Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Release of educational videos under creative commons

2012-04-24 Thread emijrp
2012/4/24 Andrew Cates andrew.ca...@soschildren.org

 Um. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Video appear to all be
 images relevant to the topic of videos. Not themselves videos.


Sorry, a missing S, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Videos


 Owner? Not personally but I am the CEO of the charity which owns them and
 I can release them.

 Is there any actual video anywhere on WP and in what format?


Yes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Articles_containing_video_clips

The prefered format is Theora
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Video


 Andrew
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and not just me)


 On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM, emijrp emi...@gmail.com wrote:

 2012/4/24 Andrew Cates andrew.ca...@soschildren.org

 I am wondering about releasing many hundreds of Africa educational videos
 under creative commons.

 They are the videos currently at www.our-africa.org which is a child
 generated reference site about Africa.

 There is a lot of material in the videos which could be edited and used
 to
 improve Wikipedia article (a solar kettle in operation, a maize plant
 grinding maize, a variety of musical instruments in use, different
 religious festivals, cocoa plantations etc etc)

 However at present Wikipedia does not seem to support or want video
 material.


 Wikipedia supports video with [[Media:]] tag. Also, Wikimedia Commons has
 a little collection of them
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Video



 Does anyone have a feel whether this is likely to change?


 http://www.videoonwikipedia.com

 Also, this message is more related to Wikimedia or Commons mailing lists
 (cc:). If you are the owner of those videos and you want to donate them,
 some people can help you in the process.


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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedians in Other Languages Needed

2012-04-24 Thread James Heilman
Hello All

The project we have been working on to develop medical content and
translate it into other languages is going well. We have an initial set of
13 top importance GAs ready for translation by Translators Without
Borders. Article should begin arriving in a couple of weeks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Translation_task_force

We are looking at starting with an initial group of 9 languages and need
Wikipedians to help incorporate article into that wiki language in 7 of
them including: Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Persian, Romanian
and Turkish. If there are people with these language / wiki abilities who
wish to help volunteers would be much appreciated. Please sign up here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Translation_task_force#People_involved_.28with_language_ability.29

Also if you know of anyone who is not on this list who might be interested
send them my way. Many thanks
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Editor retention implies social features

2012-04-24 Thread Bod Notbod
On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 18:41, Jan Kučera kozuc...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi there,

 how do we want to work on editor retention if we lack social features at 
 all???

 These go in the right direction:
 http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proposal:Improving_our_platform
 http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Social_features

 Is WMF going to act finally???

 Kozuch

Hello,

I put together that second link during the strategy process. Others
have since added to it but the page looks much the way I remember it
from back then.

It's really hard for me to recall quite what I was thinking. I did
believe that some kind of social glue would make the site more
sticky (as the geek parlance goes) but whether I still believe that
would lead to a better encyclopedia... I guess I'm not so sure about
that now.

Probably I was more driven by a sense of loneliness and isolation I
felt whilst I did my Wikipedia work.

Thing is, I think there are already vibrant communities within
Wikipedia and I'm sure there are bonds. Although, I confess, I'm
guessing because I'm not involved with any of them. But I would assume
that those that put together Signpost each week feel connected. Those
in the Military History group I imagine work together. I think if one
wants to join a group for social interaction there are plenty of
possibilities open to one.

So now, time having passed since I put together that page, I more feel
that the type of stuff I do on Wikipedia doesn't really lend itself to
bonding. I tend to read articles on myriad topics and follow where my
curiosity takes me. Is there the possibility of an Autodidact
reader's group? If so, what would they talk about? I read *this*
today! Cool! Today I read this *other* thing! Is there much value
in such exchanges? It seems to me that, no, there probably isn't.

There is also the Copyeditors Group but my relationship to it is that
there is plenty of info there for me to learn from but I don't feel
qualified to add to it. But I do know where to go if I have a
question, which is not to be sniffed at. So if I am left daunted I
know where to find support. Good.

What do I think about it all now... Personally, I think there is no
good on-wiki way to address my feelings of loneliness as a volunteer
but - guess what - that's fine! Because if I want to salve my
solipsism then I am a member of plenty of other websites where I have
friends to talk to.

However, I imagine there are ways to improve things for the groups
that already exist. I would suggest anyone wishing to pursue this
interviews regular contributors to the larger Wikigroups such as
MILHIST and the Signpost crew. What innovations can be made to
MediaWiki to help them do what they're already doing more easily?
Maybe liquid threads is enough? (I'm afraid I'm not a fan).

Perhaps it would be better if the Signpost guys, for example, want to
feel more bonded they simply exchange Twitter/Facebook details? Of
course many people want their Wikipedia identity to be separate from
their identity elsewhere and so would not wish to share such details.
Is there a solution to that?

Dunno.

