Re: [Wikimedia-l] 1000 Little Masters on-line, a Wikimedia CH / Swiss National Library project

2015-01-21 Thread Charles Andrès
Yes, here: 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:CH-NB-Collection_Gugelmann

and if you need to do a specific search in the Swiss National Library, there is 
a custom search here 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Media_contributed_by_the_Swiss_National_Library

Charles





 Le 20 janv. 2015 à 18:54, Yaroslav M. Blanter pute...@mccme.ru a écrit :
 
 On 2015-01-20 18:51, Charles Andrès wrote:
 Dear Wikimedians,
 please find here an information about one of the outcomes of the
 Wikipedian in Residence experience at the Swiss National Library, a
 Wikimedia CH initiative.
 Charles
 
 Hi Charles,
 
 this is absolutely great, congratulations.
 
 Is there a dedicated Commons cat where the images lie?
 
 Cheers
 Yaroslav
 
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[Wikimedia-l] 1000 Little Masters on-line, a Wikimedia CH / Swiss National Library project

2015-01-20 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear Wikimedians,

please find here an information about one of the outcomes of the Wikipedian in 
Residence experience at the Swiss National Library, a Wikimedia CH initiative.


Charles




IT:
Oltre 1000 Schweizer Kleinmeister on-line
 
La Biblioteca nazionale svizzera ha reso liberamente accessibili, su Wikimedia 
Commons, più di 1000 opere dei cosiddetti Kleinmeister svizzeri. Si tratta di 
una serie di paesaggi realizzati tra Settecento e Ottocento che offre uno 
scorcio ricco di sfaccettature su come apparivano il territorio e la cultura 
della Svizzera a quel tempo.
 
Grazie alla collaborazione con Wikimedia Svizzera, la Biblioteca nazionale 
svizzera (BN) è in grado di rende accessibili on-line sempre più documenti di 
dominio pubblico provenienti dalle sue collezioni. Recentemente sono state 
caricate oltre 1000 opere dei Kleinmeister svizzeri su Wikimedia Commons, 
l’archivio multimediale di libero accesso di Wikipedia.
 
Per Kleinmeister svizzeri s’intendono gli artisti attivi tra metà Settecento e 
metà Ottocento che, con la diffusione del viaggio culturale, iniziarono a 
immortalare in disegni, acquerelli e dipinti ad olio paesaggi e scene 
caratteristiche di vita quotidiana, vendendo in seguito le loro opere in 
originale o riprodotte in stampe ai viaggiatori. L’opera artistica dei 
Kleinmeister svizzeri offre uno scorcio ricco di sfaccettature sul territorio e 
la cultura della Svizzera a quel tempo. Per questo motivo è tuttora di grande 
attualità sia per la storia dell’arte e della cultura, sia per la ricerca nelle 
scienze naturali.
 
La BN possiede la collezione di Schweizer Kleinmeister dal 1982. In quell’anno 
Annemarie Gugelmann le cedette la collezione che aveva costituito insieme al 
fratello Rudolf. Si tratta di una delle donazioni più preziose mai ricevute 
dalla BN. La fondazione Graphica Helvetica, nata anch’essa dall’impegno dei 
fratelli Gugelmann, permette di ampliare costantemente la collezione.
 

FR:
1000 petits-maîtres suisses en ligne
 
La Bibliothèque nationale suisse met à disposition plus de 1000 tableaux des 
petits-maîtres suisses sur Wikimedia Commons. Il s’agit de paysages des 18e et 
19e siècles. La collection donne un riche aperçu des paysages et de la culture 
suisses d’antan.
 
Grâce à sa collaboration avec Wikimedia Suisse, la Bibliothèque nationale 
suisse (BN) met régulièrement en ligne des documents libres de droits de ses 
collections. Elle vient de téléverser sur Wikimedia Commons, les archives 
libres de Wikipedia, 1000 tableaux des petits-maîtres suisses.
 
Les petits-maîtres suisses sont des artistes dont la production va du milieu du 
18e au milieu du 19e siècle. Avec l’apparition du voyage d’études classique, 
ils s’étaient mis à illustrer des paysages et des scènes du quotidien typiques 
au crayon, à l’aquarelle et à l’huile. Ils vendaient les originaux les estampes 
aux voyageurs. La production des petits-maîtres suisses donne un riche aperçu 
des paysages et de la culture suisses d’antan. Elle toujours d’actualité, tant 
pour l’histoire de l’art et des civilisations que pour la recherche ès sciences 
naturelles.
 
La Bibliothèque nationale suisse possède depuis 1982 une collection de 
petits-maîtres suisses. Il s’agit d’un don d’Annemarie Gugelmann, qui avait 
constitué cette collection avec son frère Rudolf. C’est un des cadeaux les plus 
précieux que la BN ait jamais reçus. C’est également à l’engagement de la 
famille Gugelmann qu’on doit la création de la fondation Graphica Helvetica 
grâce à laquelle la collection continue d’être élargie.
 


DE:
1000 «Schweizer Kleinmeister» online
 
Die Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek stellt über 1000 Bilder der «Schweizer 
Kleinmeister» auf Wikimedia Commons zur freien Verfügung. Es handelt sich 
umLandschaftsbilder aus dem 18. und 19. Jahrhundert. Die Sammlung gibt einen 
reichhaltigen Einblick in Landschaft und Kultur der Schweiz von damals.
 
Dank der Zusammenarbeit mit Wikimedia Schweiz macht die Schweizerische 
Nationalbibliothek (NB) laufend gemeinfreie Dokumente aus ihren Sammlungen 
online zugänglich. Seit neustem sind 1000 Bilder von «Schweizer Kleinmeistern» 
auf Wikimedia Commons, dem freien Medienarchiv von Wikipedia, hochgeladen.
 
Bei den «Schweizer Kleinmeistern» handelt es sich um Künstler, die von der 
Mitte des 18. bis in die Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts wirkten. Mit dem Aufkommen 
der klassischen Bildungsreise haben sie damit begonnen, Landschaften und 
charakteristische Alltagsszenen in Zeichnungen, Aquarellen sowie in Öl 
festzuhalten. Diese Werke verkauften sie im Original oder als grafische Blätter 
an Reisende. Das Schaffen der «Schweizer Kleinmeister» gibt einen breit 
gefächerten Einblick in Landschaft und Kultur der Schweiz von damals. Es ist 
bis heute für die kulturhistorische, kunstwissenschaftliche und die 
naturwissenschaftliche Forschung von Interesse.
 
Die Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek ist seit 1982 im Besitz einer Sammlung 
von «Schweizer Kleinmeistern». Dabei 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimédia France board handbook

2014-12-11 Thread charles andrès (WMCH)
Thanks a lot Wikimedia France,

Another good exemple why we need to improve the Translation system on-wiki and 
allow to start from non-english source.

Charles





 Le 11 déc. 2014 à 10:39, Claudia Garád claudia.ga...@wikimedia.at a écrit :
 
 Thanks for sharing Emeric and Jean-Fred!
 
 I would love to see a translation of this important resource and I'm sure it 
 could be useful for others as well. :-)
 
 Best
 Claudia
 
 Am 11.12.2014 um 07:20 schrieb Emeric Vallespi:
 Hi, and thanks for your support :)
 
 Sure Winifred, I will add a learning pattern, actually it's on my to-do
 list!
 
 In order to improve our sharing with the movement, we are thinking about
 translate some of documents we produced. Let us know if you think useful
 to translate the WMFr Board Handbook, even if others already exists in
 english.
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] WikiCheese crowdfunding - Let's photograph 'em all

2014-11-28 Thread Charles Andrès
Forget about Scotland and Belgium,

We have all you need in Switzerland, come before we close the chapter!



https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Balvenie_bottle.jpg



https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chimay_triple.jpg


https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Quality_images_supported_by_Wikimedia_CH_-_Photo_studio


Charles

Ps: sorry for the poor quality of the picture but the mailing list has a 100ko 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why is bank transfer no longer possible?

2014-11-27 Thread charles andrès (WMCH)
I just try and I am randomly redirected to the localize page or the WMF page…..




 Le 27 nov. 2014 à 09:20, rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.com a écrit :
 
 The day before yesterday I was presented a fundraising banner in
 Switzerland which redirects to the donation page of Wmf, contrary the
 chapters page.
 
 Rupert
 On Nov 26, 2014 3:18 PM, Kim Bruning k...@bruning.xs4all.nl wrote:
 
 Just following up,
 
 Has WMNL now received the sought information?
 
 sincerely,
Kim Bruning
 
 
 On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 08:42:01AM +0100, Lodewijk wrote:
 It seems everyone agrees it is an important method (although I'm not 100%
 sure that the US based people running the fundraiser fully comprehend - I
 am assuming this is the case), but there seems to be some reason why the
 WMF chooses to not make this option easily available. A reason they
 choose
 not to disclose, but to be fuzzy about. I'm very sorry about this, and as
 Liam says, this fits in a trend with the Russian people no longer being
 allowed to donate. Maybe the two are connected, but this is all
 speculation.
 
 I'm sorry to see these steps back from the more open attitude there was a
 few years back. It feels very much that we are, as a community, being fed
 canned press answers. But then, maybe there's a real need for that and
 there's a huge legal threat to making it easy to donate through bank
 transfer that cannot be disclosed...
 
 Best,
 Lodewijk
 
 On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 1:34 AM, Kim Bruning k...@bruning.xs4all.nl
 wrote:
 
 
 To amplify:
 
 Paying (business) taxes in The Netherlands now pretty much requires
 electronic payment to an IBAN Account; a.k.a. it is (now) the standard,
 default, baseline way to make payments at all.
 
 After registering a business, the very next action is to open an (IBAN)
 account. All extant dutch accounts that predate IBAN have been
 converted
 to IBAN. All administration systems (must(!)) support IBAN.
 
 If you want to do business in the Netherlands, you need to support
 IBAN.
 
 Note that many (most?) dutch citizens do not have credit cards or
 paypal
 accounts.
 
 Further, IBAN is standardized throughout the euro-zone.
 
 iDEAL is nice to have and important. IBAN is a minimal baseline
 requirement.
 
 sincerely,
Kim
 
 
 
 On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 10:42:31PM +0100, Walter Vermeir wrote:
 Op 17-11-14 om 20:28 schreef Lodewijk:
 
 you back to the credit card page) or even via regular bank transfer
 (using
 an IBAN) in the Netherlands. The donation page
 
 Historically the structure of bank account numbers are very different
 from country to country. And making transfers from one bank account
 to
 an other bank account, especially internationally, are/where complex
 and
 expensive.
 
 There is still a lot of room of improvement but nevertheless it has
 never been so easy and cheap to do international transfers as now.
 
 The IBAN system - International Bank Account Number - is active in a
 fair chunk of the globe.
 
 
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Bank_Account_Number#Adoption
 
 Inside the EURO-zone , 19 countries, ?? 337 million Europeans ,
 people
 can make a bank transfer to an EURO-zone IBAN bank account without
 additional expenses.
 
 Many more outside the EURO-zone can easy make international payments
 to
 an IBAN bank account. That is not free ... but paypal is certainly
 not
 free also. The costs are just deducted from your donation.
 
 
 The WMF has always has been a huge fan of payment by credit cards.
 Understandable, the WMF is founded in the country of the Credit card.
 
 But that can make you blind to the fact that other people are used to
 total other payment systems.
 
 A couple of years ago I discovered that there where still people
 using
 cheques in France. That came as a total surprise to me. I remember my
 dad using cheques 30 years ago. I never came in to contact with a
 cheque
 since then. To my knowledge cheques where long gone. History.
 Extinct.
 
 But ... when you have the financial business concept of the WMF -
 when
 you need money beg for it - the donation channel should be tailer
 made
 for the specific common way of payment used by the person who is so
 good
 to be willing to make an donation.
 
 Walter
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Algeria Wikimedians User Group

2014-11-02 Thread charles andrès (WMCH)
Bienvenu(e)s!



 Le 1 nov. 2014 à 19:17, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve a écrit :
 
 Dear all,
 
 We are pleased to announce the recognition [1] of the third Wikimedia User 
 Group from the Arab World and the fifth from Africa: Algeria Wikimedians User 
 Group.
 
