Below you will find the report of activities of the month of June 2014 done
by the volunteers of Wikimedia Mexico. Please don't hesitate to get in
touch with us if you require extra information about this activities or
only to make some suggestions.
The report is also available on Spanish and English in our wiki:
Kindly regards. On behalf our chapter.
Carmen Alcázar (User:Wotancito)
===Edit-a-thon at Museo Soumaya===
On June 6th, we performed our first Edit-a-thon in Museo Soumaya, a private
museographic institution belonging to Fundación Carlos Slim, at its Plaza
Carso venue, previously planned jointly with the museum's curators about
topics related to their collections.
As the first activity, the Wikimedia México community attendees received a
special backstage guided tour with the museum closed. At 10 a.m. we began
the edition marathon and a workshop for beginners attending the event who
do not have any previous experience in Wiki edition. The event was held at
the lobby of the museum, a plain and blank area surrounded by master
workshops as an exact replica of Michelangelo's Pietà and Rodin's Kiss,
plus murals by Mexican masters Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera. The event
generated awareness among the visitors of the museum, some of whom received
explanations offered b the volunteers of the Mexican chapter about the
activity we had been performing.
Wikimedia Mexico's volunteers, jointly with the museum, created 9 new
articles in Spanish Wikipedia and one in Wikivoyage. Rufino Tamayo's works
such as Naturaleza muertaand El día y la noche, or Edgar Degas's Woman
Bathing have now an article on the main Internet reference. This event was
actively supported by the director of the museum, Alfonso Miranda, as well
as by his research and outreach staff, who provided the information
necessary to give depth to the writing and verifiability. Officialy the
event ended at 3 pm, but some of the members of the chapter remained at the
museum discussing and improving the contents written with the support of
Soumaya staff until 10 pm.
This event was part of the GLAM initiative between the Mexican chapter and
Images on Wikimedia Commons 
Event on Spanish Wikipedia (with a list of edited articles) 
Social media posts and impact around the event on Storify 
===First Spanish Republican Exile Edit-a-thon===
Francisco Franco's dictatorship and the Civil War in Spain forced hundreds
of Spanish citizens to exile: they left their country as one of the
aftermaths of the persecution period. Nearly 220 thousand supporters of the
Second Republic left Spain to other countries such as Argentina and Mexico,
who welcomed him differently.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Sinaia vessel to the Mexican
port of Veracruz, three Wikimedia chapters (Wikimedia Argentina, Wikimedia
Spain and Wikimedia Mexico) ran the First Spanish Republican Exile
Edit-a-thon of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource about the
historical facts, biographies and testimonials related to this process.
The coordination of this event, performed under Iberocoop's initiative,
meant that the work would be done at different times on June 16th. Articles
were written in Spanish and Catalan. Several original texts and photographs
of documents of those years were downloaded to both Wikisource and Commons
either during the event or during the days following. The event was
simultaneously held at Centro Cultural de España en México, in Mexico City,
and at Casal de Catalunya in Buenos Aires, Argentina; editors from Spain
participated from their home computers in the Spanish territory.
Watch the video about the event in Mexico City. 
Images and documents from Exile on Wikimedia Commons 
Event on Spanish Wikipedia (with a list of edited articles) 
===Campus Party 2014===
This year Campus Party took place in Zapopan, Jalisco in the metropolitan
area of Guadalajara, western Mexico. Wikimedia Mexico participated through
our members Alan Lazalde, Omar Sandoval and Salvador Alcántar. During the
event was diffused Wikimedia Mexico activities and sought new contacts
within the technological environment. Also the team gave two talks, one
about Wikipedia and other about Wikipedia Education Program in Mexico, but
also was given last minute talks within the event. Near 300 stickers of
Wikipedia and Wikimedia Mexico were distributed. Due to some acts of sexism
and misogyny occurred during the event, the chapter members demonstrate his
oppose against that kind of doings in technology events. The board of
Wikimedia Mexico drafted and approved a special position on the situation,
which was widely shared on social media.
===New GLAM friends on board===
Wikimedia Mexico has a new cultural partner: the Centro Cultural
Universitario Tlatelolco (CCUT), who belongs to the National Autonomous
University of Mexico (UNAM). This center, housed within a former venue of
the Foreign Affairs Secretariat of Mexico, is placed near the Plaza de las
Tres Culturas ("Square of the Three Cultures"), a place with a historical
richness due to the significative episodes occured here: it was a prominent
prehispanic city and the scenary of one of the final battles between the
Spanish and Aztec armies in 1521. In 1967, the Treaty of Tlatelolco was
signed here. On October 2, 1968, ten days before the start of the 1968
Summer Olympic Games, the plaza was the scene of the Tlatelolco massacre in
which more than 300 student protesters were killed by the army and police
who were trying to suppress the protests, and on September 19, 1985, the
zone was one of the more damaged areas as a consequence of the 1985 Mexico
City earthquake, causing a strong self-organization that led to future
civil organizations who led major changes in the democracy of the Mexican
capital. This cultural center is one of the most dynamic emerging venues in
recent years, hosting a wide range of cultural activities trough their
Artistic Linkage Unit as well four museums: Memorial del 68 (about 1968
events), Sala de Colecciones Universitarias, Museo de Sitio Tlatelolco
(related to the archaeological site next to the center) and Colección
This new alliance of the Mexican chapter adds to those previously made with
other two important cultural centers in the north of the historic downtown
of Mexico City, also leaders in their respective fields: the Museo
Universitario del Chopo and Biblioteca Vasconcelos, venue of Wikimania 2015.
