I want to introduce Anasuya Sengupta as the new Director, Global Learning
and Grantmaking at the Wikimedia Foundation. She will be starting on
Monday, July 2. In this role, Anasuya will lead our work in support of the
Funds Dissemination Committee, work with Asaf Bartov on grant-making and
with Jessie Wild in helping us to plan, monitor, evaluate and learn from
our programmatic work in a new team area, Global Learning and Evaluation
that Jessie will be leading (more soon on this). She will also serve as a
close thought-partner for me and the rest of the GD team in the leadership
of our work.
I am thrilled that Anasuya is joining us. She brings a deep passion for
social justice and an understanding of the power of free knowledge as an
enabler of opportunity for everyone. She will help us hold to our
commitments to increase the diversity of our community and has great
experience working collaboratively to change communities for the better.
She is also a really interesting person who I think we will all enjoy being
around and learning from.
Below is an introduction that Anasuya prepared.
For those of you who will be at Wikimania, I know Anasuya is excited to
meet with all of you there.
Please join me in welcoming Anasuya to our team.
*Life will be measured *
*by notability test?*
*My secrets are mine!* ;-)
...but until we meet in person:
I am an activist turned grant-maker, who has worked nationally, regionally,
and internationally, to build and strengthen multi-generational feminist
leadership and networks, and to amplify voices from the margins – whether
across gender, sexuality, class, caste, race, age, geography or language. I
grew up in north Karnataka (southern India), and returned to work in this
part of the world after my undergraduate degree in Economics, as a
Programme Officer at Samuha, a rural development organisation. I took its
lessons with me into an M.Phil. in Development Studies at Oxford, where I
studied as a Rhodes Scholar. I led a UNICEF initiative with the Karnataka
police from 2001-2007, designing and implementing a state wide system of
response to issues of violence against women and children. Over the same
period, I served as Associate and researcher with Gender at Work, an
international knowledge network for gender equality. I co-edited and wrote
for the Association of Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
Our Dreams: global feminist voices for a new generation* (AWID and Zed
Books, 2006), arguably the first international anthology of young feminist
analyses and experience. I have founded campaigns, and been involved with
national and international networks against religious and cultural
fundamentalisms, and for sexual and reproductive rights and women's health.
In 2007, I moved from Bangalore to Berkeley, as a Visiting Scholar at UC
Berkeley and the Managing Trustee of a small Stanford-based family
foundation funding in South India. Over the past three years, I have been
Regional Program Director for Asia and Oceania at the Global Fund for
Women, one of the world's largest grant-making organisations exclusively
for women's human rights. In this capacity, I have overseen over 300 grants
to women-led organisations in the region – from Afghanistan to Kiribati -
and helped develop a framework for evaluating and learning our impact on
organisational growth and movement sustainability. My interest in the
politics of technology has been from the point of view of a women’s rights
activist, academic, and grant-maker. With Bangalore as home, surrounded by
friends and family who are progressive technologists, I started questioning
the politics of the software and hardware that is ubiquitous in our lives –
and ended up using Ubuntu Linux on my laptop. However, the Free/Libre and
Open Source Movement is not simply about technologies; at its heart is the
feminist principle that governs my politics: if knowledge is power, then
the empowerment of the marginalised is through a democratisation of
knowledge, and the equality of the future is through a deconstruction of
the privileging powers of access, voice, representation and participation.
I am passionate about poetry (a haiku a day keeps my blues away), theatre,
and music, and challenge myself with yoga. I tend to stick with my
post-colonial British form of spelling and punctuation ('s' over 'z' and a
nuanced use of the Oxford comma) unless explicitly asked not to do so.
Chief Global Development Officer
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
Donate to Wikimedia <https://donate.wikimedia.org/>
Wikimedia España and Fundación ONCE have signed a collaborative agreement
aimed to promote the accesibility of the projects hosted by Wikimedia
Foundation, Inc., including internationally famed Wikipedia, the free
In a first phase of this agreement, reading access to content will be
studied, although it is also contemplated the possibility of people with
disabilities being able to edit Wikipedia.
A team composed of highly qualified personnel in accesibility by Fundación
ONCE and Grupo Fundosa company Technosite, and another in MediaWiki (the
software of Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia) put forward by
Wikimedia España will work coordinately to try to achieve the set purpose.
Even though both teams will initially focus their work in Spanish
Wikipedia, everything possible will be done so that results can be shared
and used in all language Wikipedias.
Wikimedia España is a non-profit Spanish association, officialy recognised
by Wikimedia Foundation Inc., as a Wikimedia Chapter in Spain. Its puepose
is to promote, directly or indirectly, all free content initiatives, such
as those hosted and supported by WMF. Wikimedia España promotes free
knowledge especially through the work of volunteers. Its commiment is to
work to achieve a world in which all human beings can access knowledge.
ONCE, in 1988, creates Fundación ONCE for the Cooperation and Social
Inclusion of People with Disabilities. It has as purpose the full inclusion
in society of this collective and the improvement of their quality of life,
through their incorporation to the work market and by doing activities that
support universal accesibility, the design of products and services for
everbody, and access to an independent life. Fundación ONCE has contributed
to create more than 69,000 jobs and has destined to accesibility projects
more than 500 million euros.
Jorge A. Sierra (aka Lucien leGrey)
Chair, Wikimedia España
¡Participa en Wikimedia España!: http://www.wikimedia.org.es/
Today, I'm delighted to say that we at the Wikimedia Foundation have
launched a new prototype “visual editor” for MediaWiki. The visual
editor will be a new editing environment that won’t require everyone
to learn our special markup language in order to contribute to our
Though it’s possible to learn what wikitext means and use it
powerfully, many of our editors, and especially new editors, want to
contribute content, not learn technical formatting. We identified the
difficulty in learning wikitext as a key inhibitor to growing our
editor community in the Wikimedia movement’s strategic plan.
