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*Airtel Offers Nigerians Free Access to Wikipedia*
- *Customers to Access Multilingual Content Free of Data Charges*
- *Restates Commitment to Educational Development, Youth Empowerment*
*Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday, May 29th, 2014*: Leading telecommunications
services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced a strategic partnership
with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia, to
offer their consumers across the country access to Wikipedia through their
mobile phones free of data charges.
The initiative, which is first of its kind in Nigeria, is dubbed Wikipedia
Zero, and it is aimed at reaching and empowering billions of people around
the world whose access to the Internet is primarily through a mobile
device. Airtel Nigeria subscribers can access Wikipedia free of data
charges at m.wikipedia.org.
With the new partnership, Airtel will help deliver knowledge and
information of Wikipedia to 21 million of new users in the West African
region. Speaking on the new partnership, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel
Nigeria, Maurice Newa, said the initiative is in line with the company’s
corporate vision of becoming Nigeria’s number one Internet Company, saying
the new service will help connect Nigerians with relevant knowledge and
information that will empower them to succeed in their personal and
“We are excited with our partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation and we
will continue to provide innovative solutions that will uplift Nigerians in
line with our brand promise of becoming the most loved brand in the daily
lives of Nigerians,” he said. “At Airtel, we are passionate and committed
to creating solid educational and youth empowerment platforms that will
enrich and transform the lives of telecoms consumers across the country.”
“We commend Airtel Nigeria for taking a leadership role in empowering their
society through information access, and we’re thrilled to partner with
them,” said Carolynne Schloeder, Head of Mobile Partnerships at the
Wikimedia Foundation. “Expanding Wikipedia Zero to the people of Nigeria is
a big step forward for free knowledge in Africa.”
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with
operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New
Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers
globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings
include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line
services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services
including national & international long distance services to carriers. In
the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile
commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 297 million customers across its
operations at the end of April 2014. To know more please visit,
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 500 million unique visitors per month, making them the fifth-most
popular web property world-wide (comScore, August 2013). Available in 287
languages, Wikipedia contains more than 29 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.
Wikimedia Foundation Press Contact:
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+1 415-839-6885 ext 6633 jwalsh(a)wikimedia.org
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It’s my great pleasure to tell you that Rachel diCerbo is joining us
as Director of Community Engagement (Product), starting today. In this
role, Rachel will manage the community liaison team (Keegan Peterzell,
Sherry Snyder, Nick Wilson, and Erica Litrenta) and ensure that our
technical projects receive community engagement support throughout
Rachel discovered her love for collaborative communities with
Couchsurfing. When she joined the community in 2005, Couchsurfing was
a small non-profit, with essential functions being filled by
volunteers. This included responding to safety issues: staying at
someone else’s home or hosting a stranger carries risks, some obvious,
some less so. Rachel founded and led the community’s all-volunteer
safety team. She was also a member of the non-profit’s Board of
Directors from 2007-2011.
After volunteering for two years, she joined the organization
full-time as Head of Trust & Safety in 2008. She was responsible for
enacting policies related to incident reporting, profile removal, and
other safety issues, and handled any high level legal issues and
communications related to Couchsurfing member safety. She implemented
training, documentation, and case review processes for her team.
As part of her role, she also directly interfaced with Couchsurfing’s
engineering team and helped scope functionality related to safety &
moderation. The work on the safety team also equipped her well for
working across culture and languages, as issues would often arise
around differing cultural sensitivities. She’s travelled to 38
countries and lived on 5 continents.
Prior to Couchsurfing, Rachel pursued a passion for theater while
temping in various roles for various companies. Her additional
interests include digital rights, women’s rights and safety worldwide,
and scuba diving. In her spare time, she seeks to perfect her pulled
pork recipe, sews, and reads all the things.
Rachel is new to the community, and due to the nature of her role,
she’ll be spending some time just learning how to edit and how things
work in our weird & wonderful world. She’s planning a face-to-face
meeting with her team the week of June 9th and will be attending
WikiConference USA later this week.
Please join me in welcoming Rachel to the Wikimedia Foundation and to
PS: Big thanks to everyone who’s been part of the search process, to
the liaison team for doing awesome work in an emerging structure, and
to Philippe, Maggie and Howie for all their work in bootstrapping the
team, and for supporting Rachel as she steps into the role. :-)
VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
I forgot that since last week new bulletin from Wikimedia Italia (#76) was
- 1.1 Wikiconcessions<http://wiki.wikimedia.it/wiki/Wikimedia_news/numero_76/en#Wikiconcessions>
- 1.2 OpenStreetMap<http://wiki.wikimedia.it/wiki/Wikimedia_news/numero_76/en#OpenStreetMap>
- 1.3 WikiOscar
- 1.4 Dates for your
- 1.5 News from the
As usual, a link has been added to meta, at
more-or-less raw text of the bulletin follows below.
= Wikimedia News n. 76, May 15th, 2014 =
[[File:Opening_the_past_2014.jpg|thumb|200px|center| ''Logo of the event
Opening the past 2014'', from the website
http://mappaproject.arch.unipi.it/released under the CC-BY-SA 3.0
<font size="5">Opening the past so to tell it</font>
How can archaeologists and cultural heritage operators tell the community
about their work? Answering to this question is the aim of the meeting [
http://mappaproject.arch.unipi.it/?page_id=2667 Opening the past 2014 -
Immersive Archaeology] which will be held '''Friday, May 23rd, in Pisa'''.
The promoters hope to focus the attention on contemporary tools, such as
new media, virtual reality and open data, and to their ability to let us
build an effective and involving story. For this reason, our Emma
Tracanella has been invited to talk about
[http://www.wikilovesmonuments.it/Wiki Loves Monuments], a project
co-ordinated and directed by her, and [
http://www.archeowiki.it/ Archeowiki]. Registration is free and may be made
on the website, until May 18th.
[[File:mapgive.jpg|thumb|300px|center| ''Screenshot of the homepage of
MapGive'', a project belonging to the U.S. Department of State’s
Humanitarian Information Unit]]
<font size="5">MapGive: mapping the world for emergencies</font>
The Italian OpenStreetMap community never sleeps: thanks to their effort,
the website [http://mapgive.openstreetmap.it/ MapGive] is now speaking our
language too. Simone Cortesi (''Vice president of Wikimedia Italia'')
explains the project: he, together with Cristian Consonni (''treasurer of
Wikimedia Italia and researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler''), worked on
the translation: "In practice, it is like a Wikipedia for geography. The
idea is to promote the formation of volunteers able to map areas prone to
natural calamities, intervening in the earliest hours following the
disaster, when standard maps are no longer useful, and what used to be a
motorway is now a hard-to-transit-on bridleway". If you're interested in
knowing the activities of the Italian OpenStreetMap community, and signing
up as volunteers, please visit their [http://openstreetmap.it/ official
== Wikiconcessions ==
[[File:Tessera Socio WMI 2014 FRONTE-page-001(1).jpg|thumb|150px|left|<p
align=center>WMI2014 membership card]]
Wikimedia Italia is working so that members can benefit from concessions by
showing their membership card.
The interest is particularly directed to those museums which already offer
discounted (or free) entry to members of no profit or social promotion
associations, such as Wikimedia Italia is.
We are currently working on a deal with the museum network of the City of
Milan, which comprises the Museum of Science and Technology.
Do you know or want to suggest other museums? Email us at segreteria[at]
wikimedia.it and we'll try to contact them!
== OpenStreetMap ==
When companies decide to change drastically the solutions on which they're
based, we always wonder what has motivated them and what their experience
has been like; Doublemap, a company supplying real-time positioning systems
to public transport companies in Indiana - USA, has told [
story] on its blog. With hundreds of thousands or visits every months,
and with the necessity of accessing maps even off-line (e.g. at bus stops)
the only available choice was getting away from commercial suppliers of
cartography and adopting OpenStreetMap.
