I would like to introduce you a new project: In collaboration with FABER
humanities residency, Amical Wikimedia is co-organizing a* onsite* stage.
We do an opencall to journalists, data scientists, sociologists and
humanists to meet during some days in a quite village and make a state of
the question on the fake news and new journalism. We would like to invite
residents to work on new directions that journalism is taking. We want to
outline, to describe and to explain the changes that have happened in this
area, to investigate why it is valid, to call it into question and to see
how we are affected by new forms of transmission and reproduction of
Further info in this onepager
FYI: The related costs of the project are asumed by FABER and local govs,
Amical collaborates in the project conceptualization and developement, but
we don't support it financially. Actually, this is a spin-off project of a
residency done during January 2017.
I'm happy to giver further details of the project offlist if needed.
I have updates about the board recruiting process. As you may recall, March
6 was the original deadline for accepting submissions , but we need more
time to develop more solid candidates. Our original deadlines were
extremely ambitious, thus we decided to extend the deadline by two months.
Here is an outline of the updated timeline:
Application and referral submission period (January 23 - May 6)
Application and referral review, proactive candidate recruitment, and
interviews (January - June 5)
Initial application review and screenings (January - May)
Board Governance Committee
(BGC) discussions with candidates (January - May)
BGC meets and makes short list (May)
Second-round interviews (May - June 5)
Background check conducted by BGC and Wikimedia Foundation staff
Criminal and financial background check conducted by outside
Thorough review of online and public coverage of candidates
Executive Director and BGC meet to determine recommendations and provide
recommendations to the full Board (June)
Board vote to confirm candidate (July)
Announcement of new candidates (mid-July)
We decided to run this search ourselves, rather than going with a
recruiting firm. If we need additional help, we’ll assess in one month and
potentially discuss whether we need to look for external firms to support
our recruitment efforts.
As a reminder, applicants may apply online at:
also accept applications and referrals by email at
board-nominations(a)lists.wikimedia.org. The recruitment materials can be
found at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/?curid=55283092 .
I shall update the Meta page shortly .
Please forward this information to people who are potentially interested in
serving the Wikimedia movement on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
(as of Jan 23)
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
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hours/days, as I usually can work more as a volunteer during weekend. You
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On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 8:44 PM, Nataliia Tymkiv <ntymkiv(a)wikimedia.org>
> Dear all,
> We would like to announce that we are officially beginning recruitment for
> two open appointed positions on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
> This email will outline the process and timeline for the recruitment.
> The Board initially began discussions on recruitment in May-June 2016 .
> After a pause, the Board Governance Committee (BGC) has renewed recruitment
> for its vacant appointed seats and would love to share an update with you
> With support from Anna Stillwell (from the Talent & Culture department)
> and Michelle Paulson (our interim General Counsel), the BGC developed four
> candidate profiles for the vacant and soon-to-be-vacant seats and gave its
> recommendations to the Board in December 2016.
> During its December meeting, the Board decided that it hopes to find the
> following types of experience and expertise:
> Growing a global movement: apply
> Engaging new communities: apply
> Social sector governance: apply
> After that Anna, Michelle, and the Communications team integrated Board
> feedback and developed recruitment materials, which include background
> information about the Wikimedia movement and Foundation as well as the
> profiles describing the types of candidates we are looking for. These
> recruitment materials can be found at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/
> ?curid=55283092 .
> The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees currently has two vacant
> appointed seats. We also have a vacant community-selected seat, but this
> seat will be filled through the community selection process. The Election
> Committee, who runs the election process for community-selected seats, will
> provide further information about the process and timeline at a later date.
> We hope to have all three candidates join the Board no later than Wikimania
> in August.
> We will begin accepting applications and referrals for these positions
> today and will close the submission period on Monday, 06 March 2017 at
> 17:00 PST. A more detailed timeline of the full recruitment process is
> available on Meta here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10176203 .
> Applicants may apply online at: https://wikimediafoundation.
> org/wiki/Work_with_us#Wikimedia_Careers. We also accept applications and
> referrals by email at board-nominations(a)lists.wikimedia.org.
> Over the next six weeks, we invite you all to tell us about people who are
> potentially interested in serving the Wikimedia community on the Wikimedia
> Foundation Board of Trustees. And we look forward to hearing from you.
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
>  https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/567318?gh_src=
>  https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/567342?gh_src=
>  https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/567375?gh_src=
>  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2017_Board_
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Best regards,
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
> *NOTICE: You may have received this message outside of your normal working
> hours/days, as I usually can work more as a volunteer during weekend. You
> should not feel obligated to answer it during your days off. Thank you in
Has anyone tried to use termodynamics on social capital within Wikipedia?
Over investment in social capital and negative specific heat might create
unstable systems, that is people will leave the community.
There is a book on the topic; A Dynamic Balance: Social Capital and
Sustainable Community Development
In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves
Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.
The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the
Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16
languages (African or international languages).
The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women.
The list of language can be, but is not limited to:
* International languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
* African languages: Akan, Afrikaans, Igbo, Hausa, Wolof, Tswana, Zulu,
Xhosa, Shona, Swahili, Yoruba, Sudanese, Amharic, Tsonga, Ewe, Sesotho,
The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:
* Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
* Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best
initial version was in French
* Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
* Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former
under-secretary-general of the United Nations
* Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
* Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
* Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
* Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
* Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
* Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human
* Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in
* Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
* Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
* Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
* Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
* Nassima Saifi, a Paralympian athlete from Algeria
Please jump in ! And help relay this message accross communities !
If you wish to participate, please feel free to add your name and any
comments here :
Results will be tracked on this page :
We are happy to announce that the 2016 Picture of the Year competition is now open.
Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community. From professional animal and plant shots to breathtaking panoramas and skylines, historically relevant images, images portraying the world's best architecture, maps created with the most modern technology, Commons features pictures of all flavors.
For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories. Two rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many images as you like. The first round category winners and the top ten overall will then make it to the final. In the final round, when a limited number of images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want to become the Picture of the Year.
To see the candidate images just go to the POTY 2016 page on Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2016
Round 1 will end 30 March 2017, 23:59:59.
POTY 2016 committee
Note: Users must vote with an account meeting following requirements: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2016/Rules
Joseph Seddon wrote:
> You can find out more about the Endowment here:
I'm very glad to see the asset allocation strategy published, but I
1. Does the Foundation intend to benchmark Endowment performance
against the mutual funds marketed by the largest five funds by
capitalization to institutions for the purposes of meeting endowment
2. Should the Foundation be investing in real estate investment
trusts? Is it ethical for the Foundation to be competing with people
and companies for the ownership of real estate or other fixed assets?
"When upper class earners gain income, they are far more likely to
save or invest in fixed assets or real estate, which does not increase
After two weeks of open elections, I'm glad to announce you the brand *new
board of Amical Wikimedia*, with 8 members, of which 5 are new.
- Laia Benito Pericas - Chair
- Lluís Madurell Alemany - Secretary
- Xavier Dengra Grau - Treasurer
- Josep Nogué - Member (former treasurer)
- Carles Paredes - Member (former secretary)
- David Parreño Mont - Member
- Esther Bonet Solé - Member
- Pau Colominas - Member
Arnau Duran, our former president, was not running for a new term, and both
the board and the community are grateful for his service these years.
On meta you can see their usernames correspondance:
Amical Wikimedia ED