[Wikimedia-l] Re: Auction at Christie's

2021-12-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
reaction here, not so muted elsewhere. :) Best, Andreas On Sun, Dec 5, 2021 at 10:57 PM Mike Peel wrote: > I missed this. Link to the on-wiki discussions? (Presumably on meta, since > this isn’t just enwiki-specific?) > > Thanks, > Mike > > On 5 Dec 2021, at 22:51,

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Auction at Christie's

2021-12-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Well, all the sturm und drang on this one is on Facebook, in the Wikipedia Weekly group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikipediaweekly/posts/4534171036630692/ Other than that, there was a bit of drama on Jimmy Wales' talk page, where an admin removed the talk page section Jimmy had created

[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Marketing Mail] Re: Closing the comment period for the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Draft Guidelines and next step

2021-12-02 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Patrick, Thanks. You say, *The policy was ratified by the Board last February.[1] That said, a policy must be adapted over time as it is put into practice and complications arise. The main text of the UCoC must be adaptable, and there will be a full review and update of the text one year

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Closing the comment period for the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Draft Guidelines and next step

2021-11-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi, There are various unanswered queries on the UCoC talk pages.[1][2] I wonder if you or someone else involved in drafting the UCoC could comment. Several of these queries concern the wording of the Harassment section, in particular the "Disclosure of personal data (Doxing)" subsection included

[Wikimedia-l] Re: License for Wikifunctions and Abstract Wikipedia

2021-11-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Thanks. The key question to my mind is whether abstract content and the resulting foreign-language text output should be CC0 (like Wikidata) or CC BY-SA (like Wikipedia). The difference is that with CC0, re-users do not have to credit Wikimedia or Wikipedia for the material they use. Voice

[Wikimedia-l] Re: What happened to the cc-by-sa-4.0 initiative?

2021-10-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Wikidata's CC0 licence and database rights are the reason why there was a proposed amendment[1] to the WMF Terms of Use that was supposed to accompany any upgrade to 4.0. This included the words: Where you own Sui Generis Database Rights covered by CC BY-SA 4.0, you waive these rights. As an

[Wikimedia-l] Re: An Uzbek praktical joke and Wikimedia Enterprise

2021-10-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:19 PM Andy Mabbett wrote: > > > Hear the articles > > > > Not sure that duplicating the work of a range of screen readers is the > > best use of our resources. > > I agree; such functionality belongs in the user client (screen reader, > browser, whatever), not in the

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Enterprise website (was: An Uzbek praktical joke and Wikimedia Enterprise)

2021-10-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
lating to revenue principles, methods of free-access to the > service for community, forthcoming public 'office hours' meetings). > Moreover, it also included notification of this impending launch. > > - Liam > Nowhere in this thread do I see the URL of the enterprise.wikimedia.com

[Wikimedia-l] Re: An Uzbek praktical joke and Wikimedia Enterprise

2021-10-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
The Wikimedia Enterprise site surely is up: https://enterprise.wikimedia.com/pricing/ Did I miss an announcement here on this mailing list? At least there was a WMF blog post:

[Wikimedia-l] Re: What happened to the cc-by-sa-4.0 initiative?

2021-10-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
.0 for its content. Andreas On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 9:01 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > See also > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Creative_Commons_4.0/Diff > > The proposed waiver of database rights that was to accompany the move from > 3.0 to 4.0 was one of the s

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Endowment reaches initial $100 million goal and welcomes new board members

2021-10-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Lisa and all, According to Meta and the just-released WMF Advancement fourth-quarter tuning session deck, the Endowment actually passed the $100-million mark not this month, but three months ago – in June, before the start of this current financial year. The Meta page e.g. says: The

[Wikimedia-l] Re: What happened to the cc-by-sa-4.0 initiative?

