Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board update on Branding: Briefing postponement

2020-07-10 Thread João Alexandre Peschanski
Thanks for the update Nataliia. I hope he or she is feeling better. Best,
João

Em qua., 8 de jul. de 2020 às 14:44, Nataliia Tymkiv 
escreveu:

>  Hello! Just a quick update: the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees was
> notified by staff on the night of July 7th that the briefing of July 8th
> needs to be rescheduled because of the illness of one of the key staff
> members. We are looking for a new date before the August board meeting, and
> we shall share an updated timeline in a few days.
>
> Best regards,
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
> Vice Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing a new Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia

2020-07-02 Thread João Alexandre Peschanski
Denny, this is very exciting! Congratulations to this wonderful opportunity.

We should definitely organize a Wikidata Lab on the new project and how we
can engage with it. (We might actually have to change the name of the labs,
damn!) Whenever you think is the right time for this event and if you
indeed think it is worth doing it, please let me know and we'll make it
work!

Again, this is great news! Count us in!

João

Em qui., 2 de jul. de 2020 às 13:39, Denny Vrandečić 
escreveu:

> Katherine, thank you for the warm welcome and your kind words!
>
> I am very happy to be given the opportunity to start this new project, and
> deeply honored by the trust and confidence of the Board and the Foundation.
>
> Thanks to the many who have listened to me talking about this project in
> the last few years, read my papers and plans, commented on them,
> scrutinized them, and offered encouragement, criticism, and advice. Thanks
> to everyone who expressed their support and raised their concerns on the
> proposal page on Meta [1]. It is thanks to you that the Board was confident
> enough to make this decision.
>
> There is a lot of work in front of us, and I will continue to rely on your
> guidance and collective wisdom. We will need to foster a new community.
> Just as with Wikidata, I hope that some of you will become active in the
> new community, and I also want to make sure that we will be welcoming to
> new contributors. We want to extend and grow the Wikimedia movement not
> only with new functionalities, but also with new people.
>
> Settling in this new position will take quite a bit of my attention in the
> next few weeks, so please forgive me if I may be slow with answering your
> questions between now and then. One of the first things we’ll do is to set
> up new communication channels. We will continue discussing the project and
> planning on Meta [2] for now and also welcome you to the new, dedicated
> mailing list [3].
>
> One of our first tasks together will be to find a name for the project. A
> first set of proposals have already been made [4], and I invite you all to
> come up with more ideas. We will start that off in July or August. Did I
> mention that you can join us on Meta [2] to discuss proposals for names,
> the project itself, and much more?
>
> Again, thank you all! I am super excited about figuring this thing out with
> you, and am looking forward to coming back to Wikimedia full-time.
>
> Stay safe,
> Denny
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Abstract_Wikipedia
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract_Wikipedia
> [3] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/abstract-wikipedia
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Abstract_Wikipedia/Name
>
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 9:24 AM Brion Vibber  wrote:
>
> > I'm extremely excited about this project!
> >
> > Not only will this be directly useful on its own (and a fascinating
> project
> > in its own right!), but it will help our volunteer editors to ramp up
> good
> > base material to work with on the "prose" Wikipedias we already know and
> > love.
> >
> > The idea is really to make the structured data we've all been putting
> into
> > Wikidata available in a human-readable form at a big scale, that's still
> > able to be shaped and made into something real and readable by human
> > editors. By moving around where in the chain the data gets expressed as
> > human language, we hope to make something that's just as editable but
> much
> > more maintainable in the future and across multiple languages.
> >
> > -- brion
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 9:04 AM Katherine Maher 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > (A translatable version of this announcement can be found on Meta [1])
> > >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > It is my honor to introduce Abstract Wikipedia [1], a new project that
> > has
> > > been unanimously approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
> Trustees.
> > > Abstract Wikipedia proposes a new way to generate baseline encyclopedic
> > > content in a multilingual fashion, allowing more contributors and more
> > > readers to share more knowledge in more languages. It is an approach
> that
> > > aims to make cross-lingual cooperation easier on our projects, increase
> > the
> > > sustainability of our movement through expanding access to
> participation,
> > > improve the user experience for readers of all languages, and innovate
> in
> > > free knowledge by connecting some of the strengths of our movement to
> > > create something new.
> > >
> > > This is our first new project in over seven years. Abstract Wikipedia
> was
> > > submitted as a project proposal by Denny Vrandečić in May of 2020 [2]
> > after
> > > years of preparation and research, leading to a detailed plan and
> lively
> > > discussions in the Wikimedia communities. We know that the energy and
> the
> > > creativity of the community often runs up against language barriers,
> and
> > > information that is available in one language may not make 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Vision and strategy papers for Wikidata and Wikibase are published

2019-08-29 Thread João Alexandre Peschanski
Dear Franziska!

