Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell, Erik!

2019-02-07 Thread Michael Snow

On 2/7/2019 7:41 PM, Erik Moeller wrote:

Thank you, Erik, for helping Wikimedia to know itself! I've always
appreciated the incredibly rich detail in your reports, your
willingness to unpack the awesome complexity of the wiki-verse, and
your insistence that this knowledge should be as free and open as the
Wikimedia projects are. I've learned a ton from you, and I am looking
forward to reading more about your new adventures as a volunteer. :)


Indeed, one of the great insights that Erik's work embodies for me is 
that providing a framework for approaching knowledge (about the 
movement, or about anything) is essential to making it truly free. Raw 
data with no context is free as the air, but lungs are required to 
breathe. Thank you, Erik, for helping us appreciate how the wiki 
breathes by showing its patterns and rhythms.


--Michael Snow


___
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l
New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, 


Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell, Erik!

2019-02-07 Thread Erik Moeller
Thank you, Erik, for helping Wikimedia to know itself! I've always
appreciated the incredibly rich detail in your reports, your
willingness to unpack the awesome complexity of the wiki-verse, and
your insistence that this knowledge should be as free and open as the
Wikimedia projects are. I've learned a ton from you, and I am looking
forward to reading more about your new adventures as a volunteer. :)

From one Erik to another - my best wishes!

___
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l
New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, 


Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell, Erik!

2019-02-07 Thread Risker
I wish you a lot of joy in your retirement, Erik.  We will miss you and all
of your work to help us become a more transparent organization.

Risker/Anne

On Thu, 7 Feb 2019 at 05:42, Magnus Manske via Wikimedia-l <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Erik,
>
> thanks for your great work on stats, and welcome back to the volunteer
> force.
> Where the real work is done :-)
>
> Magnus
>
> On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 10:31 AM Sandra Rientjes - Wikimedia Nederland <
> rient...@wikimedia.nl> wrote:
>
> > Dear Erik,
> >
> > Many thanks for all the help and support you gave Wikimedia Nederland and
> > myself over the past years. Whenever we had tricky stats-related
> questions,
> > we knew we could turn to you.
> >
> > I hope to see you at many WMNL-events in the future.
> >
> > Enjoy the freedom!
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Sandra
> >
> >
> > Sandra Rientjes
> > Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland
> >
> > tel.(+31) (0)30 3200238 <+31%2030%20320%200238> (ma, di, do)
> > mob. (+31) (0)6  31786379 <+31%206%2031786379> (wo, vrij)
> >
> > www.wikimedia.nl
> >
> >
> > Mariaplaats 3
> > 3511 LH  Utrecht
> >
> >
> > Op do 7 feb. 2019 om 11:22 schreef rupert THURNER <
> > rupert.thur...@gmail.com
> > >:
> >
> > > Many thanks erik and all the best!! One sentence in eriks blog post
> > cited i
> > > found surprising. What type of modesty you guys were talking about?
> > >
> > > "At Wikimania London (2014) I talked about how we should err on the
> side
> > of
> > > modesty. That message never came across. I started to have a discussion
> > on
> > > this within WMF but failed to bring this to fruition. My bad."
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 22:18 Dario Taraborelli <
> dtarabore...@wikimedia.org
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > “[R]ecent revisions of an article can be peeled off to reveal older
> > > layers,
> > > > which are still meaningful for historians. Even graffiti applied by
> > > vandals
> > > > can by its sheer informality convey meaningful information, just like
> > > > historians learned a lot from graffiti on walls of classic Pompei.
> > > Likewise
> > > > view patterns can tell future historians a lot about what was hot and
> > > what
> > > > wasn’t in our times. Reason why these raw view data are meant to be
> > > > preserved for a long time.”
> > > >
> > > > Erik Zachte wrote these lines in a blog post
> > > > <
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20171018194720/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/07/michael-jackson/
> > > > >
> > > > almost
> > > > ten years ago, and I cannot find better words to describe the gift he
> > > gave
> > > > us. Erik retired 
> > this
> > > > past Friday, leaving behind an immense legacy. I had the honor to
> work
> > > with
> > > > him for several years, and I hosted this morning an intimate, tearful
> > > > celebration of what Erik has represented for the Wikimedia movement.
> > > >
> > > > His Wikistats project —with his
> > signature
> > > > pale yellow background we've known and loved since the mid 2000s
> > > > <
> > https://web.archive.org/web/20060412043240/https://stats.wikimedia.org/
> > > > >—has
> > > > been much more than an "analytics platform". It's been an individual
> > > > attempt he initiated, and grew over time, to try and comprehend and
> > make
> > > > sense of the largest open collaboration project in human history,
> > driven
> > > by
> > > > curiosity and by an insatiable desire to serve data to the
> communities
> > > that
> > > > most needed it.
> > > >
> > > > Through this project, Erik has created a live record of data
> describing
> > > the
> > > > growth and reach of all Wikimedia communities, across languages and
> > > > projects, putting multi-lingualism and smaller communities at the
> very
> > > > center of his attention. He coined metrics such as "active editors"
> > that
> > > > defined the benchmark for volunteers, the Wikimedia Foundation, and
> the
> > > > academic community to understand some of the growing pains and editor
> > > > retention issues
> > > > <
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20110608214507/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/12/new-editors-are-joining-english-wikipedia-in-droves/
> > > > >
> > > > the movement has faced. He created countless reports—that predate by
> > > nearly
> > > > a decade modern visualizations of online attention—to understand what
> > > > Wikipedia traffic means in the context of current events like
> elections
> > > > <
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20160405055621/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2008/09/sarah-palin/
> > > > >
> > > > or public health crises
> > > > <
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20090708011216/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/05/h1n1-flu-or-new-flu-or/
> > > > >.
> > > > He has created countless
> > > > 
> > > visualizations
> > > > <
> > > >
> > >
> >
> 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Love on Wikipedia with a gender gap focus!

