We are happy to announce that the 2018 Picture of the Year
competition is now open. This is the thirteenth edition of POTY.
Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured
on Commons (FP) during the year 2018, to produce a single Picture of the Year.
Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the
international Wikimedia Commons community. From professional animal and plant
shots to breathtaking panoramas and historically relevant images, Commons
features pictures of all flavors.
For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories. Two
rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many
images as you like. The first round category winners and the top ten
overall will then make it to the final. In the final round, when a limited
number of images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want
to become the Picture of the Year.
Users must vote with an account meeting following requirements: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2018/Rules
To see the candidate images just go to the POTY 2018 page on Wikimedia
Round ends on 17 February 2019, 23:59:59 [UTC].
POTY 2018 committee
A video tutorial for creating references on Wikipedia with VisualEditor is
in development for English Wikipedia and possibly also for Spanish
Wikipedia. Publication is likely to happen in March 2019. If this tutorial
is well received then additional tutorials may follow.
If you would like to receive notifications regarding the availability of
draft or finished tutorial products, or to learn additional information,
then please continue reading below.
*How can I request notifications for when drafts or finished products are
ready for review?*
If you would like to receive a notice when a draft or finished product is
ready for public review then I invite you to go to the the project talk
page and follow the link to the newsletter subscription page . During
the development of this single tutorial the newsletters are likely to be
short. I am likely to send approximately 3 to 6 notifications to
subscribers between now and the end of this mini-project.
(The reason that I am not including a link to the newsletter's subscription
page directly in this email is that I may change the name of the newsletter
in the future, and I prefer to minimize any potential confusion and the
number of redirect pages, so I think that including a link from this email
to the talk page is preferable because the location of the talk page is
likely to remain stable.)
Some of you may remember the project that was originally named LearnWiki
. For various painful reasons that project was not completed within the
original schedule and budget. However, I continue to believe that video
tutorials Wikimedia projects could be very useful for new contributors, and
also for helpers who could use the videos to demonstrate concepts to new
contributors. I think of this project as being a pilot iteration for
"LearnWiki version 2.0", or maybe "LearnWiki 2.0 beta 1", with a major
change between this effort and the original LearnWiki project being how the
project is executed. The goal for this tutorial remains aligned with the
original vision for LearnWiki. I believe that I know more about project
management than I did when I attempted LearnWiki version 1.0.
WMF approved a rapid grant for me to develop a single tutorial module 
regarding creating Wikipedia references with VisualEditor. This tutorial is
in development, I and I plan to publish the finalized script and video in
March 2019. Depending on the amount of remaining funds after development of
the English version of this tutorial and on whether WMF agrees, in addition
to an English version of the tutorial I may also produce a Spanish version
within the budget of the current rapid grant. Additional translations or
derivative versions would be welcome from anyone who would like to create
If this first tutorial is well received then I may request funding for
Within the next few days I plan to publish the first complete draft of the
script for the referencing tutorial. I will place a link to that draft on
the project talk page , and I am likely to create links from the same
talk page to further drafts and additional tutorial products. If you would
like to receive project updates then please watch the talk page and/or
subscribe to the newsletter.
I welcome any comments or questions that you have, either on a mailing list
or on the project talk page .
Yours in service,
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
I just wanted to share that the Role & Responsibilities Strategy Working
Group has just published a summary of perspectives on existing movement
governance and structures:
This document is based on c.25 in-depth interviews we in the working group
have performed with people with varied roles in and perspectives on the
movement as it stands. The aim has been for us as a group to understand
what different people in different parts of the movement think and feel
about movement structures as they stand. Just to be clear, we have not
weighted / prioritised the issues raised at present, just described them. :)
Your comments and views are very welcome on the Talk page - especially if
you have a view or perspective that you do not see represented in the
document. We will certainly read all those comments and incorporate them in
our thinking. However there will also be much more news and consultation
coming from the movement strategy core team in coming weeks, in the lead-up
to the Wikimedia summit.
Thank you to everyone who helped us by agreeing to share their views in
this process to date, and happy reading!
on behalf of the Roles & Responsibilities Working Group
The next Wikimedia Monthly Activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
February 28th, 2018 at 19:00 UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on https://webchat.freenode.net, and the meeting will be
broadcast as a live YouTube stream.[
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It66BmW1Bxo] We’ll post the video recording
publicly after the meeting.
Facilitator: Sasha Redkina, Front Office Coordinator, Wikimedia Foundation
- Welcome and introduction to agenda - 2 minutes
- Movement update - 3 minutes
- Who are our Wikipedia users in India? - 10 minutes
- Wikimedia 2030 status update and opportunities to participate - 20
- Questions and discussion - 10 minutes
- Wikilove - 5 minutes
Please review the meeting's Meta-Wiki page for further information about
the meeting and how to participate:
The March 2019 monthly activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
March 28, starting at 18:00 UTC (11:00 Pacific Daylight Time). To sign up
to participate, please visit:
We wanted to inform you that scholarship applications for Wikimania 2019 which is being held in Stockholm, Sweden on August 14–18, 2019 are now being accepted. Applications are open until Friday, 15 March 2019 23:59 UTC.
Applicants will be able to apply for a partial or full scholarship. A full scholarship will cover the cost of an individual's round-trip travel, shared accommodation, and conference registration fees as arranged by the Wikimedia Foundation. A partial scholarship will cover conference registration fees and shared accommodation.
Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection process and selection criteria established by the Scholarship Committee and the Wikimedia Foundation, who will determine which applications are successful.
To learn more about Wikimania 2019 scholarships, please visit: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships
To apply for a scholarship, fill out the multi-language application form on: https://scholarships.wikimedia.org/apply
It is highly recommended that applicants review all the material on the Scholarships page and the associated FAQ ( https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships/FAQ ) before submitting an application.
If you have any questions, please contact: wikimania-scholarships at wikimedia.org or leave a message at: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Scholarships .
Please help us spread the word and translate pages!
Arild Vågen and Martin Rulsch
for the Scholarship Committee
We have a new project called Video Wiki
1. The easy creation of videos from scripts from Wikipedia and images /
short video segments from Commons
2. Scripts can have inline references and the text of the script with
references end up in the captions of the video with references. These
captions can be turned on and off
3. At the end of the video it automatically adds
1. the license for the text (CC BY SA license)
2. attribution of those who have edited the scripts
3. all the metadata for the references supporting the scripts
4. The final video version on Commons lists the files that the video is
5. Attribution for the images is automatically added at the bottom of
Have started a discussion here on Wikipedia and would appreciate peoples
thoughts. Will be drafting a formal RfC about the use of such videos
MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian