Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to educate participants of an edit-a-thon so it sticks?

2019-01-31 Thread Peter Southwood
Good idea, I will watch for good hints.
Cheers,
P

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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] How to educate participants of an edit-a-thon so it 
sticks?

Hi all,

A few days ago we organised an edit-a-thon in what we had participants
write about important women.

With most edit-a-thon we start with a group of people that know Wikipedia,
but are fully new to editing on Wikipedia. We usually start with an
introduction, which includes telling about:

   - Do not copy paste from other sources, but write in your own words.
   - For all facts sources need to be added.
   - Link keywords to other articles in Wikipedia.

and some more things...


The participants usually do their best, but usually also forget something.
Like for example that a participant forgot to add a source for a sentence.

In our recent edit-a-thon we tried something new: besides the presentation
given and the handout of some instructions, we also created a checklist for
the participants to use at the end of their writing so they did not forget
anything.

That gave us better results than what we have got with similar groups in
the past.



This leads me to my question: when you organised an edit-a-thon, what kind
of cheatsheets, tricks, ... do you use so that the articles of participants
have a higher quality?
(Or that they are more inspired/enthusiastic, more aware, ..., etc)

Good examples?


If we can share those, we all can learn from good ideas and examples!

Thanks!

Romaine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to educate participants of an edit-a-thon so it sticks?

2019-01-31 Thread വിശ്വപ്രഭ
What we try to do in Malayalam community generally:

1. We have a Wikipedia / Wikimedia Handbook (some 80 pages in Malayalam
language format: sub-A4 Ref: http://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:HB ) that was
compiled a few years ago. By now, it's somewhat outdated particularly
because it doesn't touch the visual editor or wikidata topics. We are
desperately looking forward to update it at the earliest.
The handbook contains a detailed introduction to open knowledge, WM project
concepts and copy right issues, very descriptive notes on most of the
essential editing skills, details on Commons uploads etc.

We find that the fresh editor retention rates are much better when they are
supplied with a pulp copy of this hand book.

2. In addition to this, we also used to hand out a  rather thicker quick
cheat sheet with the most essential wiki markups and simple templates. Many
fresh users keep this sheet near to their workstation or in the laptop bag
as an instant reference.

3. During most editathons, we set up a particular topic that is readily
connected to the attendees in some way and a list of such articles to be
worked upon (created new or improved existing ones). This approach
motivates the new editors to continue working out further upon those
articles even later in the following weeks. We make them feel sharing some
ownership for those topics.

4. If there is an opportunity and privacy is not an issue, we try to talk
out loud/announce about the event through social media and also mention
some of the work accomplished by those new users in our social media
groups. Such simple acts often encourages the new user to stick onto the
learning and improving process.

5. Every time a new user is created in mlwiki, a bot adds a welcome message
to his/her talk page (eg.
https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Sportsfan_1234 ) . The message
contains a concise help capsule and direct links to additional help pages.

6. The check-list idea you mentioned seems great! We are going to test it
out very soon! Thank you, Romaine!

regards,

-VP



On Thu, 31 Jan 2019 at 19:50, Romaine Wiki  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> A few days ago we organised an edit-a-thon in what we had participants
> write about important women.
>
> With most edit-a-thon we start with a group of people that know Wikipedia,
> but are fully new to editing on Wikipedia. We usually start with an
> introduction, which includes telling about:
>
>- Do not copy paste from other sources, but write in your own words.
>- For all facts sources need to be added.
>- Link keywords to other articles in Wikipedia.
>
> and some more things...
>
>
> The participants usually do their best, but usually also forget something.
> Like for example that a participant forgot to add a source for a sentence.
>
> In our recent edit-a-thon we tried something new: besides the presentation
> given and the handout of some instructions, we also created a checklist for
> the participants to use at the end of their writing so they did not forget
> anything.
>
> That gave us better results than what we have got with similar groups in
> the past.
>
>
>
> This leads me to my question: when you organised an edit-a-thon, what kind
> of cheatsheets, tricks, ... do you use so that the articles of participants
> have a higher quality?
> (Or that they are more inspired/enthusiastic, more aware, ..., etc)
>
> Good examples?
>
>
> If we can share those, we all can learn from good ideas and examples!
>
> Thanks!
>
> Romaine
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Lisa Lewin joining Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2019-01-31 Thread María Sefidari
 Dear all,

I am  very happy to share news with you of our latest appointment to the
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Please join me in welcoming Lisa
Lewin as our newest Trustee!

Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm. She has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. Her professional focus
has always been at the intersection of technology and learning - and we are
very fortunate to have her as a part of our team!

Below is the official announcement.[1] Welcome, Lisa, and I look forward to
working with you!

Kind regards,

María

[1]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/01/31/wikimedia-foundation-announces-lisa-lewin-as-new-trustee/

*Wikimedia Foundation announces Lisa Lewin as new Trustee*

Lisa Lewin brings to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees over two
decades of experience in leading and growing companies focused on
educational media and technology

(San Francisco, California) 31 January 2019 -- Lisa Lewin, Managing Partner
at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based management consulting firm, will
be the newest member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia
Foundation and its work, and serves as the organization’s ultimate
corporate authority. As an incoming trustee, Lisa will serve a two year
term effective immediately.

Lisa has worked in strategic growth and development her whole career,
helping launch new ventures and increase the impact and growth potential of
legacy businesses. She began her career in research and consulting with The
NPD Group and BCG before joining McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president
of their professional education group.

She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology consultancy,
and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher education group,
eventually leading their global learning technology teams spanning six
continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm specializing in
organizational transformation, where she remains a senior advisor. In 2018
she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior executives at
corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and building
thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organisation that is committed to ensuring
the world continues to support freely accessible sources of information.
This is a critical mission given the shifts in the global internet space,”
said Lisa.

Lisa's career long commitment to connecting the worlds of education and
technology matches her passion for the Wikimedia Foundation's vision of
bringing knowledge to every human being.

Lisa joins Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Board Chair María Sefidari, Vice
Chair Christophe Henner, and Board members Esra'a Al Shafei, Tanya Capuano,
Dr. James Heilman, Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak, Raju Narisetti, and Nataliia
Tymkiv.

"The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is fortunate to have Lisa Lewin
joining us as a Trustee," said María Sefidari, Board Chair. "Her capacity
to connect technology with people who desire to learn will be invaluable as
we begin to implement our Wikimedia 2030 strategic direction. I am
confident she will both make a lasting impression on the Wikimedia movement
and feel right at home in our diverse and global community of people who
share that passion."

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

-María Sefidari, Board Chair

-Christophe Henner, Vice Chair

-Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

-Esra'a Al Shafei

-Tanya Capuano

-Dr. James Heilman

-Raju Narisetti

-Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak

-Nataliia Tymkiv

-Lisa Lewin



About Lisa Lewin

Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. She began her career in
research and consulting with The NPD Group and BCG before joining
McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president of their professional education
group.  She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology
consultancy, and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher
education group, eventually leading their global learning technology team
spanning six continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm
specializing in organizational transformation, where she remains a senior
advisor. In 2018 she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior
executives at corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and
building thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.

Lisa is active on the boards of the Center for Responsive Politics and
DoSomething.org. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 

[Wikimedia-l] Annual Report 2018: Wikimedia Community of Republic of Srpska

2019-01-31 Thread WМ RepublikaSrpska
Hi all,

I'm glad we can share our annual report with you. The English version is
available on 
*Wikimedia_user_groups/Reports/Wikimedians_of_Republic_of_Srpska/Annual_2018
.*


Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Best regards,

Bojana Podgorica
Wikimedia Community
of the Republic of Srpska



*Замислите свет у коме свака особа на планети има слободан приступ
целокупном људском знању. То је оно на чему ми радимо.*
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[Wikimedia-l] Lisa Lewin joining Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2019-01-31 Thread María Sefidari
Dear all,

I am  very happy to share news with you of our latest appointment to the
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Please join me in welcoming Lisa
Lewin as our newest Trustee!

Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm. She has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. Her professional focus
has always been at the intersection of technology and learning - and we are
very fortunate to have her as a part of our team!

Below is the official announcement.[1] Welcome, Lisa, and I look forward to
working with you!

Kind regards,

María

[1]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/01/31/wikimedia-foundation-announces-lisa-lewin-as-new-trustee/

*Wikimedia Foundation announces Lisa Lewin as new Trustee*

Lisa Lewin brings to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees over two
decades of experience in leading and growing companies focused on
educational media and technology

(San Francisco, California) 31 January 2019 -- Lisa Lewin, Managing Partner
at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based management consulting firm, will
be the newest member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia
Foundation and its work, and serves as the organization’s ultimate
corporate authority. As an incoming trustee, Lisa will serve a two year
term effective immediately.

