WMF executive director Sue Gardner interviewed by The Telegraph in Sydney, Australia. Read it at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/data-plans-unnerving-wikipedia-boss/story-e6freuz0-1226576326861
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Saturday, December 29, 2012
- [Wikidata] - the new sister-project Wikidata is growing fast. By year's end the will get up to 2 million records. In the works is now the interwiki language information, later on infoboxes and lists will follow. At present the data of Wikidata is not yet used on any of the projects. The plans are to switch over the Hungarian language Wikipedia over to Wikidata for the use of there interwiki language links on January 14th 2013.
- http://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Introduction -- overview of Wikidata
- [Visual Editor (Alpha!)] – The wikisoftware that the projects are using – MediaWiki – has come far from the basic wiki it started with. But when you click on the "edit" button is still looks very the same, at least on not to complicated pages. Since very long there is talk about getting on the Wiki a so called WYSIWYG editor, like MS Word. Maybe not a function for everybody but it could get the less technical minded people on the wiki. At he English language Wikipedia – and only there – an early version of a Visual Editor that does that can be switched on in the users preferences. If you go to your "Preferences" screen and click into the "Editing" section, it will have an option labeled "Enable Visual Editor". Please be careful, it is still buggy and you are not allowed to use it on the sandbox page.
- [Mobile WP] – the version of the website for use on phones is getting more functionality. As a logged in user you can edit pages if you enable the "beta" options. And if you enable the "Here be dragons mode" you can upload an image if you use a "webkit browser" like Google Chrome.
- [Translate] – Translation of MediaWiki and documentation, policies, newsletters and any sort of page on our multilingual wikis is powered and made easy for thousands of translators by the Translate extension, born on translatewiki.net. A translation memory feature was recently enabled on all Wikimedia wikis after a long work. The translation interface is now being rebuilt to meet translators' needs: test it and give feedback!
- [Wikizine.org] – this domain name is available to be used for a new project. If you have an idea for what this domain name can be useful for contact user:Walter
- [Wikimania 2013] – The – already – 9th Wikimania will be in Hong Kong next year. It will be from 7 to 11 August 2013. The call for participation is open now! So, if you an idea for doing some sort of presentation at Wikimania then it is now the time to enter you proposal.
- [Uploads] - It is proposed to start a new RfC to approve a new Local uploads policy. Local uploads need a big policy and template infrastructure; most wikis don't and can't have it, and at least a hundred wikis are currently breaking the WMF licensing policy. Additionally, only Commons has the UploadWizard. It's proposed to make uploads more effective and legal by switching them to Commons-only by default, so that only the wikis which have an EDP will keep or get local uploads.
- [WikiVoyage] – "the free, worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit." will be joining the Wikimedia Foundation family officially on Wikipedia Day, January 15th 2013. The have there origin at Wikitravel.org, also a project with the same mission. The German language Wikitravel split off in 2006 and became Wikivoyage. The Wikimedia Foundation Wikivoyage will be the "fork" Wikivoyage in German and Italian and the content and most of the userbase of Wikitravel's remaining language editions. This results in the following languages that are supported in the new WMF-project; English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian and Swedish. The interwiki link to link to Wikivoyage is "voy:". Example; the link for the page about "Bolivia" on the Dutch language Wikivoyage is voy:nl:Bolivia
- [WMF annual audit 2011-2012] – The annual audit of the Wikimedia Foundation, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 and the corresponding FAQ have been posted on the financial reports page of the Wikimedia Foundation web site. The report shows that from a financial POV it goes very well with the WMF. Cash increased from $12 million to $21.8 million. Investment in technology has gone up by $2.6 million and net assets increased by $10.7 million. Expenses for the fiscal year increased from $17.9 million to $29.3 million. The total assets of the WMF are now over $ 37 million.
- [Chapters comm. vacancy] – The "Affiliations Committee" – formerly known as Chapters Committee – is searching for 6 new members. Deadline for candidacies is January 12th. Inform yourself very well in advance; there is actual work involved with it.
- [Fundraiser] – The last fundraiser – already the 9th – was once again a great success. The Wikimedia Foundation received 25 million US-dollar in donations from 1,2 million individuals. 25 million dollar is exactly the goal the WMF did set at the start of the campaign. This campaign did only run on the flagship wiki, the English language Wikipedia. The other languages and projects will get a fund drive presented on there wiki in April 2013.