2021-09-30 Thread Andreas Kolbe
See also https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Creative_Commons_4.0/Diff The proposed waiver of database rights that was to accompany the move from 3.0 to 4.0 was one of the sticking points, I believe. To quote: Where you own Sui Generis Database Rights covered by CC BY-SA 4.0, you waive

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Endowment reaches initial $100 million goal and welcomes new board members

2021-09-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
anding is > that none of the information copied is copyrightable. Feel free to argue > about this on-wiki if you want.) > > Thanks, > Mike > > On 27/9/21 14:02:23, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > > The Cunctator's point about Wikidata's copyright-free CC0 licence is > > actuall

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Endowment reaches initial $100 million goal and welcomes new board members

2021-09-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
The Cunctator's point about Wikidata's copyright-free CC0 licence is actually one issue that I had meant to include in the list of WMF ethical lapses in my other post . Wikidata has imported very large amounts of content from Wikipedia, which, as The Cunctator points out, has a Creative Commons

[Wikimedia-l] Re: About raising money

2021-09-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Guillaume, Thanks for a thoughtful, perceptive, enlightening and multidimensional post that's been a pleasure to read. I think we grow as people when we can see things from more than one perspective, and there is much in your post that is worth pondering. I will try to add some complementary

[Wikimedia-l] Re: About raising money

2021-09-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Comparing the Wikimedia Foundation's annual revenue targets for the past five financial years against actual revenue, I find that the Wikimedia Foundation exceeded its revenue target (and also its actual expenditure) by an average of $30 million per year. The figures (all excluding Endowment

[Wikimedia-l] Re: About raising money

2021-09-24 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Gerard, Do you think the banners *have* to paint a mental picture of Wikipedia being in dire financial straits for people to donate? With wordings like "We need you to make a donation this Friday so that we can continue to protect Wikipedia's independence"? Isn't it pretty bizarre to portray

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Endowment reaches initial $100 million goal and welcomes new board members

2021-09-24 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Phoebe, You say, "Vito -- Good meme usage. I can't find the perfect meme to answer so I'll just say that (as I expect you know) the endowment is meant to support the projects in perpetuity, which means it isn't there to replace daily operation funding or annual fundraising. The 100M is meant to

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-21 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Maggie and all, There have been a number of responses from the mainland Chinese media in the past week, and I found myself thinking about the two below, as well as the term "infiltration": https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202109/1234607.shtml

[Wikimedia-l] Re: ZH > HR Wikipedia (WAS: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动)

2021-09-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Željko, Thanks for your observations. How do you feel things are developing in the Croatian Wikipedia now? What has (or hasn't) happened since the report was published? Best, Andreas On Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 11:26 AM Željko Blaće wrote: > On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 6:16 PM Maggie Dennis >

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming the new Wikimedia Foundation CEO

2021-09-14 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Maryana, Welcome, great opening letter. You mention that you want to do some of your own volunteer editing in the months before you officially start, which is great. Here is an idea: between now and then, tell absolutely no one what your user account is called, and what articles, projects or

[Wikimedia-l] Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-14 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Maggie, Thanks for your post; I have two questions. 1. What is the status of Mardetanha, the Iranian steward and past (even very recent) author of Wikimedia blog posts (which link his real name to his user name)?[1][2] Judging by https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?diff=21964430 where he

[Wikimedia-l] Re: WMCUG Response for recent office actions

2021-09-14 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Here is a machine translation, by DeepL.com (Google Translate produces gobbledygook by comparison!) Qiuwen - Wikimedians of Mainland China Drop the illusion and prepare for the fight - a comment on the Foundation's region-wide lockdown of Chinese Wikimedians and Maggie Dennis's "statement"

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming the first round of grants from the Equity Fund

2021-09-10 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 11:16 PM Nadee Gunasena wrote: > Gnangarra, the first round of grantees with this pilot fund was based on > suggestions from the Equity Fund Committee itself, as the Equity Fund was > being created. However, we recognize that, for example, this round *does > not include

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming the first round of grants from the Equity Fund

2021-09-10 Thread Andreas Kolbe
I find it hard to disagree with any of Yair's points. Equally puzzling is why the 2019/2020 surplus was passed to Tides Advocacy in the first place, rather than, say, being added to the Wikimedia Endowment, or simply retained by the WMF, along with the rest of the year's substantial surplus.

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikipedia issues in UNDARK.org #Opinion article to check...

2021-08-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
at the WMF who takes them seriously. Andreas On Mon, Aug 23, 2021 at 1:42 PM Mike Godwin wrote: > > > On Mon, Aug 23, 2021 at 8:22 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Mike, >> >> The corruption of the Croatian Wikipedia began in 2009 and became front >> page news in

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikipedia issues in UNDARK.org #Opinion article to check...

