>>> The people who are loudest in their demands for consensus
>>> do not represent the Wikimedia movement.
>> The voices loudest for the WMF doing something against the
>> Trump administration are not representative of the Wikimedia
>> movement either....
> Is the Community Process Steering Committee currently
> prepared to "engage more 'quiet' members of our community"
> with a statistically robust snap survey to resolve this question?
Anyone can go to Recent Changes and send a SurveyMonkey link to the
most recent few hundred editors with contributions at least a year
old, to get an accurate answer.
Will a respected member of the community please do this? I would like
to know what the actual editing community thinks of the travel ban and
their idea of an appropriate response. I don't want to see community
governance by opt-in participation in obscure RFCs.
I would offer to do this myself, but I value keeping my real name
unassociated with my enwiki userid.
This is a request for your input and possible ideas (if any) regarding my management of the fallout from Jimmy's announcing myself as a 2018 Wikimedian of the Year.
Emails below are a copy of my ongoing consultations with Wikimedia Foundation staff and other Wikimedians I personally know, as well as a report on what's already brewing in my region of Russia after this unexpected outcome.
I would be grateful, if you can advise me on how to properly steer the enthusiasm of behalf of regional government, mass-media, NGOs, etc. which have just discovered about the possibility of participation in Wikimedia movement (think anything from U.S. is not getting much in-depth coverage in Russian by sources that regional public figures, NGOs, teachers or general regional journalists read) & are now placing great hopes on teaching whole of Tatarstan about how to Wiki & also engaging all Tatars globally (3/4 outside of Tatarstan, 1/5 outside of Russia).
* Selet WikiSchool got presented to wider public @ the press-conference for Tatar-speaking journalists (July 31), at the poster session in the framework of the World Congress of Tatars Youth Forum (Aug.3), and later at a Tatar projects fair in the Downtown park of Kazan (Aug.5)
* Contribution of those writing into Wikipedia in Tatar was recognized by choosing myself as one of the current year's "For the great service to Tatar nation" medal recipients. (Aug.3)
* We recorded a 40 min interview in Turkish (Aug.4, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK3tFBWMWcs )
* We didn't yet meet the President of the Republic (his schedule changed once again), but I got another firm request to meet with the Minister for Youth Affairs (another good acquaintance of mine, ex-member of local Comedy Club type activity), as well as with the Head of World Congress of Tatars' Executive Bureau, and more TV & written press interviews are lining up.
* I am trying to manage these guys' optimism & desire to move quickly, keeping in mind they are not really familiar with the Wiki-way or our communities' policies & practices
* Bashkir (ba) & Sakha (sah) communities have shared advice about how to assure that local Wikimedia community stays clearly independent in a cultural environment where neither Education, nor GLAM programs will attract local partners unless those have a strong support of the regional or federal government entities.
* Looking forward to meet with my Wikimania-2017 roommate from the Philippines in Singapore on Aug.16 to collect some more input from Asia
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03.08.2018, 19:35, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin" <frhd(a)yandex.com>:
Thursday, 2 August 2018
Republic of Tatarstan Ministry for Informatization & Communication @ IT-park, Kazan
Meeting with Tatarstan Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Informatization & Communications Roman Shaykhutdinov
on opportunities Wikimedia projects & popularization thereof among the population of the Republic can bring for Tatarstan
* Almaz A. Valiullin, Director General of Tatarstan Center for Information Technologies http://mic.tatarstan.ru/eng/valiullin.htm
* Tatyana S. Kamaletdinova, CEO of Tatarstan Center for Information Technologies http://mic.tatarstan.ru/eng/kamaletdinova.htm
* Anna V. Yakovleva, Head of Ministry's Press-Service http://mic.tatarstan.ru/rus/about/structure_new?department_id=80576
* Farkhad N. Fatkullin, 2018 Wikimedian of the Year, Wikimedia Russia member https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Frhdkazan
1. Content creation contests
2. Education projects
3. How can these be organized in a systemic way, engaging students throughout all municipal districts of Tatarstan & Tatar diaspora globally, and assessing effectiveness of measures
4. Larger Tatar language internet development, promoting content creation in the language
5. .tatar domain
7. Generating lists for content creation
8. Free licenses
10. Regional educational Wiki-seminar for beginners, introduction & orientation
11. Smartphone oriented educational projects around Tatar & Tatar Wikipedia (beginning with Tatar version of www.kakprav.com & on to WOK Master type )
