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What: IRC chat with members of Wikimedia Foundation legal
Topic: Freedom of panorama
When: Tuesday, April 19 at 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 18:00 UTC
Reminder: We can’t do legal advice.
We'd like to remind you of the return of Legal Team IRC office hours,
starting today, April 19 at 11:00 AM PDT / 18:00 UTC! We’re planning to
host these once every 3 months or so going forward.
IRC office hours provide an opportunity for members of the Wikimedia
communities to chat directly with members of the Wikimedia Foundation legal
team on topics of interest including public policy, legal issues facing the
Wikimedia movement, and what you can do to get involved. Please keep in
mind that under California law we can’t give out legal advice, so rather
than giving out legal advice, we will talk about the Wikimedia Foundation’s
stance on issues.
For this format, we’ll begin at 11:00 by doing a brief introduction and
then start taking questions from everyone that’s present. We’ll aim to have
a few people on at the same time to be able to respond faster and to
discuss different aspects of the issues.
For our first office hour, we’re planning to discuss the freedom of
panorama (FoP). With the recent decision in Sweden
holding that Wikimedia Sweden's website/database was in violation of
Swedish copyright law for making available on the internet photographs of
artwork permanently situated in public areas, FoP has become more pressing
than ever. We believe that the ability for members of the public to
photograph public monuments and landscapes is a fundamental part of free
expression. We plan to raise this issue to the European Commission this
summer, and need your help to let them know that it’s important. This first
one of a series of IRC office hours will be a great opportunity to exchange
thoughts about it.
If you have questions that you would like to discuss during the office hour,
you can add them on Meta Wiki here
We've pushed back the dates a bit for launching the new grants programs.
Please see the updated dates below:
16 May: Launch Rapid Grants
*30 June:* Last day to apply for a grant under the current Project & Event
1 July: Open call for Project Grants and launch of Conference Support
2 August: Round 1 Project Grant applications due
More details can be found on the Implementation page here:
On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 3:07 PM, Alex Wang <awang(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> In August, we asked for community feedback on a proposal to change the
> structure of WMF grant programs.
> Next steps for implementing changes based on the consultation are now
> Important dates to note:
> 1 May: Rapid Grants launch; submission forms available for new Project
> Grants program
> 30 May: Last day to apply for a grant under the current Project & Event
> Grants program
> 1 July: Project Grants and Conference Support launch
> Come read about the timeline and next steps for implementing changes based
> on your feedback. Your questions and comments are welcome on the
> discussion page.
> Alexandra Wang
> Program Officer
> Project & Event Grants
> Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
> +1 415-839-6885
> Skype: alexvwang
Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
Well this is most unfortunate as we have a workshop with new contributors on the 19t!
I wish I could have been informed much much earlier...
Nattes à chat
Envoyé de mon iPhone
> Le 15 avr. 2016 à 20:32, Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder <ssnyder(a)wikimedia.org> a écrit :
> This is a reminder about next week's major data center migration:
> There will be NO EDITING for about 30 minutes on both Tuesday, 19 April, beginning at 14:00 UTC and Thursday, 21 April, beginning at 14:00 UTC.
> This will affect ALL of the wikis in all languages and all projects. You will be able to read the wikis and to log in, but you will not be able to edit. Read https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/Server_switch_2016 for more information.
> Please share this information with editors and other contributors you know.
> Thank you.
> Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder
> Community Liaison
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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This article is interesting in light of discussions about Wikimedia
readership, audience, and fundraising, so I'm passing along the link for
anyone else who might be interested.
Sounds like Wikimedia has a lot of company in struggling with traffic and
audience. It might be interesting for WMF to have some dialogue with
content-producing organizations about this subject.
> You're suggesting that counsel spend their time writing to
> agencies ... when we know almost nothing about them.
Again, if there is another way to find out, I'd like to learn it.