2021-08-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
gt; But if moral condemnation based on presumption of a lack of ... some > virtue or other ... floats your boat, who am I to detract from your > innocent fun? > > Mike > > > > On Sun, Aug 22, 2021 at 12:59 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Well, that was the difference I was

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikipedia issues in UNDARK.org #Opinion article to check...

2021-08-22 Thread Andreas Kolbe
ar way, I understand that content added by ISIS sympathisers is a problem in the Arabic and Farsi Wikipedia versions that the WMF is now trying to address. Andreas On Sun, Aug 22, 2021 at 1:31 PM Mike Godwin wrote: > > Andreas Kolbe writes: > > >> It's worth noting that Yumiko'

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikipedia issues in UNDARK.org #Opinion article to check...

2021-08-22 Thread Andreas Kolbe
It's worth noting that Yumiko's article (now also on fastcompany.com) quotes the WMF as saying it "does *not often* get involved in issues related to the creation and maintenance of content on the site." That "not often" actually indicates a little publicised but significant departure from past

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2019-2020 and FAQs now on-wiki

2021-07-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
e wrote: > Hi Andreas, > > Thanks for the question. Please refer to the talk page on meta > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:IRS_tax_related_information/2019_Wikimedia_Foundation_Form_990_Frequently_Asked_Questions> > for the answer as a similar question was posted there. &

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2019-2020 and FAQs now on-wiki

2021-07-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Jaime, Thanks! One quick question: In the Form 990, you answered "No" to the question, "Did the organization, directly or through a related organization, hold assets in donor-restricted endowments or in quasi endowments?", and Schedule, Part V, "Endowment Funds", is left blank. Could you

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation annual plan published

2021-07-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Kelsi, Surely you realise I was commenting about the cognitive gap between fundraising banners saying "This Wednesday, for the 1st time recently, we humbly ask you to defend Wikipedia's independence" – as though you were facing a financial threat – and your plans to increase your overall

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation annual plan published

2021-07-14 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi all, The figures in the Annual Plan make interesting reading when contrasted with the fundraising banner a proportion of Wikipedia readers in the UK were shown today. It said, *To all our readers in the UK,* *Please don't scroll past this. This Wednesday, for the 1st time recently, we

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi all, An important item of information that transpired during the Office Hour just now is that the envisaged contract is for consultancy services of up to 40 hours per week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQTND98b_Yg (The event also featured, it must be said, a very photogenic cat.) Andreas

[Wikimedia-l] Signpost

2021-06-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Lisa, Megan and all, The current issue of the Signpost contains an interview about my recent Daily Dot article on WMF fundraising.[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2021-06-27/Forum The piece has sparked quite substantial discussion, and there is a pretty good

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Adam, I understand that you would like to see María provide advice, but this is a volunteer organisation – everybody, WMF paid staff excepted, works, and contributes their expertise, for free. That includes board members. And I fail to see why a board member who – according to Form 990 data at

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
"Thank you to everyone that has provided valuable feedback. Moving forward, we will articulate and follow the best practices that emerge from these important discussions and our corresponding review of the attendant policies, procedures, and practices. Developing a more clear and consistent policy

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Maggie, You say, María "did not discuss this role with me while she was on the Board. She *quite rightly would not. We talked about it after her departure* ." It seems to me you are paying lip service here to the idea that it's inappropriate for a sitting board member to negotiate transitioning

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Maggie, Please be clear. How many hours a week, what remuneration, if any. Andreas On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 11:01 PM Maggie Dennis wrote: > Hello, all. > > I’m sorry for my lack of clarity! María is *not* Foundation staff. She is > an independent consultant. She did not discuss this role with

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Sharing more details about the Equity Fund

2021-06-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
ides grant recipients. Andreas On Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 8:41 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > Hi Lisa and all, > > On Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 3:13 PM Lisa Gruwell > wrote: > >> The links to the donor FAQ are there. The smaller banners expand when >> you click on

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Sharing more details about the Equity Fund

2021-06-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
eroot.com > > On Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 3:06 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Thanks for those links, Lisa. I note that the January press release[1] >> merely said, >> >> >> *"In addition, the Foundation recently developed a $4.5 million Equity >> Fund

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Sharing more details about the Equity Fund

