As you of course know, stroopwafels are official wikifood. See:
As Dutch we are aware of the shortage of this original typical wikifood in
other parts of the world, so we travel around the world with many packages
each year at Wikimania and elsewhere. However, it is always more tasty to
eat fresh stroopwafels, so the Dutch inspire a lot of people around the
world to sell them.
Of course everyone has a high need as Wikipedian/Wikimedian, but as the
headquarters of the Wikimedia movement is in San Francisco, the supply is
there the most urgent.
Today I learned that Wikimedia people in San Francisco do not have to bit
on their teeth or tongue, but can now buy fresh stroopwafels!
Finally San Francisco is saved from an anarchy because of a huge shortage
I hope that the San Francisco people enjoy the official Wikipedia/Wikimedia
wikifood as part of their daily (!) local cuisine!
No, it's not about Jimmy :P It's about the software for parsing
dictionaries. And we are presently inside of not so stable phase of
switching from the name "dictator" to "dicteator" (etymology is
One of my strategic goals in relation to the movement itself is to
create methodology for parsing dictionaries and adding them into the
Wikimedia projects (first Wiktionary, but Wikidata and likely some
other projects in the future) and a pool of programmers to keep that
knowledge inside of the movement.
So, besides the software itself , one of the tasks of Milos
Trifunovic, programmer who is inserting data for the project
Wiktionary Meets Matica Srpska  was to create a white paper about
the process itself, which he did .
I know there were numerous previous additions of the dictionaries into
the Wiktionaries, but, as far as I know, no systematic effort was put
into dissemination of that knowledge.
We are at the beginning of the process. Up to the present, there are
~26k new entries on Serbian Wiktionary. The code is in the initial
useful phase. Up to the end of this part of the process I expect from
a few hundred thousand to a few million of new entries all over
Wiktionary editions (the most optimistic estimation is a few dozen
million entries; estimation varies that much because of many factors,
including future community involvement; one million is a reachable
Keep in mind that there are three different stages of the software,
with various levels of usefulness and complexity:
1) Adding the content into Wiktionary. This depends on particular
Wiktionary customs, could be easily changed and didn't require too
much of sophistication, as it's dominantly about Pywikipediabot and
2) JSON intermediate storage. That's important as it's the most formal
way for representing dictionary data for future use, not depending of
destination platform. There is a space for further development of the
particular format and your participation will be appreciated.
3) Parsing particular dictionary. That's dictionary-specific, but a
number of methods could be shared for parsing other dictionaries. As
many dictionaries we have, as much we will have developed common
So, if you are interested into the matter, please go to the talk page
 and give your suggestions. Also, don't hesitate to reach me
I share with you the link to see (just now) the ceremony of the Princess of
Asturias prize giving, to see it online. There's an option to hear the
audio in English:
Congratulations to all!
As Jan informed a while ago, he decided to not extent is contract as
Wikimedia Sverige's Executive Director and move on. In the last weeks the
board and staff started the recruiting process, agreed on the profile and
announced the position a week ago.
As swedish language is not our main concern (though it makes things
easier), we are open to international applicants and translated the
announcement into English.
In a nutshell, Wikimedia Sverige is looking for an engaged and inspiring
leader of our office in Stockholm. The new ED will:
* Together with the board lead the development and implementation of the
annual plan in accordance with Wikimedia Sverige's vision, strategy and
* Lead and motivate a team of currently six employees.
* Continue the development of the chapter, ensure a good administration and
financial reporting, and secure a successful allocation of funding to the
If you are interested in a couple of years in Stockholm, please send an
e-mail to jobb(a)wikimedia.se not later than October 31, 2015. Please spread
the information to other people who might be interested.
For further information, please visit
SE-112 21 Stockholm
Thank you for your message.
I fully understand your concerns to see the FoP reduced to only
architectural works and sculptures.
Simply, this is what goes better in the current French context...
This is not an ideological limitation of Wikimédia France but rather a
strategic and political limitation.
This results from several past efforts and consultations inside Wikimédia
Repeatedly, FoP amendments haven't been adopted.
Regarding the current Bill, we have already met the minister responsible
for digital, yet the Bill has not retained any freedom of panorama...
Feel free to contact me off-list if you want more details.
2015-10-17 19:39 GMT+02:00 pajz <pajzmail(a)gmail.com>:
> Dear Berard,
> thanks for sharing that. I assume you (wisely) borrowed most of the wording
> of your proposal directly from the Infosoc directive -- at any rate, the
> two texts seem to match word-for-word, with one noticeable difference:
> While the Infosoc directive does not require a limitation to particular
> categories of works, your proposed amendment would apply (only) to "oeuvres
> architecturales et des sculptures;" the Directive meanwhile refers to
> "oeuvres, telles que des réalisations architecturales ou des sculptures"
> (Art. 5(3)(h)). I'd be interested in the reasoning for that choice. I'm not
> criticizing it, I'm just curious about the 'why.'
> I noticed recently that the Wikimedia organizations involved in the policy
> debates surrounding the "freedom of panorama" repeatedly fell back to such
> a limitation, to the extent that the Bernardi/Isaias/Lobert memorandum
> ) even -- contrary at least to the common understanding of the term among
> German/Swiss/Austrian commentators and the few U.S. scholars who
> occasionally use the term -- goes so far as to /define/ freedom of panorama
> as an "unconditional copyright exception vis-à-vis works of architecture
> and sculpture placed permanently in public places." That certainly doesn't
> match the everyday understanding of "panorama" either. Surely, a "panorama"
> is not, for most people, limited to architectural and sculptural works.
