico will support the edition of free maps edition
in Wikibooks and Wikimedia Commons.
radio program 14/23: ''From The Great Wave off Kanagawa to Eiffel Tower''
*Wikipedia Monthly Workshop at Telmex Hub, Mexico City.
I'd like to announce Ivan Nikčević as the new Executive Director of
After a two month process, and with more than 200 submissions, we finally
managed to narrow it down to one person, who we hope will be a great
contribution to our organization, and a successful leader thereof. Ivan's
first day was on Friday.
Here's a short auto-bio that he provided:
Born in the 1970, an Information Technologies engineer by education. During
his 20 years long work experience Ivan was marketing and PR manager,
journalist, TV producer, TV host and presenter and an editor in chief for a
weekly TV show on IT on Serbian national TV, he also was digital
His last post before joining Wikimedia team in Serbia was project and
online communications manager in Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and
Ivan was awarded twice for his exceptional contribution for development and
promotion of IT technologies in Serbia, by major professional associations
from Serbian ICT sector and was an author of a documentary film “50 years
of ICT in Serbia”.
Behind an amazing professional career, a proud father of 17 years old
daughter, a lead singer and song writer in a pop band, addicted on movies
and popcorn, pop music, internet and video games he lives his life online
and offline trying to be as one of his icons – George Carlin would say “a
modern man, digital and smoke-free; a man for the millennium.”
In light of the above discussion about quarterly reviews on Wikimedia-l,
can we find a set of quarterly goals for Legal somewhere?
In particular I personally feel that the following would be helpful as
goals for Legal this quarter:
* Establishing timeline commitments for Affcom to respond to requests for
approvals or for Affcom to ask new questions about a requested approval.
Having approval requests stay open for weeks with no communication from
Affcom creates challenges for thematic orgs which are working on our own
timelines that may have dependencies on Affcom action. I have experienced
this myself and have heard about similar issues happening with other
requests. I suggest that Affcom have a commitment that all inquiries will
recieve substantive responses within 14 days of the date of the inquiry, or
otherwise Legal will take over the handling of the inquiry so that progress
of thorgs can continue in a timely manner.
* Similarly, establishing timeline commitments for Legal to respond to
community and thematic org inquiries. I have experiened lengthy delays on
more than one occasion about what I feel are simple questions. I feel that
a commitment that Legal will respond substantively to inquiries within 14
days would be helpful, and would appreciated by the community and thematic
Thanks very much.
Speaking of questions for Legal and Community Advocacy, is there a FDC
application where figuring out which advocacy choices best align with the
mission can be added? Could we have someone do that who would prefer to err
towards empowering people, please?
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "James Salsman" <jsalsman(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sep 12, 2014 10:03 AM
Subject: will the WMF review advocacy strategy?
To: "Advocacy Advisory Group for Wikimedia" <
> Does the Foundation intend to review the extent to which its advocacy
> choices, both to include and refrain from action on specific issue
> areas, are aligned with its mission? If so, when and how will that
> review take place. If not, why not?
> James Salsman
The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this Friday, and in
cooperation with Wikimedia Norge, the Nobel Peace Center
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Peace_Center> has invited Wikipedians
from the Norwegian Wikipedia community to an editathon to improve the
article about the winner(s?) as soon as possible. We'll be sitting
practically in the next room from where the announcement is made, updating
relevant articles as fast as we can.
For this to be a global event, I'd like to invite anyone who's interested
to join us in the IRC channel #wikipedia-nobel
<irc://freenode/#wikipedia-nobel>, where we'll be talking and coordinating.
We'll also try to livetweet the event using the hashtag #wikinobel
<https://twitter.com/hashtag/wikinobel>, probably mainly from the account
The press conference will be start around 10:30 Norwegian time, which is *08:30
UTC*, like I said on *Friday, 10th of October*. Please join us, and help
spread this invitation to your community.
Jon Harald Søby <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jon_Harald_S%C3%B8by>
Risker, I don't think it's necessary for you to accuse Fae of bad faith from anything he wrote that you quoted. Your paraphrase of him "very clearly implying that there is something untoward about selecting the group tasked to make the recommendation based on both volunteer and professional experience" is completely different from his statement "a WMF employee make community decisions for us (such as appointing the Jury that has our full authority for deciding where Wikimania will be held."
> Fae, I'm sorry, but I'm seeing a lot of bad faith in your messaging here.