2021-06-15 Thread Andreas Kolbe
g/wiki/Knowledge_Equity_Fund#Areas_of_Funding> >to address racial inequity and free knowledge, and will benefit the >Wikimedia movement. > > > Thanks again for the questions and suggestions. We welcome any follow-up > or additional questions on the Talk page > <https:/

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Update on Croatian Wikipedia evaluation

2021-06-14 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Xeno, Thanks. Good to see that an effort has finally been made to address this. Andreas On Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 8:27 PM Xeno (Jack) wrote: > Hello, > > This message is a follow-up to the 2021 April meeting of Arbitration > Committee members and other functionaries [1] from many Wikimedia

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Sharing more details about the Equity Fund

2021-06-13 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Lisa and all, Thanks for the info. Laudable though the goals of the Knowledge Equity Fund surely are, you seem to be saying that you gave $4.5 million – which readers presumably donated because they thought you were struggling to have enough money to keep Wikipedia up and running – to Tides

[Wikimedia-l] Re: WMF transfers $8.7 million to "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund"

2021-06-01 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi all, Yair Rand (quoted below) inquired last December about a 2019/2020 WMF expenditure item, the $8.723M the WMF transferred to a "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund managed and controlled by Tides Advocacy". The 2019/2020financial audit FAQ[1] said, "The Wikimedia Foundation is still setting up

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Flourishing of the Endowment

2021-05-24 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Thanks, > GerardM > > > https://ultimategerardm.blogspot.com/2021/05/wikimedia-needs-your-support-because.html > > > On Mon, 24 May 2021 at 16:49, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Hi again, Julia and Pats, >> >> I've written an article for The Daily Dot, base

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Flourishing of the Endowment

2021-05-24 Thread Andreas Kolbe
you would like to add any further comment to the article, please let us know, and we'll be happy to add it! To anyone who thinks the article raises an important issue about Wikimedia fundraising, I'd be grateful if you shared it online. Best wishes, Andreas Kolbe On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 8:30 PM And

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Flourishing of the Endowment

2021-05-12 Thread Andreas Kolbe
ions_(from_Wikimedia_Enterprise_discussion) > [3] > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Endowment#Questions_(from_Wikimedia_Enterprise_discussion) > -- > *Julia Brungs* > Senior Community Relations Specialist > Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/> > > On

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Flourishing of the Endowment

2021-05-07 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Dan, On Thu, May 6, 2021 at 4:19 PM Dan Garry (Deskana) wrote: > Including the $100 million endowment, the WMF will now have investments of >> around $200 million (excluding cash and cash equivalents), for an annual >> investment income of over $10 million. That is already enough to run

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Flourishing of the Endowment

2021-04-30 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi SJ, Long time no speak. :) As explained on Meta, it is inaccurate to think of the endowment as "an > investment that the WMF is the beneficiary of". The endowment is there to > support the Projects, rain or shine. > I don't think you can separate the WMF from its projects, which are the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF transfers $8.7 million to "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund"

2021-04-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
low which questions were answered yesterday and which ones still await an answer. On Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 4:01 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > Hi Lisa and all, >> >> Could you provide any update on what is happening with the $8.7 million >> in the Tides Advocacy fund? I asked about

Re: [Wikimedia-l] COVID-19 second wave and protection of our most valuable movement asset

2021-04-28 Thread Andreas Kolbe
the > next few years. The lnk is here - > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_support_for_Wikimedians/India > > Regards, > Bodhisattwa > > > > > On Wed, 28 Apr 2021 at 20:24, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Dear Bodhisattwa, >> >> Could I ask you to

[Wikimedia-l] COVID-19 second wave and protection of our most valuable movement asset

2021-04-28 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Bodhisattwa, Could I ask you to please keep us up to date on the further Wikimedia response to your request? I would love to hear about anything good that is happening as a result of your having asked here – and if nothing useful is happening, I would love to hear about that too – here or

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF transfers $8.7 million to "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund"

2021-04-28 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Lisa and all, Could you provide any update on what is happening with the $8.7 million in the Tides Advocacy fund? I asked about it on the Endowment talk page on Meta two weeks ago, and while many other questions there have been answered, this one has not. I also asked on Meta how much money

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Donations - show the editors you care?