 Our Wikimedian brothers and sisters in Algeria have for a long time wanted to 
 associate and multiply their contributions tigether, since as early as 2009, 
 when started attempts to create projects in different languages spoken in 
 Algeria in the Incubator, an education program in an Algerian university, and 
 participating in Wiki Loves Monuments in 2013 Algeria, which was quite a 
 success and created a lot of awareness at a local level about the need of 
 making more and more knowledge open in Algeria.
 
 So, now we have them joining the family of affiliates.Please, let's give them 
 a warm welcome!
 
 Soyez les bienvenus, amis algériens!
 
 Carlos
 
 
 1: 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Algeria_Wikimedians_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_October_2014
 
 
 -- 
 *Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua 
 junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain.
 Carlos M. Colina
 Vicepresidente, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | 
 www.wikimedia.org.ve http://wikimedia.org.ve
 Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
 Phone: +972-52-4869915
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia CH just hired two new team member

2014-08-28 Thread Charles Andrès
sorry for cross-posting

Dear all,

We are very glad to inform you that Wikimedia CH has just hired Gabrielle Marie 
as French Community Liaison (FCL), a 50% position and Sabine Ray as 
Administrative Assistant (AA), a 20% position, both of them will join the team 
on 1st of September.

When Wikimedia CH started its professionalization process in 2012, we hired two 
community liaisons for the German and Italian communities in 2013. Since our 
first Chief Administrative Officer was French-speaking, there was little need 
at that time for a specific french community liaison. However, with plenty of 
new and exciting projects coming up in Romandie, in particular the new 
Wikivillage contest, it recently became clear that a dedicated person was 
required.

Gabrielle Marie, our new FCL, originally studied commodity trading and worked 
for 4 years in the derivative industry in London and in Singapore. She then 
opted for a career change with an interest in social entrepreneurship and 
co-founded the project “The Tree Shirt House” in Asia. Since she moved to 
Switzerland in 2013, she signed up for some distance learning courses in 
Psychology and got involved in the TEDxLausanne organization. Passionate about 
people and community engagement she is thrilled to begin working for Wikimedia 
CH starting from next week onwards.
Among other tasks, Gabrielle will be in charge of supporting the volunteers 
action. For her start she will especially support the organisation of the 
editing contest targeting the schools in the French-speaking part of 
Switzerland and will report directly to the Chief Science Officer. She will 
start working for Wikimedia CH just in time for the launch of the Wikivillage 
contest promotion. 

Sabine Ray, our new administrative assistant, started as an Export Logistics 
Assistant followed by a successful career in the purchasing and procurement 
department of an international company for more than 16 years in both, Germany 
and Switzerland. She is perfectly fluent in German, her mother tongue, English 
and French. For the last 6 years Sabine dedicated her time to her family life 
in raising her daughter. She is now resuming her professional life in taking 
this opportunity for a career change and is glad to join the Wikimedia CH team. 
Sabine will work closely with our Chief Administrative Officer regarding all 
aspects of administration in human resources, accounting and fundraising. She 
will also assist in elaborating communication material as well as memberships 
management. 

Gabrielle and Sabine will be both based in Lausanne, you can reach them at 
gabrielle.ma...@wikimedia.ch and sabine@wikimedia.ch

Please give a warm welcome to the new members of our team and do not hesitate 
to contact us if you have any questions!

Anh and Charles

Directors of Wikimedia CH, in the name of the core of the recruiting committee: 
Anh Chung, Muriel Staub, Stéphane Coillet-Matillon, Yann Heurtaux and Charles 
Andrès

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[Wikimedia-l] We have an awesome Translation Tools....made for English speakers first

2014-08-14 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear all,

I would like to draw your attention on the Translation Extension for Mediawiki, 
since 2 years now, community members ask to improve this extension by adding 
the possibility to select the original language.  
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=35489

We are in a movement where the knowledge exchange is a primary concern, we have 
a really good tools to facilitate the translation of the documentation, but 
today we are still obliged to first translate manually in English before 
being able to use the Translate extension.

I’m not a Tech guy, I try to read the bug's page linked before, and the only 
message I can get from is « you, non English speakers, are not our priority ».

The ability to translate in multiple language the documentation created by non 
English speakers is a major challenge, we need to make it happen more often. 

Everyday I heard French speaker saying that they do not belong to the Wikimedia 
Community because it’s all in English/all for English, I do not pretend that 
improving the Translate extension will solve this issue, but it could be a 
little step forward.

thank for your attention


Charles


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[Wikimedia-l] Third Wikimedia CH Call for Projects

2014-07-05 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear all,

Last Tuesday Wikimedia CH launched its third annual call for project.

The goal of this annual call for projects is to base our annual plan for the 
year 2015 on community ideas and needs. Based on your inputs, we will prepare 
the next round of APG application (1), with as much as possible of community 
inputs all along the process. The APG (aka FDC)  is the process within the 
Wikimedia Movement to apply for annual plan funding. 

Wikimedia CH is a specific chapter, with its 4 languages, the chapter is 
naturally oriented to multilingual projects, in Switzerland, but not only, and 
that’s why we are seeking for the largest community consultation possible.

Wikimedia CH motto is Closer to the Wikimedians, closer to the Wikimedia 
Projects, and that means that half of our budget is aim to directly support 
the wikimedians in their day to day wkimedia life.

Therefore our financial needs are actually the reflection of the wikimedians 
needs. In order to define these needs efficiently, we want to reach out as much 
as possible to you Wikimedians. That's why we slightly adapted and improved our 
annual call for projects:

==Ideas==
First of all, we introduce the submit an idea concept. We learned that most 
of the Wikimedians are not looking for big projects, most of us only need small 
support in order to realize what they like to do in their favorite wikimedia 
project. By collecting these ideas, we want to evaluate what is needed for our 
Community Support program. When submitting an idea you will not engage yourself 
in anything, it will help us to know what you may need in 2015 and we will 
prepare our budget accordingly. 

During the summer, Wikimedians can test an idea and see if it can became a 
project. 

We do not want to reinvent the wheel, so for those who are comfortable in 
English, please visit the Idealab. Wikimedia CH community liaisons will 
actively follow those pages, and in coordination with the WMF staff, guide you 
to the creation of a project that can join the Wikimedia CH FDC proposal.

If you prefer to submit an idea or project in your own language, you can 
participate in the idea proposal process in your Wikimedia Project in your 
mother tongue (German, Italian, French, Rumantsch, Alemannisch, Arpitan, etc…)

Eventually Wikimedia CH will act, through its Community Support process, as a 
complement to the WMF grants programs, TPS, IEG and GAC (2)

==Projects==
For Wikimedians willing to set up bigger projects, we keep our traditional 
project submission process, but this year we will host it on our Members Wiki 
AND on Meta (3).

==Scope==

Wikimedia CH global strategy is aligned with the global WMF strategy, but we 
will adopt some focus point.  Wikimedia CH aims to support Wikimedians, being 
member of the chapter or not, being in Switzerland or not.

==Measuring Impact==

Like all activities funds with movements money, that’s why we care about 
measuring and evaluating the impact of our activities on the Wikimedia projects.

We actively work with the FDC staff and the Program Evaluation and Design team 
to set up good evaluation and reporting tools that make the life of Wikimedians 
easier.

This Call for Projects is ongoing in July  August. Do not hesitate to contact 
me for any questions.


Sincerely,
Charles

(1) 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round1/Wikimedia_CH
(2) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start
(3) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_CH/Call_for_projects_2015
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia CH is looking for a French Community Liaison

2014-06-30 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear all,

Wikimedia CH is looking for a French Community Liaison 

French-Community Liaison - 50%

Reporting directly to the Chief Science Officer (CSO), the FCL works actively 
with the Swiss French Wikimedia community in order to support it accomplishing 
projects and get in touch with Wikimedia entities and officials. It helps the 
community by gathering requests and ideas, communicating them to all relevant 
parties and translating information wherever needed. This includes support to 
bring formal requests and motions to WMCH by helping to prepare them, translate 
them and present them to the board.
In the same manner the FCL communicates activities of the Wikimedia entities to 
the community by writing reports, blog posts and mails, translating information 
from WMCH to the community's language.
It's her/his responsibility to make sure the community voices are heard inside 
the association and that activities and communications of Wikimedia movement 
entities are also replicated into the communities.
The FCL will also manage outreach project like editing or photo contest.
Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:
*Experience in a similar position for at least 1 year;
*Fluency (speaking and writing) in English and French;
*Good computer skills (office software suite, ticketing system), comfort and 
familiarity with technology systems
*Familiar with online media (mailing lists, Drupal, Twitter, Facebook);
*Excellent communication skills;
*Familiar with Wikipedia / Wikimedia French speaking community, if possible 
active in the French speaking wikis.
This position is mainly based in our office in Lausanne, but requires to be 
flexible in terms of
working hours.
This is a one year renewable contract.
Dead-Line: July 15th

Candidatures

Please apply in English at i...@wikimedia.ch or by postal mail: 

Ms Anh Chung – CAO 
Wikimedia CH 
Escaliers-du-Marché 2
1003 Lausanne

with a cover letter, a resume and other documents such as certificates, etc. A 
short summary on how you imagine the job will be appreciated. Please add 
English translations of your resume and short summary.

Sincerely


Hiring process:
The hiring comittee is made of :

*One board member
*One or two community member(s)
*The CAO and the CSO
*One community manager


The hiring committee will make a recommandation to the Wikimedia CH board who 
will utlimately take the decision. 


For the hiring committee,

Charles

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [WMFr] Feedback on the last 2 years

2014-04-15 Thread Charles Andrès
Thanks for that,

And because I’m one of those who ask repeatedly I thank you twice :-)

What I like in your feedback is that it echoes the « let’s do better mistake 
tomorrow » last saturday in Berlin. 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2014/Programme#21_Let.E2.80.99s_make_better_mistakes_tomorrow

I really think that sharing bad experience, is actually building the good 
experience of the movement.

We use to share our success because it’s never easy to share failure and 
because we naturally want to share positive experience that people can 
replicate, we always forget to share bad experience that people can avoid to 
replicate if they are aware. of

In 2013 in WMCH we learn a lot by trying to expose our challenges in the FDC 
quarterly report.  In wikimedia movement we are not good at reporting, we do 
not like to do report, I hate that. But honestly taking the time to understand 
why something goes wrong is always good, and lot of the time the initial 
failure was to have not really investigating why we wanted to do it in the 
first place :-D

Earlier this year I share this sentence on a social network: Ever tried. Ever 
failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. » Samuel Beckett

I would just add that in our movement we have the chance to benefit of the 
experience of a lot of people and that we may be able to remove the fail 
again and add a succeed at the end

my 2 useless cents, but it's late :-)


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Le 12 avr. 2014 à 15:40, Christophe Henner christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr a 
écrit :

 Hi everyone,
 
 For the past few weeks, many people approached me asking for feedback
 on what Wikimedia France went through in the past 18 to 24 months.
 
 We realize we poorly communicated on the topic, time to fix that.
 
 I'll try to be as exhaustive as I can be without writing too much
 (even though you already know this is going to be a long email).
 
 == Short WMFr history ==
 
 Before going into the heart of the situation, here are some
 informations about Wikimedia France. We were founded in 2004. At some
 point, in 2007 iirc, we went from 30K€ in our bank account to 200K€
 over night as, at the time, we were payment processing.
 
 In 2010, we hired a first employee as a project manager. A year later,
 he left the organization. If we look back at why, at the core, he did
 leave, one of the reason is that we weren't ready to have an employee.
 
 Though at the time we might have not realized that.
 
 Afterwards we hired three new employees, one head of programs, one
 project manager for education and research programs and one technical
 project manager.
 
 We weren't able to manage them correctly because we underestimated the
 amount of work it required, especially as back then we were still
 payment processing.
 
 So we decided to hire a new employee, an Executive Director, to manage
 our employees for us and to hire a fundraiser.
 
 It didn't work out, and the new ED left the organization after a few
 months. That is where the story starts.
 
 == Facing failures and making radical changes ==
 
 When the new ED left we took the time to try to understand why
 Wikimedia France had those issues.
 
 We could have hired a new ED straight ahead, but we believed that,
 even though it would have been a good thing on the short run we
 weren't sure we wouldn't repeat past mistakes.
 
