[Wikimedia-l] My nomination for the Internet Society Board of Trustees

2019-02-05 Thread Mike Godwin
Hi, folks.

I'm just writing to let you know that I've been nominated for election
to the Internet Society Board of Trustees.

I stressed in my submissions to the nominating committee that I
believe responding to growing demands for more content regulation by
infrastructure providers, as well as the need to preserve free and
open-source information and other resources, should be central
priorities for the Internet Society going forward. I hope most (or
all!) of you agree!

The nominees are listed below:
https://www.internetsociety.org/board-of-trustees/elections/2019/nominees/?fbclid=IwAR1qozU-R5KlhH7By4pSijOqB24wVJtPVqjSQKjuzno3vLPALzPSJUrtGHA

Best regards!

Mike Godwin

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[Wikimedia-l] The case for the Wikimedia Foundation as an ORCID member organisation

2019-02-05 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,

Earlier I posted the following text on my blogpost and as it concerns the
Wikimedia Foundation and how it deals with its research, it is very much a
subject that needs discussion for instance on this list.

Thanks,

  GerardM


The Wikimedia Foundation is a research organisation. No two ways about it;
it has its own researchers that not only perform research on the Wikimedia
projects and communities, they coordinate research on Wikimedia projects
and communities and it produces its own publications. As such it qualifies
to become an ORCID Member organisation.

The benefits are:

   -

   Authenticating ORCID iDs of individuals using the ORCID API to ensure
   that researchers are correctly identified in our systems
   -

   *Displaying* iDs to signal to researchers that our systems support the
   use of ORCID
   -

   *Connecting* information about affiliations and contributions to ORCID
   records, creating trusted assertions and enabling researchers to easily
   provide validated information to systems and profiles they use
   -

   *Collecting* information from ORCID records to fill in forms, save
   researchers time, and support research reporting
   -

   *Synchronizing* between research information systems to improve
   reporting speed and accuracy and reduce data entry burden for researchers
   and administrators alike

At this time the quality of information about Wikimedia research is hardly
satisfactory. As is the standard; announcements are made about a new paper
 and as can be expected the paper is not
in Wikidata
.
The three authors are not in ORCID, as is usual for people who work in the
field of computing so there is no easy way to learn about their
publications.

What will this achieve; it will be the Wikimedia Foundation itself that
will push information about its research to ORCID and consequently at
Wikidata we can easily update the latest and greatest. It is also an
important step for documentation about becoming discoverable. It is one
thing to publish Open Content, when it is then hard to find, it is still
not FAIR and the research does not have the hoped for impact. It also
removes an issue that some researchers say they face; they cannot publish
about themselves on Wikimedia projects.

Another important plus; by indicating the importance of having scholarly
papers known in ORCID we help reluctant scientists understand that yes,
they have a career in open source, open systems but finding their work is
very much needed to be truly open.

Thanks,

GerardM
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katherine Maher is now CEO and ED of the Wikimedia Foundation

2019-02-05 Thread Info WorldUniversity
Congratulations, Katherine!

Regards, Scott
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Scott_WorldUnivAndSch -


On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 1:44 PM Philippe Beaudette 
wrote:

> This is a common sense, reasonable update.  Nice work. :)
>
> On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 10:21 AM María Sefidari 
> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > When the Wikimedia Foundation was first established, the head of the
> > organization was assigned the title of Executive Director (ED). In the
> US,
> > this is the standard title for non-profit leaders, and made sense for the
> > organization at the time.
> >
> > This week, at our Board meeting, we made a decision to change to this
> > convention. We resolved to change Katherine Maher’s title to Chief
> > Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director. She retains the title of
> > Executive Director, and is also now the CEO of the Foundation. She can
> use
> > either, or both, titles to describe her position.
> >
> > This was an easy decision to make, for a number of reasons.
> >
> > As our movement has grown in the world, we’ve found that the title of ED
> is
> > not as easily understood outside the United States. As a Board with many
> > non-US people, many of us already used the term CEO to describe
> Katherine’s
> > responsibilities. While still an English-language term, it is a very
> common
> > term for many global organizations.
> >
> > The CEO title is increasingly common in US non-profits as well,
> especially
> > larger ones. This is increasingly considered best practice, as a way to
> > communicate that the work of non-profit organizations is as serious,
> > complex, and worthy of respect as that of for-profit organizations. For
> > example, Creative Commons, one of our closest allies, uses the title of
> > CEO.
> >
> > As the Foundation already uses the convention of “chief officer” for the
> > leaders of its internal departments (Chief Financial Officer, Chief
> > Technology Officer), it also makes sense. An executive director would be
> > the most senior director, whereas a chief executive officer is the most
> > senior of the officers.
> >
> > The Board’s Human Resources Committee recommended this change and
> reviewed
> > the details. As this is an update to Katherine’s title, and not a change
> in
> > her duties as an officer, it does not require an update to the Bylaws or
> a
> > wider consultation.
> >
> > The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees is very supportive of this
> > change, as we believe this title better reflects the scope of Katherine’s
> > duties over Executive Director alone. This will better support her work
> > with global partners and leaders around the world, helping to share our
> > vision and supporting the strategic direction of Wikimedia in new
> markets.
> > Katherine’s job is not changing in any other sense.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > María
> >
> > --
> >
> > María Sefidari Huici
> >
> > Chair of the Board
> >
> > Wikimedia Foundation 
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[Wikimedia-l] Picture of the Year | 2018 | round 1 voting open

2019-02-05 Thread Steinsplitter Wiki
Dear Wikimedians,

We are happy to announce that the 2018 Picture of the Year
competition is now open. This is the thirteenth edition of POTY.

Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured
on Commons (FP) during the year 2018, to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the
international Wikimedia Commons community. From professional animal and plant
shots to breathtaking panoramas and historically relevant images, Commons
features pictures of all flavors.

For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories. Two
rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many
images as you like. The first round category winners and the top ten
overall will then make it to the final. In the final round, when a limited
number of images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want
to become the Picture of the Year.

Users must vote with an account meeting following requirements: 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2018/Rules

To see the candidate images just go to the POTY 2018 page on Wikimedia
Commons:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2018

Round ends on 17 February 2019, 23:59:59 [UTC].

Thanks,
POTY 2018 committee

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[Wikimedia-l] 2019 Ombuds Commission

2019-02-05 Thread Karen Brown
Hello all,

I'm writing with information about the Ombuds Commission (OC), the small
group of volunteers who investigate complaints about violations of the
privacy policy, and in particular concerning the use of CheckUser and
Oversight tools, on any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees.

I apologize for the length of the announcement. :)

The application period for new commissioners for 2019 recently closed. The
Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to the many experienced and
insightful volunteers who offered to assist with this work.

As with last year, this year’s OC will consist of eight members, with a
two-member advisory team who will guide the new commission and also, if
necessary, fill in in the event that a Commission member is unable to act
due to incapacity or recusal.

I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2019 OC:
DeltaQuad 

Amanda has been editing Wikipedia since 2009, when she made her first edits
to English Wikipedia. Since then, she has served as an administrator,
checkuser, oversighter, member of the Arbitration Committee, and
Arbitration Committee clerk. She also helps to develop the Unblock Ticket
Request System (UTRS) and Account Creation Tool (ACC) used by English
Wikipedia.

Dyolf77 

Habib started editing in 2010 and has been heavily engaged in community
affairs, both onwiki and as part of user groups, for years. A native of
Tunisia, he has been a free-culture advocate on a wide range of issues in
and beyond the movement. Onwiki, you can mainly find him helping out on
Commons, where he is a sysop, as well as the Arabic and French language
editions of Wikipedia. He has served on the Ombuds Commission since 2018.
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EVinente 

Edilson has been contributing to Wikimedia projects since 2013. He is
primarily active on the Portuguese Wikipedia, where he is a checkuser,
oversighter, and administrator.
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Elmacenderesi 

Elmacenderesi has been working on Wikimedia projects since 2007, primarily
on the Turkish Wikipedia. There, he has been a CheckUser and a Bureaucrat
since 2008 and an Oversighter since 2011. He is also a member of Wikimedia
OTRS and serves as a global outreach coordinator, working with academic
institutions and GLAMs, for The Wikipedia Library. He has served on the
Ombuds Commission since 2018.
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Galahad 

Carlos, currently editing as user:Galahad, has been contributing to
Wikimedia Projects since 2009. He is a member of Wikimedia Venezuela and
Wikimedistas de Perú User Group. He primarily contributes to
Spanish-language projects including Spanish Wikipedia and Spanish
Wikivoyage. He has been an administrator and bureaucrat of Spanish
Wikivoyage since 2013.
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Jamie Tubers 

Sam, who edits as Jamie Tubers, joined the English language Wikipedia
community in 2011 and has over the years expanded his activities into a
wide range of movement activities including co-founding the Wikimedia user
group Nigeria and helping to organize events like Wiki Loves Africa and
Wiki Loves Women. He is dedicated to correcting our content gaps and biases
related to Africa and raising awareness of the projects on the continent.
He also just kickstarted a project called "The AfroCine Project" which is a
wikiproject dedicated to encouraging the contribution of content that
relates to the cinema, theatre, and arts sectors of several African
countries, the Caribbean and the diaspora to Wikimedia projects.[1][2] He
has served on the Ombuds Commission since 2018.


[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_AfroCine_Project
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_AfroCine

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Emufarmers 

Emufarmers has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2005. He is a
Metapedian who primarily edits the English Wikipedia; he is also a
bureaucrat and sysop on MediaWiki.org, and has provided software support to
many third-party, non-Wikimedia wikis over the years. He has served as an
OTRS administrator since 2015.
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Wikilover90 

Rupika has been editing Wikimedia projects since 2015. She is the
co-founder of Punjabi Wikipedians. A free knowledge advocate, she edits
primarily on Punjabi Wikipedia and Meta and organizes events such as Wiki
Loves Love 
.
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The 2019 OC’s advisors are:
Krd 

Krd, who is primarily active on German Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and
also serves at the Volunteer Response Team as an agent and OTRS admin, and
is a member of the German Wikipedia Arbitration Committee. He has served on
the Ombuds Commission since