To finish: your post as quoted at top states there are ZERO social
features. People can quite readily share text and images; there's a
talk page on EVERY page we have. I'm not sure what else you expect a
computer to do short of adding Skype/Voicemail.

en.wp.User:Bodnotbod

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[Wikimedia-l] Doctors use, but don’t rely totally on, Wikipedia

2012-04-24 Thread Richard Symonds
All,

We think you might find our latest blog post interesting. It's about
research in which an online survey of medical staff at two large hospital
trusts in England was conducted. Nearly all the 109 responses included
free-text comments.

Unsurprisingly, the respondents - all medical professionals - all consult
Wikipedia.


Worth a read, I think! It's at
http://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2012/04/doctors-use-but-dont-rely-totally-on-wikipedia/

We owe a big thanks to Suzanne Hardy of Newcastle
Universityhttp://www.medev.ac.uk/ for
bringing the research to our attention, and Dr David Mathieson of the
University of Nottingham for help with this summary. Big thanks also go to
Martin Poulter, who facilitated things at our end.

All the best,

Richard Symonds
Office  Development Manager
Wikimedia UK
0207 065 0992
07885 764 613

Wikimedia UK is the operating name of Wiki UK Limited, a Company Limited by
Guarantee registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 6741827.
Registered Charity No.1144513. Registered Office 4th Floor, Development
House,  56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT. United Kingdom.
Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation (who
operate Wikipedia,
amongst other projects). It is an independent non-profit organization with
no legal control over Wikipedia nor responsibility for its contents.

Visit http://www.wikimedia.org.uk/ and @wikimediauk
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ombudsmen commission

2012-04-24 Thread Thehelpfulone
On 24 April 2012 01:00, Casey Brown li...@caseybrown.org wrote:

 Queues are normally setup so that the OTRS admins can see all tickets.
 This makes things easier when checking for errors, making sure there
 are no backlogs, cleaning up cross-queue spam, etc. However, there are
 definitely some private queues -- like the oversight and Wikimedia
 registration/scholarship queues -- that OTRS admins cannot see unless
 they give themselves access to it, which they wouldn't do unless they
 needed to for some reason.

 --
 Casey Brown
 Cbrown1023


Oh of course, what I intended in my previous email was to highlight the
fact that OTRS admins *technically *have the ability to view private emails
that may even be discussing actions that they themselves have done in their
capacities as oversighters or checkusers. I completely trust the integrity
of the OTRS admins (yes I even trust you ;-) ) to not do anything they
shouldn't do, but I see the importance in giving advance warning about who
could *potentially *view emails if an OTRS queue for the
Ombudsman commission was created.
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Harvard Library releases 12M bibliographic records under CC0

2012-04-24 Thread Samuel Klein
This is big news -- though still only part of Harvard's full
collection of records.

Following the British Library's release of 3M bib records under CC0 18
months ago:
http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k77982pageid=icb.page498373

David Weinberger writes:

 This is the largest contribution of full bib records we know of.

 Stuart Shieber [of the Berkman Center] (and of the Office of Scholarly
 Communication) was the driving force behind this.

 Woohoo!

 David W.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikipedia-l] Fwd: Harvard Library releases 12M bibliographic records under CC0

2012-04-24 Thread emijrp
Very good news for Open Library, and for us too.

2012/4/24 Samuel Klein s...@wikimedia.org

 This is big news -- though still only part of Harvard's full
 collection of records.

 Following the British Library's release of 3M bib records under CC0 18
 months ago:
 http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k77982pageid=icb.page498373

 David Weinberger writes:

  This is the largest contribution of full bib records we know of.
 
  Stuart Shieber [of the Berkman Center] (and of the Office of Scholarly
  Communication) was the driving force behind this.
 
  Woohoo!
 
  David W.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Release of educational videos under creative commons

2012-04-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Where's the latest thread on the Timed Media Handler progress?

I am meeting with MIT Open CourseWare tomorrow - they want to expand
the set of videos they released last year under CC-SA, starting with
categories / vids that would be fill gaps on Wikipedia.  Any thoughts
on how to make that collaboration more effective would be welcome.

SJ

On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:
 On 24 April 2012 13:26, emijrp emi...@gmail.com wrote:

 Also, this message is more related to Wikimedia or Commons mailing lists
 (cc:). If you are the owner of those videos and you want to donate them,
 some people can help you in the process.


 Well, not really - uploading video is still laborious because we've
 been waiting literally years for the Timed Media Handler, which is a
 wikitech issue. Andrew could probably deal with the ffmpeg2theora bit,
 but it's still faffy and troublesome.


 - d.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ombudsmen commission

2012-04-24 Thread John Vandenberg
On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM, Casey Brown li...@caseybrown.org wrote:
 On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 8:23 AM, Thehelpfulone
 thehelpfulonew...@gmail.com wrote:
 You would be able to easily keep track of what tickets have
 been answered, but as far as I am aware the OTRS admins
 are technically able to view all the emails in any queues -
 so that would be another 12ish people plus devs that would
 be able to view the tickets. I'm not saying that they would,
 but bearing in mind a fair number of the OTRS admins are
 checkusers/oversighters themselves, I think there will be
 some issues with using OTRS.

