As I said earlier “Looks like you found yourself another worthy and inspiring endeavour. The project is huge in ambition, resources and time scale. BTW this is the first mission statement I’ve seen that sets its targets for 2100 😉“
Your first post to our mailing lists was almost (to the month) 10 years ago, about this project of yours: WikiTracer. I remember being much impressed about this project, which aimed to expand analytics to the wider wikiverse. WikiTracer brought a uniform scheme and layout, somehow overcoming the countless discrepancies between the wikis under study. Not the least of those challenges being babylonical confusion (on syntax, that is). Not long thereafter we spoke at length about your project, and mine, and how we shared other interests, among those Leiden and photography. The domain name wikitracer has since been reoccupied. You must have been too ‘distracted’ by this new mission of yours 😉
Your first visualization that focussed on Wikipedia solely (that I know of) was Notabilia. This was published roughly a year later, in 2010, and still exists, is still relevant, is still visually stunning, and represents my first introduction to d3, which I also came to love over the years.
With this piece, you and you co-creators received a gold prize at the Kanta ‘Information is Beautiful’ contest. Well done.
You‘ve been a visually oriented person all along. I mentioned your photography already. Your Flickr expo with 566 followers speaks to that. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dartar/albums/with/72057594056207061
When my wife Carolina and I started our new project, an OSM based tree map of Leidens park Groenesteeg, I remembered ‘Dead Letters’, your detailed photo-study of typography, showing graves in that very park. Your expo is now featured as one more layer of awesomeness in our tribute to urban nature 
BTW typographically you came a long way 😉. Your own site only mentions you love to write about TeX and digital typography. Which is also cool, don’t get me wrong.
Further proof of your visual keenness is the neat layout of the landing page for Wikimedia Research Team (in B&W, which by itself lends it a ‘pro’ appearance already)
I came to know you as (expanding on your own bio here) a [+very caring and sociable] ‘social computing researcher’ and [+very knowledgeable] ‘open knowledge advocate’ and just an overall very friendly guy. So once more: THANK YOU for the years we worked together, which I found most pleasant and constructive. I hope we meet again.
Congratulations to Leila for her new role. You’re the best successor I could have wished for. 😊
PM I did not yet mention Darios sense of humor. Today’s notes on Twitter reveal all:
 Now we’re at the Groenesteeg anyway, please pardon the click bait.
This copper beech may well be the largest beech the reader has ever seen:
( featured on http://j.mp/groenesteeg )
In January, the WMF fundraising team asked our donors a single question: is
there anything you want to say to the volunteers who make the Wikimedia
projects possible?The result was enchanting. More than 5,000 donors took
the opportunity to express their thanks, gratitude, and love for the
contributors who give the world the joy of free and open knowledge. Today
is Valentine’s Day, a holiday that, at least in our modern world, is about
expressing love for the individuals in our lives who make the world just a
bit sweeter.We thought this was the perfect opportunity to pass all this
wikilove over to you. Today, we get to play Cupid, nurturing the lasting
partnership between our contributors and donors that has helped Wikipedia
blossom in its 18 years of existence.
*Read our donors' messages to you, the contributors to Wikimedia projects,
Senior Fundraising Email Manager
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
Dear colleagues of Wikimedia-l,
I learned today of the 2018 passing of User:Corinne. I feel that Corinne's
substantial contributions to Wikimedia merit forwarding the news of her
passing to this email list . Corinne had a Master's degree in Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages. User:Miniapolis wrote, "Corinne was
a fellow coordinator of the Guild of Copy Editors, and we had come to know
each other off-wiki as well. Corinne's specialty was request articles, and
her copyediting skill (second to none) was a factor in many Good and
Featured Articles." Corinne made over 25,000 contributions to English
Contributors have written memorials on her talk page . She was
posthumously added to the Guild of Copy Editors Hall of Fame.
May she rest in peace.