2020-12-14 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi, I'd just like to revive the point made by Pelagic in the post that started this thread. I was just now once again presented with this banner wording, "Show the editors who bring you neutral and verified information that their work matters." I find this wording very offensive, as it implies

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

2018-07-11 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Sat, Jul 7, 2018 at 6:37 AM, Gerard Meijssen wrote: > We just won a major victory in our battle to keep the internet free [...] Our > established positions are > against corporate interests. When the Guardian reported[1] on the recent European copyright campaign, as supported by Wikimedia

Re: [Wikimedia-l] On traceability and reliability of data we publish [was Re: [Wikidata] Solve legal uncertainty of Wikidata]

2018-07-10 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Roger / Alphos, On Sat, Jul 7, 2018 at 10:01 PM, Alphos OGame wrote: > Traceability of information does not pertain with who imported said > information on Wikidata. Could be an unregistered user, could be a bot, > could be a Wikimedian in residence or even the Pope himself, it doesn't >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Solve legal uncertainty of Wikidata

2018-07-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 4:51 PM, Martijn Hoekstra wrote: > I have no dog in this race, but facts are not eligible for copyright > protection. > > Martijn, individual facts aren't eligible for copyright, but substantial compilations of facts are. The concept you are missing is "database rights":

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Solve legal uncertainty of Wikidata

2018-07-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 1:54 AM, Denny Vrandečić wrote: > Gnom1 on Phabricator has offered to actually answer legal questions, but we > need to come up with the questions that we want to ask. > > In the Phabricator discussion, Denny and others spent some considerable effort to come up with the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikidata and CC0 [was Re: what made me happy this week]

2017-10-28 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi, Here are a few places where the choice of CC0 for Wikidata was discussed: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikidata#Is_CC_the_right_license_for_data.3F https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2012-12-18a

[Wikimedia-l] Berkman Klein Center: Will Wikipedia exist in 20 years?

2017-10-21 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Video featuring Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, in conversation with Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler: https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2017/luncheon/10/Maher The material in this video touches on many points related to the Wikimedia movement's

Re: [Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-10-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Katherine, On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 6:13 PM, Katherine Maher wrote: > 2017-10-09 17:44 GMT-07:00 Erik Moeller : > > > > With an eye to 2030 and WMF's long-term direction, I do think it's > > worth thinking about Wikidata's centrality, and I would

Re: [Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-10-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Erik, More good points here. On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 7:01 AM, Erik Moeller wrote: > > With regard to the issue of citations, it's worth noting that it's > already possible to _conditionally_ load data from Wikidata, excluding > information that is unsourced or only

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The other side of the crisis at WMFR

2017-10-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 12:21 AM, Emeric VALLESPI wrote: > Katherine, > > [...] > The lawyers you have appointed have been paid by the Foundation. They > *only* interviewed the defendant. Is this true? Because if what Emeric and Remi say is in fact true, it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-10-10 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Erik, Really meaty post. Great stuff. Comments below. On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 1:44 AM, Erik Moeller <eloque...@gmail.com> wrote: > On Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > ... and it will all become one free mush everyone cop

Re: [Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-10-10 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 9:43 AM, James Salsman wrote: > On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 9:38 AM, Leinonen Teemu > wrote: > > Hi all, > > > > This is super interesting and important discussion. One idea. > > > >> On 10 Oct 2017, at 3.44, Erik Moeller

Re: [Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-10-07 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Erik, Nice to hear from you. On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 11:48 PM, Erik Moeller wrote: > > The power of an open, nonprofit approach to "knowledge as a service" > is precisely to democratize access to knowledge graph information: to > make it available to nonprofits, public

Re: [Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-10-03 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 3:28 PM, Ziko van Dijk wrote: > Hello Joseph, > > We must distinguish between the community, the movement and partners of the > movement. > > The Wikimedia movement is not a community, it consists of several > communities. Such as the community of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New style banner - A heads up

2017-08-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Sam, On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 10:37 AM, Sam Wilson wrote: > Peter, > > Fair enough, I agree that the idea that Wikimedia would have been a > success if it'd be made commercial is crazy. You say that now, but originally, Wikipedia was registered as a dotcom, with the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-08-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
make sure to circle back with you once we have an > update. > > All the best, > Adele > > On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Simon Poole <si...@poole.ch> wrote: > > > > > > > Am 27.07.2017 um 18:37 schrieb Andreas Kolbe: > > > > > >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimédia France

