More than 7 years ago we started the development of Wikidata. We started
out with the main goal of building a central data store for Wikipedia.
Very quickly we expanded to also covering the other Wikimedia projects.
Then came the interest from people outside Wikimedia to use Wikidata’s
data to build their own apps, websites, visualisations and more. And
last year we witnessed a significant interest in Wikibase, the software
This means our structured data work has expanded very significantly from
what we started out with. At the same time, over these past few years,
both WMDE  and the WMF  have spent significant time and invested
in supporting the movement strategy work and aligning our organizational
plans with the movement strategy.
Given all this interest, and this moment of opportunity and positive
change, we felt it was time to sit together and get clarity on the next
steps for our structured data work. It is important that we know what we
want to achieve in the next few years, what our long-term hopes are for
Wikidata and Wikibase, how these align with organisational and movement
strategy, and what support and resources are required for their success.
The result of these conversations include one product vision paper and
three product strategy papers that we are publishing today:
Vision: This paper gives a high-level overview of where we’d like to
see Wikidata and Wikibase evolve and grow, based on the work of the
past 7 years and many conversations with community members, movement
partners, and other stakeholders.
Wikidata for Wikimedia projects: This paper dives deeper into how we
see Wikidata developing in the context of the Wikimedia projects and
how it can better support the projects.
Wikidata as a platform: This paper explores the value of Wikidata as
a source of data for others outside Wikimedia to build upon.
Wikibase Ecosystem: This paper goes deeper into the idea of the
Wikibase Ecosystem, a network of Wikibase instances which could
share data and other capacities.
We are now inviting you to read the vision and strategy papers and give
us your feedback. We are collecting this feedback until the end of
October and will then integrate it as appropriate into a second
iteration of the papers.
The papers are published at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidata/Strategy/2019. Please leave
your feedback and questions on the associated talk page.
We are looking forward to reading your input.
Since this is my first mail to this list, a short introduction about
myself: I joined Wikimedia Deutschland 2 years ago as the Head of
Software & Development. I have been working with the Product, UX,
Engineering and Community Communication people in my department to move
this amazing project forward.
Head of Software & Development, Wikimedia Deutschland
This meeting will be starting in 20 minutes. Please join us!
On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 11:02 AM Gregory Varnum <gvarnum(a)wikimedia.org>
> You are invited to our the Wikimedia monthly activities meeting, taking
> place tomorrow (August 29) starting at 18:00 UTC (11:00 Pacific Daylight
> Time). Please note this will be the last Wikimedia monthly activities
> meeting planned by the Wikimedia Foundation Communications department.
> After speaking with our colleagues and reviewing engagement metrics from
> the past few years, we concluded that there are other efforts in place that
> are better suited to achieve the goals of this meeting.
> You can join tomorrow’s final meeting via YouTube:
> And also in IRC: #wikimedia-office
> The agenda will include:
> - Wikimedia movement strategy update
> - Wikipedia’s role in Teenagers lives
> - Wikimedia Space
> More information on Meta-Wiki:
> When this meeting first began, it provided insights into data that was
> otherwise unavailable or hard to access. Thanks to the amazing efforts of
> staff and volunteers, those metrics are now available and updated regularly
> online. The purpose of the meeting thus shifted to focus on sharing
> progress updates and information from across the movement. We have realized
> however that this approach limits our ability to connect across languages
> and provide the level of detail necessary to create impact. In addition,
> interest in the meeting has remained steady, but is has not grown, and
> there has been a decrease of interest in presenting.
> Fortunately, we have new methods of outreach that allow us to connect with
> wider audiences.. The new Wikimedia Foundation website
> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>, discussed at last month's meeting,
> has a greater ability to communicate across languages and is already
> helping us reach more people. We are discussing ways to further expand this
> support. The new Wikimedia Space project <https://space.wmflabs.org/>
> that will be discussed at this month's meeting provides a central,
> real-time space to have discussions and share information on activities
> across the movement.
> We appreciate all of the feedback people have provided over the years, and
> will continue to reflect on any additional input you may have. I also want
> to personally thank the dozens of people that presented over the years and
> the evolving core team that worked every month to put the meeting on. They
> often made it look easy, and I know that is not always the case.
> Thank you, and I will have more on this topic during tomorrow's meeting.
> Gregory Varnum (pronouns - he/his/him)
> Communications Strategist
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I'm sure many have heard about this:
Essentially, the government in Kazakhstan started forcing citizens into
installing a root TLS certificate on their devices that would allow the
government to intercept, decrypt and manipulate all HTTPS traffic.