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
Hello, our fellow Wikifriends,
On 19 January 2019, Wikimedia Indonesia elected the new boards. The current
structure consists of 5 females and 4 males with various ethnicity
background (Javanese, Lampungnese, Bataknese, Mollucan, Achinese, etc) and
native languages (Indonesian, Javanese, Achinese, etc.). We are proud to
say that our background representing our country motto, Bhinneka Tunggal
Ika <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhinneka_Tunggal_Ika>(Unity in
*Board of Executive*
- Biyanto Rebin, Chair, re-elected
- Ivonne Kristiani, Deputy Chair, re-elected
- Rachmat Wahidi, Secretary-General, re-elected
- Hillun Vilayl Napis, Deputy Secretary General, new
- Djohan Satria Hasibuan, Treasurer, re-elected
- Thirza Ria Vandari, Deputy Treasurer, new
*Board of Trustees*
- Rinto Jiang, re-elected
- Fachria Y. Marasabessy, new
- Fajarwati, new
We hope we can bring our best for Wikimedia movements in Indonesia.
Board of Executives
Biyanto Rebin is an active Wikimedian at the Indonesian Wikipedia since
2006 using “Beeyan” as his username. He graduated from Chinese Literature
at the University of Indonesia. In 2014, he was appointed as the Member of
Board of Executive in the position of Deputy General Secretary. In 2016, he
was elected as Wikimedia Indonesia Chairperson and re-elected in 2019. In
the spirit of open access, he supports the mission of free knowledge as it
is one of the important keys to open the widest channel of knowledge to the
Ivonne Kristiani obtained her Master in Sociology and Political Philosophy
from Université Paris Diderot, France. She is now based in Jakarta and is
the Project Manager for Cipta Media Ekspresi arts & culture grant for
women, funded by Ford Foundation. She started editing in Indonesian
Wikipedia as “06Ivonne” when joining the Free Your Knowledge writing
competition in 2010.
Djohan Satria Hasibuan is the Treasurer of Wikimedia Indonesia and
graduated from Accounting Degree at the University of Persada Indonesia
Y.A.I who is currently domiciled in Jakarta. He joined the Wikimedia
Indonesia since 2012 as a financial supervisor on several projects, such as
Cipta Media Bersama, Cipta Media Seluler, and Cipta Media Ekspresi.
Thirza Ria Vandari has been a member of the Wikimedia Indonesia since 2017
and was graduated from Accounting Degree at the University of Indonesia.
With her expertise in finance, she is involved in several projects run by
Wikimedia Indonesia, such as the FAVANO Project, SAPG 2018, and APG 2018.
She sometimes voluntarily edits in Wikipedia under her username “Thirzaria”.
Rachmat Wahidi is an active Wikimedian at the Indonesian and the Acehnese
Wikipedia using “Rachmat04” as his username. He graduated from English
Language Education at Syiah Kuala University, and currently attending a
master degree at the same major. He joined Wikimedia Indonesia since 2012,
and was involved in the Content Digitization Project since 2014. In 2019,
Rachmat was appointed to the position of Secretary General of the Wikimedia
Hillun Vilayl Napis graduated from Communication at the University of
Indonesia. She started editing on Wikipedia under “Hillun Vilayl Napis” as
her username and joined the Free Your Knowledge writing competition in
2014. She joined Wikimedia Indonesia in 2015. Currently, she involves in
APG 2018 project as Competition Coordinator (photography and writing
contests). In 2019, she is appointed to serve as Deputy Secretary General
of Wikimedia Indonesia.
Board of Trustees
Rinto Jiang is a Wikimedian since 2004 and also one of the founders of
Wikimedia Indonesia who is currently domiciled in Taiwan. He graduated in
engineering at National Cheng Kung University. He is re-elected as one of
the Board of Trustees in 2019. His professional career is as an engineer in
a company. His main goal is to place Wikimedia Indonesia as a forum to
contribute to the advancement of free and equitable knowledge, especially
in Indonesia, in supporting the advancement of formal education.
Fachria Y. Marasabessy was a graduate of the Department of Education in
Jakarta State University and a Wikimedian since 2017. She joined Wikimedia
Indonesia in 2016 and interested in being actively involved in Wikimedia
Indonesia's activities. In 2019, she was trusted to serve as the Member of
Board of Trustees.
Fajarwati is a member of the Wikimedia Indonesia since 2016 and graduated
from Jakarta State Polytechnic in Accounting Degree and Bachelor of
Accounting at the University of Persada Indonesia Y.A.I. Before joining the
project Keterlibatan Masyarakat dalam Teknologi (KMT) and Peningkatan
Kinerja Teknologi Cipta Media (PKT) as an accountant in 2016–2017, she
worked in the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Indonesia in the same position.
