Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quality on different language version

2014-06-10 Thread Pine W
Hi Anders, may I suggest that you ask your good question on Wiki-Research-l?

I know some work has been done on this subject but it's not at my
fingertips.

https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wiki-research-l

Pine


On Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 7:41 AM, Balázs Viczián balazs.vicz...@wikimedia.hu
wrote:

 Hi,

 I guess mgwp is in Malagasy, not Hungarian :)

 Cheers,
 Balazs

 being done.

 
  To ?provoke? I therefor list here my subjective impression after daily
  looking into the different version for 5-15 articles (new ones being
  created on sv.wp) (I list them in order how often I use them to calibrate
  the svwp articles).
 
  enwp- a magnitude better then any other. main weakeness are articles on
  marginal subjects that seems to be allowed to exist there, even if rather
  bad, and without templates (noone cares to patrol these?)
 
  eswp - a very  good version, which in the general discussion are not
  getting appropriate credit
 
  dewp - good when the articles exist, but many serious holes. Is the
  elitist way of running it, discouraging new editors in non obvious
 subjects
  (that after time passes gets very relevant)?
  frwp - also good, but somewhat scattered quality both in coverage and the
  different articles (even in same subject area)
  nlwp - very good coverage in the geographic subjects, decent quality on
  articles but limited world coverage in areas like biographies
  itwp - good articles but a bit italiancentered,
 
  nowp - small but decent articles. Their short focused articletext
  sometimes give more easyaccessed knowledge then an overly long one in
 other
  languages
 
  ptwp - the real disappointment. it is among the top ten in volume and
  accesses but clearly missing a lot, and even existing articles are
 uneven.
  I now use it even less then Ukrainian and Russian which I use very seldom
  as the different alphabet makes it hard to understand the article content
 
  (arabic, chinese and japanese I almost never use, too complicated)
 
  (I also use some smaller ones like sqwp and mgwp (hungarian), in these
  versions I have seen serious quality problems not to be found in any of
 the
  above ones, I am not sure they even have basic patrolling in place)
 
  Anders
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons and OCILLA

2014-06-10 Thread Michael Maggs
Hi Yann

This is a really useful resource.  Who is looking after it now, and how is it 
being funded?  I don’t know who ‘Ray’ is.

Michael


On 8 Jun 2014, at 17:43, Yann Forget yan...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi,
 
 2014-06-08 21:56 GMT+05:30 rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.com:
 Would it make sense to deploy a server in another country under a domain
 not owned by the foundation? E.g. Switzerland?
 
 I already started that in 2005. It is called Wikilivres: http://wikilivres.ca/
 In 2010, I could not continue to manage it and pay for the bill, and I
 looked for volunteers to take over.
 To my surprise, I found nearly noone willing to do that.
 Finally Ray accepted to take charge. I am quite sure, he would welcome
 help to manage it.
 
 Regards,
 
 Yann
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Tonmoy Khan
Dear All,


It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).



Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.

The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of WMBD,
I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
complete all the bureaucratic process!


It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the Wikimedia
movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs, workshops
 meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in different
Wikimedia committees.



We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this region.


Cheers


Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
Treasurer
Wikimedia Bangladesh

ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন ভাবে
আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Stevie Benton
That's fantastic news, congratulations form the UK!

Stevie


On 10 June 2014 18:28, Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear All,


 It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
 successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
 application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
 Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
 certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).



 Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
 Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.

 The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
 perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
 difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
 incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
 Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
 impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of WMBD,
 I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
 approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
 took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
 complete all the bureaucratic process!


 It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the Wikimedia
 movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
 despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
 could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
 greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs, workshops
  meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
 successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
 Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
 are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
 taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in different
 Wikimedia committees.



 We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
 progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
 make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
 region.


 Cheers


 Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
 Treasurer
 Wikimedia Bangladesh

 ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন ভাবে
 আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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and Wales, Registered No. 6741827. Registered Charity No.1144513.
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London EC2A 4LT. United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a
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Wikimedia Foundation (who operate Wikipedia, amongst other projects).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Vishnu

Excellent news, Tonmoy! Congratulations!!

Best,
Vishnu

On Tuesday 10 June 2014 10:58 PM, Tonmoy Khan wrote:

Dear All,


It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).



Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.

The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of WMBD,
I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
complete all the bureaucratic process!


It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the Wikimedia
movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs, workshops
 meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in different
Wikimedia committees.



We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this region.


Cheers


Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
Treasurer
Wikimedia Bangladesh

ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন ভাবে
আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedian in Residence at ORCID

2014-06-10 Thread Andy Mabbett
As of today, I am Wikipedian in Residence [1] at ORCID [2].
The role is described in [3]. Please let me know if I can assist you,
in that capacity.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:ORCID

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ORCID

[3] 
http://orcid.org/blog/2014/06/04/announcing-orcid%E2%80%99s-wikipedian-residence

-- 
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@pigsonthewing
http://pigsonthewing.org.uk

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Lodewijk
Great to hear! I remember that you shared with us 'it might take a while'
but I never took it so excessively! Thanks for sticking through, and all
the best with the earned status. I hope it will help you a lot in your
activities.

