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Vorstandsreferentin Internationale Beziehungen
Adviser to the ED, International Relations
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0 | http://wikimedia.de
Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
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,
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In June, two surveys were carried out at the request of Wikimedia
Nederland: one among editors of the Dutch language Wikipedia, and one among
the general public (the users of Wikipedia).
The first results of these surveys are now available. Below you will find
summaries of the main results, and links to the full reports.
Both surveys provide interesting insights - also in the light of the
ongoing discussion about community health. The challenge for Wikimedia
Nederland now will be to use these to develop better community support and
After the summer break, WMNL is planning a discussion with the community to
decide just that.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about these surveys.
*A. Survey among editors - summary of results (link to full report
*New editors*: A large majority of editors recognizes the importance of a
continuous influx of new editors and feels that new editors are welcome. To
ensure that new editors will not drop out, care and guidance of newbies
must be improved.
*Diversity*: Only 11% of the respondents are women. Everyone recognizes, to
a greater or lesser extent, the disadvantages of limited diversity among
the editors. There is large support for the theory that low participation
of women negatively affects the coverage of topics in Wikipedia. The
atmosphere on Wikipedia is most often cited as a cause for low
participation of women; women mention it much more often as a cause than
*Work Atmosphere*: Opinions are divided about the work atmosphere on the
Dutch Wikipedia. However, there are more editors dissatisfied with the
atmosphere than satisfied. The atmosphere is most frequently characterized
as quarrelsome and distrustful, and quite often also as constructive and
aggressive. A large group of editors on the Dutch Wikipedia has on occasion
been approached in a manner that they considered inappropriate; a small
group admits to having approached others in an inappropriate manner
*Conflicts and Conflict Resolution*: The number of conflicts is seen as
high by the editors. Two in five editors state that in the past six months
they have been involved in a situation that felt like a conflict.There are
different opinions on the resolution of the conflicts. There are more
editors who indicate that conflicts are only sometimes or (almost) never
solved in a good way, than those who say this usually or always happens in
a good way. What is also striking is that a fairly large group has no
opinion on the number of conflicts and/or solution thereof.
Egos and stubbornness are considered to play a major role in the emergence
of conflict. Rules/guidelines and moderation by trained people are often
put forward as a solution.
*Communication*: The dialogue (communication) between editors is fragmented
across many channels and occurs in particular via talk pages. The editors
rarely communicate with each outside of Wikipedia, either in person or
online via social media. Wikimedia mailing lists, blogs, newsletters or
notice pages are not frequently read, and attendance of Wikimedia-organized
events in the Netherlands or abroad is limited.
*Wikimedia Nederland*: A large majority of respondents is familiar with
Wikimedia Nederland and about a quarter of the respondents is currently
also a member. (This is not representative of the overall population of
editors - we estimate 10% of active edtiors are members) Generally, the
respondents are satisfied with the (kind of) work WMNL does.
*B. Survey among readers (users) of Wikipedia - summary of results (link
to full report)
*Knowledge and use of Wikipedia are high, as is satisfaction.*
· Knowledge of Wikipedia and the number of users of Wikipedia have
increased significantly in recent years (2013-2015). Four in five Dutch
people now know about, and use, Wikipedia.
· Levels/frequency of use of Wikipedia have not increased. It is
possible that new users use Wikipedia less intensively.
· More than one tenth of Dutch people said they had installed the
Wikipedia app. That is a very high number.
· In general terms, a large majority thought the articles were very
readable and easy to use. The number of people who thought this was
slightly down on 2013.
*Awareness of matters relating to Wikipedia is falling*
· These are matters such as: the fact that everybody can post and
edit articles, that all text and photos are freely available and that
Wikipedia does not have any profit motive.
· This may also be linked to the arrival of new users who, for the
time being, may be less well-informed.*Slight increase in willingness to
· There was a slight increase in the willingness to contribute
between 2013 and 2015. The main reasons people would not wish to write or
edit an article continue to be that people are not interested and/or would
not know what to write about.
