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On 08-04-11 15:37 Daniel Kinzler <daniel(a)brightbyte.de> wrote:
>Wikimedia Deutschland is offering a contract for implementing the
>component for our Graph Processor project. Anyone interested is invited to
>apply, the official call for bids is at
>The Graph Processor project aims to develop an infrastructure for rapidly
>analyzing and evaluating Wikipedia's category structure. It's supposed to
>part of the Toolserver infrastructure (and eventually, the WMF search
>that allows CatScan-like queries to run in under a second instead of
>The contract offered here covers the implementation of the GraphServ
>which is to function as a service by which applications can access the
>structures of different wikis, similar to the way a database server would
>provide access to information stored in databases. Technically, GraphServ
>server that manages TCP connections and attaches them to instances of
>which do the actual processing of the category structures
><https://github.com/jkroll20/graphcore/blob/master/spec.rst>. The server
>accessed by applications via client libraries written in PHP, Python,
>are not in scope of the contract but will be developed in parallel by
>A rough specification of the GraphServ component along with requirements
>implementations can be found at
>Note that GraphServ will be released as Open Source Software. While
>Deutschland will be the copyright holder for the software developed under
>contract, we will include the name of the actual authors in the copyright
>Applications should include the following:
>* The applicant's prior experience with designing and implementing
>software, as well as any other relevant qualifications
>* An overview of the intended architecture of the implementation and the
>technologies used, along with a rationale for choosing this architecture
>technologies over others.
>* A rough road map of the implementation, documentation and testing
>the appropriate mile stones.
>* Estimate of working hours needed
>* Time frame for the implementation (calendar weeks)
>* Total expected cost, including taxes
>Please send your application to <technik(a)wikimedia.de> by April 29.
>PS: please forward this to anyone you think could be interested. thanks!
This visualization - 'A History of the World in 100 Seconds' - is
fascinating. And instructive. (The missing byline is that it's a history
of the world according to Wikipedia). Apologies for cross-posting and/or
if you've seen it before - it seems to have been made about 2 months ago.
From the makers: "Many wikipedia articles have coordinates. Many have
references to historic events. Me (@godawful) and Tom Martin
(@heychinaski) cross referenced the two to create a dynamic
visualization of Wikipedia's view of world history. Watch as empires
fall, wars break out and continents are discovered.
This won "Best Visualization" at Matt Patterson's History Hackday in
January, 2011. To make it, we parsed an xml dump of all wikipedia
articles (30Gb) and pulled out 424,000 articles with coordinates and
35,000 references to events. Cross referencing these produced 15,500
events with locations. Then we mapped them over time."
On the video's vimeo page, there are a whole lot of interesting comments
- like this one: "so cool! really incredible how euro-centric it is. i
wonder what it would look like if events were weighted by their
appearance in the non-english wikipedias?"
More here: http://africasacountry.com/2011/04/06/a-history-of-the-world/
And here: http://vimeo.com/19088241
Actually, "Wikimedia Malayalattha Snehikkunnu" is valid too. :)
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture
>From: Ravishankar <ravidreams(a)gmail.com>
>To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
>Cc: Malayalam wiki project mailing list <wikiml-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
>Sent: Friday, April 8, 2011 10:52 AM
>Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] [Press] The Hindu : "Malayalam Wiki all set to expand database"
>Someone should help create a template to keep congratulating ml wikimedians :)
>On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 7:06 AM, CherianTinu Abraham <tinucherian(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>The Hindu : "Malayalam Wiki all set to expand database"
>>The Malayalam Wiki is on a roll. After winning accolades for its innovative endeavours, the Malayalam Wiki continues to hog the limelight with its latest project titled, ‘Malayalam Wikimediayaye Snehikkunnu' (Malayalam loves Wikimedia).
>>Inspired by the resounding success of Wiki projects elsewhere—like ‘London loves Wikimedia'—the new Malayalam Wiki project seeks to expand the Malayalam Wiki repositories of free-to-access and use knowledge by adding copyright-free news and feature photographs concerning Malayalam users. “During the two-week project period between April 2 and April 17, we intend to sensitise Malayalam Wiki contributors and users to enrich Malayalam Wiki ventures by contributing free-to-use photographs. Despite boasting over 17,000 articles on a variety of topics, the Malayalam Wiki can't claim to have many copyright-free pictures. Hence the project,” maintains Shiju Alex, Malayalam Wiki activist and coordinator.
>>The timing of the project couldn't have been any better, given the forthcoming assembly polls. “This is the time you get to photograph the State's prominent political personalities. We have articles on many of them, but most of their available photographs are copyrighted,” he says. Four days into the project, over 400 free-to-use photographs have been generated by Malayalam Wiki users across the globe and uploaded into http://commons.wikimedia.org and http://ml.wikipedia.org.
>>Besides political leaders, the project seeks to obtain copyright-free photographs of places of historical significance; monuments; institutions of governance including local bodies; noted personalities in the State's social and cultural spheres as part of the project. “The two-week project period is just a token observance. The exercise is sure to stay on further,” says Mr. Alex. Contributors are encouraged to provide material besides additional information pertaining to the photographs they upload. They have also been asked to give, if possible, the geo-coding (on-map location coordinates) of the photographs. An FAQ on the objectives and mode of implementation of the project is available on the Malayalam Wiki page announcing it. A help mail, help(a)mlwiki.in, has also been set up to field queries. Wiki activists Rajesh Odayanchal and Ajay Kuyiloor have designed a unique logo and advertisement for the project.
