Can't we create a way that will simplify merge propsals into a simple
1-minute procedure? A template with:
Merger [Quercitrin] into [Quercitin], Motivation [bla bla bla] that would
automatically display the merge notice on all revelant pages?
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>>And those peer review systems have lots and lots of problems as well as upsides.
Nothing is perfect. The peer review system is definitely flawed. One flaw, actually, is that it is hard to find good reviewers. Once it took a year and a half. This is an economic problem. There is a strong incentive to publish, because of the status and recognition it brings. There is no comparable reward for review work. I enjoy it, because it exercises my critical powers. But there is little other form of reward.
The following message is just to keep you informed about the activities
developed in April by Amical Wikimedia.
David Parreño Mont
Communications, Amical Wikimedia
GLAM-WIKI10 hours edit-a-thon for 100 design students
During April we did the central activity of the project where we are mixing
GLAM and EDU with the Design Museum of Barcelona. Around 400 students in 25
classrooms of 13 design schools are improving Wikipedia Articles. On April
25 we did a 10 hours long design editathon (organized in groups from 10 to
20 people) at the Documentation Center of the Museum. Click here to see
more pics. It was the opening day of the documentation center so students
could behave as beta testers. One of the good points was doing it
graduatelly with small groups so we could help them personally and also
that they could take the books back home (15 days free-rent), so Wikipedia
articles are being improved since then. We also did a backstage pass to the
warehouse of the documentation center and a general guided tour to the
- April 3rd- Conference: *Projectes voluntaris i col·laboratius de
traducció* (Volunteer driven translation projects) at Col·legi de
Doctors i Llicenciats (url): 25 attendees - Kippelboy
- 28th January to 14th April — Il·lustraciència Award from Associació
Catalana de Comunicació Científica (Catalan Asociation of Science
Comunication) give to the participants the option to accept Wikimedia
Commons upload of their artworks. Post in the blog 12th february.
Results: 211 artworks liberated (upload soon)
- April 10th - Public presentation of Wikiproject Barcelona's popular
culture (done in collaboration with Town council)
- April 25th - 10 hours design editathon at the Museu del Disseny de
Barcelona. (100 attendees)
- 1st April - Joan Brossa Foundation releases wikiquote material of
the artist and help us referencing existing one.
- 28th April - "Colita: la reivindicació de la mirada" conference
press pass for a Wikimedia Commons contributor. Judesba
- Ongoing project: Wikiproject Public Libraries
- Ongoing project: Wikiproject Miró
- Ongoing project: Víctor Balaguer Museum project
- Ongoing project: Music Museum in Barcelona
- Ongoing project: Museu Morera in Lleida
- Ongoing project: CCCB, Contemporary cultural center in Barcelona
- Some other smaller GLAMWIki projects
- April 3rd - Scientific Committee meeting for organizing "Libraries and
heritage conference" at Ateneu Barcelonès in Nov 20. Kippelboy
- April 4th - GLAMwiki projects planning meeting with Museu Blau-Natural
History Museum in Barcelona. Vàngelis Villar
- April 22d - GLAMwiki projects planning meeting with National
Archaeology Museum in Tarragona- Kippelboy & Lluis_tgn
- April 22d - GLAMwiki projects planning meeting with local
*Hemerotèque*in Tarragona- Kippelboy & Lluis_tgn
- April 22d - GLAMwiki follow up meeting with Victor Balaguer Museum-
- April 28th - Meeting with Lavinia Productora to talk about a project
- April 29th - Follow up Meeting with Head of Catalan Public Libraries
- April 30th - Introduction GLAMWIKI Meeting with Sitges Museums
Education1s Wikipedian in Residence in a EU University.
User Jey is the brand new Wikipedian in Residence of the Open University of
Catalonia. Project has been designed in phases. On this phase 1 his main
goals will be mapping the already published Open Materials in the universty
(CC-BY-SA docs, Opencoursewares,...), specially focusing on Audiovisual
materials (videos). Also mapping the teachers who are already doing
Wikipedia-related projects and trying to scale this opportunities to the
rest of the proffessors. The first phase of the residency will last from
April to July 2014.
