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*Telenor makes Wikipedia available to 135 million customers in Asia and
San Francisco, California and Oslo, Norway -- February 28, 2012 --Telenor
Group and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced a new partnership to
offer Wikipedia free of traffic charges on mobile devices to Telenor
customers in Asia and Southeastern Europe. By making versions of Wikipedia
available to 135 million mobile customers, Telenor Group and the Wikimedia
Foundation demonstrate a shared commitment to increasing access to the free
and open knowledge available on Wikipedia.
This initiative is part of the Wikimedia Foundation's mobile strategy,
which focuses on reaching the billions of people around the world whose
primary opportunity to access the Internet is via a mobile device.
“The Wikimedia Foundation is working to remove barriers to free knowledge,
and for most people around the world right now, cost and accessibility are
the two biggest hurdles,” says Barry Newstead, Wikimedia Chief Global
Development Officer. “We applaud Telenor for joining us to deliver free
access to Wikipedia for their customers. Through this partnership, we move
a step closer to providing the sum of all knowledge to everyone in the
This partnership supports Telenor's commitment to bring more value to its
mobile customers. The company has pioneered the development of value-adding
services to rural and underserved communities in Asia. Telenor involve
millions in Asia through the I-Genius project, which has already reached
out to 300,000 Bangladeshi students and school-children with a call to
explore open knowledge on the internet.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Wikimedia
Foundation. Telenor have pioneered affordable, mobile communications across
much of Asia, and we have built a track record of offering vital services
with a significant outreach” says Kristin Skogen Lund, Executive Vice
President and Head of Digital Services at Telenor Group. “With this
agreement, we are first in Asia to bring a vast knowledge source to the
millions in underserved communities across the region.”
The 3-year partnership between Telenor Group and the Wikimedia Foundation
will cover 135 million users. The agreement is signed by seven countries:
Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Montenegro, and Serbia. By
the end of the year, more markets are expected to join. The agreement will
be implemented step by step throughout 2012, with the first markets
launching during the second quarter.
Each local Telenor affiliate will establish technical solutions together
with the Wikimedia Foundation. Customers with a Telenor SIM will be able to
access a version of the encyclopedia for as many times as they like in a
given period, at no charge, as long as they stay within Wikipedia’s pages.
For more information, read the Telnor Partnership Q&A
Telenor Group is an international provider of telecom, data and media
communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 11 markets
in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia. The company
also has an ownership stake of 36.4 percent in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in
19 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s
major mobile operators with 140 million mobile subscriptions in its
consolidated operations per Q4 2011, revenues in 2011 of NOK 99 billion,
and a workforce of approximately 30,000.
*About the Wikimedia Foundation*
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
receive more than 482 million unique visitors per month, making them the
fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, January 2012).
Available in 282 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 20 million
articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000
people. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an
audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and
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Greetings from Wikimedia India !!!
We are proud to announce live search for the Wikimedia projects
The site was developed by Shrey Gokani under guidance of Wikimedia India
We want to thank Shrey Gokani for volunteering to do this project and
making this a reality.
We also want to thank Santhosh Thottingal and Junaid P V for the
contributions to this project.
Special thanks to Naveen Francis for leading this initiative.
How to use ?
* Select your Wikimedia Project, say “Wikipedia”
* Select language of the project to search, say “English”
* Input your search string in the Search: Box
* The site auto displays possible pages based on the string match.
* The site is also integrated with Narayam to support Indic language
search. So select the corresponding input method ( if available) while
searching on a Indic Project.
This is still a beta version and further improvements are needed.
As of now, it supports only English and Indic Language projects.
For further queries, reporting bugs and suggestions, please contact us :-
Jakob Hammarbäck is Wikimedia Swedens new secretary. He started his
position on Friday and is going to manage the association's daily
operations. The hiring is another step towards professionalization by
reducing the load of the board, but also a step to increase the
support to the Wikimedia community and the association's partners.
