the scholarship programm for the Foundation runs another 7 days (see
mail below), it would be great to see some of you at Wikimania, so
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From: Harel Cain <harel.cain(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 8:54 AM
Subject: [Foundation-l] Reminder: Scholarship applications for
Wikimania 2011 to end on January 31st
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
<foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, "Wikimania general list (open
This is just a reminder that the main scholarship application process for
Wikimania 2011 will end on January 31st at 23:59 UTC.
Applications received after that time will be discarded [see note].
If you or any of your friends were planning to apply for a scholarship but
haven't done so yet, I would advise you to do so now, before it's too late.
Even though we already received many hundreds of applications, we will be
sorry to see anyone left out just because he or she missed the application
All information about scholarships and how to apply for them is at
Wikimedia Austria and Wikimedia Switzerland have announced separate
scholarship programs for people in their respective countries.
Applications for those will be made through the same website and will remain
open till February 28th, 2011.
Other chapters might follow suit soon, so stay alert for announcements from
your local chapter.
Wikimania 2011 local team
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After much back and forth and concerns and worries, Charlene, Kerryn,
Ian, Lourie and I put our heads together and decided that Wikimedia ZA
should make a bid to host Wikimania 2012 in Stellenbosch. We feel we
can get the support of the University, the local government, and other
universities, and that we should push forward to prepare a bid. If we
find that it seems less feasible as time goes on, we will of course
withdraw, but we believe it's possible for us to get everything
together in time.
I've created a bid page at
please take a look at it, and please edit it! Add details, ideas,
Also, let's get the discussion going at
All talk and planning about the bid can go there.
I'll have more time this weekend to hack away at the draft, and I will
also start drawing up a formal timeline ASAP.
Things stalled for quite a while now, but everything is
starting to get in place. The final documents are at Tobias to get reviewed. As
soon as he is finished with them we plan to submit them to ChapCom. The last thing
to be sorted out is the future directors of the chapter.
We asked numerous times for people to volunteer to be a
director, but only got a little more than a handful interested. Some of those
who initially said they would be interested also wandered off. Currently we
only have five people interested in being director, which is the exact amount
of directors needed. You can take a look at these people right here: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_South_Africa/Directors.
This is just a final email to keep everyone up to date. As
soon as the documents are finished we will submit them with these individuals
as the founding directors of Wikimedia ZA.
I hope all is well in terms of progress in the South African Chapter. Anyway, I just wanted to request you guys whether it's possible for you to come up with a Wikimania 2012 bid. Wikimania in 2005 was in Germany, in 2006 it went to USA, in 2007 it was in Taiwan, in 2008: Egypt, in 2009: Argentina, in 2010: Poland and in 2011 it'll be in Israel. Don't you guys think that it's high time Wikimania came back to Africa?
Anyway, f you guys feel that you are capable of pulling a winning bid, kindly contact me and I will give you all the necessary documentation.
Wikimania 2012 Jury Member.
Feel free to contact me:
Wikimedia Kenya Member
"Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's our commitment."
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Beginning this month, I will be working on a project that finds ways of
making Wikipedias work in languages where there is a shortage of
scholarly publishing. The question is something that has been on many
people's minds - and I'm hoping to work in two or three Indian languages
and at least one South African language. I've been speaking to Mohau
about this, and we're going to be working together to see what we can do
within Northern Sotho Wikipedia.
The email below was sent to WikimediaIndia-l; more information on the
scope of the project can be found on the Wikimedia Foundation's blog:
I will be shortly setting up a public forum where a broader discussion
on the topic of citations/publishing/language can be held. I'll let you
know as soon as I do that, and I look forward to your ideas, opinions
and suggestions - as well as working with you - very much!
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Subject: A Wikimedia Foundation Fellow from India
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:32:07 +0530
From: Bishakha Datta <bishakhadatta(a)gmail.com>
To: India List Wikimedia <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
CC: Achal Prabhala <aprabhala(a)gmail.com>
As part of the continuing spate of good news, I'd like to congratulate
Achal Prabhala for becoming the latest Wikimedia Foundation Fellow.
For those of you who don't know him, Achal is a writer and researcher in
Bangalore who has participated as a volunteer in the Wikimedia movement
in India and globally for years, and as a member of the Foundation’s
Achal will be conducting field research in India and rural South Africa
with Wikipedians and non-Wikipedians across three languages to explore
ways to compensate for the gap in published/printed sources in many
More details at
I think the proposed press release has shaped up well. Two comments:
* I had wondered about adding - for those prejudiced against the
venture - something along the following lines:
"Unlike other sites on the web which erase older versions as new information is
added, Wikipedia maintains an archive, for every single article, of edits and
changes and discussions, so that those who refer to Wikipedia can track
precisely how the prevailing view on any point has been produced."
[But maybe not necessary/appropriate in the present context? Maybe it can be
said more concisely?]
* The other issue I have wondered about is in relation to comments heard lately
concerning the Wikileaks saga - whether one should clarify that there is no link
between it and Wikipedia?
Again, this is perhaps not the right occasion?
All the best
Almost all of the comments are sorted out! I thought that
this day will never come. All that needs to be done now is for Tobias to incorporate
some of our suggestions into the documents. In addition to this there is one other
issue that is to be sorted out about the taxing. I also cleaned up the talk
page and organised that what remained.
--- On Mon, 1/10/11, David Richfield <davidrichfield(a)gmail.com> wrote:
From: David Richfield <davidrichfield(a)gmail.com>
Subject: [Wikimedia-ZA-Board] Some issues on the talk page that still need attention.
To: "Tobias Schönwetter" <tobiasschonwetter(a)gmail.com>, "Wikimedia ZA board list" <wikimedia-za-board(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Date: Monday, January 10, 2011, 6:15 PM
Can you help us out on the tax issue?
Wikimedia-ZA-Board mailing list
I copied the list just to keep everyone posted.
--- On Sun, 1/9/11, David Richfield <davidrichfield(a)gmail.com> wrote:
From: David Richfield <davidrichfield(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia ZA] First draft of 10 year press release
To: "Lourie Pieterse" <louriepieterse(a)yahoo.com>
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011, 10:03 PM
On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 5:41 PM, Lourie Pieterse
> Thanks for the trouble. Where can we see the first draft?
I've taken a stab at drafting a press release around the 10 year
Wikipedia anniversary. It needs your input! It's probably incomplete
and could do with some reorganization. Please post to the mailing
list when you have made an edit. I'll try and watch for updates.
Note: the dateline is for Jan 11, because I was advised that this is
an appropriate time to release news for the 15th. I've datelined it
"South Africa", because it won't be written at one location or
relevant to one specific location. I don't know whether that's