- April 8th - Wikipedia Editing course at La Bisbal d'Empordà Highschool
- April 24th - Kick of meeting for the First ever Wikipedian in
Residence in an European University (UOC) - Kippelboy Jey
- April 28th - Wikipedia presentation to 35 teachers of the Barceloneta
high-school, organized by Barceloneta library - Kippelboy
- April 28th - Wikipedia presentation to 80 schoolars (9 & 10 y.o.) of
la Garriga (els Pinetons school) - Amadalvarez
- April 29th - Amical's representation at the awards ceremony of the
websalpuntcat award (Teenage Catalan language websites contest) - Kippelboy
- April 1th to 30th. Exhibition wikiArS: contribució de les escoles
d'art i disseny a Viquipèdia (*wikiArS: contributions from art &
design schools to Wikipedia*) in the Badalona central Library Can
- April 25th. Talk Imatges per a la Viquipèdia: l'aportació de les
escoles d'art i disseny (*Images for Wikipedia: the art & design
schools contribution*) in the Badalona central Library Can
- April 29th. Exhibition of the illustration of hipotetic Augustus
sculpture by Cristina Toro next to marble toe discovered in
temple. During the talk Una estàtua d'August a Tarraco? by Professor
Joaquín Ruíz de Arbulo at Nacional Arqueological Museum of Tarragona.
- Ongoing project: Wikiproject Design Museum in Barcelona (1st year: 400
- Ongoing project: WikiArS
- Ongoing project: GRACMON wikiproject (2nd year: around 75 students)
- Ongoing project: ESMUC wikiproject (1st year: around 40/50 students)
- Ongoing project: Viquiclàssics Wikiproject (1st year: around 50
- April 8th - Wikipedian in Residence at Open University of Catalonia
planning meeting- Kippelboy
- April 8th - Design edit-a-thon planning meeting- Kippelboy
- April 8th - Wikipedia introduction meeting with Dr in Maths didactics
from UPC (Joan Gómez)- Kippelboy
- April 10th - Meeting at Nacional Arqueological Museum of Tarragona
with Museum curators and four students from School of Art that are in
intership with Amical. See the assignments here. Lluis_tgn, Dvdgmz
- April 28th - Meeting at Llotja, supervision of 10 students in
internship, with teachers Alicia Gallego and Elvira Dominguez. Dvdgmz
- April 29th - Meeting with I.Labastida from UB. Exploring options of
participation in wikiArS. Dvdgmz
Other Catalan Cultural Challenge
On april 15ht ended the first edition of multilingual Catalan Cultural
Challenge on Wikipedia: *792 articles* created or expanded by
*50*volunteers in *92
languages*. It was a public writing competition around Catalan culture. The
goal of this first edition was to improve and translate this list of 50
notable people into as many languages as possible. Winners got great Prizes
and Barnstars. It run from 00:01 16 March until 23:59 15 April 2014 (CET
UTC+01:00). The contest was simple in structure, based on a KISS point
system: You get points while improving articles, with the goal for each
participant to gain as many points as possible. Our primary mission and
goal (Amical) is for the sum of all human knowledge to be available in
Catalan and for all knowledge about Catalan culture to also be available in
every language. This project has been just one of our first international
- April 10th - Wikipedia workshop at Sabadell Astronomical Group.
- April 10-13th - Attendance to Wikimedia Conference 2013 in Berlin:
Kippelboy Arnaugir Micru and F3RaN
- April 10th - Wikiwomen project planing meeting with Barcelona
Towncouncil Gender gap deputy and programme managers.- Kippelboy
Organization Amical is awarded with National Culture Prize
The National Council for Arts and Culture (CoNCA) decided to award one of
its ten annual prizes to Amical Wikimedia in recognition for its work of
promoting Catalan language and culture and the free knowledge. The award
ceremony will be celebrated on June 2nd with the presence of the Catalan
president, Artur Mas. The prize is supplied with 15,000 euro.
- April 16th — Monthly meeting via IRC chat of the Catalan Wikimedia
- The Jury formed by Arnaugir, KRLS, Quimgil and MuRe decides to grant
all 7 candidates which asked for receiving a scolarship to attend Wikimania
2014 in London. The initial expected amount was €350 (for each one of the
10 available scolparships), but since fewer have been granted, the amount
has increased to €500. The grantees are the following users:
- Coentor, from València (Valencian Country)
- Lluis tgn, from Tarragona (Catalonia)
- ESM, from Mollerussa (Lleida, Catalonia)
- F3RaN, based in Berlin
- dvdgmz, from Premià de Mar (Barcelona, Catalonia)
- barcelona, from Barcelona (Catalonia)
- Davidpar, from Palafrugell (Girona, Catalonia)
- Renewed our presence in the Census of entities for the promotion of
the language of the Catalan Government ("Cens d'entitats de foment de
la llengua"), which exempts donations for Amical from paying some taxes
- Finished Amical's first quarterly FDC report.
- Amical joins the Statement of Intent proposed by the Free
Knowledge Advocacy Group EU.
- April 19th: La nació de Tlön, Màrius Serra. La Vanguardia
- *Wikiars: joves creadores i coneixement lliure*. Judit Montenegro.
Weekly newspaper *La Directa* number 359.
- WLE coverage: Europa Press, Generalitat de Catalunya
- Coverage of WiR at the Open University of Catalonia : La Vanguardia,
Barcelona TV, UOC
- National Prize for Culture coverage: La Vanguardia, Cultura 21, El
Confidencial, VilaWeb, Europa Press, El País, El Periódico, El Punt Avui,
324.cat, Ara, Llengua catalana, Ara, *Ara* editorial.
- April 14th: Una editorial alemanya vol llançar la Viquipèdia en
- "Dia Internacional de la Dona", *Revista de Palafrugell*, 246, p. 17,
on WikiWomen Edit-a-thon
I agree with the general idea of some of the questions being raised a few emails above this, but can we please keep the Sandole discussion to a single thread if possible?
I'll restate the issue by Russavia in a different way, and I would like to direct this question to WMF instead of the chapters.
Will the Foundation prohibit chapters and other thematic organizations from the "creation of paid roles that have article writing as a core focus,
regardless of who is initiating or managing the process" as a condition of receiving WMF funding and using the WMF trademarks?
I think carefully managed article writing can be done successfully by chapters and other organizations, for example if a Wikimedia DC wanted to sponsor a Wikipedian in Residence at the National Institutes of Health to improve articles about cancer. The responsibility for training and supervision could rest with the chapter and the host organization, and the edits could be tagged for community review.
Pete posted some good ideas for WiRs in general in the Signpost last week: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-04-23/Op-ed.
The situation with Belfer had a lot of problems, but I don't think it should completely stop us from having Wikimedia-sponsored WiRs add content. That would be a bridge too far.
I am very pleased to announce that WikiConference USA is less than 30 days
away! Over the last few months, Wikimedia NYC and Wikimedia DC have been
collecting curated submissions on a diversity of wiki and free/open
knowledge-related topics (with tracks on Community, Tech, Outreach, GLAM,
Education), and recruited some excellent keynote speakers who can speak to
their personal activism and leadership in these domains.
But this is a "Wiki" conference, and what it thrives on most is your
participation, your differing areas of experience and expertise, to enliven
and enrich all of the sessions we have planned together. And, exciting
too, there still will be numerous opportunities for "unconference" sessions
led by participants on the fly, and we encourage you to bring the ideas
from your domain for these sessions as well.
Here are the details for the conference:
Dates: Friday, May 30, 2014 - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Location: New York Law School (185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013)
And our distinguished and dynamic roster of keynote speakers:
*Phoebe Ayers - Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
*Sumana Harihareswara - Wikimedia Foundation Engineering Community Team;
Advisor, Ada Initiative
*Christie Koehler - Community Building Education Lead, Mozilla Corporation
*DC Vito, Executive Director - The LAMP/MediaBreaker
For more information, please review our official press release below! We
hope you will join us and help us spread the word!
Richard Knipel (User:Pharos)
Below you will find the report of activities of the month of April 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:
Kindly regards on behalf our chapter.
Carmen Alcázar (User:Wotancito)
==Migrahack Mexico City==
Wikimedia Mexico was part of the initiative of running a migrahack in
Mexico City and supported the organization. The point of the event was to
gather together journalists, academics, students, NGOs and programmers to
collect and put order to disperse data about migration in Mexico and to do
some data mining to obtain new knowledge on that topics, and generate
statistics. Wikimedia Mexico, trough our volunteer and Board member Alan
Lazalde gave some talks to show the importance of free knowledge and open
access to data in order to create new knowledge based on that.