Lodewijk


2014-06-10 19:33 GMT+02:00 Vishnu visdav...@gmail.com:

 Excellent news, Tonmoy! Congratulations!!

 Best,
 Vishnu


 On Tuesday 10 June 2014 10:58 PM, Tonmoy Khan wrote:

 Dear All,


 It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD)
 has
 successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
 application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
 Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
 certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).



 Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
 Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.

 The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
 perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
 difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
 incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
 Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
 impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of
 WMBD,
 I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
 approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
 took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
 complete all the bureaucratic process!


 It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the
 Wikimedia
 movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
 despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
 could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
 greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs,
 workshops
  meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
 successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
 Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
 are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
 taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in
 different
 Wikimedia committees.



 We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
 progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
 make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
 region.


 Cheers


 Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
 Treasurer
 Wikimedia Bangladesh

 ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন ভাবে
 আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedian in Residence at ORCID

2014-06-10 Thread Cristian Consonni
Il 10/giu/2014 13:30 Andy Mabbett a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk ha scritto:

 As of today, I am Wikipedian in Residence [1] at ORCID [2].
 The role is described in [3]. Please let me know if I can assist you,
 in that capacity.

 [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:ORCID

 [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ORCID

 [3]
http://orcid.org/blog/2014/06/04/announcing-orcid%E2%80%99s-wikipedian-residence

Congrats Andy :-)

Cristian
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Rodrigo Padula
Great news!!

Congratulations to all members of the Wikimedia Bangladesh!

Rodrigo Padula


2014-06-10 14:28 GMT-03:00 Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com:

 Dear All,


 It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
 successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
 application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
 Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
 certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).



 Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
 Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.

 The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
 perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
 difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
 incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
 Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
 impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of WMBD,
 I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
 approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
 took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
 complete all the bureaucratic process!


 It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the Wikimedia
 movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
 despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
 could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
 greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs, workshops
  meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
 successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
 Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
 are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
 taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in different
 Wikimedia committees.



 We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
 progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
 make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
 region.


 Cheers


 Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
 Treasurer
 Wikimedia Bangladesh

 ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন ভাবে
 আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Excellent news! Congrats to everyone at WMBD


Carlos


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 Original message 
From: Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com 
Date: 10/06/2014  20:28  (GMT+02:00) 
To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org 
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local
registration in Bangladesh 
 
Dear All,


It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).



Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.

The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of WMBD,
I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
complete all the bureaucratic process!


It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the Wikimedia
movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs, workshops
 meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in different
Wikimedia committees.



We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this region.


Cheers


Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
Treasurer
Wikimedia Bangladesh

ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন ভাবে
আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Asaf Bartov
Fantastic news!  I know how frustrating it has been for all of you.

Looking forward to continued collaboration!

A.
On Jun 10, 2014 10:42 AM, Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com wrote:

 Great news!!

 Congratulations to all members of the Wikimedia Bangladesh!

 Rodrigo Padula


 2014-06-10 14:28 GMT-03:00 Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com:

  Dear All,
 
 
  It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD)
 has
  successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
  application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
  Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
  certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).
 
 
 
  Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
  Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.
 
  The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
  perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
  difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as
 the
  incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
  Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
  impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of
 WMBD,
  I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
  approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and
 it
  took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
  complete all the bureaucratic process!
 
 
  It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the
 Wikimedia
  movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
  despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
  could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
  greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs,
 workshops
   meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This
 effort
  successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
  Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
  are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement
 by
  taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in
 different
  Wikimedia committees.
 
 
 
  We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
  progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
  make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
  region.
 
 
  Cheers
 
 
  Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
  Treasurer
  Wikimedia Bangladesh
 
  ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন
 ভাবে
  আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations, I'm so pleased that the persistence and hard work paid
off.

This wonderful news for your chapter but also the whole  Wikimedia movement.

Warm regards,
Sydney Poore
User: FloNight
Wikipedian in Residence
at Cochrane Collaboration
On Jun 10, 2014 1:29 PM, Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear All,


 It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
 successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
 application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
 Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
 certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).



 Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
 Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.

 The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
 perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
 difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
 incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
 Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
 impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of WMBD,
 I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
 approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
 took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
 complete all the bureaucratic process!


 It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the Wikimedia
 movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
 despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
 could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
 greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs, workshops
  meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
 successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
 Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
 are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
 taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in different
 Wikimedia committees.



 We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
 progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
 make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
 region.


 Cheers


 Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
 Treasurer
 Wikimedia Bangladesh

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Patricio Lorente
Congratulations, Tonmoy!

2014-06-10 14:46 GMT-03:00 Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org:
 Fantastic news!  I know how frustrating it has been for all of you.

 Looking forward to continued collaboration!

 A.
 On Jun 10, 2014 10:42 AM, Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com wrote:

 Great news!!

 Congratulations to all members of the Wikimedia Bangladesh!

 Rodrigo Padula


 2014-06-10 14:28 GMT-03:00 Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com:

  Dear All,
 
 
  It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD)
 has
  successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
  application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
  Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
  certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).
 
 
 
  Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
  Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.
 
  The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
  perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
  difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as
 the
  incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
  Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
  impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of
 WMBD,
  I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
  approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and
 it
  took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
  complete all the bureaucratic process!
 