2019-02-07 Thread Mathieu Lovato Stumpf Guntz
Wouhou, super message, merci, merci merci 

Le 7 février 2019 16:37:23 GMT+01:00, Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l 
 a écrit :
>Hi, 
>
>You probably all know that the Commons contest Wiki Loves Love (WLL)
>started since last friday. 
>
>What you might not know yet is that we are now having a multilingual
>wikipedian contest running at the same time from February 10 to March
>31st.
>
>The idea is to generate wikipedian content on the same very theme :
>festivals, ceremonies, testimonies, gestures and other symbols of love,
>and if possible use the photos generated by Wiki Loves Love to
>illustrate content on Wikipedia, with a special focus on reducing the
>gender gap, as this idea stems from les sans pagEs who has been asked
>by Psychoslave to collaborate with WLL. We thought adding encyclopedic
>content would create a win win for everybody and bring visibility to
>what we are all doing. 
>
>We have set up a multilingual and multi project page on meta with
>Rupika. 
>
>To participate you have two options: subscribe individually, or via
>another project. Several projects have already joined and we hope we
>can have others too!
>
>Main page on Meta :
>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019#Timeline
>
>
>Registration page (individuals AND projects most welcome) :
>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019/Project_Page
>
>
>We would gladly accept help to pimp up the page and add ideas on the
>working list as well….
>
>Kind regards, 
>
>Nattes à chat
>
>With Wiki Love !
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>___
>Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and
>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l
>New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
>Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
>
___
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l
New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, 


Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Love on Wikipedia with a gender gap focus!

2019-02-07 Thread Rupika Sharma
Thank You Natacha. Looking forward to spread more love in the communities!

Best Regards,
Rupika Sharma
Co-Founder, Punjabi Wikimedians

Co-ordinator, Wiki Loves Love

Member, Ombudsman Commission



On Thu, 7 Feb 2019 at 21:07, Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> You probably all know that the Commons contest Wiki Loves Love (WLL)
> started since last friday.
>
> What you might not know yet is that we are now having a multilingual
> wikipedian contest running at the same time from February 10 to March 31st.
>
> The idea is to generate wikipedian content on the same very theme :
> festivals, ceremonies, testimonies, gestures and other symbols of love, and
> if possible use the photos generated by Wiki Loves Love to illustrate
> content on Wikipedia, with a special focus on reducing the gender gap, as
> this idea stems from les sans pagEs who has been asked by Psychoslave to
> collaborate with WLL. We thought adding encyclopedic content would create a
> win win for everybody and bring visibility to what we are all doing.
>
> We have set up a multilingual and multi project page on meta with Rupika.
>
> To participate you have two options: subscribe individually, or via
> another project. Several projects have already joined and we hope we can
> have others too!
>
> Main page on Meta :
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019#Timeline <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019#Timeline>
>
> Registration page (individuals AND projects most welcome) :
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019/Project_Page <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019/Project_Page>
>
> We would gladly accept help to pimp up the page and add ideas on the
> working list as well….
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Nattes à chat
>
> With Wiki Love !
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ___
> Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l
> New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
> Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
> 
___
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l
New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, 


Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws

2019-02-07 Thread Chris Keating
Hi Maria,

I wondered if there was any news about whether the Board had, in the end,
adopted any of these proposals.

