the new bulletin from Wikimedia Italia (#59) is available. This time
we write about Wiki Loves Monuments 2013, VisualEditor, new international
positions held by our members and future appointments.
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.
(p.s.: for the curious, # 57 and # 58 exist, but they were not translated.
Sooner or later we will add them)
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=== Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 ==
Sunday, September 1, [http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/ Wiki Loves
Monuments 2013] officially began. The photo competition is open to
everybody who wants to help illustrate Wikipedia and enhance the world
cultural heritage. The competition kicks off with the figures of the
important achievements in the previous year ('''353,768 images''' received
, '''more than 15,000 people''' involved) and with its recognition as
'''"World's largest Photo Contest"''', as awarded by the Guinness Book of
World Records in 2012 (as in 2011).
In this issue there are news at the international level: 48 countries have
joined, including several new entries, such as England, Armenia and
Antarctica. We point out that you can follow
[http://wikizabytki.pl/stats/online ] the evolution of the competition
nation to nation; number
enthusiasts should also not miss [
http://toolserver.org/~emijrp/wlm/stats.php the sites ] with even more
'''In Italy''' we have received 13 sponsorships; more than 120
municipalities, associations and individuals have freed their cultural
heritage for the competition, so that at this moment '''971''' monuments
may be photographed (and the number [
Here's what our president said , [[:it:w:Utente:Frieda|Frieda Brioschi]],
on the occasion of the launch: "''Since its beginning, Wiki Loves Monuments
had a huge success throughout the world, because the protection of artistic
and cultural heritage of the entire planet is an issue really felt. We
Italians are always sensitive to these issues, because we appreciate art
and culture also as valuable resources for our country, as well as the
pillars of world history. I am however very sorry that besides the
unconditional support of WWF, regions and some superintendences, major
entities as MIBAC [the Italian ministry for cultural heritage], FAI [Fondo
Ambiente Italiano] and Italia Nostra systematically ignored the numerous
attempts on our part to engage them. The aim of our project seems perfectly
aligned with their charters; we should put our forces together, for a cause
that has as its sole purpose the promotion of an immense heritage''."
==Visual Editor: What's the story ==
As we already announced in previous issues of WMINews, from the end of July
2013 a new editing interface for modifying Wikipedia entries, called [
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VE VisualEditor] (VE), is active.
VisualEditor looks like a simple word processing program and does not
require any knowledge of wikisyntax. [[:it:w:Utente:Elitre_ 28WMF%
29%|Elitre]] is the contact person working with the Wikimedia Foundation to
facilitate the introduction of the new instrument in the Italian community.
We asked her how things are going after about a month, and how
Italian-speaking Wikipedians react. We learn that bugfixing is going on,
new features are being introduced and that even many "historical" users
accustomed to the classic mode of writing are using VisualEditor, and they
are tirelessly helping to improve it with their advice. From a look at the
Recent changes, however, is immediately apparent that, as expected,
contributors using VisualEditor are mostly anonymous and newly registered
users, thanks to its intuitive interface.
* To contact Elitre, you can write at
* You can subscribe to aperiodic updates (in Italian) and consult the back
issues starting from [
* For the latest news (in English) you can always refer to [
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor/status this link].
* [[:it:w:Utente:Jacopo_Werther|Jacopo Werther]] received a barnstar as
"the first user to create 10 voices on it.wikipedia.org using VisualEditor"
* We are collecting [
on the characteristics of VisualEditor that the Italian community
prefers. Did you already share yours?
== Wikimedia Italia members contributing to international boards ==
[[:it:w:Utente:Frieda|Frieda Brioschi]]'' (President of Wikimedia Italia)''
has become part of the
Committee], the commission made up of volunteers who help
the Wikimedia Foundation in allocating funding.
[[:it:w:Utente:Aubrey|Andrea Zanni]]'' (Head of projects for Wikimedia
Italia)'' announced that a [
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/openaccess new international
mailing list] (in English) was born. The list is about Open Access to
scientific literature. Zanni says: "If you're a librarian, a researcher, a
hacker or just a lover of free culture, join us! We'll reflect together on
how to make concrete the research and science of the commons goods ".
== Future appointments ==
Here there are the appointements involving Wikimedia Italia this month. For
the complete calendar, look at
Vi ricordiamo qui gli eventi che coinvolgeranno Wikimedia Italia nell'arco
del prossimo mese, per il calendario completo vi invitiamo
[[Diario_di_bordo|Diario di Bordo]] on our site.
