Re: [Wikimedia-l] Executive Director's Letter to Donors

2018-07-06 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 3:33 PM, James Salsman  wrote:
> Are there any specific reasons that the Foundation should remain
> neutral on any topic, economic, political, or otherwise, which clearly
> impacts the readership or community?

Well, off the top of my head: to avoid compromising the appearance of
the projects and the movement as neutral providers of information; to
avoid bad publicity; to avoid antagonizing governments or corporate
interests; to avoid compromising the Foundation's tax-exempt status;
to avoid fragmenting the resources and attention of the movement; to
avoid creating divisions within the projects and the movement that
would make it more difficult for volunteers to work together.

On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 1:01 AM, James Salsman  wrote:
> I've spoken with perhaps fifty wikimedians over the past couple years,
> and I simply do not believe that more than 20% could wish such ill
> will on their peers.

Let me be bold and suggest that around 99% of the people on this list
disagree with the percentages you keep making up.

Emufarmers

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Executive Director's Letter to Donors

2018-07-06 Thread Dennis During
On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 3:33 PM, James Salsman  wrote:

> Lodewijk,
>
> I want to ask about something you wrote:
>
> >... Not taking a position is definitely not the same as
> > taking a 'neutral' position or holding the middle ground.
>
> Suppose for the sake of argument that there are two competing popular
> opinions, one of which is more true than another. If the opinions are
> noteworthy statements on notable subjects, then it is appropriate to
> describe both. In accepting the right to do so for others, isn't there
> a corresponding responsibility to describe which of the two reliable
> sources say is more true?
>

​If you are not concerned about the problem of hubris, perhaps not.​

>
> The point I am trying to make, is that those who view a lack of
> partisanship as a benefit are those who don't speak up when things are
> going wrong, and those people are hurting the people our Mission seeks
> to educate, and the people our Mission depends on to volunteer.
>

​Often, "educate" seems to mean propagandize., always equipped with the
paving stones of the road to hell.

Are there any specific reasons that the Foundation should remain
> neutral on any topic, economic, political, or otherwise, which clearly
> impacts the readership or community?


​What topics don't clearly impact some of the readership of community?​

This discussion seems to be framed almost entirely in idealism and
absolutes, entities that rarely seem to lead to practical solutions for a
society of diverse interests.

To the extent that we do have recourse to ideals and absolutes, they should
probably be limited to the core values which the movement has accepted from
the beginning.  That way this institution can be a vehicle for truth of the
factual variety, recognizing that even facts can be in legitimate dispute.


>
>


-- 
Dennis C. During
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Executive Director's Letter to Donors

2018-07-06 Thread James Salsman
Lodewijk,

I want to ask about something you wrote:

>... Not taking a position is definitely not the same as
> taking a 'neutral' position or holding the middle ground.

Suppose for the sake of argument that there are two competing popular
opinions, one of which is more true than another. If the opinions are
noteworthy statements on notable subjects, then it is appropriate to
describe both. In accepting the right to do so for others, isn't there
a corresponding responsibility to describe which of the two reliable
sources say is more true?

The point I am trying to make, is that those who view a lack of
partisanship as a benefit are those who don't speak up when things are
going wrong, and those people are hurting the people our Mission seeks
to educate, and the people our Mission depends on to volunteer.

Are there any specific reasons that the Foundation should remain
neutral on any topic, economic, political, or otherwise, which clearly
impacts the readership or community?

Best regards,
Jim

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Research Showcase July 11, 2018 (11:30 AM PDT| 18:30 UTC)

2018-07-06 Thread Sarah R
Hi Everyone,

The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be live-streamed Wednesday, July
11, 2018 at 11:30 AM (PDT) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK7AvNKq0sg

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. And,
you can watch our past research showcases here.


Hope to see you there!

This month's presentations:

Mind the (Language) Gap: Neural Generation of Multilingual Wikipedia
Summaries from Wikidata for ArticlePlaceholdersBy *Lucie-Aimée Kaffee*While
Wikipedia exists in 287 languages, its content is unevenly distributed
among them. It is therefore of the utmost social and cultural interests to
address languages for which native speakers have only access to an
impoverished Wikipedia. In this work, we investigate the generation of
summaries for Wikipedia articles in underserved languages, given structured
data as an input.
In order to address the information bias towards widely spoken languages,
we focus on an important support for such summaries: ArticlePlaceholders,
which are dynamically generated content pages in underserved Wikipedia
versions. They enable native speakers to access existing information in
Wikidata, a structured Knowledge Base (KB). Our system provides a
generative neural network architecture, which processes the triples of the
KB as they are dynamically provided by the ArticlePlaceholder, and generate
a comprehensible textual summary. This data-driven approach is tested with
the goal of understanding how well it matches the communities' needs on two
underserved languages on the Web: Arabic, a language with a big community
with disproportionate access to knowledge online, and Esperanto.
With the help of the Arabic and Esperanto Wikipedians, we conduct an
extended evaluation which exhibits not only the quality of the generated
text but also the applicability of our end-system to any underserved
Wikipedia version. Token-level change tracking: data, tools and
insightsBy *Fabian
Flöck*This talk first gives an overview of the WikiWho infrastructure,
which provides tracking of changes to single tokens (~words) in articles of
different Wikipedia language versions. It exposes APIs for accessing this
data in near-real time, and is complemented by a published static dataset.
Several insights are presented regarding provenance, partial reverts,
token-level conflict and other metrics that only become available with such
data. Lastly, the talk will cover several tools and scripts that are
already using the API and will discuss their application scenarios, such as
investigation of authorship, conflicted content and editor productivity.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikidata] SPARQL tutorial video (2 hours)

