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From: Nicole Ebber <nicole.ebber(a)wikimedia.de>
Date: Thu, 9 May 2019, 18:39
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Let’s talk movement strategy: community
conversations, strategy salons, and more
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Dear fellow Wikimedians,
Discussions about what our future could look like are currently
underway - thanks to everyone who has already been taking part in the
community conversations. We’ve compiled all the insights gathered so
far from communities in a report (see below). Strategy salons will
also start happening in the next few months. If you wish to host a
small event to talk strategy with your affiliate or group, good news:
we are launching a strategy salon grant application process! Keep
reading for all the latest updates on movement strategy.
== Community conversations report March/April ==
We have just published our first community conversations report 
summarizing all the discussions that happened in March and April.
Conversations are happening at affiliates and other organized groups
as well as within various communities worldwide.
The insights, ideas, and information that are presented in these
conversations will enrich the working groups’ development of
recommendations. As part of this, the working groups are monitoring
the conversations and processing the input that comes out of this.
This will complement the high volume of overall input working groups
receive and the large amount of proactive research they are
conducting. From time to time, you may also see working group members
jump into the conversations and get back to some of the questions, but
this is at their discretion and may take time.
Community conversations will continue through to September. If you
want to take part or find out more, please visit Meta .
== Apply to host a strategy salon ==
Want to talk strategy with your affiliate’s community? Want to do it
over dinner? Apply for a strategy salon grant! Strategy salons are
short, small events where people share a meal and discuss how they can
enrich the conversation around our structural reform. Affiliates and
other organized groups are encouraged to apply for a grant of between
$500 and $1500. This grant can be used to run an in-person strategy
discussion event between June 1st and September 15th. Be quick - the
application deadline is May 31. Visit Meta for more info .
== What’s happening now and what’s to come ==
The focus of the movement strategy is currently shifting from
identifying the most essential questions in our movement to finding
answers. Between now and Wikimania in August, the goal is to gather
information and ideas that can be used to develop recommendations for
structural change within the movement. The working groups will process
research and data they are collecting as well as the insights that
arise during community conversations. In June and July, they will
begin formalizing all of this into draft recommendations for change.
Wikimania will be an opportunity to engage the with community on
After Wikimania, the plan is to have members of the working groups
meet to bring together all the recommendations from each of the 9
groups and create one coherent set of recommendations. These will be
finalized throughout October. They will then be published and
presented to the Board of Trustees in November.
== Meet us in Lisbon ==
Kaarel and I will attend the Creative Commons Global Summit this week,
to connect with our friends from CC about the future of free
knowledge. We will host a session on Friday at 3:30 pm on Wikimedia
2030 . If you’re also attending the summit, stop by and say hello!
We know that a few working group members and Wikimedians will also be
at the event and look forward to seeing you there.
If you have any questions or would like to connect about the movement
strategy, please feel free to contact me.
Adviser International Relations
Program Manager Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
Unsere Vision ist eine Welt, in der alle Menschen am Wissen der
Menschheit teilhaben, es nutzen und mehren können. Helfen Sie uns
Wikimedia Deutschland — Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.
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There is dearth of information on cyclone shelter, cyclone
preparations and cyclone Fani images on Wikipedia/Commons. Please help
us get images for this to base our articles on.
Does anyone have an audio file of the warning used by Odisha Govt so
successfully to warn the people?
Dear Indic Wikisource Community,
Firstly I would like to thank you for the continuous support and
contribution to the Wikimedia movement specially in Wikisource.
You are aware that Assamese & Tamil community have shown their interest
for workshop in coming month. Keeping this in mind we are planning to have
an IRC on 05th May 2019 @8PM Sunday for the Indic Wikisource community.
Please suggest more agenda for the IRC.
- Update status of what we have done after first IRC and IWCC2018.
- Major issues we faced, and how do I help personally towards the
specific community ( Offline and Online both)
- Organize edit-thon for Wikisource ( Offline and Online both)
- Workshop planning for other community for Oriya, Marathi, Malayalam &
- Advance Wikisource Consultation for Indic Community.
- Add more if you have to discuss ….
