We have seen various appointments to influential committees within the WMF
"system" in recent weeks: the Funds Dissemination Committee and the Board
Governance Committee Volunteer and Advisory members; the Board Election
Committee is being geared up and new Board members will soon be selected by
the Board itself and via community nomination. While I am sure that those
people who have volunteered their time to serve in those capacities are
well-meaning, conscientious and effective, and well-versed in how things
have been done in the past, it seems to me that the selections have leaned
too heavily on people already connected with the movement and its existing
structures and processes. I suggest that in line with the Strategy/2016-17
process [https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/2016-2017] being planned,
these committees, and especially the Board itself, needs an element not
predisposed to the mere continuation of the current ways of doing things.
In short the WMF needs to raise its game and to do that it needs
constructive criticism from outside the existing cadres; it may be that the
movement as a whole needs to see disruptive change of a sort unlikely to
commend itself to a WMF/Silicon Valley view of the world. I urge those
responsbile for selection of these important and influential groups to
challenge themselves to look more widely and occasionally choose the
We are pleased to inform you that the WMF Board of Trustees has come to a
decision about which four candidates to appoint to the FDC for the next 2
years. It wasn't easy, as the caliber of candidates[*] was extremely high,
and their range of skills and expertise extremely impressive.
The resolution is now published in
We have selected four appointees as follows:
1) Garfield Byrd (User:Gtbiv)
2) Anne Clin (User:Risker)
3) Bishakha Datta (User:Bishdatta)
4) Candelaria Laspeñas (User:Cande_laspe)
On behalf of the Board, we want to thank Dumisani, Matanya and Osmar for
their service to the FDC. We deeply appreciate the years they have served
the committee and all the work they have done during many rounds of FDC
recommendations. Their insights, perspectives and experiences have been
invaluable to the work of the committee, and have gone a long way in
shaping the development of the APG process into a successful and important
part of grant-making in the Wikimedia world.
We hope they will continue to remain engaged in the movement in different
ways in the years ahead.
We also want to thank all the candidates that participated in this round of
nominations, and encourage them to consider re-applying for the committee
next year, when new members will be elected to serve on the committee.
Dariusz & Guy
Forwarding news of the passing of a Wikimedian, User:Purodha.
May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family and friends.
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From: "Johan Jönsson" <jjonsson(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Sep 2, 2016 12:38
Subject: [Translators-l] Purodha passed away
To: "Wikimedia Translators" <translators-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
One of the most active members of our small translator community and on
this list, Purodha, has passed away, his political party states
On his Meta talk page, he reported having had a serious health breakdown in
mid-August, but was recovering and even resumed translating. Unfortunately,
his recovery didn't last long. We'll have fewer Ripuarian translations in
He was active in the German-speaking community and there's a condolences
page on German Wikipedia:
Translators-l mailing list
Regarding my questions on https://transparency.wikimedia.org/
below, it has been three weeks since I forwarded them to you.
Would you please answer them?
Were the five requests for content removal based on the right to be
forgotten included in the 243 requests to alter or take down content?
Can you please say what proportion of those involving living people
claiming defamation were discussed by the community e.g. on the
English Wikipedia's WP:BLPN?
I am also interested as to why these questions have not been
allowed on the publicpolicy mailing list. My questions to the
moderator Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov of August 15 have not been
> On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 12:37 PM, Jan Gerlach <jgerlach(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Hi all
>> Many of you may have already seen it and we are really excited about the
>> transparency report that we released earlier this week:
>> 243 requests to alter or remove content from the projects. None were
>> 13 requests to disclose nonpublic user information. None were granted.
>> 22 requests under the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act to remove
>> copyrighted material from the projects. Six were granted.
>> Please find more info about the report in this blogpost.