12. OSM in Tatar
13. The way forward: visiting WMF to discover other opportunities, MoU with WMF?
1. Almaz Valiullin to head the Working Group on behalf of the Ministry
2. Next meeting set for / around 20th of August
3. Minister requested his staff to draft documents regarding moving all Regional & Municipal budget funded websites to CC-BY type free licenses
4. Minister proposed every organization website place a link to a Wikipedia article about it (in Tatar, Russian or English, depending on the language used)
5. Help is requested about developing simple samples or article creation guidelines for various institutions of Tatarstan & diaspora organizations to learn what is considered appropriate by Wiki-community & how should representatives of respective entities
6. Annual Tatar Internet Awards Ceremony to include awards to leading editors of Wikimedia projects in Tatar
7. Help is requested to develop a framework of Wikipedia Article Contests for Secondary School Children of Tatastan, with article quality assessment schemes (prizes & organization to be funded by Tatarstan goverment, promotion in local mass-media, schools & etc.)
8. Help is requested to develop a framework for a sustainable functioning of a Tatarstan & Tatar language oriented Wikimedia thematic organization to be responsible for systemic work around developing & promoting Wikimedia projects in Tatar, as well as Tatarstan-oriented content creation for various Wikis
9. Readiness to consider awarding *.tatar domain names to those, who develop attractive projects in Tatar that can't be hosted on Wikimedia platform or otherwise need a Tatar digital identity
10. Help is requested regarding drafting a program proposal, necessary budget & expected results for a Tatarstan oriented introductory Wiki-seminar, open for a wide public
11. Help is requested to provide links to Wikidata educational materials, Practical Use Cases & expert responses to the Deputy Minister (in English)
12. Help is requested in organizing a learning visit to WMF Headquarters during Tatarstan Delegation annual fall visit to Silicon Valley & other places in U.S. to discover other opportunities
Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/ Тел.+79274158066 / skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
03.08.2018, 11:42, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin" <frhd(a)yandex.com>:
> Hi Nochole & Kui,
> Thank you for your responses & readiness to help.
> Events on the ground are developing following predictable course - we had a very constructive 3 hour long discussion last night with Tatarstan's Deputy Prime Minister (IT minister) & his team, whilst earlier Thursday I got an invite to meet with another Deputy Prime Minister (President of the National Council of Trustees for the World Congress of Tatars Association).
> More TV & magazine interviews are expected, some in detail articles in Russian promoting Wikimedia projects are in the pipelines (expecting to see the texts for necessary corrections & adding links to respective WMRU, Meta, WMF & related independent media articles (thanks to ComCom).
> I hope to find time to prepare & email both you (in English) & IT ministry's Working Group (in Russian) my summary of yesterday late evening meeting, with attendees, topics discussed, request & proposals, etc. They want to move as fast as possible, because this will help them to meet promoting Tatar language use online task they are charged with by the region's President.
> Just a few to begin with:
> * Ready to move all regional and municipal government websites into CC-BY, add links to respective WP articles from all these
> * Willing to have Tatarstan & Tatar language oriented thematic organization in place to work with secondary schools & Universities, GLAMS, diaspora
> * Ready to sponsor prizes for article writing contests (either through WMRU or this new entity)
> * Requesting guidance from myself & Wikimedia community on what's the best way to make this all successful
> * Interested in supporting WMRU organized general public educational Wiki-Seminar in Tatarstan Academy of Sciences or other respected facility with a large conference hall open to all public (September-October?)
