GCS Step 1

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Year: 2008 Week: 45 Number: 101

Technical news
  • [General Survey] - A multilingual Wikipedia survey has been launched by the Wikimedia Foundation and UNU-Merit.  Currently, there are versions available in Dutch, Tamil, and Vietnamese with many other languages (including English) going live in the next few days to weeks.  Please complete the survey so that the Foundation can more accurately get a picture of who contributes to the projects!  Don't worry, no personally identifiable information will be released by UNU-Merit or the Wikimedia Foundation without permission of the respondents.
  • [Wikipedia Logo Updates] - A project spearheaded by the Foundation and Wikipedia community members to fix the errors on the globe of Wikipedia's logo and to fill in the blanks on the "other side" has begun.  This project was started in response to many concerns over the years that there were many errors in the globe.  Community and staff members both agreed that it would also be nice to have a full globe for memorabilia and for a 3D prop at events.  It is requested that all community members join in on the discussion at Meta-Wiki!
  • [Wikis Take Manhattan] - A scavenger hunt and free content photography contest aimed at illustrating Wikipedia and the transportation-oriented Streetswiki (covering sites in Manhattan and New York City) was held.  It was coordinated by New York City Wikimedians, Free Culture Columbia, Free Culture NYU, and The Open Planning Project with 23 teams and over 50 participants (the great majority non-Wikimedians). The grand prize winners will be having a free dinner with Jimmy Wales.
  • [Wikinews Meets Google News] - After a long series of discussions with Google, Wikinews is finally listed in the search results of Google News site: http://news.google.com/.  The problem was that Google did not think it was reliable enough to be included (since anyone could edit), but after Wikinews had FlaggedRevs enabled it was finally deemed reliable!
Other news
  • [Probably off-topic] - nevertheless - A 6-year old, heavily brain-damaged girl is now able to talk to hear parents with a computer that tracks her eye movements. She's also able to browse the internet, and maybe to read Wikipedia one day?

"Wiki is 2/3 of planning, the rest is a loop in the dark" (Napoleon
Bonaparte, according to Eric Johnson at Wikimania 2008)

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