Re: [Wikimedia-l] Winning photos of Wiki Loves Earth Bangladesh 2017

2017-07-31 Thread Toby Negrin
These are great - thank you for sharing!

-Toby

On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 4:51 PM, Edward Galvez 
wrote:

> Love these. Thanks Nahid and to all the organizers and photographers!
>
> On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 8:19 AM, Nahid Sultan 
> wrote:
>
> > Hey Folks,
> > We are very happy to announce the top 10 winning photos[1] of Wiki Loves
> > Earth Bangladesh 2017. These 10 photos will compete in the international
> > stage of the competition.
> >
> > Bangladesh has taken part in the international Wiki Loves Earth
> > competition for the first time this year. During the competition, a total
> > of 191 Bangladeshi participants uploaded more than 2000 freely licensed
> > photographs of 40 (of the 51 government listed protected sites of
> > Bangladesh) different protected sites in Wikimedia Commons. Thanks to the
> > volunteers and jurors who were involved in organizing the competition and
> > reviewing the entries.
> >
> >
> >   1.  http://wikimedia.org.bd/blog/50-winners-wlebd2017
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Nahid Sultan
> >
> > User:NahidSultan on
> all
> > Wikimedia Foundation >'s
> > public wikis
> >
> > Secretary, Wikimedia Bangladesh wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_
> > Bangladesh>
> >
> > Twitter: @nahidunlimited
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Wikimedia Technical Committee (TechCom)

2017-07-31 Thread Brion Vibber
Woohoo!

-- brion


On Jul 29, 2017 9:43 AM, "Victoria Coleman"  wrote:

Hello All!

Daniel and I would like to share some good news:


After  talking about it for years, and vetting the draft for months,
it's finally done: the Architecture Committee has adopted a proper charter
defining its purpose, operation, and authority.

You can find the charter here:
>

The charter among other things defines from where the committee draws its
authority over technical development at the WMF: the committee acts as an
extension of the CTO. This gives the committee  a clear role in the
foundation's decision
making processes.

The charter also clarifies the scope of TechCom: it is to act as an
authority on
technical decisions regarding any official software that serves Wikimedia
users.
The committee should be involved in matters regarding such software that are
strategic, cross-cutting, or hard to undo.

The committee has also given itself a new name, to better fit the scope as
defined in the charter: we are now the Wikimedia Technical Committee
(TechCom).

Looking forward to working with the technical community to fulfill the
charter!


Victoria & Daniel






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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-31 Thread James Heilman
There appears to already be an open-source AI voice assistant effort.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthunckler/2017/05/15/this-open-source-ai-voice-assistant-is-challenging-siri-and-alexa-for-market-superiority/#4a73f53b3ec0

Like with the open search movement, IMO we should collaborate with the
ongoing efforts being lead by others rather than lead the efforts ourselves
or lead the efforts internally.

Agree we need to make sure that Wikipedia content is appropriately
attributed by the wider world who re-use us. Our main goal IMO needs to be
to make Wikipedia high quality / maintain its high quality.

James

On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 9:43 AM, Andreas Kolbe  wrote:

> Some further thoughts on this thread while we wait for Adele to come back
> to us.
>
> According to Statista,[1] the worldwide market for virtual digital
> assistants is expected to grow from $1.64 billion in 2015 to $15.79 billion
> by 2021. That's a tenfold increase over six years. Digital assistants will
> reportedly outnumber people by 2021.[2]
>
> The Foundation has long been worried about the shift to mobile, the related
> decline in desktop page views, and its effect on donations. But doesn't the
> growing popularity of digital assistants – all of them, ironically, drawing
> to varying degrees on Wikimedia projects – represent a much greater threat
> to Wikipedia page views in the medium to long term than mobile?
>
> At some point, I fear, opening a browser window on your computer or phone,
> typing in a search term, and opening up a Wikipedia page will to many
> people and in many contexts seem quaint and old-fashioned. Or to be more
> precise, it won't even seem quaint and old-fashioned: people will gradually
> stop doing it, and forget they ever did it, just like it's become rare for
> most of us to get up, walk to a bookcase, and look up a term in a book,
> because Googling is faster and more convenient. What will happen to
> Wikipedia page views then?
>
> In my view, the decision taken many years ago to make Wikimedia content
> freely available to all re-users, even those earning billions of dollars
> from it, was a gigantic mistake. It sold contributors, who work for
> nothing, out. There should have been a (high) profit threshold above which
> re-users should have been required to pay a percentage of their profits
> back into the Wikimedia movement's pot.
>
> But given that that bridge was burnt long ago – irretrievably so, it seems
> – shouldn't the Foundation now, at the very least, do its utmost to make
> sure that the minimal rights volunteers retain over the content they
> contribute to their projects are respected? (Wikidata's CC-0 licence was
> another huge mis-step in my view, as it reduces Wikimedia's visibility to
> nothing, just as it is reduced to nothing in the Amazon Echo examples
> described in this thread.) Otherwise, aren't we running the risk that
> Wikipedia may well be as healthy in a couple of decades' time as DMOZ is
> today?
>
> And, bearing in mind the projected growth of the virtual digital assistant
> market, shouldn't the Wikimedia Foundation look at developing and marketing
> its own Wikipedia-based virtual digital assistant, to at least earn a share
> of the income its volunteers' work will generate in the years to come?
> Won't volunteers otherwise just continue to be fodder to make Apple,
> Microsoft, Google, Amazon etc. even richer than they already are?
>
> Andreas
>
> [1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/589079/worldwide-
> virtual-digital-assistants-consumer-market/
> [2] http://www.netimperative.com/2017/05/digital-
> assistants-outnumber-people-2021/
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-31 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Some further thoughts on this thread while we wait for Adele to come back
to us.