>> Therefore I think it would be worth writing a letter asking that the
>> BOLT, SMISC, and CSFV be returned to open source to the extent
>> possible. This is the sort of thing that I imagine would take a few
>> hours at most by the people working on the NSA lawsuit asking for a
>> Mandatory Declassification Review per
> Since you've identified the people responsible and how to
> contact them, if you care about this so much, you do it....
My most recent FOIAR to DARPA was simply ignored, and
when I followed up on it, the same personnel with whom I had
great success corresponding with previously just stopped
communicating, saying they were too busy. Maybe I triggered
a declassification review for something that was legitimately
secret. In any case, I doubt I would have anywhere near
the Foundation's chance of success at this. I am sure that
the Foundation would be taken seriously and that the likely
benefits outweigh the staff time it would take to ask. Even
if the copyright status is unhelpful, finding that out may
encourage Congress to allow taxpayers access to the fruits
of their labor in the future.
Should the Foundation mount a campaign to rescue BOLT from whomever
took it down from the DARPA site?
"The Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT) program is aimed at
enabling communication with non-English-speaking populations and
identifying important information in foreign-language sources by: 1)
allowing English-speakers to understand foreign-language sources of
all genres, including chat, messaging and informal conversation; 2)
providing English-speakers the ability to quickly identify targeted
information in foreign-language sources using natural-language
queries; and 3) enabling multi-turn communication in text and speech
with non-English speakers. If successful, BOLT would deliver all
capabilities free from domain or genre limitations."
Program Manager: Dr. Boyan Onyshkevych
Here is another one that we need to rescue:
"The general goal of the Social Media in Strategic Communication
(SMISC) program is to develop a new science of social networks built
on an emerging technology base. Through the program, DARPA seeks to
develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter
misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."
Program Manager: Dr. Rand Waltzman
Are there any reasons that trying to do this might be a bad idea?
Forwarding a blog post about concept tagging with Wikidata. (:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lydia Pintscher <Lydia.Pintscher(a)wikimedia.de>
Date: Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 3:03 AM
Subject: [Wikidata] Using Wikidata for tagging at Yle
To: "Discussion list for the Wikidata project." <
Hey everyone :)
One of the major use cases we have for Wikidata (next to providing general
purpose data about the world and acting as a hub that connects many
different databases) is concept tagging. So far not much has happened in
that space it seems compared to the other two. Just recently I came across
a tweet talking about the use of Wikidata for exactly that at the Finnish
Broadcasting Company and I asked for some more details. Micke has now
written down what they're doing and how they did it in a blog post:
http://wikimedia.fi/2016/04/15/yle-3-wikidata/ Great use of Wikidata's
concepts and stable IDs.
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
Wikidata mailing list
It is being recently reported on Portuguese Wikipedia and Commons (at
least) the increasing ammount of improper editing coming from IP addresses
located in Angola. Some users believe that this may be related with
Wikipedia Zero and a partnership between WMF and a cellphone company 
that allows reading and editing at free cost.
One of the first reactions to that is a large range block that was just set
on Commons in order to prevent these edits , as they are being done in a
way that volunteers can't handle.
That seems to be some kind of "second wave" as the first that hit Commons
 had been already reported months ago  and seemed to be controled or
just paused for a while. On Portuguese Wikipedia, one thing that seemss to
be clear is that edits are done in good faith. However, they end by being
undone as they are incorrect for some reason, whether being pages of files
about themselves or just test edits. One of the users identified actually
confirm  that he is editing through Wikipedia Zero.
Concerning that more partnerships may occur in future, I think it is time
for us to start talking about ways of dealing with that, other than
blocking. Sadly, I don't have an answer to that problem, but I tend to
believe that some way of mass reaching these potential users should be made
The current process is that editors will be the ones to notice that (as I
am not aware of any kind of follow up by WMF on that) and they will try to
solve their way, which may cause too many collateral damage.
I wonder if there is any kind of way to diminish the problem, by using any
 - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Teles/Angola_Facebook_Case
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