[Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Italia bulletin no. 30 (July-December 2010)

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Our last bulletin follows (I hope the HTML will be better than last time).
As usual, you can read the complete HTML version online at
http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php/Wikimedia_news/numero_30/en and you can

W i K i M e D i A N e W s* no. 30 - December 6, 2010
Official monthly bulletin from Wikimedia Italia Association.

   - 1 Editorial<http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php?title=Wikimedia_news/numero_30/en&printable=yes&uselang=en#Editorial>
   - 2 What happened during last
      - 2.1 Members' meeting in
      - 2.2 Mantua: Festivaletteratura and Premio Wikimedia Italia
      - 2.3 Panel on comics and free licenses at
      - 2.4 Linux
      - 2.5 Lucca Comics & Games
      - 2.6 Other
   - 3 What will happen next
   - 4 News from our
      - 4.1 Ideas from
      - 4.2 New
      - 4.3 News from our
   - 5 News from our
      - 5.1 News from
      - 5.2 News from
      - 5.3 News from
wiki at home<http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php?title=Wikimedia_news/numero_30/en&printable=yes&uselang=en#News_from_wiki.40home>
   - 6 News from WMF
   - 7 Talk with


Autumn. Halloween is celebrated, trips outside the city are organized, maybe
people think that Christmas is approaching. This happens in the world out
It's the second year that in November the most difficult period of the year
for the Board begins: the organization and the daily management of the
Organizing the fundraising means to shadow the Wikimedia Foundation and
their demands, to study contracts, to subscribe to new mailing lists, to
come up with slogans, to spread pages of explanations, to translate FAQs and
in the meantime to try and optimize the tools so that we may be prepared for
the wave of activity which will begin shortly.
When the fundraising actually begins and banners appear on all projects'
pagess, the first thing that happens is that we lose our treasurer and
secretary for a few months: Cotton, Aubrey and all their staff (Xaura,
Dinwath, Remulazz) are completely absorbed by subscriptions flowing in,
questions about donations, registrations of gifts, contacts with WMF which
are nevertheless required (every self-respecting fundraising gets technical
problems or changes to do on the spot!). At the time of writing, there are
170 mail in the subscription mailbox, 88 in the information mailbox and
still others in the general one.
Install OTRS, enroll people directly from the site and write scripts for
importing data are some of the little things we did to simplify the job of
secretary and treasurer, but they are only the tip of the iceberg: we were
not able to customize our CRM, it's more than six weeks since we tried to
open an account at the post office but we have not succeeded yet - despite
all our efforts - and the list of problems does not stop there.
On 11 December, when the directors shall meet *visually*, one of the topics
on the agenda will be hiring one or more persons during the next year to
help us carry out those activities for which we don't have sufficient
resources (and sometimes expertise): communication, secretariat, various
consultants (fundraising, legal, graphics, non-profit specialists).
In closing I remind you of the hot topics still open, that we're overlooking
because discussion, consensus and interests languish: the celebration for
the ten years of Wikipedia and the forthcoming Festival of Digital Freedom.

What happened during last months
meeting in September

On September 25 we held our yearly ordinary members'
Wikimedia Italia, hosted by the Dipartimento di discipline della
comunicazione at the University of Bologna.

Unfortunately we could not record and transmit a real-time video of the
assembly: an audio
available, although the presence of a single microphone at the chair
meant that the questions from the public are barely audible.

The morning began with brief presentations by our guest, Professor Lalli,
and Frieda. The presence of a large and involved audience led to an
interesting discussion: a useful opportunity for information and comparison.

Some of the topics discussed were:

   - Relationships with schools, universities and cultural and heritage
   - The quality of Wikipedia articles in the medical field and other
   specific areas;
   - The possibility of increasing their quality through collaboration with
   institutions and experts in the

   - The encouragement of participation through certificates or other
   evidence that can be added to their curriculum vitae

   - Statistics and attention to the confidentiality of the Wikimedia
   - Accessibility ok Wikipedia content to deaf-mutes.