According to Statista,[1] the worldwide market for virtual digital
assistants is expected to grow from $1.64 billion in 2015 to $15.79 billion
by 2021. That's a tenfold increase over six years. Digital assistants will
reportedly outnumber people by 2021.[2]

The Foundation has long been worried about the shift to mobile, the related
decline in desktop page views, and its effect on donations. But doesn't the
growing popularity of digital assistants – all of them, ironically, drawing
to varying degrees on Wikimedia projects – represent a much greater threat
to Wikipedia page views in the medium to long term than mobile?

At some point, I fear, opening a browser window on your computer or phone,
typing in a search term, and opening up a Wikipedia page will to many
people and in many contexts seem quaint and old-fashioned. Or to be more
precise, it won't even seem quaint and old-fashioned: people will gradually
stop doing it, and forget they ever did it, just like it's become rare for
most of us to get up, walk to a bookcase, and look up a term in a book,
because Googling is faster and more convenient. What will happen to
Wikipedia page views then?

In my view, the decision taken many years ago to make Wikimedia content
freely available to all re-users, even those earning billions of dollars
from it, was a gigantic mistake. It sold contributors, who work for
nothing, out. There should have been a (high) profit threshold above which
re-users should have been required to pay a percentage of their profits
back into the Wikimedia movement's pot.

But given that that bridge was burnt long ago – irretrievably so, it seems
– shouldn't the Foundation now, at the very least, do its utmost to make
sure that the minimal rights volunteers retain over the content they
contribute to their projects are respected? (Wikidata's CC-0 licence was
another huge mis-step in my view, as it reduces Wikimedia's visibility to
nothing, just as it is reduced to nothing in the Amazon Echo examples
described in this thread.) Otherwise, aren't we running the risk that
Wikipedia may well be as healthy in a couple of decades' time as DMOZ is
today?

And, bearing in mind the projected growth of the virtual digital assistant
market, shouldn't the Wikimedia Foundation look at developing and marketing
its own Wikipedia-based virtual digital assistant, to at least earn a share
of the income its volunteers' work will generate in the years to come?
Won't volunteers otherwise just continue to be fodder to make Apple,
Microsoft, Google, Amazon etc. even richer than they already are?

Andreas

[1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/589079/worldwide-
virtual-digital-assistants-consumer-market/
[2] http://www.netimperative.com/2017/05/digital-
assistants-outnumber-people-2021/
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[Wikimedia-l] Winning photos of Wiki Loves Earth Bangladesh 2017

2017-07-31 Thread Nahid Sultan
Hey Folks,
We are very happy to announce the top 10 winning photos[1] of Wiki Loves Earth 
Bangladesh 2017. These 10 photos will compete in the international stage of the 
competition.

Bangladesh has taken part in the international Wiki Loves Earth competition for 
the first time this year. During the competition, a total of 191 Bangladeshi 
participants uploaded more than 2000 freely licensed photographs of 40 (of the 
51 government listed protected sites of Bangladesh) different protected sites 
in Wikimedia Commons. Thanks to the volunteers and jurors who were involved in 
organizing the competition and reviewing the entries.