 
  It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the
 Wikimedia
  movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
  despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
  could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
  greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs,
 workshops
   meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This
 effort
  successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
  Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
  are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement
 by
  taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in
 different
  Wikimedia committees.
 
 
 
  We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
  progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
  make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
  region.
 
 
  Cheers
 
 
  Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
  Treasurer
  Wikimedia Bangladesh
 
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 ভাবে
  আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Bishakha Datta
Wow, two years from start to finish!

Congratulations from across the border,
Bishakha
On Jun 10, 2014 11:31 PM, Patricio Lorente patricio.lore...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Congratulations, Tonmoy!

 2014-06-10 14:46 GMT-03:00 Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org:
  Fantastic news!  I know how frustrating it has been for all of you.
 
  Looking forward to continued collaboration!
 
  A.
  On Jun 10, 2014 10:42 AM, Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
  Great news!!
 
  Congratulations to all members of the Wikimedia Bangladesh!
 
  Rodrigo Padula
 
 
  2014-06-10 14:28 GMT-03:00 Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com:
 
   Dear All,
  
  
   It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh
 (WMBD)
  has
   successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
   application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint
 Stock
   Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected
 the
   certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).
  
  
  
   Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies
 Registration
   Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh
 Foundation.
  
   The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
   perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
   difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as
  the
   incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
   Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if
 not
   impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of
  WMBD,
   I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies
 get
   approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012
 and
  it
   took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from
 NSI 
   complete all the bureaucratic process!
  
  
   It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the
  Wikimedia
   movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and
 professionalism
   despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration
 issue
   could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in
 the
   greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs,
  workshops
meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This
  effort
   successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
   Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from
 WMBD/Bangladesh
   are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia
 movement
  by
   taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in
  different
   Wikimedia committees.
  
  
  
   We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards
 sustainable
   progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we
 can
   make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
   region.
  
  
   Cheers
  
  
   Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
   Treasurer
   Wikimedia Bangladesh
  
   ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন
  ভাবে
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Nasir Khan
Yes, it took a long time to get the approval. But we waited with patience
and it is completed now. It is a big milestone for us and now it will be a
lot easier to take the next steps and prepare a perfect future plan.


--
*Nasir Khan Saikat*
www.nasirkhn.com
Executive Member, Wikimedia Bangladesh



On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 12:08 AM, Bishakha Datta bishakhada...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Wow, two years from start to finish!

 Congratulations from across the border,
 Bishakha
 On Jun 10, 2014 11:31 PM, Patricio Lorente patricio.lore...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Congratulations, Tonmoy!
 
  2014-06-10 14:46 GMT-03:00 Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org:
   Fantastic news!  I know how frustrating it has been for all of you.
  
   Looking forward to continued collaboration!
  
   A.
   On Jun 10, 2014 10:42 AM, Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com
  wrote:
  
   Great news!!
  
   Congratulations to all members of the Wikimedia Bangladesh!
  
   Rodrigo Padula
  
  
   2014-06-10 14:28 GMT-03:00 Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com:
  
Dear All,
   
   
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh
  (WMBD)
   has
successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint
  Stock
Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have
 collected
  the
certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).
   
   
   
Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies
  Registration
Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh
  Foundation.
   
The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh
 as
   the
incumbents have to have security clearance from the National
 Security
Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if
  not
impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process
 of
   WMBD,
I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as
 societies
  get
approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012
  and
   it
took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from
  NSI 
complete all the bureaucratic process!
   
   
It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the
   Wikimedia
movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and
  professionalism
despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration
  issue
could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in
  the
greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs,
   workshops
 meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This
   effort
successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from
  WMBD/Bangladesh
are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia
  movement
   by
taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in
   different
Wikimedia committees.
   
   
   
We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards
  sustainable
progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that
 we
  can
make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this
region.
   
   
Cheers
   
   
Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
Treasurer
Wikimedia Bangladesh
   
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Shabab Mustafa
Well, you may find it strange but it almost feels like being a father to
us. It was a really long and frustrating struggle. This achievement is a
great confidence boost up for all of us.

---
Shabab Mustafa
Com. Co-ordinator
Wikimedia Bangladesh
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Katy Love
Congratulations to Wikimedia Bangladesh!

Katy



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 great confidence boost up for all of us.

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[Wikimedia-l] Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms

2014-06-10 Thread William Beutler
Hi, everybody. Longtime lurker, first time writing to the list—the first in
a few years at least.

You may have seen some news coverage today about an initiative from a group
of public relations, marketing, and communications agencies offering a
statement, posted as a user essay on Wikipedia, stating in a public way
their intention to follow Wikipedia's rules—especially regarding WP:COI—to
educate themselves more about Wikipedia, and educate their colleagues and
clients in turn.

   - Here's the statement on Wikipedia:
   
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Statement_on_Wikipedia_from_participating_communications_firms#Participating_agencies
   - Here's a good treatment of the subject from PR Week:
   
http://www.prweek.com/article/1297798/pr-firms-outline-wikipedia-compliance-joint-statement
   - Here's a good blog post from Phil Gomes (User:Philgomes) about his
   agency's participation in it:
   http://www.edelman.com/post/todays-multi-agency-wikipedia-statement/

This is a project I've led for a few months now, following a meeting in DC
in February, bringing together a number of big agency representatives with
individuals from the Wikipedia community, and some with academic
backgrounds. These included User:Ocaasi, User:Harej, and User:Fuzheado.
Some who watch this list may well have been invited as well, and while I'd
love to have had a bigger group, the conversation that day was very good,
and has led us to this point.