> * Willing to visit WMF headquarters in November to meet, learn more about what's there (I admit I don't read all mailing lists or Meta discussions, don't have time to see all wonderful YouTube videos available, haven't yet have time to visit a single Wikimedia Conference) & possibly sign MoUs or whatever that would help speed up Wikimedia acceptance & popularity growth among the population of the region.
> I am in touch with Wikimedia RU & Wikimedia Languages of Russia Community's regarding ongoing developments, benefiting from collective wisdom of Wikimedians I know.
> Should you be ready to bring any ideas to the table, please shoot them my way.
> Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/ Тел.+79274158066 / skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
> 02.08.2018, 16:35, "Nichole Saad" <nsaad(a)wikimedia.org>:
>> Hi Farhad,
>> First, congratulations on being named "Wikimedian of the Year!" We have received your letter, and are looking forward to engage with your ideas. Realistically, I'll be able to provide a more in depth response early next week.
>> best regards,
>> On Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 2:45 PM Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin <frhd(a)yandex.com> wrote:
>>> Dear Sirs,
>>> This is from Farhad, User:frhdkazan (ComCom member, now a.k.a. 2018 Wikimedian of the Year) with some proposals about how to leverage a fleeting opportunity I got. Please read the text below this letter ASAP & think how you can help seize the moment. I'm looking forward to first ideas within 24 hours from now.
>>> Any support of yours would be greatly appreciated.
>>> Thanks a million.
>>> P.S. More on where I'm coming from can later be discovered @ http://frhd.narod.ru/resume-en.htm (dated, stopped my retainer contract with the Office of Tatarstan President in September 2013) & more up-to-date but in Russian @ http://sikzn.narod.ru/index/0-4 . I have previously translated & provided digital media with the link to Russian text of Wikimedia Blog post about Jess Wade https://ru.wikinews.org/wiki/?curid=176108 , & now contacted Asian colleagues to get similar content about Nahid Sultan & Wikimedia Bangladesh. Also on my agenda is to record a video-interview in Turkish for Wikimedia Turkey's communication campaign - I speak the language & we are in touch with Turkish community. I also need to get back to interpreting into Russian videos of Wikimania-2018 available on YouTube - maybe later this week, before I join my family for a few days off & then a week-long interpretation assignment in Singapore.
>>> Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/ Тел.+79274158066 / skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
>>> Following Jimmy's unexpected pass during Wikimania-2018 Closing Ceremony, I became an instant celebrity of sort - myself alone I've seen over 40 articles with positive PR about Wikipedia & wider body of Wikimedia projects,
>>> * one by RT in Russian collecting over 1.1 million Facebook likes in under 8 hours from publication
>>> * short positive ones from Russian Federation government's Official gazette & Russkiy Mir Foundation
>>> * first ever mention that people can donate to Wikimedia Russia volunteers organization for us to be able to fund local Wiki-seminars, conferences & contests (WMF is not funding Wikimedia Russia & can't allow us to use donate link from Russian Wikipedia or place a link to "Thank you, but we don't accept donations from Russia" page where users from Russia are being routed
>>> * about to get one with links published to various WMF & Wikimedia Russia projects, including promoting free licenses, Education & GLAM programs, etc.
>>> I'm periodically collecting these @ https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Википедия:Безнең_турында_матбугатта#Ел_викиме… when time permits, but there's more in my Facebook Messenger.
>>> This is also generating very positive attention on behalf of the Republic of Tatarstan government, as well as our regional NGO partner, Selet Youth Education Foundation, with whom yet unrecognized Tatar Wikimedians are jointly running Selet WikiSchool project. https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/News/May_2018/Selet_WikiSchool The latter want to introduce this joint initiative, as well as Wikimedia Russia executive director Stanislav Kozlovsky (Ph.D. in Psychology, Researcher & a Senior lecturer at Moscow State University) and myself to the President of Tatarstan during his visit to their Annual International Forum of Tatar-speaking High-School Age Youth on August 6th. Unrelated to that I was yesterday called up by a good acquaintance of mine (Tatarstan Vice Prime-Minister, Minister for IT https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Shaykhutdinov ), who invited me to have a talk with him tomorrow about how promoting Wikimedia projects in wider Tatar-speaking world (only about 25% of Tatars live in Tatarstan) can help him get whatever current President wants him to do to develop Tatar language use online. There are some other Tatarstan Prime-Minister Office level things in the pipeline, & I am also waiting for a call from Russian Federation ex-IT Minister https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolay_Nikiforov , whom I know from his years in Tatarstan government as well (until 2012). FYI: Wikimedia movement is still unknown in Russia, with local mass media outlets are predominantly speaking about Wikipedia in Russian when there is some lapse that can be exploited to show one's Russian patriotism & thus score some points (basically same political circus, as what we are seeing in U.S. with Russia-collusion story in the overdrive, just opposite direction), and here we get something to reverse the situation big time, explaining to the wide public that it's not only Ok, but even desirable they engage with Wikimedia projects.
>>> Keeping in mind that Tatarstan President is the head of both Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group & Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, Jimmy gave me a-hell-of-an-opportunity for an elevator pitch for Wikimedia movement in Russia and some adjacent counties (think Turkey & Central Asia), and I would really hate seeing it go unused. I will do my part here (about CC-BY for regional government controlled websites, Wikipedia Education Program as an extracurricular activity in all secondary school & universities, GLAM, as well as some locally funded carrots for participants), but I also want your help in driving this to a home-run. Every fall Tatarstan President & the delegation is visiting Silicon Valley & other places of interest in U.S. & it would be great if we could set-up a physical visit to Wikimedia Foundation, with a first hand presentation of best international practices the movement if proud of & have some MoU on cooperation signed (as a bureaucratic basis for continuing the conversation) with either some department in Tatarstan government, just like the one you signed with the Mexican Ministry of Culture www.eluniversal.com.mx/cultura/secretaria-de-cultura-y-wikimedia-firman-con…. To set the context, Tatarstan has such formal documents with a number of American companies & institutions, with our private English-speaking IT Univesity @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innopolis having been developed jointly with Carnegie Mellon University (with consultancy fees paid by Tatastan), we have Russia's first publicly funded hospital certified to be meeting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Commission requirements & plenty of U.S. investors @ our https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabuga_Special_Economic_Zone . On top of this, we could benefit from having Selet Youth Educational movement http://selet.biz/en/ to embrace Wiki even further, so maybe a similar MoU on collaboration between them and Wikiedu.org signed simultaneously would be great (I met LiAnna and Jami in Montreal last year & was really impressed with what these guys are doing).
>>> Please shoot something my way before the same time tomorrow, for me to handle the meeting with Tatarstan Deputy Prime Minister more effectively to progressively open other opportunities I've touched on. On top of what I described above & my last year's ideas @ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Frhdkazan/Wiki4RegionalDevt (in Russian), I'll be bringing to the table topics of:
>>> * Wikidata
>>> * OSM, as well as a
>>> * WOK-like project for all things in Tatar (I was contacted by a local 9th grader who, on his own initiative with a help of a teacher, did something similar for students who want to train for Russian-language SAT/ACT type exam www.kakprav.com & now offered to develop such or bigger thing for Tatar). For more on WOK, see https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/01/wikipedia-wok-seek-nigerian-content-onl…
>>> * whatever else you or anybody else can help me think of until then & or later opportunities
>> Nichole Saad
>> Wikimedia Foundation | Senior Program Manager, Education
>> user: NSaad (WMF)
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Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/ Тел.+79274158066 / skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
By now you are likely aware that the Wikimedia sites suffered from a
relatively significant botnet driven DDOS attack on September 6th, taking
them offline in several countries throughout the day. This primarily
affected Wikipedia access in Europe and the Middle East. We posted a short
update of the event on our website.
