This message was supposed to be sent sometime ago, but might still be
relevant for those that like closure.
Wikimedia Portugal has signed a new chapter agreement with the Wikimedia
Foundation in January, and this has been ratified by our XII General
Assembly in April.
In this same General Assembly, we have also made some changes to the our
internal regulations (https://pt.wikimedia.org/wiki/Regulamento_Interno/2019)
to prevent future challenges as the ones that led to the issues last year.
This changes include making explicit the option for associates to receive
notices for General Assemblies by email and allowing General Assemblies to
be conducted via videoconference as well as in-person. We have also
clarified our disciplinary procedures.
But more currently, we have announced today, together with Wikimedia Spain,
the winners of Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Portugal and Spain. See:
*Website: *http://pt.wikimedia.org <https://sites.google.com/view/themudo>
*Imagine um mundo onde cada ser humano pode partilhar livremente a soma de
todo o conhecimento, na sua própria língua.*
I'm very happy to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
has approved the recognition of Wikimedia Colombia  as a Wikimedia
Over the past five years, Wikimedia Colombia has successfully planned and
executed a significant portfolio of innovative and effective programs,
attracting new contributors, forming partnerships with local institutions,
promoting the Wikimedia movement throughout the Republic of Colombia, and
demonstrating a substantial record of programmatic impact.
It is our hope that recognition as a Wikimedia chapter will empower the
Wikimedia Colombia community to continue fostering the Wikimedia movement
in Colombia and enable them to more effectively engage with government
entities and other partners. We additionally hope that Wikimedia Colombia
will prove to be a source of inspiration and support for emerging Wikimedia
communities in the surrounding geographic areas, furthering affiliate
development across northern South America and Central America.
I want to thank everyone who has been involved with setting up the new
chapter, and recognize their commitment and patience over the past two
years as we've worked through the chapter recognition process. Please join
me in congratulating the entire Wikimedia Colombia team for their
Chair, Affiliations Committee
This week I would like to share a reflection, "On gratitude and love
by Johan (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Johan_(WMF)>.
"I’ve always appreciated my fellow Wikimedians. But when I do my normal
editing, in my spare time, I respect them as my peers. I’m constantly
grateful for the work Tegel does to keep Swedish Wikipedia free from spam
and vandalism. In awe of Yger’s ambitious projects related to Swedish
geography and administrative districts. Impressed by ArildV’s
illustrations. Still miss cooperating with Åsa L on the Swedish science
fiction articles. But in my work for the Foundation, there’s a shift – a
feeling of being privileged to be part of this project full time.
"Take Tech News, for example. Most weeks I write Tech News, a weekly
technical newsletter, in an attempt to make it possible to get a quick
overview of important technical changes that will affect Wikimedia
contributors. Every week it is translated and distributed in a number of
languages, typically 15–20 and every week I try to use the thanks function
to unobtrusively show my appreciation. The act becomes routine: open the
history of every language, thank the person, go to the next translation,
thank, thank, thank, thank, thank. But every week that action is fuelled by
a profound feeling of gratitude. Years into writing the newsletter I still
count myself fortunate to get to work with a group of people who, in many
cases, week after week turn up to help Wikimedians be aware of how the
tools they use keep being developed. There’s no simple way to tell a
pseudonymous user – potentially someone you’ve hardly interacted with
except through the thanks button – the deep affection you have for the
usernames who turn up to make the translations for the various Wikimedia
communities, how much you care about them. But as a collective, they remain
one of my favourite group of persons in the world. Every week, I use the
same words to thank them. It’s a copy and paste. I hardly read the words.
But every week, I mean them. If someone goes on hiatus for a few months and
comes back, it makes me genuinely happy, like seeing an old friend again.
"I despair at times, of course, like almost everyone else who spends a fair
chunk of their life thinking about the wikis. I sometimes think we fail to
live up to our principles of civility and assuming good faith. I sometimes
think we’re making it far too difficult to edit. I sometimes fear we’re not
preparing for the world of tomorrow, given that we still edit in a
desktop-first mindset when most of our readers access our information in
other ways. It’s no fun being met with a lack of assumption of good faith
when working on a project that’s crept into almost every aspect of my life
and been part of me since my teens. But most of these things are normal
parts of being a very small cog in a big machine. There are thousands and
thousands and thousands of us, trying to make the wikis a better place. I’m
just one of them.
"It should become mundane, I suppose. I’ve been editing since 2004, been
working for the Foundation since 2015. I’ve seen the good and bad parts of
the communities, the beautiful and the ugly. The magic should fade. But it
doesn’t, because Wikimedians don’t stop doing wonderful things in the name
of creating a repository of knowledge, there to be used by anyone with
internet access and even for some without.
"And I continue to be grateful. Not always for specific details of my work,
because the job is like any other job full of things one gets paid to do
because one wouldn’t want to do it for free. But for being part of this.
For working with the Wikimedia communities."
