I was happy to read this announcement
Amir regarding improvements for typing in African languages on Wikimedia
projects. (I hope that the translation of the subject of this week's email
I thought that this
an interesting WMF Tech Talk regarding WMF and W3C. I felt that it was
encouraging that WMF staff on the call wanted to support the needs and
wishes of Wikimedia readers and contributors. Thank you to WMF for
publicizing this meeting and for collaborating with W3C.
Thank you to engineering and technical staff who take initiative to respond
to problems in a timely and constructive way. Someone who comes to mind is
James Forrester, who has endured years of complaints regarding
VisualEditor. Over time WMF has polished the tool's rough edges, greatly
improved its performance, and added significant functionality. I know that
hearing a barrage of complaints can be difficult, such as happens in this video
clip <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBrK7mqceBs> from *Star Trek: Deep
Space Nine* that is hosted on Youtube. (Yes, another *Star Trek* video. The
title of the episode is shown at the start of the video, which is why it
displays "Honor Among Thieves".) I appreciate James' calm demeanor,
willingness to listen, responsiveness, patience, and perseverance.
What's making you happy this week? You are welcome to comment in any
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
Dear Wikimaniacs, Wikimedians, and friends of the Wikiverse!
On behalf of the Wikimania 2019 Stockholm organising team, I am pleased to
announce two things:
- The list of accepted "Spaces".
- That the Call for Submissions is now OPEN.
Please join me in congratulating the Leaders of each of the accepted
Wikimania 2019 Spaces! As per the program design, Wikimania this year
has the format of "Spaces", each with its own group of "Leaders" - all of
who made a proposal to host a Space back in March. The core team has been
working with the Leaders since then to prepare an interesting, diverse, and
coherent conference. Each Space has its own topic area, and in their own
way they all of them help address the conference theme: "Stronger together:
Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals".
Each Space will have its own room for a period of time in the conference to
curate and coordinate as they see fit. You can read about what each
Space is planning to achieve, and who is Leading it, at the link above. In
English-alphabetical order they are:
Accessibility (A11y): Components and Standards
Global Advocacy for Free Knowledge: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
GLAM - cultural partnerships and Wikimedia
Growing Wikimedia’s readership worldwide
Libraries belong in Wikimedia projects
Thriving in Safety
Strategy for Wikimedia 2030 – The path towards our future
Technology outreach & innovation
And of course the Poster session, which will be a plenary event.
For 2019, there is no 'central' program committee nor a single submission
form. To make a submission, visit the page of the Space which most relates
to your proposal, read its instructions for what kinds of submissions the
Leaders of that Space wish to receive. Then click the submission button.
Each Space is looking for different kinds of content or format. So it is
important that people wanting to propose a presentation/workshop/panel/etc
at Wikimania read the information that the Leaders of each Space have
Once again, the link to the list of all the accepted Spaces, each with its
own submission form, is here:
Please feel free to share/forward this email.
- Liam Wyatt (Volunteer program chair), and Eric Luth (Conference Manager,
 Note that the Spaces do NOT all have the same room capacity, or
duration. Thus the content of the Wikimania program is not intending to be
'evenly spread' across these topic areas.
Thank you for this great work. I have been enjoying the Yoruba keyboard you
designed for me over over three years ago. I am proud to say that in have
translated over 250 articles from English Wikipedia to Yoruba Wikipedia
using the keyboards and I have trained others on now to use it and they
have also translated over 200 articles to Yoruba Wikipedia. Without, this
keyboard it's usually uninteresting for native speakers to contribute to
Yoruba Wikipedia but that problem has now been mitigated by your work.
Again, thank you so much on behalf of the Yoruba Wikipedia community.
(Apology for mistakenly posting with the indaba email connected to my
On Sat, May 25, 2019, 8:29 AM WikiIndaba 2019 Nigeria <
> Hello Amir,
> Thank you for this great work. I have been enjoying the Yoruba keyboard
> you designed for me over over three years ago. I am proud to say that in
> have translated over 250 articles from English Wikipedia to Yoruba
> Wikipedia using the keyboards and I have trained others on now to use it
> and they have also translated over 200 articles to Yoruba Wikipedia.
> Without, this keyboard it's usually uninteresting for native speakers to
> contribute to Yoruba Wikipedia but that problem has now been mitigated by
> your work.
> Again, thank you so much on behalf of the Yoruba Wikipedia community.
> On Sat, May 25, 2019, 8:20 AM Amir E. Aharoni <
> amir.aharoni(a)mail.huji.ac.il wrote:
>> Hello, and happy Africa day!
>> [ crossposted to African Wikimedians list, general Wikimedia list, and
>> mediawiki-i18n ]
>> To celebrate this, I am announcing the completion of a little pet project
>> that I started a year ago: it is now easy to type in all the languages of
>> Africa in which there is a Wikipedia or an active Incubator.
>> This is available in all Wikimedia projects and in translatewiki.net.
>> This release is intended for desktop and laptop computers. For mobile
>> phones and tablets, I strongly recommend trying apps such as Gboard,
>> SwiftKey, or African Keyboard.
>> For full details and project description see this blog post:
>> Or jump straight into the (easy!!!) technical documentation here:
>> These keyboards were tested by myself, and some of them were also tested
>> by a few other people who speak these languages, and as far as I know they
>> are easy to enable and disable and the work correctly. However, it's
>> possible that some things are missing: I could have missed some letters, I
>> could have made mistakes in documentation, I could have missed some
>> languages. Please contact me if you find any problems.
>> Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
>> “We're living in pieces,
>> I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
>> African-Wikimedians mailing list
> African-Wikimedians mailing list
A quite common problem at all Wikimedia sites; we have a photo but the
quality is poor. An example is the old photo from the cabins at
Mørkedalen where a group of fighters hid out during the invasion of
I've been using some manual tools to restore images, but it is very
slow and the result is often not very good. What if we could automate
the process? The work "Deep Image Prior" could be a solution, it is
quite awesome, but it is a bit too difficult to configure for most
There are several such automated tools, or algorithms that can be
turned into automated tools, but the question is; do we want an
automated tool set, or do we want to keep on doing things manually?
Dear fellow Wikimedians,
Our nine working groups are neck-deep in gathering information that
enriches their work toward recommendations. They are starting to seek
advice and perspectives from within and outside of the movement, and
work hard to develop changes to our movement structures.
This is the last week to send us your applications for a strategy
salon grant; if you’re interested in running a small, strategy-focused
event with your affiliate’s community, apply for a grant by May 31. We
are again hosting a space at Wikimania this year; if you want to talk
movement strategy at the event, submit your proposal (details below).
Community conversations are running from now through September. Join
in  and share your thoughts on how to build our future.
== Send us your strategy salon grant applications by May 31 ==
The deadline to submit an application for a strategy salon grant is
just around the corner. If you would like to dive deep into the
movement strategy with your affiliate’s community, you can apply for
an in-person event grant of between $500 and $1500 by May 31. Send in
your application by Friday! Kelsi will host an office hours this
Wednesday, May 29 at 12:00 UTC on Zoom  where you can ask all your
last-minute questions. Anything you need to know about strategy salon
application grants is on Meta .
== Come and discuss the movement strategy at Wikimania ==
The movement strategy will be at Wikimania! The core team will host a
space during the event. Our main activities will focus on engagement
with working groups and the broader community on the first outline of
recommendations for change. But we also want to hear from you. If you
have an idea for a session or discussion about our future, please send
us your session proposal. We are seeking interactive formats about
building the future of Wikimedia; the free knowledge ecosystem now and
in the future; Wikimedia‘s strategic direction and how we advance
here; and creating change through collaboration. The deadline to
submit is June 1.
== Share your thoughts on the community conversations report March/April ==
We are currently working on the community conversations report for
May, which offers an overview of all the conversations that are
happening worldwide about our future. We’d like to know what you would
like to see and read about in these reports. Have a look at our report
from March/April on Meta  and let us know what you think about the
content and the format. Does it capture the conversations well? Are
there views or insights that you feel are missing? You can share your
input directly on Meta or via your own language’s community forums
(for Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin, German, Portuguese, and Spanish).
== Building on the movement strategy conversations at the Wikimedia Summit ==
This year’s Wikimedia Summit was a key forum for movement strategy. It
enabled affiliates to connect directly with working groups. Working
groups have been using the insights gained from discussions during the
event to help guide their work. The Wikimedia Summit 2019 report 
offers a detailed overview of this that you can use to help take these
discussions forward during community conversations.
If you’d prefer to hear rather than read about the movement strategy
discussions at the Wikimedia Summit, check out the video of April’s
monthly activities meeting . Tanveer Hasan from our Information and
Knowledge Management team outlines the central points and outcomes for
each of the working groups from the event. A big thank you to the
Summit team for all their hard work in making the strategy discussions
If you have any questions or would like to connect about the movement
strategy, please feel free to contact me and my team.
Adviser International Relations
Program Manager Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
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Hello, and happy Africa day!
[ crossposted to African Wikimedians list, general Wikimedia list, and
To celebrate this, I am announcing the completion of a little pet project
that I started a year ago: it is now easy to type in all the languages of
Africa in which there is a Wikipedia or an active Incubator.
This is available in all Wikimedia projects and in translatewiki.net. This
release is intended for desktop and laptop computers. For mobile phones and
tablets, I strongly recommend trying apps such as Gboard, SwiftKey, or
For full details and project description see this blog post:
Or jump straight into the (easy!!!) technical documentation here:
These keyboards were tested by myself, and some of them were also tested by
a few other people who speak these languages, and as far as I know they are
easy to enable and disable and the work correctly. However, it's possible
that some things are missing: I could have missed some letters, I could
have made mistakes in documentation, I could have missed some languages.
Please contact me if you find any problems.
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore