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From: "Tilman Bayer" <tbayer(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Oct 31, 2012 7:26 AM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] 2012 Editor survey launched
To: "Wikimedia Mailing List" <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
we have just launched the Foundation's 2012 editor survey; with
invitations to participate being shown to logged-in users on Wikipedia
A few quick facts about the survey (for more refer to
* This is the third survey of editors as envisaged in the Foundation's
2010-15 strategic plan "in order to take the pulse of the community
and identify pressing issues or concerns", after the April 2011 and
December 2011 surveys.
* The first main purpose of this survey is to continue the work of the
2011 studies (conducted by Mani Pande and Ayush Khanna), with a focus
on tracking changes since last year and identifying trends.
Which is why many questions are being repeated from last time.
* The second emphasis in this instance of the survey is to measure the
satisfaction of the editing community with the work of the Wikimedia
* This is the first editor survey that includes a non-Wikipedia
project (Commons, for the questions that are non Wikipedia-specific).
* Thanks to everyone who commented on the draft questionnaire after we
solicited feedback on this list and in and IRC office hour, as well as
to those who commented about the last survey. We made several changes
based on the feedback, and tried to reply to all concerns.
* Also many thanks to all volunteer translators who reviewed or
contributed translations; the questionnaire is available in 14
languages (Italian, Polish and Portuguese will launch a bit later).
* As with the previous two surveys, the results will be published in
the following forms: A "topline" report detailing the percentage of
responses for each question, a series of posts on
https://blog.wikimedia.org analyzing the results, and a data set
consisting of anonymized responses which others can use to do their
own analyses. This time we will also aim to produce language-specific
topline reports (an approach we already tested for Chinese with the
data from the December 2011 survey).
Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
IRC (Freenode): HaeB
Wikimedia-l mailing list
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From: "Sarah Stierch" <sarah.stierch(a)gmail.com>
Date: Oct 31, 2012 8:07 AM
Subject: WikiWomen's Collaborative
Dear Wikimedia Australia,
I am writing about a new project launch - the WikiWomen's Collaborative.
This is a project that has been developed by the community, and as part of
my fellowship at the Wikimedia Foundation. My work has focused for the past
year on engaging more women to participate in Wikipedia and the Wikimedia
You can read about the launch of the project here:
We have women from around the world who edit Wikipedia who are
participating, and I'd love to garner your support and interest in the
project. Ways that your chapter can get involved:
- Share this template talk page of female Wikipedians:
- Write a blog about the WikiWomen's Collaborative and how women
involved in your chapter or country can get involved based on the blog I
linked to above.
- Share projects and programs that your chapter is doing to engage more
women to help "close the gap."
- Like us on Facebook and share news, stories and links:
and be sure to invite your women friends and family on Facebook to like us
too - Wikipedians and "not yet" Wikipedians welcome!
- Contribute to the Wikimedia Foundation WikiWomen's blog roll about the
importance of women contributing to projects, profiles about WikiWomen in
your chapter, and more:
Thank you for your consideration and please share this email - and if I can
provide any support to you, please let me know. I'm happy to engage your
chapter in helping to close the gender gap.
*Museumist and open culture advocate*
>>Visit sarahstierch.com <http://sarahstierch.com><<
I wonder if anyone could recommend a developer to do some work for
Appropedia.org, upgrading our MediaWiki and cleaning up our server, and
doing some work with our Semantic MediaWiki... we're looking for reliable
and tidy work rather than super-flash snazzy coding.
It's a paid gig - but we're a small non-profit foundation, so it will be a
small job (possibly with more work in future).
Location is not important, of course, but if they happened to be in either
Melbourne or Northern California, all the better.
Feel free to pass this on. Anyone who's interested can contact me - send a
CV if you have one, or a bit about your MediaWiki experience.
Appropedia.org - Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.
Yesterday the committee did not have quorum at its monthly meeting,
which is adjourned until next Sunday.
However the committee has used its wiki voting mechanism, developed
last December, to finalise the date of the AGM as 25 November, and
the outline the method to be used for committee election at the AGM,
being electronic voting using either memberdb or Adam Jenkins software
depending on feedback from the community.
Resolution: That Wikimedia Australia will hold its 2012 Annual General
Meeting on 25 November 2012 16.00 AEST, and the following timetable is
21 October 2012 16.00 AEST: Software for the election at the AGM must
26 October 2012 16.00 AEST: All resolutions, including rule changes,
must be proposed, seconded and published according to the proposals
27 October 2012: Electronic AGM notice to be sent to
members(a)wikimedia.org.au, with members to acknowledge receipt by email
28 October 2012: Prepaid post AGM notice to be sent to all currently
financial members that have not electronically acknowledged receipt.
1 November 2012 00:01 AEST: Membership database is closed until the
AGM has concluded.
9 November 2012 12:00 AEST: Nominations open.
14 November 2012 12:00 AEST: Nominations close.
16 November 2012 12:00 AEST: Election opens.
23 November 2012 12:00 AEST: Election closes.
24 November 2012 12:00 AEST: IRC nicknames to be published on the
Wiki. Proxy forms to be submitted to the Secretary.
25 November 2012 16.00 AEST: AGM
26 November 2012: Membership database is opened.
Recognising that Resolution:2012 Annual General Meeting sets the AGM
date at 25 November 2012 and election software must have been
published before 21 October 2012,
Resolution: That Wikimedia Australia accepts the following electronic
software as candidates for its committee election, and requests that
members and the public inspect the code for suitability:
1. Adam Jenkins' software which uses Single Transferable Vote
2. memberdb which uses it's own formula that was designed to the
specifications of Linux Australia, and adopted by Linux Users
Victoria. It implements preferential voting, but with variations on
the typical algorithm to support people standing for multiple
positions and having multiple people elected to a single position.
The committee notes that like Linux Australia and Linux Users
Victoria, Wikimedia Australia allows candidates to stand for more than
one position, and the position of Ordinary Member has multiple people
elected to it.
The committee requests that both pieces of software are to be set up
for all financial members to trial until 4 November 2012. These trial
implementations may occur on any server.
The committee accepts that code changes may be made between now and
the election to resolve problems identified with the published code.
All software fixes must be published before 4 November 2012 when the
committee will select which software will be used.
The selected software must be installed on the Wikimedia Australia
server by one of our system administrators, and all candidates in the
election must not have access to the Wikimedia Australia server after
the election opens.
They appear to still be seeking Site Volunteers for the Sydney Open;
in return you get a free pass to all of the heritage buildings.
Sydney Open returns this year on 2-4 November, throwing open the doors
to many of Sydney’s award-winning contemporary designs and much-loved
heritage buildings. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to take part in
Sydney Open which comprises Focus Tours and City Pass access, as well
as Sydney Open Night on Friday 2 November.
The success of Sydney Open is made possible through the generous
support of hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers. Can you spare a half
or full day to promote your city’s special architecture? Would you
like to gain an insight into how successful cultural events are run?
Site Volunteers perform tasks such as welcoming visitors,
supervising building access, or showing off their passion for
architecture. You can also put your hand up to do guided tours. All
Site Volunteers receive a free City Pass as well as an invitation to
the Thank You Party after the event.
• All volunteers must be aged 18 years or older
• You must supply a valid email address for correspondence
• You must provide a mobile phone number for contact on the day of your shift
Volunteer applications will be handled in two stages. To apply for
either volunteer role please complete Stage 1 of registration by
clicking the link below. Successful applicants will be sent the
information to complete Stage 2 separately.
Cross-posting to Australian Wikipedians, Wikimedia Australia members, GLAM
and French Wikipedians - please forward to others who might be interested.
You are invited to participate in an edit-a-thon next Saturday taking place
online and in-person in Sydney. The topic is the music of France,
coinciding with the "Classic 100 music of France" radio countdown
Every year the ABC radio station Classic FM hosts a "top 100" countdown of
classical music - as voted by the audience. [For those not from Australia
the ABC is the public broadcaster, like the BBC in the UK]. You can see the
list of past countdowns on en.wp here
This year, we are planning an edit-a-thon in Sydney on the second-last day
of the broadcast, Saturday afternoon October 13 - 1-5pm local time (which
is 2am-6am UTC). The State Library of NSW has generously offered to host
us. You can sign up to the event (for both onsite and online participation)
This year, the theme is the "Music of France" and will feature works by
such composers as Debussy, Bizet, Ravel and Berlioz along with many others.
The broadcasts are spread over a week and have expert commentary as well as
listener engagement via social media. The physical meetup will be on the
second last day of the Countdown, so by then we will know most of the
choices that have been made but following the Countdown provides
opportunities in advance for editing a range of articles. While WP has good
articles on many of the relevant composers, there is much that could be
developed especially the compositions themselves. This is an opportunity to
listen to the music, learn about it and improve WP too - all while
countering the systemic bias towards pop-culture. You can read more about
the event on their website - where you can also listen to the digital
broadcast online http://www.abc.net.au/classic/classic100/default.htm Note
also that in the sub-pages they have created comprehensive lists of
periods/genres and linked each of the artists and many of the individual
compositions to their respective Wikipedia pages already!
http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2012/07/13/3545391.htm We will inform
the radio presenters of our event and hopefully they will announce our
progress on-air, which will perhaps gain new editors to the project.