We're also very mindful that this was only one step—as User:Pigsonthewing
has reminded me, not the first such step—but I think it could be a good
one. U.S. agencies going on the record as pledging to follow Wikipedia's
rules is a new thing, and we hope can renew this conversation.

Following this message you'll find the statement in full, and a list of all
agencies (and other organizations) signed to it, as well as names +
usernames of the representative from each.

Cheers,
Bill (User:WWB / User:WWB Too)

+++

*Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms*

On behalf of our firms, we recognize Wikipedia's unique and important role
as a public knowledge resource. We also acknowledge that the prior actions
of some in our industry have led to a challenging relationship with the
community of Wikipedia editors.

Our firms believe that it is in the best interest of our industry, and
Wikipedia users at large, that Wikipedia fulfill its mission of developing
an accurate and objective online encyclopedia. Therefore, it is wise for
communications professionals to follow Wikipedia policies as part of
ethical engagement practices.

We therefore publicly state and commit, on behalf of our respective firms,
to the best of our ability, to abide by the following principles:

   - To seek to better understand the fundamental principles guiding
   Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
   - To act in accordance with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines,
   particularly those related to conflict of interest.
   - To abide by the Wikimedia Foundation's Terms of Use.
   - To the extent we become aware of potential violations of Wikipedia
   policies by our respective firms, to investigate the matter and seek
   corrective action, as appropriate and consistent with our policies.
   - Beyond our own firms, to take steps to publicize our views and counsel
   our clients and peers to conduct themselves accordingly.
   - We also seek opportunities for a productive and transparent dialogue
   with Wikipedia editors, inasmuch as we can provide accurate, up-to-date,
   and verifiable information that helps Wikipedia better achieve its goals.

A significant improvement in relations between our two communities may not
occur quickly or easily, but it is our intention to do what we can to
create a long-term positive change and contribute toward Wikipedia's
continued success.

*Participating agencies*

   - Beutler Ink (William Beutler, User:WWB + User:WWB Too)
   - Ogilvy  Mather (Marshall Manson, User:Tmmanson)
   - FleishmanHillard (Sam Huxley, User:SamHuxleyFH)
   - Peppercomm (Sam Ford, User:Leumas712)
   - Burson-Marsteller (Patrick Kerley, User:Patrick at Burson)
   - Ketchum (Tim Weinheimer)
   - Porter Novelli (Dave Coustan, User:Extraface)
   - Voce Communications (Dave Coustan, User:Extraface)
   - Edelman (Phil Gomes, User:Philgomes)
   - Allison+Partners (Jeremy Rosenberg, User:Jeremy at A+P)
   - Glover Park Group, (Brian Gluckman, User:Bgluckman)

*Other participating organizations*

   - MDC Partners (Michael Bassik, User:Mbassik)
   - Chartered Institute of Public Relations, (Andrew Ross,
   User:Andrew_ross_ajmross)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Pierre-Selim
Congratulations to the WBF

Pierre-Selim
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Congratulations to Wikimedia Bangladesh!

Katy



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wrote:

 Well, you may find it strange but it almost feels like being a father to
 us. It was a really long and frustrating struggle. This achievement is a
 great confidence boost up for all of us.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

Tonmoy Khan, 10/06/2014 19:28:

less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012


That's heroic, thanks.

Nemo

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Anna Stillwell
Wow. Thank you, Lane, for spelling out the difficulty of making this
happen. It really places this accomplishment in context. It sounds like it
is more than a free knowledge win, it's also a win for Bangladesh civil
society.

Well done all! What an accomplishment. Wow. Congratulations.


On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM, Lane Rasberry l...@bluerasberry.com
wrote:

 Hello,

 Ali is being modest.

 Not only is Wikimedia Bangladesh among only the 5% who got NGO
 registration, but they are also among the 1% to do it without paying anyone
 a bribe. I have heard that they were asked for money many times to make
 things go more quickly. Perhaps people outside the region do not know, but
 there are a lot of desks that all want to stamp the registration papers
 before giving the final approval. For a foreign-affiliated Internet
 technology organization mostly run by younger people who have a
 relationship to a major Internet property to be able to get a registration
 without paying any bribe is probably unprecedented in the history of South
 Asia. Getting a registration is something to be proud of, but getting it
 completely honestly means that a lot of extra work went into the
 registration just to keep a good reputation.

 I am thrilled with the good example this sets and not only is having the
 registration a wonderful thing for the Wikimedia community, but also this
 shows an excellent precedent for all Bangladeshi community activists
 because they have a bright example in Wikimedia Bangladesh that paying a
 bribe is not necessary to get an NGO registration. This is really something
 to publicize, stress, and note as a point of pride. No one should forget
 this as it really takes a lot of sacrifices to do this without bribing and
 in terms of cost, it actually is cheaper to save time and pay the bribes.

