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"*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
Carlos M. Colina
Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 |
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
Hello my friends,
After many years of Wiki Loves Monuments around the world, finally we organized an edition of that important photo contest in Brasil.
Following the success of WLE Brasil 2015(supported by our fellows from Wikimedia Ukraine) and counting with a lot of support from Romaine we finally completed that task after years of procrastination.
The WLM Brasil 2015 was organized by the Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research, including contributions from teachers and students in a new approach for our educational program.
Teachers and students from local universities supported us with marketing/communication and in the final process of pictures filtering for the judges evaluation.
You can see the final result of WLM Brasil and the winners at http://www.wikimedia.org.br/wiki-loves-monuments-brasil-2015-vencedores.html
Pictures uploaded: 4.443
New users registered on Commons: 325
New users engagement: 79%
Pictures user on Wikipedia: 86 (2%)
Coordenador de Projetos
Grupo Wikimedia Brasileiro de Educação e Pesquisa
Maybe it is time to reconsider some of our standard metrics for wiki loves monuments.
One of the big gains in several countries has been to get a list of monuments into Wikipedia maybe in future direct into wikidata. I think that the standard metrics should reflect that, OK it is metadata, but our metrics should put more value on the metadata we achieve.
Sometimes wiki loves monuments gives us lots more images of something we already have reasonable pictures of. Sometimes it gives us images of notable monuments that we don't yet have articles about. Or it gives us interior shots of a building that already have a featured photo of the exterior.
I suggest we think of three metrics here:
How many monuments have we gone from no images to images?
How many monuments do we have better quality images for?
How many monuments do we have images for more of their features?
Number of images used is an over hasty metric, perhaps five years after the contest we could measure this and get a very different statistic. Sometimes we need much more patience to see how wikipedians will use materials over time. This is likely to be especially true in countries where we don't currently have much coverage in terms of articles.
Another way to tell the story is to give us examples of gaps that we have filled. For example, the article on ******* church explained that it was listed as a national monument because of the quality of the frescos inside it, as a result of WLM we now have photos of those frescos available for the article.
> Message: 5
> Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:23:45 -0200
> From: Rodrigo Padula <rodrigopadula(a)wikimedia.org.br>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Enc: Re: WLM Brasil 2015 - Winners / Numbers
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> I see a lot of good results and contributions here and as pointed by Ilario, we reached great part of our measures of success
> WLM 2015
> - 4.453 photos
> - 411 uploaders
> - 325 new users registered on commons
> WLM 2014+2015
> - 20 095 photos
> - 2866 uploaders
> - 2727 new users registered on commons
> Only to complete, the first place on WLE 2014 was elected the second place on the WLE 2014 International and that same picture was selected in 7# place during the picture of the year on commons.
> Now in 2015 we have more pictures selected in the WLE international contest.
> Including all the media coverage and all impact on social media, for a small User Group approved in 2015, it's huge!!!
> Rodrigo Padula
> Coordenador de Projetos
> Grupo Wikimedia Brasileiro de Educação e Pesquisa
> 21 99326-0558
> ---- Em Sáb, 31 Out 2015 15:43:49 -0200 Ilario Valdelli<valdelli(a)gmail.com> escreveu ----
> Again, and again.
> "Success for whom"?
> The section "measure of success" reports:
> at least 400 participants uploading one photograph or more;
> at least 5,000 photos uploaded;
> at least 15% of photos used on Wikipedia;
> at least 50% of new users engagement during the contest;
> at least 10 new articles about natural heritage sites in Brasil;
> at least 10% of new user retention after 2 months of the contest.
> Rodrigo reports:
> Pictures uploaded: 4.443
> Uploaders: 411
> New users registered on Commons: 325
> New users engagement: 79%
> Pictures user on Wikipedia: 86 (2%)
> Are the goals reached? Basically yes. When the project has been financed
> it was clear that the definition "success" was based on those measures.