She is currently working as a Project Assistant at the
Kemitraan-Partnership for Governance Reform. Having involved in many
projects and considerably contributed to Wikimedia Indonesia in providing
financial insight, she is elected as one of Member of Board of Trustees.
Biyanto Rebin | Ketua Umum (*Chair*) 2016-2018
Dukung upaya kami membebaskan pengetahuan:
You probably all know that the Commons contest Wiki Loves Love (WLL) started since last friday.
What you might not know yet is that we are now having a multilingual wikipedian contest running at the same time from February 10 to March 31st.
The idea is to generate wikipedian content on the same very theme : festivals, ceremonies, testimonies, gestures and other symbols of love, and if possible use the photos generated by Wiki Loves Love to illustrate content on Wikipedia, with a special focus on reducing the gender gap, as this idea stems from les sans pagEs who has been asked by Psychoslave to collaborate with WLL. We thought adding encyclopedic content would create a win win for everybody and bring visibility to what we are all doing.
We have set up a multilingual and multi project page on meta with Rupika.
To participate you have two options: subscribe individually, or via another project. Several projects have already joined and we hope we can have others too!
Main page on Meta : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019#Timeline <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019#Timeline>
Registration page (individuals AND projects most welcome) : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019/Project_Page <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019/Project_Page>
We would gladly accept help to pimp up the page and add ideas on the working list as well….
Nattes à chat
With Wiki Love !
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 just writing to let you know that I've been nominated for election
to the Internet Society Board of Trustees.
I stressed in my submissions to the nominating committee that I
believe responding to growing demands for more content regulation by
infrastructure providers, as well as the need to preserve free and
open-source information and other resources, should be central
priorities for the Internet Society going forward. I hope most (or
all!) of you agree!
The nominees are listed below:
I'm writing with information about the Ombuds Commission (OC), the small
group of volunteers who investigate complaints about violations of the
Oversight tools, on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees.
I apologize for the length of the announcement. :)
The application period for new commissioners for 2019 recently closed. The
Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to the many experienced and
insightful volunteers who offered to assist with this work.
As with last year, this year’s OC will consist of eight members, with a
two-member advisory team who will guide the new commission and also, if
necessary, fill in in the event that a Commission member is unable to act
due to incapacity or recusal.
I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2019 OC:
Amanda has been editing Wikipedia since 2009, when she made her first edits
to English Wikipedia. Since then, she has served as an administrator,
checkuser, oversighter, member of the Arbitration Committee, and
Arbitration Committee clerk. She also helps to develop the Unblock Ticket
Request System (UTRS) and Account Creation Tool (ACC) used by English
Habib started editing in 2010 and has been heavily engaged in community
affairs, both onwiki and as part of user groups, for years. A native of
Tunisia, he has been a free-culture advocate on a wide range of issues in
and beyond the movement. Onwiki, you can mainly find him helping out on
Commons, where he is a sysop, as well as the Arabic and French language
editions of Wikipedia. He has served on the Ombuds Commission since 2018.
Edilson has been contributing to Wikimedia projects since 2013. He is
primarily active on the Portuguese Wikipedia, where he is a checkuser,
oversighter, and administrator.
Elmacenderesi has been working on Wikimedia projects since 2007, primarily
on the Turkish Wikipedia. There, he has been a CheckUser and a Bureaucrat
since 2008 and an Oversighter since 2011. He is also a member of Wikimedia
OTRS and serves as a global outreach coordinator, working with academic
institutions and GLAMs, for The Wikipedia Library. He has served on the
Ombuds Commission since 2018.
Carlos, currently editing as user:Galahad, has been contributing to
Wikimedia Projects since 2009. He is a member of Wikimedia Venezuela and
Wikimedistas de Perú User Group. He primarily contributes to
Spanish-language projects including Spanish Wikipedia and Spanish
Wikivoyage. He has been an administrator and bureaucrat of Spanish
Wikivoyage since 2013.
Jamie Tubers <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jamie_Tubers>
Sam, who edits as Jamie Tubers, joined the English language Wikipedia
community in 2011 and has over the years expanded his activities into a
wide range of movement activities including co-founding the Wikimedia user
group Nigeria and helping to organize events like Wiki Loves Africa and
Wiki Loves Women. He is dedicated to correcting our content gaps and biases
related to Africa and raising awareness of the projects on the continent.
