Congratulations, you are doing great
On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 7:19 PM Rajeeb Dutta <marajozkee(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks John, for sharing the information, I am looking forward to
> contribute my part, all my best wishes for the grand success of the project.
> Rajeeb Dutta, (Marajozkee).
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 18-Dec-2018, at 9:08 PM, John Andersson <john.andersson(a)wikimedia.se>
> Wikimedia Sverige is proud to be the recipient of $55,000 in support from
> the grant-giving organization Kulturbryggan (Culture Bridge) for a
> project investigating how to best include audio files on Wikimedia Commons.
> Our work will focus on batch uploading audio files onto Wikimedia Commons
> (with a focus on music recordings). In preparations for this, we will
> investigate how the metadata can be included in a way that is best suited
> for Structured Data once it gets deployed. This is a pilot project where
> we aim to discuss with the community what to include and what to exclude.
> The discussions and the requests from the community will form our planning
> around future work with uploading audio files onto Wikimedia Commons. We
> look forward working with the community and with the Structured Data team
> at Wikimedia Foundation on how metadata about audio files can be included
> in a well-structured and useful way.
> This project will connect very closely to the FindingGLAMs project and
> will form one of the case studies included in it. In the case study we will
> provide guidance for other GLAMs and Wikimedia affiliates who want to
> upload audio files in the future.
> The project also connects closely to Wikimedia Sverige’s planned project
> aimed at building tools to collect speech recordings. The recordings,
> illustrating how words are pronounced etc., will then be used to improve
> the quality of Wikispeech, a text-to-speech (TTS) system that converts
> written text into speech. We want to see what type of speech recordings can
> and should be stored on Wikimedia Commons and what kind of metadata should
> be included there; this project will help us clarify the needs.
> Please contact John Andersson (john.andersson(a)wikimedia.se) if you have
> any questions.
> As always, you can find the full application available on our wiki (in
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FindingGLAMs
>  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikispeech
> - - - -
> John Andersson
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Sverige
> Phone: +46(0)73-3965189
> Email: john.andersson(a)wikimedia.se
> Visiting address: Goto10, Hammarby Kaj 10D, 120 32 Stockholm
> GLAM mailing list
> GLAM mailing list
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Hi to everyone. I recently started working and adding to Wikimedia.
Is there a good manual/guide to start with? and I hope you dont mind me
asking so: but do language specific groups exist also? Suppose in Dutch or
more local to West Europe.
Thanks, Sian N.H.
Dept. Automatisering and IT
Rivierenbuurt Amsterdam Netherlands
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 the Wikipedians of Slovenia User Group  as a Wikimedia User Group.
The group aims to aid and encourage people to collect, develop and
disseminate freely licensed educational content with a focus on
Slovene-speaking areas, to encourage public and private galleries,
libraries, archives and museums in Slovenia to make their holdings more
broadly and freely available, and to collaborate with these institutions in
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Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
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I feel a little bad raising this because I know there was some community
vetting of fundraising initiatives that I ignored, but please forgive me. I
brought this up in the Wikimedia Weekly Facebook group asking where best to
raise the issue, and it was suggested I post here.
I was looking something up on my phone just now, apparently not logged in
to Wikipedia, and I discovered that mobile users in the US (and presumably
elsewhere) are being shown enormous ads. It took four full page scrolls for
me to reach the content of the article I was hoping to read. Even once I
made it past the ads at the top of the page, I was greeted with a pop-in
banner from the bottom of the page, as if I could possibly have not noticed
the four pages of text asking me to donate. (Screenshots attached).
I understand that we need donations to keep the site running and all, but
this seems excessive. I particularly worry for people who use assistive
technology who are having to listen to or try to skip through four pages'
worth of text-to-speech before they can get to what they want to know. The
WMF needs donations, but I think we need to weigh the need for cash against
the goal of providing free and accessible information to our readers. A
couple of page scrolls might not seem like much, but I assume if they're
off-putting to me (a reader with good vision and generally high tolerance
for WMF money pleas) they'll be off-putting to others.
So much of this text could be cut out. I work for a marketing/sales company
in a non-marketing role, and I've heard from colleagues that it's
frustrating when people writing copy like this hear from people who are not
educated about appealing to people, so I don't pretend to know better than
you at the WMF or your consultants about how to write good donation copy.
But to my (admittedly uneducated eye), copy like "It's a little awkward to
ask you, this Friday, as we're sure you are busy and we don't want to
interrupt you." and "We can't afford to feel embarrassed, asking you to
make a donation—just like you should never feel embarrassed when you have
to ask Wikipedia for information." seems like at best it's not adding
anything besides more words to have to scroll past, and at worst it's
pretty cringey to read. Are you really expecting people will read all four
– Molly (GorillaWarfare)
The next Research Showcase, *Why the World Reads Wikipedia*, will be
live-streamed this Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 11:30 AM PST/19:30 UTC.
This presentation is about Wikipedia usage across languages.
YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKMFvi_CCB0
As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
can also watch our past research showcases here:
This month's presentation:
*Why the World Reads Wikipedia*
By Florian Lemmerich, RWTH Aachen University; Diego Sáez-Trumper, Wikimedia
Foundation; Robert West, EPFL; and Leila Zia, Wikimedia Foundation
So far, little is known about why users across the world read Wikipedia's
various language editions. To bridge this gap, we conducted a comparative
study by combining a large-scale survey of Wikipedia readers across 14
language editions with a log-based analysis of user activity. For analysis,
we proceeded in three steps: First, we analyzed the survey results to
compare the prevalence of Wikipedia use cases across languages, discovering
commonalities, but also substantial differences, among Wikipedia languages
with respect to their usage. Second, we matched survey responses to the
respondents' traces in Wikipedia's server logs to characterize behavioral
patterns associated with specific use cases, finding that distinctive
patterns consistently mark certain use cases across language editions.
Third, we could show that certain Wikipedia use cases are more common in
countries with certain socio-economic characteristics; e.g., in-depth
reading of Wikipedia articles is substantially more common in countries
with a low Human Development Index. The outcomes of this study provide a
deeper understanding of Wikipedia readership in a wide range of languages,
which is important for Wikipedia editors, developers, and the reusers of
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Just over a month ago, we let you know that we had the reached the final
stages of our search for a new Chief of Community Engagement. Today, I
am thrilled to let you know that we have appointed Valerie D’Costa to the
role. Born and raised a citizen of Singapore, Valerie speaks fluent Malay
and Indonesian, in addition to English. She will join the Foundation
starting January 22, 2019, working remotely from Washington, DC.
Valerie joins us after a decade at the World Bank Group, where she was
charged with leading international initiatives to support communities of
entrepreneurs in emerging markets around the world. Most recently, she led
the Bank’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Program, where she helped female
entrepreneurs and women-led businesses in developing countries grow and
gain access to new market opportunities. Previously, she was the program
director of infoDev, a Bank program that supported innovation hubs and
technology incubators for entrepreneurs in developing countries. Prior to
the World Bank, Valerie spent 15 years working with the government of
Singapore on issues of international information and communications
technology (ICT) policy and trade.
Valerie has worked her whole career in the intersection between technology
and improving people's lives around the world. She brings a deep
understanding of the importance of local ownership, collaboration and
communication, and program sustainability. She emphasizes the importance of
collaboration with local communities in designing programs and approaches,
believing that local voices represent the best understanding of their own
We were looking for someone with a global perspective, international
experience, fluency in technology, and a deep empathy for community. We
wanted a diplomat: Valerie has struck the fine balance between being an
advocate for the people and communicating their needs to governments and
partners. We hoped for an ambassador: Valerie brings with her years of
experience in creating meaningful conversations with communities around the
world on behalf of those who have been traditionally excluded from
development planning. We found a dedicated leader who is keen to work in
service to our community and who understands the uniquely global,
multicultural nature of collaboration in our movement. Valerie knows that
we can not attempt achieve our 2030 strategic direction unless we bring
everyone along, and so she will be charged with building on our approach to
community engagement, and ensuring that we meet our aspirations for our
community growth, health, diversity, values, and program outcomes.
This means that Maggie Dennis, our current Chief of Community Engagement,
will now transition to her role as Vice President of Support & Services,
having set a (reluctant) personal best and Foundation record as the
longest-serving CCE! I truly love working with Maggie and am so glad she is
staying close by in such a critical position. After nearly three years (!)
of collaboration and cooperation, I’d like to once again express my deep
appreciation for Maggie’s understanding, friendship, support and dedication
as she patiently curated this essential role in our movement.
I am truly excited as we embark on this new journey. We are deeply
fortunate to now have two community leaders who are purpose-driven and
inspirational on a number of levels. Please join me in congratulating both
of these phenomenal women!
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Semantic Web languages allow to express ontologies and knowledge bases in a
way meant to be particularly amenable to the Web. Ontologies formalize the
shared understanding of a domain. But the most expressive and widespread
languages that we know of are human natural languages, and the largest
knowledge base we have is the wealth of text written in human languages.
We looks for a path to bridge the gap between knowledge representation
languages such as OWL and human natural languages such as English. We
propose a project to simultaneously expose that gap, allow to collaborate
on closing it, make progress widely visible, and is highly attractive and
valuable in its own right: a Wikipedia written in an abstract language to
be rendered into any natural language on request. This would make current
Wikipedia editors about 100x more productive, and increase the content of
Wikipedia by 10x. For billions of users this will unlock knowledge they
currently do not have access to.
My first talk on this topic will be on October 10, 2018, 16:45-17:00, at
the Asilomar in Monterey, CA during the Blue Sky track of ISWC. My second,
longer talk on the topic will be at the DL workshop in Tempe, AZ, October
27-29. Comments are very welcome as I prepare the slides and the talk.
Link to the paper: http://simia.net/download/abstractwikipedia.pdf