I see that the ASBS process is now on the agenda for the Wikimedia Summit
in late March. There is now not much time to figure out who is going to run
this process and what the process will look like!

Many thanks,

Chris




On Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 3:46 PM María Sefidari 
wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is considering amending the
> Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws. Nataliia Tymkiv, Chair of the Board Governance
> Committee, is leading this process. She has posted the proposed changes on
> Meta for discussion
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/December_2018_-_Affiliate-selected_trustees,_term_limits,_and_diversity
> >
> prior to our vote on them during the Board meeting scheduled for January
> 23, 2019. We invite you to comment on the proposal's talk page. As usual in
> these cases, two weeks are provided for community comment, from December 7
> to December 21.
>
> By making the proposed changes to the Bylaws, the Board intends to achieve
> three goals:
>
> *1. Include User Groups in the trustee selection process*
>
> Though User Groups have existed as a model of affiliation within the
> Wikimedia movement for a number of years, they have not been included
> together with Chapters and Thematic Organizations as participants in
> selecting Wikimedia Foundation trustees. There are now over 100 recognized
> User Groups, many of which represent emerging communities within the
> Wikimedia movement. The Board believes that the perspectives of User Groups
> combined with those of Chapters and Thematic Organizations will lead to the
> selection of the best trustee candidates.
>
> The Board acknowledges that the ongoing Wikimedia movement strategy process
> may result in changes to many aspects of the Wikimedia movement, including
> the structure of movement affiliates. As a result, any changes we make now
> to the Foundation Bylaws regarding the role of affiliates in the trustee
> selection process may need to be modified again in the future, in turn
> requiring additional amendments to the Bylaws. However, the Board did not
> want to delay providing User Groups with a voice in the upcoming 2019
> trustee selection process.
>
> *2. Raise term limits for trustees from two to three consecutive terms*
>
> Term limits for trustees were added to the Bylaws in 2015. At the time,
> there was a desire on the Board to bring in new voices and specific
> skill-sets needed for the growth and development of Wikimedia projects. The
> changes made at that time have resulted in some notable successes in that
> regard. The Board remains committed to seeking out new voices, and
> providing the community with ample opportunities to promote such voices as
> candidates for the Board.
>
> As the Wikimedia movement and the Wikimedia Foundation think forward
> further to the future, the Board will need to oversee the Foundation in
> setting, following through on, and achieving longer-term goals. The Board
> believes it will be better able to fulfill its role if it allows for the
> potential of a longer time on the Board for individual trustees who bring
> essential expertise and insight to the Board. The possibility of serving
> one additional term on the Board also reduces the amount of time the Board
> and Foundation staff spend on trustee recruitment and onboarding. Raising
> the maximum number of consecutive terms a trustee may serve from two to
> three terms achieves these goals, and is also consistent with the practice
> of many other boards. Raising the maximum number of terms that can be
> served consecutively does not change the fact that the community, including
> affiliates, will continue to be able to determine every three years whether
> or not to re-elect currently serving trustees or whether to elect new
> candidates - just as is the case now.
>
> *3. Reaffirm the Board’s commitment to diversity*
>
> The Wikimedia movement is global, built on a vision of reaching every
> single human being and working toward a strategic goal of knowledge equity
> for all. The Board believes that it can best serve the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement by reflecting a wide range of human experiences. We want
> to underscore and codify this belief in the Bylaws by adding express
> language affirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion of all voices,
> throughout our communities - new, older and emerging.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> María Sefidari
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board
> ___
> Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l
> New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
> Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
> 

[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Love on Wikipedia with a gender gap focus!

2019-02-07 Thread Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l
Hi, 

You probably all know that the Commons contest Wiki Loves Love (WLL) started 
since last friday. 

What you might not know yet is that we are now having a multilingual wikipedian 
contest running at the same time from February 10 to March 31st.