>>Wikimediaindia-l mailing list
>Wikimediaindia-l mailing list
As I had mentioned earlier, we're having a monthly IRC meeting on India Programs on the 1st Thursday of every month. Please do join the IRC meeting this evening on India Programs . (The details are in the subject of this mail.)
The basic agenda is to discuss the India Plan which I shared with you all a couple of days ago as well as anything else that you wish to go through.
I look forward to as many of you as can make it.
India Programs - Wikimedia Foundation
I am really happy to announce that the first Toolserver tools can now be
localised at translatewiki.net. Thanks to the hard work of Krinkle the first
tools make use of the "Intuition" messaging framework. People who know
Toolserver, will know that there are many useful tools that help understand,
manage, experience Wikimedia projects.
With these first Toolserver tools available now for a few hours, the first
localisations have been added and the first languages have already complete
localisations at twn. The messages will become available at least at the
same rate as the MediaWiki messages (typically every day) so localisation is
an extremely effective way of making Toolserver an environment that is
accessible to people who speak your language.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Barry Newstead <bnewstead(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 6:38 AM
Subject: [Foundation-l] Plea for candidates: WMF Movement Communications
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Another quick note on the Movement Communications Manager posting that we
are hoping to fill at WMF. We have a number of applicants, but very, very
few are from the Wikimedia community. We would really love to fill this role
with a strong Wikimedian, so if you are interested or know someone who may
be interested, please apply or reach out to Jay Walsh or myself.
Note: If location is an issue, we could be flexible.
Chief Global Development Officer
foundation-l mailing list
Hi, here is the report of the 2nd Odia Wikipedia Workshop, Bhubaneswar,
The 2nd Odia Wikipedia Academy has been organized on 3April 2011 at
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. This was the first outreach academy of
Odia Wikipedia in Odisha to bring an awareness andmotivate common mass from
different educational and social background. Odia Wikipedia was started way
back in 2002 and was one of the four Indian languages, Asamese, Malayalam,
Odia, Punjabi. But because of the lack of proper awareness and activism
there was a snail movement for almost 8 years. Shiju introduced Odia Wiki
projects to many fellow Odias which later motivated them to bring the Wiki
movement back to the first Odia Wikipedia Academy, conducted in Bengaluru
on. Odia Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia in Odia language to make
knowledge available freely for masses.
Dhanada Mishra of Human Resource Development Management Studies has formally
inaugurated this event. A FAQ Booket was released by and distributed among
the first time participants of the Wikipedia Workshop. Wikipedians Shiju
Alex and Tinu Cherian were also took
active part in facilitating the event. The workshop was conducted by Odia
Wikiali (Odia version of an Wikipedian/User) Subha Pa. The whole
Academy/Workshop was conducted in 2 main sections, Subha introduced Odia
Wikipedia to the audience, said about the history and the development and
current status. The second session was focused on how to type in Odia using
the transliteration/Inscript tool which was newly incorporated, solving
typing issues, searching existing articles, creating articles and editing
for enhancement of old article. In this session he has demonstrated how to
add content using the commonly used syntaxes, adding pictures and other
media files. This was an interactive session where the audience interacted
with the demonstrator and each other and several discussions went on based
on the major issues. Several participants from from the nearby management
colleges, engineering students, entrepreneurs, college students have also
participated. At the end of the session a lotion based core group of active
users was formed which will be promoting the Wikipedia movement and bringing
more and more contributors to enhance it, make it more user friendly and
make it reach to masses. Contributors came with several suggestions such as
motivating more and more students and freelancers to contribute and also
monitor the ongoing activities and discussing them through the mailing list
of Odia Wikipedia. [ http://bit.ly/ormail ]. More and more such activism are
expected in the coming future with the involvement of people who are eager
for the development of Odia language on web. Odia Wikipedia can be accessed
at or.wikipedia.org and the Facebook page for Odia Wikipedia is
As of now there are 700 articles in Odia Wikipedia, but many of them are to
be enhanced with more information and references. There was a discussion
about how to build a strong community to enhance the articles in both
quality and standard wise, stop vandalism and monitor the activities.
Wikipedia Odia (Oriya) mailing list
I've updated and detailed out all the sections on the India Plan. *
Thank you so much to all who've engaged and contributed to this - on the
talk pages and 1-on-1.
Some key highlights of what I've added:
- Based on queries I've received, I've added a "Strategic Thinking"
section that sets out the some guiding ideas for the plan.
- Updated the various initiatives with learnings and experience from
around the world (e.g., Public Policy Initiative, Wiki Guides, incubation or
"greenhouse" as used in Russian & Hebrew Wikipedias)
- Detailing out the Campus Program, including a proposed pilot city
- Updated the sections on Outreach Impact and Digital Outreach (formerly
titled Social Media)
- Updated team structure / roles & responsibilities
- Updated timelines. (These continue to remain somewhat ambitious, but
using it at as a starting point.)
Please do take time out and read the page. As always, I'd love to hear from
you. Please feel free to share your views on this mailing list or on the
talk page or offlist with me or any other channel you prefer!
Something that I think would be useful would be to present this plan
face-to-face with as wide a group as possible. If you could let me know
(offlist please) when your next community meet-ups are scheduled (across the
country), I'd love to be able to come down and share the plan with you in
(Also, as agreed in the first India Programs' IRC, there's a monthly IRC
scheduled for this Thursday evening India time. We could discuss the India
Plan in addition to anything else. I'll send out a note on that separately)
*India Programs - Wikimedia Foundation*