Welcome to the list! And thanks a lot for your contributions to Wikimedia
and for the documents you have shared. I will read them with vivid interest!

I am not sure if this is considered --and sorry if it is!-- but it'd be
wonderful to have in-depth discussions on the vision and strategy papers
during WikidataCon.

Cheers!

João

Em qua, 28 de ago de 2019 às 13:44, Franziska Heine <
franziska.he...@wikimedia.de> escreveu:

> Dear all,
>
>
> More than 7 years ago we started the development of Wikidata. We started
> out with the main goal of building a central data store for Wikipedia.
> Very quickly we expanded to also covering the other Wikimedia projects.
> Then came the interest from people outside Wikimedia to use Wikidata’s
> data to build their own apps, websites, visualisations and more. And
> last year we witnessed a significant interest in Wikibase, the software
> behind Wikidata.
>
>
> This means our structured data work has expanded very significantly from
> what we started out with. At the same time, over these past few years,
> both WMDE [1] and the WMF [2] have spent significant time and invested
> in supporting the movement strategy work and aligning our organizational
> plans with the movement strategy.
>
>
> Given all this interest, and this moment of opportunity and positive
> change, we felt it was time to sit together and get clarity on the next
> steps for our structured data work. It is important that we know what we
> want to achieve in the next few years, what our long-term hopes are for
> Wikidata and Wikibase, how these align with organisational and movement
> strategy, and what support and resources are required for their success.
>
>
> The result of these conversations include one product vision paper and
> three product strategy papers that we are publishing today:
>
>
>   *
>
> Vision: This paper gives a high-level overview of where we’d like to
> see Wikidata and Wikibase evolve and grow, based on the work of the
> past 7 years and many conversations with community members, movement
> partners, and other stakeholders.
>
>   *
>
> Wikidata for Wikimedia projects: This paper dives deeper into how we
> see Wikidata developing in the context of the Wikimedia projects and
> how it can better support the projects.
>
>   *
>
> Wikidata as a platform: This paper explores the value of Wikidata as
> a source of data for others outside Wikimedia to build upon.
>
>   *
>
> Wikibase Ecosystem: This paper goes deeper into the idea of the
> Wikibase Ecosystem, a network of Wikibase instances which could
> share data and other capacities.
>
>
> We are now inviting you to read the vision and strategy papers and give
> us your feedback. We are collecting this feedback until the end of
> October and will then integrate it as appropriate into a second
> iteration of the papers.
>
>
> The papers are published at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidata/Strategy/2019. Please leave
> your feedback and questions on the associated talk page.
>
> We are looking forward to reading your input.
>
>
> Since this is my first mail to this list, a short introduction about
> myself: I joined Wikimedia Deutschland 2 years ago as the Head of
> Software & Development. I have been working with the Product, UX,
> Engineering and Community Communication people in my department to move
> this amazing project forward.
>
>
> Regards
>
> Franziska
>
> Head of Software & Development, Wikimedia Deutschland
>
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Deutschland/Planning_2019/enand
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Deutschland/Zukunftsprozess/EN
>
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Results of the Affiliate Selected Board Seats voting

2019-06-12 Thread João Alexandre Peschanski
The ASBS voting was an exciting process, as it was a first and important
step to deepen and broaden participatory decision making in our movement. I
thank the current board members who have been bold and launched this
process. I also thank the election facilitators who have worked restlessly
to make this happen. Thanks to candidates who have contributed to a
productive, engaging exchange of ideas with community members.

The election of Nataliia and Shani is of course wonderful. Congratulations!
From what I can tell, the Brazilian community --which has gone through such
a hard period in recent times-- is wholeheartedly celebrating for you!