Follow up meeting of the Wikipedia Education Program with the Instituto
Educación Media Superior del Distrito Federal.
*Review of articles from Wikipedia Education Program in the class of the
teacher Monica Quijano, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, UNAM.
Review of articles from Wikipedia Education Program in the class of the
teacher Francisco Barrón, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, UNAM.
Moebius radio program 14/16: "Del gol de chilena a León Trotski" (From
bicycle kick to Leon Trotsky)
Editathon at the Soumaya Museum
Sign of Letter of Intention between Biblioteca Vasconcelos and Wikimedia
Meeting held by and between the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Mexico
to coordinate Wikimania 2015 tasks
Meeting with the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico, before the First
Editaton of Spanish Republican Exile in Mexico.
*Tour for some hotels at Mexico City with Garfield Byrd and Ellie Young as
part of the organization of Wikimanía 2015. Meeting with Daniel Goldin,
head of Biblioteca Vasconcelos and sign of Letter of Intention between
library and Wikimedia Foundation.
Moebius program number 14/17 : "De Moctezuma Xocoyotzin a San Judas Tadeo"
(From Moctezuma Xocoyotzin to San Judas Tadeo)
First Editathon about the Spanish Republican Exile in Mexico
*Moebius radio program, retransmission of 14/01 episode.
Wikipedia talk within Campus Party 2014
Wikimedia México's position about Campus Party 2014
Participation in #CPMX5incluyente forum
Moebius radio program 14/18: "Del concretismo al berimbau" (From concrete
art to berimbau)
Wikipedia talk within Campus Party 2014
Wikipedia Essay Challenge in Campus Party (in Spanish)
Participation at Cumbre de Innovación Ciudadana e Innovación Iberoamérica
(Citizen Innovation and Iberoamerican Innovation Summit) within Campus
I'm very excited to share that last night, we received the award at an
event presence with of hundreds of guests (Picture of the award:
The Roaring Lion competition is an award for excellence within Israel's
communications and public relations industry awarded by the Israel Public
Relations Associations. The campaign was chosen among many, judged by a
committee of public relations executives, academics and public figures.
Last July the Hebrew Wikipedia celebrated her 10th anniversary. The
celebrations were followed by massive press coverage - TV radio, internet
and print. You can give a look on some of them in our Press Book:
The strategy was to show the volunteers – the people behind the projects,
so each cover presented another volunteer. To show the power of Wikipedia
we collected a lot of numbers such the most viewed articles of the last 5
years, numbers of edits, words and many others – which leads to many items
covering the history of HEWP.
But besides arranging massive coverage for the celebrations we were looking
for a special way to celebrate – to do something that has never been done
before. The result was a unique collaboration with TV Channel 2, the most
viewed channel in Israel! For an entire week, five of the most senior
Channel 2 reporters, who learned to edit Wikipedia by our volunteers, wrote
or extended an article on Hebrew Wikipedia. Then, each recorded a one
minute video, explaining why they have decided to write on this specific
topic. Every day, just before the evening news broadcast, the video was
broadcasted and while the anchor presented the project, he explained "we
wanted to celebrate Wikipedia’s 10th anniversary and show that everyone can
write an article on Wikipedia. Happy Birthday Wikipedia!”
Due the success of the project Channel 2 decided to broadcast it all over
again on the week after. According to the ratings records 2.033 million
people (cumulatively) watched the project. On the celebrations month pages
views on Hebrew Wikipedia showed increase of 12% (compare to 1%
internationally) and increase of 12% in new articles (compare to 14%
You can watch them the videos (translated to English) on our Youtube
I wish to thank all the volunteers who take part making this happen, to the
Wikimedia Israel team, and to Gidoen Amichay who supported and helped lead
the Channel 2 cooperation.