 We then started to wonder if the organization of Wikimedia France was
 the right one, perhaps at the core we were doing things wrong. So we
 decided to get help to sort this out and hire a HR company to audit us
 and advise us on what to do.
 
 Mostly at the same time, something else happened: the FDC rejected our
 first proposal and gave us a gap funding just to get through until the
 next FDC round.
 
 At the same time we were auditing the organization we had to rethink
 everything we were doing and how we were working.
 
 We had no ED, so the board and staff had to pick up on the tasks the
 ED used to do. We first splitted the tasks amongst us and then asked
 an interim company to help us hire an administrative assistant to help
 us with day-to-day administrative burden.
 
 Before her arrival, we introduced processes used at companies we
 (board members) worked at (such as buying request that means that
 every spending of the association is matched with a sheet that
 summarize what the money was used for and that the use of the money
 has been checked by two differents people).
 
 Once she arrived we worked, as a board, to define our needs and our
 role. We identified that one of our mistake was that, even though we
 had employees, we failed to build up trust and confidence and that we
 were looking too hard on 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sponsorship/donations to other organizations

2014-04-15 Thread Charles Andrès
In a period where all the fund dissemination of the movement is driven by the 
question what's the impact on wikimedia project and a community-driven 
process, I would suggest that any redistribution of the funds done by the WMF 
would follow the same rules.


Charles



Le 15 avr. 2014 à 21:57, Michael Peel em...@mikepeel.net a écrit :

 Hi Erik,
 
 I'd say 'maybe'. I think this sort of work is worth supporting in general, 
 but the question should be whether providing the support would improve the 
 content and/or provision of the Wikimedia projects. I'd like to see a good 
 community-driven process that would determine whether such sponsorship would 
 be helpful or whether it would be a waste of money.
 
 Thanks,
 Mike
 
 On 15 Apr 2014, at 20:50, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 
 Hi folks,
 
 I'd be interested in hearing broader community opinions about the
 extent to which WMF should sponsor non-profits purely to support work
 that Wikimedia benefits from, even if it's not directed towards a
 specific goal established in a grant agreement.
 
 This comes up from time to time. One of the few historic precedents
 I'm aware of is the $5,000 donation that WMF made to FreeNode in 2006
 [1]. But there are of course many other organizations/communities that
 the Wikimedia movement is indebted to.
 
 On the software side, we have Ubuntu Linux (itself highly indebted to
 Debian) / Apache / MariaDB / PHP / Varnish / ElasticSearch / memcached
 / Puppet / OpenStack / various libraries and many other dependencies [2],
 infrastructure tools like ganglia, observium, icinga, etc. Some of
 these projects have nonprofits that accept and seek sponsorship and
 support, some don't.
 
 One could easily expand well beyond the software we depend on
 server-side to client-side open source applications used by our
 community to create content: stuff like Inkscape, GIMP and LibreOffice
 (used for diagrams). And there are other communities we depend on,
 like OpenStreetMap.
 
 So, should we steer clear of this type of sponsorship altogether
 because it's a slippery slope, or should we try to come up with
 evaluation criteria to consider it on a case-by-case basis (e.g. is
 there a trustworthy non-profit that has a track record of
 accomplishment and is in actual need of financial support)?
 
 I could imagine a process with a fixed giving back annual budget
 and a community nominations/review workflow. It'd be work to create
 and I don't want to commit to that yet, but I would be interested to
 hear opinions.
 
 MariaDB specifically invited WMF to become a sponsor, and we're
 clearly highly dependent on them. But I don't think it makes sense for
 us to just write checks if there's someone who asks for support and
 there's a justifiable need. However, if there's broad agreement that
 this is something Wikimedia should do more of, then I think it's worth
 developing more consistent sponsorship criteria.
 
 Thanks,
 Erik
 
 
 [1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Freenode_Donation
 [2] Cf. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Upstream_projects
 -- 
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 VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Goodbye as the German president of the Dutch chapter

2014-03-30 Thread Charles Andrès
Despite all the arguments we had, I always respect the wikimedian you are, and 
with hindsight... even more 


Hope to see you soon!


Charles



Le 30 mars 2014 à 19:59, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl a écrit :

 Dear colleagues, collaborators and friends of free knowledge,
 
 After three eventful years I left the board of Wikimedia Nederland;
 yesterday was the General Assembly in Utrecht. This means a 'goodbye'.
 
 In this time, I had the privilege and pleasure to work with many great
 people in many different organisations. We saw a lot of small steps
 and some bigger ones directed to our common goal, the support of free
 knowledge. Certainly, not everything we as a movement or parts of the
 movement was achieved, though.
 
 Between many WMNL members and me, there were two grades of separation:
 coming from the humanities, my geekiness differs a little from the
 average Wikipedianess; having the German Wikipedia as my home wiki, I
 was never a very active or 'true' part of the Dutch editing community.
 And when I quoted in my speeches from medieval quests or Prussian
 literary realism, I received therefore some strange looks from some
 members.
 
 But I remain firmly convinced that good governance and respect have no
 nationality. Indeed, stroopwafels do have, and so I adopted the Dutch
 custom to bring them with me to Wikimedian meetings abroad.
 
 Wikimedia Nederland has experienced and overcome a difficult period of
 transition. Office space and employees, more members including more
 members without Wikipedia background, more activities, more money,
 more responsibility; more need for an association to mature and focus
 on what is necessary (and not always easy, cool or fun). We achieved
 that as a collective, slower than previously expected, but with the
 appropriate pride and good feelings about the future.
 
 Goodbye - and Hello: I am looking forward to see many of you again at
 whatever wiki, chat or real life meeting.
 
 Kind regards
 Ziko
 
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Nederland
 
 
 Dr. Ziko van Dijk
 
 Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland
 Postbus 167
 3500 AD Utrecht
 http://wikimedia.nl
 
 
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[Wikimedia-l] WMCH's General Assembly and new Board

2014-03-30 Thread Charles Andrès
FYI

 Dear fellow Wikimedians,
  
 On 23 March, 36 Wikimedia CH members met for the 8th General Assembly at the 
 Youth Hostel in Zurich, the same location where the next Wikimedia Hackathon 
 is going to be held in May. The total membership has increased by 66% to 387 
 members at the end of 2013.
  
 The annual activity report presented the major achievements of the year under 
 the slogan „Closer to the Wikimedians, closer to the Wikimedia Projects“, 
 emphasizing that community support has become the main priority for the Swiss 
 chapter. It has seen an increase in staff from one to four employees plus a 
 part-time IT contractor. This additional manpower has been helpful to carry 
 on various successful projects in the GLAM and education areas, and to 
 promote Wikipedia offline (for example Kiwix in jail). The Wiki Loves 
 Monuments photo contest was another success story, with the unexpected first 
 place of a Swiss railway picture in the international selection.
  
 Several of the bylaws modifications proposed by the Board have been accepted, 
 while others have been rejected by the members present. 
 
 There were 8 candidates for 6 open seats on the Board. The future composition 
 of the Board after the election:
 Patrick Kenel, President (reelected)
 Frédéric Schütz, Vice President (reelected)
 Bagawathram Maheswaran, Treasurer (reelected)
  Gabriel Thullen (reelected)
  Mauro Cassina (reelected)
 Stéphane Coillet-Matillon (new)
  
 Matina Hämmerli, who has been elected as a new member one year ago, was not 
 reelected. We thank her for the time she spent to work with us on the Board. 
 In accordance with the bylaws, the new Board will take over its one-year term 
 60 days after the GA.
 
 Patrick Kenel
 
 Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
 www.wikimedia.ch 
 
  
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[Wikimedia-l] More new editors?

2014-03-07 Thread Charles Andrès
TLDR:transform the thank you campaign after the fundraising  in a Thank you 
campaign: became an editor


Following a really nice discussion of the swiss mailing list, I had a look in 
the statistics here: http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesWikipediansEditsGt5.htm

First, as unfortunately expected I notice the decrease between january 2013 and 
2014, but in the second time I've been surprised by the increase in january 
2014 comparing to december 2013.

I first thought the large press coverage of the decline of Wikipedia  had an 
effect to motivate new editors, but when looking to these charts 
http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/new_editors

I notice that every winter we have these increase of editors , most probably 
due to the fundraising campaign.

But unfortunately, like for Wiki Loves Monuments effect, this increase of new 
editors during a month is not enough to invert the tendency 
http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/graphs/active_editors

It has been discussed several time in the past, but I guess we should do it 
again, how can we turned the fundraising campaign in a massive outreach 
campaign?

I have two leads, the easy one and the complex one :-)


The easy one would be to add to the thank you message an invitation to 
join/meet/take information about users-group, thematic organisation or 
chapters. This move may help to improve the retention by a face to face 
approach.

The complex one would be to develop a system to invite people to contribute in 
specific article.

The main point would be to transform the thank you campaign in a Thank you 
campaign: became an editor
The idea is to display a banner inviting the reader to edit wikipedia. the 
concept is the following:
identify the categories of the page currently displayed
select three articles in these categories with a template “expand” or similar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Empty_section
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Expand_section
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod%C3%A8le:Section_vide_ou_incompl%C3%A8te
displayed a message like:
You can also help Wikipedia by expanding an article, here are three articles 
that need your help, if you want to know how you can help, click on the topic 
you like :
article from category one
article from category two
article from category three (or random category)
after the reader click on the article, send him to the section to expand:
in edit mode, with a banner explaining the basics of editing or
with visual editor displaying a banner explaining this mode
after publication of the article, a thank you banner, explaining how to 
register, with a link to the create an account page


I start a page on meta to see if this idea can be 
discuss/expand/improved/deployed 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_CH/outreach_fundraising_campaign


Thanks for your comment or your help, you can also took my idea , change it 
totally and turn it in something doable! :-D


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] More new editors?

2014-03-07 Thread Charles Andrès
Yes, 

it's what I mean by I notice that every winter we have these increase of 
editors , most probably due to the fundraising campaign.

charles


Le 7 mars 2014 à 11:00, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com a écrit :

 Charles Andrès, 07/03/2014 09:35:
 I've been surprised by the increase in january 2014 comparing to december 
 2013.
 
 You really shouldn't. It happens each January, check better. :)
 Jan 2014  +8%
   76273
 Jan 2013  +7%
   78717
 Jan 2012  +6%
   79000
 
 etc.
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia CH is looking for a Projectleader in the National Library

2013-10-18 Thread Charles Andrès
We have great News to announce today: The Swiss National Library and Wikimedia 
CH are looking for a germanspeaking (mother tongue not mandatory) Project 
Leader to establish a strong and sustainable relationship between the Wikipedia 
Community and the National Library.

To get more information, please se the Job-Advertisement on our WMCH website or 
on the Website of the Swiss Confederation.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us on i...@wikimedia.ch


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to force to enable Visual Editor

2013-10-16 Thread Charles Andrès
Hello James,

The lesson was on the french wikipedia. I was thinking that it was account 
specific because the first time half of the new accounts had no VE, it looks 
like a random issue, but yesterday it was only one for 9 account created.

Actually I haven't check the browser used, as they all use the same type of 
computer, I've done the assumption that it wasn't hardware or software 
dependent. Bbut now that you mention that, I remember that the students were 
using chrome, firefox and explorer, next tuesday I will take care that they all 
use chrome or firefox.

Thanks


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Le 15 oct. 2013 à 20:32, James Forrester jforres...@wikimedia.org a écrit :

 On 15 October 2013 00:58, Charles Andres charles.andres.w...@gmail.comwrote:
 
 Dear all,
 
 In our new education program with youngs in scholar difficulties, we have
 the problem that only half of the new accounts have the visual editor
 activated, it's quite annoying to have two teach two way of editing.
 
 
 ​Charles,
 
 ​Is this because of the browser they are using, the wiki they are trying to
 edit on, or specific to their account? Which wiki are you talking about
 this happening on?
 
 There was a configuration that we used in June for just over a week to A/B
 test VisualEditor, but that code is no longer around, so this should not be
 happening.
 
 However, users of Internet Explorer and some marginal or old browsers
 cannot use VisualEditor yet as we have not been able to get it to work
 there, which may explain the issue?
 
