Today we are pleased to announce the launch of the Inspire Campaign in
This campaign aims to encourage, foster, and support new ideas for
improving gender diversity on Wikimedia projects. Less than 20% of
Wikimedia contributors are women, and many important topics are still
missing in our content. We invite all Wikimedians to participate in the
campaign on Meta-wiki by sharing your ideas, skills and feedback, and by
helping to spread the word in your local communities. The campaign runs
until March 31.
All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions,
community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new!
Grants are available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects developed
during this campaign that need financial support. Constructive, positive
feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your
skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. We
hope experienced community members will also watch the IdeaLab pages to
help keep the discussions positive and constructive. Join us at the Inspire
Campaign and help our projects better represent the world’s knowledge!
Alex & the Inspire Team
Project & Event Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
Hi library aficionados,
Catch up on the latest 2 months of news and developments from The Wikipedia
In this issue of Books & Bytes...
* New donations - ProjectMUSE, Dynamed, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and
Women Writers Online
* New TWL coordinators, conference updates, and new guide outreach guides
(including a template for just for archivists)
*Foundation moves - TWL joints into the new Community Engagement department
at the WMF, completes quarterly review
* And a 360 degree view of the digital library world with Bytes in Brief
from around the web
*Read the newsletter:*
The Wikipedia Library Team
it is my pleasure to announce the release of the 2014 annual report on
Wikimedia's OTRS and specifically the Volunteer Response Team's
activities. Please find it at
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them at
About OTRS/the Volunteer Response Team: The Volunteer Response Team is
the group of volunteers that handles email traffic related to the
Wikimedia projects, from general inquiries to file permission emails.
The software they use is called OTRS, and our installation of OTRS is
also used by several other users within our movement, including
chapters, WMF staff, oversighters, Wikimania organizers etc. For more
information, see <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/OTRS>.
On behalf of the OTRS administrators,
A few days ago, a well known Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was
assassinated <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Boris_Nemtsov> near
the Kremlin. This murder had a huge political resonance, and conspiracy
theories flourished. Yet, one of the theories was due to Wikipedia's
representation of time - anonymous users see change history in UTC. This
confusion was so big, that several major publications, including Moskovkij
Russian) claiming that the wiki page proclaimed him dead before the
assassination. The MK article was later updated with the explanation, but
the damage has been done: a number of threats were made against the editors.
In light of the above, I feel we need to
#1 Show a clear message at the top of all history-related pages for
anonymous users that the time is in UTC until #2
Dear Wikimedia friends,
On behalf of our board, I am delighted to announce that Christian Rickerts
will be the new Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland. The board
followed the transition team’s unanimous recommendation and hired Christian
effective May 1, 2015.
Wikimedia Deutschland is shaped by the work of volunteers as well as paid
professionals. Christian Rickerts comes with experience from both
perspectives. In 1995, he co-founded Schüler Helfen Leben e. V., a
non-profit association that promotes equal access to education for children
and young people in the Balkans. Later, he served as the association’s
first Executive Director and led the Schüler Helfen Leben Foundation. After
that, he worked in the for-profit as well as the non-profit sector, first
as a consultant for strategy and organizational development at Capgemini,
then as the Executive Director of the German section of Reporters Without
Borders. Since 2012, he has been Vice President Corporate Communication at
the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the largest privately held non-profit foundation
Christian’s profound knowledge of the intersection between voluntary and
paid work as well as his value-driven thinking and methodological diversity
have deeply impressed us. We are thrilled to get him on board and to shape
Wikimedia Deutschland’s future together. Christian is highly motivated to
join the Wikimedia movement. We are confident that he is the perfect fit
for the role of the Executive Director.
Jan Engelmann will continue to be our interim ED until May. On behalf of
the board, I would like to express my gratitude for his outstanding
efforts. A huge thank you goes to the transition team, which has
planned, led, and brought this collaborative process to a successful close
within eight months. The team was constituted in June 2014, composed of
members of our board as well as representatives of our staff, our members
and the German Wikimedia community. The work of the team has been
straightforward and exceptional. We are convinced that their experience is
highly valuable for the broader movement. Therefore, the team is planning
to share their insights and learnings at the upcoming Wikimedia Conference.
Starting in May, you will have the chance to join us in providing Christian
with a warm welcome to the Wikiverse. Many of you will meet Christian at
the Wikimedia Conference in May. He is also planning to attend Wikimania in
Tim Moritz Hector
Tim Moritz Hector
Chair of the board
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | D-10963 Berlin
tel.: +49 (0)30 - 219 158 260 http://www.wikimedia.de
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 B.
Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I
Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
For some months, Twitter have been blocking most URLs in their direct
messages (DMs), supposedly as an anti-spam measure.
Do we have someone who has a contact there, who could ask them to
whitelist Wikimedia project URLs in DMs?
I was wondering if anyone, in the Wikimedia movement,
has done editathons and wiki-events with *journalists*.
In April, Wikimedia Italia will host a workshop at the International
Journalism Festival, and we'd welcome tips and suggestions.