The community wish list survey is underway. Today is the last day for the
wishlist. Is there any India specific wish to be added in the wishlist? if
so today is the last day to do that.
In addition recently the old wiktionary app from the wikimedia foundation
was withdrawn form the google playstore for some odd reasons. So now to
access wiktionary content we need to depend on adware/malware ridden third
party apps. Now there is a wishlist proposal for the wiktionary app. Please
leave your feedback regarding that here.
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From: Claudio Ruiz <claudio(a)creativecommons.org>
Date: Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 8:50 PM
Subject: CC Summit 2019: Registration, Call for Proposals and Scholarships
I'm writing to let you know that today we're opening registration for the
2019 Creative Commons Global Summit
<https://summit.creativecommons.org/register2019/>, and to invite you to
consider applying for a scholarship
The Creative Commons Global Summit will take place in Lisbon, Portugal,
9-11 May 2019. Join us for three days of dynamic programming at Museu do
Oriente, with keynotes held at the historic Cineteatro Capitolio.
*Apply for a CC Global Summit scholarship*
Nearly 25% of all Global Summit attendees receive support from Creative
Commons in the form of scholarships. Our scholarship program helps ensure
the global community remains central in the debates, collaborations,
connections, and strategies for action that make the Global Summit such an
exciting and important event.
Scholarship applications are now open.
<https://summit.creativecommons.org/scholarships/> The application deadline
is December 10, 2018.
*Submit a proposal for the CC Global Summit program*
As always, the summit's programming is built out of ideas from you. If you
have an idea for a summit session, please submit a proposal
<https://summit.creativecommons.org/proposals/>. We're accepting proposals
through December 10, 2018.
Finally, please be sure to read the event's Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are
expected to cooperate to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.
Thank you for all that you do. We're excited to see you in Lisbon in May.
Director of Ecosystem Strategy
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From: Kirill Lokshin <kirill.lokshin(a)gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 at 07:54
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliations Committee Call for Candidates
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia
Movement Affiliates discussion list <affiliates(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The Affiliations Committee – the committee responsible for guiding
volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and
user groups – is looking for new members!
The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of
volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review
applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the
different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate
bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and advise the
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on issues connected to chapters,
thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.
The committee can include up to fifteen members, roughly half of whom are
selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining
the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending
in December 2020.
Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with
volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity,
and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a healthy mix of
different skill sets in our members, including the following key skills and
- Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic
- Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future
of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
- Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a
monthly two-hour voice/video meeting.
- International orientation.
- Fluency in English.
- Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
- Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the
- Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building
and organizing are a plus.
- Skills in other languages are a major plus.
- Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
- Strong track record of effective collaboration (such as evidenced skills
at facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and so forth) are a major plus.
- Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including
contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.
We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering
volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission
around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the
experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their
communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational
development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional
As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral
engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2018 member selection process
will include a public review and comment period. All applications received
by the committee will be posted on Meta at
and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about
At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on
by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking
into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors,
Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final
decision will be made by mid-January 2019, with new members expected to
join later that month.
*How to apply*
If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your
application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your
application to affcom(a)lists.wikimedia.org by 31 December 2018. Your
application must include the following information:
- Your full name and Wikimedia username
- A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation
for joining the committee.
- Answers to the following three questions:
(1) How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective
projects and initiatives?
(2) What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in
the next three years?
(3) What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you a
uniquely qualified candidate?
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and/or the
committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone
about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this
call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!
Chair, Affiliations Committee
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A workshop on Wikisource for Punjabi Wikimedian will take place on 17-18
November in Patiala.
Any Wikimedian from Punjab and Haryana, who are actively working, may apply
to participate in the workshop.
- Introduction of Punjabi Wikisource.
- Copyright Introduction about the Punjabi Books.
- Punjabi Wikisource Stats explanation.
- Proofreading/validation techniques tools.
