One and a half week ago, Wikimedia Sverige held its annual meeting. Due to
the circumstances, it was held entirely virtually for the first time. For
this occasion – to make sure that everything worked out well and that all
members and participants felt safe with the tools we used – we developed a
set of material. We hope that this might be of use for other communities as
well. Parts of it has been translated into English, and most of it is
gathered on a new page we created here:
This material covers a range of topics, from an investigation of which
video conference platform to choose, to procedural rules and division of
roles during the meeting. Our experience is that this supporting material
has been helpful in creating a well-hosted meeting.
We are also eager to see what other communities have created that can be
valuable to the community, so please, feel free to share your own material,
as well as your experiences from your virtual and online AGMs.
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Hello Wikimedia-l colleagues,
It has come to my attention that the following four contributors have passed on.
The obituaries here are adapted from
see those pages for the original texts and attribution.
== Boris Tsirelson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Tsirel) ==
On 21 January 2020, Boris Semyonovich Tsirelson, a mathematician and
professor of mathematics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, as well as a
Wikipedian, passed away due to being voluntarily euthanized following
a terminal battle with cancer. He was 69. During his lifetime, he made
notable contributions to probability theory and functional analysis,
such as "Tsirelson's bound" and "Tsirelson space". On Wikipedia, he
made 8,857 edits, including the creation of pages such as
"Conditioning (probability)" and "Standard probability space", among
others. It is currently unknown if he is survived by anyone, but his
legacy will not be forgotten.
== Muid Latif (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Muidlatif) ==
On 11 April 2020, Muid Latif, a former project lead of Creative
Commons in Malaysia who had been promoting free-culture movement and
open collaboration, passed away as announced by his brother at Latif's
official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/muidlatif/).
In addition to his user pages, there are articles about him in Malay
Wikipedia (https://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muid_Latif) and English
== Dmitri Smirnov (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dmitrismirnov) ==
A Russian émigré to the UK, composer and teacher, and a Wikimedian,
Dmitri passed away on 9 April from COVID-19. I will quote portions of
the page from Russian Wikinews.
В четверг, 9 апреля 2020 года, в больнице города Уотфорд
(Великобритания) от осложнений, вызванных коронавирусной инфекцией
COVID-19, умер советский и британский композитор, поэт, викимедиец,
администратор Русской и Английской Викитеки Дмитрий Смирнов. В ноябре
прошлого года ему исполнился 71 год.
Дмитрий Николаевич Смирнов родился 2 ноября 1948 года в Минске в семье
оперных певцов Николая Трофимовича Сенькина (сценический псевдоним
Садовский, 1914—1999) и Евгении Александровны Смирновой (1914—2003).
В 1967 году окончил музыкальное училище в городе Фрунзе (ныне Бишкек),
а затем, в 1972 году, Московскую консерваторию. Среди его учителей
Эдисон Денисов, Николай Сидельников, Юрий Холопов, Филипп Гершкович.
Был женат на композиторе Елене Фирсовой.
В 1991 году Смирнов эмигрировал в Великобританию. Преподавал в
Кембридже (Сент-Джонс колледж, 1992), в Дартингтоне (графство
Девоншир, 1992), в 1993—1997 профессор композиции в Килском
университете (графство Стаффордшир), в Голдсмитс-колледже (Лондон,
Смирнов — один из активнейших участников вики-проектов Викимедиа с
псевдонимом Dmitrismirnov. Начиная с 18 апреля 2006 года он сделал 242
896 правок. Основным его проектом стала Русская Викитека, где Дмитрий
был администратором и внёс 212 513 изминений. Как наиболее
продуктивный участник этого проекта он шесть раз удостаивался
Вики-премии в 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 и 2019 годов. Также он внёс
заметный вклад в Английской Викитеке, где так же был администратором,
в Викисклад, в Русскую и Английскую Википедии, в Викиданные.
Он вносил изменения в вики-проекты практически каждый день. Последние
его правки датируются 12 марта.
3 апреля он размещает в Facebook первые фотографии из госпиталя в
кислородной маске. Потом он выкладывает ещё несколько фоторепортажей
из клиники: 3 и 4 апреля, шутит. Между ними воспоминания — фотография
с Еленой Фирсовой.
В 17:31 9 апреля на его стене в Facebook появляется первый некролог.
Примечательно, что ещё 2 апреля Дмитрий Смирнов оставил в Facebook запись:
« Я счастлив что побывал на этой земле »
== Ron Jones (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ronhjones) ==
We learned in May 2020 of Ron's death in early April 2019. He was a
retired physical chemist from England, and he died on April 7, 2019,
the day he made his last edit, in a tragic house fire that also
claimed the life of his wife Sue and their beloved pets. On Wikipedia
he was an administrator who helped out with WikiProject Chemistry, did
anti-vandalism work, and also ran RonBot, which among other things
performed maintenance on non-free images. He had been a contributor
for over 11 years, making over 400,000 edits, as well as being a
prolific editor on Wikimedia Commons, where he made over 100,000 edits
as an administrator. He was a member of the Inland Waterways
Association, whose London branch published an obituary of him in their
January–July 2019 newsletter. He published scientific papers, as
Ronald H. Jones. Details of some of them may be found on Scholia:
May they rest in peace.
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 4:41 PM Yair Rand <yyairrand(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Neutral Point of View is a fundamental founding principle. Per the policy,
> NPOV "is non-negotiable, and the principles upon which it is based cannot
> be superseded by other policies or guidelines, nor by editor consensus." It
> may not be violated, period.
Are you suggesting that the Foundation may not take any political
positions at all?
> The Wikimedia Foundation's mission still stands. It does not include
> promoting a higher minimum wage, nor public advocacy for environmentalism.
I doubt that more than 20% of the long-term project editor base share
that opinion. Can you point to even a single instance other than your
own dozen or two complaints to this list of anyone opposed to the
WMF's Sustainability Initiative. The only comments about it ever say
that it should be doing more (I agree: we should be flexing our muscle
with the datacenter operators to ask them to buy renewable power,
perhaps in return for the visibility of a joint press release or
acknowledgment on a high-traffic page, or both.)
And again, I doubt even 5% of the long term editor base is opposed to
campaign finance reform, which was the only only issue championed by
the Earth Day Live sponsors, and I doubt less than 10% thinks that
both issues support the Mission to "engage and empower" free content
contributors. Similarly for living wage standards, which support the
ability of editors to fund their living so they don't, for example,
need to take two jobs and thereby lack time to edit. I am sure you can
see the connection, but for whatever reason you simply choose not to.
I repeat my request for the Foundation to survey the editor base to
put an end to this disruptive bickering.
The 2030 Movement Brand Project is now moving into Phase 2: naming
convention proposals . This is the most anticipated phase of this
project. It will ask the movement to evaluate which proposal(s) best
communicate who we are so that billions of new users can understand us and
join us. We look forward to getting everyone’s feedback on the different
ideas being developed.
The feedback period will go from 7-21 May, and will begin with a
presentation of multiple naming convention proposals on 7 May at 17:00
UTC. For information on the presentation, the proposals, and how the
feedback process will work, see the update on the project page on Meta .
Samir & the Brand Project team
Samir Elsharbaty (he/him)
Community Brand and Marketing coordinator
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
On behalf of the Board of Wikimedia Nederland, I would like to inform you
of some changes in the board.
As of April 16, Frans Grijzenhout, chairman, and Marike van Roon, board
member for cultural cooperation and partnerships, stepped down from the
board after years of dedicated service. The board elected Jan Bart de
Vreede as its new chair.
Frans was elected to the board of Wikimedia Nederland in 2012 and became
chair in 2014. The contribution he has made over the past eight years can
only be described as impressive. He played a crucial role in building the
office and developing a wide programme of activities in support of free
knowledge. Frans was also active internationally: he was a driving force
behind the development of governance training for new board members, and
the regular meetings of chapter chairs. Over the past years, many Wikimedians
have met him at Wikimania or the Wikimedia Summit. Wikimedia Nederland is
very grateful that Frans is willing to continue to share his experience and
expertise as an advisor to the board.
Marike van Roon joined the board in 2015. As an art historian and curator -
and an active Wikipedia editor - she made a major contribution to the
development of the GLAM program of Wikimedia Nederland. Like no other she
was able to make connections between the Wikimedia projects and the digital
heritage strategies of Dutch institutions, thanks to her experience and
networks in the museum and library sector.
The intention had been that members of Wikimedia Nederland and the wider
Dutch wiki-community would say goodbye to Frans and Marike in an
appropriate way, and thank them for their dedicated service, during the
General Assembly planned for April 18. Because of the measures to combat
the spread of COVID-19 this was not possible - but we hope to make up for
it at the General Assembly this autumn.
At its meeting on April 16, the board of Wikimedia Nederland elected Jan
Bart de Vreede as the new chair. New board members will be elected at the
General Assembly in September.
With warm regards,
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland
3511 LH Utrecht
Wiki Loves Earth team is delighted to share that the 2nd biggest Wikimedia
photo contest has started!
*Please, check out the full version of this email here — *
Wiki Loves Earth is an international photo contest devoted to nature
heritage. WLE aims at raising public awareness about protected areas and
creating the biggest database of free photos of them. After 7 years of
local competitions all around the world, WLE resulted in 585k free photos
of nature monuments, with around 130k being used in the wikiprojects.
And this year we continue! The 8th edition of Wiki Loves Earth is open for
submissions. For now, we have 24 participating countries, and the list is
extending. The contest runs throughout *May 1 – July 31*, with different
dates for each country.
*Do you want to know more about WLE, its goals, history and hear
Today we will speak about the contest during Wikipedia Weekly episode!
Join us today at 3 pm UTC on Facebook *—* https://bit.ly/2zJfkMZ or YouTube
*How to join Wiki Loves Earth?*
— Organize your local contest: find out more about the process in our detailed
— Take part in WLE 2020: please, review our Rules
your submissions and upload them to Wikimedia Commons!
If you have any questions, please, don't hesitate to write to us at
Stay safe and healthy!
Project Manager for International Wiki Loves Earth 2020
on behalf of the international organizing team