If you wish to be part of the Wikimedia Summit 2020  and you are not yet
registered, please be reminded that registration closes on Monday, December
16, 2019. You can sign up using the link below .
== Eligibility criteria ==
Please have the eligibility criteria  for participating in the Wikimedia
Summit in mind and make sure that your affiliate is marked as ready to
register before filling out the registration form.
Chapters, Thematic Organizations and User Groups must have shown signs of
recent activity, be up-to-date on their reporting by December 1, 2019 
and need to be officially recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation before January
1, 2019 in order to attend the Wikimedia Summit.
So far, 8 (eight) affiliates are not up to date with their reporting and
thus not eligible for the Summit.
It’s all set and you have been selected to represent your affiliate? Then
please proceed with submitting the registration form .
Cornelius, Jana, Florian
For the Wikimedia Summit Organizing Team
Internationale Beziehungen | International Relations
Vorstandsteam | Office of the ED
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207
The Wikimedia Foundation's new “Organization communications translators
group” pilot is now underway. We are ready for additional translators to
join! In particular, we are in need of additional German, Chinese, and
We are looking for 3–5 translators in each of the target languages (Arabic,
Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish) to join this pilot for paid
translations, which will last for the remainder of this fiscal year.
Individuals interested in participating should apply via this Wikimedia
Foundation position posting:
== More information ==
This is a new translation model we are testing for Wikimedia Foundation
materials primarily used in external communications (such as the
Foundation's website, transparency report, and organizational policies).
These tend to be much longer than the materials for which we generally seek
translations, and demand more stringent requirements with respect to
precision, quality, and deadlines. For translations of this nature, fair
paid compensation is often necessary.
This model was developed based on experiences with past translation efforts
and feedback from community translators, affiliates, and staff within the
Foundation. It is not a replacement for existing translation work, and will
not be used for materials such as project articles, fundraising, or other
content which has an existing translation model in place.
We will be testing this model over the coming months, and will make changes
based on feedback and what we learn.
For more information, please visit this Meta-Wiki page: https://w.wiki/CkV
Gregory Varnum (pronouns - he/his/him)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Was support for legacy TLS temporarily discontinued or something?
I noticed I couldn't connect the other day, but now it seems I can again.
For what it's worth, I strongly oppose any measure that makes Wikimedia projects less accessible.
It is my pleasure to inform you on behalf of the Wikimedia Community of
Republic of Srpska that the realization of the Meet Srpska 2019 project has
started with us. This is a contest that takes place on Serbian Wikipedia,
aimed at creating content related to Republic of Srpska.
In addition to the competitions that are the mainstay of the project, there
are other activities in the background - editing workshops and photo tours
of a local character. Also, a cooperation with a few of international Wiki
partners has been established: Wikimedia Community User Group Greece,
of the Levant , GLAM Macedonia User Group, Wikimedia Russia and Don
Wikimedians User Group. By the end of December, they will organize thematic
activities in their countries and on their home Wikipedia, in which
articles on Republic of Srpska will be translated.
If anyone wants to join and contribute to the project, they can do so
through this page <Википедија:Упознај Српску 2019/Welcome!>.
of Republic of Srpska
*„**Замислите свијет у коме **свака особа на планети има **слободан приступ
цјелокупном људском знању.* *То је *
*оно на чему ми радимо.“*
We are looking forward to WikiConference North America here at MIT in
Cambridge, Massachusetts this weekend! We will be welcoming around 250
people over the four-day weekend, with a museum and cultural institution
culture crawl on Friday, conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and
discussion/hackathon focused on reliability and credibility on Monday.
For those who can't be here with us in person, we have a live stream
planned of three of our session rooms on Saturday and Sunday. To access the
stream, go here:
We are looking forward to sharing as much of the conference as we can with
you all! To find out what is when, the schedule is here (all times eastern
We have a packed schedule with sessions about education, research,
outreach, and more, as well as a special focus/track in our main auditorium
on credibility and reliability in the news and media, which our partners at
the Credibility Coalition are assisting with. As we think about the future
of Wikipedia as a reliable source in a world where social media platforms
and media networks are struggling with issues of misinformation and
credibility, we hope that this program will be both timely and helpful.
Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you are able to tune in
Phoebe, for WCNA
* I use this address for lists; send personal messages to phoebe.ayers <at>
Last year the gender gap working group of Wikimedia Netherlands organized
the Women Tech Storm (May 2018) and the first Wiki Techstorm (October
2018). The Techstorm is a very diverse conference, open and inviting to
everyone. Our main aim is increasing diversity within the broader Wikimedia
movement, as well as decreasing the gender gap by emphasising on the
participation of women and non-binairy people to the event.
The Techstorm offers workshops and guidance for people with beginning or
intermediate experience in coding and/or Wikimedia skills, and has a high
This Friday and Saturday the 22nd and 23rd of November, we come together in
Amsterdam for the Wiki Techstorm 2019. For this years event, we approached
our cultural partners, and have added an extra layer. By working together
with our friends from GLAM institutions all over the Netherlands, we have
collected media and data that will be shared through Wikimedia Commons and
Wikidata this upcoming weekend. This means our participants get hands on
experience on how to process specific tasks, and the institutions get a
better idea of what can be done with their input (collections), what they
can ask of us, and how to get the best results. There will be 11 workshops,
on various fields of developments within Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata.
We also invited a few of our expert developers from the Netherlands, to
help us develop and renew apps and tools.
Curious about the event? Or would you like to know the basics of Wikidata
or Commons, al the newest on structured data, how to create a map using
Wikidata, or how to scrape a website?
Please join us through our live streams on the Wikimedia Nederland YouTube
channel. Go to our live stream overview
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wiki_Techstorm#Live_streams> on Mediawiki
for the link per session.
More information about this years event can be found on Mediawiki
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wiki_Techstorm>, an extensive report about our
is also available.
The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed on Wednesday, November 20,
2019, at 9:30 AM PST/17:30 UTC. We’ll have a presentation from Martin
Potthast of Leipzig University on text reuse in Wikipedia and other
presentation from the Wikimedia Foundation’s Isaac Johnson on the
demographics and interests of Wikipedia’s readers.
YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIko_V1k09s
As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
can also watch our past research showcases here:
This month's presentations:
Wikipedia Text Reuse: Within and Without
By Martin Potthast, Leipzig University
We study text reuse related to Wikipedia at scale by compiling the first
corpus of text reuse cases within Wikipedia as well as without (i.e., reuse
of Wikipedia text in a sample of the Common Crawl). To discover reuse
beyond verbatim copy and paste, we employ state-of-the-art text reuse
detection technology, scaling it for the first time to process the entire
Wikipedia as part of a distributed retrieval pipeline. We further report on
a pilot analysis of the 100 million reuse cases inside, and the 1.6 million
reuse cases outside Wikipedia that we discovered. Text reuse inside
Wikipedia gives rise to new tasks such as article template induction,
fixing quality flaws, or complementing Wikipedia’s ontology. Text reuse
outside Wikipedia yields a tangible metric for the emerging field of
quantifying Wikipedia’s influence on the web. To foster future research
into these tasks, and for reproducibility’s sake, the Wikipedia text reuse
corpus and the retrieval pipeline are made freely available. Paper
Characterizing Wikipedia Reader Demographics and Interests
By Isaac Johnson, Wikimedia Foundation
Building on two past surveys on the motivation and needs of Wikipedia
readers (Why We Read Wikipedia
the World Reads Wikipedia
we examine the relationship between Wikipedia reader demographics and their
interests and needs. Specifically, we run surveys in thirteen different
languages that ask readers three questions about their motivation for
reading Wikipedia (motivation, needs, and familiarity) and five questions
about their demographics (age, gender, education, locale, and native
language). We link these survey results with the respondents' reading
sessions -- i.e. sequence of Wikipedia page views -- to gain a more
fine-grained understanding of how a reader's context relates to their
activity on Wikipedia. We find that readers have a diversity of backgrounds
but that the high-level needs of readers do not correlate strongly with
individual demographics. We also find, however, that there are
relationships between demographics and specific topic interests that are
consistent across many cultures and languages. This work provides insights
into the reach of various Wikipedia language editions and the relationship
between content or contributor gaps and reader gaps. See the meta page
for more details.
Janna Layton (she, her)
Administrative Assistant - Product & Technology
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>