What's making you happy this week? You are welcome to comment in any
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
The next Wikimedia Monthly Activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
July 25th, 2019 at 18:00 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:
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
- Welcome and introduction to agenda - 2 minutes
- Movement update - 3 minutes
- Talk Pages Consultation presentation - 10 minutes
- Wikimedia Foundation updated website design demonstration - 10 minutes
- Wikimedia movement strategy update - 15 minutes
- 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:
Front Office Coordinator
*The Wikimedia Foundation*
Hope this email finds you well. We are sending this message to select
community mailing lists and all previous recipients of Wikimedia Foundation
As you know the Rapid Grants Program
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid>  has played an
important role in helping our communities to grow. The number of grants we
have given out grew by 30% between FY16 -17 to this fiscal year, and they
grew by 55% when measured by the total amount disbursed. (See the spending
 for reference.*)
While communities have valued these flexible funding opportunities, on our
part, it hasn’t been easy to measure and track their impact. We therefore
will be implementing a number of changes in Fiscal Year 19/20, starting *August
1 2019*, to sharpen the focus and impact of rapid grants, whilst at the
same time maintaining the quick and flexible funding options for community:
1) In the months specified below, we will prioritize support to *contests
and campaigns* which have been an exciting source of growth in editorship,
innovative participation and content generation by communities. These
months will be solely dedicated to different contests and campaigns
throughout the year:
- *August*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Monuments*
- *September*: only receiving proposals for *Awareness Grants*
- *December*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Africa *
- *January*: only receiving proposals for *Art + Feminism* (campaign)
- *March*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Earth*
2) Outside the months specified above, proposals are welcomed in all other
categories: edit-a-thons, contests, photowalks, general promotion
campaigns, and video campaigns. For added flexibility, we will also
consider proposals outside of these categories, such as software
development. However, we will no longer be providing rapid grants for
travel support, equipment purchase or meetups.
3) We will evaluate each batch of grants once a month and accept the best
proposals in alignment with the Wikimedia Foundation’s medium-term goals.
We will share the evaluation for the Rapid Grants Program that led us to
sharpen the focus for the program once the evaluation is completed by
September 30, 2019. In addition to these changes, we’ve also considered
comments around Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants eligibility criteria and
have clarified these criteria. Please take the time to re-familiarize
yourselves with the Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants Guidelines and
Criteria <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Learn> 
The Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium-term
 plan goals are set out here for information.
If you have any questions, please email us at <rapidgrants(a)wikimedia.org>.
*Please note that we have not yet put out the final FY 2018-19 numbers and
we’re basing this calculation based on up to date internal numbers of 184
grants and $270,194.
Woubzena Jifar (pronouns - she/her/hers)
Program Officer, Rapid Grants
User: WJifar (WMF)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
After opening a community comment period in early April this year,
collecting and incorporating that feedback, we are happy to announce that
the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has approved our Medium Term
Plan for 2019-2023! You can view the final version here:
This process wouldn’t have been possible without communities’
participation, and we want to thank each of you for taking the time away
from doing your favorite thing on the wikis to comment on our
organization’s plan for the next 5 years. This new process, which we
implemented for the first time this year, allows us to plan for a longer
time frame It also gives us a more flexible structure for annual planning
that allows us to incorporate recommendations from the movement strategy.
Today, we are publishing both the Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium-term Plan
and our annual budget and plan for the fiscal year 2019-20. This 2019-20
plan is the first instance in this new planning process, and over the next
5 years, we will continue to create plans that focus on the priorities we
identified. We will review the progress towards our annual goals on a
quarterly basis, and continue to share these reports publicly.
We hope to continue these conversations and collaboration as we work
towards our strategic direction.
*María Cruz * \\ Communications and Outreach manager, Community Engagement
\\ Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
mcruz(a)wikimedia.org | Twitter: @marianarra_
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I am writing to provide an update on the status of the petition that the
Wikimedia Foundation filed with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
in May to lift the more than two-year block of Wikipedia in Turkey.
As you may know, many petitions brought before the ECHR are not granted a
hearing by the Court, and, even when the hearing is granted, the process of
reaching a resolution can take years. We understood these considerations
when we filed the petition, but were hopeful that the Court would recognize
the public importance of the case.
The ECHR has acted extremely quickly in this case. On July 2, the Court
responded to the petition by giving the case “priority treatment”, and
sending official correspondence to us and to Turkish authorities with
notification of this designation. The Government of Turkey now has until
October 24 to respond by submitting their own observations on the case to
the Court. We feel this is a clear indication that the case is being taken
You can read more information on the Wikimedia Foundation website:
We invite you to join us in sharing this news within your networks. You can
do so on social media by retweeting @Wikipedia and sharing messages of your
own. We have also posted a social media toolkit on Meta-Wiki with hashtags,
draft messages, and graphics (coming later today) for folks to utilize:
We are optimistic about this development and look forward to sharing any
future updates with you.
Gregory Varnum (pronouns - he/his/him)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>