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==Community and Participation==
====Erasmus Prize awarded to Wikipedia community====
On 15 January (the 14th birthday of Wikipedia) the Erasmus Prize Foundation
announced during a seminar in Amsterdam that Wikipedia will receive the
Erasmus Prize 2015. The prize is awarded annually to a person or
institution that has made an exceptional contribution to culture, society
or social science. Wikipedia was chosen because the Internet encyclopedia
provides worldwide access to knowledge in open and democratic way. The
award goes specifically to the international Wikipedia community, the
volunteers behind Wikipedia. Wikimedia Nederland hopes that this
prestigious award will open doors for new partnerships and encourage more
people to become involved. We are planning a program of activities
throughout the year.
====New Years Reception====
Saturday, January 17th the Institute for Vision and Sound hosted Wikimedia
Nederland's annual New Year's reception. The meeting was attended by more
than 80 members, donors, Wikipedians and other interested parties. The day
was opened by Jan Müller (Managing Director of Vision and Sound). The
guests could explore the Sound and Vision Experience or join a tour of the
==== Video on Wikipedia ====
After our New Years reception at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and
Vision, we received a number of questions about the use of video on
Wikipedia. We built a small project page on our local chapter Wiki with a
few instructional videos on how to upload and use video. The community
reacted with enthusiasm and created a new help page out of this
projectpage. Some volunteers became more actively involved with trying to
find open video content online to use on Wikipedia.
===== Education program - call for translation requests =====
The education program has started with a pilot project on translations.
Interns from ITV (a school for interpreters and translators) can translate
selected articles from French, German, Spanish, Italian, English and
Russian to Dutch. These interns will translated articles requested by the
community. In January, a call for translation requests was posted and got
a very positive response from the community. The first intern will start in
April and will translate articles from German into Dutch.
===== World War II =====
A number of meetings took place with archives that have collections related
to WWII. We expect to see some media donations over the next few months. We
are also working with our partner NIOD (the national institute for war,
conflict and genocide research) to prepare an editathon on the role of
women during the Second World War. Work is also continuing on a
Verzetskranten project about the underground press during World War II.
This is a cooperation between NIOD, the National Library and Wikimedia
Nederland. The aim is to improve the number and quality of articles about
illegal newspapers on Wikipedia, and then use these to provide extra
content to the National Library's database holding the digitized version of
the actual newspapers.
===== Project Nature =====
The Museum for Natural History Naturalis has started the search for a
Wikipedian in Residence. The volunteers involved in project nature are
starting work on processing a content donation by De Vlinderstichting
(Butterfly Foundation). Information on and images of the dragonfly species
of the Netherlands was released under a Creative Commons licence.
===== Gendergap =====
Preparations have begun for the Gendergap project. Plan is to have a
projectplan written in April. We are exploring possibilities and we are
talking to possible partners for our gendergap project. At the same time,
we are preparing activities for the international Women's day in March. We
were approached by the feminist magazine Opzij, who want to increase the
number of articles about women on Dutch Wikipedia. We are cooperating with
them in an editathon at their offices on March 9. We hope this will be the
start of longer cooperation.
===== GLAM-WIKI 2015 =====
GLAM-WIKI 2015 is organized by WMNL and will take place in The Hague on
April 10 -12. The venue will be the National Library and National
Archive. The programme committee and the WMNL office are busy preparing
this event. A call for proposals was published, the scholarship request
form made available, ticket sales have started.s. The programme committee
is now reviewing the proposals.
==== Catharijne Convent Museum for religious art donates high resolution
On 24 February, more than 2,500 high-resolution photos of the artifacts
from the permanent collection of the Museum Catharijneconvent were added to
the database of Wikipedia.To encourage wikipedians and interested
researchers to use the collection, the museum and Wikimedia Nederland are
going to organize various activities, focusing on editing and writing
articles on Wikipedia. On March 12, the first editathon will take place.
==Communication and publicity==
==== Campaign ====
In the final months of 2014 we worked on preparing a campaign to increase
understanding among the general public about some basic facts concerning
Wikipedia, in particular that it is written entirely by volunteers The
social media campaign started in February. M ore about the results in next
==== Newsletter ====
The WMNL newsletters for January and February were sent out to the
==Governance and organization==
On February 16, Sandra Fauconnier started work as project coordinator at
the WMNL office. She previously worked as a Wikipedian in Residence.
Sebastiaan ter Burg has left the WMNL team as of March 1.
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Wikimedia UK, along with the Open Coalition <http://open-coalition.org/>
and Demos <http://www.demos.co.uk/>, are developing a project called "From
ticks to clicks - understanding and building digital democracy".
We have just made a proposal
to the Knight News Challenge and we would really appreciate your feedback
and support. If you can spare just a couple of minutes please do take a
look and let us know what you think. Comments on the site, rather than
here, are especially appreciated!
With thanks and regards,
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London EC2A 4LT. United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a
global Wikimedia movement. The Wikimedia projects are run by the
Wikimedia Foundation (who operate Wikipedia, amongst other projects).
*Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit charity with no legal
control over Wikipedia nor responsibility for its contents.*
This is to bring to your notice the proposed change in leadership of the
CIS-A2K Program. The current Program Director, T. Vishnu Vardhan will be
transitioning by June 2015, due to health and personal concerns.
As many of you know, Vishnu has led the A2K Programme since February
2013. We at CIS are working with Vishnu and the rest of the A2K team to
ensure smooth transition so that the momentum of the A2K program does
not lose pace.
