**Wikipedia’s 15th birthday is coming. We want to celebrate with you. Read
this whole email for more information about resources and plans, and join
us on the Meta page to participate and coordinate:
As many of you know, the first Wikipedia was created January 15, 2001. That
means that the idea of our movement is nearly 15 years old! After the
celebration of Wikipedia’s 10th birthday <http://ten.wikipedia.org/> five
years back, we’re eager to coordinate celebrating this upcoming milestone
with you on January 15, 2016.
Wikipedia’s 10th birthday <https://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>
resulted in 470 events across 113 countries, providing our global community
with an opportunity to gather, share stories, and bake many, many cakes
As a way to kickstart planning around the 15th, there is a page on
Meta for Wikipedia
15 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15> (thanks to User:Pharos
and User:JSutherland (WMF)) for coordination. Eventually, we plan for the
page will have resources including:
Resources plan events and meetups locally to celebrate the 15th.
More information on sharing birthday photos, videos, stories, Wikipedia
content, and other media.
Tips for pitching to local media to cover your event.
Many of the sections on the meta page are blank for now, but we’ll be
working with you to add more information to the page over the next few
months leading up to the birthday celebration in January. Please feel free
to add, edit, and discuss what you’d like to see for Wikipedia’s 15th
We look forward to working with you to celebrate Wikipedia’s 15th!
-The Wikimedia Foundation Communications team
If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to Joe
Sutherland (jsutherland(a)wikimedia.org) and Sam Lien (slien(a)wikimedia.org).
Chief Communications Officer
149 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
+1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635
+1 (415) 712 4873
Hey Wikidata friends,
Wikidata is turning 3 years old on October 29th. This is a reason to
celebrate for all of us. We'll be having a big party in Berlin and we
would love to see as many of you there as possible.
The Wikidata team also has a few more things planned where they'd love
to have videos, images and other input from you.
Find all information including a draft schedule for the event with
exhibition, editathon, award ceremony, party and more on:
Here's the event on fb: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487210038273348/
And here's a tweet for you to share:
Vorstandsreferentin Internationale Beziehungen
Adviser to the ED, International Relations
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0 | http://wikimedia.de
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,
*1. Groups and organizations, a
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple> by 1 November for
funding by 1 January! *
*2. Volunteers, join the committee
*4. Help us out with translation, please (see list of pages below).*
Dear Wikimedia colleagues:
We are piloting the *Simple Annual Plan Grants option, for groups and
organizations* that choose to include program and operating expenses as
part of one application each year. We are excited to move forward with this
new option after making some changes to this idea based on what we learned
from the recent consultation about Reimagining WMF Grants
1. *One application*. Funding for programs, operating expenses, and staff
all in one application for the year, to enable organizations to plan with
better, and to show how their programs are leading to impact.
2. *Simple process.* Simpler and speedier application, review, and
reporting processes than grants through the FDC, with more flexible
eligibility requirements, and open to informal groups as well as
3. *Targeted support*. WMF will be developing more guidelines and online
resources specifically for groups and organizations, this option will
include more support from WMF program staff during the application process
and during each grant, and participants will be part of a learning
community with other groups and organizations doing similar work.
*Join us, in creating something new together!*
1. *Applications from groups and organizations that need funding by 1
January will be due 1 November. *More applications will also be accepted
throughout the year. You can learn more about the program and how to apply
here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple. If you are
interested, but have questions about the timing of your application, please
2. If you want to review annual plan grants, we need you to join the
committee! Add your name here if you want to help:
3. We need your help translating the pages about the pilot, especially:
- https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Eligibility (top)
Groups and organizations with annual plans will still have the option to
request funding through the Project and Event Grants program during the
pilot. The pilot phase will be a time to learn together, and will be
evaluated in several stages (at least one in early 2016, and one in early
2017), to discover if this program benefits applicants and grantees.
Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome on Meta! We've already
received some helpful suggestions, and we hope to make improvements as we
Please contact me at wolliff(a)wikimedia.org with questions specific to your
group or organization.
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
October 1, 2015, at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be broadcast as
a live YouTube stream.
At next month's meeting, we will:
* Welcome recent hires
* Present a community update
* Review WMF top-level metrics
* Showcase recent work
* Share research findings
* Give a product demo
* Engage in questions/discussions
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about the meeting and how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Wikimedia Foundation \\ www.wikimediafoundation.org
Please find a summary of last month’s highlights from the Wikimedia blog at
the following link:
• Hundreds of “black hat” English Wikipedia accounts blocked following
• The Hunt for Tirpitz
• My life as an autistic Wikipedian
• Content Translation updates from Wikimania 2015
• Using Wikipedia to preserve indigenous languages of Colombia
• When cultural heritage gets a digital life
Translations for August are greatly appreciated.
Digital Communications | Wikimedia Foundation
*WMF:* ASherman (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:ASherman_(WMF)>
Dear Wikimedia community,
Wikimedia Denmark's Annual report for 2014 is available:
It details our events and work. One notable event was the participation
of our chairman Ole Palnatoke Andersen in a Wikipedia-specific national
Greetings from Denmark
Finn Årup Nielsen