Chairperson and Spokesperson, Wikimedia Israel
+972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
(This press release is also available online
Wikipedia Summit “Wikimania” comes to London - Largest ever gathering
- *Featured speakers include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and new
Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Lila Tretikov; Thousands of Wikimedia
volunteers; Leaders in Technology, Culture and Society. From August 8th to
10th at the Barbican Centre; Tickets go on sale today.*
- *Wikimania programme to focus on Social Machines, The Future of
Education, Democratic Media, Open Scholarship & Open Data*
Wikimania’s 2014 team today announce the programme for this year’s historic
event. Wikimania 2014 will be held at the Barbican Centre in London from
8th to 10th August, with a two day pre-conference held August 6th and 7th.
Over 4,000 attendees are expected; more than twice the number at any
The future of Wikipedia, and other Wikimedia projects, forms the central
theme. As technological advances promise big changes on the platform,
Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales will delve into what the future has in store
for the world’s fifth most popular website.
“Wikipedia is the largest knowledge base in the world, consulted by over
half a billion people each month,” says Wales. “However, we’ve only just
begun to scratch the surface of what can be done with it. Through
international expansion, a new focus on open data, and a big investment in
technology development, our movement is charting exciting new territory.”
Attendees will also welcome Wikimedia’s new executive director, Lila
Tretikov. Her keynote will focus on the impact of Wikipedia in our changing
world and its potential for our future.
Tretikov sees Wikipedia, a top five website, as an opportunity to for
unlocking and democratizing knowledge globally: “I’d like us to think
beyond what we know today. Think beyond our accomplishments, towards
opportunities. Opportunities for all our collective minds to build the
future of knowledge, collaboration and trust.” Recent developments have
included plans focused on overhauling Wikipedia’s user experience for
readers and editors, a programmatic approach to grant-making and community,
and establishing a development platform for knowledge building.
Open to the public, Wikimania is a five-day, community-organised event
focusing on new projects in the world of MediaWiki, transparency, and open
knowledge. Themes include collaborative working, natural language
processing, crowdsourcing, education, journalism, scientific and medical
research, open data, and multimedia.
The conference is organised around five questions with massive implications
for the future.
- Social Machines: How Can Online Communities Unlock Humanity’s
- The Future of Education: Now That Wikipedia Has Done Everyone’s
Homework, What’s Left to Teach?
- Democratic Media: Must All Media Be Commercially Driven?
- Open Scholarship: What Happens When The Cutting Edge of Human
Knowledge is Available To All?
- Open Data: What Can We Build When The Sum Of All Human Knowledge is
Lectures from prominent leaders across technology and media will include
- Jack Andraka, inventor – At the age of 15 Andraka invented a possible
new test for pancreatic cancer by using scientific research available he
found on Wikipedia.
- Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam, President, New England Complex Systems
Institute – Bar-Yam will explore how the complex system of Wikipedia
applies to exposition of scientific enquiry and socio-cultural issues.
- Professor Dariusz Jemielniak – Jemielniak will present an academic's
perspective on Wikipedia's cultural and community structures via research
from his book*Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia*.
- Benjamin Mako Hill, researcher – Hill will give an overview of major
research discoveries about Wikipedia from the past year.
- Elizabeth Marincola, CEO, Public Library of Science – Marincola will
share an update about PLOS ONE, the world’s largest open access journal.
- Carl Miller, Research Director, Centre for Analysis of Social Media,
Demos – Miller will share findings from Demos’ efforts to engage citizens
and increase voter participation by experimenting with using Wikipedia-like
- Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director, Public Library of Science – Neylon
is a longtime advocate for open access and unrestricted online access to
peer-reviewed scholarly research.
- Lydia Pintscher, Product Manager, Wikidata – Pintscher will present
Wikidata, the free knowledge base that can be read and edited by humans and
machines alike. Wikidata centralises access to, and the management of
- Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute
(ODI); Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Head of the Web and
Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton; Principal
Investigator for the Theory And Practice of Social Machines Working Group.
- David White, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of
the Arts, London – Now that Wikipedia’s done everyone’s homework, what’s
left to teach?
- Lila Tretikov, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation – The impact
of Wikipedia in our changing world and its potential for our future.
Notes to editors
The conference takes place from 8th to 10th August at The Barbican Centre,
London, with a programme of fringe events already underway. Alongside will
run a pre-conference on education (6th and 7th August) and a hackathon (6th
to 10th August), with the opening ceremony on the evening of the 7th. The
main conference website is: www.wikimanialondon.org; where tickets are now
on sale for £30/45/55 (1 day/3 days/5 days).
There are a number of complimentary tickets available for journalists who
would like to attend. Please contact press(a)wikimanialondon.org.
The conference is being supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, Google,
Ask.com, Mathworks, Tupperware, and Wikimedia UK.
For Wikimedia UK press enquiries please contact Stevie Benton, Head of
External Relations, on 020 7065 0993 or 07803 505 173 or
For Wikimedia Foundation (non UK) press enquiries please contact Katherine
Maher, Chief Communications Officer, on kmaher(a)wikimedia.org.
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