We want the process of learning how to edit to be trivial, so our
volunteers, both new and experienced, can devote themselves to what
they edit. That’s why we’re building the visual editor, so that
contributing to a wiki is as easy and natural as other modern editing
systems, and new editors are not dissuaded from making their changes.
You may remember a similar announcement in December 2011, when we
revealed a developer prototype of our “visual editor", but after a
great deal of feedback, we've reworked it so that it's more useful to
our our community of users.
We learned a lot from building our first prototype. It was great how
many of you helped with feedback, bug reports and comments about how
we were doing. In the months since then, based on your feedback and
technical issues we encountered, we’ve overhauled the entire editor.
We changed the technical design and how it works, rewriting its
components so that we can support more editors more easily. We’ve also
integrated it into the MediaWiki platform, so now it can load and edit
wiki articles, and not just sit separately.
To build this iteration of our open source visual editor, we have been
working with some of the team from Wikia, a collaborative publisher
that operates the largest network of video game, entertainment and
lifestyle wikis in the world. We both believe that this kind of tool
should be built not just for the Wikimedia wiki projects, but for
everyone using MediaWiki software, and when it’s done we look forward
to including the visual editor “out of the box” for anyone setting up
a wiki with our software.
Thanks to all this, our new prototype is now live on mediawiki.org.
This is just a demonstration, and very far from a finished product —
for example, we haven’t yet added image or table handling. It’s
currently locked down to only work on a self-contained area of the
wiki, so that it doesn’t encounter any unsupported content or break
anything else. We intend to work on small pieces of the overall story,
releasing a new version every two weeks or so, and adding features
one-by-one until the editor is good enough to deploy for everyone (and
release in MediaWiki’s core).
Over the next few weeks and months, we will be working with you in the
community to find bugs, to focus on what our priorities should be, and
most importantly, to make sure that what we’re building is right for
you and that it supports your “workflow”.
So please, try out the prototype, see our frequently-asked
questions, and tell us what you think.
 - https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Movement_Strategic_Plan_Summ…
 - https://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/12/13/help-test-the-first-visual-editor-dev…
 - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor:Welcome
 - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Visual_editor/June_2012_release_FAQs
 - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Visual_editor/Feedback
On behalf of the Visual Editor Team:
Trevor Parscal, Inez Korczyński, Roan Kattouw, Rob Moen, Subramanya
Sastry, Brion Vibber, Gabriel Wicke, Christian Williams.
James D. Forrester
Product Manager for Visual Editor and Flagged Revisions
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
jforrester(a)wikimedia.org | @jdforrester | +1 415-839-6885 x6844
[Apologize for cross posting... ]
Wikimedia France is very happy to announce a great new project :
A partnership has been formalized on last Friday between Wikimédia France,
the Institut Français
<http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institut_fran%C3%A7ais>(the network of
the french cultural institutes in the world) and the Agence
Universitaire de la
of Universities of the Francophonie) to support a common
program about the development of Wikipedia in French-speaking Africa: this
project is called "Afripedia".
Afripedia is a project to support the "digital development" of Africa.
While the most part of the contributions and contributors on Wikipedia are
from the North, we want to make easier the offline reading of Wikipedia and
the production of content about Africa and made by African contributors.
The project entails projected workshops to help use the encyclopedia and
produce content on the Wikimedia projects.
Based on the offline technologies developped by
Kiwix<http://www.kiwix.org/index.php/Main_Page/en>(and helped by
Kiwix), the project will involve several phases:
1/ software development to produce offline versions of Wikipedia (and
probably other Wikimedia projects like Wiktionary) regularly and easily,
and then a download solution to get these offline versions easier, with no
technical ability needed.
2/ Installation of these offline versions on flash drives, plugged on
little computers extremely energy-efficient, without screen or keyboard.
The computer spreads the content of the flash drive (=Wikipedia) with a
wireless connection without internet (the content of the flash drive is
available just by connecting to this wifi) [see [[Plug
3/ Installation of the computers and flash drives and training of students
and professors on the "Digital campus of Francophonie", a network of
digital points supported by the Association of Universities of the
Francophonie, to support the dissemination of Wikipedia content without the
issues of irregular access to internet. One plug (with or without repeater)
can provide Wikipedia for dozens of students !
4/ Training in contribution on Wikipedia (in French and local languages)
5/ After a first implementation (autumn 2012) in 20 points in 15 countries
of West Africa, we will assess the project and extend it over a larger
scale for 2013, if the results are good.
As it is one of our missions, we consider producing free knowledge in
French and in local languages and making it accesible in territories
developping access to digital technology but having no active Wikimedia
community yet, to be essential. So we will also support the forming of
contributors communities in these countries.
See also (in french) http://www.wikimedia.fr/afripedia
The Institut Français is the operator for the French Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in charge of the cultural action in foreign countries. Through its
French Language Department, the Institut Français works towards the
attractivity and spreading of French language across the world. It
particularly takes care of the development of the teaching of French
language and culture in secondary school and in universities.
The Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (Association of Universities of
the Francophonie) groups 786 higher education and research institutions
from 98 countries on the five continents, using French language as a
language for teaching and research. Its mission is to contribute to the
solidarity between French-speaking higher education establishments and to
the development of a scientific arena in French, respecting the cultures
and languages diversity.
Directrice des programmes - Wikimedia France
Twitter : @AdrienneAlix
adrienne.alix(a)wikimedia.fr | 07.62.92.42.01