* Grosseto, 16-17 September; Scandicci, 23-24 September: [
about Wikipedia for librarians and users] during [
promoted by the Tuscany Section of AIB (Italian
* 4-5-6 October, Rovereto (TN): [http://conf.openstreetmap.it Annual
Conference] of the Italian community of OpenStreetMap.
* 5 October, Florence: Wikimedia Italy participates in the [
http://www.aib.it/attivita/bibliopride/bibliopride2013/ National Day of
Libraries - Bibliopride 2013].
== Flash news ==
[[File:TESSERA 2013.png|150px|left|]] 2013 member cards are arriving into
the homes of all members of Wikimedia Italia. If you are not yet registered
you can do so by following the directions found [[Iscrizioni|on the site]],
while if you need to communicate a change in your address this is the right
time (write to segreteria(a)wikimedia.it).
''(Member card assembled by Jollyroger - Picture of Nicola D'Orta,
The WMF legal team has started a Request for Consultation on whether WMF
should continue with the registration of the Community logo as a collective
would like to invite you to voice your opinion on this question.
Many thanks for your input on this!
Geoff & Yana
We have just concluded "Wikidag 2013" in Denmark, a conference day ending
with the general assembly of Wikimedia Danmark.
We had six external speakers - three from various organisations, one from
OpenStreetMap, and two of my personal favourite
The crowd was kinda small, but the discussions were great.
The general assembly criticised the board soundly, yet ended up reelecting
everybody except the alternate auditor.
Call + programme: https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikidag_2013
Storify thingie: http://storify.com/kim_bach/wikidag2013
Hashtags: #wikidag and #wikidag2013
Recap (in progress): http://dk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidag_2013
Everything is in Danish, and if your favourite translation service won't
help, just ask :-)
Ole, Wikimedia Danmark
http://palnatoke.org * @palnatoke * +4522934588
this is to inform you that in response to the trademarking of the
Wikimedia community logo, created in 2006 by Artur “WarX”
Fijałkowski, which was discussed on this mailing list as well as on
Meta back in March, a small group of community members—Artur, myself,
Federico Leva (Nemo) and John Vandenberg—have initiated a formal process
of opposition against the registration of the trademark by the
Foundation in order to *reclaim the logo* for unrestricted use by the
We appreciate the Foundation’s protection of the other trademarks they
have registered so far, including the logos of Wikipedia, Wikisource and
some other sister projects. In the case of the community logo, however,
it is our belief that the Foundation’s actions are exactly opposite to
what the community logo stands for and contradict the purpose behind its
We would like to make it clear that it is not our intention to damage
anyone; our actions are a challenge against what we perceive as
unilateral declaration of ownership of an asset that has always belonged
to the wider community, and not to one or another organisation that is
part of the movement. By formally opposing the registration of the
trademark we hope to ensure the history of this logo is not disregarded,
and we wish to protect the community against unnecessary bureaucracy
and, to use another quote, let “groups who do not purport to represent
the WMF” to continue to be able to freely associate with a logo that
has been part of their identity for so long.
We also want to note that this is in no way a legal action against the
Foundation, but a simple notice of opposition against the registration
of the logo in the European Union. If we assume good faith, we can only
be confident that the WMF, having now a formal occasion, will withdraw
its registration of the logo rather than continue using movement
resources to force the community into lengthy, expensive proceedings.
We invite all community members interested in this issue to express
their opinions at:
If any of you would like to help us in any way (covering the costs of
the opposition, promoting the discussion, etc.), please feel free to
contact us off–list.
Artur Fijalkowski (WarX)
Tomasz Kozlowski (odder)
Federico Leva (Nemo)
John Vandenberg (jayvdb)
== References ==
*  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Community_Logo.svg
*  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_Logo
please find the English translations for Wikimedia Deutschland's monthly
reports of July and August 2013 on Meta. They contain much information on
the preparation of Wikimania in Hong Kong and WMDE's first conference on
Open Educational Resources. Also, elections are coming up in Germany and we
sent out the infamous election questionnaire again.
Best wishes and have fun reading the reports,
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Obentrautstraße 72 | 10963 Berlin
Telefon 030 - 219 158 26-0
Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
At the request of the Chair of the WMF Board of Trustees, I am posting
the minutes of the Hong Kong Board meeting, which you may find here:
General Counsel & Secretary of the Board
Here is Wikimedia Israel report for August 2013:
*Wikimania Hong Kong 2013*
- On August 2013, Wikimedia Israel representatives attended the
Wikimania International conference held in Hong Kong. Wikimedia Israel had
2 board members and one employee at the conference, and we were also able
to give 5 full travel and participation grants and another 1 partial
scholarship to the association volunteers.
