This is an invitation to join the monthly education office hours! The office
hours are a dedicated time and online space to have conversations and
discussions related to Wikimedia and education activities, listen and learn
from each other's projects and activities. Join us for the month of May
on 21st May 2020 at 12:00 PM UTC.
You can find the agendas and other details to join the meeting here:
Looking forward to seeing you all then, Please let me know if you have any
Do you want to reach out to the education team for a 1:1 consultation?
Request for a slot for Education Office Space (
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/About/Office_Space> ) by
filling this google form ( http://bit.ly/EduOfficeSpace )
Program Coordinator, Education
u:Alacoolwiki <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Alacoolwiki> and
myself worked on the portal page of the Gender Gap on meta.
New : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap
Why ? The former page was very very outdated.
So first task was to clean it up, remove outdated info
Second task was to look for more recent data, do a bit of digging around.
Third task was to reorganize the whole portal. This was done along the
same lines than the *Wikimedia Resource Center
How you can help ?
Please note that the goal is not necessarily to have regular information
being updated over there (because we do know it will not happen, right ?
but to serve as a hub to link to all resources, groups, initiatives led
within the community (and beyond). The current pages are by no means
fully updated. Feel free to jump in and add.
Please do NOT drop links and be done with it. Have a _curated approach_
to make it useful AND practical.
In particuliar, I hope that gender-gap oriented groups will make the
effort of adding their groups to the page listing them if it is found to
be missing : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap/Groups
And I hope that people leading initiatives will add them here :
I hope it can be useful and better reflect the diversity of our
mouvement and of the approaches we follow.
Last, I will outline that I am aware that the current design does not
permit translation. I gave much thinking about that and, in light of
former state of the page (very outdated) and former state of
translations (very very weak...), I decided to favor design and
Librarians and library lovers,
We hope that you and your loved ones are taking care during this
challenging time. In just three days, starting from Friday May 15th, we
will be joining together around the world to make Wikipedia more reliable
We have just a few reminders:
Please follow the WHO’s health guidelines on the pandemic and avoid
physical convenings.  We encourage your participation in the campaign
virtually, by organising or participating in a virtual event.
You are already organizing! We are particularly excited about the
interventions happening in this round, the local adoption of the campaign
in Africa dubbed “African Libraries Week” by the African Library and
Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA), collaboration between
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
and Wikimedia Argentina to organise a Webinar for LATAM and excited to see
public communication already addressing French, Spanish, English, Italian
and Portoguese language communities.
You can learn more about these events, and add your own to the virtual
Full resources and guides for participating in the May campaign are
available on the campaign website. The campaign will be fully tracked
with the hashtag tool, so we encourage you to ensure your contribution is
recorded by adding the hashtag (#1lib1ref) in your edit summary. This is
very important for monitoring the reach and success of the campaign.
We need your help sharing the campaign! Visit the communicate and share
page, to access materials (graphics) and general communication about the
campaign. Feel free to write a blog or make a post about the campaign
using the hashtag (*#1lib1ref / #1bib1ref)* and tag the Wikimedia and
Wikipedia Library Accounts.
Lastly, to learn more about the Wikimedia Foundation’s response to
COVID-19, please visit wikimediafoundation.org/covid19
 - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
 - https://web.aflia.net/aflibwk/
 - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref/Share
*Library Outreach Coordinator*
*Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>*
*+233242844987 <+233%2024%20284%204987> | **+447452508504*
I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
 WikiBlind User Group  as a Wikimedia User Group. The group aims to:
WikiBlind User Group, is a new international online group in which our
members, blind, low vision and sighted, can connect with each, and discover
the options we most enjoy for participating in the free and open knowledge
Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
Chair, Affiliations Committee
I hope this finds you all as well as could be. It's been a while since I've
sent a note out about movement strategy; so much has changed in the world
since we started these conversations in 2017, including this global
pandemic. Indeed, much has continued to evolve in our movement too,
including the growth of the projects themselves and the continued expansion
of the global community.
Against this backdrop, and on behalf of the working group members , the
team of writers who finalized the content [3, 4], and the core team , I
have the honor of notifying you of the publication of the 2020 movement
strategy recommendations, now live on Meta-wiki .
*=== The 2030 strategic direction ===*
As you recall, the 2030 strategic direction calls upon Wikimedia to become
"the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and
anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us. This final version of
the recommendations embodies an aspiration for how the Wikimedia movement
should continue to change in order to advance that direction and meet the
Wikimedia vision in a changing world.
They are also the culmination of a tremendous amount of work over many
dozens of places, of many thousands of hours, by many hundreds of
Wikimedians. They are the synthesis of your thoughts, critiques, insight,
and hopes for our work. Thank you, all of you, who have contributed to this
thinking about the future of our movement.
*=== What’s in the recommendations? ===*
These recommendations clarify and refine the previous version, which was
published in January this year. The team that finalized the content has
done an impressive job of reviewing and integrating movement feedback,
refining the recommendations, and making the language as clear as possible.
The result is a 40-page document that outlines 10 recommendations for
change in our movement, along with 10 underlying principles, a narrative of
change, and a glossary of key terms.
These recommendations are intended to` guide our movement over the next
decade. They are at a high strategic level so that the ideas are flexible
enough to be adapted to different global and local settings and will allow
us to navigate future challenges.
*=== How to review the recommendations ===*
The recommendations are online in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German,
Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. We also have a summary available in
Catalan, Dutch, Farsi, Hebrew, Polish, and Russian, and we welcome
volunteer translation support for these and other languages.
We encourage you to read the recommendations in your own time and at your
own pace, either online  or in a PDF . There are a couple of other
formats for you to take a deeper dive if you wish, such as a one-page
summary, slides, and office hours, all collected on Meta . If you would
like to comment, you are welcome to do so on the Meta talk pages. However
please note that these are the final version of the recommendations. No
further edits will be made.
*=== What’s next ===*
The focus of the movement strategy process will shift toward
implementation. Originally, we had intended to meet in Berlin for the
Wikimedia Summit to discuss and plan how we want to move forward. Due to
the current global health crisis, this is unfortunately not possible.
Instead of a physical event, the Wikimedia Foundation is intending to host
a series of virtual events that will help us transition to the
implementation phase. The goal will be to produce a plan to begin the
implementation — to identify what initiatives must come first, and in what
sequence, and with what resources and support.
This series will not only address Wikimedia affiliates and the Wikimedia
Foundation, but have a wider scope to ensure various parts of the movement
are engaged in different ways. Planning has started, but it will take a few
more weeks. We are mindful that everyone has been impacted by the pandemic
in different ways, and we are therefore taking things one step at a time.
We expect to share more details this month, and begin this work together
through the summer and into the fall.
*=== Thank you ===*
I want to extend my deep gratitude to every single person who has helped
create these recommendations. True to the Wikimedia way, it is through the
contributions of many that we have reached this milestone.
Working group members dedicated more than a year to engaging with movement
stakeholders and developing the draft recommendations. On-wiki contributors
took part in community conversations to share their thoughts on the content
and help improve it. Affiliates and community organizers held dedicated
events to discuss strategy and provided valuable advice throughout the
process. Wikimedia Foundation staff and Board of Trustees supported and
guided the process from the beginning. The writing team and the reviewers
 worked tirelessly to revise and finalize the recommendations. Community
and affiliate strategy liaisons facilitated countless discussions. Thank
This work is remarkable, and I look forward to continuing on this journey
with all of you to create the future of our movement together.
Katherine Maher (she/her)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
We write to thank you for your immense contribution to the ongoing WikiGap
online event in Nigeria organized to close the existing gender gap on
We have received feedback from some quarter of the community with the
desire to join the contest. So, to encourage wider community participation
and an all-inclusive event, we have decided to extend the contest for two
So the new date is now 27 May 2020.
The following prizes are available for participants.
- *1st:* HP Laptop 15-ra011nia Celeron 4GB RAM 500GB HDD FREE DOS
- *2nd:* Mobile Phone: Canon 12 Air 6.55 inc
- *3rd:* Zealot S7 Pro Portable Wireless Touch Control Bluetooth Speaker
4.2 With 10000maH and Powerbank
- *4th:* 1TB Backup+Slim External Hard Drive
- *5th:* 128GB Ultra OTG Dual USB Flash Drive
- *6th-15th*: Wikipedia pencil, pin, and merchandise as supported by
You can join us by signing up here
The contest is organized in partnership with the Swedish Embassy in
Nigeria, African Women in the Media, Women in Red, Wiki in Africa and
Thank you for the anticipated participation.
*Olaniyan Ishola Olushola*
*CEO. Data Access Systems LtdChairman Local Organizing Committee
Campaign in Nigeria
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=AUBPd3PTas0> ( Winner of
the Best NGO in Africa ( African Excellence Award 2018)
Republic of Ireland. Co-Producer , Wiki Women Radio
Nigeria <https://wikimedia.org.ng/>Treasurer, FOSSFAMember, Affiliates
Committee ( Wikimedia Foundation)*
*Administrator, Wikimedia Programs & Events Dashboard*
*MD,Olbims ConsultingPhone: +2348167352512E: olaniyanshola15(a)gmail.com
SholaTwitter:oluwanishola73Wiki User Name: Olaniyan Olushola*
* Wikipedia Campagn in Nigeria featuring Emmanuela *
* One on One with Olushola Olaniyan ( TV Plus Africa)
* https://youtu.be/DwTUGVv6Qng <https://youtu.be/DwTUGVv6Qng>*
As we approach the 25th anniversary of wiki and 20th of Wikipedia, I'm
reflecting on the various lessons that can be drawn from the way our
community has approached governance over the years. We've had a number of
conflicts; many have had significant impacts on the structure and culture
of the Wikimedia movement, perhaps even on the Internet and the world
beyond wiki. Many of them are not very well documented.
I'm especially interested to hear success stories -- conflicts that ended
in a satisfying resolution, where parties in conflict reached some shared
understanding, or worthwhile policies or practices were put in place
following a conflict.
I prefer to hear your thoughts off list, but I'll try to follow the
discussion on the list too if people prefer to post here. You also may be
interested to follow my notes on Meta Wiki:
The Signpost just published an essay of mine, written for Joseph Reagle and
Jackie Koerner's upcoming book "Wikipedia at 20," that touches on this
issue. It's about the principles driving software development in the
movement, and what lessons from the early days may have gone unnoticed:
Thanks in advance for any input on this topic.
[[User:Peteforsyth]] on English Wikipedia, Wikisource, etc.
after talking about it a few times here, the official proposal for creating
the multilingual Wikipedia proposal is now on Meta.
The idea is to create abstract, language-independent content in Wikidata,
and then translate it into natural language using function. These functions
will be defined and maintained in a new Wikimedia project, which I
preliminary called Wikilambda.
Wikilambda will be a new Wikimedia project that allows to create, maintain,
catalog, and evaluate functions about all kind of things. You can find a
lot of further details in the link above. If you have any questions, I am
happy to answer them.
The official project proposal process basically says, make the proposal
here, and then go and tell everyone, and at some point, the Board might
look at this and say, yes good idea.
So I would love to collect many of your voices and support signatures, so
that I can go to the Board and tell them look at this :) So please sign