[Wikimedia-l] Free / libre videoconferencing infrastructure hosted by the WMF?

2020-03-16 Thread Yury Bulka
Dear everyone,

Since some in-person meetups are now moved to online spaces, including
ones based on videoconferencing, I've been thinking if it would be
possible (or maybe it is already being considered) to host a Jitsi Meet
or other comparable solution on the WMF infrastructure, just like we do
with Etherpad, to off-load the other instances currently under heavy
load and gain some independence?

I'm asking about Jitsi Meet in particular because it's the only tool I
know that:

1) Doesn't require any registration process or any personal information
   from attendees, besides their IP address and browser fingerprint;
2) Doesn't require installation of any third-party software except an
   up-to-date web browser;
3) Can be hosted by a trusted organization.

I think it might be appropriate for WMF to host an instance, since
currently the other avaliable Jitsi Meet instances might be under an
exceptionally high load. For instance, I see FramaSoft closing their
instance with a message explaining they can't handle the load imposed by
universities:

https://framatalk.org/accueil/

I'm unsure what is the appropriate channel to submit such proposal,
hence I'm asking here for some direction.

P.S. I know Jitsi Meet is not optimal for large number of participants,
but it may be one of the available solutions for small groups.

Best,
--
Yury Bulka
https://mamot.fr/@setthemfree
#NotOnFacebook

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Research Showcase] March 18, 2020: Topic Modeling

2020-03-16 Thread Janna Layton
Hi all,

Just a reminder that this fully remote event is happening on Wednesday!

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 12:29 PM Janna Layton  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed on Wednesday, March 18,
> at 9:30 AM PDT/16:30 UTC. We’ll have a presentation on topic modeling by
> Jordan Boyd-Graber. A question-and-answer session will follow.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiD9QTHNVVM
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
> can also watch our past research showcases here:
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase
>
> This month's presentation:
>
> Big Data Analysis with Topic Models: Evaluation, Interaction, and
> Multilingual Extensions
>
> By: Jordan Boyd-Graber, University of Maryland
>
> A common information need is to understand large, unstructured datasets:
> millions of e-mails during e-discovery, a decade worth of science
> correspondence, or a day's tweets. In the last decade, topic models have
> become a common tool for navigating such datasets even across languages.
> This talk investigates the foundational research that allows successful
> tools for these data exploration tasks: how to know when you have an
> effective model of the dataset; how to correct bad models; how to measure
> topic model effectiveness; and how to detect framing and spin using these
> techniques. After introducing topic models, I argue why traditional
> measures of topic model quality---borrowed from machine learning---are
> inconsistent with how topic models are actually used. In response, I
> describe interactive topic modeling, a technique that enables users to
> impart their insights and preferences to models in a principled,
> interactive way. I will then address measuring topic model effectiveness in
> real-world tasks.
>
> Overview of topic models:
> https://mimno.infosci.cornell.edu/papers/2017_fntir_tm_applications.pdf
>
> Topic model evaluation: http://umiacs.umd.edu/~jbg//docs/nips2009-rtl.pdf
>
> Interactive topic modeling:
> http://umiacs.umd.edu/~jbg//docs/2014_mlj_itm.pdf
> Topic Models for Categorization:
> http://users.umiacs.umd.edu/~jbg//docs/2016_acl_doclabel.pdf
>
> --
> Janna Layton (she, her)
> Administrative Assistant - Product & Technology
> Wikimedia Foundation 
>


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Janna Layton (she, her)
Administrative Assistant - Product & Technology
Wikimedia Foundation 
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[Wikimedia-l] Waar word jij blij van deze week? / What's making you happy this week? (Week of 15 March 2020)

2020-03-16 Thread Pine W
== Preface ==

Mindful of the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic [1], the tone of
this week's email is more somber than some emails of the past. Let us
hope that public health actions being taken in many places throughout
the world are effective at "flattening the curve" [2], so that health
care systems are able to manage the peak number of people who are
simultaneously in need of health services.


Images:

* [3] World Health Organization representatives meet with Tehran city
administrators
* [4] "The goals of community mitigation: (1) delay outbreak peak; (2)
decompress peak burden on healthcare, known as flattening the curve;
and (3) diminish overall cases and health impact." [5]


== Project milestone ==

Dutch Wikipedia has reached the 2,000,000 article milestone. [6]


== More good press for English Wikipedia from "Wired" ==

* "On Wikipedia, a fight is raging over coronavirus disinformation",
published on 9 February 2020 [7]
* "How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation",
published on 15 March 2020 [8]

A couple of quotes from the latter article:

"Heilman noted that Wikipedia has a structural advantage over the big
social networks: 'It takes more time and effort to disrupt Wikipedia
than it does to restore Wikipedia to a reliable level. It’s the exact
opposite on Twitter and Facebook, where it takes a second to spread
false news,' while getting those lies removed will take a lot of time
and effort."

"I spoke this week with the Wikipedia editor who guided the article
about the new coronavirus from a one-sentence item in early January to
a substantial article with charts of infections around the world. She
goes by the handle Whispyhistory, and is a doctor in South London...
The picture she paints of the project’s contributors is akin to the
staff of a demanding teaching hospital."


== Recognitions from the Affiliations Committee ==

* Myanmar Wikimedia Community User Group [9]
* Wikigrannies User Group [10]
* Wikimedia Community User Group CEE Spring [11]
* Wikimedians for Sustainable Development [12]
* Wikimedians of Turkic Languages User Group [13]
* Wikimedians of United Arab Emirates User Group [14]


== Closing comments ==
What’s making you happy this week? You are welcome to write in any language.
You are also welcome to start a WMYHTW thread next week.

Additional translations of the subject line of this email would be
appreciated on Meta at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine/WMYHTW_translations. Thanks
to User:Ciell [15] for the Dutch translation.

Pine
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )


== Links ==
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic#Management
[3] 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:13981214000744637189356214810969_%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%B3%D8%AA_%D9%85%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86_%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1%DB%8C_%D8%A8%D8%A7_%D9%86%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86_%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86_%D8%A8%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA_%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C.jpg
[4] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Community_mitigation_(cropped).jpg
[5] Caption copied from
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic;
see that page's history for attribution
[6] https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoofdpagina
[7] https://www.wired.co.uk/article/wikipedia-coronavirus
[8] 
https://www.wired.com/story/how-wikipedia-prevents-spread-coronavirus-misinformation/
[9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Myanmar_Wikimedia_Community_User_Group
[10] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikigrannies_User_Group
[11] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_CEE_Spring
[12] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_for_Sustainable_Development
[13] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Turkic_Languages_User_Group
[14] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Turkic_Languages_User_Group
[15] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ciell

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia during a quarantine

2020-03-16 Thread مفتاح المعرفة
In Wikipedia education program in Jordan i have started call for
participation for all my university students and professors to convert
their courses into Wikipedia online dashboard education:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3086842424700143=137597386291343

Mossab Banat
Wikipedia Admin

في الإثنين، ١٦ مارس، ٢٠٢٠ ٢:٢٤ م Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
galder...@hotmail.com> كتب:

> Hello!
> Millions of students are in forced quarantine these days, so in the Basque
> Wikipedia we are doing an effort to offer teachers activities they can do
> with their students online. It's being a hard work, but this crisis is a
> good opportunity to spread the relationship between Wikimedia
>
> You can see our main education page here:
> https://eu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari:Hezkuntza
>
> Are you doing similar efforts in your countries?
>
> Thanks
>
> Galder
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia during a quarantine

2020-03-16 Thread Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga
Hello!
Millions of students are in forced quarantine these days, so in the Basque 
Wikipedia we are doing an effort to offer teachers activities they can do with 
their students online. It's being a hard work, but this crisis is a good 
opportunity to spread the relationship between Wikimedia

You can see our main education page here: 
https://eu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari:Hezkuntza

Are you doing similar efforts in your countries?

Thanks

Galder
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