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The Wikidata revolution is here: enabling structured data on Wikipedia
San Francisco, 25 April 2013 -- A year after its announcement as the first
new Wikimedia project since 2006, Wikidata has now begun to serve the over
280 language versions of Wikipedia as a common source of structured data
that can be used in more than 25 million articles of the free encyclopedia.
By providing Wikipedia editors with a central venue for their efforts to
collect and vet such data, Wikidata leads to a higher level of consistency
and quality in Wikipedia articles across the many language editions of the
encyclopedia. Beyond Wikipedia, Wikidata's universal, machine-readable
knowledge database will be freely reusable by anyone, enabling numerous
"Wikidata is a powerful tool for keeping information in Wikipedia current
across all language versions," said Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
Sue Gardner. "Before Wikidata, Wikipedians needed to manually update
hundreds of Wikipedia language versions every time a famous person died or
a country's leader changed. With Wikidata, such new information, entered
once, can automatically appear across all Wikipedia language versions. That
makes life easier for editors and makes it easier for Wikipedia to stay
The development of Wikidata began in March 2012, led by Wikimedia
Deutschland, the German chapter of the Wikimedia movement. Since
Wikidata.org went live on 30 October 2012, a growing community of around
3,000 active contributors started building its database of 'items' (e.g.
things, people or concepts), first by collecting topics that are already
the subject of Wikipedia articles in several languages. An item's central
page on Wikidata replaces the complex web of language links which
previously connected these articles about the same topic in different
Wikipedia versions. Wikidata's collection of these items now numbers over
10 million. The community also began to enrich Wikidata's database with
factual statements about these topics (data like the mayor of a city, the
ISBN of a book, the languages spoken in a country, etc.). This information
has now become available for use on Wikipedia itself.
"It is the goal of Wikidata to collect the world's complex knowledge in a
structured manner so that anybody can benefit from it," said Wikidata
project director Denny Vrandečić. "Whether that's readers of Wikipedia who
are able to be up to date about certain facts or engineers who can use this
data to create new products that improve the way we access knowledge."
The next phase of Wikidata will allow for the automatic creation of lists
and charts based on the data in Wikidata. Wikimedia Deutschland will
continue to support the project with an engineering team that is dedicated
to Wikidata's second year of development and maintenance.
Wikidata is operated by the Wikimedia Foundation and its fact database is
published under a Creative Commons 0 public domain dedication [
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/] . Funding of Wikidata's
initial development was provided by the Allen Institute for Artificial
Intelligence [AI]², the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Google, Inc.
More information available here:
* Project homepage: https://www.wikidata.org/
* Example of an "item" page: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q159
* Description of the project:
* How volunteers can get involved with Wikidata:
* Some of the first applications demonstrating the potential of Wikidata:
** http://simia.net/treeoflife/ - a (still very incomplete) "tree of life"
drawn from relations among biological species in Wikidata's database
** "GeneaWiki" generates a graph showing a person's family relations as
recorded in Wikidata, example: Bach family
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 517 million unique visitors per month, making them the
fifth-most popular web property worldwide (comScore, March 2013). Available
in 285 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 25 million articles
contributed by a global volunteer community of roughly 80,000 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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Dear friends and colleagues,
We want to share with you information about the Letter of Intent process
and the FDC schedule for next year (July 2013 - June 2014). As you may
remember, the *Letter of Intent (LoI)* is the first step towards applying
for funds from the FDC, as discussed in the FDC framework . This was not
part of the first year's process, but is meant to be an integral part of
the FDC calendar from this next round (Round 1, 2013-14) onwards. *The
Letter of Intent asks all entities who intend to apply for Round 1 (or
Round 2) to formally state their intention to do so.* In addition, the LoI
now asks applying entities to include a notional dollar figure (or local
currency figure) in the Letter of Intent. Applying entities will be able to
update this amount in their final FDC proposals. The updated Letter of
Intent template will be available on the FDC portal  by May 1, but the
sample is here for reference .
With the Letter of Intent, the FDC staff can support applying entities in
their proposal process well before the deadline for proposals. We hope this
will remove some of the challenges faced by applicants in the first year of
the FDC process. The FDC can also plan better with a clear understanding of
who intends to apply, and an estimation of the funds requested.
The FDC framework originally stated that the deadlines for the LoI were
June 1 for Round 1 and November 1 for Round 2. However, we are pushing back
the deadline *by one week*, since the community review period was also
extended by two weeks. *The LOI deadline will now be June 8 for Round 1,
and November 8 for Round 2. *
For your reference, here is the updated 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal process
- *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 June 2013*
- Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 July 2013
- Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 September
- Proposal submission deadline: 1 October 2013
- Community review period: 1 October - 31 October 2013
- Staff assessment deadline: 8 November 2013
- FDC recommendation due: 1 December 2013
- Board decision due: 1 January 2014
The schedule for the 2013-14 Round 2 proposal process:
- *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 November 2013*
- Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 December 2013
- Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 February
- Proposal submission deadline: 1 March 2014
- Community review period: 1 March - 31 March 2014
- Staff assessment deadline: 8 April 2014
- FDC recommendation due: 1 May 2014
- Board decision due: 1 June 2014
It is our hope that the Letter of Intent process will help in planning for
both the entities and the FDC, and ensure that the FDC and FDC staff are
supporting the applying entities significantly ahead of the proposal
As always, do not hesitate to let us or the FDC support staff (
FDCsupport(a)wikimedia.org) know if you have any questions or concerns about
this important process.
Patricio and Jan-Bart
(Board representatives to the FDC)
Identi.ca // Twitter: @patriciolorente
the new bulletin from Wikimedia Italia (#50) is available. We wrote
about the upcoming Wikimedia Conference in Milano, the not-so-incoming
Wikimania 2013, the tax days (Italian people may choose to devolve a
small part of their taxes to Wikimedia Italia), and past and
forthcoming meetings where we attended as experts or rapporteurs.
As usual a link has been added to meta, at
Wikimedia_chapters/Reports/Wikimedia_Italia ; more-or-less raw text of
the bulletin follows below.
== Wikimedia Conference 2013 in Milano ==
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 18,
Conference 2013] starts. The conference is held every year to improve
coordination between the various Wikimedia chapters, discuss the next
challenges and share national experiences. For the first time the
Wikimedia Conference will be held in Milanp, Italy; we are proud that
Wikimedia Italia is in charge of the organization. You may find
further information and some tidbits on the
official press release] (in Italian), while
[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2013 at this
page], and through the hashtag #wmconf on Twitter, you can follow the
updates in real time. All board and staff members awill be in Milan at
the conference during the event in Milan, so the work of the office
will be momentarily suspended. We apologize in advance for any delays.
2013''" - By Amimi Cheng and Wikimania 2013 organizing committee.
Copyright owner: Wikimedia Hong Kong (Wikimedia Hong Kong)
[CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons]]
== Wikimania 2013: let's go to Hong Kong! ==
>From 7 to 11 August 2013 the eighth edition of
[http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2013 Wikimania] will be held
in Hong Kong.
Like we did in the past, Wikimedia Italia has decided to award 8
sponsorships, to cover the costs of participation in the event. Each
sponsorship includes travel expenses (by plane), accommodation and
registration to the event, for a maximum amount of € 1,250 each.
If you are interested you can find all the details of the announcement
the page for the event].
Applying is easy: you only have to fill an
online form] and then send a confirmation email to the email address
domande(at)wikimedia.it. The deadline for submission of applications
is scheduled for 23:59 Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
== Set culture free. With your signature ==
To donate the 5x1000 of your taxes to Wikimedia Italia, you have just
to write on the dedicated form of the tax return (or communicate to
your accountant) the tax code of the association: 94039910156. Visit
[http://wiki.wikimedia.it/wiki/Cinque_per_mille this page] for more
detailed information. It is a real help, which does not cost you
== (past and present) Wikimedian events ==
* On April 5 [[:it:Utente:.mau.|Maurizio Codogno]] took part to the
[http://studenti.imparadigitale.it/ TabletSchool meeting] in Bergamo,
sponsored by [http://www.imparadigitale.it/ Centro Studi Impara
Digitale] (Learn Digital Research Centre). The event was enlivened by
the many questions raised by the students and by the presence of guest
experts ready to give answers. We strongly advise you to look at the
[http://www.ustream.tv/channel/impara-digitale streaming of this
event], which proved to be very enlightening.
* On April 11, in the context of [http://biennaledemocrazia.it/
Biennale della Democrazia] in Torino, the president of Wikimedia Italy
[[:it:Utente:Frieda|Frieda Brioschi]] participated in the meeting
Wikipedia as a tool for digital citizenship], during which they
discussed the contribution that Wikipedia can make to the traditional
education. In particular, we submitted our digital literacy project
''Dai una Voce alla Democrazia''] (Give a Voice to Democracy), which
in the recent months has involved the children of several schools in
the province of Torino. A short
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oChlbh33zr0 online video] of the
appointment is available.
* [http://www.bibliotecasalaborsa.it Salaborsa Library] in Bologna
organizes two free workshops in the series of meetings
[http://www.bibliotecasalaborsa.it/eventi/23821 Wikipedia in the
Library]. The first event is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 and is
aimed at beginners who want to take their first steps into the world
of Wikipedia: [[:it:Utente:P tasso|Piero Grandesso]] will be the
Wikipedian expert who will guide you. Saturday, May 4,
[[:it:Utente:Atropine|Ginevra Sanvitale]] will lead the the first
''edit-a-thon'' in the library: a writing entries marathon on
Wikipedia, particularly dedicated to the biographies of female figures
The following message is just to keep you informed about the activities
developed during the last month by Amical Viquipèdia.
David Parreño Mont
(As a member of Amical Viquipèdia)
- March 1st. GLAM-WIKI workshop at Basque Contry Cultural Institutions.
- March 5th. Museu d'Història de Catalunya (Catalan Museum of History)
announces its Wikipedian in Residence, user Galazan.
- March 6th. Meeting with Fundació Joan Miró to preparate the
35-hour-long edit-a-thon to be held in April. Kippelboy
- March 8th. Meeting to organize wiki workshop in Tarragona. Kippelboy
- March 8th. Meeting to find a possible Wikipedian in Residence at Museu
de la Música (Music Museum). Kippelboy
- March 9th. Edit-a-thon at Palafrugell Archive about women who have
a street dedicated. During WikiWomen's History Month. Davidpar
- March 16th. Edit-a-thon at Drassanes, in Barcelona (Commons
- March 18th. Meeting with people in charge of education section at
Catalan Museum of History. Galazan and Barcelona
- March 18th. Wikipedia workshop at Puigcerdà library. Kippelboy
- March 19th. Presentation of a new Wikipedian in Residence at Museu
Morera, Lleida. ESM
- March 22th. Meeting with Barcelona City Council to design Wikiproject
- Weekly. Wikipedia editing meetings at Girona's Museum of art.
- Whole month. Second phase of project Viquimodernisme (Modernism).
Kippelboy and ESM collaborating with GRACMON-University of Barcelona.
- Whole month. Wikiproject about Preservation of digital information
resources. 11 articles were started or expanded. Wikiproject coordinated
by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya with Amical's support.
- March 18th. The image set Messinian salinity crisis in the
Mediterranean sea created by Pau Bahí (Llotja School) advised by D.
Garcia-Castellanos (I. Jaume Almera CSIC) is considered as “Valued Image
Set” in Wikimedia Commons.
- Whole month. Peer review of Llotja and EDRA student’s works.
Preparation of assignments for Manresa students. Contacts with
- Help page for posting to Commons specific for students linked to
- March 4th. Meeting with Grup Catalunya Dades to prepare Big Data Week
- Amical's Twitter surpasses 2000 followers.
- Barcelona TV, TV3, Descobrir.cat talk about edit-a-thon at Drassanes.
- La Vanguardia, Europa Press, Catalunya Ràdio (interview to Galazan),
VilaWeb, Bonart, ABC/EFE talk about Wikipedian in Residence at Museu
d'Història de Catalunya. Davidpar
- Agència Catalana de Notícies, La Vanguardia, TV3 (minute 6:45), 324.cat
1, 2, Catalunya Ràdio (minute 3:38), VilaWeb, VilaWeb Mollerussa, La
Mañana, Segre 1, 2, Nació Digital, El Punt Avui, La Paeria, Bondia.cat,
Bonart, IntocableDigital.Cat talk about new Wikipedian in Residence at
Museu Morera, Lleida.