-To find new associate partners is an important work to extend the
activities. Another important task for me will be the support for
ongoing and future projects, says Jakob Hammarbäck.
During the last years Jacob Hammarbäck worked with organizational
development, both as a self-employed and as an employee of nonprofit
organizations. He also worked with usability and IT development, and
one thing he is looking forward to the new job is to work for the
continue development of Wikimedia in the future. He is placed in
Stockholm and a helping hand in the daily work operations to support
the community. Jakob will, among other things, organize the technology
pool of Wikimedia Sweden where volunteers borrow camera and video
equipment to create photos and films.
-The recruiting committee had the pleasant problem with a lot of
strong applications to consider, where Jakob finally was the best
candidate with a mixture of competence, record of results and ideals
that coincide with the association, says Jan Ainali, chairman of
Something that will be easier for the association is to work with, for
example, museums and schools that have their operations in the
daytime. Volunteers who themselves are working or attending school
during the day find it difficult to attend the meetings when the
partners have their working hours. Jakob will also involve the
community and be cohesive in the projects to be implemented this year.
-I am especially looking forward to editathons where people in a
particular area of interest meet together to update Wikipedia.
Together, it becomes an opportunity to deepen knowledge and pass it
on, says Jakob Hammarbäck.
Articles about cycling and kayaking will not get an instant facelift
although they are some of Jakob's hobbies. The secretary will not be
editing articles during working hours but make it easier for
volunteers to create articles, correct errors, take photos and create
-We now take a major step in making it easier for our volunteers to do
what they are passionate about by relieving them from the
administrative burden, says Jan, and continues, Jakob has an extensive
experience in organizational development and working with volunteers,
which is exactly what Wikimedia Sweden needs at this point.
=== Contact ===
'''Jakob Hammarbäck''', Secretary Wikimedia Sweden
* telephone: 0739-237193
* e-mail: jakob.hammarback(a)wikimedia.se
'''Jan Ainali''', Chairman Wikimedia Sweden
* telephone: 076-2122776
* e-mail: jan.ainali(a)wikimedia.se
'''Axel Pettersson''', press contact Wikimedia Sweden
* telephone: 0730-59581
* e-mail: press(a)wikimedia.se
SE-101 29 Stockholm
It’s with great pleasure that I’m announcing that Terrence (Terry) Chay is
joining the Wikimedia Foundation as Director of Features Engineering.
Terry comes to us from Automattic, where he helped improve the
WordPress.com user experience by implementing an A/B testing framework,
improving the blog domain name registration process (which contributed to
doubling the revenue for WordPress.com), creating better support mechanisms
for fist-time users, and making many other changes. In that role, he was an
individual contributor to the WordPress codebase.
Before Automattic, Terry worked as an engineering manager and software
architect for multiple start-ups and tech companies between 1999 and 2009,
most recently at Tagged and Plaxo. He has a B.S. in Physics from the
California Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Physics from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
If you’ve ever been to OSCON, you may have seen Terry present one of his
infamous PHP talks there (he’s been invited back repeatedly for some
reason). All in, he’s given more than 25 public talks about web
development. He’s also a prolific blogger and photographer (
http://terrychay.com/ ), joining the nascent photography cabal at Wikimedia.
As Director of Features Engineering, Terry will be responsible for helping
ensure the success of some of our key feature teams: the visual editor
team, the editor engagement team (including the article feedback project),
and the fundraising engineering team.
This announcement also means that Alolita Sharma will be transitioning into
a new director-level role at the Wikimedia Foundation. While we’ve not
finalized all details, the role will include responsibility for the
internationalization team, for experimental features projects and
technology evaluation. We’ll announce details about that shortly. I want to
thank Alolita for her track record of excellent leadership at Wikimedia
Terry's first day will be February 27. Please join me in welcoming Terry to
the Wikimedia movement. :-)
VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
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