 Yours,
 -- 
 James D. Forrester
 Product Manager, VisualEditor
 Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Education] How to force to enable Visual Editor

2013-10-15 Thread Charles Andrès
Thanks, but in FR.Wikipedia.org you only have the opt-out option (disable 
visual editor) :-(

Charles


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Le 15 oct. 2013 à 10:10, Enock Seth Nyamador kwadzo...@gmail.com a écrit :

 Hello Charles,
 
 I don't think there is a way to for this in the registration process.
 
 To enable or disable Visual Editor. Login
  
 1. Go to --- Preferences -- Click Editing tab. 
 2. At the bottom of Editing page, Check or uncheck the box beside Enable 
 VisualEditor (only in the main and user namespaces)
 
 
 OR 
 
 Follow this link 
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing
 Then repeat step 2 above.
 
 Hope it helps.
 
 Thanks.
 
 Regards,
 Enock S. Nyamador.
 
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 C: +233 (0)27 565 7589
 
 
 On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 7:58 AM, Charles Andres 
 charles.andres.w...@gmail.com wrote:
 Dear all,
 
 In our new education program with youngs in scholar difficulties, we have the 
 problem that only half of the new accounts have the visual editor activated, 
 it's quite annoying to have two teach two way of editing.
 
 Is there a trick to force the activation of Visual Editor for a specific user?
 
 Thanks
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The next Wikimedia Conference (AKA Chapters' Meeting)

2013-08-30 Thread Charles Andrès
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Events/upcoming


done

Wikimedia CH step in for the Hackathon in 2014 and for the Wikimedia Conference 
2015


sincerely

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Le 30 août 2013 à 18:39, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl a écrit :

 Hello,
 Another coincidence: WMNL is very much interested in hosting a big
 international GLAM event in 2015. How about if there is a page on Meta
 where we collect the intentions and plans for the following years, with
 regard to the major conventions:
 * Wikimania
 * WM Conference, the former chapters meeting
 * GLAM event
 * Hackathon
 * Education event?
 Kind regards
 Ziko
 
 
 
 Am Freitag, 30. August 2013 schrieb Nicole Ebber :
 
 Hey, what a coincidence. Minutes ago I posted a suggestion to
 chapters-l and copied it to the talk page of the Future of the
 Wikimedia Conference page. Glad the we bring the discussion to the
 next level now. Thanks, Asaf! :)
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Future_of_the_Wikimedia_Conference#Coming_up_with_a_location_first
 
 Cheers,
 Nicole
 
 On 30 August 2013 16:45, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hello All:
 
 Following our most recent, successful, community gathering in Hong Kong
 - A
 BIG thank you, again, to everyone who made it such an event to remember -
 we are looking ahead to the annual Wikimedia Conference (AKA Chapters'
 Meeting.)
 
 As many of you know, we typically await the offer of a specific group to
 host the event each year.  While this process has more or less worked in
 the past, we are increasingly aware that waiting until close to the
 gathering to decide on the date and the location creates an unnecessary
 inconvenience to those planning to attend and results in higher fees for
 travel and lodging that could be avoided if we worked together to plan
 further ahead.
 
 Wikimedia Deutschland had helpfully started a conversation about the
 future
 of the Wikimedia Conference, on Meta[1], including the question of
 settling
 the host group.  Regrettably, there has been practically no engagement
 with
 that page so far.  (For my part, I have deliberately been waiting for a
 few
 movement groups to speak first, as I wanted to avoid priming the
 conversation with the (perceived) weight of WMF's voice.)
 
 It has occurred to us that two of the reasons that we are not able to
 plan
 further ahead may be 1. the somewhat vague nature of the planning process
 and 2. that groups who may want to host hesitate because of an
 uncertainty
 regarding the costs involved in hosting such a large event.
 
 Therefore, we would like to provide some basic information about the
 Wikimedia Conference and begin a community conversation regarding how me
 might work together to set the date and location by, say, November of the
 year preceding the event; thus giving those who want to attend plenty of
 time to plan and saving the movement and each of the groups the higher
 cost
 of last minute lodging arrangements and airline ticket purchases.
 
 Additionally, planning ahead will allow all of the chapters who wish to
 send participants to contribute to the agenda for the gathering; thus
 making sure that all of the issues that the participants would like to
 discuss are addressed at this annual conference.
 
 *==First a bit about the purpose of the Wikimedia Conference==*
 *An opportunity for Wikimedia movement organizations to meet face-to-face
 and share ideas about projects and practices and to discuss any
 unresolved
 issues that may have come up during the past year.
 *A venue for one of the quarterly Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
 meetings and an opportunity for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
 Trustees
 and Wikimedia movement organizations to meet and talk.
 *A venue for the Funds Dissemination Committee to meet to assess the
 funding proposals for Round 2 of the current year and provide
 recommendations on those proposals to the WMF Board.
 
 We thought that beginning a discussion regarding hosting requirements
 i.e. venue size, accessibility of lodging near the venue, handicapped
 accessibility, ease of air and ground transit in and out of the venue
 location, visa application process, Internet access, catering
 capabilities,
 and chapter and volunteer support available to organize the conference
 and
 to provide support during the conference itself, would be helpful.
 
 To help facilitate the discussion, we have provided some information
 regarding past chapter meetings that may be useful for chapters
 considering
 the possibility of hosting for 2014 and beyond.  For those who have
 hosted
 in the past, some of this will be repetitive (and you may have input to
 add) 

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia CH is looking for a temporary project manager for Wiki Loves Monuments 2013

2013-06-26 Thread Charles Andrès
Project manager for Wiki Loves Monuments 2013
Contractor for a temporary position 50 %


Reporting directly to the board and working in close collaboration with the 
Community managers and Wiki Loves Monuments working group, the project manager 
will be responsible for the implementation of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 in 
Switzerland. He/she will manage the Wiki Loves Monuments and its budget, 
coordinate the volunteers, organize and support the jury, organize the final 
ceremony and check the advancement of the organization, and deliver internal 
and external reports. We offer a position in a typical not-for-profit setting, 
inside a high-profile association with interesting and varied tasks. The 
contractor agrees to provide Wikimedia CH with full non exclusive copyright of 
the content he/she will produce; the contractor and Wikimedia CH will be 
authorized to sub-license his/her work.
QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have:
Commitment to, and understanding of, free knowledge issues
Knowledge of the Wikimedia movement and of the Wiki Loves Monuments contest
Experience in the management and communication of Wikimedia projects
Experience in the management and communication of events/contests
Excellent computer skills and specific knowledge of uploading content and 
editing Wikis and the Wikimedia projects
Strong familiarity with social networks (OTRS an asset)
Fluent (orally and in writing) in English (German, French and Italian an asset)
Sense of humor an asset.
Start date: 1st July 2013 (or to be discussed) - End date: 31st October 2013.
APPLICATIONS
Close on 30 June 2013 and should be addressed with your resume, a cover letter 
and the names and contact details of referees to Chantal Ebongue, CAO, 
Wikimedia CH Escaliers-du-Marché 2, 1003 Lausanne, 021 340 66 20, 
recruitm...@wikimedia.ch


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in jail!

2013-06-19 Thread Charles Andrès
Hello and thanks Bishaka,

We planned two type of post about this story, today or tomorrow we should 
publish a short one about the genesis of the project and the relation 
volunteer/staff.

As president of Wikimedia CH I'm very proud of the work accomplish by Emmanuel 
and Chantal, and we would like to share more about this aspect of the project.

The second post will arrive later this year with more information about the 
project itself and its usage.


Thanks too, SJ,

unexpected refers more to there eager of the newspaper.

It's really rare, if not totally absent, to read positive things about prisons. 
In this way, the public expect bad news when talking about prison, and when a 
nice story about prison arise, it's unexpected. :-)

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Le 18 juin 2013 à 10:52, Bishakha Datta bishakhada...@gmail.com a écrit :

 Fantastic - and fascinating.
 
 Would love to see a blog post by someone from the chapter or by one of
 them.
 
 Bravo for reaching out to forgotten people.
 
 Bishakha
 
 
 On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM, Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Charles - How beautiful.   Thank you for doing and sharing this.
 In what way was the partnership unexpected?  Did the Bellevue prison
 approach Wikipedians?
 
 Here is the announcement page w/PDF from the WM-CH site:
 https://www.wikimedia.ch/%5Bi18n-termpath-raw%5D/wikipedia-jail
 
 SJ
 
 SJ
 
 
 On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM, Liam Wyatt liamwy...@gmail.com wrote:
 Now THIS is seriously clever!
 Well done WMCH - that is a truly innovative way to provide access to
 knowledge to a community who is often forgotten.
 Can you link to the press release here, please?
 
 -Liam / Wittylama
 
 wittylama.com
 Peace, love  metadata
 
 
 On 17 June 2013 14:15, Charles Andrès charles.andres.w...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
 Wikipedia for prisoners – an unexpected partnership between a swiss
 prison
 and Wikimedia CH
 
 Following an initiative from Emmanuel Engelhart, with the support of
 Wikimedia CH CAO, Chantal Ebongué, since March 2013, prisoners who
 request
 can have an access to Wikipedia offline (Kiwix project). The idea is to
 stimulate or to support the interest for education of prisoners who
 were,
 for a large majority, condemned to long-time sentences.
 
 After three months of pilot phasis, the project is successful : Among
 the
 36 prisoners of the Bellevue’s prison in Gorgier, 18 possess or rent a
 computer. All of them requested the upload of Wikipedia offline on their
 PC. For security reasons, swiss prisoners have a very restricted access
 to
 internet.
 
 More informations in the press releases (ENG, DE, FR, IT) that was sent
 today to the swiss media
 
 Regards,
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in jail!

2013-06-17 Thread Charles Andrès
Wikipedia for prisoners – an unexpected partnership between a swiss prison and 
Wikimedia CH

Following an initiative from Emmanuel Engelhart, with the support of Wikimedia 
CH CAO, Chantal Ebongué, since March 2013, prisoners who request can have an 
access to Wikipedia offline (Kiwix project). The idea is to stimulate or to 
support the interest for education of prisoners who were, for a large majority, 
condemned to long-time sentences.
 
After three months of pilot phasis, the project is successful : Among the 36 
prisoners of the Bellevue’s prison in Gorgier, 18 possess or rent a computer. 
All of them requested the upload of Wikipedia offline on their PC. For security 
reasons, swiss prisoners have a very restricted access to internet.
 
More informations in the press releases (ENG, DE, FR, IT) that was sent today 
to the swiss media
 
Regards,
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia CH General Assembly and 2014 Call for project

2013-06-10 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear all,

==AGM==

Wikimedia CH had its Annual General Meeting, April the 27 this year.


A new board has been elected, and will officially start its mandate June 27:

President: Charles Andrès (reelected)
Secretary: Frédéric Schutz (reelected nut new secretary, FR press contact)
Treasurer: Bagawathram Maheswaran (reelected)
Patrick Kenel (reelected, DE press contact)
Gabriel Thullen (reelected)
Matina Hämmerli (newly elected)
Mauro Cassina (newly elected)


Matina originally studied theology, became an enterpreneur (software company) 
and founder of care projects in India. Observed the miraculous and prospective 
development of community technology and culture, the internet, from the early 
90's. Recognized Wikipedia as a milestone because it proofed and made visible 
to everybody: community and technology matches. She joined the board with the 
to support the organization with strong and efficient structures.

Mauro, born in the 1954 in Lugano, is active in Wikimedia communities since 
2005 and active mainly in Commons as he is photographer like hobby.
In the real life he is the account manager for the provider of the energy and 
water of the town of Lugano.
For his job he is also an organizer of events and he has been one of the main 
organizer of the Wikipedia Day in Lugano.

Documents available:
2012 Annual report
2012 Financial report
2012 Auditors report DE EN

==Call for Project==

Wikimedia CH launched its second cal for project last June 1st.

The CfP is intend Into prepare the 2014 Wikimedia CH budget and the associated 
annual plan. Please note that this program plan may not be the definitive 
Wikimedia CH 2014 program plan, but the one included in the next FDC proposal.
This year we introduce two definitions for the projects:
• Volunteer driven
• Staff driven
The Volunteer driven projects are projects proposed by one, or a group of WMCH 
members, that require only financial support and basic staff support (standard 
Community manager support). The Volunteer driven projects should be recognized 
as useful for the association or the Wikimedia movement, and so it should be a 
community decision to decide whether or not they should be supported.