- "Viquimodernisme, not just another GLAMwiki project", article by
ESM on Wikimedia Blog about Viquimodernisme.
- March 8th. Meeting with Direcció General d'Atenció Ciutadana of
- March 16th. 12th anniverary of Catalan Wikipedia. We had a good cake
during Drassanes edit-a-thon :-)
- March 20-21th. Coorganizated Sharing Commons Sprint, with
IGOP-UAB, OKFN and Ourshare. Lilaroja, Dvdgmz
- March 25th. Meeting-workshop at Centre d'Estudis Vilassarencs. Dvdgmz
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiWomen%27s_History_Month </>
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/21/viquimodernisme/ </>
 http://www.viquimedia.cat/viqui/WikiArS/Com_publicar_a_Commons </>
 http://bigdataweek.com/barcelona/ </>
 https://twitter.com/wikimediacat </>
 http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/21/viquimodernisme/ </>
Please find below the WMF Board of Trustees' draft agenda for the upcoming
meetings on April 17, 2013 - April 19, 2013.
== Wednesday, April 17, 2013 ==
'''16:00 - 18:00''' - Governance Committee Meeting
== Thursday, April 18, 2013 ==
'''09:00''' - Greetings and Introductions
'''09:10''' - Committee Reports
* Audit Committee Report
* Governance Committee Report
'''09:45''' - Committee Reporting Guidelines
'''10:00''' - Open Resolutions
* Resolution on guidelines on potential conflicts of interest
* Resolution on recognition of Wikimedia Armenia
* Resolution on the Board Governance Committee Charter
* Resolution appointing another trustee to the Board Governance Committee
'''10:15''' - Annual Plan Update
'''11:00''' - FDC Year Two Guidance
'''12:00''' - Lunch
'''13:00''' - WMF and FDC
'''13:45''' - Strategy Committee Proposal
'''13:30''' - Guiding Principles for the Wikimedia Foundation
== Friday, April 19, 2013 ==
'''09:00''' - Editor Retention
'''10:00''' - Transition Team Update
'''12:00''' - Lunch
'''13:30''' - Trustee Candidates
'''14:30''' - Executive Session
*For legal reasons, I may only serve as an attorney for the Wikimedia
Foundation. This means I may not give legal advice to or serve as a lawyer
for community members, volunteers, or staff members in their personal
*Sorry for crossposting*
Bern, 12.04.2013 - The Swiss Federal Archives and Wikimedia CH are joining
forces to review source materials from the Federal Archives and publish
them online. To this end, the post of a “Wikipedian in Residence” is now
being advertised via Wikimedia. The first joint project will provide access
to a photographic collection on the First World War.
2013 sees the start of a new collaboration between the Swiss Federal
Archives and Wikimedia – two organisations committed to free access to
knowledge. With a view to publishing freely usable, “public domain” source
materials from the Federal Archives holdings online via Wikimedia – such as
Wikipedia, Wikisource and Wikiversity – a “Wikipedian in Residence” will be
working in the Federal Archives over the next few months.
Wikimedia has been gathering experience with the “Wikipedian in Residence”
concept internationally since 2010, at institutions such as the Museum of
Modern Art in New York, the British Library in London and the US National
Archives near Washington. The Federal Archives partnership is the first
collaboration with a GLAM (*Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums*)
institution in Switzerland.
The initial goal is to make more than 5,000 digitised photographs from a
collection on the First World War searchable and freely accessible via
Wikimedia by autumn 2013, providing researchers with a fascinating, well
catalogued and freely accessible body of materials just in time for the
centenary of the war’s outbreak in 1914.
As a guest of the Federal Archives, the Wikipedian in Residence will
promote entries in the online encyclopaedia that relate to the Federal
Archives and their holdings, and publish material under open-content
licences. Links between the Federal Archives and the Wikipedia community
will also be expanded.
The Federal Archives and Wikimedia CH will report on the collaboration and
its results at regular intervals.
The advertisement for the post of “Wikipedian in
Charles ANDRES, Chairman
Wikimedia CH <http://www.wikimedia.ch/>- Association for the advancement
of free knowledge