During the afternoon the actual Members' meeting took place. We renewed the
Board <http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php/Direttivo> and reviewed the main
events of the past year (they are discussed in more detail in our annual
We also have the opportunity to present and discuss briefly the project
"ideas from Wiki" (see
and the new WikiGuide on Wikimedia Commons produced by Christian Biasco (see

   1. ↑<http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php?title=Wikimedia_news/numero_30/en&printable=yes&uselang=en#cite_ref-0>Compare
   Academy, NIH<http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Academy#Wikipedia_Academy_Bethesda_.28NIH_headquarters.29.2C_United_States_2009>
   2. ↑<http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php?title=Wikimedia_news/numero_30/en&printable=yes&uselang=en#cite_ref-1>.
See also one
   of the recommendations<http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/strategy:Task_force/Recommendations/Community_health_1#Volunteering_should_give_you_something_to_put_on_your_resume.2FCV>for
community health emerged from Wikimedia strategic planning process.

Festivaletteratura and Premio Wikimedia Italia 2010

As usual in the last years, the Association attended
Festivaletteratura<http://festivaletteratura.it/>in Mantua (held on
September 12) together with Lettera27 association, our
partner in *WikiAfrica* project. During Festivaletteratura we awarded our
annual Premio Wikimedia
This year the winner was project "Sanbaradio - Ponte
by Cooperativa Mercurio «For having released with a Creative Commons license
(CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0) contents produced in project "Ponte Radio" (Radio Link),
"sound contaminations between Trentino and Mozambique" able to bring near
two worlds quite far apart».

Special mention to project
«For having released with a free Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA-2.5) a
lot of contents about Africa».
on comics and free licenses at Romics

Saturday, October 2 2010, Wikimedia Italia organized in collaboration with
Gente di Cartoonia association a panel on copyleft and the world of comics
at Romics 2010. Participants were Senpai, Mauro
Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri<http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Eleuteri_Serpieri>,
Francesca Perri (of Tonucci & Partners, law firm which takes care of the
business of Disney in Italy), and some publishers and lawyers expert in
copyright and free licenses.

report by Utente:Senpai <http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php/Utente:Senpai>

I made only a presentation of our association and some background comment.
Biani had a very interesting intervention; he boasted of being one of the
first cartoonists to adopt Creative Commons licenses on the web, and
explained that his choice was dictated essentially by two reasons: one kinda
ethical, and another "practical". As regards the second reason, he said that
in more than one occasion - when he released its work with traditional
copyright - his cartoons have been grabbed from his blog and used without
permission. In an occasion a newspaper with regional circulation even
changed the dialogue before publishing the cartoon. Since adopting CC
licenses, however, he realized that the web morally condemns and prosecutes
cases of appropriation of the content released in copyleft, and when a strip
of him is stolen many people signal him the fact.
The intervention of the Serpieri showed then the "comics" side of the
matter; an established artist as he has, to date, no interest in releasing
his works on CC but ethical issues. Serpieri then talked about his battle
for recognition of the cartoonist as a professional artist, especially when
his work is commissioned. Working for the publisher, perhaps drawing a
character who is owned by the same publisher, in fact, is frankly simplistic
for the artist and distorts his role.
In conclusion, the panel was a complete success; Gente di Cartoonia is
asking us to organize another one, this time as a flagship event.
day Milano, Linux day OpenLabs <http://linuxday.openlabs.it/>

CristianCantoro attended the Linux Day held at Parco Trotter in Milano. His
talk was a presentation of Wikipedia and its philosophy, followed by a *demo
* session with modification to Sandbox and practical explanation about how
Wikipedia works.
Modena, EAVIcamp <http://eavicamp.wordpress.com/>

Aubrey attended EAVIcamp, barcamp dedicated to crowdsourcing and
user-generated content, organized in conjunction with the Linux Day. His
presentation on Wikipedia and its sister projects received positive comments
and compliments: being a competent audience, he could fly over on Wikipedia
and talk about Wikimedia universe. Participants agreed that it was an
interesting event, although it was long and difficult; hopefully we would
repeat it next year.
Grosseto, Linux day held by GroLug <http://www.grolug.org/>