 I hope that this encourages other organizations in Bangladesh to also file
 their own NGO paperwork and accomplish whatever they feel ought to be done.

 Congratulations a thousand times!

 yours,




 On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Tonmoy Khan, 10/06/2014 19:28:
 
   less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
  approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012
 
 
  That's heroic, thanks.
 
  Nemo
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Alice Wiegand
Just great!
Thanks to all who kept on working to this important mark.

Alice.


On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM, Anna Stillwell astillw...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Wow. Thank you, Lane, for spelling out the difficulty of making this
 happen. It really places this accomplishment in context. It sounds like it
 is more than a free knowledge win, it's also a win for Bangladesh civil
 society.

 Well done all! What an accomplishment. Wow. Congratulations.


 On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM, Lane Rasberry l...@bluerasberry.com
 wrote:

  Hello,
 
  Ali is being modest.
 
  Not only is Wikimedia Bangladesh among only the 5% who got NGO
  registration, but they are also among the 1% to do it without paying
 anyone
  a bribe. I have heard that they were asked for money many times to make
  things go more quickly. Perhaps people outside the region do not know,
 but
  there are a lot of desks that all want to stamp the registration papers
  before giving the final approval. For a foreign-affiliated Internet
  technology organization mostly run by younger people who have a
  relationship to a major Internet property to be able to get a
 registration
  without paying any bribe is probably unprecedented in the history of
 South
  Asia. Getting a registration is something to be proud of, but getting it
  completely honestly means that a lot of extra work went into the
  registration just to keep a good reputation.
 
  I am thrilled with the good example this sets and not only is having the
  registration a wonderful thing for the Wikimedia community, but also this
  shows an excellent precedent for all Bangladeshi community activists
  because they have a bright example in Wikimedia Bangladesh that paying a
  bribe is not necessary to get an NGO registration. This is really
 something
  to publicize, stress, and note as a point of pride. No one should forget
  this as it really takes a lot of sacrifices to do this without bribing
 and
  in terms of cost, it actually is cheaper to save time and pay the bribes.
 
  I hope that this encourages other organizations in Bangladesh to also
 file
  their own NGO paperwork and accomplish whatever they feel ought to be
 done.
 
  Congratulations a thousand times!
 
  yours,
 
 
 
 
  On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) 
 nemow...@gmail.com
  wrote:
 
   Tonmoy Khan, 10/06/2014 19:28:
  
less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
   approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012
  
  
   That's heroic, thanks.
  
   Nemo
  
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms

2014-06-10 Thread David Gerard
On 10 June 2014 21:30, Kevin Gorman kgor...@gmail.com wrote:

 I was invited to the meeting Bill refers to, but unfortunately unable to
 attend.  I've talked to a number of the participants though, and would like
 to stress that this is, well, er, not a joke.  The PR-side people involved
 in this are sincere in what they state, and I genuinely believe that this
 is probably the best opportunity we've had to establish a working
 relationship with the PR industry that preserves the integrity of our
 encyclopedia while avoiding stuff like Bell Pottinger, Wiki-PR, and all the
 low level constant PR manipulation that occurs throughout our sites that
 we've ever been presented with.


IME this is from the decent PR people who are really nice, do in fact
know what Wikipedia is and love it too, even if they're the sort of
people who think infographics are excellent things. They're not too
happy with the spammy types either.

(The most effective way I've found to get the point about bright
line being a pretty good idea is to point to all the examples of the
media *absolutely crucifying* people or companies for anything within
a mile of a conflict of interest. That's *not* the sort of thing a
decent PR wants on their track record.)


- d.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Tonmoy Khan
Thank you Lane and others for your encouraging words, it really means a lot
to us. I remember how hard it was for us! At times I got so frustrated that
I even thought of leaving the Wikimedia movement in few occasions! But now
the job is well done  I am quickly erasing memories of all the frustrating
days/months/years. Thank you all on behalf of Wikimedia Bangladesh.

Cheers

Ali Haidar Khan
FDC Member
Treasurer, Wikimedia Bangladesh
On Jun 11, 2014 1:48 AM, Lane Rasberry l...@bluerasberry.com wrote:

 Hello,

 Ali is being modest.

 Not only is Wikimedia Bangladesh among only the 5% who got NGO
 registration, but they are also among the 1% to do it without paying anyone
 a bribe. I have heard that they were asked for money many times to make
 things go more quickly. Perhaps people outside the region do not know, but
 there are a lot of desks that all want to stamp the registration papers
 before giving the final approval. For a foreign-affiliated Internet
 technology organization mostly run by younger people who have a
 relationship to a major Internet property to be able to get a registration
 without paying any bribe is probably unprecedented in the history of South
 Asia. Getting a registration is something to be proud of, but getting it
 completely honestly means that a lot of extra work went into the
 registration just to keep a good reputation.

 I am thrilled with the good example this sets and not only is having the
 registration a wonderful thing for the Wikimedia community, but also this
 shows an excellent precedent for all Bangladeshi community activists
 because they have a bright example in Wikimedia Bangladesh that paying a
 bribe is not necessary to get an NGO registration. This is really something
 to publicize, stress, and note as a point of pride. No one should forget
 this as it really takes a lot of sacrifices to do this without bribing and
 in terms of cost, it actually is cheaper to save time and pay the bribes.

