Over the last few months, a small team at the Wikimedia Foundation has been
working on a project that has been discussed by many people in our movement
for many years: building ‘enterprise grade’ services for the high-volume
commercial reusers of Wikimedia content. I am pleased to say that in a
remarkably short amount of time (considering the complexity of the issues:
technical, strategic, legal, and financial) we now have something worthy of
showing to the community, and we are asking for your feedback. Allow me to
introduce you to the Wikimedia Enterprise API project – formerly codenamed
While the general idea for Wikimedia Enterprise predates the current
movement strategy process, its recommendations identify an enterprise API
as one possible solution to both “Increase the sustainability of our
movement” and “Improve User Experience.” That is, to simultaneously
create a new revenue stream to protect Wikimedia’s sustainability, and
improve the quality and quantity of Wikimedia content available to our many
readers who do not visit our websites directly (including more consistent
attribution). Moreover, it does so in a way that is true to our movement’s
culture: with open source software, financial transparency, non-exclusive
contracts or content, no restrictions on existing services, and free access
for Wikimedia volunteers who need it.
The team believes we are on target to achieve those goals and so we have
written a lot of documentation to get your feedback about our progress and
where it could be further improved before the actual product is ‘launched’
in the next few months. We have been helped in this process over the last
several months by approximately 100 individual volunteers (from many
corners of the wikiverse) and representatives of affiliate organisations
who have reviewed our plans and provided invaluable direction, pointing out
weaknesses and opportunities, or areas lacking clarity and documentation in
our drafts. Thank you to everyone who has shared your time and expertise to
help prepare this new initiative.
A essay describing the “why?” and the “how?” of this project is now on
Also now published on Meta are an extensive FAQ, operating principles, and
technical documentation on MediaWiki.org. You can read these at   and
 respectively. Much of this documentation is already available in
French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
The Wikimedia Enterprise team is particularly interested in your feedback
on how we have designed the checks and balances to this project - to ensure
it is as successful as possible at achieving those two goals described
above while staying true to the movement’s values and culture. For example:
Is everything covered appropriately in the “Principles” list? Is the
technical documentation on MediaWiki.org clear? Are the explanations in the
“FAQ” about free-access for community, or project’s legal structure, or the
financial transparency (etc.) sufficiently detailed?
Meet the team and Ask Us Anything:
The central place to provide written feedback about the project in general
is on the talkpage of the documentation on Meta at:
On this Friday (March 19) we will be hosting two “Office hours”
conversations where anyone can come and give feedback or ask questions:
13:00 UTC via Zoom at https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/95580273732
22:00 UTC via Zoom at https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/92565175760 (note:
this is Saturday in Asia/Oceania)
Other “office hours” meetings can be arranged on-request on a technical
platform of your choosing; and we will organise more calls in the future.
We will also be attending the next SWAN meetings (on March 21)
also the next of the Wikimedia Clinics
Moreover, we would be very happy to accept any invitation to attend an
existing group call that would like to discuss this topic (e.g. an
affiliate’s members’ meeting).
On behalf of the Wikimedia Enterprise team,
Peace, Love & Metadata
-- Liam Wyatt [Wittylama], Wikimedia Enterprise project community liaison.
*Liam Wyatt [Wittylama]*
WikiCite <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiCite> Program Manager & Wikimedia
Enterprise <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Okapi> Community Liaison
Hello, all. :)
I hope and trust that everyone is keeping well during these times!
I’m Maggie Dennis, Vice President of the Community Resilience &
Sustainability group of Wikimedia Foundation, within the Legal department.
I wanted to announce with pleasure that Maria Sefidari has agreed to
consult with the Foundation on Movement Strategy and the ongoing Board
evolution for the upcoming year. Many of us know María from her role as the
chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, from which she
provided invaluable leadership in governance, oversight, and fundraising.
Others may know her from her volunteer work as User:Raystorm
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Raystorm>, in which she has a broad
range of experience.
María, based in Spain, commenced her assignment with the Foundation this
week. We intend to tap into her expertise and knowledge of the Foundation
to support a successful implementation of the Movement’s Strategy and to
tap into new opportunities. (With her Board work, she will be supporting
Quim Gil’s team with the Board election and helping Margo Lee in improving
onboarding, documentation practices, and training.) María will report to me
as part of our Community Resilience & Sustainability group. I’m excited
that she accepted our offer for a more hands-on assignment, particularly
given how important all of the work she’ll be supporting is. :) With more
than 15 years of Wikimedia experience, her contributions in the next phase
will be a tremendous benefit to me and my team as we continue settling into
our own work on Movement Strategy.