I hope to see you there - in person or online!
The Wikimedia Australia public meeting will start today 7th October 2012 at 17:00 hours (5:00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDST) ). Come and go as you please. There is no set agenda so you are welcome to start a discussion about anything Wikimedia Australia related.
John Vandenberg will be chairing the dicussion and preempts interalia, discussion on the Conflict of Interest (COI) policy and the WMAU 2013 Annual Plan.
Secretary - Wikimedia Australia
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From: David F. Flanders <david.flanders(a)ands.org.au>
Date: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Subject: [ands-general] OKFN Au - Information and Roadmap
To: ANDS General <ands-general(a)googlegroups.com>
As announced at last week's OKFest in Helsinki the official chapter of the
OKF in Australia has been announced. This builds on the significant
efforts of the GovHack, GovCamp & GovJam events to create a wider
'upside-down umbrella community support network' for those dedicated to
cause of OpenKnowledge (this of course includes the OpenData efforts as
Please do consider joining one of the many OKF listservs, such as Data
Journalism, Open Bibliography, Open Shakespeare or one of the many
other volunteer efforts.
And don't forget to join the local OKF AU chapter listserv as described
OKFN Au – Information & Roadmap
Welcome to the Australian chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation Network
– OKFN Au.
OKFN Au is a community initiative to create a bridge between the many and
varied open knowledge communities in Australia, including
data journalists, scientists, Gov 2.0 and open data peeps, knowledge and
change management enthusiasts and civil society. Please browse the site,
check out the list of open knowledge
communities<http://au.okfn.org/communities>in Australia, send us
details about your group to add to the network on the
community mailing list at http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-au/**,
check out the community calendar and get involved [image: :)]
OKFN <http://okfn.org/> is a global community network, established
originally in the UK. It brings together people interested and active in
opening up and using data to create and share knowledge.
The Open Knowledge Foundation is dedicated to promoting the creation,
sharing and application of Open Knowledge in the Digital Age.
The goal of an Australian chapter could be to support, promote and bring
together the active and diverse open knowledge communities in Australia. We
have some well established tech communities, research groups, open
government communities, emerging data journo communities and loads more
that could all benefit through being connected to each other, even if just
peripherally. It makes it easier to understand the breadth and skills of
our community which, in turn, makes it easier to connect with each other
and collaborate on common goals or projects.
Best of all OKFN Au will make it easier for newcomers to this space to
identify a group or groups in our community that they can join and
contribute to, both nationally and internationally.
It is very early days and generally speaking, most people will work and
play within their groups and continue life as usual, but OKFN Au could be
thought of like an upside down umbrella to support the broader community.
Through some initial discussions, we’ve come up with some potential
functions of OKFN Au and would love your feedback about what would (or
wouldn’t) be useful for you and your community:
- promotion of community groups and events – listing of the various
groups, aggregated calendar
- some flagship events for cross community goodness – an annual Aus
OKFestival including GovCamp, GovUX, GovHack and other community events
including themes around science, data journalism, digital humanities & open
- knowledge sharing – through a group blog and global and local mailing
lists, encouraging cross posting of content from the communities. A monthly
online OKFN Au online chat could be useful for identifying upcoming events,
opportunities to work together, promoting good work throughout the
community, and for anyone throughout the extended community to get involved
in OKFN Au itself
- community collaboration – through mailing lists, wikis and other
tools, facilitating groups to reach out to each other to tap into a broad
range of skills for awesome community projects
- possible resources and services to support community activities –
insurances, small grants for pizza and beer, web tools, legal, etc
- anything else the community needs to be awesome.
Some of these ideas would require the set up of an organisation, some could
be achieved through a casual network of volunteers. We would like to grow
this idea organically over the coming 12 months in response to the needs of
the community so do get involved and let us know what you think on the OKFN
Au mailing list <http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/okfn-au>!
Pia and the OKFN Au Working Group <http://au.okfn.org/working-group>
*Please note that OKFN Au is not envisioned to be a lobbying organisation,
but rather a group focused on open knowledge community development and
growth in Australia.*
OKFN-AU mailing list
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