(apologies for cross-posting)
Wikimedia Nederland launches the Netherlands and the World Exchange Platform
<https://netherlandsworld.nl/>. The platform aims to stimulate global
re-use of Dutch collections on non-European cultural heritage. In
particular, it aims to stimulate collections on countries with which the
Netherlands have had historical ties. These countries include Indonesia,
Sri Lanka, Brazil, Ghana, Suriname, South Africa, and others.
The platform also aims to foster contacts between Dutch cultural heritage
institutions and Wikimedia contributors across the globe. However,
participation is not limited to Wikimedia contributors. Anyone can
participate, making it relevant for education and research as well.
Dutch heritage institutions can post offers on (parts of) their
collections that are relevant to non-European countries
Wikimedia contributors gain insight in the contents of Dutch collections
and can make requests for digitalisation.
Knowledge exchange and cooperation are key concepts.
The platform is easy to use. After registration, users can post
offer/requests notices, depending on whether they are looking for material,
or want to offer material for re-use. Statistics on re-use are also
The Netherlands and the World Exchange Platform is part of the program The
Netherlands and the World
This program is supported by Wikimedia Nederland and aims to make available
knowledge and content on non-European countries.
Development of the platform was financially supported by DEN.
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The next Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting will take
place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC
channel is #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be
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The theme of the March meeting is: “Wikimedia for the world” –
understanding how we can better serve and include people around the world
in the Wikimedia movement.
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* Wiki Indaba update
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signing an amicus brief that was filed in State of Hawaii v. Trump, a
challenge to the new immigration-related executive order issued in the
United States. This order was issued following legal challenges to a
previous executive order that instituted restrictions on immigration and
travel based upon national origin.
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restraining order, which would prevent the executive order from going
into effect until legal challenges to its substance can be heard by a
court. It details how the order’s provisions would harm the operations of
the signatories, including the Wikimedia Foundation. As an organization
that collaborates across borders daily, with staff, contractors, and
members of the Wikimedia communities, these restrictions will hamper the
Foundation’s ability to work effectively in pursuit of our mission to make
free knowledge globally available.
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filing is available on the Wikimedia blog.
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Hi! So there's a sprouting project called WikiJournal
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiJournal_User_Group>, the basic idea of
which is to develop an open peer-reviewed academic journal, where we can
all publish our research, and also, maybe, permalinks to Wikipedia articles
that have been peer-reviewed (featured articles) together with the names of
the main author(s), so as to give some well-deserved credit.
Anyway, the thing is that recently, we've been talking to the owner of
wikijournal.org, a fairly similar project with the perfect domain name, and
he has agreed to a merge. So now we're all excited trying to figure out the
details of the merge, and there's one particular issue I'd like to ask
about. If we migrate the content we currently have (on Meta and
Wikiversity) to wikijournal.org, and the project grows, and eventually gets
accepted as a sister-project (as we hope), how will we merge the user
accounts? Should we not worry about it, and we'll figure it out when the
time comes? Or should we totally worry about it, and adopt some strategy
about it now? What's your advice on this issue? I've been looking around
for documentation but the most relevant one
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_project_process> seems to have no
advice on this point.
Thanks for any input!
Hi everyone --
I wanted to let you know that the product team has posted our draft goals
for next quarter (the fourth quarter of the Foundation's fiscal year aka
Q4) up on mediawiki:
Please take a look and let us know your thoughts on the talk page. We'd
like to lock these goals and make a commitment to them in a week or two.
I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
the Wikimedians of Lëtzebuerg User Group  as a Wikimedia User Group.
The group aims to encourage Wikimedia movement activities amongst
Luxembourgish communities through the implementation of various projects
and training & outreach events.
Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
Dear movement fellows,
Wikimedia France held a board meeting the last week-end and, as we discussed about the movement strategy process which is on-going, we thought that it can be useful and important to share our point of views with you all. It will be our baseline for our participation in the whole process: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017#WMFr.…
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From: Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder <ssnyder(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [GLAM] Possible editing outages during April
To: "glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org" <glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia
I have the dates for this project now!
First outage: *Wednesday, 19 April 2017*
Second outage: *Wednesday, 3 May 2017*
I do not have the time of day yet. My assumption is that both outages are
likely to happen somewhere between 14:00 and 16:00 UTC (afternoon in Europe
and Africa/morning in the Americas), but the team has not settled on a
There will be no editing, uploading, or other ways of contributing during a
critical stage in this process. The outages will last for about 30 minutes
on each of the two days.
The schedule may change. It could be postponed literally at the last
second if Ops is not satisfied with the situation. If you want to check
the schedule to make sure that it has not changed, then check these links:
Official schedule: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Switch_Datacenter
More information (draft): https://meta.wikimedia.org/
Please share this information, especially with any person who might be
scheduling a workshop during the next few weeks. If you are scheduling a
workshop on these days, or if you are worried that a delay might affect
your workshop, then feel free to send me information about your plans.
On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 6:01 PM Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder <
> This is early warning of some planned server operations, as an outage can
> cause a severe disruption on a short workshop:
> In April 2016, the Technology Operations team at the WMF did some work on
> the servers that run Wikipedia and the other wikis. This resulted in all
> editing being stopped at all wikis for about half an hour on two different
> A similar project is currently expected sometime in April 2017. I do not
> have specific dates or times yet. However, I expect the first editing
> disruption to happen during the first half of April and the second to be
> about two weeks afterwards.
> They are hoping that the editing outages will be shorter this time
> (perhaps 15 to 30 minutes). The time of day is undecided; however, it will
> almost certainly be when most of the Ops staff is online (afternoon in
> Europe and Africa/morning in the Americas).
> Last year, the official schedule was kept at https://wikitech.wikimedia.
> org/wiki/Switch_Datacenter and the same page may be used again. *If you
> are scheduling short workshops during April, then please consider checking
> that schedule* or checking with me before you finalize your plans. If
> you need to reach me, then I am currently subscribed to the GLAM mailing
> list, and you can always leave a note on my talk page at
> Sherry Snyder (WhatamIdoing)
> Community Liaison, Wikimedia Foundation
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