Dear Friends of Free Knowledge,
today is my last day at the office as the former Executive Director of
For 2012 days, I had the great opportunity and the tremendous pleasure to
work for one of the greatest causes I can think of: Free Knowledge for
everybody. What Wikimedia does is nothing short of changing the world, one
edit at a time.
I reflect a little about this in this blog post:
Thank you all for the best time I had in my (professional) life. Of course,
while I leave my job, I will not leave the Wikimedia movement. Looking
forward to this!
Good news everyone,
Cheese articles are gonna get improved!
As french, it was dreadful for us to see so few illustrations of cheese on
Wikipedia. This is about to change.
A group of french Wikimedians, lead by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin, designed a
project to photograph many cheeses, up to 200 for the moment.
This project is perticular as we aim to have it found through a french
crowdfunding platform, KissKissBankBank.
Of course Wikimedia France could have funded it itself, but we wanted to
use the project as a way to get the larger audience aware of their ability
to contribute and to give a fun image of contributing.
The project in few words iss follow :
* 10 cheeses per session
* During the session the cheeses are photographed and their articles
* During the sessions experimented wikimedian would train new editors
* At every session every participant would enjoy eating good cheese too
If you want to read more, or even contribute, about the project you can go
on KissKissBankBank : http://www.kisskissbankbank.com/fr/projects/wikicheese
If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot them on or off list.
All the best,
Cascadia Wikimedians User Group, which focuses on the U.S. states of Oregon
and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia, had our first
two board meetings this month. Our initial board members are:
The following appointments have been made:
Vice President: Mako
Secretary: Another Believer
Executive Director: Pine
Thanks to everyone for their efforts at organizing the Cascadia Wikimedians
User Group, with a special shout out to Pine!
President of Cascadia Wikimedians User Group
Secretary of Cascadia Wikimedians User Group
I’m happy to share with you the Annual Report from the Wikimedia Foundation
for 2014 -- Knowledge is a foundation <https://annual.wikimedia.org>. We
published last Wednesday, but I'm just catching up enough to send the
email. (Pardon me.)
This year, we are telling the story of Wikimedia in the context of free
knowledge, and releasing it as web version (wiki, too!) so that we can
share that story with even more people.
Knowledge is a foundation. It is a foundation for human potential, a
foundation for freedom, a foundation for opportunity. Our mutual project,
Wikipedia, is part of the global support structure for free knowledge.
Most importantly, people are the foundation of Wikipedia. We are inspired
by thousands of contributors who support the projects, and are excited to
share a little bit about Dr. Netha Hussain, Jacek Halicki, Dumisani
Ndubane, Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz, Ihor Kostenko, Dorothy Howard, Ram Prasad
Joshi, and Jake Orlowitz.
Thank you for the myriad of contributions you make, from coding to writing,
editing to programs, and uploads to donations.
We've written a blog post about the process we went through this year, and
how we settled on the concept of 'knowledge as a foundation.'
You can participate in the wiki version of the report here, and soon help
with translations 
Thank you very very much,
Heather & the Wikimedia Foundation Communications team
Communications Design Manager I Wikimedia Foundation
149 New Montgomery Street I San Francisco, CA 94105
It is well-known that the size of a Wikipedia in a given language is not
proportional to the number of people who speak that language. By "size" I
mean the article count and the active editor count.
This begs the question: Is it proportional to anything else?
I can think of a bunch of possible things (to most items you can add "...
in the countries where this language is spoken"):
* Penetration of Internet access
* Quality of education
* Number of people who know other major languages, such as English, French,
Russian, Spanish, etc.
* Number of people who *don't* know other major languages
* Gross domestic product
* Human Development Index
* The level of usage of this language in the education system (in some
countries schools function in foreign languages)
* Amount of published literature in that language
* Level of censorship and press freedom
* [[Language planning]] policies (think Catalonia, Ukraine, Quebec, Israel)
It is quite possible that the size of a Wikipedia is proportional not to
one of these things, but to a combination of them. It is also possible that
it is not proportional to any of the above, or to anything at all.
Did anybody ever try to research this?
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
I am attempting to do outreach to all the Wikimeida chapters to assess which ones might be offering scholarships to Wikimania 2015 being held in July in Mexico City. The WMF Scholarship program's call for applications has been recently posted and the deadline for receiving applications is February 16. The Scholarship Committee will be doing its review and making its recommendations to WMF from mid-February through mid-March.
If a chapter would like to be sent applications from those submitted to the WMF Scholarships Program, please get in touch with me prior to February 16. It would also be helpful for planning purposes for me to know if a chapter will be offering scholarships directly (not making use of the applications to the WMF program).
For more infomation about the WMF program see:
I look forward to hearing from chapter contacts in the next 3 weeks.
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