I guess I'm awfully inadequate at that
then... Moving interwikis to a
separate site is something that I first proposed back in 2002
(although then saying it was 'something for the (far?) future'), that
has many community members and I think also developers behind it, and
yet it's 2011 now, and it still seems that it will not be there in the
This idea still have my support Andre!
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:31:15 +0100
From: Lodewijk <lodewijk(a)effeietsanders.org>
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [Announce-l]
Wikim?dia France report for July - December 2010
Cc: Adrienne Alix <adrienne.alix(a)gmail.com>
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thanks a lot for the helpful overview. It is very enlighting for
understanding what WMFR has been doing!
2011/3/23 Adrienne Alix <adrienne.alix(a)gmail.com>
Please find below the chapter report of Wikim?dia France for July, August,
September, October, November and December 2010.
It is also available on Meta <
== Partnerships ==
=== French National Library ? BnF ===
After several years of talks, a partnership was concluded between Wikim?dia
France and the French National Library (Biblioth?que nationale de France).
Signed in April 2010, it consisted of two parts. First, an experiment in
collaborative proofreading taking place on Wikisource, with the donation of
1400 books in the public domain, including scans and OCR text (automatically
generated during the digitization process and prone to many errors,
especially with old texts). Second, the exploitation of the authority files
of the Library on Wikimedia projects.
A team of three chapter members undertook the technical work. Three board
members oversaw their work, acting as a steering committee, and interfaced
with the Library staff; one acted as a Library Science and Wikisource
advisor. Their work consisted in an extensive study of the formats used by
the BnF and on Wikisource, and in the design and creation of a production
line for the material. This line had to be able to sustain the sheer load of
1400 books, and handled the analysis and processing of metadata, format
conversions, smart trimming and cropping of the scans, and preparation of a
deliverable for the final upload to Wikimedia Commons. Because of the number
and size of books, the actual upload was requested to WMF system
administrator Tim Starling and was done in July.
After that, the team produced various documents, help pages, project
reports for the chapter, and a progress report. This last document contains
fairly advanced statistical analysis of the characteristics of the
proofreaders body, and the work done, making use of mathematical tools to
measure the amount of work accomplished during the proofreading process.
See the the hub-page on Meta <
=== City of Toulouse ===
As part of the partnership with the City of Toulouse, signed in October
2010, two projects were undertaken with local cultural institutions.
The first one, named Ph?bus project, was with the Mus?um of Toulouse. It
involved mobilizing Wikimedians to take high-quality photographs of objects
in the non-permanent collections of paleontology and prehistory. The
photographs taken in June by volunteers Rama and Ludovic were uploaded in
November, and join the ones uploaded by Didier Descouens in April.
More than 450 documents are available on Wikimedia Commons, many of which
were assessed Featured Pictures, Quality Images or Valued Images.
See on Wikimedia Commons the project page <
and the images <
The second project involved the Archives of the City of Toulouse, who
contributed digitised photographs by its former curator, French naturalist,
mountaineer, geologist and photographer Eug?ne Trutat. A Wikim?dia France
volunteer processed the extensive metadata provided by the Archives, in
order to fit it into Wikimedia Commons auto-translated templates and provide
The 200 resulting files hit Commons in December.
See on Wikimedia Commons the project page <
the images <
and brief Signpost coverage <
== Rencontres Wikim?dia 2010 ==
On 3?4 December, Wikim?dia France organised the ? Rencontres Wikim?dia
2010 ? in Paris, in an annex of the Palais Bourbon, the building of the
French National Assembly. The event aimed to gather "as many cultural actors
as possible to discuss new online collaborative practices and opportunities
to take free access to culture a step further". The conference was part of
the Glam-Wiki series, and included a series of talks and panels given by
wikimedians, professionals from the cultural sector, local representatives,
and representatives of government cultural agencies.