>> Jan Gerlach
>> Public Policy Manager
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> 149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor
>> San Francisco, CA 94105
Dear members of the Wikimedia community,
As you know the board passed a resolution allowing for the creation of a
standing Elections Committee in November of last year . Per the
implementing resolution, the Board Governance Committee (BGC) has appointed
the initial members from the recommendation of the Executive Director and
her staff. We will be starting with 6 committee members:
They will be joined by two official advisors from the Wikimedia Foundation:
James Alexander (Manager, Trust & Safety) from Community Engagement
Stephen LaPorte (Senior Legal Counsel) from the WMF Legal team
They will also be working closely with the BGC as a whole and especially
Nataliia and me. Because I may consider applying as a candidate in the
upcoming community-selection process I will be recusing for any discussions
involving that election.
The new committee, along with the BGC, will, of course, be able to choose
how many members and advisors they truly need and how to recruit the best
candidates. One of the first orders of business for the committee will be
to decide on a process for expanding its membership through some form of
open call. While there is an enormous amount of work for the committee to
do, it can be expected that they will begin looking at:
The selection of a committee Chair
The dates and process for the upcoming community selection process (and
consider shortening the terms and having community elections in early 2017,
so that the elected members would join the Board at April meeting).
The method of voting for that process both for the upcoming selection
and the future and
The composition of the board and how to ensure a steady supply of good
candidates (in particular, making sure that the candidates have the
skills and expertise matching the Board skill matrix while making sure that
the process is still owned by the community).
Just as the BGC is committed to greater transparency (see for example our
recent minutes), the committee will likely consult with the wider
Wikimedia community in developing and revising election procedures within
the scope of this charter to the greatest extent possible.
This day has been a long time coming and is the result of requests made by
multiple different temporary election committees over the years. I'm glad
to finally see it come to fruition and hope that it will allow our
selection process to continue to expand and improve well beyond the
record-breaking election we had in 2015.
Before I sign off I also wanted to call out the amazing work of the 2015
temporary Election Committee. They were put together in 2015 to do one
thing: run an election. They did that well (with almost 3x the
participation of the next largest year) but then they went well beyond the
call of duty in serving as an advisory body to the board, offering
invaluable feedback on how to fill the empty community selected seats we
saw this year. They did not have to do this, but they did it anyway, and I
hope that everyone can acknowledge the stress and courage that took.
Please join me in thanking the 2015 committee and welcoming the new
Dariusz Jemielniak ("pundit", current Board member)
-  https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Elections_Committee
-  See also my disclosure to the BGC on that matter:
Yesterday we participated in a TV program at Futura Channel (an important educational tv channel in Brasil) talking about collaboration and Wikipedia, including some information about our scientific event http://ccbwiki.wikimedia.org.br/.
The video is published online and listed in our site at http://www.wikimedia.org.br/participacao%20no%20canal%20futura (PT only)
That is the first Brazilian participation in a TV program with good local repercussion transmitted to the entire country.
Coordenador de Projetos
Grupo Wikimedia Brasileiro de Educação e Pesquisa
At the research mailing list two relevant activities were mentioned that do
not adequately take place.
* *Gamified interfaces for microcontributions à la Wikidata game*
** **Ubiquitous outreach, supported by dedicated technology*
The notion exists that it is possible to do all kind of technological
things to make things stand out more but the big problem is imho not
technological. It is not content, it is the awareness that marketing is
more than selling things.
A respected Wikimedian made the bold statement that "Wikipedia could
absolutely have 100x the number of editors it has now".I would argue that
this is correct
My question is not could marketing methods make a difference but what
objectives do we have that will benefit from a marketing approach. What
does it take to be more pro-active towards our objectives?
We want to share our effort in digitization in this and last year.
Our recent effort is doing collaboration with Horison magazine, a prominent
literature magazine since 1960. They're enthusiast to share their magazine
via Wikimedia Commons and licencing under CC-BY-SA 4.0, since this year on
50th anniversary, their magazine will only publicized online via
If you have any questions, please contact Rachmat Wahidi, project leader
for this project, via rachmat.wahidi(a)wikimedia.or.id.