The Staff driven projects are projects proposed by volunteers that require 
essentially staff work, or proposed by staff themselves. These projects should 
also be recognized as useful for the association or the Wikimedia movement, and 
so the community opinion is needed to decide whether or not they should be 
support. Eventually, the staff driven projects need to be chosen by the Board 
among the projects supported by the members in order to assure a good 
distribution of the workload between the staff.

Wikimedia CH adopt the following guidelines to rules our projects: 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_CH/Project_Guidelines

The call for project will follow a 4 month process:
June 1st, launch of the call
July 1st, start of the community comment period
July 31th, end of application
August 31th, publication by the board of the 2014 annual plan on Meta
September, Whole movement comments period on meta
October 1st, Application to the FDC

The first phase of the CfP will happen on wikimedia CH members wiki (restricted 
access), followed by a public comment period on META.



sincerely

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [okfn-discuss] OKCon 2013 Call for Proposals – out now!

2013-05-10 Thread Charles Andrès
wikimedia CH is considering to propose abstract.

independently we will be more than happy to help any wikimedians willing to 
come in Geneva if needed.

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Le 10 mai 2013 à 04:58, Everton Zanella Alvarenga everton.alvare...@okfn.org 
a écrit :

 2013/5/9 Quim Gil q...@wikimedia.org:
 
 I agree! If there is more people interested it would be good to have a
 point of coordination e.g. in Meta.
 
 http://okcon.org/call-for-proposals/
 
 It'd be great to organize a page on meta for that. Good idea, Quim. I
 don't have time to lead this, but if some one do it, I can give some
 help.
 
 Wikidata, MediaWiki and your data
 
 [glup]
 
 We are not there, but we are heading to that direction. Do the open
 data community know? They should! Do they even know what MediaWiki
 (including the Semantic extension) and Wikidata has to offer today?
 They should!
 
 I said the same somewhere. I second that. At least here in Brazil,
 open data folks are hearing with attention about Wikidata.
 
 It would be great to know the opinion of the Wikidata team and the
 European chapters. Needless to say, there would be also people at the
 Wikimedia Foundation interested in this event.
 
 Sarah invited WMF to the event and I emphasized its importance. Lots
 and lots to collaborate, I think.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia CH staff changes in 2013

2013-04-10 Thread Charles Andrès
Hello Thomas,
 
Thanks for asking!

In fact, it was as easy as said :-)  Ilario has just never been involved in the 
recruitment process. In WMCH we believe that the conflict of interest is not 
solved with the resignation, but giving the whole process in the hands of a 
committee.

The use of the committees are usual in Wikimedia (i.e the FDC) exactly to avoid 
this kind of problems.

To make a long story short, the recruitment process was not a Board process. 
Chantal was involved from the start, the job descriptions have been realized by 
French-speakers  (Chantal , me and Yann, a professional community manager). The 
interviews have been conducted by a committee of four people: Chantal, Yann, 
Patrick (Board member and active in both languages) and Manuel (our CIO).

The board continued to work normally side by side with the selection committee 
without any interference or pressure. The same communication was split in 
different channels.

The selection committee provided a report to the Board (less Ilario) and we 
just validated their conclusions.

Please have in mind that the meaning of Board member is not the same in all 
countries. In Switzerland all Board members are elected for one year only, with 
no appointed member, and we try to split as much as possible executive duties 
and board duties. For some countries it can seem hard to avoid a COI, for 
others its easier.

Cheers

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Le 9 avr. 2013 à 20:55, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com a écrit :

 Charles,
 
 Thank you for sharing this information. Can you elaborate on how the
 conflict of interest of hiring a current board member was managed?
 
 You say Ilario wasn't involved in the hiring process, but appropriately
 managing such a conflict is more difficult than that. Did Ilario recuse
 from all discussions and decisions about the job from the early planning
 stages (ie. well before the job was advertised)? Did you seek professional
 advise on how to manage the conflict?
 
 In the UK, I think it is normal for a trustee to resign at least before
 they apply for the job, ideally sooner.
 On 9 Apr 2013 18:08, Charles Andrès charles.andres.w...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Dear all,
 We have the pleasure to announce the hiring of 2 new employees and one
 long-term contractor in 2013. On the other hand, Chantal Ebongué, our Chief
 Administrative Officer, will leave her job at the end of July.
 The three hiring are:
 - Manuel Schneider, as Chief Information Officer and Event Manager, who
 has started on 1st January 2013 (so this announcement is long overdue !)
 - Muriel Staub, as German-speaking Community manager, who will start on
 1st May 2013
 - Ilario Valdelli, Italian-speaking Community and GLAM manager, who will
 start on 1st may 2013.
 Muriel Staub will be our new German-speaking Community manager a 50%
 position. Muriel is preparing a Master in Management, Organization Studies
 and Cultural Theory at the University of Sankt Gallen. The subject of her
 Master Thesis is How does the use of Wikipedia affect the production and
 sourcing of knowledge at Swiss Universities. She has a strong experience
 as community manager for Apple, as well as having managed academic events
 as a personal assistant of the Chancellor and Vice President of the
 Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.
 Ilario Valdelli is hired as our Italian-speaking Community and GLAM
 manager, also a 50% position. Ilario has a Master in Arts and worked for
 many years in the IT field. He is a well-known member of the Wikimedia
 community; he is founding member of Wikimedia CH as well as a current Board
 member (he was of course not involved in the hiring process, and will not
 remain on the board when his new job starts). He knows very well the
 Ticinese community and has already developed strong partnerships with GLAMs
 in this area.
 The Community managers will work actively with the German or
 Italian-speaking community to support them in accomplishing projects and
 get in touch with Wikimedia entities and officials. They help the community
 by gathering requests and ideas, communicating them to all relevant parties
 and translating information wherever needed. This includes support to bring
 formal requests and motions to WMCH by helping to prepare them, translate
 them and present them to the Board. It's their responsibility to make sure
 the community voices are heard inside the association and that activities
 and communications of Wikimedia movement entities are also replicated into
 the communities. As a GLAM Manager, Ilario will continue to contact GLAMs
 in Ticino and create various partnerships aiming to develop GLAM
 collaborations in Switzerland.
 Manuel Schneider, another well-known member

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMIL new Executive Director

2013-04-10 Thread Charles Andrès
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Le 9 avr. 2013 à 21:58, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il a écrit :

 Hi,
 
 After four months
 
 After 6 years without employees, and 4 months of the recruitment process
 (collecting resumes and interviews)  I happy to announce that last month
 WMIL hired Executive Director to support the increase in WMIL's activities,
 projects, volunteers and professionalization..
 
 Meet Dorit Shafir Dyamant:
 
 Over the last decade she mainly worked at NGO's in a variety of roles: from
 marketing  through projects management and producing conferences. She have
 MA degree in nonprofit management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
 and B.A in literature and comparative philosophy from University of Haifa.
 
 As a student at the Hebrew University, she founded and produced for 6 years
 the project Words and poets' - an open evenings meetings for young poets.
 
 She married to Itay, and mother to Marom and Shalev. And I quote her, I
 love to read three books at the same time, I write primarily for myself all
 my life, and I fervently supports positive thinking and action based
 sharing and cross-fertilization.
 
 She will attend the ChapConf in Milan next week and I encourage her
 colleagues (CEO/ED and any chapters representatives or WMF's staff) to meet
 her, share tips and welcome her to our Wikimedia family!
 
 Dorit email is do...@wikimedia.org.il and she already been subscribed to
 all the relevant mailing lists.
 
 I will use this opportunity also to share our new website (we just launched
 it today) - we still have lot of bugs to fix and text improvement, but as
 most of you can't understand Hebrew, it will not really change a lot for
 you :) (We will launch the English version in the next few weeks):
 http://www.wikimedia.org.il
 
 
 Regards,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia CH staff changes in 2013

2013-04-10 Thread Charles Andrès
The need for community/project managers was identified by Chantal, our 
director, who prepared the proposal herself (in collaboration with me)

Then there was a time when anyone could propose projects for 2013 and/or 
comment on the proposed projects; at this point, it would make no difference if 
someone making a comment was a board member or an outsider. In any case, Ilario 
did not participate in any discussion about the new positions -- neither 
pushing for or against them. The board later approved the final budget proposal 
without any objection (and without discussing any particular detail about these 
position), so that Ilario could not have influenced the positions at this step 
either.

When the job description prepared by Chantal, Yann and Myself was ready to be 
published, Ilario told us that he may be interested in applying for the italian 
position. This allowed us to build the recruitment committee without including 
Ilario (as the main Italian-speaking member of the board, he would indeed have 
been part of this committee otherwise).

As mentioned before, Ilario was not involved at all with the hiring process. 
The board (minus Ilario) held a phone meeting in order to discuss the 
recommandations of the hiring committee, which it approved. In order to 
formally register the decision and Ilario's absention, a voting page was open 
on our board wiki, which saw an approval by 5 board members and one abstention 
because of a conflict of interest.

We haven't use donors money to have professional advice from either a charity 
lawyer or a charity governance expert, because it wasn't necessary.

All in all, the only influence that Ilario had in the process was when he 
submitted his application.

According to the UK Charity Commission we are in the case where Ilario  has 
had no significant involvement with the trustees’ decision to create or retain 
the post, or with any material aspect of the recruitment process

Charles

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Le 10 avr. 2013 à 13:13, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com a écrit :

 On 10 April 2013 08:10, Charles Andrès charles.andres.w...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hello Thomas,
 
 Thanks for asking!
 
 In fact, it was as easy as said :-)  Ilario has just never been involved in 
 the recruitment process. In WMCH we believe that the conflict of interest is 
 not solved with the resignation, but giving the whole process in the hands 
 of a committee.
 
 Thank you for clarifying, but it really isn't that easy... Did you
 seek professional advice from either a charity lawyer or a charity
 governance expert?
 
 I don't know how these things work in Switzerland, but the relevant
 guidance from the UK Charity Commission can be found here:
 
 http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Charity_requirements_guidance/Charity_governance/Good_governance/conflicts.aspx#8a
 
 In the case of a trustee also being employed in a separate post
 within the charity, or a trustee being paid for a service provided to
 the charity, the conflict of interest may result in a liability to
 repay salary or other related benefits. It should not be assumed that
 such conflict can be overcome merely by the person concerned resigning
 as a trustee, either before or after taking up the post. The only
 instance where authority may not be needed is where, practically, the
 trustees can show that there is no conflict of interest. In our view,
 this is confined to the fairly narrow circumstance where the trustee
 concerned:
 
 * has had no significant involvement with the trustees’ decision to
 create or retain the post, or with any material aspect of the
 recruitment process
 * where that person resigns as a trustee in order to apply for the
 employed post in advance of a fair and open competition for it
 
 All other circumstances require an express authority. 
 
 Authority in this context means either an express authority in the
 governing documents of the charity, a court order or permission from
 the Charity Commission.
 
 Under UK guidance, the approach you took would not be at all acceptable.
 
 This is a very serious matter. A charity paying a trustee (other than
 to reimburse actual expenses incurred) is probably the biggest
 conflict of interest you can get. It needs to be handled extremely
 carefully.
 
 Can you elaborate on how the decision to create the post was carried
 out (presumably it was part of your annual planning process)? Was
 Ilario involved in that?
 
