I was asked by a volunteer for help getting stats on the gender gap in
content on a certain Wikipedia, and came up with simple Wikidata Query
Service queries that pulled the total number of articles on a given
Wikipedia about men and about women, to calculate *the proportion of
articles about women out of all articles about humans*.
Then I was curious about how that wiki compared to other wikis, so I ran
the queries on a bunch of languages, and gathered the results into a table,
(please see the *caveat* there.)
I don't have time to fully write-up everything I find interesting in those
results, but I will quickly point out the following:
1. The Nepali statistic is simply astonishing! There must be a story
there. I'm keen on learning more about this, if anyone can shed light.
2. Evidently, ~13%-17% seems like a robust average of the proportion of
articles about women among all biographies.
3. among the top 10 largest wikis, Japanese is the least imbalanced. Good
job, Japanese Wikipedians! I wonder if you have a good sense of what
drives this relatively better balance. (my instinctive guess is pop culture
4. among the top 10 largest wikis, Russian is the most imbalanced.
5. I intend to re-generate these stats every two months or so, to
eventually have some sense of trends and changes.
6. Your efforts, particularly on small-to-medium wikis, can really make a
dent in these numbers! For example, it seems I am personally
responsible for almost 1% of the coverage of women on Hebrew Wikipedia!
7. I encourage you to share these numbers with your communities. Perhaps
you'd like to overtake the wiki just above yours? :)
8. I'm happy to add additional languages to the table, by request. Or you
can do it yourself, too. :)
 Yay #100wikidays :) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/100wikidays
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Being put together by Eliezer Yudkowsky of LessWrong. Content is
cc-by-sa 3.0, don't know about the software.
Rather than the "encyclopedia" approach, it tries to be more
pedagogical, teaching the reader at their level.
Analysis from a sometime Yudkowsky critic on Tumblr:
(there's a pile more comments linked from the notes on that post,
mostly from quasi-fans; I have an acerbic comment in there, but you
should look at the site yourself first.)
No idea if this will go anywhere, but might be of interest; new
approaches generally are. They started in December, first publicised
it a week ago and have been scaling up. First day it collapsed due to
load from a Facebook post announcement ... so maybe hold off before
announcing it everywhere :-)
(this is an announcement in my capacity as a volunteer.)
Inspired by a lightning talk at the recent CEE Meeting by our colleague
Lars Aronsson, I made a little command-line tool to automate batch
recording of pronunciations of words by native speakers, for uploading to
Commons and integration into Wiktionary etc. It is called *pronuncify*, is
written in Ruby and uses the sox(1) tool, and should work on any modern
Linux (and possibly OS X) machine. It is available here, with
I was then asked about a Windows version, and agreed to attempt one. This
version is called *pronuncify.net <http://pronuncify.net>*, and is a .NET
gooey GUI version of the same tool, with slightly different functions. It
is available here, with instructions.
Both tools require word-list files in plaintext, with one word (or phrase)
per line. Both tools name the files according to the standard established
in [[commons:Category:Pronunciation]], and convert them to Ogg Vorbis for
you, so they are ready to upload.
In the future, I may add OAuth-based direct uploading to Commons. If you
run into difficulties, please file issues on GitHub, for the appropriate
tool. Feedback is welcome.
My name is Sam and I'm part of the online fundraising team. I'm writing to
let you know that we just published our 2015 - 2016 Fundraising Report, and
would love for you to check it out.
Link here: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/2015-2016_Fundraising_Report
I've been a happy and small part of the fundraising team for almost two
years. And I think I speak for everyone when I say *thank you* for the time
and energy you put into making the Wikimedia projects the vibrant,
priceless resources that they are for millions of people around the planet.
It's a joy to help share your work with the world.
Let us know what you think and what we can clarify.
Hi, how about a wikipedia about objects?
Instead of generic articles of , for example, "Ballpoint pen" or "Bic
cristal" it would be "Ballpoint pen Bic cristal 2014"
Doing these for millions of objects would allow people to have an open,
free, universal and central place to refer specific objects.
*Some possible applications:*
- Creating neutral and standard lists:
Nowadays if anyone create, for example, a tutorial for building
something (DIY projects, receipts, ...) they have to link all items to a
comercial or no-neutral web which could change its url in the future or
redirect it to adds or whatever.
Lists could be created in external webpages linking wikimedia objects
webpage or/and could be created as category pages in Wikipedia. For
example, currently, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_of_the_Year
article lists cars which won COTY award but not links to the specific car
(AUDI A3 Hatchback 2012 - Present) but generic serie (Audi A3).
The good thing at this point it's that to start creating object
lists only item name is necessary, no infoboxes or description needed.