 I hope that this encourages other organizations in Bangladesh to also file
 their own NGO paperwork and accomplish whatever they feel ought to be done.

 Congratulations a thousand times!

 yours,




 On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Tonmoy Khan, 10/06/2014 19:28:
 
   less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
  approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012
 
 
  That's heroic, thanks.
 
  Nemo
 
 
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC Advisory Group recommendations

2014-06-10 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues,

As you know, the FDC Advisory Group met in Frankfurt at the end of May to
discuss the past two years of the FDC pilot process and to deliberate on
its future. You will be glad to know that they unanimously agreed to advise
the WMF Executive Director (ED) that the FDC process should continue, with
some suggested modifications and improvements.

Please find the main recommendations and thoughts from the Advisory Group
here.[1] The Advisory Group (AG) also decided to share an appendix with the
range of thoughts and opinions it had on some key modifications or changes
to the FDC; you will find that there was considerable diversity of opinion
with some of these ideas, but the AG felt it might be useful for Lila to
see the range!

As you know, the next steps will now be for Lila, as ED, to consult with
WMF staff and to decide with the Board on the future of the FDC. We hope
this decision will be shared with you by the end of July.

Once again, I'd like to thank all the FDC AG members for their
extraordinary work setting up the FDC and for their work on these
recommendations. As the Framework outlines, the FDC AG will formally
disband in September 2014.

The inaugural members of the AG were Richard Ames/Ariconte, Ting Chen
(former member of WMF Board), Jan-Bart de Vreede (WMF
Board), Thomas d'Souza Buckup/TSB, Peter Ekman/Smallbones, Sue Gardner (WMF
ED), Ali Haidar Khan/Tonmoy (WMBN), Crystal Hayling Philanthropy
Advisor), Christophe Henner (WMFR), Sydney Poore/FloNight, Kathy Reich
(Packard Foundation), Pavel Richter ( WMDE), Osmar Valdebenito/B1mbo (WMAR)
and Stu West (WMF Board). With Ali and Sydney on the current FDC, they were
no longer part of the AG meeting in Frankfurt, though their thoughts were
considered as part of the FDC feedback to the Advisory Group; Kathy Reich
and Thomas Buckup were also unable to attend. However, Bishakha Datta and
Patricio Lorente as the two Board representatives on the FDC, joined the AG
for its deliberations, as did I, replacing Barry Newstead.

Please don't hesitate to add your comments and suggestions on the
discussion page of the Recommendations.

Warmly,
Anasuya

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Advisory_Group/Recommendations/2014

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms

2014-06-10 Thread Kevin Gorman
Hi all -

I was invited to the meeting Bill refers to, but unfortunately unable to
attend.  I've talked to a number of the participants though, and would like
to stress that this is, well, er, not a joke.  The PR-side people involved
in this are sincere in what they state, and I genuinely believe that this
is probably the best opportunity we've had to establish a working
relationship with the PR industry that preserves the integrity of our
encyclopedia while avoiding stuff like Bell Pottinger, Wiki-PR, and all the
low level constant PR manipulation that occurs throughout our sites that
we've ever been presented with.

Best,
Kevin Gorman


On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM, William Beutler williambeut...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hi, everybody. Longtime lurker, first time writing to the list—the first in
 a few years at least.

 You may have seen some news coverage today about an initiative from a group
 of public relations, marketing, and communications agencies offering a
 statement, posted as a user essay on Wikipedia, stating in a public way
 their intention to follow Wikipedia's rules—especially regarding WP:COI—to
 educate themselves more about Wikipedia, and educate their colleagues and
 clients in turn.

- Here's the statement on Wikipedia:

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Statement_on_Wikipedia_from_participating_communications_firms#Participating_agencies
- Here's a good treatment of the subject from PR Week:

 http://www.prweek.com/article/1297798/pr-firms-outline-wikipedia-compliance-joint-statement
- Here's a good blog post from Phil Gomes (User:Philgomes) about his
agency's participation in it:
http://www.edelman.com/post/todays-multi-agency-wikipedia-statement/

 This is a project I've led for a few months now, following a meeting in DC
 in February, bringing together a number of big agency representatives with
 individuals from the Wikipedia community, and some with academic
 backgrounds. These included User:Ocaasi, User:Harej, and User:Fuzheado.
 Some who watch this list may well have been invited as well, and while I'd
 love to have had a bigger group, the conversation that day was very good,
 and has led us to this point.

 We're also very mindful that this was only one step—as User:Pigsonthewing
 has reminded me, not the first such step—but I think it could be a good
 one. U.S. agencies going on the record as pledging to follow Wikipedia's
 rules is a new thing, and we hope can renew this conversation.

 Following this message you'll find the statement in full, and a list of all
 agencies (and other organizations) signed to it, as well as names +
 usernames of the representative from each.

 Cheers,
 Bill (User:WWB / User:WWB Too)

 +++

 *Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms*

 On behalf of our firms, we recognize Wikipedia's unique and important role
 as a public knowledge resource. We also acknowledge that the prior actions
 of some in our industry have led to a challenging relationship with the
 community of Wikipedia editors.