Those of you who are involved with Movement Strategy are used to seeing her
at related meetings and still will. :) I anticipate María will be joining
one or more of the Movement Strategy global conversations
this weekend. Advertisement alert: maybe you can, too? Here’s more detail
I myself will be attending at least one of those sessions and look forward
to seeing some of you there.
Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Wikimedia is participating in the winter edition of this year's Outreachy <
https://www.outreachy.org/>  (December 2021–February 2022)! The deadline
to submit projects on the Outreachy website is *September 30th, 2021*.
If you would like to share an idea for a project that you would like to
mentor or you are not familiar with the program and want to learn anything
more about it, feel free to reply to this email or leave a note on <
*About the Outreachy program*:
Outreachy offers three-month internships to work remotely in Free and Open
Source Software (FOSS), coding and non-coding projects with experienced
mentors. These internships run twice a year–from May to August and December
to March. Interns are paid a stipend of USD 5,500 for the three months of
work. They also have a USD 500 stipend to travel to conferences and events.
Interns often find employment after their internship with Outreachy
sponsors or jobs that use the skills they learned during their internship.
This program is open to both students and non-students. Outreachy expressly
invites the following people to apply:
- Women (both cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people.
- Anyone who faces under-representation, systematic bias, or
discrimination in the technology industry in their country of residence.
- Residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are
Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/American Indian,
Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.
See a blog post highlighting experiences and outcomes of interns who
participated in a previous round of Outreachy with Wikimedia <
Some tips for mentors for proposing projects:
- Follow this task description template when you propose a project in
Add #Outreachy (Round 23) tag to it.
- Remember, the project should require an experienced developer ~15 days
to complete and a newcomer ~3 months.
- Each project should have at least two mentors, and one of them should
hold a technical background.
- When it comes to picking a project, you could propose one that is:
- Relevant for your language community or brings impact to the
Wikimedia ecosystem in the future.
- Welcoming and newcomer-friendly and has a moderate learning curve.
- A new idea you are passionate about, there are no deadlines
attached to it; you always wanted to see it happen but couldn't
due to lack
of resources help!
- About developing a standalone tool (possibly hosted on Wikimedia
Toolforge), with fewer dependencies on Wikimedia's core
doesn't necessarily require a specific programming language.
See roles and responsibilities of an Outreachy mentor <
We look forward to your participation!
(On behalf of the organization team)
Senior Developer Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Someone with the entirely authoritative email address "
hillbillyholiday(a)gmail.com" writes (apparently under the impression that I
don't know who Andreas is) the following:
'I am appalled by your sneering condescension of Andreas.'
This is an unusual misreading of a fairly straightforward, even though
ironic, text. A careful reader will have noted that did not dispute
Andreas's research or recitation of any facts. What I did dispute is his
characterization of motives, which is ungrounded in any of those facts.
In a subsequent message, Hillbillyholiday says somethingsomethingsomething
about me being a nazi, haha.
In the land where I grew up, soi-disant "hillbillies"--whether on holiday
or not--knew their Bible verses. So perhaps Hillbilly will understand why
the verse that comes to mind in reference to his attempt at a riposte is
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> I would like to announce the Wikimedia CEE Online Meeting 2021
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_CEE_Online_Meeting_2021>, which
> is scheduled to take place from 5-7 November and will be a virtual event
> for a second consecutive year.
> This year's conference will be labelled with the slogan "Meet for a Better
> Future!" and its programme will be mostly filled with session proposals
> received through a call for submissions, while there will also be a handful
> of sessions that will feature keynote speakers or will be formatted as
> plenary discussions on important topics from the Wikimedia movement. *You
> can submit your session proposal
> the extended deadline of 30 September 2021.*
> Considering that the event will take place in an online environment and
> there are no significant barriers for participation, we would like to
> encourage participation and session proposals by people from outside the
> region of Central and Eastern Europe.
> In case you have any questions regarding the conference, please do not
> hesitate to contact the Organising Committee members
> You can also read the official blog post
> announcing the event in order to get more information about it.