Without the centificate, it seems, citizens can't access HTTPS pages (at
least on some ISPs).
I think this has serious implications for Wikipedia & Wikimedia, as not
only they would be easily able to see which articles people read, but
also steal login credentials, depseudonymize people and even hijack
Another danger is that if this effort by Kazakhstan will succeed, other
governments may start doing the same.
I wonder if WMF has any position on this yet?
Amir, you rock! Thanks so much.
This came up as somehing that could be helpful during the Wiktionary &
Wikisource panel at the Education space. Some panelists mentioned tgey are
wasting a lot time curating lists, so thought it coukd be helpful.
Forwarding to Wikimedia-l as many Wikrionary and Wikisource people ate
On Fri, 23 Aug 2019, 16:27 Amir Sarabadani <ladsgroup(a)gmail.com wrote:
> During Wikimania, Shani told me the famous "Not in the other language"
> tool  doesn't work for Wiktionary (because the tool is based on Wikidata
> but Wiktionary uses something called Cognate). On my way to the airport, I
> wrote a hacky small thing to make things easier for Wiktionary users that
> you can find in . Here's an example, list of French nouns that exist in
> German Wiktionary but not in English . The code can be found in  and
> needs lots of love if anyone is interested.
> : https://tools.wmflabs.org/not-in-the-other-language/
> : https://tools.wmflabs.org/dexbot/tools/nitolw
> Amir (he/him)
In preparation for the next Wikimedia Summit 2020 – which will take place
from April 3 to 5 in Berlin, Germany – we again launch a call for a “
Visiting Wikimedian”. This initiative aims to transfer practical knowledge
from the German chapter to other Wikimedia movement affiliates and provides
us with an outside view.
The scope of a “Visiting Wikimedian” is mainly to support the organization
of the Wikimedia Summit in terms of logistics and program. The “Visiting
Wikimedian” will be involved in all essential steps of the planning and
organizing process and will be able to contribute in multiple ways. We are
open to designing the tasks together, according to the Visiting Wikimedian’s
skills and experiences and her or his affiliate’s needs. We are especially
looking for a person who can apply the knowledge to an upcoming event, for
example if the affiliate is hosting a regional or international conference.
You can find more information about the initiative and all application
details on Meta. We had four Visiting Wikimedians over the last years,
check also their blost posts on the linked on the Meta page.
If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Wikimedian, please check the
conditions and details on Meta and apply to wmsummit(a)wikimedia.de until
September 15, 2019 (incl).
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I have some news to share about recent leadership appointments to our Board
Shani Evenstein Sigalov, currently an EdTech Innovation Strategist and
lecturer at the School of Medicine in Tel Aviv University, will be the
newest member of the Board of Trustees.
Shani has been a part of the Wikimedia movement since 2011, and has focused
her contributions on closing gender and knowledge gaps by supporting female
contributors and thematic groups, working with indigenous communities and
promoting equitable access to knowledge. She has served leadership roles in
several Wikimedia affiliates and thematic groups, including as the
Chairperson for both Wikimedia Medicine and the Wikipedia and Education
User Group, and as a Board member of Wikimedia Israel. She is also
currently a member of the Partnerships Strategy working group as part of
the Movement Strategy. She joins the Board with a depth of experience in
creating successful collaborations between Wikipedia and other free
knowledge projects and educational, cultural and government institutions.
In addition, I have been re-elected as Board Chair, and Nataliia Tymkiv has
been elected as Vice Chair after being appointed for her second term.
Please join me in congratulating Shani and Nataliia! And as Christophe's
term comes to an end, the Board gratefully thanks him for his service and
commitment to the mission, and we hope you will join us in thanking him as
Below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the official announcement
about these new leadership appointments. You can find below the rest of the
Chair: Tanya Capuano
Members: Raju Narisetti, Shani Evenstein
Alternates: María Sefidari
Board Governance Committee
Chair: Lisa Lewin
Members: María Sefidari, Dariusz Jemielniak
Alternates: Esra’a Al Shafei
Human Resources Committee
Chair: Dariusz Jemielniak
Members: Raju Narisetti, Tanya Capuano
Alternates: Lisa Lewin, María Sefidari
Special Projects Committee
Chair: James Heilman
Members: Esra’a Al Shafei, Jimmy Wales
Alternates: Shani Evenstein
Affiliations Committee liaisons: Shani Evenstein, James Heilman, Nataliia
Funds Dissemination Committee liaisons: Dariusz Jemielniak, Esra’a Al Shafei
Election Committee liaison: Esra’a Al Shafei
Language Committee liaison: James Heilman