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland
tel. (+31) (0)30 3200238
mob. (+31) (0)6 31786379
*Postadres*: * Bezoekadres:*
Postbus 167 Mariaplaats 3
3500 AD Utrecht Utrecht
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From: WereSpielChequers <werespielchequers(a)gmail.com>
Date: 30 July 2015 at 12:57
Subject: [Wikimediauk-l] visual Editor is now worth using in outreach editathons
If anyone is still running outreach editathons to try and recruit new
editors, you might want to consider using visual editor. I spoke to
some of the WMF people at Wikimania and apparently the issue of it
running very very slowly on old kit has recently been largely
addressed. I've pointed out in the past that as long as that bug was a
"won't fix" you couldn't promote Visual Editor at outreach editathons
because even if all the laptops look pretty new, there could well be
someone present using a borrowed laptop and intending to use an old PC
at home. Since we really can't start an editathon asking the attendees
if they all use new computers at home, and then reverting to the
classic editor if someone says their machine was bought in 2010 I and
several others have been ignoring the Visual Editor for the last
couple of years.
I have just run a quick test on this myself using a friend's old PC
and V/E does now work, though it is still a little slower than the
Jonathan / WereSpielChequers
Wikimedia UK mailing list
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From: Everton Zanella Alvarenga <tom(a)okfn.org.br>
Date: 2015-08-09 12:19 GMT-03:00
Subject: Translations of the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto
To: Open Knowledge Foundation Local Coordinators Mailing List <
Cc: dona(a)metamorphosis.org.mk, Heloisa Pait <heloisa.pait(a)gmail.com>
we have already *25* translations* (yeah!) of the Guerilla Open Access
from Aaron Swartz. Please, see bellow:
I'm seeking for people willing to contribute to edit the website. You just
need to know some wordpress basic editing. Some languages with different
alphabets I could not format properly, so we also would need some of your
help. Thus, if you see there is some bad format in your mother language,
let us know through the e-mail manifesto(a)okfn.org.br to see how you can
improve it. We also need to add some new languages at the project git
I've started this project in homage to Aaron when he died. Thanks for any
Open Knowledge Brazil
1. Portuguese (Português)
2. Chinese (中文)
3. French (Français)
4. Italian (Italiano)
5. Latvian (Latviešu)
6. Spanish (Español)
7. Servian (Srpski)
8. Russian (Русский)
9. German (Deutsch)
10. Turkish (Türkçe)
11. Polish (Polski)
12. Farsi (فارسی)
13. Bengali (বাংলা)
14. Danish (Dansk)
15. Catalan (Català)
16. Arabic (العربية)
17. Greek (Ελληνικά)
18. Dutch (Nederlands)
19. Korean (한국어)
20. Romanian (Română)
21. Swedish (Svenska)
22. മലയാളം (Malayalam)
23. کوردی (Kurdish)
24. Македонски (Macedonian)
25. Български (Bulgarian)
I believe some local Wikimedia leaderships.
Kofi Annan Fellowship support is currently open to eligible applications.
This Fellowship provides the opportunity for talented and motivated
students from developing countries, who do not belong to a privileged class
and lack sufficient financial means, to study management at the European
School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin and graduate with a
prestigious MBA or MSc from the most international business school in
ESMT’s one-year Full-Time MBA is a management acceleration programme aimed
at early to mid-career professionals with at least three years of
- €58,000 and covers full tuition fees and course materials in addition
to a living stipend of €1,000 per month for the duration of the MBA program.
- The fellowship also covers one round-trip plane ticket to Berlin from
the Fellow’s home
- Fellowships can be awarded only after a candidate has been admitted to
the ESMT MBA program
- MBA applicants should have a bachelor’s degree of any kind, a minimum
of three years of professional experience, GMAT, and proficient English
- All applicants should have a willingness to contribute to building the
economy and society of their home country with entrepreneurial impetus.
- Applicants must be residents of one of the UN-listed LDCs, LLDCs, or
of Palestine. Other countries will be considered by the Kofi Annan Business
Schools Foundation upon request.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2015
To apply and for more information visit here
A tip/request, for 2 perennial frustrations, re:
* Usage of quite long (e.g. 5+ linebreaks) email-signatures, without the
* Use of embedded or attached images in email-signatures.
1) Many email clients (including gmail) respect the usage of
(*2 dashes, and a space, on a blank line*)
to isolate signature blocks.
It will either auto-collapse the signature, or lighten the text color.
Please add this to the top of your email signature!
(Example at bottom.)
2) Unnecessary images in emails, which require extra downloading on mobile,
plus some users have images-disabled in email (to prevent tracking-images
from spammers, etc) so they just show as empty "placeholders".
Please consider removing any images from your email signature!
Thanks, and I hope that helps someone.
Quiddity / Nick
A test of a large
across many lines.
Preceded by "-- ".