 Our firms believe that it is in the best interest of our industry, and
 Wikipedia users at large, that Wikipedia fulfill its mission of developing
 an accurate and objective online encyclopedia. Therefore, it is wise for
 communications professionals to follow Wikipedia policies as part of
 ethical engagement practices.

 We therefore publicly state and commit, on behalf of our respective firms,
 to the best of our ability, to abide by the following principles:

- To seek to better understand the fundamental principles guiding
Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
- To act in accordance with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines,
particularly those related to conflict of interest.
- To abide by the Wikimedia Foundation's Terms of Use.
- To the extent we become aware of potential violations of Wikipedia
policies by our respective firms, to investigate the matter and seek
corrective action, as appropriate and consistent with our policies.
- Beyond our own firms, to take steps to publicize our views and counsel
our clients and peers to conduct themselves accordingly.
- We also seek opportunities for a productive and transparent dialogue
with Wikipedia editors, inasmuch as we can provide accurate, up-to-date,
and verifiable information that helps Wikipedia better achieve its
 goals.

 A significant improvement in relations between our two communities may not
 occur quickly or easily, but it is our intention to do what we can to
 create a long-term positive change and contribute toward Wikipedia's
 continued success.

 *Participating agencies*

- Beutler Ink (William Beutler, User:WWB + User:WWB Too)
- Ogilvy  Mather (Marshall Manson, User:Tmmanson)
- FleishmanHillard (Sam Huxley, User:SamHuxleyFH)
- Peppercomm (Sam Ford, User:Leumas712)
- Burson-Marsteller (Patrick Kerley, User:Patrick at Burson)
- Ketchum (Tim Weinheimer)
- Porter 

[Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on the affiliate-selected Board seats process

2014-06-10 Thread Chris Keating
I have jotted down a few notes on the recent process for the selection by
movement affiliates of Foundation board members. As you might recall, the
result of this year's process was announced last week.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Affiliate-selected_Board_seats

Please join in if you have any comments! The more observations that are
made now, from whatever quarter, while the process is relatively fresh in
peoples' minds, the better :-)

Chris
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Shabab Mustafa
Thanks Lane, for your kind words. Yes, we took a firm stance against
corruption and at some point the options became 3 months vs indefinite
number of years. We choose to walk the hard path and finally was able win
this battle. It will be a great inspiration for us in future days.

Thank you all for your encouragement. We really appreciate it.

---
Shabab Mustafa
Com. Co-ordinator 
Executive Member
Wikimedia Bangladesh


On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 2:27 AM, Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thank you Lane and others for your encouraging words, it really means a lot
 to us. I remember how hard it was for us! At times I got so frustrated that
 I even thought of leaving the Wikimedia movement in few occasions! But now
 the job is well done  I am quickly erasing memories of all the frustrating
 days/months/years. Thank you all on behalf of Wikimedia Bangladesh.

 Cheers

 Ali Haidar Khan
 FDC Member
 Treasurer, Wikimedia Bangladesh
 On Jun 11, 2014 1:48 AM, Lane Rasberry l...@bluerasberry.com wrote:

  Hello,
 
  Ali is being modest.
 
  Not only is Wikimedia Bangladesh among only the 5% who got NGO
  registration, but they are also among the 1% to do it without paying
 anyone
  a bribe. I have heard that they were asked for money many times to make
  things go more quickly. Perhaps people outside the region do not know,
 but
  there are a lot of desks that all want to stamp the registration papers
  before giving the final approval. For a foreign-affiliated Internet
  technology organization mostly run by younger people who have a
  relationship to a major Internet property to be able to get a
 registration
  without paying any bribe is probably unprecedented in the history of
 South
  Asia. Getting a registration is something to be proud of, but getting it
  completely honestly means that a lot of extra work went into the
  registration just to keep a good reputation.
 
  I am thrilled with the good example this sets and not only is having the
  registration a wonderful thing for the Wikimedia community, but also this
  shows an excellent precedent for all Bangladeshi community activists
  because they have a bright example in Wikimedia Bangladesh that paying a
  bribe is not necessary to get an NGO registration. This is really
 something
  to publicize, stress, and note as a point of pride. No one should forget
  this as it really takes a lot of sacrifices to do this without bribing
 and
  in terms of cost, it actually is cheaper to save time and pay the bribes.
 
  I hope that this encourages other organizations in Bangladesh to also
 file
  their own NGO paperwork and accomplish whatever they feel ought to be
 done.
 
  Congratulations a thousand times!
 
  yours,
 
 
 
 
  On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) 
 nemow...@gmail.com
  wrote:
 
   Tonmoy Khan, 10/06/2014 19:28:
  
less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
   approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012
  
  
   That's heroic, thanks.
  
   Nemo
  
  
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] This Month in GLAM: May 2014

2014-06-10 Thread The 'This Month in GLAM' team
*This Month in GLAM* is a monthly newsletter documenting recent happenings
within the GLAM project, such as content donations, residencies, events and
more. GLAM is an acronym of *G*alleries, *L*ibraries, *A*rchives and *M*useums.
You can find more information on the project at glamwiki.org.