See the detailed Signpost coverage <
and Wikim?dia France blog posts<
== Activities ==
=== Participation to international Wikimedia events ===
==== GlamWiki UK ====
Five members of the chapter and staff Bastien Guerry attended the GlamWiki
conference in London. They gave two talks, about the partnership with the
French National Library and about the partnership with the City of Toulouse.
==== Wikimania 2010 ====
Twelve chapter members (including four board members and one staff)
attended the conference in Gda?sk in July.
=== Presentations, conferences, workshops ===
==== Novela Festival ====
On October 2nd, the partnership between Wikim?dia France and the City of
Toulouse was made public and signed during the inauguration of the ?digital?
side of the Novela, the festival of shared knowledge. During the whole
afternoon, we showed the public the genesis and the contents of the
partnership which ties us to the City of Toulouse, and took that opportunity
to raise awareness about free dissemination of knowledge.
The afternoon began with the signature of the partnership, between Pierre
Cohen, Mayor of Toulouse, and Wikim?dia France. It continued with joint
presentations of institutional actors of this partnership and Wikimedians
Didier Descouens, president of the Institut Picot de Lapeyrouse,
paleontology enthusiast, Wikimedian and a driving force behind this
partnership since 2009, presented the terms and the value of the
partnership. Pierre Gastou and Catherine Bernard, from the Archives of the
City of Toulouse, presented their vision of the partnership involving
uploading on Wikimedia Commons a collection of photographs from Eug?ne
Trutat, taken in the early twentieth century. Pierre Gastou presented Eug?ne
Trutat and the collection (ethnography and daily life, collections of the
Museum of Toulouse and monuments) and their historical significance.
Catherine Bernard explained how this partnership is part of a wider project
of digitisation and connection between archives and the Internet.
Wikimedian Rama presented Wikimedia Commons, explaining the organisation of
the project, what it contains and how to contribute, and demonstrated the
importance of free and open licenses for the dissemination of culture. He
relied particularly on the report that Wikim?dia France provided two years
ago to the Ministry of Culture on the subject. Ludovic P?ron ended the
afternoon by showing the work done on the Wikimedia projects about the
historical monuments, and the rise of this project bringing together more
and more Wikimedians. It aims to identify, photograph, geotag and describe
as many historical monuments as possible, in France and abroad, to provide a
coherent and reusable body of knowledge.
==== Other events ====
RMLL ? July 2010, Bordeaux
As every year since 2005, Wikimedia France was at the ''Rencontres
mondiales du logiciel libre'' in Bordeaux, from July 6 to 10. Nojhan gave a
20 minute talk titled "What's really in Wikipedia?" (''? Qu?y
vraiment dans Wikip?dia ? ?''), and several members held the booth during
JMLL ? September 2010, Rouen
During the ''Journ?e Mondiales du Logiciel Libre'', David gave a talk
the MediaWiki software and how it can be used, with the example of the
Grande Braderie ? September 2010, Lille
several members held a display and answered queries at the world's biggest
open air market
9e forum E-culture ? September 2010, Lausanne
Florence Devouard presented Wikipedia at the ''9e forum E-culture'' in
Lausanne, on September 8, 2010. The meeting was about "''Netizenship -
citoyennet? num?rique et cyberintimidation''"
Biblioth?que du Chesnay ? September 2010, Chesnay
Thierry gave a conference on Wikipedia on September 21, 2010 followed on
Saturday and Wednesdsay by two workshops by Benjamin et Thierry.
On September 29 2010, asked by local association "Carrefour culturel Arnaud
Bernard" (by the name of a city district), Adrienne Alix gave an open-air
talk, right in the district square; many passers-by stopped to listen to the
Festival des sciences ? October 2010, Acign?
Nicolas gave a talk in October at the multimedia library of Acign?
(Ille-et-Vilaine), as part of ''Festival des sciences'' ("Science
festival"). The conference was followed by a workshop, with four other
chapter members helping the attendees.
Ubuntu Party ? November 2010
In Paris, several members held a booth and answered queries during the
Ubuntu Party. Thierry gave a presentation about Wikipedia, and Aude held a
workshop for middle-school students as part of a project to help young
people understand the Internet.
In Toulouse, four members held a booth on Saturday 20, and Adrienne gave a
talk titled 'Beyond software: free licenses as a mean to disseminate
Talk at the CEMAF ? November 2010, Paris
As part of an ongoing project with the ''Centre d'?tudes des mondes
africains'', a CNRS laboratory, Kropotkine_113 gave a talk to researchers
and PhD students. The CEMAF members are looking into contributing to
Wikipedia, and the chapter will help by holding workshops in 2011.
Contact with the IT department of the multimedia libraries of Paris ?
November 2010, Paris
Following several contacts with the multimedia libraries of Paris, Julien
presented the Wikimedia projects and the chapter works to the IT department.
Congr?s RESTART ? November 2010, Lisboa (Portugal)
Florence gave a keynote during the APDC<http://congresso10.apdc.pt/>, as
part of the session "Digital Natives & Crowd Sourcing".
== Media interventions ==
*October 23 : Thierry was invited on national radio network RTL for a radio
debate. It was moderated by journalist and author Patrick Poivre d'Arvor,
and the other invitee was the director of Who's Who. The talk lasted for
about ten minutes, and was focused on the issues with Biographies of living
persons on Wikipedia
*December 5 : Florence Devouard was invited on TV show ''Vivement
dimanche'' on France 2 <http://youtu.be/-66RWWVGfqI>, presented by Michel
Drucker and with politician Fran?ois Bayrou.
*December 20 : Adrienne Alix talked about the fundraiser on national radio
network Europe 1
== Workgroups ==
=== Strengthening of communication with members ===
At the end of the year, a taskforce was set up to focus on writing the
monthly newsletter to the chapter members. It also contributes to the
chapter annual report, due to be published early 2011.
=== Promotional documents ===
A complete revamp of the promotional documents was undertaken this year. It
gained great momentum when Beno?t Evellin worked for the chapter as part of
an internship during the month of August. Most of the work was wrapped-up
for the Rencontres Wikim?dia.
The documents created include:
*leaflets for Wikim?dia France and for each Wikimedia project ;
*a booklet aiming to introduce the chapter, the Wikimedia projects and
previous partnerships to institutions ;
*a small reference guide summing up in 10 key-points how to edit Wikipedia
*chapter business cards.
=== Photographs & accreditations ===
==== Photo workshop in Paris ====
On September 4 and 5, 2010, a photo workshop organised by Rama, and
financially supported by the chapter, was held in the Cit? des Sciences et
de l'Industrie in Paris. The workshop was primarily intended for Wikipedia
and Commons contributors to share their experiences, but was also open to
the general public. The event gathered around thirty people, mainly
Wikimedians, and was livetweeted with the hashtag #wikiphoto.
On the first afternoon, several Commons contributors gave presentations on
specific aspects of photography. Inisheer taught the basics of photographic
composition; Ceridwen talked about licenses and personality rights; esby
explained the techniques used to create panoramas. As part of a "Museum"
track, Jastrow made a general presentation about museum photography, and Zil
focused on techniques used to take pictures of paintings. The last track was
about photojournalism, with Rama and Ceridwen talking about concert
photography and Ludo29 and Inisheer about sport events.
On the second day, after Ludo29 explained how to begin with a digital
reflex camera, several workshops were held, about various subjects such as
image editing, panoramas or macrophotography. In the afternoon, the
contributors strode the streets of Paris, trying out their new-found
knowledge, particularly on listed historical monuments. Some of the pictures
taken can be found on Wikimedia Commons. As many more contributors were
interested and as early feedback is very positive, a new edition is already
See Wikim?dia France blog post <
and Signpost coverage <
==== North Cape raid ====
In July, members Ludovic and Fanny took part in the "Raid Paris ? Cap
Nord", a photographic challenge where competitors are ranked by a jury on
the basis of the pictures they take during the trip. The journey starts in
Paris, goes through Finland, Sweden and Norway, up to North Cape in Norway,
the northernmost point of Europe, and ends back in Paris. Over the four
weeks, the raiders drove 12,000 km in a car branded with the logos of
Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikim?dia France. The French chapter
provided financial support.
