The new edition of Wikimedia Italia bulletin has just been issued. It
contains only the news about Wikimania 2012.
WikimediaNews - no. 34 - July 13, 2012
Official bulletin from Wikimedia Italia Association.
== Wikimania 2012 ==
Wikimania 2012, the world conference of the Wikimedia community (
http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page/en) has started.
This is the seventh edition of the conference, which is held in a different
country each year: this time the host is the George Washington University
in Washington, DC, USA. The event runs from July 12 to July 15; it opened
with a speech by Jimmy Wales, cofounder of Wikipedia, which talked about
the State of the WikiWorld.
Wikimania is a meeting place where you can discuss and share experiences
about Wikipedia, free content and free software. It is a great opportunity
for the community of Wikimedia to make another step forward in spreading
free culture and Wikipedia. Almost a thousand people from over 50 countries
worldwide are expected attending the conference: among them, there will be
about fifteen Italians, seven of which coming thanks to a scholarship
program which Wikimedia Italia sponsored. Follow us on Twitter with the
(this press release is posted online at
*Wikimedia Foundation Announces 2012-13 Board of Trustees and Elected
Officers at Wikimania in Washington DC*
Washington, DC -- July 12, 2012 -- The Wikimedia Foundation today announced
recent appointments and elected officers for the 2012-13 Board of Trustees.
Every year at Wikimania, the annual gathering of Wikimedia contributors
from around the world, the Wikimedia Board appoints its officers for the
coming year, and this year’s appointments were announced in Washington, DC.
This year, Kat Walsh was appointed Chair of the Board, Jan-Bart de Vreede
was re-appointed Vice-chair, Stuart West was re-appointed as Board
Treasurer and Bishaka Dhatta becomes Board Secretary. The Board expressed
its great thanks to former Board Chair Ting Chen, as well as outgoing
trustees Arne Klempert and Phoebe Ayers. Their leadership has strengthened
and nurtured the growth of the worldwide Wikimedia movement.
"I am honored to have been chosen to chair the Board in the coming year,”
said Kat Walsh, Chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. “I
want to thank Ting Chen for his service in his period as Chair, and I look
forward to working closely with him as I take on this new role. It's an
important time in the history of the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia
movement: I look forward to leading the Board in the year ahead."
“It’s been a pleasure to serve the Wikimedia movement as Chair of the Board
of Trustees,” said Ting Chen. “Since I took on the role of Chair we’ve
worked with our global community and the Foundation to introduce an
ambitious five-year plan to increase the diversity and overall population
of our community, while also establishing long-term financial plans to
ensure sustainability for our movement and our projects. Our Board has
matured and strengthened, and I’m proud of the tireless work of my
There are 10 seats on the Board and according to the Foundation's bylaws,
three members are elected by the Wikimedia community, two are selected by
the Wikimedia chapters, the Founder seat is held by Jimmy Wales, and four
members are appointed by the Board itself to provide additional, specific
The Foundation is happy to welcome its two newest members of the Board,
Patricio Lorente and Alice Wiegand, who were elected to the Board by the
Wikimedia chapters in May 2012. The chapters seat selection process was
created in April 2008, in order to demonstrate the Board's commitment to
the chapters as an important player in the fulfillment of the Wikimedia
Patricio Lorente is the former President of Wikimedia Argentina. He has
worked as Project Manager of the Association for Social Development in
Argentina and he currently serves as General ProSecretary of the National
University of La Plata. Alice Wiegand is personal aide to the Mayor of
Meerbusch, Germany. She has recently begun her Master’s studies in Public
Policy and Governance.
*The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees for 2012-2013*
Kat Walsh, Board Chair (current term until July 2013)
Jan-Bart de Vreede, Vice Chair (current term until December 2013)
Stuart West, Treasurer (current term until December 2013)
Bishakha Datta, Secretary (current term until December 2012)
Jimmy Wales, Founder
Ting Chen (current term until 2013)
Samuel Klein (current term until July 2013)
Matt Halprin (current term until December 2012)
Alice Wiegand (current term until July 2014)
Patricio Lorente (current term until July 2014)
Wikimania 2012 is being held in Washington, DC, USA, where more than 1000
Wikipedia contributors, Wikimedia advocates, researchers and educators from
87 countries are in attendance. The previous Wikimanias were held in
Frankfurt, Germany (2005), Cambridge, USA (2006), Taipei, Taiwan (2007),
Alexandria, Egypt (2008), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2009), Gdańsk, Poland
(2010), and Haifa, Israel (2011).
*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 492 million unique visitors per month, making them the
fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, May 2012). Available
in 285 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 22 million articles
contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 85,000 people.
Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited,
501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
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I am pleased to announce that the first monthly edition of the Fellowship
News is now available on Meta-Wiki!
Come learn what the Wikimedia Fellows have been working on in June:
Projects covered in this edition include:
*Help Pages Redesign
*Small Wiki Editor Engagement
Head of Community Fellowships
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The new editorial team has produced a new issue of Wikimedia Italia's
bulletin, shortened for the sake of clarity to the public at large.
English version follows and is available on the wiki
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WikimediaNews - no. 33 - June 20, 2012
Official bulletin from Wikimedia Italia Association.
==Adotta una parola goes to school==
Students from the high schools participating to Adotta una parola in
Sala Borsa, Bologna, during award distribution
In late February, teachers and students from various schools of Emilia
Romagna attended an introductory course on Wikipedia. The course –
taught by members of WMI – was the start of a project carried on with
schools, managed by Emilia Romagna APTServizi (the body promoting
tourism in the region), Wikimedia Italia and the Regional Office of
During the course they have found that yes, they too can write Wikipedia
articles; and no, there is nobody double-checking the contributions
before publication. After the shock for a very different approach than
that of the world of education was over, the classes just jumped into
the project with enthusiasm, working for three months on the items they
adopted. ("Adotta una parola" in Italian means "adopt a word", indeed).
To describe the experience, let's quote the words of Giovanna Morini,
teacher involved in the project: «Really, the guys played a pretty
active role, [...] a role as students 2.0, not just as users who believe
passively in everything they find in the web, as if it was a television!
We hope that this kernel will be left to the kids as an active way to
approach the study and the environment around them, and to the school
and the teachers as a "rich" educational methodology to be exploited
==Wikiguide on Wikiquote==
Wikimedia Italia published the fourth WikiGuida, a quick and direct
video which explains everybody what Wikiquote is: a rich anthology of
quotations, added one by one to the users themselves, together with
==News from Wikimedia world==
Iberoconf 2012 has been a conference held from 31/5 to 3/6 in Santiago
(Chile) within Iberocoop, international collaborative initiative. For
Wikimedia Italia Aubrey and Cristian attended. Iberocoop
==News from WLM==
Wiki Loves Monuments is looking for new public and private monuments to
insert in the list of what can be photographed for the contest. If you
know a nice monument and you want to help us, consult the site: