The WMF Community Tech team is starting to wrap up our work on this year's
Community Wishlist projects, as we prepare for the new Community Wishlist
Survey starting in November.
We've got a new Status report to share, with an update on the work that's
been done this year on the Community Wishlist:
Here's a quick overview for the top 10 --
COMPLETED WORK on 5 wishes:
* Wish #1: Migrate dead external links to archives, with volunteer dev
Cyberpower678 -- currently on English Wikipedia, other languages coming
* Wish #2: Improved diff comparisons, by WMF developer MaxSem, live on all
* Wish #5: Numerical sorting in categories, currently on English, Swedish
and Macedonian Wikipedias, more languages coming soon
* Wish #7: Pageview stats tool, live on all wikis
* Wish #9: Improve the plagiarism detection bot, with volunteer dev Eran --
currently on English Wikipedia, other languages coming
CURRENTLY WORKING on 1 wish:
* Wish #4: Cross-wiki watchlist, currently in progress
OTHER TEAMS ARE WORKING on 2 wishes:
* Wish #3: Central repository for gadgets, templates and Lua modules,
foundational work is underway by Legoktm
* Wish #6: Allow categories in Commons in all languages, related work is
underway by the Wikidata team
DECLINED 2 wishes:
* Wish #8: Global cross-wiki talk page
* Wish #10: Add a user watchlist
There's lots of information on the top 10, plus the work being done by
WMDE's Technical Wishes team and the Technical Collaboration team, on the
Status report page:
And we hope that everyone will come and participate in the 2nd annual
Community Wishlist Survey, starting November 7th!
See you soon,
Senior Product Manager
WMF Community Tech Team
What : Africa general stub elimination contest launched on the English
Thousands of stubs are listed for your interest...
Though a general content improvement contest, this contest is also being
run in partnership with WikiProject Wiki Loves Women and WikiProject
Women in Red to de-stub and create start-class articles about women.
Contest is about all african countries. Prizes are by countries. That
means... lot's of prizes...
Prizes have been offered by Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia UK and
If you are not a destuber oriented person, we also provide a list of
selected articles that we would love to see get to GA status. Join in to
help them get there !
When : Oct 15 - Nov 27.
Langages : Entries in all languages, especially French, are welcome
Main page : https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Wikipedia…/The_Africa_Destubathon
Help needed: we also need a few judges... Dr. Blofeld, the main
instigator, needs help to triage and judge entries.
Please relay :)
On behalf of Wikimedia Israel, I'm pleased to announce a new partnership
and expansion of our Education initiative - WikiCampus.
WikiCampus it is a new initiative by Wikimedia Israel and the
Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC) . As part of the
collaboration, during the upcoming academic year, dozens of courses (and a
total of hundreds of students) will take part in the Wikipedia assignment
Until now, we ran many Wikipedia assignment collaborations directly with
teachers in universities and colleges in Israel. For the first time, this
pilot will be lead directly by the Rector’s office, and teachers will be
encouraged to integrate article writing assignments into academic writing
In 2015, some 150 articles were written or expanded by students (not
counting programs with high schools). In the first half of 2016, students
added 583 articles to Hebrew Wikipedia - more than a 300% increase (!) and
we hope to see another major increase in the upcoming year thanks to
This is the first time that an academic institution is embracing this
program with great motivation and enthusiasm. We hope that this
collaboration will be a model for other chapters and academic institutions
Many thanks to Prof. Karine Nahon , WMIL's board member and an associate
professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the
IDC for her help with initiating this collaboration!
Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
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Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
*Apologies if you receive this as a cross-posting. I am re-sending this one
last time as there is an October 11 deadline for review, and the grant has
been updated a bit. **Thanks in advance.*
I have written a *Wikimedia Grant Proposal: "Twitterpedian-in-Residence"* and
would be grateful for review, feedback, advice, and endorsement, if the
proposal seems positive.
In the last few months I have seen, been referred to, or tagged by friends
(who know about my Wikipedia obsession) on quite a few social media posts
written by people who are very unhappy with their Wikipedia entries. People
don't know how to fix their pages. And there doesn't appear to be an easy
answer or approach to talk with a human about the problem. Often, they try
to fix the problem themselves, which only exacerbates the problem. And they
hate their picture, etc. It goes on and on.
After the last few experiences where I have done significant amounts of
editing, it occurred to me that a more formalized answer might be a good
beta test solution to this problem.