Thanks and Regards,
Wikisource Project advisor
Access to Knowledge program
The Centre for Internet & Society
Greetings from VVIT WikiConnect!
As many of you might already know, Train the Training 2019, conducted by
CIS-A2K is going to happen from 31 May to 2 June 2019, in Visakhapatnam
On behalf of the host city, we would like to remind that the last date for
the applications is 7 May 2019 (Five more days left!).
Interested candidates are requested to apply with the following
More info about the program can be read from the event page at
https://w.wiki/3ZT. More details such as program and the exact venue will
be updated as we move closer to the event dates.
If you have questions, please email me or tito(a)cis-india.org.
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From: Liam Wyatt <liamwyatt(a)gmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 2, 2019 at 5:58 AM
Subject: [Wikimania-l] Announcing the Spaces and call for submissions for
Wikimania 2019 Stockholm
To: Wikimania general list (open subscription) <
wikimania-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia Mailing List <
Dear Wikimaniacs, Wikimedians, and friends of the Wikiverse!
On behalf of the Wikimania 2019 Stockholm organising team, I am pleased to
announce two things:
- The list of accepted "Spaces".
- That the Call for Submissions is now OPEN.
Please join me in congratulating the Leaders of each of the accepted
Wikimania 2019 Spaces! As per the program design, Wikimania this year
has the format of "Spaces", each with its own group of "Leaders" - all of
who made a proposal to host a Space back in March. The core team has been
working with the Leaders since then to prepare an interesting, diverse, and
coherent conference. Each Space has its own topic area, and in their own
way they all of them help address the conference theme: "Stronger together:
Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals".
Each Space will have its own room for a period of time in the conference to
curate and coordinate as they see fit. You can read about what each
Space is planning to achieve, and who is Leading it, at the link above. In
English-alphabetical order they are:
Accessibility (A11y): Components and Standards
Global Advocacy for Free Knowledge: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
GLAM - cultural partnerships and Wikimedia
Growing Wikimedia’s readership worldwide
Libraries belong in Wikimedia projects
Thriving in Safety
Strategy for Wikimedia 2030 – The path towards our future
Technology outreach & innovation
And of course the Poster session, which will be a plenary event.
For 2019, there is no 'central' program committee nor a single submission
form. To make a submission, visit the page of the Space which most relates
to your proposal, read its instructions for what kinds of submissions the
Leaders of that Space wish to receive. Then click the submission button.
Each Space is looking for different kinds of content or format. So it is
important that people wanting to propose a presentation/workshop/panel/etc
at Wikimania read the information that the Leaders of each Space have
Once again, the link to the list of all the accepted Spaces, each with its
own submission form, is here:
Please feel free to share/forward this email.
- Liam Wyatt (Volunteer program chair), and Eric Luth (Conference Manager,
 Note that the Spaces do NOT all have the same room capacity, or
duration. Thus the content of the Wikimania program is not intending to be
'evenly spread' across these topic areas.
Wikimania-l mailing list
Tamil Wikipedia elects 10 sysops at a time after a gap of almost 5 years.
After 2013, we hit a policy deadlock where we couldn't agree on how to
elect a new sysop, what are the qualities of an ideal sysop, etc.,
Even after repeated attempts, we could not solve this as the fear of being
not able to easily desysop someone made us look for higher and higher bars
for a perfect admin.
So, how did we solve?
Recently, MediaWiki allows someone to get sysop access for limited periods
of time like 1 month, 3 months, etc., This is how Stewards grants adminship
in many small wikis.
We felt when there is the possibility of granting adminships for trial
periods and renew them thereafter, we don't need to keep the bar for
adminship very high.
We also proposed to start a Wiki Admin School where others can mentor the
So, after a month long discussion and community consensus, we conducted our
sysop elections and elected 10 sysops at a time.
Right now, we have 42 sysops with one of the highest sysops per users
ration among all global Wikis.
We plan to elect 6 new sysops every quarter and are discussing a similar
policy for bureaucrat election.
We strongly believe having a diverse pool of sysops makes them feel
empowered to serve the Wikimedia movement for a long period of time.
If you are interested in knowing more, take a look at the policy here
<https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/7gmi> and the discussion in the related talk