Speaking of public transport, [
is a system to visualize feeds supplied by cities like Turin or
Trento (not real-time). In Italy, there have been attempts to build these
the bottom in Pavia] (with [
http://www.apposta.biz/prove/pavia/mappapavia.php an app similar to
Further news is available on the website [
== WikiOscar 2014 ==
[[File:Special Gold Barnstar.png|thumb|150px|left| Special Prize - Author:
Antonu - Derivative work: RanZag - [CC-BY-SA 2.5] via Wikimedia Commons]]
<BR>Wikipedia has its own Oscar Awards too! Every year, after a week-long
poll, the most active Wikipedians are awarded prizes for merits gained on
the field. The Wikioscars, created for the first time in 2004 inspired by
the barnstars used in the English language Wikipedia, are a virtual event
particularly loved by users, also since they do not follow precise rules:
everyone can be nominated, and everyone can win the most diverse awards.
<br> The 2014 edition has just concluded: a number of categories and prizes
are awarded, from the most serious such as the election of the [
of the year] to the funniest ones, without forgetting the "classics":
Miss Wikipedia and Mister Wikipedia.
== Dates for your diary ==
* Wednesday, May 7th, [[Utente:Frieda|Frieda Brioschi]], former President
of Wikimedia Italia, participated to the [
of Radio3 Scienza to talk about women and technology.
* Friday, May 16th, Rome: Emma Tracanella (''Coordinator of Wiki Loves
Monuments'') and [[Utente:Sannita|Luca Martinelli]] (''Secretary of
Wikimedia Italia'') will participate in the event [
pratiche e progetti innovativi per la promozione dei beni
culturali: EAGLE & Wiki Loves Monuments'''] promoted by EAGLE (Europeana
network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy) and Wikimedia Italia, with
the support of Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma. In
that occasion the winners of the special prize EAGLE for Wiki Loves
Monuments Italia 2013 will be announced.
*Saturday, May 17th, Padua: [[Utente: Marcok|Marcok]] and other community
members will participate in [
organized together with Tam Teatromusica, presenting
the projects by Wikimedia and Open Street Map; if you want to take part,
please indicate it in the [
page] in Wikipedia.
* May 16th-18th, 2014, Rome: [[Utente:Sannita|Luca Martinelli]],
[[Utente:CristianCantoro|Cristian Consonni]] e [[Utente:cortesi|Simone
Cortesi]], Secretary, Treasurer and Vicepresident of Wikimedia Italia,
respectively, will participate in the event [
Code4Italy@Montecitorio2014]. The marathon, with a duration of 30
hours, and destined to IT
experts, will take place in the new Aula del Palazzo dei Gruppi
parlamentari of the Camera dei deputati (Via di Campo Marzio, 78). The goal
of the project is raising awareness about the open data produced by the
works of the Camera, so that software and applications can be developed.
* May 19th, Asti: the courses about Wikipedia begin for the teachers who
have signed up to the project [
va a scuola @ Asti] promoted by the associations We-Land and
Cre[AT]ive, with the collaboration of Wikimedia Italia. The goal of the
initiative is introducing the free online encyclopedia as a teaching tool
in the secondary schools of Asti and the nearby territory.
== News from the wikiworld ==
[[File:Lila_Tretikov.jpg|thumb|150px|left| Lila Tretikov, by Lane Hartwell
[CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons]]
* The website [http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pagina_principaleWikimedia
Commons], the multimedia database of Wikimedia, has passed the
milestone of 21 millions images and videos . The media are all available on
the platform and available under a free license.
* Wikimedia Foundation has appointed its [
Executive Director]. After searching for one year, the name of the
person that will take over the duties of Sue Gardner, who has been in
charge for the last 6 years, has been announced. The chosen person is
another woman, called Lila Tretikov. Lila is a 36 years old engineer,
originally from Soviet Union, who moved to the US for studies during her
* [http://it.wiktionary.org/wiki/Pagina_principale Wikizionario] doubled up
its entries, reaching the 250.000 milestone. The result has been obtained
thanks also to semi-automatic editing.
'''Notice: this newsletter is exclusively intended for information about
Wikimedia Italia, both to its members and to the general public; as per
Art. 1, Comma 2, Legge 7 marzo 2001 no. 62, it is not an editorial
[[Categoria:Wikimedia news soci]]
Wikimedia Nederland published it April report :
It is included in this message as plain text.