> There is no success for a specific person on an individual and personal
> The user group of Brazil has not asked nothing special, this is a normal
> budget for any WLM or WLE in several countries.
On Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 1:15 PM, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton <
> some samples of local community interacting with Padula's "ideas":
> follow the thread:
Since R-Argenton provided some messages written by me in public opposition
against R-Padula in the past year, let's me write few lines updating the
R-Padula acted in many disruptive ways in a very complex Game of Thrones
WMF edition that ended in project results and partial lost of community
interest. Emphasis on partial. I'll explain it in another point of this
message. Let's say that R-Padula is our local Petyr Baelish.
R-Argenton for years is behind brazilian volunteers most of time on yet
more disruptive ways plus doing almost nothing on online projects or even
on outreach activities. Argenton may replies to it as "because I'm
blocked!" and I leaves to those who may be interested to think for the
reasons a community will choose to block a very experienced contributor.
Please don't read this as I advocating for Padula. Quite the opposite, I'm
only suggesting to ignore the bad mood from Argenton and really focus on
measurements and governance points proposed by Fæ.
Time to write few lines about the "partial lost of community interest"
The now defunct Programa Catalisador do Brasil revealed the bad side of
some people (R-Argenton excluded from this, at least) and created a very
interesting GoT WMF remix that ended in many political fights exactly as on
the HBO series. But the community members where all benevolent zombies,
sometimes attending events, but most of time doing nothing. Nothing at all.
I personally leaved any attempt to do 'real-world' things after the renew
of Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil (not to be confused with the UG
that R-Padula is the leader). As far I can see, the last action of that UG
was to get renewed and eventually being present on Wikimania... Well, I
*really* don't want to say any more on this UG.
My current involvement to WMF is only to do random things on Wikisource and
Wikidata as I can do random things on any website, without further
interest. Not only due to the GoT WMF.br remixed edition, but also for many
issues on a more global level (WMF is constantly contracting new staff and
their servers are most unstable than back in 2004-2005... Only in sake of
example, since there are REALLY many issues, T71311
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T71311>, a huge data loss, is still
unsolved most due to the laziness of the involved staff while in any normal
entity it may result in an entire team working until solve it... should I
do anything on governance issues related to resources allocated to Brazil
while in the meantime the WMF is doing anything on their own governance,
only spending money on fees until gets bankrupt and with all data lost
forever in a huge bug not so hypothetical as many of you think? Not ever).
So, please, don't refer anymore to any past message written by me,
R-Argenton and any other portuguese-speaking person.
If the money collected by the WMF is bad spent in Brazil maybe is because
the WMF is entirely at this moment only bad spending their resources. So
there is no need to demonize R-Padula, since the entire WMF should stop
in different ways to reinvent the wheel and start producting things that
Beijos, não me liga*,
* a quite old meme from Brazil
Hey everyone :)
Today we are celebrating Wikidata's 3rd birthday. I've been with the
project since we started development 3.5 years ago and I can't believe
what a ride it has been and how far we've come.
As for every birthday celebrations are in order. We've created a page
at https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Third_Birthday. There you
can find editorials (by Harmonia Amanda, Ash Crow and me) about the
past year and what is coming. Please take a moment to read it. There
you will also find a section for congratulations and wishes, presents
Here's to many more years of Wikidata. Stay as awesome as you are!
PS: The development team has presents as well. I'll send an email
about them in a few hours. Ohhh the suspense :D
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
I think it is time for the next step in the Wikidata development: a better
integration in Wikipedia and her sisterprojects.
Every day thousands of articles are created, and many of those are not
added to Wikidata, even while often an item about this subject exists.
Users forget to add a newly created article to Wikidata as there is no
stimulus at all. The next step in Wikidata development is that after the
creation of an article, users get a message (pop-up, or screen, etc) in
what they are asked to add the article/category to Wikidata. In the first
stage this can be just a pop-up with a message. But it would be better if
this can be a message + some help to do this, so that users can stay in
Wikipedia (or another project), without having to go to Wikidata.