Wikimedia Indonesia are collaborating with institutions to enrich
Indonesian books in Commons
Wikimedia Indonesia, in collaboration with the Dewantara Kirti Griya
Museum, ran a six-month GLAM project
which digitized Javanese-language printed books from the museum's
Between May and November 2015, this project digitized more than 100 books.
More than half of these are now in the public domain in their source
country (Indonesia) and/or in the United States and have thus been uploaded
to Wikimedia Commons
or (for books still in copyright in Indonesia) the English Wikipedia
Those books still under copyright in both Indonesia and the United States
have been uploaded to a closed-access website until such time as they are
in the Public Domain.
[image: Serat_Kaweritan p. 1.jpg]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Serat_Kaweritan.pdf, page 1, public
The digitization effort has not only benefited the museum, but also the
general populace. It has been of special benefit to academics and
researchers who are interested in Javanese-language books and print
culture. It has also had the effect of convincing the Office of Libraries
and Archives, Yogyakarta, to continue digitization efforts, albeit without
allowing open access to the results.
"This project received a warm reception among academics and students with
on Indonesia. For instance, Mohammad Rokib of the State University of
Surabaya wrote " I'll share this to sanskrit students and colleagues in my
uni," and the Indonesian Studies program at Leiden University shared the
initial project announcement, noting that "digitized old Javanese print
books (pre-independence, many from the 1910s and 20s) from the Taman Siswa
Museum in Yogyakarta" were now online and available for use.".
Another similar project is the collaboration with Horison magazine, a
notable magazine published in Indonesia which intended to focus on poetry
and literature. In March 2016, Wikimedia Indonesia was invited by Horison
staffs asking the possibility to digitize their magazine collections.
Wikimedia Indonesia undertook their demands to scan the magazine from July
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Horison_07_1966.pdf, CC-BY-SA 4.0
This digitization lasts for approximately six months since February 2016.
Scanned magazines from July 1966 to December 1990 editions are now
available in Wikimedia Commons
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Majalah_Horison> for free
under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. Letters of
permissions from representative author are being sent to OTRS team to be
In addition, this year, Wikimedia Indonesia intends to continue its
digitization program, focusing on the more than 600 Dutch-language letters
written by Ki Hadjar Dewantara - the founder of Taman Siswa and widely
considered the father of modern education in Indonesia. This is meant to
further develop the collaboration and relationship between the Dewantara
Kirti Griya Museum and Wikimedia Indonesia.
Biyanto Rebin | Ketua Umum (*Chair*) 2016-2018
Nomor Ponsel: +62 8989 037379
Dukung upaya kami membebaskan pengetahuan:
Interesting to see the drop in bytes sent to the Japan article and this
makes me think we should "fold up" article sections on desktop too for very
long articles, such as the Japan article. The benefits for mobile are
obvious, but this may be beneficial for slow desktop connections as well.
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From: Jon Robson <jrobson(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 5:20 PM
Subject: [WikimediaMobile] Mobile site is now lazy loading images
To: mobile-l <mobile-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia developers <
FYI after much experimentation, research and testing the mobile site has
been lazy loading images  since Thursday 18th August. This means if you
do not see an image you will not download it. We have taken care to ensure
barely notice the difference.
We are currently crunching the data this change has made and we plan to
write a blog post to reporting the results.
In our experiments on Japanese Wikipedia we saw a drop in image bytes per
page view by 54% On the Japanese Japan article bytes shipped to users
dropped from 1.443 MB to 142 kB.
This is pretty huge since bytes equate to money  and we expect this to
be significant on wikis where mobile data is more expensive. In a nutshell
Wikipedia mobile is cheaper.
As I said blog post to follow once we have more information, but please
report any bugs you are seeing with the implementation (we have already
found a few thanks to our community of editors).
Mobile-l mailing list