I would like to thank everyone who stepped up to support the restoration of
our projects, including the fast reporting of community members throughout
the world and our security and engineering teams who worked long hours to
address many complex issues surrounding the attack and our response—the
Site Reliability Engineering team in particular.
The Wikimedia Foundation leadership team is proud to work with such
talented and dedicated staff and supporters.
"Today, Wikipedia was hit with a malicious attack that has taken it offline
in several countries for intermittent periods. The attack is ongoing and
our Site Reliability Engineering team is working hard to stop it and
restore access to the site.
As one of the world’s most popular sites, Wikipedia sometimes attracts “bad
faith” actors. Along with the rest of the web, we operate in an
increasingly sophisticated and complex environment where threats are
continuously evolving. Because of this, the Wikimedia communities and
Wikimedia Foundation have created dedicated systems and staff to regularly
monitor and address risks. If a problem occurs, we learn, we improve, and
we prepare to be better for next time.
We condemn these sorts of attacks. They’re not just about taking Wikipedia
offline. Takedown attacks threaten everyone’s fundamental rights to freely
access and share information. We in the Wikimedia movement and Foundation
are committed to protecting these rights for everyone.
Right now, we’re continuing to work to restore access wherever you might be
reading Wikipedia in the world. We’ll keep you posted."
Heather Walls (she/her)
Chief Creative Officer
I’m excited to share with you our FY1819 Fundraising Report
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising/2018-19_Report>. This report
is an opportunity to provide insight into our revenue model and the
strategy that goes into creating an impactful fundraising campaign. A
sincere thank you to the millions of donors in nearly 30 countries who
support our mission.
I'd also like to thank everyone who contributed and collaborated on this
document: Online Fundraising, Major Gifts & Endowment, Fundraising
Operations, Donor Services, Fundraising Tech, Legal, Communications,
Finance and more! Special thanks to Thea Skaff for once again project
managing this entire effort.
We welcome your feedback and questions on the talk page.
*Pats Pena (she/her) *
Director, Online Fundraising I Wikimedia Foundation
1 Montgomery Street I San Francisco, CA 94104
ppena(a)wikimedia.org I +1 (415) 816 3349
*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. Donate.
Please Note: If I am emailing after hours or on the weekend, it's because
Wikimedia allows me an awesome flexible schedule. Please do not respond
until reasonable business hours in your timezone, unless of course I am
shouting for help ;-)
I was asked by a volunteer for help getting stats on the gender gap in
content on a certain Wikipedia, and came up with simple Wikidata Query
Service queries that pulled the total number of articles on a given
Wikipedia about men and about women, to calculate *the proportion of
articles about women out of all articles about humans*.
Then I was curious about how that wiki compared to other wikis, so I ran
the queries on a bunch of languages, and gathered the results into a table,
(please see the *caveat* there.)
I don't have time to fully write-up everything I find interesting in those
results, but I will quickly point out the following:
1. The Nepali statistic is simply astonishing! There must be a story
there. I'm keen on learning more about this, if anyone can shed light.
2. Evidently, ~13%-17% seems like a robust average of the proportion of
articles about women among all biographies.
3. among the top 10 largest wikis, Japanese is the least imbalanced. Good
job, Japanese Wikipedians! I wonder if you have a good sense of what
drives this relatively better balance. (my instinctive guess is pop culture
4. among the top 10 largest wikis, Russian is the most imbalanced.
5. I intend to re-generate these stats every two months or so, to
eventually have some sense of trends and changes.
6. Your efforts, particularly on small-to-medium wikis, can really make a
dent in these numbers! For example, it seems I am personally
responsible for almost 1% of the coverage of women on Hebrew Wikipedia!
7. I encourage you to share these numbers with your communities. Perhaps
you'd like to overtake the wiki just above yours? :)
8. I'm happy to add additional languages to the table, by request. Or you
can do it yourself, too. :)
 Yay #100wikidays :) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/100wikidays
Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
As I mentioned in an earlier thread , we will be running reader
surveys across a number of Wikipedia languages to learn about the
reader needs and motivations in these languages as well as some of
their demographic information (and perhaps the correlations between
demographics and user motivations and characteristics).
If your language community is interested to have statistics on the
distribution of reader gender, age, education, native language, and
geographic region (rural/urban) in your language (and depending on how
much data we collect in your language, perhaps more insights), this is
your chance to indicate interest at:
I initially communicated 2019-02-15 as the deadline to sign up. Since
then, we have run a pilot test on enwiki and we are investigating some
of the results to see if any changes in the survey questions are
needed. You have now time until 2019-03-15 to indicate interest.
As always: this call is primarily a service to your language
community. If you like it, take action on it. If you don't, no action
is needed. :)
Please accept my apologies if you are receiving this a number of times
today. We have sent it out to multiple mailing lists in order to reach as
many community members as possible. Please feel free to forward this to any
other community mailing lists you believe are relevant.
It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to
serve on the Ombudsman Commission (OC). This commission works on all
Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
mediate between the complaining party and the individual whose work is
being investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
more on their duties and roles, see
This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for
appointment to this commission. Volunteers serving in this role should be
experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict.
Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must
be willing to comply with the appropriate Wikimedia Foundation board
policies (such as the access to non-public data policy and the privacy
policy). This is a position that requires a high degree of discretion
If you are interested in serving on this commission, please write me (
kbrown(a)wikimedia.org) an email off-list to detail your experience on the
projects, your thoughts on the commission and what you hope to bring to the
role. The commission typically consists of ten members; all applications
are appreciated and will be carefully considered. The deadline for
applications is the end of day on 31 December, 2019.
Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think
may be qualified and interested.
On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Trust & Safety team
Trust & Safety Specialist
We recently held the harmonization sprint in Tunis , where
representatives from each working group met in person to continue bringing
nine separate sets of draft recommendations into one set. The event also
brought together staff members from the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia
Deutschland, the WMF Chair of the Board of Trustees, and members of the
core team. A longer narrative report will be published in the coming weeks;
in the meantime, see a short day-by-day report on Meta, photos on commons
, and check out the hashtag #hs2030 on Twitter .
In the lead up to the meeting, the working groups were busy refining their
draft recommendations based on feedback received at in person events from
Wikimedians across the movement as well as on wiki, via email, and on
social media since March of this year. They had also begun identifying
overlaps in each other’s recommendations and content. A second iteration of
draft recommendations  was published on Meta just before the sprint for
the communities’ information.
At the sprint, we continued to group recommendations based on
commonalities. From there, we looked at what kinds of structures would need
to be in place to deliver the Wikimedia 2030 vision. A first, rough
grouping of recommendations came together at the sprint. But what became
clear during the event was that before it’s possible to create a coherent
and actionable set of recommendations, fundamental principles that underpin
the path towards 2030 need to be formalized.
The core team is currently processing the discussion materials and
outcomes. Analysis of the current draft recommendations will continue so as
to create one unified set. The timeline will shift and we are looking into
options for another round of community input.
I would like to make clear that the reason we were not able to achieve our
initial goal in Tunis was due to a lack of clarity and guidance on the core
team’s part. Still, the time was not wasted and important, honest
conversations were had. The working group members, as ever, devoted an
enormous amount of energy and care in the lead up to and during the event,
and demonstrated their deep understanding of the challenges and
opportunities in our movement. We are extremely grateful for all their
effort. In short, the harmonization sprint underlined the high level of
work and dedication every single working group member has put into getting
the movement strategy to its current point, and the passion to shape the
future of the diverse and inclusive movement we envision.
We have valuable lessons to take from this event and incorporate into the
overall process and the next steps. We will share these with you all as
soon as possible. If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free
to reach out to me.
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
Unsere Vision ist eine Welt, in der alle Menschen am Wissen der Menschheit
teilhaben, es nutzen und mehren können. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
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Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
*"A Wikilibrarian's story"*
(The text in this section was copied from *Books & Bytes*, Issue 35,
see the page history on Meta for attribution.)
One's advent into the world of Wikimedia projects is almost always a
noteworthy account. Here we share one such account of a librarian who was
introduced to Wikipedia in an unusual way and began their adventure trying
to better understand Wikipedia and now helps others understand it too!
*Laurie Bridges is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Oregon State
University in the US. She was introduced to Wikipedia by her son: at age 9,
he was assigned a class project to research and present about a species of
frog, and was told to only use Wikipedia for his research. When he related
this to her, she thought, "If 9-year-olds are being introduced to research
using Wikipedia, I better learn more about Wikipedia". So she got involved
because she wanted to better understand the resource her son, and the
students at her university, use. She explains:*
Students and faculty are familiar with [Wikipedia] because many use it
daily, although they do not cite it in their papers. As a librarian I teach
about information literacy and help students and faculty with their
research. Wikipedia is a familiar website that I can use to teach
information literacy and afterwards students and faculty leave equipped
with a better understanding of how the information source works. Students
are used to teachers and professors saying, "Don't use Wikipedia." However,
this dismissive statement doesn't teach the students how, why, or when they
can use Wikipedia or other online resources. We are living in a time of
misinformation and I want students to understand the information they are
using and become critical consumers of that information. Using Wikipedia to
teach students about information literacy is fun! In addition, it's
fulfilling because I can see students' excitement as they learn more about
Wikipedia, a website they use on a daily basis. I've found teaching with
Wikipedia to be so rewarding that I want to spread the word.
Finally, if librarians don't teach students about Wikipedia and what it is
(or isn't), who is going to teach them? I'd like to see more activity and
interest from librarians related to Wikipedia. This is why whenever I get a
chance, I will introduce other librarians to … the Wikimedia Movement. Last
year I received a scholarship to attend Wikimedia + Education in San
Sebastián, Spain. I was only one of two librarians in attendance (in
addition to Basque librarians who were volunteering at the event). It was a
great learning opportunity and I connected with so many enthusiastic
educators. I'd love to see enough interest from librarians to host a
Wikimedia + Libraries conference! That would be a great conference!
*The change of seasons*
There are a variety of ways to define seasons
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season>, including meteorologically and
culturally. For those in the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox was
on 23 September this year; the autumnal equinox marks the transition from
astronomical summer to astronomical autumn. For those in the southern
hemisphere, 23 September was the spring equinox, which marked the
transition from astronomical winter to astronomical spring.
Awhile back I learned of a Scandinavian practice called kulning
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulning>, which involves using songs to call
herds of cattle over long distances. Here is a video (YouTube link)
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc7F_qv3eI8> that shows cattle being
summoned out of the field with a kulning call for the last time of the year
in September 2017.
Here are a few music selections for the transition from summer to fall:
* "Summer End | Chill & Jazzhop", by Fantastic Music (YouTube link)
* "Summer's Gone", by Bob Bradley & Thomas Balmforth (YouTube link)
And for the transition from winter to spring:
(The performances linked below feature John Harrison on the violin,
and the Wichita
State University <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_State_University>
Chamber Players. The conductor was Robert Turizziani. The performance
rights release was received by Wikimedia Commons via OTRS
* Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "*La primavera*" (Spring) —
Movement 1: Allegro from *The Four Seasons*, composed by Antonio Vivaldi
* Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "*La primavera*" (Spring) —
Movement 2: Largo from *The Four Seasons, *composed by Antonio Vivaldi
* Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "*La primavera*" (Spring) —
Movement 3: Allegro from *The Four Seasons*, composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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