> Everyone who is part of the jury is a longtime volunteer, with the
> exception of the WMF staffer who has been intensively working on Wikimanias
> for the last two years so has a great deal of experience with the actual
> management of the Wikimania conference. Several of the jurors have very
> deep experience in handling conferences, by dint of their real-world
> experiences, which in some cases include holding roles on chapter staff. I
> am having a really hard time understanding why you are very clearly
> implying that there is something untoward about selecting the group tasked
> to make the recommendation based on both volunteer and professional
> experience. And yes, I think selecting a group that actually has these
> attributes is considerably better than selecting a group with no particular
> criteria, or what appeared to be the previous criteria of "has been to lots
> of Wikimanias before". The latter has not been a particularly useful
> criterion, since attending conferences does not give insight to
> the managing of a conference.
> People are appointed to other committees and groups based on factors that
> are external to their attendance at certain conferences or their edit count
> all the time. There is a need to have accountants on the Audit committee.
> There is a need to have people experienced with checkuser on the Ombud
> committee. The selection of the Wikimania jury based on actual skill and
> experience instead of popularity or number of conferences attended is a
> positive sign of a maturing organization recognizing the value of the
> conference. It's never been an elected position, and there's no basis in
> anything that anyone has said on this list that would indicate that making
> it an elected position would lead to a somehow better process for
> identifying the next Wikimania location.
> On 10 October 2014 10:44, Fæ <faewik(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 10 October 2014 14:58, Lodewijk <lodewijk(a)effeietsanders.org> wrote:
>>> If you're interested in discussing the future of Wikimania, perhaps it
>>> makes sense to do that on the dedicated list? Just a wild thought.
>> Thanks for the thought. Itzik's general question was posted to
>> Wikimedia-l, so answering it here makes sense. No doubt most readers
>> of wikimedia-l are like myself and do not normally follow wikimania-l.
>> Governance and transparency issues for Wikimania are of more general
>> interest than a readership of "Wikimania attendees, presenters, and
>> fans", particularly when as a community of volunteers we have chosen
>> to let a WMF employee make community decisions for us (such as
>> appointing the Jury that has our full authority for deciding where
>> Wikimania will be held, along with the political and financial
>> implications of support contracts and investing significant money in a
>> chosen country).
>> Wikimania has become a big business with significant press attention
>> and associated significant risks. It benefits from having many
>> volunteers in our movement asking questions and ensuring that the main
>> body of unpaid volunteers are happy that it is directed by volunteers
>> and focused on our community, rather than the interests of partners,
>> other commerical rationales or indeed the interests of the WMF which
>> is not exactly the same as the interests of the wider Wikimedia
>> As an unpaid volunteer at Wikimania in London, I was very interested
>> in talking to other unpaid volunteers, some of whom were taking part
>> because they wanted to gain experience in event management for their
>> CVs but with no prior understanding of what Wikimania projects
>> actually were. I think that's okay, we welcome this sort of support,
>> but how these varied interests should be managed to meet our shared
>> open knowledge ethics and values is something to continue to ponder as
>> our movement continues to grow, particularly if measured by how many
>> tens of millions of dollars are donated to us each year -- which seems
>> to be the critical measure of success used by the WMF and the
>> international press.
>> faewik(a)gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae
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Wikimania is the global, annual conference of the Wikimedia movement,
organised by the Wikimedia community. Organizing team and location are
chosen by a jury in a public bidding process.
Due to the growing requirements and complexity for this growing
conference the Wikimania Committee decided to revise the bidding
timeline to give more time to prepare the conference.
Here it is:
== Jury ==
The Wikimania Committee is pleased to announce the jury for Wikimania 2016:
== Accepting Bids ==
We invite anyone in our community to submit a proposal for Wikimania
2016 on Meta Wiki:
Please consult the timeline and Judging Criteria that are posted at:
The deadline for bids is November 15, 23:59 UTC. You should setup a
bidding page and contact Ellie Young, WMF Conference Coordinator before
the deadline. She will help you prepare your bid. All bids which have
been confirmed until November 15 will be considered by the jury, others
will be dismissed.
Subsequently there will be a two week period where the community can
comment and offer feedback on the proposal.
In December your team must be available for conference calls with the
jury, after deliberations the host for Wikimania 2016 will be announced
by the end of 2014.
On behalf of the Wikimania Committee with regards,
Manuel Schneider - Chief Information Officer
Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Lausanne, +41 (21) 340 66 22 - www.wikimedia.ch