It's good to hear of progress with the Structured Data on Commons program,
such as in the email below.
What's making you happy this week?
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From: Alex Stinson <astinson(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Subject: [Commons-l] Welcome Amanda Bittaker as the Program Manager for
To: "Discussion list for the Wikidata project." <
wikidata(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia Commons Discussion List <
Cc: Amanda Bittaker <abittaker(a)wikimedia.org>
Hi Wikidata and Commons Communities,
I’m excited to let you all know that Amanda Bittaker (cc'ed) has joined the
Audiences (formerly Product) team at the Wikimedia Foundation as the
Program Manager for the Structured Data on Commons program. She will be
working closely with teams from the Wikimedia Foundation, the Wikidata team
at Wikimedia Deutschland, and the communities to complete the Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation grant , expanding the capabilities of Commons to make
it easier for people and institutions to find, share, and reuse Commons
Many people may have met Amanda already. She joined the Foundation in
November 2014, working with the Learning & Evaluation team to help wiki
program organizers’ design, manage, and evaluate their programs. During
that time, she also partnered with engineers to build program tools such as
the Program and Events Dashboard and the Global Metrics Magic Button .
Before joining the Foundation, Amanda worked in the international
development industry for five years, doing finance, program design,
monitoring, and evaluation. She spent two years in South America. Once upon
a time she also ran and oversaw programs at a nonprofit bicycle education
space that operated entirely by general consensus, which taught her a lot
about collaborative and transparent program management.
She is eager to work on Structured Data on Commons, helping our communities
make Commons as useful as possible, and helping to make transitions in
processes and workflows as smooth as possible. Amanda is based in San
Francisco in the US. You can find her on the wikis or at Wikimania or the
Wikimania hackathon in Montreal. She can converse pretty well in English
and Spanish, and would like to practice her French more, but it is still
Learn more about how the communities behind Wikipedia, Wikidata and other
Wikimedia projects partner with cultural heritage organizations:
I wanted to pass along an opportunity that I saw earlier today via Twitter:
It sets up people working on "open projects that support a healthy
Internet" with a mentor, a cohort of like-minded people from all over the
world, and a trip to Mozfest, which is a London-based open Internet
conference I've attended/presented at in past years and found really
mind-expanding due to the cross-disciplinary conversations that take place.
You can see previous projects here: https://mozilla.github.
io/leadership-training/round-3/projects/ — it looks like there's quite a
broad cross-section and many of the projects across the movement might be
applicable. The post notes participants will learn about "best practices
for project setup and communication, tools for collaboration, community
building, and running events."
Thank you to Leila for suggesting I pass this along to this listserv. Feel
free to share it broadly.
Melody Kramer <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:MKramer_(WMF)>
Senior Audience Development Manager
Read a random featured article from Wikipedia!
I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
the Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group  as a Wikimedia User Group. The
group aims to support the community of Cameroonian Wikimedians and to
promote the Wikimedia projects in Cameroon.
Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
Chair, Affiliations Committee