2018-07-06 Thread Rupika Sharma
Thank You for sharing this!

Best,
Rupika Sharma
Co-Founder
Punjabi Wikimedians

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 4:21 PM Md. Ibrahim Husain  wrote:

> Thanks a lot it will be very helpful for me.
>
> Md. Ibrahim Husain
> Mobile: 01921 584733
>
>
>
> On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 4:48 PM Tito Dutta  wrote:
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> > Great. Many thanks for sharing.
> >
> > Thanks
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> > On Fri, 6 Jul 2018 at 16:14, Asaf Bartov  wrote:
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> > > Hullo.
> > >
> > > I recently recorded a video of my 2-hour SPARQL tutorial.  It is better
> > > than the SPARQL section in my 3-hour Intro to Wikidata video from a
> > couple
> > > of years ago, and is easier to follow, with the query screen fed
> directly
> > > rather than through the video camera.
> > >
> > > It is now available here:
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Querying_Wikidata_with_SPARQL_for_Absolute_Beginners.webm
> > >
> > >
> > > Enjoy!
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikidata] SPARQL tutorial video (2 hours)

2018-07-06 Thread Md. Ibrahim Husain
Thanks a lot it will be very helpful for me.

Md. Ibrahim Husain
Mobile: 01921 584733



On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 4:48 PM Tito Dutta  wrote:

> Great. Many thanks for sharing.
>
> Thanks
> Tito Dutta
> Note: If I don't reply to your email in 2 days, please feel free to remind
> me over email or phone call.
>
>
> On Fri, 6 Jul 2018 at 16:14, Asaf Bartov  wrote:
>
> > Hullo.
> >
> > I recently recorded a video of my 2-hour SPARQL tutorial.  It is better
> > than the SPARQL section in my 3-hour Intro to Wikidata video from a
> couple
> > of years ago, and is easier to follow, with the query screen fed directly
> > rather than through the video camera.
> >
> > It is now available here:
> >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Querying_Wikidata_with_SPARQL_for_Absolute_Beginners.webm
> >
> >
> > Enjoy!
> >
> >A.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikidata] SPARQL tutorial video (2 hours)

2018-07-06 Thread Tito Dutta
Great. Many thanks for sharing.

Thanks
Tito Dutta
Note: If I don't reply to your email in 2 days, please feel free to remind
me over email or phone call.


On Fri, 6 Jul 2018 at 16:14, Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Hullo.
>
> I recently recorded a video of my 2-hour SPARQL tutorial.  It is better
> than the SPARQL section in my 3-hour Intro to Wikidata video from a couple
> of years ago, and is easier to follow, with the query screen fed directly
> rather than through the video camera.
>
> It is now available here:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Querying_Wikidata_with_SPARQL_for_Absolute_Beginners.webm
>
>
> Enjoy!
>
>A.
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[Wikimedia-l] SPARQL tutorial video (2 hours)

2018-07-06 Thread Asaf Bartov
Hullo.

I recently recorded a video of my 2-hour SPARQL tutorial.  It is better
than the SPARQL section in my 3-hour Intro to Wikidata video from a couple
of years ago, and is easier to follow, with the query screen fed directly
rather than through the video camera.

It is now available here:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Querying_Wikidata_with_SPARQL_for_Absolute_Beginners.webm


Enjoy!

   A.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 172, Issue 4

2018-07-06 Thread John Andersson
Thank you WM RepublikaSrpska for sharing your report. Well done! I know
that it is a lot of work creating a report, but I find it to be a great
opportunity to reflect and learn. It is interesting for us other affiliates
to understand more about what you do. From my perspective you seem to have
a good mix of activities and I hope you will be able to scale even further
in the years to come. I must also say that I am impressed by the large
number of media mentions you've already managed to achieve.

Best,

John
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Executive Director
Wikimedia Sverige

Phone: +46(0)73-3965189
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Visiting address: Goto10, Hammarby Kaj 10D, 120 32 Stockholm


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