*This Month in GLAM – Issue V, Volume IV – May 2014*
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Australia and New Zealand report: Libraries' support continues and
strengthens
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Australia_and_New_Zealand_report

Czech Republic report: Workshop in Seifhennersdorf‎; WikiTown Přibyslav
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Czech_Republic_report

Germany report: GLAM on Tour touring; WMDE Data fueling station
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Germany_report

Hungary report: QRpedia projects in Hungary
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Hungary_report

Italy report: Wikipedian in Residence and Open Data Government Hackathon
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Italy_report

Mexico report: Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art donates 357 photos; partnership
with Museo Soumaya; Iberocoop edit-a-thon
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Mexico_report


Netherlands report: Libraries; Wikidata  DBpedia; Wikipedians in
Residence; Open Culture Data
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Netherlands_report

Norway report: 2 x GLAM edit-a-thons
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Norway_report

Sweden report: Award, competitions and Coat of Arms
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Sweden_report

UK report: No trouble at t'mill; Assisting Metropolitan Police with image
licensing enquiries; Wikimania is coming
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/UK_report

USA report: New Edit-a-thons; GLAM at Wikiconference USA; Activities in New
York City
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/USA_report

Open Access report: WikiProject Open Access launched on the English
Wikisource
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Open_Access_report

Calendar: June's GLAM events
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Newsletter/May_2014/Contents/Events


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Josh Lim
On behalf of Wikimedia Philippines, allow me to extend my sincere 
congratulations to Wikimedia Bangladesh for completing its registration 
process!  We know how hard it is to navigate through the bureaucracy, but this 
shows that all turns out for the better in the end.  We look forward to seeing 
great things from you guys now that you have this status. :)

Warm regards,

Josh

Wiadomość napisana przez Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com w dniu 11 cze 2014, 
o godz. 01:28:

 Dear All,
 
 
 It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
 successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
 application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
 Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
 certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).
 
 
 
 Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
 Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.
 
 The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
 perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
 difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
 incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
 Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
 impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of WMBD,
 I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
 approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
 took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
 complete all the bureaucratic process!
 
 
 It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the Wikimedia
 movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
 despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
 could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
 greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs, workshops
  meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
 successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
 Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
 are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
 taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in different
 Wikimedia committees.
 
 
 
 We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
 progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
 make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this region.
 
 
 Cheers
 
 
 Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
 Treasurer
 Wikimedia Bangladesh
 
 ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন ভাবে
 আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedian in Residence at ORCID

2014-06-10 Thread phoebe ayers
On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM, Andy Mabbett a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk
wrote:

 As of today, I am Wikipedian in Residence [1] at ORCID [2].
 The role is described in [3]. Please let me know if I can assist you,
 in that capacity.

 [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:ORCID

 [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ORCID

 [3]
 http://orcid.org/blog/2014/06/04/announcing-orcid%E2%80%99s-wikipedian-residence

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Congrats, Andy!

Coincidentally, as part of my day job, I was just looking into how we treat
ORCIDs and other author ID schemes in Wikidata. One thing I discovered
poking around by hand is that it is quite difficult to match up who has
ORCIDs (not every researcher) with who has a Wikipedia article (also not
every researcher). I think it would be great to use ORCID's API to search
for article subjects who might have ORCIDs (though I think that list would
have to be confirmed/matched by hand, because of lots of ambiguity around
similar names in ORCID if there's no other information -- maybe a task for
another Wikidata game :) )

Anyway, I'd be happy to chat offlist or somewhere else about it, but I am
glad to see they're reaching out to Wikipedia and that you're involved!

cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Statement on Wikipedia from participating communications firms

2014-06-10 Thread Bishakha Datta
On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM, William Beutler williambeut...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hi, everybody. Longtime lurker, first time writing to the list—the first in
 a few years at least.

 You may have seen some news coverage today about an initiative from a group
 of public relations, marketing, and communications agencies offering a
 statement, posted as a user essay on Wikipedia, stating in a public way
 their intention to follow Wikipedia's rules—especially regarding WP:COI—to
 educate themselves more about Wikipedia, and educate their colleagues and
 clients in turn.


Thank you for posting this. It was a pleasant surprise and seems like a
sound and constructive approach to this issue.

Best
Bishakha
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala
Hi Tonmoy,


On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM, Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear All,


 It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
 successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
 application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
 Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
 certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).


Congratulations to you and your colleagues on this important milestone. I
am happy to hear about this, as this used to be a topic of discussion
between us, when we met for FDC meetings during  the last two years.

Best wishes for the growth of WM Bangladesh

Arjuna Rao Chavala
Former Cofounder and President, Wikimedia India
FDC member, 2012-14
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Subhashish Panigrahi
Congratulations all of out friends from Bangladesh for this great success!

Best!
Subha

 On 11-Jun-2014, at 10:52 am, Arjuna Rao Chavala arjunar...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Hi Tonmoy,
 
 
 On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM, Tonmoy Khan tonmoy...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Dear All,
 
 
 It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
 successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
 application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
 Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
 certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).
 Congratulations to you and your colleagues on this important milestone. I
 am happy to hear about this, as this used to be a topic of discussion
 between us, when we met for FDC meetings during  the last two years.
 
 Best wishes for the growth of WM Bangladesh
 
 Arjuna Rao Chavala
 Former Cofounder and President, Wikimedia India
 FDC member, 2012-14
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