Lisa has worked in strategic growth and development her whole career,
helping launch new ventures and increase the impact and growth potential of
legacy businesses. She began her career in research and consulting with The
NPD Group and BCG before joining McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president
of their professional education group.

She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology consultancy,
and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher education group,
eventually leading their global learning technology teams spanning six
continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm specializing in
organizational transformation, where she remains a senior advisor. In 2018
she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior executives at
corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and building
thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organisation that is committed to ensuring
the world continues to support freely accessible sources of information.
This is a critical mission given the shifts in the global internet space,”
said Lisa.

Lisa's career long commitment to connecting the worlds of education and
technology matches her passion for the Wikimedia Foundation's vision of
bringing knowledge to every human being.

Lisa joins Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Board Chair María Sefidari, Vice
Chair Christophe Henner, and Board members Esra'a Al Shafei, Tanya Capuano,
Dr. James Heilman, Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak, Raju Narisetti, and Nataliia
Tymkiv.

"The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is fortunate to have Lisa Lewin
joining us as a Trustee," said María Sefidari, Board Chair. "Her capacity
to connect technology with people who desire to learn will be invaluable as
we begin to implement our Wikimedia 2030 strategic direction. I am
confident she will both make a lasting impression on the Wikimedia movement
and feel right at home in our diverse and global community of people who
share that passion."

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

-María Sefidari, Board Chair

-Christophe Henner, Vice Chair

-Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

-Esra'a Al Shafei

-Tanya Capuano

-Dr. James Heilman

-Raju Narisetti

-Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak

-Nataliia Tymkiv

-Lisa Lewin



About Lisa Lewin

Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. She began her career in
research and consulting with The NPD Group and BCG before joining
McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president of their professional education
group.  She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology
consultancy, and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher
education group, eventually leading their global learning technology team
spanning six continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm
specializing in organizational transformation, where she remains a senior
advisor. In 2018 she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior
executives at corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and
building thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.

Lisa is active on the boards of the Center for Responsive Politics and
DoSomething.org. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost – Volume 15, Issue 1 – 31 January 2019

2019-01-31 Thread Wikipedia Signpost
Op-ed: Random Rewards Rejected
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Op-ed

In focus: The Collective Consciousness of Admin Userpages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/In_focus

News and notes: WMF staff turntable continues to spin; Endowment gets more
cash; RfA continues to be a pit of steely knives
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/News_and_notes

In the media: The Signpost's investigative story recognized, Wikipedia
turns 18 and gets a birthday gift from Google, and more editors are
recognized
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/In_the_media

Discussion report: The future of the reference desk
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Discussion_report

Featured content: Don't miss your great opportunity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Featured_content

Arbitration report: An admin under the microscope
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Arbitration_report

Traffic report: Death, royals and superheroes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Traffic_report

Technology report: When broken is easily fixed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Technology_report

Gallery: Let us build a memorial fit for such pain and suffering
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Gallery

News from the WMF: News from WMF
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/News_from_the_WMF

Recent research: Ad revenue from reused Wikipedia articles; are Wikipedia
researchers asking the right questions?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Recent_research

Essay: How
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Humour: Village pump
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-01-31/Humour

>From the archives: An editorial board that includes you
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strategic planning for conferences

2019-01-31 Thread Pine W
Hi Alex, per Dan's suggestion that I provide a reminder of the original
question, here is a reminder of part of what I wrote previously at
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-September/091113.html
.

"I think that it would be helpful to have a big picture understanding of
the goals, plans, and budgets for conferences collectively.

"As far as I know, these are the types of recurring conferences:

"(1) Wikimania, which seems to be a multi-purpose international conference,
with somewhat open admission if someone can afford to attend, is willing to
attend, and can get the necessary legal permissions;

"(2) the Wikimedia Summit (which I hope will get a name change to reflect
its actual scope, because it's not an all-Wikimedia summit) which will
focus on WMF, WMF committees that work with WMF affiliate organizations,and
WMF affiliate organizations;

"(3) thematic conferences, such as the Wikisource Conference;

"(4) regional conferences, such as WikiConference North America;

"(5) organization-specific meetings of various kinds, including affiliate
organizations' annual general meetings and WMF All Hands, and

"(6) the Wikimedia Technical Conference.

"I believe that WMF intended to do some strategic planning for the
collection of conferences as a part of the larger WMF-led strategic
planning process. Is this type of planning underway for conferences, and if
so can we get an update regarding what is happening?"

I would also like to know why my inquiries about this subject, which
started in late September 2018, have been substantively unanswered for over
four months despite my multiple requests. I don't expect anyone to
instantly stop what they're doing in order to answer a non-urgent email,
but I also don't expect four months of delay or for so many requests to be
necessary.

Thanks,

Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikidata used by other then Wikipedia

2019-01-31 Thread Samuel Klein
Hah!  Which genealogy site is it?  A page on WD that compiles these (and
uses that don't use the API but use bulk data) would be lovely.

On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 10:45 AM Anders Wennersten 
wrote:

> We are now experiencing a couple of cases where third party uses data
> from Wikidata to create user interface of  data from it without any use
> of Wikipedia, to support their own systems. One is a genealogy website,
> who use Wikidata to present where parish having genealogy records can be
> found on a map, using coordinates etc  for these parisihes from
> Wikidata. Another in an early phase is a water authority who will load
> Wikidata with their data and present data from there.
>
> Is this part of a trend, are there many cases like these?
>
> Does statistics exist giving how many acesses goes to Wikidata from
> 3-parties? Are we missing these in our use statistic by focusing on
> access to Wikipedia?
>
> Anders
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikidata used by other then Wikipedia

2019-01-31 Thread Anders Wennersten
We are now experiencing a couple of cases where third party uses data 
from Wikidata to create user interface of  data from it without any use 
of Wikipedia, to support their own systems. One is a genealogy website, 
who use Wikidata to present where parish having genealogy records can be 
found on a map, using coordinates etc  for these parisihes from 
Wikidata. Another in an early phase is a water authority who will load 
Wikidata with their data and present data from there.


Is this part of a trend, are there many cases like these?

Does statistics exist giving how many acesses goes to Wikidata from 
3-parties? Are we missing these in our use statistic by focusing on 
access to Wikipedia?


Anders


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[Wikimedia-l] How to educate participants of an edit-a-thon so it sticks?

2019-01-31 Thread Romaine Wiki
Hi all,

A few days ago we organised an edit-a-thon in what we had participants
write about important women.

With most edit-a-thon we start with a group of people that know Wikipedia,
but are fully new to editing on Wikipedia. We usually start with an
introduction, which includes telling about:

   - Do not copy paste from other sources, but write in your own words.
   - For all facts sources need to be added.
   - Link keywords to other articles in Wikipedia.

and some more things...


The participants usually do their best, but usually also forget something.
Like for example that a participant forgot to add a source for a sentence.

In our recent edit-a-thon we tried something new: besides the presentation
given and the handout of some instructions, we also created a checklist for
the participants to use at the end of their writing so they did not forget
anything.

That gave us better results than what we have got with similar groups in
the past.



This leads me to my question: when you organised an edit-a-thon, what kind
of cheatsheets, tricks, ... do you use so that the articles of participants
have a higher quality?
(Or that they are more inspired/enthusiastic, more aware, ..., etc)

Good examples?


If we can share those, we all can learn from good ideas and examples!

Thanks!

Romaine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strategic planning for conferences

2019-01-31 Thread Dan Garry (Deskana)
It may be helpful if you repeat the specific question you're asking. Right
now from your email I don't know what your question is other than asking
what the "strategy for conferences" is, which is so open and vague as to be
basically unanswerable. I think you have perhaps made your question clearer
in the past, but staff are quite frequently buried in so many emails that
more difficult to answer emails tend to languish. The easier you make it to
get an answer, the more likely you are to get one.

Dan

On Wed, 30 Jan 2019 at 23:37, Pine W  wrote:

> Hi Alex,
>
> I hope that you are doing well. I originally started this email thread on
> Wikimedia-l near the end of September 2018, and four months have passed. I
> am still hoping to hear an update about WMF's strategy for conferences. I
> am trying to be patient and considerate, but I think that you may
> understand that I have difficulty with the length of the delay here. It
> seems to me that questions like this should not take WMF four months to
> answer, and that no one should need to send repeated requests for
> information like this. Once in awhile someone might be on vacation or an
> email might get stuck in a draft folder so one additional reminder or
> request might be necessary, but I think that the situation with this email
> thread should not ever happen. In addition to my original questions
> regarding conference strategy, I would like to know what has caused the
> lengthy delay and the lack of responsiveness from WMF. I am trying to be
> patient, but there is a problem here.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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