> Best regards,
> Kiril Simeonovski
On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee, 2021 Wikimania Core
Organizing Team and the Movement Communications team at the Wikimedia
Foundation, we would like to thank the participants of Wikimania 2021!
We would like to know your feedback on the recent event and your
suggestions for improvement.
Please take some time to fill out the Wikimania 2021 post-event survey. The
survey is at https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cAbKYmpaHAXQwOG
The survey will take between 10-15 minutes. It is available in Arabic,
Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish using the drop down
menu in the upper right corner.
If you would like to share feedback but do not wish to take the qualtrics
survey, you may send an email to movementcomms(a)wikimedia.org.
The survey will remain open until September 5.
See you on our next interaction or on Wikimania 2022!
In behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee, and 2021 Wikimania Core
we have published the Wikimedia Poland 2020 grant report on Meta:
*Highlights and ideas to take to your orgs and communities:*
- on-line trainings and meetings grew our audience and helped us engage
long-time community members who have never attended live events
- inviting Wikimedia Foundation product & development staff to talk to
the community during an on-line event can greatly sped up consensus
building on enabling new features
- we can scale each employee's efforts through connecting them with a
group of volunteers (and vice versa, but more on that in our 2021 report)
- podcasts can be a good vector to reach potential partners and inspire
them to come to us
- as more partners want to work with us to make culture open and
accessible, we need a robust process to maintain high efficiency
If you have any questions, feel free to ask on this list or reach out to me
Z poważaniem · Kind regards
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Informacje na temat przetwarzania znajdują się w Polityce Prywatności
Last year, the Education team at the Wikimedia Foundation launched a pilot
teacher training program that helped teachers use Wikipedia in their
classrooms. Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom
provided a professional development opportunity to over 500 teachers in
Bolivia, Morocco, and the Philippines with a localized curriculum and
resources aligned with UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy framework.
Throughout this 9-week program, teachers developed vital media and
information literacy skills for the 21st century, including understanding
how information is produced, accessing and evaluating content online, and
identifying biases and knowledge gaps. All through the power of Wikipedia
You can read more details about the pilot program and its impact in our
Now, we are opening up the opportunity to more Wikimedians, mission-aligned
organizations, and individuals to participate in a Training of Trainers
(ToT). By the end of the ToT, participants will be certified to lead
training for Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom. They will be able to adapt
& implement the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program in their local
contexts to help teachers use Wikipedia as a pedagogical tool. Participants
who successfully complete the ToT will also have access to a pool of
funding that can support their local activities. You can learn more about
the ToT timeline and curriculum on Meta
We think you or members of your community would be a great fit! We invite
you to attend an information session on Thursday, July 29 at 13:00 UTC via
Zoom <https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/95280050770>. The team will share more
detailed information, answer questions, and announce the open call for
applications. If you have any questions ahead of this event, please don’t
hesitate to reach out to the team at education(a)wikimedia.org
We look forward to seeing you at the information session!
--the Education Team
The program report
shows us how teachers’ attitudes towards Wikipedia changed as they moved
through the curriculum, responded to practical assignments and reflection
questions, and participated in synchronous sessions led by local
coordinators of the program. For example, one of the participating teachers
from Bolivia said that at first he “thought that Wikipedia was a platform
like Google, but now I value all the volunteer work done by the community
behind it”. The program model also supported members of the local Wikimedia
affiliates to improve their capacity to organize and lead education
initiatives. Currently, the Wikimedians of Bolivia
<https://twitter.com/wikimedia_bo/status/1415057167804162049> user group is
launching the second edition of the program! The resources
created for the program are available on Wikimedia Commons in English,
Spanish, Arabic, and Tagalog, and they are free for anybody to use, adapt
Sailesh Patnaik (He/Him)
Program Officer, Education
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Andreas Kolbe writes:
> It's worth noting that Yumiko's article (now also on fastcompany.com)
> quotes the WMF as saying it "does *not often* get involved in issues
> related to the creation and maintenance of content on the site."
> That "not often" actually indicates a little publicised but significant
> departure from past practice when the WMF would disclaim all responsibility
> for content ....
WMF did not "disclaim all responsibility for content." Instead, WMF
disclaimed primary responsibility for content, and still does. When WMF was
understaffed, as it typically was during Wikipedia's first decade, we made
a point of steering certain complaints and legal demands to the editor
community as a default choice. The policy reasons for this choice were
straightforward. But WMF directly intervened on a number of occasions,
typically as required by law.