We will soon be putting out an Advertisement for the next CIS-A2K
Program Director and will involve the community members and the
Wikimedia India in the selection process.
Access To Knowledge (CIS-A2K)
Centre for Internet and Society
@psubhashish / https://cis-india.org
We know NSA wants Wikipedia data, as Wikipedia is listed in one of the
That slide is about HTTP, and the tech staff are moving the
user/reader base to HTTPS.
As we learn more about the NSA programs, we need to consider vectors
other than HTTP for the NSA to obtain the data they want. And the
userbase needs to be aware of the current risks.
One question from the "Dells are backdored"[sic] thread that is worth
separate consideration is:
Are the Wikimedia transit links encrypted, especially for database replication?
MySQL has replication over SSL, so I assume the answer is Yes.
If not, is this necessary or useful, and feasible ?
However we also need to consider that SSL and other encryption may be
useless against NSA/etc, which means replicating non-public data
should be avoided wherever possible, as it becomes a single point of
Given how public our system is, we don't have a lot of non-public
data, so we might be able to design the architecture so that
information isnt replicated, and also ensure it isnt accessed over
insecure links. I think the only parts of the dataset that are
private & valuable are
* passwords/login cookies,
* checkuser info - IPs and useragents,
* WMF analytics, which includes readers iirc, and
* hidden/deleted edits
* private wikis and mailing lists
Have I missed any?
Are passwords and/or checkuser info replicated?
Is there a data policy on WMF analytics data which prevents it flowing
over insecure links, and limits what is collected and ensures
destruction of the data within reasonable timeframes? i.e. how about
not using cookies to track analytics of readers who are on HTTP
instead of HTTPS?
The private wikis can be restricted to https, depending on the value
of the data on those wikis in the wrong hands. The private mailing
lists will be harder to secure, and at least the English Wikipedia
arbcom list contain a lot of valuable data about contributors.
Regarding hidden/deleted edits, the replication isnt the only source
of this data. All edits are also exposed via Recent Changes
(https/api/etc) as they occur, and the value of these edits is
determined by the fact they are hidden afterwards (e.g. don't appear
in dumps). Is there any way to control who is effectively capturing
all edits via Recent Changes?
Dear movement fellows,
After our "Board handbook", we are pleased to share with you the
Wikimédia France "Travel policy" (this time, in French and English!):
This document is the compilation and formalization of our expenses
reimbursement's practices for several years.
The main goal of this formalization is to clarify, for our various
stakeholders in the organization, the expenses which can be reimbursed,
the amounts, the conditions and the process.
And because it's clearer we think that it's going to facilitate the
volunteers involvement. Indeed, by knowing in advance if expenses can be
covered, we are hoping that volunteers will take more initiatives to do
projects, even if there is a cost.
Of course, it facilitates the work of our treasurers and executive
director who deal with the approval of expenses requests/reports,
because the commons cases are anticipated in the policy, and now they
have to intervene only for specific cases, which are less frequent.
It is also ensuring a healthier governance: it clarifies the process of
escalation if needed and it provides fairness for every requests' answers.
Besides it allowed to define consensually the frame of reimbursements
with different stakeholders.
As it might be useful for other entities, we shared in a Learning
Patternswhy we think it's useful for us to have this policy,what
problems it solves and how we have solved them:
Moreover, we did an "unofficial" translation of the policy (link above)
to ease your feedback possibilities about this policy, about the process
we followed or to be inspired by if you are thinking about such an
initiative of document in your organization.
Feel free to ask any questions or make suggestions of improvement.
www.wikimedia.fr | Twitter: @Wikimedia_Fr
Mob. +33 6 61 15 13 12 | emeric.vallespi(a)wikimedia.fr
If anyone wants to compare and contrast, you can find WMUK's expenses
policy (covering travel and other expenses) here:
Chair, Wikimedia UK
> Emeric Vallespi <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 9 March 2015 08:49
> Dear movement fellows,
> After our "Board handbook", we are pleased to share with you the
> Wikimédia France "Travel policy" (this time, in French and English!):
> (fr) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimédia_France/Politique_de_voyage
> This document is the compilation and formalization of our expenses
> reimbursement's practices for several years.
> The main goal of this formalization is to clarify, for our various
> stakeholders in the organization, the expenses which can be reimbursed,
> the amounts, the conditions and the process.
> And because it's clearer we think that it's going to facilitate the
> volunteers involvement. Indeed, by knowing in advance if expenses can be
> covered, we are hoping that volunteers will take more initiatives to do
> projects, even if there is a cost.
> Of course, it facilitates the work of our treasurers and executive
> director who deal with the approval of expenses requests/reports,
> because the commons cases are anticipated in the policy, and now they
> have to intervene only for specific cases, which are less frequent.
> It is also ensuring a healthier governance: it clarifies the process of
> escalation if needed and it provides fairness for every requests' answers.
> Besides it allowed to define consensually the frame of reimbursements
> with different stakeholders.
> As it might be useful for other entities, we shared in a Learning
> Patternswhy we think it's useful for us to have this policy,what
> problems it solves and how we have solved them:
> Moreover, we did an "unofficial" translation of the policy (link above)
> to ease your feedback possibilities about this policy, about the process
> we followed or to be inspired by if you are thinking about such an
> initiative of document in your organization.
> Feel free to ask any questions or make suggestions of improvement.