- [WMF annual plan 2012-2013] – is published. It is fairly extensive and summarizing it in 3 sentences does not does it justice. Anyhow; focus will be in getting more people to edit and to keep the current editors. This by making it more easy for potential editors to do it, like the VisalEditor. The WMF also will continue to push to get access to Wikpedia by means of mobile data networks in developing country's free of charge. That is the "Wikipedia Zero" program.
- [Commons contest] – Commons will start again with there yearly "Picture of the Year" contest, the 7th edition. Round one will start the day after Wikipedia Day.
- [Wikipedia almost 12-years old] – Currently we are in the middle of the Christmas & new-year holidays. But once again the most important holiday of the calender is coming up; Wikipedia Day. On January 15th 2012 Wikipedia turned eleven years old. So it comes at no surprise that Wikipedia will now turn twelve. And do not forget, at January 25th there is also of course "Magnus Manske Day". Wikipedia day is the day the first Wikipedia – the English one – started. Magnus Manske Day celebrates the launch of the Phase II wikisoftware; a Wikipedia specific wiki, a very early version of MediaWiki.
- [Project proposal] – Wikifocus; "to describe everything related to Wiki technology (wikis and their members, wiki softwares and their capabilities)." The proposal to add this project to the WMF family is open for discussion at Meta. Interesting about this is that there is already a small active Russian group of 20 users running a Russian independent Wikifocus wiki. Communication between these Russian speakers and English language users at Meta seems to be problematic.
- [Wikizine] – At the end of 2005 a news newsletter was started. The intention with it was to inform the community of all the projects across all languages about what was going on. To break the language barriers. For this a network of volunteers across the projects and languages was envisioned to make of Wikizine an information exchange hub. The years up to 2008 where the most successful years of Wikizine. There was a weekly publication rate and frequently extra editions. Wikizine existed also in German, Spanish and Indonesian. But it could not truly deliver the universal projects news as was intended. Wikizine was not able to attract and maintain the necessary people to make that happen. Due to the staff shortage quality could not be guaranteed. And from 2009 on also not the publication rate. It became more monthly then weekly. The other language editions where closed. The publication of Wikizine became an exception. Since 2010 Wikizine is virtually a dead newsletter. In August-September 2011 it suddenly came back to life under the direction of a new editor-in-chief with many different Wikizine versions. The new editor disappeared and so also the revival. And Wikizine continued in zombie mode until now. Wikizine 133, this edition, will be the final Wikizine. Thank you. Walter (talk)
- [Wiktionary] – is one of these projects of our WMF family that gets less space in the sun then others, the dictionary project. But it is more then a dictionary. It is a community building the absolute, the final dictionary. Offering translations from all languages to all languages is only a small part of its mission. There are around 150 active Wiktionary languages editions but the contain words in many more languages. Wiktionary has at least some words in 1029 different languages out of the over 6900 that exist.
And Wiktionary has just celebrated its 10th anniversary as a project on December 12th. The full report and scope of the celebrations can be found at the link below. Media coverage of these celebrations could not be found unfortunately.
- [Wiktionary logos] – 56 Wiktionaries who never had one got a localised logo enabled, thanks to the work by Casey Brown, Odder and many translators. More work is coming for dozens of Wikipedias and other projects without a localised logo; everyone can help.
- [Jimmy Wales & Kazahkstan] – In August the WMF awarded by means of Jimmy Wales the first ever "Global Wikipedian of the Year" award to Rauan Kenzhekhanuly, a Wikipedian from Kazakhstan who founded a non-profit organization WikiBilim. With help of this organization the Kazakh Wikipedia grew from 7000 articles to 70,000 in 3 months time. (currently the are over 200,000 articles). Concerns are now raised that this Wikipedia of year is actually a government puppet of the dictatorial government of Kazakhstan. This because of the previous functions in the government service, especially in the propaganda department. And because the WikiBilim organization is funded with the money of state oil.
Jimmy Wales responded with; "The Wikimedia Foundation has zero collaboration with the government of Kazakhstan. Wikibilim is a totally independent organization. And it is absolutely wrong to say that I am "helping the Kazakh regime whitewash its image." I am a firm and strong critic. At the same time, I'm excited by the work of volunteers, and I believe—very strongly—that an open and independent Wikipedia will be the death knell for tyranny in places like Kazakhstan."