  1.  http://wikimedia.org.bd/blog/50-winners-wlebd2017

Cheers,

Nahid Sultan

User:NahidSultan on all 
Wikimedia Foundation's 
public wikis

Secretary, Wikimedia 
Bangladesh

Twitter: @nahidunlimited
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Copyfraud by the British Museum

2017-07-31 Thread Gordon Joly
On 31/07/17 00:06, Jean-Philippe Béland wrote:
>  The restoration work is indeed an extensive work, but is it a "creation of
> the mind", which is necessary for copyright?
> 
> JP


The Cutty Sark was almost destroyed by fire, and was rebuilt. I would
say it a visitor attraction (of very high quality) that it is a
facsimile of the craft that sailed the oceans. I have visited both
before and after the fire (and rebuilding). Some timbers would also have
replaced before the fire and also planned replacement during the 2007
conservation closure period when the fire took place.

Sir Arthur Evans also rebuilt an artifact, Knossos, and he used
concrete, which was not around in the era 1380–1100 BCE.

Has something has been "created" by a mind? I would say yes, to both. In
the case of the Cutty Sark, the ship was placed in a new "dry dock" so
that visitors can view the hull (for example).

Gordo



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia content for in-flight entertainment?

2017-07-31 Thread
As it happens, as part of my early career in avionics, I was
responsible for the software side of the flight certification of the
first inflight entertainment systems, both for CAA and FAA. Unless the
interpretation of regulations has significantly changed, the snapshot
of Wikipedia(s) would have to be static and would need to be part of a
verified release bundle. As well as testing the way any software that
displays Wikipedia pages can behave, there may be issues with allowing
certain formats of images or videos which may contain dead code or
could potentially carry a virus, such as might happen with SVG files.
Testing this might turn out to be a bit complex for the qualification
process, unless they took the easy option of text-only versions.

Though the entertainment system is hosted in a secure "playpen", and
so by design should be unable to affect other systems, all boxes and
software on the aircraft have to be tested as flightworthy and the
specific configuration needs to be set down on paper, so live updates
that by-pass certification are unlikely to be allowed. Consequently
any version of Wikipedia used in-flight will always be lagging current
events of interest.

Fae

On 31 July 2017 at 01:01, James Heilman  wrote:
> Amazing idea. I guess one could email them and offer this. Would not add
> weight on their end as it is simple digital. The entertainment system would
> be completely separate from the flight systems so would not have
> significant certification issues.
>
> James
>
> On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 4:50 PM, Lodewijk 
> wrote:
>
>> I know that KLM included some cuts from Wikipedia articles in their
>> onflight system to explain sights from at least San Francisco. Not sure
>> whether they made it scale, probably not.
>>
>> Lodewijk
>>
>> On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:13 AM, Pierre-Selim 
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Certification process for the hardware of kiwix might be a tremendous
>> pain
>> > in the ass.
>> >
>> > And second point the airline will need a business case to cary more
>> weight
>> > (count about 3.5% of the weight as extra fuel burn per hour).
>> >
>> > That said I'd love to use Wikipedia on an IFE.
>> >
>> > Le 31 juil. 2017 00:02, "Daniel Mietchen" > com>
>> > a écrit :
>> >
>> > > Hi,
>> > >
>> > > during long flights, I have often been wondering why there is no
>> > > Wikimedia option in in-flight entertainment systems. As I am normally
>> > > offline during flights and I normally don't think about in-flight
>> > > stuff while on the ground, I never actually asked around, so after a
>> > > long flight yesterday, here we go:
>> > > Do any of you know of attempts to explore the option(s) to get
>> > > Wikimedia content onto in-flight entertainment and similar systems?
>> > >
>> > > Many of them already have educational content, but I am not aware of
>> > > anything openly licensed amidst those offerings. Have any of the Kiwix
>> > > team looked into this?
>> > >
>> > > Also, many airlines/ ships/ trains and others offer WiFi for a fee -
>> > > has the Wikipedia Zero team ever looked into engaging with such
>> > > "providers"?
>> > >
>> > > Thanks and cheers,
>> > >
>> > > Daniel
>> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia content for in-flight entertainment?

2017-07-31 Thread Dennis During
Wouldn't there be significant bandwidth limitations on aircraft? So WMF
content would require additional storage.  Presumably, only selected WMF
content would be actually carried on board, with other made available
on-demand.

On Jul 31, 2017 5:38 AM, "Andy Mabbett"  wrote:

On 30 July 2017 at 23:13, Pierre-Selim  wrote:

> airline will need a business case to cary more weight

How heavy is Wikipedia?

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