I hope that you are all well and keeping healthy and safe. As you know,
Wikipedia's 20th birthday (aka Wikipedia 20) is coming up in January! We
wanted to get the information out to you so you can join our discussions.
We have created a Meta-Wiki hub as a central place for coordination around
this milestone. It is set up similarly to Wikipedia 15 pages. It is
designed to help coordinate community efforts and will have resources to
support outreach, events, and other forms of celebration throughout 2021.
An overview of the Wikimedia Foundation’s planned activities (work in
progress) can be found here. If your affiliate or other organized group
already has a plan (or the beginnings of a plan), we invite you to share it
on this page as well, or use the Talk page for discussions.
We are coordinating our planning efforts with the Communications Committee
and Movement Communications Group. Anyone working on movement
communications is invited to join the Movement Communications Group and
participate in further planning.
Looking forward to hearing from you about all the exciting things you are
planning for Wikipedia 20!
All the best,
On behalf of the Wikipedia 20 Team,
Lena Traer (she/her)
Creative Project Manager
We hope this email finds you well and you are keeping safe amidst the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted many activities globally.
The WPWP Campaign
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Pages_Wanting_Photos> is now
closed in many countries and we are excited to inform you that the campaign
added photos to more than 80,000
Wikipedia articles in 269 languages and 569 people participated in the
This is a huge success and the campaign would not have been this successful
without your support. Although, we experienced some difficulties during the
campaign but that is not uncommon for a new campaign, especially a campaign
that involves editing the main space in multiple languages Wikipedia.
We are documenting our learning and community feedback. We strongly believe
they would be useful for improving the next edition of the campaign.
We plan to constitute the International Jury Team this week and if you
would like to join us in coordinating the Jury, please email the
International Organizing Team at wpwp-organizers(a)lists.wikimedia.org
Thanks for all your contributions to the WPWP Campaign this year.
With best regards,
Project Manager and Global Coordinator
Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation  for their monthly
Office hours on 2020-09-01 at 16.00-17.00 (UTC).
Through these office hours, we aim to make ourselves more available to
answer some of the research related questions that you as Wikimedia
volunteer editors, organizers, affiliates, staff, and researchers face in
your projects and initiatives (*).
To participate, join the video-call via this Wikimedia-meet link . There
is no set agenda - feel free to add your item to the list of topics in the
etherpad  (You can do this after you join the meeting, too.), otherwise
you are welcome to also just hang out. More detailed information (e.g.
about how to attend) can be found here .
Started in the beginning of 2020 as an experiment , after the first 6
editions we have evaluated the scope and format of the Research office
hours. In order to decrease barriers of accessibility and to facilitate
more direct interaction, we have switched the format from IRC to video
call. We will re-evaluate the current format at the end of the year. We
would also be glad to hear your feedback and/or comments.
(*) Some example cases we hope to be able to support you in:
You have a specific research related question that you suspect you
should be able to answer with the publicly available data and you don’t
know how to find an answer for it, or you just need some more help with it.
For example, how can I compute the ratio of anonymous to registered editors
in my wiki?
You run into repetitive or very manual work as part of your Wikimedia
contributions and you wish to find out if there are ways to use machines to
improve your workflows. These types of conversations can sometimes be
harder to find an answer for during an office hour, however, discussing
them can help us understand your challenges better and we may find ways to
work with each other to support you in addressing it in the future.
You want to learn what the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation
does and how we can potentially support you. Specifically for affiliates:
if you are interested in building relationships with the academic
institutions in your country, we would love to talk with you and learn
more. We have a series of programs that aim to expand the network of
Wikimedia researchers globally and we would love to collaborate with those
of you interested more closely in this space.
You want to talk with us about one of our existing programs .
Hope to see many of you,
Martin (WMF Research Team)