> Think of works, say paintings or sgraffiti, on the exterior walls of
> buildings. They are not necessarily part of the architectural work (just
> see Leicester v. Warner Bros, 232 F. 3d 1212 (9th Cir. 2000) for a U.S.
> take on this), so even using pictures of the architectural work could prove
> impossible under such a provision. Austrian law, for instance, limits the
> applicability to "works of architecture and works of fine art" (s. 54(1)(5)
> Copyright Code), which would seem like a considerably less troublesome
> alternative to "works of architecture and sculptural works."
> On 16 October 2015 at 11:59, Berard Myriam <myriam.berard(a)wikimedia.fr>
> > Dear all,
> > The French government is currently staging an open online consultation on
> > the "Loi sur la République numérique" (Digital Bill) on the internet.
> > The public is invited to suggest amendments to 30 proposed measures,
> > ranging from net neutrality to making official documents available to
> > Everyone can propose amendments to the text and vote for or against the
> > proposals online.
> > The current version of the bill does not include any freedom of panorama
> > implementation perspective in France. Wikimedia France is thus proposing
> > amendment to make FoP a reality in France.
> > You can:
> > 1. Vote for our amendment:
> > (requires
> > registration)
> > 2. Vote against a proposal reduced to a non-commercial use
> > 3. Share this around to any person who would be interested in FoP
> > Votes are open until October 18th.
> > For more information, an article was just published (in French) on the
> > of Wikimedia France and is available
> > .
> > Thank you all !
> > Myriam BERARD
> > Chargée de projet relations publiques & propriété intellectuelle
> > Wikimédia France
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The panel on the right of the donations page states,
People and Projects: The other top websites have thousands of employees. We
have about 200 employees to support a wide variety of projects, making your
donation a great investment in a highly-efficient not-for-profit
According to the dynamically updated FAQ, however, the number of
employees is currently 282, considerably nearer 300 than 200.
Could the donations page be updated accordingly? Thanks.
this week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, together with the
Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute launched the
Open Science Prize:
It invites teams to propose or refine technical infrastructure that
makes innovative use of open data or that advances open science more
generally, though with a focus on biomedicine.
The awards will be made in two phases - 6 at $80k each in Phase 1, and
in Phase 2, $230k for the winning team among these 6.
Teams must have at least one member each inside and outside the US,
and team members can be individuals, groups or legal entities (e.g. a
GLAM, a company or a city). The abstracts of the submissions will be
public, and openness beyond that is strongly encouraged.
Deadline for submissions to Phase 1 is February 29, 2016.
For official announcements, see
and for an initial blog post by one of the members of the expert panel
for the prize, see
As I am involved in the organization of the prize as part of my work,
I cannot be part of any submitting team, but I will be happy to answer
any procedural questions you may have.
Please feel free to forward this to communities that you think might
be interested in coming up with an idea to submit.
Thanks and cheers,
We are pleased to share with you the initial results of the HEWP editors
Wikimedia Israel conducted an editors’ survey in August among HEWP editors.
The questionnaire was based on the WMNL survey in order to to enable
international learning in the future.
The survey had two target audiences: active editors (with voting rights )
and contributors. The questionnaire was the same but distributed
differently. Active editors got an invitation to participate on their talk
page, while contributors were invited through a “Sitenotice”. Some 151
active editors and 171 contributors participated.
*Gender*: Almost 20% of the respondents were women.
Among the active editors, only 10% were women whereas 29% of the
contributors were women. The explanations (open answers) for limited
diversity among the editors ranged from a negative work atmosphere to a
conservative point of view about gender roles.
Editors in general did not find the low participation of women negatively
affects the coverage of topics in Wikipedia. Answering a question about how
to increase the participation of women, respondents offered workshops,
encouraging high school students to participate, expanding the wiki-women
group and providing general support.
*New editors*: A large majority of editors acknowledged that new editors
wanted to contribute to HEWP. They recognized the importance of a
continuous arrival of new editors and felt that new editors were welcome.
*Work Atmosphere*: 34% of the respondents reported that they were satisfied
with the work atmosphere on the Hebrew Wikipedia. Only 5.5% of the editors
were not satisfied with it at all. However, 46% noted that there was a
large number of conflicts. Active editors (66%) reported such conflicts
more than contributors (29%). Almost 46% of the active editors stated that
they felt like they were in a conflict in the past six months, while only
29% of contributors expressed the same. 61% of the editors indicated that
conflicts were either mostly or sometimes resolved in a good way.
Ideology, worldviews and egos were considered to play a major role in the
development of conflicts. Contributors also mentioned lack of patience from
the active editors.
*Wikimedia Israel*: 60% of the respondents are familiar with Wikimedia
Israel. As expected active editors are more acquainted with WMIL than
contributors. Among them, 78% agree with the statement that WMIL provides
practical support to editors.
The survey provides important information for the HEWP editors’ community
and for Wikimedia Israel.
Wikimedia Israel will learn the data and use it to develop better support
for editors, contributors and newbies.
 The Hebrew Wikipedia has adopted a policy of deletion upon a 55%
majority, with no minimum number of votes. In these votes, only registered
users with one month seniority and at least 100 edits in the article,
image, category or template namespaces in the past 90 days can vote.