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The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
Please refrain from posting to so many lists at once. That is considered
inpolite and annoying.
>From your email, I seem to miss the actual question you try to ask, and the
point you're trying to make. You seem to refer to some kind of 'movie' we
should all see, because it explains a legal proceeding? But all that
without explaining what it is actually all about. And then you seem to
expect an answer.
I hope you're not too disappointed that nobody will actually answer your
On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 10:34 PM, Paul Müller <paul.mueller07(a)posteo.de>
> Hello Friends, hello mrs. tretikov,
> unfortunately, I was reported the causa of DANIELE GANSER vs. Wikipedia
> So, I feel obliged to inform you about the strange behavior of special
> admins `Phi and copilot`in
> the german wikipedia. For ensurance the reputation of wikipedia, it will
> be necessary
> to defend the personality rights of Daniele Ganser.
> Please check the problem and clear the keeping of the internal rules of
> For further information, please see this video:
> Die dunkle Seite der Wikipedia, Ein Film von Markus Fiedler und
> Frank-Michael Spee
> (The dark Site of Wikipedia)
> by the now 300.000 clicks!
> I will trust in Your Seriosity and will look forward to your answer.
> Yours Sincerely
> Paul Müller
> Fundraiser mailing list
On behalf of Wikimedia Argentina we are pleased to announce the new
documentary film based on our community and that will be launch on January
15th, for Wikipedia 15th anniversary.
As a preview you can find the trailer in the following link
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYjdk7za0Vg>, subtitles available in
Hope you all like it!
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year.
Anna Torres Adell
*A.C. Wikimedia Argentina*
[Begging pardon if you read this multiple times]
I would like to announce with great pleasure the StrepHit IEG project
Of course, you are all invited to attend.
The event will be held in a special day: Wikipedia's birthday!
Below you can find the details.
Schedule: 15 January 2016, 11:00 am, Luigi Stringa Conference Room
Location: Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via Sommarive 18, Povo, Trento, Italy -
Abstract: We kick-off StrepHit, a project funded by the Wikimedia
Foundation through the Individual Engagement Grants program.
StrepHit is a Natural Language Processing pipeline that understands human
language, extracts facts from text and produces Wikidata statements with
It will enhance the data quality of Wikidata by suggesting references to
validate statements, and will help Wikidata become the gold-standard hub of
the Open Data landscape.
Speaker's bio: Marco Fossati is a researcher with a double background in
Natural Languages and Information Technologies. He works at the Data and
Knowledge Management (DKM) research unit at Fondazione Bruno Kessler,
Trento, Italy. He is member of the DBpedia Association board of trustees,
founder and representative of its Italian chapter. He has interdisciplinary
skills both in linguistics and in programming. His research focuses on
bridging the gap between Natural Language Processing techniques and Large
Scale Structured Knowledge Bases in order to drive the Web of Data towards
its full potential.
See you in Trento and long live Wikipedia!
The fundraising team is wrapping up the second week of the December
campaign and we’d like to share an update with you--where we are, what
we’ve changed, and what you can do to get involved.
WHERE WE ARE:
We’ve passed the halfway mark to the $25 million campaign goal. So far,
we’ve raised roughly $18 million (a preliminary total that is quickly
changing and has not been reconciled with official totals from the finance
department). Banners are running on desktop and mobile devices. We are
also sending emails to past donors asking if they would give again this
year. We’re monitoring the trends daily and look forward to sharing a
post-campaign analysis with you. We will post an update on when we will
be able to end the campaign when we have a clearer picture.
WHAT WE’VE CHANGED:
Over the past several months, staff members and volunteers have provided
both critical and generative feedback and new fundraising banner ideas.
Their help has been very valuable. Many of these new messages have been
tried in pre-campaign tests and in the last two weeks. Thank you to
everyone who has shared their time and ideas! A few message highlights:
We are no longer using the line "keep Wikipedia online and ad-free." It
has been changed to “keep our work going another year.”
New text in the current banner: “We believe that knowledge is a
foundation. It is a foundation for human potential, for freedom, for
opportunity. We believe everyone should have access to knowledge—for free,
without restriction, without limitation.”
"We survive on donations" has been changed to "We're sustained by
"Please help us end the fundraiser and get back to improving Wikipedia"
has been changed to "Please help us end the fundraiser and improve
We have removed the persistent reminder from large banners. The reminder
is still included in the small banners, which is consistent with the same
style banners from the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.
The coffee cup image has been removed from banners
We have also run some initial tests with new messaging that show
encouraging results. We're still working on more messages and sorting out
how we'll incorporate new ideas into the overall banner, but here are some
sentences we’re testing:
“Wikipedia has become nothing short of a global public library.”
“We don’t run ads. We respect your privacy. We don’t sell your data.”