 Queues are normally setup so that the OTRS admins can see all tickets.
 This makes things easier when checking for errors, making sure there
 are no backlogs, cleaning up cross-queue spam, etc. However, there are
 definitely some private queues -- like the oversight and Wikimedia
 registration/scholarship queues -- that OTRS admins cannot see unless
 they give themselves access to it, which they wouldn't do unless they
 needed to for some reason.

Is there an auditable log of these actions?  i.e. one that OTRS admins
cant doctor?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Release of educational videos under creative commons (Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 97, Issue 73)

2012-04-24 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Roadmap indicates that we aim to have
TimedMediaHandler deployed onto Wikimedia Foundation sites by the end of
May 2012.

TimedMediaHandler has been reviewed by Ian Baker and Kandalgaonkar
extensively, with lots of changes made in response by Michael Dale.
Review notes and Michael's follow-up are at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/TimedMediaHandler/ReviewNotes . It is
currently being tested, including transcoding support, at
http://commons.wikimedia.beta.wmflabs.org/wiki/File:Electric_sheep.webm
.  (Copied this from the extensions review queue status at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Review_queue .)


-- 
Sumana Harihareswara
Volunteer Development Coordinator
Wikimedia Foundation

On 04/24/2012 12:17 PM, Samuel Klein wrote:
 Where's the latest thread on the Timed Media Handler progress?
 
 I am meeting with MIT Open CourseWare tomorrow - they want to expand
 the set of videos they released last year under CC-SA, starting with
 categories / vids that would be fill gaps on Wikipedia.  Any thoughts
 on how to make that collaboration more effective would be welcome.
 
 SJ
 
 On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:
 On 24 April 2012 13:26, emijrp emi...@gmail.com wrote:

 Also, this message is more related to Wikimedia or Commons mailing lists
 (cc:). If you are the owner of those videos and you want to donate them,
 some people can help you in the process.


 Well, not really - uploading video is still laborious because we've
 been waiting literally years for the Timed Media Handler, which is a
 wikitech issue. Andrew could probably deal with the ffmpeg2theora bit,
 but it's still faffy and troublesome.


 - d.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ombudsmen commission

2012-04-24 Thread Rjd0060
There is no such log within the OTRS software.
Admin actions are logged by the OTRS admins on the OTRS wiki.  Yes, these
are manual edits.  There has never (that I know of) been an issue with the
OTRS admins accessing queues they shouldn't.  While of course it is
possible for them to, as others have explained, I'm not sure it is a
realistic concern that needs a solution.  It would be ideal if the OTRS
software logged all actions ... I wonder if this is changed at all in the
new version, which hopefully will be set up for Wikimedia soon (
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=22622).

On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM, John Vandenberg jay...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM, Casey Brown li...@caseybrown.org
 wrote:
  On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 8:23 AM, Thehelpfulone
  thehelpfulonew...@gmail.com wrote:
  You would be able to easily keep track of what tickets have
  been answered, but as far as I am aware the OTRS admins
  are technically able to view all the emails in any queues -
  so that would be another 12ish people plus devs that would
  be able to view the tickets. I'm not saying that they would,
  but bearing in mind a fair number of the OTRS admins are
  checkusers/oversighters themselves, I think there will be
  some issues with using OTRS.
 
  Queues are normally setup so that the OTRS admins can see all tickets.
  This makes things easier when checking for errors, making sure there
  are no backlogs, cleaning up cross-queue spam, etc. However, there are
  definitely some private queues -- like the oversight and Wikimedia
  registration/scholarship queues -- that OTRS admins cannot see unless
  they give themselves access to it, which they wouldn't do unless they
  needed to for some reason.

 Is there an auditable log of these actions?  i.e. one that OTRS admins
 cant doctor?

 --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ombudsmen commission

2012-04-24 Thread Pedro Sanchez
On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM, John Vandenberg jay...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM, Casey Brown li...@caseybrown.org wrote:

 Is there an auditable log of these actions?  i.e. one that OTRS admins
 cant doctor?

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It really amazes me how much we distrust the people who have been
doing a great work (otrs admins, ombudsmen, etc).

And all upon contrived hypothetical scenarios.  And how about one of
the root-access devs is secretly working for the goverment of... is
anyone working on a solution for this?


Pedro Sánchez
http://drini.mx
@combinatorica

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Release of educational videos under creative commons (Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 97, Issue 73)

2012-04-24 Thread Michael Dale

Thanks Sumana! :)

--michael

On 04/24/2012 09:10 PM, Sumana Harihareswara wrote:

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Roadmap indicates that we aim to have
TimedMediaHandler deployed onto Wikimedia Foundation sites by the end of
May 2012.

TimedMediaHandler has been reviewed by Ian Baker and Kandalgaonkar
extensively, with lots of changes made in response by Michael Dale.
Review notes and Michael's follow-up are at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/TimedMediaHandler/ReviewNotes . It is
currently being tested, including transcoding support, at
http://commons.wikimedia.beta.wmflabs.org/wiki/File:Electric_sheep.webm
.  (Copied this from the extensions review queue status at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Review_queue .)





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