==== COMMUNITY: supporting and mobilising volunteers and editors====
* Small grants programme
WMNL gave a grant of € 200 for the organisation of a writing event on women
Two Wiki-Saturdays, with 4 resp. 6 participants, were held in April.
==== WORK: content, collaboration and activity development====
* Wiki Loves Earth.
A group of volunteers, supported by office staff, worked hard to prepare
for the launch of Wiki Loves Earth on May 1. They have a developed a full
programme of events in cooperation with the Netherlands' National Parks,
focussing on uploading images and sounds.
* Museum Naturalis cooperation
WMNL will continue to work on the theme of nature, biodiversity and
landscape after the international Wiki Loves Earth competition has
finished. We met with representatives of Naturalis, the Museum of Natural
History, to discuss cooperation. Already we have planned a editing event
for October 4/5, but we are also discussing content donations. We want to
link these activities to a concerted action to recruit new editors from
(volunteer) organisations working on natural history.
* Education Programme
The consultants engaged to carry out a feasibility study for cooperation
between WMNL and the education sector have started work. In April and May
they will carry out interviews with representatives of institutes of higher
education and with members of the international Wikimedia community. Their
interim results will be presented to and discussed with the community on
* GLAMwiki Toolset (mass-upload tool)
The Amsterdam Museum hosted a GLAMwiki Toolset workshop on the 4th of
April. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Museum, University Museum Utrecht, National
Archives of the Netherlands, National Library of the
Netherlands,Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Wikipedians in
Residence and volunteers participated in this workshop. Every step from
choosing suitable content to uploading it was covered during the workshop.
The lessons learned are being collected in the |GLAMwiki Toolset Manual.
* Wiki Loves Bieb
First preparations were made for the monthly Wikipedia courses that will be
hosted by the library in Amersfoort, starting on June the 13th.
* Wikipedians in Residence
The Wikipedians in Residence had a meeting at the WMNL office on the 28th
of April. Two workshops were organized for employees of Sound and Vision in
which they were encouraged to consider the platforms of Wikimedia when
setting up new projects.
* Wikidata Workshop
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision hosted a Wikidata workshop
given bij Gerard Meijssen on April 11th. The workshop was focussed on
explaining what Wikidata is, to show how single and batch edits can be done
and to discuss the different possibilities for GLAMs to use Wikidata. Apart
from a variety of participants from the institute itself also the
Rijksmuseum and Wikipedians in Residence were present. More workshops will
be organised in 2014.
* World War II - warmonuments
April was war monuments month for WMNL. In cooperation with the Nationaal
Comité 4 en 5 may, we asked members of the public to make and upload
photos of warmonuments. More than 2,000 images were uploaded via the
campaign template. WMNL will continue to focus on improving and adding to
content concerning World War II. We are exploring cooperation with NIOD,
the National institute for war, genocide and holocaust studies. More news
in the next report.
: An |issue of the newsletter was sent out.
* WMNL received a generous donation of €12,500 from a private donor.
* Wikimedia Conference Berlin
Chair Frans Grijzenhout, Board Member International Affairs Ad Huikeskoven
en Executive Director Sandra Rientjes attended the Wikimedia Conference in
* Program evaluation and design workshop, Berlin
Sebastiaan ter Burg attended the Program Evaluation and Design workshop in
Berlin to learn how to improve the "program manual" that WMNL already has
* Wiki Loves Monuments International.
The final report on Wiki Loves Monuments International was submitted to the
WMF. WMNL acted as fiscal sponsor to the project team, taking care of
payments and accounting.
* Board retreat
The newly elected Board met for two days to discuss division of tasks and
* New staff member
Jolanda Adelaar joined the WMNL office team to work on finances and office
management. She replaces Tom Kisters who left on May 1st to finalise his
studies with an internship at an international accountancy firm.
* Q1 report submitted
We submitted our |report on activities in the first quarter to WMF.
* May 24: Education Programme -presentation and discussion at the Wikimedia
office in Utrecht
* May 24 Maps and Wikipedia meeting, Amsterdam
* May 25: Wiki Loves Earth eventsin three National Parks
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