Senpai attended Linux Day in Grosseto. Our intervention was focused on the
issue of free licenses and copyleft in general. Public, unfortunately, was
not very numerous, but they proved interested in the subject. It persists
(even in a pseudo-specialized environment as that of linux gruop)
substantial misinformation about what "we can do and not do" under a free

Grolug contacted us also for a possible intervention at coming Public domain
day <http://www.publicdomainday.org/>.
Comics & Games 2010

During Lucca Comics and games <http://www.luccacomicsandgames.com/> our
Association revamped WikiWall, a project ideated for the Festival of Digital
Freedoms. This time the WikiWall had on one side the theme *"comics"*;
bystanders were urged to stop and write something (what's comics for you?)
or to make a drawing.

On the other side there were some postcards with free (as in speech) images,
which were really appreciated

Sull'altro lato erano presenti delle cartoline con immagini libere che hanno
riscosso molto entusiasmo (they were also sought from other exhibition

Even some cartoonists who caught the spirit of the project worked with us
and left a picture on the wall. Among others: Leo Ortolani, Darix, Gabriele
Dell'Otto and Marco Albiero, ullustrator of Sailor Moon.

Jaqen took photos and interviewed people for all four days, for Sanbaradio e
Other events

   - October 4, Modena: Aubrey gave a lecture on Wikipedia and free
   knowledge at Sacred Heart High School. The lesson was two hours long, and
   had been specifically requested by the professor with whom he already worked
   in the past. The video of Wikiguida on Wikipedia was shown, and well
   received, and has given an overview of Creative Commons licenses and
   copyright in general.

   - On November 26 Aubrey took part to a panel, organized by "Azioni a
   catena <http://www.azioniacatena.it/>", in Verona. Title was
   "Condivisione dei saperi?" (Sharing knowledges?), other participants
   Officina S3 and Il Superstite.

What will happen next months

   - On December 4, Aubrey will be in Paris for the second
talk about Wikisource in the conference session devoted to metadata.
   - Monday, December 13th from 14:30 to 17:30 in Milan as part of a series
   of seminars on "digital media languages and citizenship" at the headquarters
   in Milan, Lombardy territorial nucleus of the National Agency for the
   Development of Education (formerly IRRE Lombardia) is organizing a meeting
   entitled "Education for citizenship and the development of writing skills:
   the case of Wikipedia". Attending

News from our groups Ideas from Wiki

The Association launched, at the annual meeting in September, a *call for
ideas" called "Ideas from Wiki" (ie the various wiki projects): we tried to
gather ideas on how to promote Wikipedia and its sister projects and how to
raise awareness on the issue of free licenses.*

Some ideas have been selected and who had proposed the meeting was called to
expose the Wikimedia Bologna of Italy. The next phase, not yet put into
practice, will be the development of the selected ideas.

In the (only) two weeks available for the submission of proposals we
received more than thirty ideas; we take this opportunity to thank all those
who participated.

The ideas proposed were often similar, they all echoed the proposals
discussed and brought to light very often and at length within the
association, demonstrating that the disconnect between what the members
discuss and think they shoul do and what outsiders asked to the association
does not exist; nobody has however a magic wand or easy to do recipes to
work on the ideas.