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2013-04-09 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear all,
We have the pleasure to announce the hiring of 2 new employees and one 
long-term contractor in 2013. On the other hand, Chantal Ebongué, our Chief 
Administrative Officer, will leave her job at the end of July. 
The three hiring are:
 - Manuel Schneider, as Chief Information Officer and Event Manager, who has 
started on 1st January 2013 (so this announcement is long overdue !)
 - Muriel Staub, as German-speaking Community manager, who will start on 1st 
May 2013
 - Ilario Valdelli, Italian-speaking Community and GLAM manager, who will start 
on 1st may 2013.
Muriel Staub will be our new German-speaking Community manager a 50% position. 
Muriel is preparing a Master in Management, Organization Studies and Cultural 
Theory at the University of Sankt Gallen. The subject of her Master Thesis is 
How does the use of Wikipedia affect the production and sourcing of knowledge 
at Swiss Universities. She has a strong experience as community manager for 
Apple, as well as having managed academic events as a personal assistant of the 
Chancellor and Vice President of the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.
Ilario Valdelli is hired as our Italian-speaking Community and GLAM manager, 
also a 50% position. Ilario has a Master in Arts and worked for many years in 
the IT field. He is a well-known member of the Wikimedia community; he is 
founding member of Wikimedia CH as well as a current Board member (he was of 
course not involved in the hiring process, and will not remain on the board 
when his new job starts). He knows very well the Ticinese community and has 
already developed strong partnerships with GLAMs in this area.
The Community managers will work actively with the German or Italian-speaking 
community to support them in accomplishing projects and get in touch with 
Wikimedia entities and officials. They help the community by gathering requests 
and ideas, communicating them to all relevant parties and translating 
information wherever needed. This includes support to bring formal requests and 
motions to WMCH by helping to prepare them, translate them and present them to 
the Board. It's their responsibility to make sure the community voices are 
heard inside the association and that activities and communications of 
Wikimedia movement entities are also replicated into the communities. As a GLAM 
Manager, Ilario will continue to contact GLAMs in Ticino and create various 
partnerships aiming to develop GLAM collaborations in Switzerland.
Manuel Schneider, another well-known member of the community, has been hired in 
January 2013 as a long-term part-time contractor to support Wikimedia CH with 
its technical infrastructure, help with technical questions in our projects and 
manage events. Manuel has been a Wikipedian since 2004. A co-founder of 
Wikimedia CH, he has technically supported both our chapter and the wider 
community for many years, helping in particular to organize several Wikimanias. 
Currently, Manuel has a lot to do working on our internal infrastructure 
(servers, backups, donation process, etc), but he should soon be able to spend 
more time supporting our actual projects, something that will benefit the wider 
community. 
Chantal Ebongué is WMCH’s CAO since July 2012. She was hired as our first 
employee to make the step for professionalization and gave a more solid 
administrative basis to our association. Thanks to her, after almost one year, 
the results are positive : WMCH has 4 staff members, an office in Lausanne, the 
2012-2013 fundraiser was a success, new projects have started or are in the, 
and reporting and communication have been improved even if it’s not perfect 
yet. 
Chantal decided to resign from her position on July 31 2013, after having 
completed the transition phase. The success of Chantal's work can be seen by 
the increasing number of appeals we receive from cultural or education 
institution; the dark side of the success is that she has no time left for her 
for doing actual work on cultural or educational content, which was her initial 
motivation when joining WM CH. She will move to a new job where she will be 
able to create original work.
Chantal will support us in the hiring strategy for the next step and we wish 
her the best for the future.
As an important lesson, we are more than ever convinced that the 
professionalization of a chapter must go by leaps and bounds, and should 
involve several hirings at the same time. It is impossible for a single 
employee to handle the management of projects and the  administrative 
overheads, especially during the setup phase. We also believe that we need a 
good balance between members of the community and external people: it is 
likely a good thing to have administrative staff who is not from the community, 
but he/she needs to be able to rely on a day-to-day basis on someone who knows 
the community, something impossible to achieve when hiring only one person at a 
time.
As such, while the limitation 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposal to use the internal wiki more

2013-04-04 Thread Charles Andrès
Sure, it's so much better to ask to one WMF staff to use his payed time to 
collect the mail and phone number of each chapters board member, whereas all of 
this could have been done efficiently with no cost on Internal wiki.

The problem is that old wikimedians continue to consider internal like a 
place to do lobbying or secret stuff, whereas new wikimedians just want a place 
to share efficiently informations that cannot be displayed publicly like for 
example draft agreement between a chapter and an institution!

There is millions way to improve the usage of donors money, and the position 
no place to work together is not one of these.

Charles


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Le 3 avr. 2013 à 19:46, Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org a écrit :

 On 3 April 2013 03:34, Michael Peel michael.p...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:
 So, rather than close the internal wiki, I'd like to propose a radical 
 redesign and repurposing of it. Is there the interest and willingness in the 
 WMF and the chapters to share such information with each other?
 
 I'd argue against this. From the perspective of the Wikimedia
 Foundation, I would rather staff bias towards putting information on
 public wikis wherever possible, and I'd worry that staff energy going
 into updating a closed private wiki would by necessity pull focus from
 public work. I'd argue for closing both the internal wiki and the
 internal mailing list: IMO there's nothing on either that needs to be
 confidential.
 
 Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Markus Glaser is elected Chair of the Wikimedia Chapters Association Council

2013-03-19 Thread Charles Andrès
Congratulations Markus,

We hope you will find the way to free the WCA from all the bureaucracy and 
create a fresh restart, the future of the WCA is in the understanding of why so 
few chapters are really participating in the association life.

We assure you and the WCA of our support, we are really looking forward for a 
rebuilding of the WCA, starting from the basis : what the chapters needs, and 
what they can offer.

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Le 18 mars 2013 à 01:58, Markus Glaser markus.gla...@wikimedia.de a écrit :

 Hi,
 
 thanks for voting and thank you for your trust. Time will show if I can meet 
 your expectations. Thank you, Fae, for all the work you have done so far. I 
 assume I can continue to count on your experience :)
 
 In order to get things going, I totally depend on the help and support of the 
 Council members. We also need to involve all chapters and affiliate 
 organisations. Furthermore, I hope for very friendly relations to WMF and 
 their organisations.
 
 In order to shape the future of the WCA, please approach me with all 
 comments, criticism and suggestions!
 
 There's quite some work ahead of us! Our next milestone will be the Milan 
 conference.
 
 Cheers,
 Markus
 
 Am 18.03.2013 01:12, schrieb Kirill Lokshin:
 Congratulations to Markus!  I look forward to working with everyone to make
 the WCA a success in the coming year!
 
 Cheers,
 Kirill
 
 
 On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 8:08 PM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Congratulations to Markus on becoming the Chair of the WCAC.
 
 The election results is available at
 
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2013_Chair#Votes
 ,
 with an associated detailed QA from the candidates on the associated
 talk page.
 
 Thank you to all candidates for coming forward and taking part in the
 public debate so well.
 
 I look forward to supporting Markus in his role as our Chair, and the
 discussions with everyone at the Milan conference next month.
 
 Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising testing

2013-02-28 Thread Charles Andrès
copy from the meta page:

The result of the Fundraising team and all the people involved has lead to an 
impressing abilities to minimize the time of display of the banners, and then 
decreasing the perturbation for the reader. I personally think that we reach an 
acceptable level of perturbation and that we should move from a strategy of 
less perturbation for the reader to motivation of the reader. We will get 
back as soon as possible with numbers, but during the fundraising periods in 
general, and especially during the last one, we notice in switzerland a 
significant increase of the interest of the readers about how Wikipedia works, 
and the project of our chapter. During the last fundraising, we have been 
contacted by people wanting to join our chapter or becoming editors. In this 
period where renewing the pool of editor is a major challenge, I think we 
should not underestimate the power of the fundraising campaign. One simple way 
to use this synergy would be to redirect the donors (after their donation) to a 
thank you page that could incorporate a link to the corresponding chapter's 
page, or a thematic group's page, or an announce for a meet up, etc... the list 
is open.


Thanks


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Le 27 févr. 2013 à 19:11, Megan Hernandez mhernan...@wikimedia.org a écrit :

 Hi all,
 
 We have another update on fundraising testing.  We have been testing at low
 levels for almost three weeks.  We are preparing to increase the percentage
 for a 24-hour test so all anonymous readers in the countries and languages
 where we are running campaigns will see a banner (just 1 banner
 impression).  If a reader has already seen one banner over the past three
 weeks of testing, they should not see another banner during the 24-hour
 test.  The test is set to start at 18:00 UTC on Wednesday, February 27 and
 will run worldwide, excluding the countries where banners already ran in
 December 2012 (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France,
 Switzerland).
 
 Again, hiding banners from readers who have already seen a banner is new
 for us and our goal is to minimize the number of banners our users see.  If
 you read Wikipedia anonymously and see more than one banner, please let us
 know on the fundraising meta talk page:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fundraising_2013
 
 We are also testing out new translations and donation pages in many many
 countries, so if you see any errors or have any feedback, it'd really help
 us out if you'd send it to us:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fundraising_2013
 
 Thanks everyone,
 
 Megan
 
 On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM, Megan Hernandez
 mhernan...@wikimedia.orgwrote:
 
 Hi everyone,
 
 We've been testing banners at a low level for about two weeks now.  We've
 been showing just one banner impression to 5% of anonymous users (excluding
 the 5 countries where banners ran in December: US, UK, Canada, Australia,
 and New Zealand).
 
 Hiding banners after one impression is new for us, and any feedback we can
 get on how it's working will really help us. We are trying to minimize the
 number of banners our users see each year.
 
 If you visit Wikipedia anonymously (and you're outside of the 5 English
 countries), have you seen any fundraising banners in the last two weeks?
 If so, how many times have you seen a banner?
 
 Thanks for your help!
 
 Megan
 
 On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM, Megan Hernandez 
 mhernan...@wikimedia.orgwrote:
 
 Hi all,
 
 We wanted to let you know the fundraising team is starting up testing in
 February.  We're starting at low levels, so most people will not even
 notice banners to start with.  5% of anonymous users will see a banner just
 one time.  We are not showing any banners to logged in users.
 
 There was an announcement in November about us splitting up the
 fundraiser this year.  Just a very quick recap: We ran the end-of-year
 campaign in November and December in the top 5 English-speaking countries
 (US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).  The campaign was successful
 and we were able to take the banners down a few weeks ahead of schedule:
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikimedia_Foundation_raises_25_million_in_2012_fundraiser
 
 
 We are now working on starting up testing in countries that were not
 included in the end-of-year campaign.  We'll be working on translations and
 optimizing our donation pages in many countries over the coming months.
 
 We will post a report of the year-end campaign with much more detailed
 information and will send a note to this mailing list when it's available.
 
 We always need help making improvements in different countries and
 languages.  If you have any suggestions, please do leave us a 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Election for WCA Chairperson

2013-02-25 Thread Charles Andrès
The opt-in model make sense to be sure that all members actually support the 
WCA and what can be said in the name of the WCA.

But this is IMHO the problem, the WCA has been presented like a body that 
should represent the chapters in negociation with the WMF, but it has been 
received like a body that will actually  serve the big european chapters in 
their negotiation with the WMF.

Thus it's normal that several chapters refuse to join an association that do 
not demonstrate its capacity to help every chapter, and not only the noisiest 
ones.


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Le 25 févr. 2013 à 16:45, Katherine Casey fluffernutter.w...@gmail.com a 
écrit :

 Seconding Béria here - by common sense, a group called the Wikimedia
 Chapters Association would represent the Wikimedia chapters. If it only
 exists to represent Wikimedia chapters that sign on to ideas X and Y, and
 pledge Z, and attend meeting Q, then the name ought to be more
 representative of that - Biggest Wikimedia Chapters Association, or
 Wikimedia Europe, or Wikimedia Chapter Politics Interest Group...
 
 -Fluffernutter
 
 On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Béria Lima berial...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Well, since the WCA don't plan to represent all the chapters, it would be
 good it changed the name to a more suitable representation of the truth
 (that would be something like European Chapters Association based on the
 people present in the last
 meeting
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Meetings/2013-07
 )
 to avoid confusion.
 _
 *Béria Lima*
 
 *Imagine um mundo onde é dada a qualquer pessoa a possibilidade de ter
 livre acesso ao somatório de todo o conhecimento humano. Ajude-nos a
 construir esse sonho. http://wikimedia.pt/Donativos*
 
 
 On 25 February 2013 12:21, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl wrote:
 
 On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 The model of voting delegates the casting of votes to members of the
 council; which are individuals, chosen by chapters. Purely from a
 practical perspective, it may not be possible for chapters to get
 council members in order by the deadline for this vote if they are not
 already members. Additionally, it's important to distinguish in voting
 between chapters abstaining and chapters simply not participating.
 Choosing to be a member, while not exercising a vote, is effectively
 assent to the outcome. This is not the case for those chapters which
 have chosen not to join the WCA.
 
 
 while I agree that in principle WCA should serve the large Wikimedia
 community and its impact should definitely not be limited to members
 only,
 I believe it is quite dangerous from the point of view of governance to
 separate membership from voting rights. Although  it could make perfect
 sense to accept non-member chapter functionaries as candidates for the
 board/chair/etc., the very right to vote should be reserved to those who
 opt-in. Otherwise the chain of responsibility gets fuzzy, plus what
 Nathan
 wrote.
 
 best,
 
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[Wikimedia-l] WMCH resolution about providing a web conferencing system for the Wikimedia Movement

2013-02-22 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear member of the Wikimedia Movement,

During our last Wikimedia CH board meeting, we resolved to set up a web 
conferencing solution.