Cheers,

João
User:Joalpe


Em qua, 12 de jun de 2019 às 19:56, Ad Huikeshoven 
escreveu:

> *Dear Wikimedians, We are writing to let you know the result of the
> election for the 2 Affiliate Selected Board Seats on the Wikimedia
> Foundation board. The successful candidates were Nataliia Tymkiv and Shani
> Evenstein Sigalov. A total of 122 affiliates voted, 85% of the 143 eligible
> to vote, which is a record. As you know the election was conducted under a
> variation of the Single Transferable Vote, which meant that prorated votes
> were redistributed between candidates to come up with the final result. In
> the 10th step of counting the final place, after Nataliia Tymkiv was
> elected, was between Shani Evenstein Sigalov (40.519678) and Richard Knipel
> (40.480322).  We have put the full count narrative on meta so that others
> can verify it if they wish.[1] It is the closest ASBS result for some time,
> and all candidates brought very valuable perspectives to the work of the
> WMF.  In the 9th step of counting Reda Kerbouche lost by a very small
> margin. Adding a ballot with rank #1 for Richard or Reda would result in
> them being elected instead of Shani. The same goes for removing a ballot.
> Changing the ranking on one of the ballots in a specific can way can result
> in a different outcome for the second seat. This is an election in which
> every vote counts.  As in any election, there is a chance that some voters
> misinterpreted the instructions and voted wrongly. We don't see a
> justification for an action as extraordinary and controversial as opening
> votes for review after the vote period is over. The instructions were
> visible and clear: "Rank any candidate from 1 (your preferred candidate) to
> 11 (your least preferred candidate)." After voting, voters received a
> confirmation email stating the name of each candidate they voted with the
> number of their rank: Rank 1, Rank 2, ... The agency of voters should be
> respected. As part of the retrospective we may identify areas of
> improvements on our side, but still the process was quite simple and
> documented. Some voters realized they made a mistake and requested a new
> ballot. New ballots were issued in those cases. This choice was done
> because of the specific situation of this election, since the process was
> complex for new affiliates and participation, diversity and inclusion were
> a clear goal.[2] We have published on meta information about who got a new
> ballot within the voting deadline.[3] The Election Facilitators have been
> available nearly 24 hours a day monitoring the various communication
> channels to answer any questions affiliates might have. We did our best at
> answering all of them. After our own scrutiny of the data, and based on our
> experience in community processes, we strongly advise the community to
> respect the integrity of the process, and advise against allowing any
> modifications of votes at this point. If the votes had been reopened for
> modification with or without publishing vote results, that would have
> caused significant confusion and criticism that could have jeopardized the
> entire election.  We will publish a debrief with recommendations for a next
> ASBS process on meta.[4] We invite all representatives of affiliates to a
> feedback session at Wikimania.[5] We would like to congratulate Nataliia
> Tymkiv and Shani Evenstein Sigalov and thank everyone who stood.  Regards,
>  Ad Huikeshoven, Lane Rasberry, Jeffrey Keefer, Neal McBurnett, Abhinav
> Srivastava, Alessandor MarchettiElection Facilitators [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019/Results
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019/Results
> >
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/Resolution_2019
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/Resolution_2019
> >
> [3]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019/New_ballots
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019/New_ballots
> >
> [4]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019/Debrief
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019/Debrief
> >
> [5]
> https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/ASBS_Feedback
> 

[Wikimedia-l] Meet the first board of the UG Wikipedia & Education

2018-10-09 Thread João Alexandre Peschanski
Dear all!

The UG Wikipedia & Education elected a week ago its first board [1], and it
is my honor to communicate members and roles of this board to the movement.
The electoral process was both smooth and engaging, and thanks for everyone
who got involved with it. Please join me extending the traditional
honorific "Hooray" to the newly elected board members :)

The aim of the UG Wikipedia & Education is officially "to enhance and scale
local and global educational efforts, advocate for education within the
Wikimedia movement, and elevate the narrative of education outside our
movement" [2]. The group was recognized on 27 June 2018.

The first board meeting, that decided on internal board affairs and roles,
was held yesterday; information on meetings and action calls will be shared
on the education list [3]. Stay tuned!

== Board ==

Shani Evenstein, chair

Susanna Mkrtchyan, vice-chair

Ananth Subray, secretary

Filip Maljković, membership admin

Krishna Chaitanya Velaga, treasurer

== References ==

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_%26_Education_User_Group/User_Group_election_2018-2020/Results

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_%26_Education_User_Group

[3] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/education

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Thanks all. Have a great week!

João Alexandre

reviewer of the 2018 electoral process
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