See Signpost coverage <
and Wikim?dia France blog post <
==== Other events ====
The chapter helped with getting accreditations for members for many events.
*Festival de Cornouaille ? July 2010, Quimper
*Biblioth?que Sainte-Barbe ? June, Paris
*O Tour de la Bulle ? September 2010,
*Mondial de l'automobile ? October
- Masquer le texte des messages pr?c?dents
*Toulouse Game Show ? November 2010, Toulouse
=== Fundraising ===
Wikimedia France participated in the annual fundraiser of the Wikimedia
All revenue data mentionned below are (good) approximations.
*Total amount fundraised : 241 171 euros
*Total number of donations : 6196 (including 254 in checks)
*Total amount fundraised : 227 422 euros
*Total number of donations : 5382 (including 418 in checks)
*Total amount fundraised : 22 775 euros
*Total number of donations : 619 (including 116 in checks)
Fundraising was organised largely with volunteers, with the administrative
support of a freelance secretary, Elisabeth (who has been working for
Wikim?dia France since the summer of 2009).
Wikim?dia France does not use (yet) a CRM such as CiviCRM (data is
collected using a spreadsheet).
Link to the donation platform <http://dons.wikimedia.fr/dons.php
== Wikim?dia France blog posts summary ==
=== July ===
The Wikimobile towards North Cape <
The Royal Cup bridges Wikipedia and the British Museum<
Wikisource gains books donated by the BnF<
=== August ===
September 4: a photo workshop for Wikimedia Commons<
=== September ===
Google Health Speaks ? Google wants to translate Wikipedia articles about
health in Arab, Indian and Swahili<
National monuments have pride of place on
the Dutch-language Wikipedia <
Enriching Wikipedia: the European Heritage
Wikimedia Foundation: various information
Wikim?dia France welcomed at the Sainte-Barbe Library<
Rencontres Wikim?dia 2010 take place on
December 3 and 4 at the 101 rue de
Live-watch the creation of the millionth
article of the French speaking
Wikipedia reaches one million articles in
=== October ===
Umberto Eco, Wikipedia, and collaborative editing<
Wikim?dia France signs an agreement with
the City of Toulouse<
The Rencontres Wikim?dia 2010 website is
Wikim?dia France at the Novela: recap of
the partnership with the City of
Rencontres Wikim?dia 2010: subscriptions
=== November ===
GLAM-WIKI:UK conference announcement<
Open Street Map appears on Wikipedia articles<
Wikipedia, Michel Houellebecq and the ''droit d?auteur''
=== December ===
Wikim?dia France at GLAM-WIKI:UK<
==== Rencontres Wikimedia 2010 series ====
Wikimedia projects presentation<
Presentation of Wikimedia and its
objectives for 2015<
The partnership with the French National
Cultural partnerships with Wikimedia in
The partnership between Wikim?dia France
National monuments on Wikipedia: outcome of Wiki Loves Monuments<
== Contributors ==
* Contributors to the monthly newsletter in French (from which this report
is derived) in July-August-September-October-November-December: Bzg,
Jean-Fr?d?ric, Ash Crow, Thesupermat, Trizek, VIGNERON, Ludo29, Bapti,
Zetud, Serein, (:Julien:), TCY, Crochet.david, David Berardan, Kropotkine
113, Gdgourou, Citron, Pymouss, O2
* Contributors to this chapter report : Jean-Fr?d?ric, Bapti, Ofol,
Gribeco, Anthere, notafish
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