A further step that can be developed after is the suggestion of properties
(if missing), like instance of, and based on this entry further properties.
This will make sure that there is a better integration of Wikipedia and her
sister projects with Wikidata through this workflow.
For this I created a Phabricator task at:
Having bots that list tasks that need doing is a great way to get things
done. But you need to think carefully who you target this work at. We do
have bots that tell editors when they've linked an article to a
disambiguation page, there is some logic in that as the person who added
the information is more likely to understand it and know which other
article it really should be added to. But for general gnomish work like
categorisation adding wikilinks and now migrating to wikidata, better I
suggest to create some category and try to recruit gnomes to do that work
en masse. Someone who creates a few dozen articles might not fancy learning
about wikidata, but a gnome who specialises in it might do many times that
amount of migration.
Remember the essence of crowd sourcing is to get lots of people to take on
the parts of the task that they want to do.
> Message: 7
> Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:04:58 -0700
> From: Raymond Leonard <raymond.f.leonard.jr(a)gmail.com>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Cc: Wikidata mailing list <wikidata(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Next step in the development
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> Often I see or make additions to articles & then see hidden categories like
> Official Website not in Wikidata or Coordinates not in Wikidata, or the
> Authority Control data is in Wikidata but it has an LCCN parameter added in
> the template in Wikipedia. Are there any semi-automated tools that would
> facilitate moving such data into Wikidata when we encounter these things?
> How can we improve the workflow to aid the transfer of this data?
> On Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM, Romaine Wiki <romaine.wiki(a)gmail.com>
> > Hi all,
> > I think it is time for the next step in the Wikidata development: a
> > integration in Wikipedia and her sisterprojects.
> > Every day thousands of articles are created, and many of those are not
> > added to Wikidata, even while often an item about this subject exists.
> > Users forget to add a newly created article to Wikidata as there is no
> > stimulus at all. The next step in Wikidata development is that after the
> > creation of an article, users get a message (pop-up, or screen, etc) in
> > what they are asked to add the article/category to Wikidata. In the first
> > stage this can be just a pop-up with a message. But it would be better if
> > this can be a message + some help to do this, so that users can stay in
> > Wikipedia (or another project), without having to go to Wikidata.
> > A further step that can be developed after is the suggestion of
> > (if missing), like instance of, and based on this entry further
> > This will make sure that there is a better integration of Wikipedia and
> > sister projects with Wikidata through this workflow.
> > For this I created a Phabricator task at:
> > https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T117070
> > Thanks!
> > Romaine
> > _______________________________________________
> > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
Where can I find the source files of the 3d logo printed for the WMF offices?
I'm planning a photo exhibition here in Brasil for WLE and WLM and I would like to have that logo printed for our exhibition room.
Coordenador de Projetos
Grupo Wikimedia Brasileiro de Educação e Pesquisa
I wanted to share an update on the new board members search.
The search is progressing well. We asked for and received nominations
from the board of trustees, the advisory board, WMF staff, the WMF
executive team, and the community, with a total poll exceeding 70
candidates. The pipeline of nominees was extremely diverse. Our
recruiting team also did an extensive search based on the role
description criteria and sent in a list of candidates that had all the
characteristics, skills and experience we are looking for.
Having narrowed down the number in several rounds of review (basing on
criteria prepared by the staff, as well as the criteria proposed by
the Board Governance Committee), we are meeting with finalists to
collect more information and get acquainted over this week and next.
After that, all finalists will interview with Lila, and finally with
our panel comprised by the BGC (and likely also the Board Chair). The
BGC will decide and present recommendations of chosen candidates to
the whole Board.
We have weeks of work yet ahead of us, but I am happy to report that
we have made great progress to date. I am copying Dariusz, our BGC
chair, in case he would like to add anything also.