2017-08-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
bers? > > Kind regards > > > On 04/08/2017 17:32, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Ilario, >> >> A few years ago, WMUK was required to undergo an independent governance >> review. The review was jointly commissioned by WMUK and WMF. The results >> were pu

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimédia France

2017-08-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Ilario, A few years ago, WMUK was required to undergo an independent governance review. The review was jointly commissioned by WMUK and WMF. The results were public.[1] That option is available for WMFR today just as it was available for WMUK a few years ago. Andreas [1]

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-31 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Some further thoughts on this thread while we wait for Adele to come back to us. According to Statista,[1] the worldwide market for virtual digital assistants is expected to grow from $1.64 billion in 2015 to $15.79 billion by 2021. That's a tenfold increase over six years. Digital assistants

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-28 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 6:13 PM, Simon Poole wrote: > The current (full) answer is > > 'Edward Joseph "Ed" Snowden, the American computer professional former > CIA employee, and government contractor who leaked classified > information from the U.S. National Security Agency in

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Cristian, In both cases, they may be within the realm of the "right to quote"[2] > (I am not sure this concept exists in US law per se) or "fair use". > I haven't checked the accuracy of the "Right to quote" Wikipedia article you referenced, but I will note here that it mentions the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Simon, If you look at the comments under Barbara's piece, Greg linked to this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZurOYgQLT44 I had a look at that video before posting here. (I think it's kind of a daft video, but it does a perfectly good job of demonstrating how the Echo works.) In

[Wikimedia-l] Amazon Echo' use of Wikipedia; CC license compliance?

2017-07-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Barbara Page, a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar and Wikipedian in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, has written a blog post[1] for Wikipediocracy about how the Amazon Echo's Alexa assistant reads out Wikipedia articles in response to queries. This includes queries that do not specifically ask

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Publicpolicy] Wikimedia Sverige vs. the Visual Copyright Society in Sweden (BUS)

2017-07-08 Thread Andreas Kolbe
I thought that case was lost over a year ago, in the Swedish Supreme Court: http://fortune.com/2016/04/05/wikimedia-sweden-artworks/ What happened between then and now for this to end up in the Swedish Patent and Market Court? Andreas On Sat, Jul 8, 2017 at 9:21 AM, Philippe Beaudette

[Wikimedia-l] 2014–16 audit of the WMF communications strategy

2017-07-06 Thread Andreas Kolbe
For the past couple of days, there has been a discussion[1] of the 2014–16 audit of the WMF communications strategy[2] and the associated recommendations for WMF messaging in the Wikipedia Weekly Facebook group. The audit was performed by, or in collaboration with, political consultants

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katherine Maher is making me happy this week

2017-06-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
In the spirit of this thread— Pine's question about project-based accounting[1] made me look for the first time in a while at the Foundation's most recent Annual Plan[2] and the related mid-year check-in[3]. I was surprised and delighted by how much better – how much more readable, easier to

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2015-2016 now on-wiki

2017-05-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:51 PM, Rogol Domedonfors wrote: > Andreas, > Page 52 reports that Moeller received $208,306 in severance: that seems to > be a year's salary. There is no stated reason for the payment. > > "Rogol" > Thank you. As you say, page 52 informs us

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2015-2016 now on-wiki

2017-05-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 8:27 PM, Tony Le wrote: > A notable exception is information related to the > compensation of our officers, key employees, highest paid staff and > independent contractors, which is instead based on the 2015 calendar year. > Thank you. I have two

Re: [Wikimedia-l] a second commons, prevent cease and desist business

2017-03-06 Thread Andreas Kolbe
People usually encounter images in Wikipedia, and Wikipedia does not comply with the CC licence requirements either, the way downstream re-users are expected to comply with them. That's a problem. For example, the CC BY 3.0 licence requires re-users to name the image's author, and much else

Re: [Wikimedia-l] March 2: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#9)

2017-03-06 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Could anyone name major donors or consultants to the Wikimedia Foundation who are associated with, or open supporters of, – 1. the United States' Republican party? 2. a major conservative, or at least slightly right-of-centre, party in any other country? On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 1:22 PM, Amir E.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising - Social Media Update