The full list of ideas submitted and evaluations can be found at Idee da
Wiki <http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php/Idee_da_Wiki>.
New WikiGuide

The new WikiGuida dedicated to Wikisource is in the workings. The
publication is scheduled for the end of January. The script, as in the
previous guides, is taking shape on the sta prendendo forma
the site of Biasco, and is open to suggestions and comments: go
News from our groups Regional group Lazio

by Markos90 and MM <http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php/Utente:MM>

In "Project WikiTrips" - proposed for the first time during the Assembly of
19 September 2009 - a WikiTrip was made to Sallustiano
district<http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sallustiano>in Rome. The
destination was chosen by the users Markos90 and MM: a special
page in Wikipedia rallies' section was created (Wikipedia:Raduni/Roma
WikiGita novembre
and user of Project:Rome <http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:Roma> and,
in general, all Wikipedians were advised. The trip was pleasant and useful:
information gathered will enhance the entries about Sallustiano, and
photographs will soon be uploaded to Commons. Given the relatively low
turnout of participants, a template-bulletin in the discussion pages of the
project and the portal on Roma in Wikipedia has been proposed to facilitate
the participation of other interested users.
News from our projects News from Biblioteca New Progetto fumetti on

Progetto Fumetti (Project Comics) started on out site Biblioteca. Its aim
will be to collect, categorize and describe the comics free (broadly
speaking), on the Internet (and outside it, if we could find them). We
decided to be very liberal in accepting material. All Creative Commons
licenses are well accepted and, at least at the time, no foreclosure is made
for "not encyclopedic" comics' authors, if their strips meet our favor.

The project is just at its beginning: for now we just picked up some strips
without adding a lot of information, but we expect it to become a meeting
point of free comics culture, to advertise it properly and soon reach a
reasonable level of completeness. To achieve this goal a lot of work from
fans and curious people (members or non members) will help.
News from Musica

We are going on with the extension of the guide on how to publish songs with
a free license, the FAQs were
in the coming weeks we'll start step-by-step structuring of the guide.
News from wiki at home

Member DracoRoboter
<http://www.wikimedia.it/index.php/Utente:DracoRoboter>contacted the
journalist of
*l'Unità* Marco Salvia, after an article in which he noticed that the
Ministry for Education copied (without due credits...) from Wikipedia. The
interview was published on Wikinotizie: *Marco Salvia: chi copia
News from WMF projects

   - *Wikinews*: Two new sysops were elected,
   Osk <http://it.wikinews.org/wiki/utente:Osk>, while two were removed for
   inactivity: Olando <http://it.wikinews.org/wiki/Utente:Olando> and
   Wappi76 <http://it.wikinews.org/wiki/Utente:Wappi76> (who since 2007 was
   also bureaucrat).
   - *Wikiquote*: In aNobii, a profile of
Wikicitazioni<http://www.anobii.com/itwikiquote/books>and an
   group <http://www.anobii.com/groups/0105f4f6d9a205e8a9/> were created to
   promote the project in the site of book lovers, the most known in Italy;
   8000 libri have been added, all of them with their incipit or a paragraph
   included in Wikiquote articles. aNobii users appreciated the initiative, and
   today the group has nearly 250 members; we also made a spreadsheet with
   the list<https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AkbTq2pGEiCodExxRXdYdlV2bTlPRzZxdnBTSmlreGc>of
all books added in aNobii (
   technical details on how we did
export titles). We also have a
roughly 10 000 titles of works which are featured in Wikiquote
   articles, excluding sections "Incipit of".
   - *Wikisource*: Candalua
<http://it.wikisource.org/wiki/Utente:Candalua>studied and installed
ThomasV; a test on
   *Storia della letteratura
   * gave excellent result. This means that we have much more capacity of
   coupling original versions of a page with transcribed text. We
started month's
   rereadings <http://it.wikisource.org/wiki/Wikisource:Rilettura_del_mese>,
   advertized also in the sister projects since also novice users of Wikisource
   may profitably work on them.
   - *Wiktionary*: A new sysop was elected, Siciliano

   - *Wikipedia*: Wikipedia in Italian language, like some 30 other
   projects, eventually features the group of self-verified
   to ease fighting vandalisms: self-verification of contributes reduces the
   number of potentially vandalistic updates, and people may find improper or
   harmful modifications with more ease. Because of simple procedures, a week
   after its inception the group already includes nearly 300 users, most of
   which added the first day. As for sysops, 5 were elected (or re-elected), 4
   quitted (among them, a bureucrat) and 1 was removed for inactivity.
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