After reviewing our needs, we decided that the most effective solution would be 
that of setting up a dedicated server for that purpose.

From a chapter level point of view, it could appear like an expensive 
investment, but put in the context of the Wikimedia movement, this investment 
(not such a large one, in fact) could be made profitable quite easily. 

We plan to give access to these tools at first to all the chapters and 
affiliated group, as then as well for thematic groups.

Deployment is planned for the next Wikimedia Conference in Milan.

In the meantime, people interested in getting access to the tools can contact 
us by email at supp...@wikimedia.ch, with a simple description of the project, 
an estimation of the number of people interested and the frequency of usage.

For further information on the chosen solution, you can check the Big Blue 
Button website. http://www.bigbluebutton.org/

For the Wikimedia CH board

Charles

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation's support of OTRS

2013-02-21 Thread Charles Andrès
Thanks Sumana,

For legal reason , WMCH, as fundraising processor, had to get its own OTRS 
system and queues, if it's a Movement request supported by the Foundation , we 
will be more than happy to participate and support the development of an 
alternative host by a chapter or the chapter association or whatever…


Sincerely

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Le 21 févr. 2013 à 13:07, Sumana Harihareswara suma...@wikimedia.org a écrit :

 I am sorry for breaking threading; my undigestify plugin is giving me
 an error.
 
 I'm looking at https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/22622 -- Upgrade
 Wikimedia OTRS installation from 2.4.x CVS to the latest version
 (3.2.1) -- and I see that Wikimedia Foundation's Rob Halsell has been
 trying to get in touch with Martin Edenhofer, the OTRS inventor, to get
 him onto the next step of helping out.  If anyone knows Edenhofer and
 can ask him to reply, that would be great, even if it's just to say
 sorry but this isn't something I can take on.  Resolving that will
 reduce the cookie-licking
 http://communitymgt.wikia.com/wiki/Cookie_Licking and make it easier
 for others to coordinate.
 
 I believe one thing that's needed is a clear commitment or confirmation
 from the Foundation -- do we plan to upgrade or replace OTRS, or not?
 If so, what is our timeframe? I've asked CT Woo, head of WMF Operations,
 to please comment on the bug or on the list.  Since there are security
 implications, I've also notified our Security Engineer, Chris Steipp, to
 remind him of the current situation.
 
 And another thing that's needed is clarity from WMF Legal on whether it
 would be okay for a chapter or other affiliated group to work on
 upgrading/moving/hosting/switching from OTRS, and whether there are EU
 data privacy restrictions.  So I've asked Legal for comment.  Once we
 understand that better, I can help Peter Gervai and Madman get going,
 whether to help with an in-place upgrade, a move, or something else;
 thank you so much for your offer!
 
 Rjd0060, thanks for the link to open bugs in WMF's Bugzilla about OTRS
 problems
 https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEWbug_status=ASSIGNEDbug_status=REOPENEDcomponent=OTRSproduct=Wikimedia.
 I've asked our Bug Wrangler, Andre Klapper, and our bug wrangling
 intern Valerie Juarez, to take a look at those tickets just to
 double-check their priority so it's clear what problems the out-of-date
 OTRS system is causing.
 
 I've also emailed labs-l to follow up on Madman's question regarding the
 status of https://labsconsole.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nova_Resource:Otrs
 (the OTRS Labs project).
 
 Thomas Morton, if you can forward me the note where the WMF promised an
 update to OTRS early this year, that would be great to help me chase
 this down. :-)
 
 I am glad that people have been bringing this up and pushing for a
 better toolset and experience for our volunteers.  Hope I can help.
 
 -- 
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 Engineering Community Manager
 Wikimedia Foundation
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looking back at the London Conference

2013-02-21 Thread Charles Andrès
HI Ziko,

Could you give us more information about this action team?, and especially its 
composition  because there is few information here 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Research , no 
more on the minute of your meeting in London, and I don't remind any public 
call for joining this team?

Sorry to use Wikimedia-l for this question, but if we use the chapters mailing 
we are criticize, so here the transparency :-)


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Le 21 févr. 2013 à 16:25, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl a écrit :

 Hi, Michal and I will soon come up with a general question to the
 movement, in the frame of the action team research. Maybe today or
 tomorrow.
 Kind regards
 Ziko
 
 2013/2/21 Markus Glaser markus.gla...@wikimedia.de:
 Am 21.02.2013 15:57, schrieb Manuel Schneider:
 
 I think I have to agree that one announce list is enough. As we haven't
 started using the wca-announce yet I see no problem in agreeing that we
 use wikimedia-announce-l instead.
 
 
 /Manuel
 
 +1
 
 We can use a [wca] tag in the subject line as you suggested to raise wca
 specific awareness.
 
 Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looking back at the London Conference

2013-02-20 Thread Charles Andrès
Hello,

In fact this mailing list has already been created since  a while, it's just 
not used for the moment.

The question of the hosting hasn't been discuss in this way, for the WCA  WMCH 
is offering the hosting of chapters mailing list, chapters wiki, and some 
chapter wiki. So it has just been natural to create the mailing list on WMCH 
server.

It's an illustration of active step the WCA could take. 

The idea behind offer such IT service is to avoid to people to have to 
reinvent the wheel swell as an optimization of the cost, by sharing a server.


Cheers


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Le 19 févr. 2013 à 20:57, Thehelpfulone thehelpfulonew...@gmail.com a écrit :

 On 19 February 2013 16:10, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl wrote:
 
 There will be a special list 'WCA-announcements. If you want to be
 informed about Bulletins and discussions, join the list and you will
 get links to Meta Wiki. It's a one-way-list, because the discussions
 are supposed to be on Meta Wiki. This is a WCA service for Council
 Members and non Council Members alike. In this way, nobody is obliged
 to be on a heavy traffic list such as Wikimedia-l.
 
 
 Thanks Ziko, I'm happy to create this list for you on the Foundation
 servers, please follow the instructions at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists#Create_a_new_list to file a
 bug. I'd suggest WCA-Announce to match our similar announcement lists for
 MediaWiki, WLM, Toolserver etc and to keep it relatively short.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looking back at the London Conference

2013-02-19 Thread Charles Andrès
Hello Ziko,

Because you want to hear:

1)Their is no census within the chapter whether we still want a deputy chair 
position

2)if we keep a chair and a deputy chair, it has always been planned that this 
position should be open to vote at the next WCA meeting

3) 7 council member connote decide on their own of keeping in place the deputy 
chair!!

4)The WCA do not need continuity, since ten month we haven't been able to 
provide something real , I don't see why we should continue this way


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Le 19 févr. 2013 à 17:10, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl a écrit :

 Dear Council Members and everyone interested in the WCA,
 
 On 16/17th February 2013 a number of Council Members visited the
 London Conference I had proposed in mid January to talk about the way
 of the WCA and to prepare the Wikimedia Conference in Milan. We are
 happy that the London Conference did happen, and, in spite of the
 debatable WMF board statement of 5th February, that two WMF board
 members still agreed to join us.
 
 Because in 2012/2013 the signals from the WMF were not very consistent
 I tried to receive more clarity about the relationship between
 Foundation and Association. This was only partially successful, but I
 understand that the two present WMF board members were as open as it
 was possible within the constraints of the WMF board unity. We very
 much appreciated the commitment of Alice and Jan-Bart and were happy
 not to hear certain allegations from the board statement again.
 
 The London Conference discussed many WCA subjects collected during the
 last months. One of them was communication, and I am content that I
 could convince the participants of a major change. For someone who is
 interested in the WCA it has been very difficult to follow the
 proceedings, plans and results. When e.g. a Council Member wanted to
 talk to others or discuss something, he or she used one of the several
 mailing lists the movement has, or Meta Wiki, or private email
 addresses. I believe that this has been a fundamental problem with the
 regard to the perception of the WCA, and that the participation even
 from Council Members suffered also because of this kind of
 communication.
 
 After the election of a new Chair, the Chair of the WCA Council will
 issue a Bulletin, a kind of short report, with a summary of what
 happened recently and what are the plans for the near future. This
 will be put on Meta Wiki, and, naturally, discussions will centre
 around those Bulletins. For those who are interested it will be much
 easier to follow and to participate. If someone wants to support the
 WCA via translations, he or she can translate those Bulletins instead
 of a lot of messages.
 
 There will be a special list 'WCA-announcements. If you want to be
 informed about Bulletins and discussions, join the list and you will
 get links to Meta Wiki. It's a one-way-list, because the discussions
 are supposed to be on Meta Wiki. This is a WCA service for Council
 Members and non Council Members alike. In this way, nobody is obliged
 to be on a heavy traffic list such as Wikimedia-l.
 
 When we talked about the future and a possible new election of the
 Chair I also asked about my position. If for any reason someone
 believed that there should be a new election of the Deputy Chair, I
 wanted to hear. The participants said that that is no issue and that
 it is good to have continuity. The role of the Deputy Chair is to be
 there for the case that at some moment there is no Chair, and then the
 Deputy has to arrange the election.
 
 The WCA continues to exist and will make some rearrangements - it's
 exiting to follow the evolution.
 
 Kind regards
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Outcome of Wikimedia board discussion on the Chapters Association

2013-02-14 Thread Charles Andrès
After carefully reading the WMF Board of Trustees letter and evaluating the 
first months of existence of the WCA, Wikimedia CH wants to make the following 
statement:
Wikimedia CH has been supporting the idea of a Chapters Council since its 
beginning. Our support is even stronger in these troubled times.
Since the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, a lot of work has been accomplished 
to make the WCA a successful and helpful organization for the Wikimedia 
Chapters and the whole movement. It has to be said though that along with this 
hard work some aspects have been lost, like what our real priorities are.
For almost a year, Wikimedia Chapters have worked to build a strong 
organization, trying to prevent all possible problems from an administrative 
point of view. We believe it was important to think about all the 
organizational problems the WCA would have to face in order to reach its goals 
but by doing this we first lost the enthusiasm of lots of chapter 
representatives and then the dynamics to actually create a helpful structure 
for the movement.
Considering this, we, Wikimedia CH, encourage the Wikimedia Chapters to go back 
to the blue print and develop the list of tasks and goals the WCA should 
achieve: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Tasks.
It is important to build an association where all chapters are equal, to start 
over designing an association without focusing on needed staff, focusing 
instead on the expected outcomes. We realize that in order for an international 
organization like the WCA to exist in the long term, we will need paid 
employees to do the routine work, and to prevent volunteer burnout. We feel 
that the necessity of staff will arise by activities. Let's cross that bridge 
when we come to it.
To assure the equality of all chapters, we believe in a system where the 
chairman or president is a coordinator, not a decision-making power. Only this 
way we will ensure every chapter stays engaged with the Chapters Association.
We also believe the first task of the Chapters Association should be to produce 
a manifesto which defines the goals of the Chapters Association and how we 
think we will carry out our duties. This manifesto should also respect the 
expectations of movement actors like the project communities and the WMF Board 
of Trustees. Their expectations are important and require actions from the 
chapters. We are ready to face them.
For WMCH, --Charles Andrès (WMCH) 09:56, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Chapters_Association#Wikimedia_CH_statement

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Le 5 févr. 2013 à 06:29, Kat Walsh k...@wikimedia.org a écrit :

 Those of you who have been following the discussion of the Chapters
 Association may wish to read the statement written by the WMF board at our
 recent meeting, which is now posted on the Meta talk page for the
 Association; we encourage comments and discussion to take place on the wiki.
 
 Link:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Chapters_Association#WMF_Board_letter_regarding_the_Chapters_Association
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strange, surprising, bold and unnecessary - reply to the WMF board statement

2013-02-06 Thread Charles Andrès
I do not see big difference between what you call wiki model and an 
association like the chapters association.

Every individual has the same right, for specific purpose both model need to 
elect a guy that took the responsibility.


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Le 6 févr. 2013 à 15:55, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com a 
écrit :

 So ... you not believes in the model Wiki, and also not believes that he can 
 be
 used in other locations, unless in building a encyclopedia?
 
 
 On 6 February 2013 12:51, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 On 6 February 2013 14:44, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton
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 I said this in Berlin, and I will repeat here: Why the chapters do not
 apply the Wiki model in the offline world?
 
 Because different problems require different solutions.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strange, surprising, bold and unnecessary - reply to the WMF board statement

2013-02-06 Thread Charles Andrès
It's quite easy to leave the discussion when people do not agree without, 
nobody forced you to change the way you are working, we all respect the way you 
choose. just let's respect the way other can choose.

And by the way, a sarcastic analysis of the wiki model is that is working only 
if the majority of editors have minimal interaction with the other and than 
only a minority of editors are really acting together at the meta level, you 
really think it's a magic model?


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Le 6 févr. 2013 à 16:31, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com a 
écrit :

 HEHHEHEHE, okay, okay
 
 So... do you not believe?
 
 I find it odd organizations that promote free collaborative construction,
 do not to believe in their own model, do not use the model itself and talk
 that should be the model to be used ... blacksmith's house, wooden
 skewer(casa de ferreiro, espeto de pau) [1]
 
 I will not prolong, I just think that you are wasting your capacity.
 
 Peace.
 
 [1]http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_de_ferreiro,_espeto_de_pau
 
 
 On 6 February 2013 13:18, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 On 6 February 2013 14:55, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton
 rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com wrote:
 So ... you not believes in the model Wiki, and also not believes that he
 can be
 used in other locations, unless in building a encyclopedia?
 
 It may be useful in other situations, but there is no reason to assume
 that just because it's a good way to write an encyclopaedia that it is
 going to be a good way to run a chapter.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strange, surprising, bold and unnecessary - reply to the WMF board statement

2013-02-06 Thread Charles Andrès
In the WCA model the decision making power is held by the council, it means by 
the assembly of all chapters, there is no high power statutory position.

And any chapter can be a member of the Chapter association. 


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Le 6 févr. 2013 à 16:18, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com a 
écrit :

 Administrators are just volunteers with tools that do what the community
 demands, has no decision-making powers, is not a statutory position.
 Furthermore, anyone can volunteer in Wikis, but is not anyone who may be a
 member of WCA...
 
 And there are a lot of other differences that I'll let you think.
 
 On 6 February 2013 13:12, Charles Andrès charles.andres.w...@gmail.comwrote:
 
 I do not see big difference between what you call wiki model and an
 association like the chapters association.
 
 Every individual has the same right, for specific purpose both model need
 to elect a guy that took the responsibility.
 
 
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 So ... you not believes in the model Wiki, and also not believes that he
 can be
 used in other locations, unless in building a encyclopedia?
 
 
 On 6 February 2013 12:51, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 On 6 February 2013 14:44, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia CH Living tradition in Switzerland project

2013-01-31 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear all,
In 2013 and 2014 Wikimedia CH will support the development of the content 
associated with the Living tradition in Switzerland 
http://www.lebendige-traditionen.ch/index.html?lang=en

One of the goal will be to provide help to create the articles about each 
tradition. As a preparative work I'm looking for someone able to create 
infoboxes for Wikipedia DE IT FR and EN.


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[Wikimedia-l] Two 50% Community Manager position available at Wikimedia CH

2013-01-11 Thread Charles Andrès
Dear all,

Wikimedia CH is looking for 2 positions of 0.5 FTE, one for Italian communities 
and one for German communities (percentage can be discussed).

The Community Manager is a person who works actively with the communities to 
support it accomplishing projects and get in touch with Wikimedia entities and 
officials. It helps the communities by gathering requests and ideas, 
communicating them to all relevant parties and translating information wherever 
needed. This includes support to bring formal requests and motions to WMCH by 
helping to prepare them, translate them and present them to the board.
In the same manner the Community Manager communicates activities of the 
Wikimedia entities to the communities by writing reports, blog posts and mails, 
translating information from WMCH to the community's language.
It's her/his responsibility to make sure the communities voices are heard 
inside the association and that activities and communications of Wikimedia 
movement entities are also replicated into the communities.

The positions will remain open until successfully filled. Please apply in 
English at i...@wikimedia.ch or by postal mail: Wikimedia CH, 8008 Zürich with 
a motivation letter and usual documents. A short summary on how you imagine the 
job will be appreciated. Please add English translations of your resume and 
short summary.

Sincerely

Charles

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraiser causing confusion

2012-11-28 Thread Charles Andrès
In fact we haven't seen the link before but we had the same in Switzerland, it 
seems that in a way people complain about the traditional banners that are to 
intrusive, but in the other hand they are more suspicious and have doubt about 
banners that are not the same than previous year! 

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Le 28 nov. 2012 à 15:27, Philippe Beaudette phili...@wikimedia.org a écrit :

 Not trying to be snarky, but like what?
 
 We run a fundraiser.  It happens every year.  I'm pretty sure we have an
 OTRS template about it.  :)
 
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 On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 6:24 AM, Andy Mabbett 
 a...@pigsonthewing.org.ukwrote:
 
 I'm seeing a significant number of OTRS tickets along the lines of:
 
   I was looking at Wikipedia and a big orange banner popped up
   asking for donation Is this for real, or is it a scam?
 
 Can anything be done about this?
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF core and non core expenses

2012-10-08 Thread charles andrès
Dear Sue,
I partially disagree with the statement we're not in a position where we need 
to make extraordinarily difficult choices about whether to preserve

If you consider the WMF financial reserves it's true, but for what I 
understand, the FDC should decide about the distribution of the forthcoming 
fundraising and so we can only guess that the movement has no fundings problem. 
If this winter we cannot reach the total amount fixed, what will happen? The 
entities that apply to the FDC will have to share the money that remain after 
the WMF took a lot more than what is needed to operate the project (bottom 
base).

I personnaly agree that the core should be more than only the basics, but 
there should be something between this extremitiy and the actual WMF FDC 
proposal where the community can comment only 10% of the real WMF budget.


What I could suggest is too split the WMF proposal in two parts: 1)the expanded 
core (high priority) 2) the non core (lower priority=actual FDC proposal). In 
this case, if the fundraising is not successful has intend, the cost of the 
difficult choices will be assumed by all the part of the movement.

sincerely

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Le 8 oct. 2012 à 14:08, Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org a écrit :

 On 8 October 2012 12:18, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:
 It seems clear to me, based on the end result and what foundation board and
 senior staff have said, that they decided an account of money they wanted
 to request from the FDC and then decided what to designate as non-core so
 that it added up to that amount.
 
 Rather disingenuous of them, but Sue has been very clear that she only sees
 the foundation's application as a way of testing the process rather than as
 actually being the right way to determine the budget.
 On Oct 8, 2012 11:14 AM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:
 
 
 Hi Thomas  Itzik,
 
 There's FAQ material on the wikis about how core versus non-core were
 determined -- I think it's part of the annual plan FAQ. (I'd link you
 to it, but I'm in a bit of a rush. Maybe somebody else can point to
 the right place?)
 
 The Board and I had a number of discussions about core versus non-core
 -- to very swiftly recap, we decided that we did not want core to mean
 the rock-bottom base costs of operating the site. We realized that in
 making that decision we'd risk being confusing, and that people would
 likely end up sending inquiries like the one Itzik just sent, because
 they'd likely be operating on the assumption that core did indeed mean
 base costs. We considered whether to label it as something other than
 core in order to avoid being confusing, but in the end went ahead
 with core for lack of a better word.
 
 Going from memory -- core is intended to represent the ordinary costs
 of running the global sites -- so for example, it would include all
 the costs of maintaining the trademark portfolio, providing legal
 defence where necessary, doing media stuff and internal global
 movement communications work, etc. For example we decided that
 internationalization  localization are part of core, because our
 core work includes providing a service in multiple languages.
 
 We did not want core to represent the base, rock-bottom,
 non-negotiable costs of operating the sites on a shoestring, because
 that's not the purpose of this exercise, because we're not in a
 position where we need to make extraordinarily difficult choices about
 whether to preserve, for example, internationalization  localization
 versus site performance. If we were in that position (needing to make
 very painful choices due to financial necessity) of course we would.
 But that's not where we are.
 
 Thomas, it's not actually true that I see this as purely an exercise
 in testing the FDC process, although I do definitely think running
 part of the WMF budget through the FDC will help us be sensitive to
 fund-seeker needs as we iterate the process. I do also see value in
 the process itself -- getting community input on the WMF's non-core
 activities, etc., will be useful.
 
 (Just FYI -- I won't be able to reply any more to this thread for much
 of the rest of the day, by the way -- I'm swamped and doing a bunch of
 things.)
 
 Thanks,
 Sue
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC Proposals

2012-10-02 Thread charles andrès
The talk page of the template is a good place to start 

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template_talk:FDC_proposal_form_v1

even if it's clear that a real effort has been done about the wording, it's 
still need internationalization, too much sentence are ambiguous for non native 
english speaker.

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Le 2 oct. 2012 à 14:06, Fae f...@wikimedia.org.uk a écrit :

 I have quite a few emails in my inbox that mention problems using the
 submission form, and how much of an administrative burden this
 created. Where is the best place to raise suggestions for improvement
 (including, I hope, pointing out the aspects that are working well),
 and who will be promptly managing those suggestions of behalf of the
 FDC?
 
 It would be sensible to ensure, and be seen to ensure, that the
 administrative burden on Chapter staff and volunteers is kept to a
 minimum.
 
 Thanks,
 Fae
 '' Writing as me, personally, rather than in any role people might think I 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Survey, Feedback requested, and Office Hour

2012-09-14 Thread charles andrès
Dear Jan-Bart,
Unfortunately the exact wordings was I'll point out also that there are zero 
real-world implications for the survey results.

Because we all agree that there is now such thing like a zero real-world impact 
survey, we really hope that the raw results of this survey will be made as 
public as possible (privacy issue), and that in the future , survey including 
question about WMF partners (chapters are not the only ones) will be done since 
the very beginning in collaboration with all the partners involved.

sincerely

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Le 12 sept. 2012 à 16:14, Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org a écrit :

 Hey
 
 So I might have missed some mails on this thread (perhaps because they were 
 not posted on this public list) but I highly doubt that Sue perform surveys 
 that do not have a real-world impact on our operations. I know that the 
 results of the previous surveys were used in several discussions (including 
 at a board level) in order to provide more insight….
 
 On the other hand, using these surveys to gain more insight is not the same 
 as using them to hold each other accountable which is sometimes easy to do. 
 Every survey (and questions) has a lots of interpretation magic which can 
 easily lead you astray, but I don't have to tell you (the community) this :)
 
 Jan-Bart
 
 
 On 10 Sep 2012, at 23:01, Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Contrarily to Sue, I do
 think that these surveys (should) have a real-world impact and
 (should) keep us all on our toes, fine tuned to the critisicism, needs
 and wishes of the editors of the WIkimedia projects. As such I expect
 us to make sure that we do get as precise a picture as possible of
 what those are.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Shark IM?

2012-09-11 Thread charles andrès
I may have misunderstood, but I think it's nothing else that what we already 
explain to companies arguing that informations in their article are inaccurate 
i.e. answering improve your website with more useful information and 
wikipedians will use it in the article

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Le 11 sept. 2012 à 22:37, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com a écrit :

 My work just got this contact submission today.  I am kind of annoyed that 
 they offer this service.  Has anyone else encountered it?
 
 Most aggravating line:
  Wikipedia editors are notorious for their strict policy in allowing links 
 or company entries. We have realized, over the years- that the best way to 
 get a link to stick in wikipedia, is to ensure that the content it links to 
 is useful and contributes to the entry. We have formulated fool-proof methods 
 to ensure that links stick;
 
 -greg aka varnent
 
 -Original Message-
 From: Shark IM [mailto:nore...@sharkim.com] 
 Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:38 AM
 Subject: Contact form submission
 
 Your Message:
 Backlinks from wikipedia are in a league of their own. The right wikipedia 
 backlink can single-handedly rank a website for it's target keyword on 
 google. We speak from experience! You can also expect significant direct 
 traffic from wikipedia.
 
 Another service we offer; creating a wikipedia entry/page for your company or 
 topic of choice is
 
 also excellent for search engine reputation management  brand boosting 
 purposes. Of course, you will also get a backlink from the entry to your 
 website.
 
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