“Wikipedia exists to verify, protect, and share the combined knowledge
"There is nothing else on the internet like Wikipedia. We are a global
information hub with 15 billion page views a month, written by a community
of volunteers with a passion for knowledge."
"The information in Wikipedia is constantly growing, but we need your
help to keep up with rapidly changing technology. Wikipedia is like a
library or public park created by a passionate community."
"Wikipedia changes every second of every day. We just hit 5 million
English articles, but we need to continually grow to serve our readers."
"Please become a volunteer or a donor to help end us the fundraiser and
improve Wikipedia. Thank you."
With just a couple weeks left to go in 2015, the team is working hard to
make improvements. We’d love your help.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
To file a bug report or technical issue, please create a phabricator
or email problemsdonating(a)wikimedia.org
To get up-to-date on the the latest reader survey, read the full report
To read the latest news from the team, see the fundraising meta page
To suggest another banner idea, visit the test ideas meta page
To learn more about the fundraising program and last year’s campaign,
see the 2014-15 fundraising report
Thank you to everyone for your support and to the fundraising team for
working so collaboratively and such long hours throughout this campaign.
And thank you to all those that have given thus far.
Director of Online Fundraising
I have an excess "Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)" lens
for Pentax. If you are a regular contributor to Wikimedia Commons, I might
be willing to give this to you as your Christmas / New Year's present.
Please email me off-list if you would like the lens, with:
1. Evidence that you already use a Pentax camera to contribute to Commons,
2. Evidence that you have a history of providing good-quality images, and
3. An explanation of how your contributions to Commons would improve if you
receive this lens
I am thrilled to share with you that The National Library of Israel had
> released a collection of 200 high-resolution unique maps of Jerusalem
> in collaboration with Wikimedia Israel. This collection of ancient maps,
> spanning from 1486 to 1947, contains a variety of styles and languages. The
> maps released were celbrarted by a Mapathon in the National Library of
> Israel, a writinig contest in NOWP (initiated by Wikimedia Norway) and
> a post in the Wikimaps community blog.
> The maps are beautiful! Take a peak.
> Happy holidays for those of you who celebrate at this time of the year!
>  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Laor_collection
>  http://wikimaps.wikimedia.fi/
> *Michal Lester,*
> *Executive DirectorWikimedia Israel*
> *http://www.wikimedia.org.il <http://www.wikimedia.org.il/> *
> *972-50-8996046 ; 972-77-751-6032 *
A month or so ago, I informed you about CIS-A2K's initiative
Thanks to everyone who shared their suggestions and feedback.
This month we have further improved the portal and started the training. It
is now divided it into 3 parts-
1. *Editors* to become more editors;
2. *Potential admin candidates* to become admins
3. *Admins* to become more skilled and powerful
4 editors have joined this program so far:
1. User:Bodhisattwa (Bengali Wikipedia admin)
2. User:Sayant Mahato (Sanskrit Wikipedia editor, potential admin, Sa WP
RFA going on)
3. User:Jim Carter (English Wikipedia editor, Arbitration Committee
clerk, wants to become an En WP admin)
4. User:Jnanaranjan sahu (Odia Wikipedia editor, wants to better )
We know about Wikipedia Education Program's courses and
Wikipedia:Adopt-a-user, but Indian Wikipedias' environment are different
than the English Wikipedia, so we don't want to directly follow English
Wikipedia training process right now.
Please share your suggestions/feedback to improve this training program. :)
The financial funding in the FDC recommendation was approved by the Board
of Trustees on December 9, 2015. The resolution is available here:
As usual the Board is extremely grateful for the work done by the FDC
volunteers in reaching their recommendations. The thoughtful and detailed
discussion renews our enthusiasm for the process in which the community has
strong input into the funding levels of different affiliates.
As noted above we have approved the committee's financial funding
recommendations, and asked the Executive Director to proceed within her
authority and discretion.
At the same time the Board has two additional comments which it would like
With regards to the request for more community input in strategic and
annual planning of the Wikimedia Foundation, the Board and the Executive
Director agree that this is an important priority. Some steps have already
been taken and some are likely to still be worked out in partnership with
With regard to the funding of the WMDE restricted grant, we feel that the
FDC has several legitimate points. The Board approves the total recommended
allocation for WMDE, but does not approve the additional requirements
recommended by the FDC, as conditional to installments deployment. In
particular, the Board does not approve the conditions to be applied as
conditional to the second part of the financing. The Board believes that
approving such conditions would risk applying similar restrictions to
entities that request [unrestricted] annual grants in the future, and does
not believe that such restrictions are necessary, as evaluation of past
results should take place when the entity applies for their next annual
plan grant. However, the Board suggests that entities follow the FDC's
guidance regarding providing information.
for the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation