>>> The people who are loudest in their demands for consensus
>>> do not represent the Wikimedia movement.
>> The voices loudest for the WMF doing something against the
>> Trump administration are not representative of the Wikimedia
>> movement either....
> Is the Community Process Steering Committee currently
> prepared to "engage more 'quiet' members of our community"
> with a statistically robust snap survey to resolve this question?
Anyone can go to Recent Changes and send a SurveyMonkey link to the
most recent few hundred editors with contributions at least a year
old, to get an accurate answer.
Will a respected member of the community please do this? I would like
to know what the actual editing community thinks of the travel ban and
their idea of an appropriate response. I don't want to see community
governance by opt-in participation in obscure RFCs.
I would offer to do this myself, but I value keeping my real name
unassociated with my enwiki userid.
I was asked by a volunteer for help getting stats on the gender gap in
content on a certain Wikipedia, and came up with simple Wikidata Query
Service queries that pulled the total number of articles on a given
Wikipedia about men and about women, to calculate *the proportion of
articles about women out of all articles about humans*.
Then I was curious about how that wiki compared to other wikis, so I ran
the queries on a bunch of languages, and gathered the results into a table,
(please see the *caveat* there.)
I don't have time to fully write-up everything I find interesting in those
results, but I will quickly point out the following:
1. The Nepali statistic is simply astonishing! There must be a story
there. I'm keen on learning more about this, if anyone can shed light.
2. Evidently, ~13%-17% seems like a robust average of the proportion of
articles about women among all biographies.
3. among the top 10 largest wikis, Japanese is the least imbalanced. Good
job, Japanese Wikipedians! I wonder if you have a good sense of what
drives this relatively better balance. (my instinctive guess is pop culture
4. among the top 10 largest wikis, Russian is the most imbalanced.
5. I intend to re-generate these stats every two months or so, to
eventually have some sense of trends and changes.
6. Your efforts, particularly on small-to-medium wikis, can really make a
dent in these numbers! For example, it seems I am personally
responsible for almost 1% of the coverage of women on Hebrew Wikipedia!
7. I encourage you to share these numbers with your communities. Perhaps
you'd like to overtake the wiki just above yours? :)
8. I'm happy to add additional languages to the table, by request. Or you
can do it yourself, too. :)
 Yay #100wikidays :) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/100wikidays
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sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
In November 2016, I presented the result of a joint research that
helped us understand English Wikipedia readers better. (Presentation
at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIaMuWA84bY ). I talked about how
we used English, Persian, and Spanish Wikipedia readers' inputs to
build a taxonomy of Wikipedia use-cases along several dimensions,
capturing users’ motivations to visit Wikipedia, the depth of
knowledge they are seeking, and their knowledge of the topic of
interest prior to visiting Wikipedia. I also talked about the results
of the study we did to quantify the prevalence of these use-cases via
a large-scale user survey conducted on English Wikipedia. In that
study, we also matched survey responses to the respondents’ digital
traces in Wikipedia’s server logs which enabled us in discovering
behavioral patterns associated with specific use-cases. You can read
the full study at https://arxiv.org/abs/1702.05379 .
==What do we want to do now?==
There are quite a few directions this research can continue on, and
the most immediate one is to understand whether the results that we
observe (in English Wikipeida) is robust across languages/cultures.
For this, we are going to repeat the study, but this time in more
languages. Here are the languages on our list: Arabic, Dutch, English,
Hindi, Japanese, Spanish (thanks to all the volunteers who have been
helping us translating all survey related documents to these
==What about your language?==
If your language is not one of the six languages above and you'd like
to learn about the readers of Wikipedia in it (in the specific ways
described above), please get back to me by Monday, April 24, AoE. I
cannot guarantee that we can run the study in your language, however,
I guarantee that we will give it a good try if you're interested. The
decision to include more languages will depend on: our capacity to do
the analysis, the speed at which your community can help us translate
the material to the language, the traffic to that language, a couple
of sentences on how you'd think the result can help your community,
and your willingness to help us document the results for your language
(Quite some work will need to go to have readable/usable
documentations available and we are too small to be able to guarantee
that on our own for many languages.)
Senior Research Scientist
I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
FY18-19 is now on Meta.
This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
direction. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
have written a plan for the whole Foundation, rather than an aggregation
of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
of teams and departments with disparate goals.
We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
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I am glad to share a recent collaboration of Odia Wikipedia community with
the Government of Odisha.
After releasing the content of 2017 Asian Athletics Championships (
) another initiative by the Government of Odisha to bridge the dearth of
Information about Odisha on Wikipedia by releasing its social media
accounts under CC-BY 4.0.
Earlier this week, the community members met the Government officials
regarding this, and after understanding the value of Open Content, it took
only 24hrs to release the social media channels under CC-BY 4.0 license.
As a pilot project, 8 social media accounts from Government of Odisha are
under CC-BY 4.0,Now, the content is free for everyone to use, share, and
build upon their work.
The community is also planning to take the collaboration further and
relicense some of the websites under CC-BY 4.0.
*Sailesh Patnaik* "*ଶୈଳେଶ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ "*
Community Advocate, Access To Knowledge Program
Centre for Internet and Society
*LinkedIn* : https://www.linkedin.com/in/sailesh-patnaik-551a10b4
[[Sorry for x-posting]]
I'm happy to report that the content submission process
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAMTLV2018/Program/Submit> for the
GLAMWiki Conference 2018 is now open! Submissions will be accepted *till
April 30th*, so feel free to start drafting your proposals.
Please note that submissions for scholarships
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM_TLV_2018/Scholarships> will open
tomorrow via a different process and the actual registration will take
place later on in June. We'll notify you every step of the way. :)
Looking forward to reading your submissions,
Shani (on behalf of the organizing team and the program committee).
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While this sort of tracking is commonplace today across most of the internet, it is not consistent with our policies. We are disappointed that this type of hidden data collection is routinely recommended by major platforms, without clearer disclosure.
These practices are why we all must regularly take routine steps to maintain a secure computer and account. As the Wikimedia Foundation continues to explore ways we can do that within Wikimedia's platform, we encourage you to consider tools which block unwanted third-party scripts like the one provided by Facebook.
We apologize for sending this late on a Friday (San Francisco time). However, we wanted to provide this information as quickly as possible.
At last month's metrics and activities meeting, the Wikimedia Foundation
Communications department gave an update on the logistics of the actual
meeting itself and put out a call for your feedback. The department has
been working over the past year to help determine what the next evolution
of the meeting should be, and have taken steps to expand the meeting for an
audience beyond just people within the Foundation.
Thank you to everyone that has already emailed us with feedback! We will
continue to collect feedback over the coming months, and we have also
posted a Meta-Wiki page to collect feedback if you would prefer to post it
Based on the feedback we have already received, we have added some
additional pages on Meta-Wiki to help with communications around the
1. A page that outlines the basic process the Communications department
follows in planning the meeting.
2. A page for you to request or suggest future meeting topics.
The most common question I receive about this meeting is from people
interested in presenting, or with a suggestion for a highlight to mention.
So, I want to point out that the new future meetings page is now our
preferred location for making those suggestions and requests. Keeping
them in that central on-wiki location will help us with tracking requests
and long-term planning.
Again, we appreciate all of the feedback, and hope that you will join us
for future meetings (or check out past recordings) as we continue to
experiment and make adjustments.
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We are pleased to announce the launch of the recruiting process for the
Chief of Community Engagement, alongside our partner search firm, Perrett
As part of the process, we wanted to share the finalized job
A big thank you to CE, Comms & C-levels for their collaboration, support
and guidance in creating it.
We also wanted to out put a call, if you have any nominations or
recommendations, we'd love to hear from you.
Have a wonderful weekend - thanks all!
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