- Most uses Wikisource Tools.
- Implements the tools to Punjabi Wikisource.
- Google OCR with python script.
Some of the topics to be discussed during the workshop are (more topics may
Please see the event page here, and consider joining:
Partial participation is not allowed. In order to bridge gender gap, female
Wikimedians are encouraged to apply.
Many will already be aware of the new maps available on the wiki -
Wikimedia Maps  which are created using data from the crowdsourced map
data project - OpenStreetMap  that opens up possibilities like truly
multiingual open maps  and geovisualizations  on the wiki.
The OpenStreetMap mapping community in Asia is organizing a conference in
Bengaluru next week - State of the Map Asia  at the beautiful Indian
Institute of Management Bangalore campus on the weekend of Nov 17-18.
Participants includes scholarships recipients from the region sharing their
stories of using the crowdsource map project for various initiatives and is
highly relevant to Wikimedians interested in maps, data, visualizations,
civic activism, street photographs.
There will be quite a few Wikimedians attending and there is a session on
Wikimedia Maps by Naveen Francis. There will be plenty of opportunities to
have BoFs on the overlap between Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap communities in
Student discounts are available. Please register before November 12th and
do share in relevant open source circles that will help grow the open
knowledge community. You can follow updates on twitter 
Hello Indic Wikimedians,
A Community Consultation on Indic Wikisource will take place on 24-25
November in Kolkata. Pre-event session is on 23 November early evening.
The objectives of the consultation are:
1. Share views and preferences on the most effective ways to pursue our
shared vision of creating and sharing free knowledge in India and in the
Indian languages (including English Wikisource) around the world through
Indic Wikisource Project.
2. Attempt to come to agreement on a roadmap for a future where our
resources are better utilized, our volunteers are better served, and
progress on our mission is more steadily attained.
In summary, the current state of affairs in supporting the growth, health,
and motivation of Wikisource volunteers in India leaves much to be desired.
Recently, some specific developments in Google OCR, have led us to decide
we should attempt to facilitate, and hopefully rebuild, a *shared vision* for
the future of Wikisource work in India. We intend to be open to any of a *wide
range* of possible futures, with both formal and informal ways to create
shared identity and purpose.
We have selected and invited *one potential* active volunteer from each
Indic Wikisource language Community.Focusing on *active contributors* with
(ideally) a longer track record, to maximize the amount of experience and
context in the room while retaining the legitimacy that can only come from
including active contributors. That said, we *did* one active contributors.
Please see the event page here:
Note: We will organize Community Consultation/Workshop programme on each
Indic language Wikisource community in coming month. If you are interested
to do the same for your Wikisource language community, please let me know
and mail me at jayanta(a)cis-india.org
After a small break, I'm glad to announce the Featured Wikimedian of the
Month for November 2018, Mr. Varun Chandola.
Varun Chandola with the User Name ArmouredCyborg is a Hindi Wikimedian from
Bageshwar, Uttrakhand. He primarily edits on Hindi Wikipedia along with
English Wikipedia and also tries to document Uttrakhand by uploading
pictures on Commons. Varun started editing Wikipedia since mid 2016 and has
never looked back. He has almost 12k global edits and his created page(s)
have turned into the featured article(s) on Hindi Wikipedia. The Presently
featured article on Kashipur is also written by him. He endeavors to reduce
the number of one-line articles or stubs on Hindi Wikipedia to the lowest
number possible in the near future, expanding articles and turning them
into quality is equally important as creating new articles.
Varun's journey started on Wikipedia by editing articles on Indian Music.
He has a large collection of Music DVDs and to catalog his music library,
he started searching for information on the Internet. When he couldn't find
all the information at one place he started editing and putting the same on
Wikipedia. This turned him into a Wikipedian.
Varun presently works for Military Engineer Services and is based in
Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
You can find his profile on our website
If you know any such amazing & hard working community members, who deserved
to be our next featured Wikimedian, please write to me at