2016-12-15 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Seddon, Katherine, I am sure the fundraising team has done excellent work. And the public have been very generous – the Wikimedia Foundation's annual revenue has hit a new record every year throughout its existence, rising from humble beginnings in 2003/2004 to $15 million by 2009/2010 and to $82

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Early Update - Fundraising

2016-12-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Good article on Wikimedia fundraising: http://associationsnow.com/2016/12/lessons-wikipedias-annual-donation-strategy/ ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to:

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Early Update - Fundraising

2016-12-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
l for our online > campaigns. This is one factor that increases the difference between the > December totals and the December goal for online fundraising. Last year we > also decided to use the online fundraiser to help seed the endowment which > added $5million to our to our fundraising f

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Early Update - Fundraising

2016-12-07 Thread Andreas Kolbe
ined) but it would seem that > numbers in the frdata dump are only useful as a rough guide. > > We are basing our numbers on internal accounting figures which is more > representative of the actual cash flow since it is more closely based on > actual cleared payments. > > S

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Early Update - Fundraising

2016-12-07 Thread Andreas Kolbe
People can follow progress of the fundraiser by loading the spreadsheet files provided here: https://frdata.wikimedia.org/ At the time of writing, the data in yeardata-day-vs-sum.csv Total amount received per day (not taking into account

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Clarifications on 2014 Form 990

2016-06-08 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:50 AM, MZMcBride wrote: > Patricio Lorente wrote: > >We’ve heard your questions and want to address them broadly, as well as > >provide more information about the breakdown of Sue’s compensation during > >this time. > > Thank you for this e-mail. >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board update

2016-05-07 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Sat, May 7, 2016 at 7:17 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: > Regarding the community seat, I am in conversation with the Election > Committee, which has narrowed it down to just a few options. We are going > to finish this discussion soon and I expect the timeline to be

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What should the board do *now*? [was Re: Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal]

2016-05-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 4:48 PM, Luis Villa wrote: >- After I left, I did not sign a termination or contracting agreement >with the organization, so I did not become a contractor with the >organization. > Thanks, Luis. >- My baby was due yesterday, so I probably

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

2016-05-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 5:00 AM, MZMcBride wrote: > I used the phrase "run amok" based on comments at > . Specifically, > Brion Vibber writes: > > "Former VP of Engineering Damon Sicore, who as far as I know conceived the >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] “For Cause”

2016-05-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 10:09 AM, James Heilman wrote: > In a Dec 30th, 2015 personal email JW touched on two potential reasons but > they are unfounded. I've lost count of the number of times Jimmy Wales said in recent months that he would know "within a few days" whether it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] election for 2 seats on WMF board of trustees ends May 7...

2016-05-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:43 PM, Lane Rasberry wrote: > Hello, > > As of now, 13 of 42 eligible organizations have voted in the 2016 chapters' > election for 2 of 10 Wikimedia Foundation seats on the board of trustees. > Lane, A procedural question: Is the chapters'

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

2016-05-02 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 6:10 PM, Denny Vrandečić wrote: > The formal task force was created end of October. This task force involved > outside legal counsel and conducted professional fact finding. > What were the prime motivations for involving outside legal counsel, and

Re: [Wikimedia-l] "Media Websites Battle Faltering Ad Revenue and Traffic"

2016-04-18 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Thanks, Pine. Some stand-out quotes from the article: *85 cents of every new dollar spent in online advertising will go to Google or Facebook, said Brian Nowak, a Morgan Stanley analyst.* *Facebook also announced that it would open up Instant Articles — which encourage publishers to post

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open and recorded WMF Board meetings

2016-04-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On March 21, Jimmy posted excerpts from an email conversation he'd had with James Heilman on his Wikipedia user talk page, making further allegations against James.[1] James replied twice: Jimmy Wales' summary above of our email correspondence is far from complete, and is not an accurate

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Sweden loses copyright suit

2016-04-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
<lilbu...@tygers-of-wrath.net> > wrote: > >> Its not "a large-scale online database" per se. Its the commercial aspect >> of it that is at issue. >> >> >> On 05/04/2016 19:06, Andreas Kolbe wrote: >> >>> Report in Th

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Sweden loses copyright suit

2016-04-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Report in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/05/wikimedias-free-photo-database-of-artworks-violates-copyright-court-rules Wikimedia Sweden press release:

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