*Program activities *
- On August 1, we had our second editing workshop to the consulting
workers in the National Library in Jerusalem.
- On August 28, we had a WikiCommons workshop to the general public,
participated by over 30 people. In this workshop, we focused on the release
of images from past wars and military battles in the history of Israel,
such as "Operation Horev" and " Operation Uvda".
- Following this workshop, and thanks to the extensive GLAM activity at
the National Library in Jerusalem, we were able to release, freely
licensed, dozens of historical photos and embed them in Wikipedia articles.
*Other important GLAM achievements that took place this month as a result
of the cooperation:*
- Establishment of a new dedicated help
the National Library in Jerusalem - designed to answer questions from
readers and Wikipidians to advise and support writing articles. These
questions will be transferred to the librarians of the National Library,
and be given a response within seven days.
- Establishment of the National Library portal
at the Hebrew Wikipedia – contains information on collections,
photographs and history of the library.
- As of June 2013, Dror Avi, Wikipedian in residence at the National
Library, maintains an active page on Wikipedia – Out of Wikipedian's Diary
- devoted to anecdotes, thoughts and special stories from the current GLAM
activities. You can view it
*Elef Milim (Thousand Words Tours)*
- On August 16, a "thousand words" tour was held at the historic City
of David in Jerusalem and at the Western Wall. 50 Wikipedians participated
at the tour, and there were over 450 new photos uploaded to Wiki Commons.
*Lectures and Academic Partnerships*
*“What is Wikipedia” lectures:*
- On August 6, Wikipedia lecture was held for the organization "Peace
Now" (Shalom Achshav) attended by 20 participants. Later on, an editing
workshop was also held and attended by about 10 organization activists.
- On August 20, we had a Wikipedia lecture for 30 employees of a company
that provides computer services to the International Bank of Israel.
- On 19, we had a Wikicommons Workshop for the Israeli Navy personnel at
the University of Haifa. As a part of the Glam project at the Younes &
Soraya Nazarian library, at the University of Haifa, the library hosted 15
members of the "preserves marine heritage" group, and members of the Alumni
Association of Naval Officers School, for a writing Wikipedia practical
workshop in cooperation with the sailor's organization. The event began
with a lecture on 'writing on Wikipedia' and was followed by a writing
workshop for beginners with the help of our veteran Wikipedia writers. The
workshop focused on writing articles associated with the Navy and Israeli
*Meetings and new initiatives*
- On this August, we also started a new and original collaboration at
the Comic and caricature Museum in Holon, as part of the previous
collaborator with the Department of Culture and Education of the
municipality. We hope to release pictures and information about historical
and political caricatures, mapping missing articles and media lists. We
expect that cooperation will deepen and yield new and original projects.
- On early August we had a meeting with the Spokesperson Department of
the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. The purpose of the meeting was to
motivate cooperation in favor of releasing audio and video content as well
as releasing free licensed images of the Broadcasting Authority workers.
- Further cooperation in the making is a joint project with the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra, in favor of releasing free images and content of
Israeli composers and artists, as well as musical materials.
- This month we also had a meeting regarding a new educational project
in cooperation with representatives of the Director of Education and
Culture Municipality of Be'er Sheva, Israel. The project's goal is to
motivate pupils and schools in the city, to take part in writing articles
about the historic city of Beer Sheva (important figures in the history of
the city, its institutions, etc.).
*Jewish New Year*
On the occasion of the Jewish New Year, a number of activities were made to
mention the New Year, as part of existing collaborations.
- As a part of the cooperation between Wikimedia Israel and the National
Library in Jerusalem, a number of "Happy New Year" postcards, hundreds of
years old, were uploaded on WikiCommons . You can view them
- Also, as part of a new cooperation with the National Sound Archive –
Archive containing collections records of books, recordings music and
musical notes from the various Jewish communities, freely licensed files
were released, containing rare ancient Jewish prayers for Rosh Hashanah and
Yom Kippur. listen to them
*150,000 articles to Hebrew Wikipedia*
Another important achievement is that the Hebrew Wikipedia crossed the 150
thousand articles last August.
The event was noted by media coverage and by replacing the Wikipedia symbol
to a temporary new one, designed by Wikimedia volunteer and you can watch
it here. <http://kcs.pc.co.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/wikipedia300.jpg>
This month we had a Working meeting for the Executive Committee. On August
23, the board of Wikimedia Israel, along with the new ED , Michal Lester to
engage in strategic planning for 2014. The meeting focused on building a
work plan, the budget and SWOT analysis.
Prior to joining Wikimedia, Michal served as regional director and head of
two national programs at JDC’s Centers for Young Adults (CYA). In this
capacity, she was responsible for all the activities of all 10 CYAs in the
central region of Israel. Previously, within the scope of her activities at
the JDC, Michal established and managed The Penni and Stephen Weinberg
Center for Lay Leadership. The center is the first-of-its-kind in Israel
being dedicated to lay leadership growth and change. She serves as a board
member at Jindas, the nonprofit organization for urban renewal in the city
of Lod. Earlier, she served as co-chair of ”Women to their Bodies”, a
women's NGO working to promote comprehensive social change in regard of the
health attitudes of Israeli women, both Jewish and Arab.
- 4.7 – יוצרים ערך: גיא בר וגדעון עמיחי בקמפיין משותף לחגיגות העשור של
ויקיפדיה <http://ice.co.il/article/view/366161> (ICE).
- 7.7 – מהשנה הבאה: תלמידים יערכו ערכים
- 11.7 – מבזק הטכנולוגיה: סערת השנאוצר של
- 12.7 – פ <http://www.pc.co.il/?p=127998>רויקט של ויקימדיה ישראל לתיעוד
וצילום תמונות אוויר של המדינה הוכתר כ- "המגניב והייחודי" ל –
2013<http://www.pc.co.il/?p=127998>– (WikiAir – PC News).
- 18.7 – ערכים בויקיפדיה הופכים לצלילים - Listen to
- 19.7 – ליצור ביחד ברשת ולוותר על
- 29.7 – הערך ה-150 אלף נכתב
בוויקיפדיה<http://www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/261627>- (Computers and
Technology Channel 7).
- 5.7 - Wikipedia founder against censoring
Porn<http://www.themarker.com/wallstreet/1.2089892>( The Guardian -
- 19.7 – ?האם עריכת ערכים בוויקיפדיה אגרסיבית מדי לטעמן של
נשים<http://www.themarker.com/wallstreet/1.2101143>- (The Marker). Sue
Gardner refers to 'Why are there fewer women editors on
*Blog posts this month*
- August 4<http://www.wikimedia.org.il/%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%90%D7%9D-%D7%94%D7%A1%D7%A4%D7%…>-
celebrating the Hebrew Book Week in a joint event with the National
Library in Jerusalem. Written by Shani Evenstein, Wikimedia Israel Board
Member and GLAM coordinator.
- August 5<http://www.wikimedia.org.il/%D7%AA%D7%A2%D7%9C%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%AA-%D7%9B%D7%…>-
"from a Wikipedian's diary" - about the Cooperation with the
Center for Israeli Art at the Israel Museum. Written by Shani Evenstein
and Yair Talmor.
- August 11<http://www.wikimedia.org.il/%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%98-%D7%95%D7%…>-
Wiki Air project was announced at the Hong Kong Wikimania conference,
the "cool and unique" project of the Wikimedia Foundation for 2013.
Written by Chen Davidi, Wikimedia Israel Activity Coordinator
- August 18<http://www.wikimedia.org.il/%D7%99%D7%95%D7%96%D7%9D-%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%…>-
Initiator and project coordinator of Wiki Air, tells about the
and his winning as the cool and unique project competition, of the global
Wikimedia movement. Written by Amos Meron, Wiki Air initiator.
- 1.9 – Board meeting.
- 3.9 - Guidance meeting with heritage sites managers towards WLM
- 9.9 - Wikipedia lecture for the IDF Spokesperson officers course.
- 11.9 - Board meeting.
- 12.9 - Wikimedia booth at the " scientists Night " event at the
National Museum of Science.
- 15.9 - The opening of WLM competition.
- 16.9 - General Assembly.
- 18, 20, 25, 27/9 – WLM tours.
- 18,24/9 - Professional Photography Tutorials towards WLM competition.
- 4, 11/10 - WLM tours.
- 24.10 - "What is Wikipedia?" Lecture, at the department of Gender
Studies at Tel Aviv University.
- 25.10 - Thousand words tour to the northern Golan Heights.
- 30.10 - Editing Marathon to veteran Wikipedians, and an editing
workshop to the general public.