The results of the Migrahack are in the web page ot the Institute for
Justice and Journalism.
==Aldea Digital 2014==
For the second year in a row, Aldea Digital was held at Mexico City, a
digital inclusion event at the main square of Mexico City, with a very high
attendance. A strategy covering the full 17 days of the event was planned,
but a few days before the event its organizers made changes to its program
and thus only required Wikimedia Mexico's presence during only one day of
talks and a keynote by Iván Martínez.
On April 11, the Wikimedia Mexico team gave a full day of introductory 20
minutes talks of Wikipedia. According to organizers stats, about 1,300
people attended to our program of talks given by volunteers Omar Sandoval
(10 talks), Christian Cariño (5 talks), Andrés Cruz y Corro (5 talks),
Adrián Cerón (5 talks), Rodolfo Galicia (5 talks), Anny Garcia and Gustavo
Sandoval Kingwergs (5 talks). This event required a high effort on our
part, but was a very grateful experience for our chapter. In order to avoid
the fatigue of talking for several hours in a row, our volunteers took
turns giving the talks, reducing the overall tiredness and encouraging
everyone to become a better speaker for future Wikimedia Mexico events.
On April 21, Iván Martínez gave the keynote "Freedom in the Free
Encyclopedia. The Foundations of Wikipedia's Freedom". The talk, with a
duration of an hour and a half, was attended by 131 participants and was
presented as one of the main contents of the event by Aldea Digital's
organizing staff. In the same stage Steve Wozniak, Moshe Hogeg (Mobli
creator), Walter Bender (MIT researcher) and Yin Lou (Coursera) gave a
keynote each. -
// Photo: Andres Crúz y Corro during a talk in Aldea Digital:
==Children's Day at Biblioteca Vasconcelos==
The Biblioteca Vasconcelos (Vasconcelos Library), venue for the next
Wikimania 2015, held an event organized on occasion of Children's Day,
celebrated annually in Mexico on April 30. The Library gave us the option
to read stories to children. However, when the Wikimedia Mexico community
realized the public was expected to be aged 3 to 10 years, we decided to
innovate and make an original story based on the core values of
Wikipedia: free knowledge, sharing, curiosity and freedom.
Our volunteer Andrés Cruz y Corro, also a NaNoWriMo participant, wrote a
story called "An adventure called knowledge". This story was told on April
27 and was very well received by the children as a way to convey the values
behind Wikipedia in a fun and different way. We encourage other Wikimedia
colleagues to use this story as a way to reach out to younger children and
instill the seed of free knowledge. A translated copy of the story to
English will be available in a few days.
// Watch the gallery in Commons:
- April 1
*Second day of the Wikipedia workshop by Nohemí Chilpa at the Universidad
Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Iztapalapa (UAM-I) as part of CEUAMI's Semana
de Talleres del Capitulo de las Ciencias de la Computacion de la
UAM-Iztapalapa (Worhshop Week at the Computer Sciences Chapter of UAM)
*Meeting of Wikipedistas en Puebla with SocialTic.
- April 3
* Q & A session by Christian Cariño with Prof. Adriana Álvarez' class under
WMMX's Education Program at National Autonomous University of Mexico's
(UNAM) Philosophy and Letters Faculty within the Historical Analysis
// Read the full report:
- April 8
* WMMX's Participation at Universidad Tecnológica Emiliano Zapata's
Technology Fest 2014 event in Morelos State: Omar Sansi imparted a
Wikipedia workshop and Christian gave a talk about the encyclopedia.
// Read the full report:
- April 11
*Participation in Aldea Digital. A total of 30 Wikipedia workshops, each
for 30 people during 20 minutes, offered by Wikimedia México's (Omar
Sansi/Omar_sansi, Christian Cariño/User:Christian Cariño, Andrés
Cruz/User:Andycyca, Adrián Cerón, Rodolfo Galicia, Anny García and Gustavo
Sandoval Kingwergs/User:Correogsk) The event was organized by Telmex and
Mexico City's Government.