I am a strong believer in the Wikipedian-in-Residence programs and GLAM
initiatives, so I envision this proposal within that type of framework.
Thanks so much in advance,
Wikipedia *User:BrillLyle <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:BrillLyle>*
thank you very much, it's about time this happens! It might be an idea to
detail the exact license differences a little bit more prominent?
On Oct 5, 2016 22:13, "Stephen LaPorte" <slaporte(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Today we opened a discussion asking for community input
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Creative_Commons_4.0> on a
Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license
<https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/>. The new license is
easier to read and more internationally friendly, so we hope it will ensure
that people can easily and freely share or remix Wikimedia content. The
Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and we welcome further translations and
discussion in any language.
For your review, you may find the proposed amendment and background
information here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Creative_
Please join the discussion on the talk page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wik
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments.
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Uh, I leave the details to someone who knows better :) - it is a while
since I checked, and it might indeed be underspecified right now.
To the best of my knowledge, there is only one widely used coordinate
system for each Mars and Titan. I might be wrong. But in the worst case we
would need to specify the default system for either.
I am not saying that the whole thing is not a problem - I am just saying
that the data model, as spec'ed and implemented, has a space for solving
it. It is obvious that without support in the UI the whole thing is
slightly moot anyway.
On Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 2:23 PM Jan Macura <macurajan(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> 2016-10-07 20:34 GMT+02:00 Denny Vrandečić <vrandecic(a)gmail.com>:
> Wikidata allows to set a coordinate system - it is called a globe or
> coordinate system - on every coordinate. This would be the natural place to
> specify whether it is WGS84 or GDA94 or another system. Most of them are
> Q2, which, as per data model, is indeed WGS84
> Hi Denny,
> can you be more specific about this? So when there is no explicit value in
> the *globe* parametre of GlobeCoordinate, then it is treated as Q2 (this
> corelates with the dumps and every RDF serialization)? It would imply
> geographic coordinates (not the same as WGS84!!). Or is it considered to be
> specifically WGS84, which is Q11902211?
> And how you tell the coordinate system for other celestial bodies like
> Q111 (Mars) or Q2565 (Titan)?
> Thanks a lot
> Wikidata mailing list
This story raises an interesting question
In short the GPS location of Australia is about to be adjusted 1.5m or
about 5feet I know its not as significant as the change of 1994 when it was
adjusted 200m. This shift that will alter all the GPS data held in
Wikidata and alter the positioning of media files which have been
The question is are there any plans to bulk update all of this information,
or will it rely on individual changes to be made to each piece of data. As
a secondary question do we even change the location of media files as that
data is accurate to when the media was created.
President Wikimedia Australia
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In my view, the Wikimedia movement and the WMF often miss important
opportunities to fully examine significant controversies in our history.
It's an important practice, and can help parties who disagree absorb
lessons, develop a shared understanding of what happened, and avoid causing
similar problems in the future.
There's one incident that stands out, to me, as a successful effort to do
just that. It comes out of an issue discussed extensively on this list. I
think it's worth pointing out a summary of outcomes that many may have
Brief summary: in 2013, the Wikimedia Foundation directed a Wikipedian in
Residence program at Harvard University; it was problematic in various ways.
When the problems surfaced the next year, Erik Möller and Sue Gardner (then
the top two executives at WMF) created a post mortem page on the Outreach
Wiki (now at Meta Wiki). They told the story from the WMF perspective,
updated it as their understanding evolved, and explicitly noted the lessons
learned. They also encouraged others to tell the story from their
Readers of this list might be aware of that much; but the next part
happened more recently, and more quietly. But it's an important part of
bringing the issue to a close. In July 2016, Katy Love responded to
questions about how the experience had impacted way the WMF's grant
programs approach Wikimedians in Residence. Her statement was pretty
detailed, and helps those working on WiR programs understand the WMF's
Since the issue was heavily discussed on this email list in the past, it
seems fitting to acknowledge what I see as a highly successful resolution
here. In particular, I'd like to acknowledge the diligence of Sue Gardner,
Erik Möller, Lisa Seitz Gruwell, Katy Love, Asaf Bartov, and Siko Bouterse
(all currently or formerly of the WMF) in working through the issues.
p.s. If you were watching this page on Outreach Wiki and want to follow any
future developments, you might want to add it to your watchlist on Meta