- http://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/07/05/class-assignment-inspired-wikipedian-of-the-year-to-grow-kazakh-wikipedia/ -- "Wikipedian of the Year"
- http://www.dailydot.com/politics/wikipedia-kazakhstan-dictatorship/ -- WikiBilm, the WP of the year and the Kazakh dictatorship
- http://tinyurl.com/cm5pdwm --- talk page of Jimmy Wales about this , it contains an extensive responds of Jimmy about this
- [Why did you donate] – the question is raised "Are People Who Donate to Wikipedia Just Better People in General?"
- [Wikitube] – no, there is not (yet) a project Wikitube. But the WMF does have an account at Youtube. You can find some video's about how to edit. And also videos of users who explain what Wikipedia mean form them in there live. Those are interesting to watch because it gives a face behind the recent changes.
- Wikimedia Commons has reached 15,000,000 files, 73 days after reaching 14,000,000.
- The Low German/Low Saxon Wikipedia has reached 20,000 articles.
- The Turkish Wikipedia has reached 200,000 articles
- The Tamil Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles.
- The Romanian Wikibooks has reached 500 book modules.
- [Wikiquote books and booklovers] - The Italian Wikiquote continues its expansion on the main booklovers social network of Italy: its group on aNobii has 1300+ members (one of the biggest groups). ISBNs of quoted books were extracted from it, en, fr.quote and experimentally added. The Italian has about 4500 ISBNs and 10 thousands books identified in total, English and French about 2500 ISBNs. Italian seems to quote all the books that English does, plus many more; a third of fr.quote's books are quoted also on en and it.
- http://www.anobii.com/groups/0105f4f6d9a205e8a9/ -- IT Wikiquote at a social network for booklovers
- [New Gopher server] – At this new Gopher-hole you can find a list of Wikipedia articles created last month/week/day with most users contributing to article within the same period. Updated hourly.
- https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/overbiteff/ -- add support for Gopher to FireFox
- [WMF shop] – since a while there is WMF webshop. You can buy a T-shirt and other clothing, stickers and pins and quality bags. Shipment is from the US but the are offering a flat fee of $10 for the shipping costs to all destinations. Nevertheless if you only wanted to buy a key-chain it gets very expensive. When a local wikimeet is coming up you could do a group order and divide the costs that way.
Did you know ...... that the edits of experts make an article harder to read?
"The reason is clear, they say: articles on difficult topics are written by experts who sacrifice readability for accuracy – and that is compounded as other experts weigh in with further accuracy-obsessed edits that remove "simplifications, generalisations or intuitive explanations" that might have served to aid readability."
"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"
-- Last message of the dolphins to the people of Earth before leaving ithttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Long,_and_Thanks_for_All_the_Fish
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The EN Wikipedia goes offline for 24 hours
- The community of the English language Wikipedia has decided to "blackout" the English Wikipedia for 24 hours. A sort of strike thus. The blackout goes in to effect from 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18. The blackout is a protest against the proposed law of the United States of America "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA).
The decision of the Community of the English language Wikipedia is supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. This in the first time the English Wikipedia - the oldest and most popular of all Wikipedias - does something like this. The Italian language Wikipedia did this a couple of months ago.
Other language Wikipedias have indicated to show support by displaying a banner but not also go "dark". Also non-Wikimedia websites will take part but not all by going dark. Google will put a link on there homepage about it.
- http://www.sopastrike.com/ -- websites that join the strike
Saturday, January 07, 2012
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at Meta. It is more extensive then the current but it remains, for a
- [The Annual Fundraiser] - Despite the economic problems of the world - the Wikimedia Foundation did it again. The goal is every year higher but the donations follow. The WMF has raised the new record amount of 20 million US dollar in the fundraiser that just now ended. The miracle of the WMF business model to just ask for money keeps working. But even a miracle needs some help. Last year the WMF spend 1,8 USD $ on fundraising. The operating budget of the WMF will increase in spending in 2011-12 compared with 2010-11 with $9.8 million. 28.3 million USD will be the current budget. The gap between the raised amount and the budget is closed by several grants and continuous donations. 44% of the budget will go to running the actual web-infrastructure. 24% will go to management, finance and administration. A tiny fraction smaller, 23% of the budget, is under the label "Other programs". The Community department and the Global Development department falls under that slice. The rest are fundraising costs. Best read the annual plan if you wish to know more.
- [Grant of $3.6 Million] - The Stanton Foundation -, a long term funder of the WMF, donated $3.6 million USD (2,61 Million EUR) to the Wikimedia Foundation. This is the largest grant ever received by the WMF.
- [https] - It was already possible to login to the projects by means of a secure connection but that was by means of a "https://secure.wikimedia.org" -type of link. Now the usable links work. Just add the "s" to the protocol. This works on all Wikimedia wikis. Using https is not yet the default option when you login. If you wish to use it you need to enter it manually.
- [Article Feedback] - A new article feedback system is in testing at
EN Wikipedia. A previous version used a star-system the the reader could
give to articles. The new one uses a different approach. It does not
asks to give points but the give real textual reader feedback. More like
a very easy comment function like on blogs and news sites. Only are the
comments not posted. Currently the collected data is only for testing
and not public. The idea is that editors will be able to assess the
feedback in the future. The test runs on limited number of articles on
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_%28operating_system%29 -- example article with the new feedback function
- [Al Jazeera] - The media company Al Jazeera, mostly know for its television stations, is releasing a large part of the pictures and video's the make under a Creative Commons license (CC BY 3.0). This is very, very great news. Wikinews and Wikipedia now have access to recent quality material for there articles about topics that would be nearly impossible otherwise.
- [Wikipedia Vs. Britannica] - It is not original but always
interesting to read; compare the articles of Wikipedia with those of
Britannica and other classic sources by academics. The reaserch is
published in the peer-reviewed medical journal "Psychological Medicine".
To read the actual article you can "buy" the article for $45 or "rent"
it for $5,99. Luckily the Singpost is not so silly.
- http://tinyurl.com/6mzosac -- free read
Events and meetups
- [Wikipedia Day] - next week, Sunday, it will be once more Wikipedia Day; the founding day of Wikipedia. The 15th of January Wikipedia will be become 11-years old. Several community's will hold a wiki-meetup in honour or Wikipedia Day in India, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States .... see link and check your local community.
- [Illustrators] - An art and design school in Barcelona and the Catalan foundation "Friends of Wikipedia" have made a partnership in which 6 illustration students are doing their final degree creating images that will be incorporated under free licenses to Wikimedia Commons to illustrate some Wikipedia articles.
- [Wikiriffs] - "Every week or so I go to Wikipedia, click Random Article, and write a song about whatever comes up."
- [?] - between mid August and the end of September there was a short but strong burst of Wikizines in different new editions, new emerging concepts for Wikizine. This was under the direction of the new lead editor of Wikizine User Milos. Unfortunately it was a short candle that burned out very fast. This Wikizine is once more a "Classic edition". No more "News", "Talk" of "Opinion" editions. It is constructed once more by User:Walter. Realistically speaking Wikizine is dead since long. This edition and possible future editions are the product just of plain stubbornness to continue more or less despite any objective reason to do so. In that spirit I also wish to point out that Wikizine is still also online at Gopher-space. The wikizine.org domain is just renewed for two years so in any case that will remain online for the near future. Happy new year! -- User:Walter
Request for help
- [WikiLovesMonuments] - The photo contest. Edition 2010 was only in
the Netherlands. Edition 2011 was in many European country's and very
successful. Will the edition of 2012 be a truly global event? Would you
be interested in organizing a Wiki Loves Monuments in 2012 in your
country? Would you like to know more? See the links below and join the
- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2012 -- first steps for the 2012 edition
- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2011_winners - see the winners of 2011
- http://www.wikilovesmonuments.eu/ -- main website of WLM
- https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikilovesmonuments -- join the mailing list
- [Babel] - The Babel extension is a system to indicate what languages you speak and at what level. Your invited to check of in your language everything is (correctly) translated.
Did you know ...
- ... that it very easy to get a QRcode for any Wikipedia article?
- A QR code a square barcode that is used to point to online resources that people can lookup with there mobile device. The website QRpedia.org makes it very easy make a code for any Wikipedia article. The code is language independent. When used it will return to the user the Wikipedia article about that topic in the language of the user based on the language settings of the mobile device. This system is used in several museums to provide multi-language extra information.
- "jimmy_wales; I am proud to announce that the Wikipedia domain names will move away from GoDaddy. Their position on #sopa is unacceptable to us. 23 Dec Twitter."
- Our Chairman Emeritus takes a political standpoint against a new US law that could threat online freedom of speech.