Announcing: Wikimedia DC's Exciting New Program: BOOK GRANTS!
We are offering book grants to people in the United States to support their
editing. Please contact me at keilanawiki(a)gmail.com if you have any
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on
Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel
is #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be
broadcast as a live YouTube stream.
Each month at the metrics meeting, we will:
* Welcome recent hires
* Present a community update
* Review WMF top-level metrics
* Present reports/updates
For August, we'll present a quarterly report overview & review
VisualEditor AB test and usability results
* Engage in questions/discussions
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
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Dear friends and college
within next month I am going to give lecture about wikipedia and sister
projects, I would like to know if have already prepared file to describe
about wikipedia (and all sister projects), that I can use for this event.
even if it is old it would be useful and I will update with current
Hello dear friends,
I’m happy to provide you with an update about what happened since the
Wikimedia Conference in Berlin. Some of the conference participants met
again at the WMCON Follow-Up Day before Wikimania and build upon certain
As it is my role as the Program and Engagement Coordinator for the
Wikimedia Conference, I’m tracking what happened around the main issues of
the conference. You can find all the details on Meta.
If you’re interested in certain topics, please don’t hesitate to contact
the respective thematic ambassadors. Also, if you feel that specific
aspects are missing, drop me a line.
By the way: Have you seen our lovely grant report on the Wikimedia
Conference? It contains a lot of learnings for the movement and might be
useful for preparing future movement conferences of any kind.
For your convenience, I have copied the summary of the sessions here. For
details, photos and links, please check the report on Meta.
== Movement Roles ==
* At the WMCON Follow-Up Day Nicole Ebber held a session regarding the idea
of a “Movement Roles” consultation. People agreed that such a broad themed
consultation wasn’t useful and should be focused on a certain issue.
== Partnerships & External Grants ==
* At the WMCON Follow-Up Day, John Andersson led a first session regarding
external grants processes and needs among affiliates. Together with the
PEC, next steps to pursue are mapping the current interested and
responsible persons for external grants among the chapters and creating a
kind of knowledge sharing hub on Meta for that topic.
* At the WMCON Follow-Up Day, Anne-Laure Prévost (WMFR) led a session on
partnerships, partnership processes and hurdles to reach them. Anne-Laure
will publish a summary of the session soon. If you’re interested in that
topic or would like to share your process creating a partnership with an
institution, reach out to her!
=== Advocacy / Public Policy ===
* At the WMCON Follow-Up Day, Dimi Dimitrov collected and gathered further
input and added them to the brainstorming list. Based on the five core
policy areas (Copyright, Censorship, Access to Knowledge, Intermediary
Protection, Privacy & Surveillance), the WMF Legal Team will start to
produce “policy white papers” and publish them on a proper site.
=== Governance ===
* Tim Moritz Hector (chair of the board of WMDE) and Abraham Taherivand
(chair of the transition committee), publish a document of lessons learnt
on how Wikimedia Deutschland managed its Executive Direction transition
== Communication ==
* Based on the Communications session at the Wikimedia Conference 2015,
Michael Jan (WMDE) and the WMF Communications team publish the Movement
Communications skill page on Meta. Please add your information, ideas and
* At Wikimania 2015, the WMF Communications Team and members of the
Communications Committee (ComCom) met to discuss several issues. Based on
the conversations, the WMF Communications team plans (until September 30)
to improve and reevaluate this list, to map people on the ComCom maing
list, to find out who wants to stay on the list and to assess and clarify
list membership criteria.
=== Community Support ===
* The VSN published its working paper and gathered further input for it at
the WMCON Follow-Up Day.
* Sati Houston and Asaf Bartov published her report on the results of her
research on needs and ways to support emerging communities in June. The
report was published on Community Capacity Development Framework.
* Based on Abraham Taherivand’s presentation at the Wikimedia Conference
2015 on user-centered software engineering, Birgit Müller is a continuous
exchange with Wikimedia Israel to implement a similar process in the Hebrew
=== Miscellaneous ===
* Cornelius Kibelka (PEC) supports the CEE meeting organisers in the
program developing process. The process is based on gathering questions and
needs of its members and members-to-be on Wikimedia CEE Meeting
2015/Questions&Needs. At the CEE meeting, Cornelius will start to gather
thematic input for the next Wikimedia Conference.
* The WMCON2015 organising team (Nicole Ebber, Cornelius Kibelka, Wenke
Storn, Daniela Gentner) published an extensive report including learnings
on the Wikimedia Conference 2015. At the WMCON Follow-Up Day at Wikimania,
Nicole presented her plan and timeline for the next Wikimedia Conference.
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There's a great opportunity before us. If licensing and copyright are
complex, the Commons community should be the best at explaining these
One of my favorite examples in this area is what 500px does to explain
I would like to ask, if the ease of media handling (images, photographs on
Wikimedia Commons) is a priority for Wikimedia Foundation? If not, could it
be a priority? Recently we have seen a big step done for editors =
VisualEditor. Contributors have no longer study "wikicode" to be able to
contribute. That removes one of the technological barriers and it looks its
a priority for WMF.
While part of contributing to Wikipedia is still contributing by images. I
am from Wikimedia Czech republic. We run many projects based on media
harvest or organizing *low barrier media harvest activities* to bring new
users to Wikipedia.
As our newbies are not technologically skilled and not native English
speakers, there is a big technology block to contribute to Wikipedia with
1) there is no app for mobile phones and tablets for image upload
2) newbies are lost, when they click on "Upload image" and they are
transferred from Wikipedia to Wikimedia Commons
3) Wikimedia Commons is in English - foreign language for our participants
4) biggest language barrier are categories, which are in English only, we
need to insert name of the category in our mother tongue
5) Wikimedia Commons environment is still pretty "techy"
6) Insert metadata, takes a long time:
e.g.: you have an image of a cathedral in Des Moines, IW. 3 or 4 times you
have to insert same information: a) to file name (*Des Moines,
cathedral.jpg*), b) to file description (*en:** Cathedral in Des Moines,
Iowa, USA*/*es:* *La catedral de XY en Des Moines, Iowa, EEUU*) and c) to
the category (*category:Des Moines* or *Churches in Des Moines*,
Its 2015, there are many social projects around us. You can handle images
much easier on these projects than on mother of all social projects -
Wikipedia. Big step was done with using images allready present in Commons.
Could we do something for those, who contributes with their media to
Wikipedia? Could we do it in one or two years?
Thank you very much for your concern!