-April 11 to 13
*Participation of Ivan Martínez, Carmen Alcázar and Salvador Alcántar in
the Wikimedia Conference 2014, Berlin, Germany.
// Read the full report:
Representatives of the Wikimedia Iberocoop chapters at the end of the
meeting within the Wikimedia Conference 2014:
*Meeting of José Flores with Alejandro Alonso for the implementation of
WMMX's Education Program at Instituto Nacional de Ecología, Xalapa,
*Meeting of Wikipedistas en Puebla for define the Annual Plan to share
photos in Wikimedia Commons from Fototeca Lorenzo Becerril, Puebla.
*Master keynote by Iván Martínez in the main stage of Aldea Digital 2014.
Zócalo, Ciudad de México.
*Meeting of Jorge Luis Esquivel Zubiri with the Foreign Affairs office of
Gobierno del Distrito Federal for Wikimania 2015.
*Wikipedistas en Puebla meeting. Planning for "Puebla 100" project.
*Q & A session by ProtoplasmaKid with Prof. Adriana Álvarez' class under
WMMX's Education Program at National Autonomous University of Mexico's
(UNAM) Faculty of Philosophy and Literature within the Historical Analysis
- April 21 to 24
*Meetings for Wikimania 2015 with Hoteliers Association of Mexico City and
Majory of the City staff.
* Iván Martínez was interviewed by Leopoldo Gómez Ramírez in the program
"So Close, So Far: A Voice of Mexico in the United States of North
America", a bilingual radio program (Spanish and English) transmitted by
91.1FM of Amherst, radio station from the University of Massachusetts,
* Gustavo Sandoval Kingwergs, in substitution of Iván Martínez, gave the
talk "How to collaborate in Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects?" within
FLISoL Aragón 2014 (Department of Physics-Mathematics and Engineering, FES
*Participation of Christian Cariño in FLISoL Acatlán, with the talk
*Participation of Iván Martínez in FLISoL of the Universidad Autónoma
Metropolitana campus Azcapotzalco with the talk "Lo libre en Wikipedia".
Mexico City, Mexico,
*Wikipedia Monthly workshop at TelmexHub, offered mainly by Andrés Cruz y
Corro (second level) and Carmen Alcázar (beginners), with additional
contributions by Iván Martínez, Omar Sansi and Gustavo Sandoval Kingwergs.
*Children's Day activity at Biblioteca Vasconcelos with the story "An
adventure called Knowledge" written by Andrés Cruz y Corro and read by
Wikimedia Mexico's volunteers Iván Martínez (4) Carmen Alcázar (2) and Omar
"The Board discussed how they will develop the process for the next
strategic plan. The Board would like the strategic planning process to
involve input from the community, but the exact process should be
flexible. Sue advised that the Board should design the process with
the next Executive Director. The Board reflected on the process for
designing the previous strategic plan, and questions, such as movement
roles, which should be addressed in the next plan. The Board agreed
that the next strategic plan need not be a five-year plan in the model
of the previous strategic plan, but agreed to settle on the plan's
form with the next Executive Director."
1. Does anyone contend that the general strategic goals created when
the volunteer corps was apparently growing exponentially are no longer
2. Is it appropriate to augment current strategic goals which would
allow including more content with goals designed to result in more
volunteer time for existing and potential volunteers?
3. Do the proposed policy additions listed at
cover a sufficient extent of such potential goals for additional volunteer time?
4. Is the fact that I proposed such a list the reason that I am now
unable to post to the advocacy_advisors list? If not, what is that
5. Is there a more appropriate way to involve the community in making
decisions about the Foundation's general strategic goals than offering
pairwise comparisons between random selections from a combined list to
active community members to produce a ranking for the ED and Board to
6. When creating such a ranking, should the preferences of volunteers
with many contributions be weighted more than those with fewer
contributions? Can this question be resolved by producing both
unweighted and weighted rankings for the ED and Board to discuss?
I'm Wil Sinclair, Lila Tretikov's significant other.
I've always wanted a good excuse to get involved in the Wikipedia
project and the Wikipedia community. Lila's appointment would be about
as good as it gets. :)
I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and understanding more
about what makes the community and the Foundation tick. Feel free to contact
me directly at wllm(at)wllm(dot)com anytime about anything.