The idea is to generate wikipedian content on the same very theme : festivals, 
ceremonies, testimonies, gestures and other symbols of love, and if possible 
use the photos generated by Wiki Loves Love to illustrate content on Wikipedia, 
with a special focus on reducing the gender gap, as this idea stems from les 
sans pagEs who has been asked by Psychoslave to collaborate with WLL. We 
thought adding encyclopedic content would create a win win for everybody and 
bring visibility to what we are all doing. 

We have set up a multilingual and multi project page on meta with Rupika. 

To participate you have two options: subscribe individually, or via another 
project. Several projects have already joined and we hope we can have others 
too!

Main page on Meta : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019#Timeline 


Registration page (individuals AND projects most welcome) : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love_2019/Project_Page 


We would gladly accept help to pimp up the page and add ideas on the working 
list as well….

Kind regards, 

Nattes à chat

With Wiki Love !







___
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l
New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, 


Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell, Erik!

2019-02-07 Thread Magnus Manske via Wikimedia-l
Erik,

thanks for your great work on stats, and welcome back to the volunteer
force.
Where the real work is done :-)

Magnus

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 10:31 AM Sandra Rientjes - Wikimedia Nederland <
rient...@wikimedia.nl> wrote:

> Dear Erik,
>
> Many thanks for all the help and support you gave Wikimedia Nederland and
> myself over the past years. Whenever we had tricky stats-related questions,
> we knew we could turn to you.
>
> I hope to see you at many WMNL-events in the future.
>
> Enjoy the freedom!
>
> Best,
>
> Sandra
>
>
> Sandra Rientjes
> Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland
>
> tel.(+31) (0)30 3200238 <+31%2030%20320%200238> (ma, di, do)
> mob. (+31) (0)6  31786379 <+31%206%2031786379> (wo, vrij)
>
> www.wikimedia.nl
>
>
> Mariaplaats 3
> 3511 LH  Utrecht
>
>
> Op do 7 feb. 2019 om 11:22 schreef rupert THURNER <
> rupert.thur...@gmail.com
> >:
>
> > Many thanks erik and all the best!! One sentence in eriks blog post
> cited i
> > found surprising. What type of modesty you guys were talking about?
> >
> > "At Wikimania London (2014) I talked about how we should err on the side
> of
> > modesty. That message never came across. I started to have a discussion
> on
> > this within WMF but failed to bring this to fruition. My bad."
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 22:18 Dario Taraborelli  > wrote:
> >
> > > “[R]ecent revisions of an article can be peeled off to reveal older
> > layers,
> > > which are still meaningful for historians. Even graffiti applied by
> > vandals
> > > can by its sheer informality convey meaningful information, just like
> > > historians learned a lot from graffiti on walls of classic Pompei.
> > Likewise
> > > view patterns can tell future historians a lot about what was hot and
> > what
> > > wasn’t in our times. Reason why these raw view data are meant to be
> > > preserved for a long time.”
> > >
> > > Erik Zachte wrote these lines in a blog post
> > > <
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20171018194720/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/07/michael-jackson/
> > > >
> > > almost
> > > ten years ago, and I cannot find better words to describe the gift he
> > gave
> > > us. Erik retired 
> this
> > > past Friday, leaving behind an immense legacy. I had the honor to work
> > with
> > > him for several years, and I hosted this morning an intimate, tearful
> > > celebration of what Erik has represented for the Wikimedia movement.
> > >
> > > His Wikistats project —with his
> signature
> > > pale yellow background we've known and loved since the mid 2000s
> > > <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20060412043240/https://stats.wikimedia.org/
> > > >—has
> > > been much more than an "analytics platform". It's been an individual
> > > attempt he initiated, and grew over time, to try and comprehend and
> make
> > > sense of the largest open collaboration project in human history,
> driven
> > by
> > > curiosity and by an insatiable desire to serve data to the communities
> > that
> > > most needed it.
> > >
> > > Through this project, Erik has created a live record of data describing
> > the
> > > growth and reach of all Wikimedia communities, across languages and
> > > projects, putting multi-lingualism and smaller communities at the very
> > > center of his attention. He coined metrics such as "active editors"
> that
> > > defined the benchmark for volunteers, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the
> > > academic community to understand some of the growing pains and editor
> > > retention issues
> > > <
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20110608214507/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/12/new-editors-are-joining-english-wikipedia-in-droves/
> > > >
> > > the movement has faced. He created countless reports—that predate by
> > nearly
> > > a decade modern visualizations of online attention—to understand what
> > > Wikipedia traffic means in the context of current events like elections
> > > <
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20160405055621/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2008/09/sarah-palin/
> > > >
> > > or public health crises
> > > <
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20090708011216/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/05/h1n1-flu-or-new-flu-or/
> > > >.
> > > He has created countless
> > > 
> > visualizations
> > > <
> > >
> >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/10/27/new-interactive-visualization-wikipedia/
> > > >
> > > that show the enormous gaps in local language content and
> representation
> > > that, as a movement, we face in our efforts to build an encyclopedia
> for
> > > and about everyone. He has also made extensive use of pie charts
> > > <
> > >
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20141222073751/http://infodisiac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/piechartscorrected.png
> > > >,
> > > which—as friends—we are ready to turn a blind eye towards.
> > >
> > > Most importantly, the data Erik has brougth to life has been 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell, Erik!

2019-02-07 Thread Sandra Rientjes - Wikimedia Nederland
Dear Erik,

Many thanks for all the help and support you gave Wikimedia Nederland and
myself over the past years. Whenever we had tricky stats-related questions,
we knew we could turn to you.

I hope to see you at many WMNL-events in the future.

Enjoy the freedom!

Best,

Sandra


Sandra Rientjes
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland

tel.(+31) (0)30 3200238 (ma, di, do)
mob. (+31) (0)6  31786379 (wo, vrij)

www.wikimedia.nl


Mariaplaats 3
3511 LH  Utrecht


Op do 7 feb. 2019 om 11:22 schreef rupert THURNER :

> Many thanks erik and all the best!! One sentence in eriks blog post cited i
> found surprising. What type of modesty you guys were talking about?
>
> "At Wikimania London (2014) I talked about how we should err on the side of
> modesty. That message never came across. I started to have a discussion on
> this within WMF but failed to bring this to fruition. My bad."
>
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 22:18 Dario Taraborelli  wrote:
>
> > “[R]ecent revisions of an article can be peeled off to reveal older
> layers,
> > which are still meaningful for historians. Even graffiti applied by
> vandals
> > can by its sheer informality convey meaningful information, just like
> > historians learned a lot from graffiti on walls of classic Pompei.
> Likewise
> > view patterns can tell future historians a lot about what was hot and
> what
> > wasn’t in our times. Reason why these raw view data are meant to be
> > preserved for a long time.”
> >
> > Erik Zachte wrote these lines in a blog post
> > <
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20171018194720/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/07/michael-jackson/
> > >
> > almost
> > ten years ago, and I cannot find better words to describe the gift he
> gave
> > us. Erik retired  this
> > past Friday, leaving behind an immense legacy. I had the honor to work
> with
> > him for several years, and I hosted this morning an intimate, tearful
> > celebration of what Erik has represented for the Wikimedia movement.
> >
> > His Wikistats project —with his signature
> > pale yellow background we've known and loved since the mid 2000s
> >  > >—has
> > been much more than an "analytics platform". It's been an individual
> > attempt he initiated, and grew over time, to try and comprehend and make
> > sense of the largest open collaboration project in human history, driven
> by
> > curiosity and by an insatiable desire to serve data to the communities
> that
> > most needed it.
> >
> > Through this project, Erik has created a live record of data describing
> the
> > growth and reach of all Wikimedia communities, across languages and
> > projects, putting multi-lingualism and smaller communities at the very
> > center of his attention. He coined metrics such as "active editors" that
> > defined the benchmark for volunteers, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the
> > academic community to understand some of the growing pains and editor
> > retention issues
> > <
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20110608214507/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/12/new-editors-are-joining-english-wikipedia-in-droves/
> > >
> > the movement has faced. He created countless reports—that predate by
> nearly
> > a decade modern visualizations of online attention—to understand what
> > Wikipedia traffic means in the context of current events like elections
> > <
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20160405055621/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2008/09/sarah-palin/
> > >
> > or public health crises
> > <
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20090708011216/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/05/h1n1-flu-or-new-flu-or/
> > >.
> > He has created countless
> > 
> visualizations
> > <
> >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/10/27/new-interactive-visualization-wikipedia/
> > >
> > that show the enormous gaps in local language content and representation
> > that, as a movement, we face in our efforts to build an encyclopedia for
> > and about everyone. He has also made extensive use of pie charts
> > <
> >
> https://web.archive.org/web/20141222073751/http://infodisiac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/piechartscorrected.png
> > >,
> > which—as friends—we are ready to turn a blind eye towards.
> >
> > Most importantly, the data Erik has brougth to life has been cited over
> > 1,000 times
> > <
> >
> https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en_sdt=0%2C5=stats.wikimedia.org
> > >
> > in the scholarly literature. If we gave credit to open data creators in
> the
> > same way as we credit authors of scholarly papers, Erik would be one of
> the
> > most influential authors in the field, and I don't think it is much of a
> > stretch to say that the massive trove of data and metrics Erik has made
> > available had a direct causal role in the birth and growth of the
> academic
> > field of Wikimedia research, and more broadly, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell, Erik!

2019-02-07 Thread rupert THURNER
Many thanks erik and all the best!! One sentence in eriks blog post cited i
found surprising. What type of modesty you guys were talking about?

"At Wikimania London (2014) I talked about how we should err on the side of
modesty. That message never came across. I started to have a discussion on
this within WMF but failed to bring this to fruition. My bad."



On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 22:18 Dario Taraborelli  “[R]ecent revisions of an article can be peeled off to reveal older layers,
> which are still meaningful for historians. Even graffiti applied by vandals
> can by its sheer informality convey meaningful information, just like
> historians learned a lot from graffiti on walls of classic Pompei. Likewise
> view patterns can tell future historians a lot about what was hot and what
> wasn’t in our times. Reason why these raw view data are meant to be
> preserved for a long time.”
>
> Erik Zachte wrote these lines in a blog post
> <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20171018194720/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/07/michael-jackson/
> >
> almost
> ten years ago, and I cannot find better words to describe the gift he gave
> us. Erik retired  this
> past Friday, leaving behind an immense legacy. I had the honor to work with
> him for several years, and I hosted this morning an intimate, tearful
> celebration of what Erik has represented for the Wikimedia movement.
>
> His Wikistats project —with his signature
> pale yellow background we've known and loved since the mid 2000s
>  >—has
> been much more than an "analytics platform". It's been an individual
> attempt he initiated, and grew over time, to try and comprehend and make
> sense of the largest open collaboration project in human history, driven by
> curiosity and by an insatiable desire to serve data to the communities that
> most needed it.
>
> Through this project, Erik has created a live record of data describing the
> growth and reach of all Wikimedia communities, across languages and
> projects, putting multi-lingualism and smaller communities at the very
> center of his attention. He coined metrics such as "active editors" that
> defined the benchmark for volunteers, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the
> academic community to understand some of the growing pains and editor
> retention issues
> <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20110608214507/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/12/new-editors-are-joining-english-wikipedia-in-droves/
> >
> the movement has faced. He created countless reports—that predate by nearly
> a decade modern visualizations of online attention—to understand what
> Wikipedia traffic means in the context of current events like elections
> <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20160405055621/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2008/09/sarah-palin/
> >
> or public health crises
> <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20090708011216/http://infodisiac.com/blog/2009/05/h1n1-flu-or-new-flu-or/
> >.
> He has created countless
>  visualizations
> <
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/10/27/new-interactive-visualization-wikipedia/
> >
> that show the enormous gaps in local language content and representation
> that, as a movement, we face in our efforts to build an encyclopedia for
> and about everyone. He has also made extensive use of pie charts
> <
> https://web.archive.org/web/20141222073751/http://infodisiac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/piechartscorrected.png
> >,
> which—as friends—we are ready to turn a blind eye towards.
>
> Most importantly, the data Erik has brougth to life has been cited over
> 1,000 times
> <
> https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en_sdt=0%2C5=stats.wikimedia.org
> >
> in the scholarly literature. If we gave credit to open data creators in the
> same way as we credit authors of scholarly papers, Erik would be one of the
> most influential authors in the field, and I don't think it is much of a
> stretch to say that the massive trove of data and metrics Erik has made
> available had a direct causal role in the birth and growth of the academic
> field of Wikimedia research, and more broadly, scholarship of online
> collaboration.
>
> Like I said this morning, Erik -- you have been not only an invaluable
> colleague and a steward for the movement, but also a very decent human
> being, and I am grateful we shared some of this journey together.
>
> Please join me in celebrating Erik on his well-deserved retirement, read
> his statement  to learn
> what he's planning to do next, or check this lovely portrait
>  Wired published a
> while back about "the Stats Master Making Sense of Wikipedia's Massive Data
> Trove".
>
> Dario
>
>
> --
> *Dario Taraborelli  *Director, Head of Research, Wikimedia Foundation
> research.wikimedia.org •