- Universal repository for inventories:
Lot of business fill their inventories again and again with same data
("cardboard box 50x30x15", "step by step nema motor 17", ... ) they should
be able to import this data from a open website with their corresponding
info like GTIN , SKU , Barcode... and more in the future weight, size,
- Encourage Recycling and Reutilitation:
Imagine if we use wikidata properties (
"has part" and "part of" , people will find other uses for objects, or
discover were to find
- Social activism and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Companies have info and metrics about their costumers (habits, location,
...) why not costumers have info about companies products, who manufacture
what?, what products have a good carbon footprint
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint>?, what products have
been retired from some problem?, what are Fair Trade?. This also can moved
companies do better.
*Very rough roadmap*:
1. At the very begining, using wikidata infrestructure, objects would
only have common info like "name", " image", "related links"
First use cases could be doing lists or grouping objects by categories.
2. Step by step new fields could be added like "manufacturer" , "tags",
3. A separated website could be created. wikiobject.org isn't availiabe
so url could be something like objects.wikpedia.org
4. In a long-term in order to explote all the possibilities of this
project more complex fields and relations would have to be managed, like
for example "fridges with energy class A+++ and width less than 80 cm",
which could be easy if all always were similar but nothing further from
A friend of mine and me tried to build a demo version in an home-made
apache cassandra cluster four years ago, but we don't have enough resources
and knowledge for that.
In my humble opinion, problem with wikipedia funding It's that most part of
its users don't see culture as a need (sorry for that, I am a sporadic
donor). In Wikiobject case I think it could rather be different.
If part of companies business lies on this project, companies will be very
inclined to donate to improve performace, usability, etc.. maybe similar to
what happens in Linux.
Where came this need from? Data needed for some software to run, product
vissibility, costumer requests, etc ... , no advertisement needed, It could
be a need and standart.
I trully believe that world need something like this, and the correct
people to do it, to warranty openness and independence, are you.
thanks for your time and attention,
Over the past few weeks, we have been working with the Legal and executive
teams to develop a job description (attached) for the General Counsel
role. I would like to share it with you early as well, before the job
description is posted and the process starts. I am very grateful to our
legal staff and leaders here at the WMF for collaborating on both the
description and the process.
If you have any nominations or recommendations, please email me directly
over the next few days.
Thank you all for engaging.
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Hi, the call for participation for the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2017 is
We welcome especially proposals related to these main topics:
* A plan for the Community Wishlist 2016 top results
* Handling wiki content beyond plaintext
* A unified vision for editorial collaboration
* Building a sustainable user experience together
* Useful, consistent, and well documented APIs
* How to manage our technical debt
* Artificial Intelligence to build and navigate content
* How to grow our technical community
If you want to propose an activity pre-scheduled in the Summit program, you
have time until Monday, October 31. There is no deadline to propose
The Wikimedia Developer Summit is the annual meeting to push the evolution
of MediaWiki and other technologies supporting the Wikimedia movement. We
welcome all Wikimedia technical contributors and third party developers
using the Wikimedia APIs or MediaWiki.
(This information wants to be forwarded!)
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In the Community Wishlist survey that the WMF Community Tech
team did last year, the #5 wish was numerical sorting in
categories (e.g. let 99 come before 101). This is now working and
has been rolled out to Swedish and English Wikipedia.
If your wiki wants it, the Community Tech team is happy to help, of
course. Re-sorting the categories is done using a script, which can
take a day or so to complete, depending on the size of the wiki.
During the time that the script is running, sorting in some categories
will be unreliable.This issue goes away when the script is done.
If you’d like numerical sorting on your wiki:
1) Please start a community discussion – RfC, vote, or however your
wiki normally decides these things – to make sure there’s support for
2) Once you’re sure it has support, post on User:DannyH (WMF)’s talk
page on Meta to with a link to the discussion:
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On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 4:59 PM, Joe Sutherland <jsutherland(a)wikimedia.org>
> Hello all!
> Please join us on September 28 at 16:00 UTC to review the research
> findings of the New Readers project
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_Readers>! This 1.5 hour presentation
> will share findings from user research in Mexico, India, and Nigeria.
> Why should you come?
> - India, Nigeria, and Mexico represent more than 1.5 billion people,
> more than 20% of the world
> - Current Wikipedia awareness and usage in these countries is low –
> less than 25% of people in Nigeria and India have even heard of Wikipedia
> - In pursuit of the Wikimedia vision to make knowledge accessible to
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> world and meet their real needs
> Specifically, we will discuss:
> - Information seeking habits
> - Internet use, devices, and general knowledge patterns
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