He also just kickstarted a project called "The AfroCine Project" which is a
wikiproject dedicated to encouraging the contribution of content that
relates to the cinema, theatre, and arts sectors of several African
countries, the Caribbean and the diaspora to Wikimedia projects. He
has served on the Ombuds Commission since 2018.
Emufarmers has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2005. He is a
Metapedian who primarily edits the English Wikipedia; he is also a
bureaucrat and sysop on MediaWiki.org, and has provided software support to
many third-party, non-Wikimedia wikis over the years. He has served as an
OTRS administrator since 2015.
Rupika has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2015. She is the
co-founder of Punjabi Wikipedians. A free knowledge advocate, she edits
primarily on Punjabi Wikipedia and Meta and organizes events such as Wiki
Loves Love <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Love_2019>
The 2019 OC’s advisors are:
Krd, who is primarily active on German Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and
also serves at the Volunteer Response Team as an agent and OTRS admin, and
is a member of the German Wikipedia Arbitration Committee. He has served on
the Ombuds Commission since 2017.
Lucas became a Wikipedian in 2007 and started to engage with CheckUser
rights in 2009, when he became a local CU on the Portuguese Wikipedia. He
held both Oversight and Checkuser rights on Ptwiki between 2015 and 2017,
when his term with the rights expired. He is currently an administrator on
Commons and Ptwiki. His traditional main focus has been on anti-vandalism
work. In 2012, the global community elected him as a steward, a position he
has held since. He served on the Ombuds Commission for 2018.
Their willingness to remain, to bring their familiarity with processes and
their experience to the new arrivals, is greatly appreciated!
Please join me in thanking the following outgoing volunteers, who have
given substantially of their time to serve the commission:
Billinghurst is a long-term global, Wikimedian who served as a steward
from 2012 to 2016 and still serves as a global sysop. He considers his home
wiki to be the English Wikisource where he's performed over 260,000 edits
and focuses on transcribing biographical reference data from the 19th and
early 20thC. In addition, however, to serving as a local administrator on
Wikisource he also holds the sysop hat on Commons, Meta and the English
Wikipedia racking up almost 700,000 edits across the projects with almost a
million edits when you count his bot. He claims to still have a bit of
wisdom and knowledge to give. He joined the OC in 2018.
Saileshpat started editing Wikipedia in 2012 and soon became deeply
involved in the Odia community. He has helped organize outreach events and
done a lot to spread awareness in his region. In addition he was one of the
co-organizers of WikiConference India 2016. Saileshpat has helped in a
content relicensing process, where the Government of Odisha decided to
release content under Creative Commons licenses. Online he is mainly active
on the Odia Wikipedia and Commons. Sailesh joined the OC in 2018.
Pajz has edited the Wikimedia projects since 2005. He was a Wikipedia
administrator between 2007 to 2016 and is a member of the Volunteer
Response Team. He served as one of the OTRS administrators from 2013 to
2015, before being first appointed to the Ombudsman Commission in 2016.
Góngora, J. Gustavo Góngora-Goloubintseff, primarily edits Spanish
Wikipedia, Catalan Wikipedia and Norwegian bokmål Wikipedia. He has been an
administrator and bureaucrat on the Spanish Wikipedia since 2007, and an
administrator on the Catalan Wikipedia from 2010 until 2017, where he is
also a CheckUser. He was a member of the Spanish Arbitration Committee in
2008, before it was dismantled. He was a board member of Wikimedia España
in 2011. He is currently a member of both Wikimedia España and Wikimedia
Norge. He joined the OC in 2017.
And finally, a posthumous thank-you to user:Lankiveil:
Lankiveil was a long-term user, admin, and oversighter on the English
Wikipedia, having made his first edits in 2004. He served as a clerk to the
English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee and as an OTRS volunteer. He also
sometimes edited at Irish Wikipedia and Commons. He was a native speaker of
Australian English and was a member of Wikimedia Australia. Lankiveil died
in April 2018, while a member of the Ombuds Commission.
I'd also like to say a big thank you to those returning and those coming
aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. Again, it was
an extremely able group of volunteers, and while this mix of users may best
serve the need for this year, I hope that those who applied will consider
applying again for future commissions.
Trust & Safety Specialist