[Wikimedia-l] Support needed: Our Congress is trying to butcher the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet

2015-10-01 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hello Wikimedia friends,

the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Civil_Rights_Framework_for_the_Internet>
is being threatened by our Congress. You can see details and supporting
organizations and collectives here in this letter
<https://gist.github.com/everton137/c2acdf0025b68013ea2d>.

I'd like to ask support from other Wikimedia communities (chapters, local
groups, Wikipedia groups by language etc.) and Wikimedia Foundation. I've
proposed a blackout at the Portuguese Wikipedia
<https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Esplanada/geral/Projetos_de_Lei_que_amea%C3%A7am_liberdade_de_express%C3%A3o_e_direito_%C3%A0_privacidade_no_Brasil:_vale_um_apag%C3%A3o_na_Wikip%C3%A9dia_%2829set2015%29>,
and it seems to be supported by the majority of collaborators.

That said, somethings I'd like to kindly ask:
1. a person from Wikimedia Foundation to support us technically with the
blackout;
2. other groups support us doing the same on their Wikipedias, as it was
done by several Wikipedias when freedom of speech was threatened in the USA
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_SOPA_and_PIPA>;
3. provide us the source code of  the blackout done at the English
Wikipedia for we adapt it to Portuguese.

Other advices and support I didn't list here are welcome. Thanks,

Tom

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Open Knowledge Brasil

Watch out! The Brazilian Congress is trying to butcher the Brazilian Civil
Rights Framework for the Internet!

(Original version here
<https://gist.github.com/everton137/95bac99f2015ab9585b5>)

Civil society organizations part of the coalition pro Marco Civil
('Articulação Marco Civil Já!') repudiate parliamentary initiatives that
threaten Internet users privacy and freedom of expression.

Currently there are three different Bills under way in the House of
Representatives that threaten one of the most important democratic gains of
the last period - the approval of the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for
the Internet
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Civil_Rights_Framework_for_the_Internet>
('Marco Civil da Internet'), Law 12.965/2014. Marco Civil ensures
fundamental rights to Internet users, such as privacy and freedom of
expression and is in line with internationally accepted orientations and
principles for Internet governance.

Motivated by parliamentarians self-interest to restrain criticism from
citizens and social movements backed by the right to freedom of expression
in Internet, and supported by private and economic interests, these Bills
were introduced in the House aimed to change Marco Civil.

PL 215/2015 - a bill presented by Brazilian representative Hildo Rocha
(PMDB), and its attachments - PL 1547/2015 authored by Expedito Netto, and
PL 1589/2015 by Soraya Santos - seeks to include harsher punishments into
articles 48 and 141 of Brazil's Criminal Code to inhibit social network
users crimes. Furthermore, the bill changes provisions of MCI, modifying
articles 10, 13, 15, 19 and adding article 21-A. These changes grant public
authorities access to data from Internet users with no need of a court
order, and mandatory removal of published online content after a simple
allegation of crime against honor, which also impose individual and
economic restriction penalties to internet providers deeply compromising
the principles of non-accountability on the internet. User's data that
authorities will be able to obtain without a warrant include all online
communication - content from e-mails, online chat and conversations through
messenger apps such as Skype and Whatsapp.

In the seventh and last version of the substutive, the proposal also
provides the extension of registrations data to be collected by Internet
Providers, imposing the obligation to retain data such as full address,
phone and social security number, wich can be passed on, without judicial
order, to authorities that have the legal authority to make such a request.

The Bill 215/2015 puts at risk the necessary balance between protecting the
right to privacy and the criminal prosecution as well as democracy itself
by allowing such abuses.

Such proposals have already been rejected in the course of MCI.
Incidentally, it is worth noting that the devices now present in the MCI
were the result of a broad social debate and an intense political
negotiation, which makes this one of the most democratic laws already voted
in the recent history of Brazil’s National Congress.

We believe that any change in MCI should be preceded by a qualified
discussion, supported by technical considerations, political and social. It
is needed, mostly, intense democratic participation equivalent to the
process from which it originated, with a public consultation process, so
that society interests can be represented regarding personal data
protection and freedom of expression on the internet.

We know that a very significant wing of the PMDB fron

[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Translations of the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

2015-08-09 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
-- Forwarded message --
From: Everton Zanella Alvarenga t...@okfn.org.br
Date: 2015-08-09 12:19 GMT-03:00
Subject: Translations of the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto
To: Open Knowledge Foundation Local Coordinators Mailing List 
okfn-local-co...@lists.okfn.org
Cc: d...@metamorphosis.org.mk, Heloisa Pait heloisa.p...@gmail.com


Dear all,

we have already *25* translations* (yeah!) of the Guerilla Open Access
Manifesto
http://archive.org/stream/GuerillaOpenAccessManifesto/Goamjuly2008_djvu.txt
from Aaron Swartz. Please, see bellow:

https://openaccessmanifesto.wordpress.com/about/

I'm seeking for people willing to contribute to edit the website. You just
need to know some wordpress basic editing. Some languages with different
alphabets I could not format properly, so we also would need some of your
help. Thus, if you see there is some bad format in your mother language,
let us know through the e-mail manife...@okfn.org.br to see how you can
improve it. We also need to add some new languages at the project git
repository: https://github.com/okfn-brasil/openaccessmanifesto

I've started this project in homage to Aaron when he died. Thanks for any
contribution!

Everton
Open Knowledge Brazil

*

   1. Portuguese (Português)
   2. Chinese (中文)
   3. French (Français)
   4. Italian (Italiano)
   5. Latvian (Latviešu)
   6. Spanish (Español)
   7. Servian (Srpski)
   8. Russian (Русский)
   9. German (Deutsch)
   10. Turkish (Türkçe)
   11. Polish (Polski)
   12. Farsi (فارسی)
   13. Bengali (বাংলা)
   14. Danish (Dansk)
15. Catalan (Català)
   16. Arabic (العربية)
   17. Greek (Ελληνικά)
   18. Dutch (Nederlands)
   19. Korean (한국어)
   20. Romanian (Română)
   21. Swedish (Svenska)
   22. മലയാളം (Malayalam)
   23. کوردی (Kurdish)
   24. Македонски (Macedonian)
   25. Български (Bulgarian)
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[Wikimedia-l] APPLY: 2015 Kofi Annan Fellowship for Full-Time MBA for Developing Countries

2015-08-08 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
I believe some local Wikimedia leaderships.

---

Kofi Annan Fellowship support is currently open to eligible applications.
This Fellowship provides the opportunity for talented and motivated
students from developing countries, who do not belong to a privileged class
and lack sufficient financial means, to study management at the European
School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin and graduate with a
prestigious MBA or MSc from the most international business school in
Germany.

ESMT’s one-year Full-Time MBA is a management acceleration programme aimed
at early to mid-career professionals with at least three years of
professional experience.

*WORTH*

   - €58,000 and covers full tuition fees and course materials in addition
   to a living stipend of €1,000 per month for the duration of the MBA program.
   - The fellowship also covers one round-trip plane ticket to Berlin from
   the Fellow’s home
   - Fellowships can be awarded only after a candidate has been admitted to
   the ESMT MBA program

*ELIGIBILITY*

   - MBA applicants should have a bachelor’s degree of any kind, a minimum
   of three years of professional experience, GMAT, and proficient English
   skills.
   - All applicants should have a willingness to contribute to building the
   economy and society of their home country with entrepreneurial impetus.
   - Applicants must be residents of one  of the UN-listed LDCs, LLDCs, or
   of Palestine. Other countries will be considered by the Kofi Annan Business
   Schools Foundation upon request.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2015

To apply and for more information visit here
https://www.esmt.org/degree-programs/esmt-full-time-mba


Source:
http://youthhubafrica.org/apply-2015-kofi-annan-fellowship-for-full-time-mba-for-developing-countries/
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[Wikimedia-l] A book on open business models by Creative Commons

2015-07-27 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Dear all,

Creative Commons has started an interesting project proposal at
Kickstarter, Made with Creative Commons: A book on open business models
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/creativecommons/made-with-creative-commons-a-book-on-open-business.
The book will be under a license compatible with the Open Definition,
CC-by-SA.

*Project description*
With your help, we are going to identify and select a diverse group of two
dozen businesses, creators, and organizations from around the world
succeeding with business models made with Creative Commons. Then we're
going to dig deep into how they work to show how using Creative Commons can
produce economic and social value.

Our goal is not to identify a formula for business models that utilize CC,
but instead to gather fresh ideas and dynamic examples that will help spark
new, innovative models that build on what is already working.

We want to spread this knowledge far and wide to inspire others to use what
works for them. At the end of the process, we'll publish an ebook that puts
together everything we learn and create an interactive online tool to help
others build their own CC-made business models.

*Goal*
50,000 USD


*Days left from today*16

Please, share
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/creativecommons/made-with-creative-commons-a-book-on-open-business/description
.

Tom
Open Knowledge Brazil
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Renewal of Recognition to Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil

2015-02-19 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Parabéns!

2015-02-18 21:00 GMT-02:00 Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com:

 Hello Carlos,

 Can you list here the links of the activities report that AffCom checked to
 confirm the level of actitivity of this user group?

 Best regards

 Rodrigo Padula
 Em 18/02/2015 14:24, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve escreveu:

  Dear all,
 
  The Affiliations Committee has recently resolved [1] to renew the
  recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil as a Wikimedia User
  Group for another year. /Parabéns /to our fellow wikimedians in Brazil
 and
  looking forward to see more activities and events from you guys! Tudo de
  bom! :-)
 
  Regards,
  Carlos
 
 
  1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
 
 Resolutions/Renewals/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Brasil_-_February_2015
  --
  *Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
  junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain.
  Carlos M. Colina
  Socio, 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
  Twitter: @maor_x
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-12-01 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Isn't a chapter allowed to run its own banner at the local Wikipedia
pointing to the its donnation procedure, I guess adequated to the local
legislation?

I guess a sitenotice is not as efficient as the fancy and well planned WMF
banner, but that could be a start.

2014-11-28 9:29 GMT-02:00 rubin.happy rubin.ha...@gmail.com:

 Update: now we have something about 2 weeks without explanations and
 without fundraising in Russia.
 WMF, are you still with us? :)

 Linar

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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [OKFN-Local-Coord] Seeking new Executive Director at Open Knowledge. Closing date for applications: December 8, 2014.

2014-11-11 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
There might be people at Wikimedia network interested in this job position.
:) Please, share.

-- Forwarded message --
From: Beatrice Martini beatrice.mart...@okfn.org
Date: 2014-11-11 12:21 GMT+00:00
Subject: [OKFN-Local-Coord] Seeking new Executive Director at Open
Knowledge. Closing date for applications: December 8, 2014.
To:


Dear Open Knowledge Community,

Today we are delighted to put out our formal announcement for a new *Executive
Director*!
Read all about it here
http://blog.okfn.org/2014/11/11/seeking-new-executive-director-at-open-knowledge/
.

The *closing date for applications is 9am (GMT) on Monday, 8th December
2014*.
Please do share this with your networks and especially anyone in particular
you think would be interested.

Thank you!

Best,
Beatrice

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Nobel Peace Prize announcement and editathon

2014-10-10 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi Rachel,

I'd like to suggest someone in change of WMF communication to write a blog
post about this great initiative from Norwegian volunteers. Talk to those
taking the lead. :)

Such initiative should be highlighted very much, mainly after to see those
great Nobel Prizes (different from some years ago).

Hopefully I'll try to find some time next October 12, Children's Day in
Brazil, to contribute with Malala's article in the Portuguese Wikipedia.
I'm trying to spread the word among Open Knowledge Brasil community because
we were thinking to do some thing for children and teachers aligned with
our mission.

Cheers,

Tom

2014-10-10 14:46 GMT-03:00 Rachel diCerbo rdic...@wikimedia.org:


 Hi Jon, thank you so much for your efforts in having Malala and Kailash
 Satyarthi's pages updated. I was over the moon to see the announcements
 this morning and really proud of the Norwegian Wikipedia community for
 updating the pages today! I for one would love to hear about everyone's
 experience being there.

 (I'd also love to hear anyone's experiences about edit conflicts while
 updating the pages).

 I'm not sure when you were notified of the invitation, but do know that the
 Foundation wants to find ways of supporting community activities like this,
 so if there are any ideas on how to do that please say so.

 Cheers,
 Rachel

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Nobel Peace Prize announcement and editathon

2014-10-08 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi Jon,

that is a great initiative. I've already spread the word among Wikimedia
Brasil and Open Knowledge Brasil.

I'd like to suggest that you try to make a short video for the winner
asking about Wikipedia and its importance. I think Wikimedia Sweden has
made a cool short interview with some Nobel prize (I think chemestry) and
it was really good. This can be even used to outreach at universities to
bring more people to catalyse efforts to involve more schools on Wikimedia
projects.

If you can do it, please, let us know.

Cheers,

Tom

2014-10-08 18:07 GMT-03:00 Jon Harald Søby jhs...@gmail.com:

 Hi, all!

 The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced this Friday, and in
 cooperation with Wikimedia Norge, the Nobel Peace Center
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Peace_Center has invited Wikipedians
 from the Norwegian Wikipedia community to an editathon to improve the
 article about the winner(s?) as soon as possible. We'll be sitting
 practically in the next room from where the announcement is made, updating
 relevant articles as fast as we can.

 For this to be a global event, I'd like to invite anyone who's interested
 to join us in the IRC channel #wikipedia-nobel
 irc://freenode/#wikipedia-nobel, where we'll be talking and coordinating.
 We'll also try to livetweet the event using the hashtag #wikinobel
 https://twitter.com/hashtag/wikinobel, probably mainly from the account
 @WikimediaNorge https://twitter.com/WikimediaNorge.

 The press conference will be start around 10:30 Norwegian time, which is
 *08:30
 UTC*, like I said on *Friday, 10th of October*. Please join us, and help
 spread this invitation to your community.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2014-09-04 17:07 GMT-03:00 Michael Peel em...@mikepeel.net:

 Another option would be an open process on-wiki, along the same lines as
 the FDC board-selected seat nominations. Is there a need to keep
 applications confidential here?


That is a good idea. But that will not happen any time soon or ever.

Tom
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[Wikimedia-l] Understading power in the Wikimedia context

2014-08-28 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

I just saw this nice video on Why ordinary people need to understand power
http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_liu_why_ordinary_people_need_to_understand_power#_=_,
by Eric Liu, from Citizen University http://www.citizenuniversity.us/.

Although my personal interest goes beyond the wiki-world scope, I'd like to
recommend this video for it covers some important subjects that might be
related to some tensions we see so often in the Wikimedia movement (WMF vs.
volunteers, Chapters vs. WMF, online vs offline volunteers, lack of
leadership at some crucial moments and places, tirany of the
structurelessness
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tyranny_of_Structurelessness etc.).

Thoughts welcome.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Selfie of the Ape - The Copyright Wars

2014-08-07 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Este vídeo apresenta conteúdo de FOX, Budiey Dot Com Media e TV
Bandeirantes (Brazil). Um desses parceiros (ou mais) bloqueou o
conteúdo com base nos direitos autorais.

Which mean this movie cannot be watched in Brazil due to copyright reasons.

Funny enough I was going to send a message to wikimedian friends in
Wikimania now to cheer this pretty monkey who is raising a lot of
discussion about the old copyright world thanks to Wikimedia.

I'll do a t-shirt.

2014-08-07 22:48 GMT-03:00 Jens Best jens.b...@wikimedia.de:
 Selfie of the Ape - The Copyright Wars - http://youtu.be/E8y1bhEj7j8

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] $20 donation to WMF for vandalism edit from US House of Representatives

2014-08-01 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
The time a staff or contractor will need to discover his donation or if he
has donated is more expensive than 20 USD.

Ask him better donations, revert the vandalism and don't give the money
back, using it for some useful thing, like improving anti-vandalism tools.


2014-08-01 16:10 GMT-03:00 Rjd0060 rjd0060.w...@gmail.com:

 On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM, Richard Symonds 
 richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

  He may have donated under a pseudonym, or by cheque, or to a chapter, or
  through a friend. Very tricky to track down.
 


 Or...the US NSA hacked into the Foundation's donor database and removed it
 to contribute to the conspiracy.

 Jeez guys - stop beating the horse.  It's never was alive to begin with.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] $20 donation to WMF for vandalism edit from US House of Representatives

2014-08-01 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2014-08-01 16:30 GMT-03:00 Russavia russavia.wikipe...@gmail.com:


 Rjd0060, I'm not sure here, but are you saying that the guy didn't
 actually donate the $20? If so, he publicly said he did, so it's best
 not to say such things which could be misconstrued as you saying the
 guy lied. Perhaps contact with him via Twitter might get an answer as
 to how he actually donated.


No. Richard said it was NSA fault, the US NSA hacked into the Foundation's
donor database and removed it. I tend to believe on this as well. Instead
of improve anti-vandalism tools as suggested, we also could use the money
for improve WMF servers security.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Bad usage of money in Brazil

2014-05-30 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi,

I have no idea about the prizes for other places to compare, but I
must say 10k reais (~5k USD) is a small amount of money for the value
generate by this type of competition, in my opinion.

At the moment I am running through the organization I coordinate a
challenge which will give prizes of this order, although we won't give
it in cash, but a trip to Open Knowledge Festival
http://2014.okfestival.org/ next July, books and games, all
catalysing the creative use of technology and free software. And this
is from a very tiny organization 6 month old.

The results from this competition led by the education program
coordinator in Brazil seems good so far. I think one thing that could
be improved was to consult the community in a more open way to avoid
the actual wikidramas and I tend not to like prizes in cash, but
simbolic one, like a trip to Wikimania would make much more sense for
me or some prize related to photograph.

I don't criticize the organizers, they are newbies in the Wikimedia
movement and let's assume good faith, but I think it's a good
opportunity to discuss the issue globally, although the way the topic
was raised.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Call for Wikimedia Hackathon(s) 2014-2015

2014-05-30 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
I am glad to hear this time we will have something in Europe. :)

2014-05-30 18:58 GMT-03:00 Quim Gil q...@wikimedia.org:
 (CCing wikimedia-l as well, please send any replies to wikitech-l only)

 The Wikimedia technical community wants to have another hackathon next year
 in Europe. Who will organize it?

 Interested parties, check https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Hackathons

 We would like to confirm a host by Wikimania, latest.

 The same call goes for India and other locations with a good concentration
 of Wikimedia contributors and software developers. Come on, step in. We
 want to increase our geographical diversity of technical contributors.




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A personal note.

2014-05-28 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Just a personal testimonial also to emphasize Marc's point and not
necessarily when I did a work for WMF as a contractor, my previous
girlfriend got interesting in Wikimedia projects after she saw somethings I
worked on my spare time as a volunteer. She even began to write at
Wikimedia Brasil mailing list and outreach Wikimedia projects. ;)

In fact, she still does sometimes some outreach and have even participate
of a Wikimedia meeting recently. (Well, better not say her opinion on
Wikidramas, totally aligned with mine : )

Tom


2014-05-28 11:04 GMT-03:00 Marc A. Pelletier m...@uberbox.org:

 On 05/28/2014 08:59 AM, Fæ wrote:
  A curiosity that only manifested
  itself shortly after the public announcement of your employment by the
  Foundation board.

 In all fairness, Fæ, if my spouse had been hired as the leader of a very
 visible and significant business or nonprofit, I too would find myself
 interested in what it is, what its values are, and how it goes about
 things even if I had been previously unaware or uninterested in it.

 So that Wil's interest manifested around the time Lila was announced as
 the next ED seems to me to be perfectly natural, even if I have
 expressed serious concerns about *how* that interest was expressed.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A personal note.

2014-05-28 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi Will, we generally can find critics mainly from those who cannot
understand or do not have patience when newbies make mistakes. Obviously I
also have this problem sometimes (for this some ironic comments when I
suggested in a recent topic suggesting  we should criticize more
kindlyhttp://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-May/071742.html),
for this I believe it'll take sometime for we, as a group or even Wikimedia
Foundation as an organization, to realise the importance of making mistakes
http://ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/dennett/papers/howmista.htm and give more
importance on our learnings.

My general feeling is that we lack the necessary patience and the
limitation of online communication tends to raise unnecessary issues
(sometimes called wikidramas), but I have no idea how this cultural change
can be achieved in the Wikimedia community. Maybe it will come with
nonviolent communication 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_Communication or when we learn to
ignore the violence and deal with it with wisdom.

Leadership in this (crazy, in the good sense :) horizontal community can
also be a factor to improve the discussions environment, be it on mailing
lists, forums or the wiki. The TeaHouse is a great example. The ideia of
Wikipedia ambassadors to work on educational environments, although not
sustainable in the mid term, is another cool idea. Those great videos made
by Victor idem. More ideias will come, I believe. :)

Tom


2014-05-28 17:18 GMT-03:00 Wil Sinclair w...@wllm.com:

 Well, we were discussing IRC and my experience there in this thread,
 and many people were asking me to wait. I find this interesting,
 because some on Wikipediocracy also asked me to wait, with the
 significant exception that this was to wait until I so something,
 then come back. In this case, it was wait until you've read these
 articles and seen this stuff on-wiki, then come back. I agreed. They
 then checked in with me regularly (I think most of them thought I was
 going to bail), and once I had read the material I had agreed to read,
 we resumed the discussion. It's all here: It's all here on this
 thread: http://wikipediocracy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14t=4531

 But I think I've figured out a way for me to bring up topics without
 worrying about my level of experience with Wikipedia/Wikimedia. I'll
 start a new thread with my concerns and what I've come up with.

 ,Wil


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[Wikimedia-l] Apply now to participate in the Institute for Open Leadership

2014-05-23 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Earlier this week, we kicked
offhttp://openpolicynetwork.org/launch-of-the-open-policy-network/the
Open
Policy Network http://openpolicynetwork.org/. We announced that the first
project within the Network is the Institute for Open
Leadershiphttp://openpolicynetwork.org/iol/.
The Institute for Open Leadership is a training program to develop new
leaders in education, science, public policy, and other fields on the
values and implementation of openness in licensing, policies, and
practices. The Institute is looking for passionate public- and
private-sector professionals interested in learning more about openness and
wish to develop and implement an open policy in their field.

Interested applicants should review the application
informationhttp://openpolicynetwork.org/iol/#applyand submit an
application by *June
30, 2014*. We plan to invite about 15 fellows to participate in the first
round of the Institute for Open Leadership. The in-person portion of the
Institute will be held in the San Francisco bay area in January 2015 (TBD:
either January 12-16 or January 19-23). Applications are open to
individuals anywhere in the world.

More:
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to Criticize with Kindness

2014-05-18 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
That seems a really cool presentation Romaine! Thanks for sharing in this
thread. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend Wikimedia this year, but I
hope to see the video from this presentation and the discussions about it
later! :)

Hugs, Tom


2014-05-16 14:13 GMT-03:00 Romaine Wiki romaine_w...@yahoo.com:

 Hello all,

 I had a discussion with Fabrice about how a culture of Kindness and
 Fabrice also made a submission for Wikimania about it:
 https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/A_Culture_of_Kindness

 In the past years I notice very much how easy discussions can go in the
 wrong direction as all the facial expressions and intonation are lost when
 users write a message on a talk page. Many many times this goes wrong, and
 users have a different interpretation of what someone else said what causes
 a fight on the wiki. If users are smart they find out that in fact the
 difference between them is very small with (usually) only a very slight
 difference in focus, but in general they agree with each other, but they
 don't realize that on the moment of the discussion. (If users with good
 will aren't that smart to discover that, such can grow out to a fighting
 situation for many years.) If I estimate I would say at least 50% of all
 troubled discussions are causes by miscommunication as the result of words
 being read differently as result of missing facial expressions and
 intonation what most people are used to have in the communication with
 people around them.

 If certain users are deaf, autistic or dyslectic, or have such background,
 this is even worsened.

 For some years I say that if I can follow a training to improve textual
 communication to better understand how things are perceived, I really like
 to follow such training. As I don't know of any, I started to figure out
 and collect what communication mistakes are made what cause troubles
 between users with the intention of creating a guide for users, to let them
 understand why some communication gives worse results.

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[Wikimedia-l] How to Criticize with Kindness

2014-05-14 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi,

I remember once I shared here some thoughts from Dennett on the importance
of making mistakeshttp://ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/dennett/papers/howmista.htm.
Now I saw this article about his new book, *Intuition Pumps And Other Tools
for Thinking*http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393082067/braipick-20,
and I would like to share here also:

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/03/28/daniel-dennett-rapoport-rules-criticism/

How to compose a successful critical commentary:


   1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly,
   vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of
   putting it that way.
   2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not
   matters of general or widespread agreement).
   3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
   4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or
   criticism.


If someone here read it, please, share your impressions. I'm tempted to do
it.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Israel been accepted to the Google Grants program

2014-05-05 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Congratulations!

Best wishes,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] simple and effective creation process for chapters

2014-05-03 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2014-05-03 11:56 GMT-03:00 Leigh Thelmadatter osama...@hotmail.com:

 I would settle for an open process, rather than a secretive AffComm.


In Brazil, even trying to push an open process for years, even before
AffComm existed, that didn't work. The problem is deeper. I am aware some
simply gave up and jumped into other more
pragmatic/do-ocratichttp://www.communitywiki.org/cw/DoOcracygroups
to open up knowledge. :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you!

2014-05-02 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2014-05-02 4:56 GMT-03:00 David Cuenca dacu...@gmail.com:

 On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 2:39 AM, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  I've been warned that joining the Wikimedia movement
  is a bit like drinking from a firehose, and so I'd consider myself, right
  now, to be excited, curious, optimistic, and just a tiny little bit
  daunted.
 

 Actually it is more like this :-)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=316AzLYfAzw


This video should be at WMF job positions page!

Welcome, Lila!

I wish you lots of patience. An old message I sent here I recommend:
https://www.mail-archive.com/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/msg05071.html

Warm regards from Brazil.

Do vstrechi,

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Internet rights approved in Brazil

2014-04-23 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Now YES we can celebrate.

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/23/brazil-marcocivil-netmundial2014-senate-approves-bill/

Cheers!

Tom


2014-03-26 12:05 GMT-07:00 Oona Castro oonacas...@gmail.com:

 Fair enough, you're right. There is a long path yet ahead.  The government
 is expecting to be able to sanction/sign it during
 NetMundialhttp://netmundial.br/meeting and has invested a lot on
 negotiations to make it real.

 Let's wait and see how far it can go.

 For those interested in regulation related matters, I'm attaching a draft
 version in English made by Raquel Gatto from ISOC Brazil and shared by
 Carolina Rossini, whom some of you might know.

 Oona




 On 26 March 2014 03:30, Everton Zanella Alvarenga 
 everton.alvare...@okfn.org wrote:

  Humm let's wait until the bill become a *law*.
 
  This is an important step, but we still need a lot of work here.
 
  When our access to information law [1] were approved by the chamber of
  deputies, its bill got stuck in the senate for a looong time. It was
  really, really hard to have any civil society influence to have it
  approved. I didn't believe when I saw it happening - as Spain, Brazil was
  one of the last big democracies without an access to information law.
 
  Now we have to analyse the senate situation and *if* it will be approved
  with the actual configuration. It is possible the bill will have to pass
 on
  several commissions and, if any lobbyist find its amable senator, this
 bill
  can easily get stuck. And we are in the presidential elections year, thus
  if eveything goes as usual, the law will likely be approved only next
 year.
  And if the presidential situation changes (workers party go out of the
  power, which is be very constrained with the world cup results, as
  incredible it can be for a gringo), things can change a lot regarding the
  actual political scenario.
 
   [1]
  *
 https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei_de_acesso_%C3%A0_informa%C3%A7%C3%A3o*
  https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei_de_acesso_%C3%A0_informa%C3%A7%C3%A3o
 
  http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/_ato2011-2014/2011/lei/l12527.htm
 
 
  2014-03-26 2:23 GMT-03:00 Victor Grigas vgri...@wikimedia.org:
 
   Yaho!
  
On Mar 25, 2014, at 7:11 PM, Oona Castro oonacas...@gmail.com
 wrote:
   
Hello all!
   
Subject is not 100% related to Wikimedia, but definitely important
 for
   the
future of projects like ours.
   
Marco civil da Internet (the Brazilian internet civil rights bill)
 has
   just
been approved by the Brazilian
Congress
  
 
 http://oglobo.globo.com/pais/camara-aprova-marco-civil-da-internet-projeto-segue-para-senado-11984559
   .
Now the Senate still needs to approve it.
   
The bill has been recently supported

  
 
 http://www.webfoundation.org/2014/03/marco-civil-statement-of-support-from-sir-tim-berners-lee/
   by
Sir Tim Berners-Lee.[1]
   
Back in 2007, several Brazilian civil society organizations started
 to
fight against bills which were about to be approved creating a penal
  law
over certain uses of internet.
   
This fight led the Brazilian government to build, together with other
Brazilian organizations, a request for comment/collaborative
platformhttp://culturadigital.br/marcocivil/sobre/[2] for the
creation of a civil rights bill for the internet. Contributions
were gathered together and a first draft was proposed for another
 round
   of
public comments on 2010.
   
A first draft was negotiated within the government in 2011. A lot of
   lobby
over the Congress was carried out especially against the articles
 about
   net
neutrality and internet service providers liability (both by
telecommunication companies and the intellectual property industries,
  but
mainly the former - they wanted all internet service providers to be
obliged to remove content under a simple notification claiming the
   content
should be removed. Internet civil rights activists claimed for the
 need
   of
a justice decision about that).
   
The case of NSA spying
Brazil
  
 
 http://g1.globo.com/fantastico/noticia/2013/09/nsa-documents-show-united-states-spied-brazilian-oil-giant.html
   made
the government become fonder of the Marco Civil bill, fostering its
approval in the Congress.
   
Since the first draft of the bill, some aspects were lost, but the
 bill
remains important and mostly beneficial to internet rights in my
  opinion.
It's been a long process, with lots of threats to this initiative,
 but
  in
the end the balance seems good. Good the the freedom of expression
 and
   good
for net neutrality.
   
Best regards
Oona
   
[1]
   
  
 
 http://www.webfoundation.org/2014/03/marco-civil-statement-of-support-from-sir-tim-berners-lee/
[2] http://culturadigital.br/marcocivil/sobre/
[3]
   
  
 
 http://g1.globo.com/fantastico/noticia/2013/09/nsa-documents-show-united-states-spied

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Internet rights approved in Brazil

2014-03-26 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
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[Wikimedia-l] [Job position] Fwd: Looking for an OKFestival events coordinator

2013-11-12 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

since we have several people here involved in organizing events or someone
from your network might have this experience, please, see bellow this job
position for an open knowledge event and spread the word for those who
might be interested.

Tom

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Date: 2013/11/12
Subject: [OKFN-Local-Coord] Looking for an OKFestival events coordinator
To: OKFN-Local-Coord okfn-local-co...@lists.okfn.org


 Hi all,

We're on the hunt for an events coordinator to work with my lovely
colleague Beatrice Martini on the Open Knowledge Festival
2014http://2014.okfestival.org/- know anyone who might be a good
fit? Please encourage them to apply!

 http://okfn.org/jobs/#event

 Keywords: big participatory community event, inclusivity, diversity, great
offline event experience, fantastic pre-during-post online engagement,
proactive enthusiastic hands-on person. *Based anywhere in the world! *

 Deadline to apply is November 24 – very soon!

Thanks,

Zara

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours for VisualEditor

2013-10-30 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Has someone already started a book about wikidramas? One chapter
called 00:00 would be a good one.

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[Wikimedia-l] [Job] OpenGLAM Community Manager

2013-08-22 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
The Open Knowledge Foundation is looking for a part time (20 hours per
week) community manager to help build our growing network of cultural
heritage professionals, researchers and hackers working to open up
data and content held by galleries, libraries, archives and museums
(GLAMs) on the web.

Role description: The Open Knowledge Foundation is recruiting a
community manager with experience in the field of open cultural
heritage data and/or the Digital Humanities to work on the OpenGLAM
initiative and Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana project.

Dead line: Applications close on 16th September 2013.

More details at: http://okfn.org/jobs/#OpenGLAMCommunityManager

I think it would be useful to share with your local Wikimedia groups,
mainly those good in GLAM activities.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Feedback for the Wikimedia Foundation

2013-07-25 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2013/7/25 Martijn Hoekstra martijnhoeks...@gmail.com:

 Speaking of template madness, the current horrible brokenness that are
 templates seem to be on the long term roadmap to be fixed. Fixing them
 requires breaking a whole lot, far more than a visual editor preference. Is
 two way community dialog on how to handle that on the roadmap? It might
 still be years and years away, but boy will it hurt, and we better brace
 ourselves.

It seems more possible to have a wiki software developed from scratch
than this to happen.

If sometimes a small technological fart causes a pandemonium, what can
we say about a real technological progress?

Maybe a new community (less conservative?) to build a good
encyclopedia can come up if a new platformn be invented?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] About the concentration of resources in SF (it was: Communication plans for community engagement

2013-07-25 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Wikimedia Foundation planned a few years ago to open an office in
Brazil, one India and one in the Middle East, but it has given up of
this trial for several reasons.

I think before thinking about the idea of this thread, these cases
should be seriously studied, inclusing some possible problems and
challenges that can raise when you have far workers from different
culture doing a work led by an Americo-centric organization (that was,
at least, one thing pointed out by some consultants during the last
all staff meeting, if I undersstood well).

And I think there is a good point about WMF office being in SF for a
global organization. Its timezone is one example. What about the price
of the city? But that would be a long discussion and the actual
structure of the organization wouldn't allow this to change anytime
soon.

Now that we know that Internet in US is as safe as in Chinas (:D),
maybe an office there would be a good trial? :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The GAC wants you!

2013-07-13 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2013/7/13 rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.com:

 i used imperfect people, core wikipedia people and typical
 content providing person in the last paragraphs, which probably needs
 a little explanation. wikipedia is built traditionally by imperfect
 volunteers, error-prone, partially educated, school or university drop
 outs, poor in project management, time management, financial
 management, constantly failing, redoing, miscalculating. the current
 process specifically targets these people with great accuracy and
 punishes them. it attracts a different type of person, and with it [...]

Imperfect people: if there is some irony in the use of the word
imperfect in yout definition as compared to the perfect ones, your
definition is very funny. Mainly in a cultural context where it is
embarassing to show our natural imperfection. :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] UN subscribe me from Wikimedia---IMMEDIATELY

2013-06-18 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Many consider that there are too many newbies on Internet that gets angry
too easily and don't have patience with trivial things.

Tom

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia for Diplomats (June 21)

2013-06-18 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

a friend of mine is moderating a debate about Wikipedia for diplomat,
professor Marília Maciel, and I think it is of interested of some
wikimedians. Please, see more infomation bellow

http://www.diplomacy.edu/calendar/webinar-wikipedia-diplomats

Diplo Foundation has cood courses on Internet Governance that may be of
interest of those participating of some recent threads I've seen here.
Share also with your local community.

Regards,

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[Wikimedia-l] Google Planning Wireless Networks To Connect The Next 1B People

2013-05-25 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
@ Mobile team

http://readwrite.com/2013/05/24/google-planning-wireless-networks-to-connect-the-next-billion-people

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323975004578503350402434918.html

Tom

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[Wikimedia-l] United Nations Summer School: Call for Applications (deadline 31 May)

2013-05-24 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is collaborating
with EF Education First (EF) in the context of the firstUNAOC-EF Summer
School http://www.unaocefsummerschool.org/, which will take place in
Tarrytown, NY, USA, from 24 to 31 of August 2013.

This UNAOC-EF Summer School will bring together 100 youth from all over the
world for a week of discussions on pressing global challenges within the
context of cultural and religious diversity. Several skills-building
workshops will be offered with a view to strengthen participants’ ability
on topics such as peace-building, human rights, advocacy, social
entrepreneurship, etc.

This year marks the fourth UNAOC Summer School. Youth (between 18 and 35)
who are interested in attending this year’s summer school can apply at
www.UNAOCEFSummerSchool.org http://www.unaocefsummerschool.org/ on or
before 31 May 2013.

Selected participants will be provided with flight, accommodation, meals
and full event access.

For more information about the UNAOC-EF Summer School, please contact
i...@unaocefsummerschool.org http://www.unaocefsummerschool.org/.

We encourage you to share this message with your networks of young people
who might be interested by the UNAOC-EF Summer School.

*Note: The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and EF
Education First (EF) expect to officially launch UNAOC-EF Summer School in
Spring 2013. However, UNAOC and EF reserve the right to not select any
applicants, or to cancel the Summer School for any reason. UNAOC and EF
accept no liability for cancelling the Summer School or for anyone’s
failure to receive actual notification of cancellation.*

More:
http://www.unaoc.org/2013/05/unaoc-education-first-summer-school-call-for-applications/

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[Wikimedia-l] Education Program Re: Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-05-23 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi Frank,

I just saw now this report. Can you explain this line bellow, please? I
didn't get it.

Strategic direction in Brazil didn't work; Tom reporting to Jessie,
disconnected from our work. Unclear lines of authority for decision-making;
classes ended up as not particularly successful. Also, narrowing focus
shifted Tom and Oona's efforts to finding a home for the Brazil program
rather than expanding classes.

I also would love to know who wrote this We anticipated focusing the
majority of our efforts on Global South programs and I would love to know
if Brazil is included in this focusing of efforts. If this includes Brazil,
that is false.

Thanks in advance,

Tom

On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Minutes, pre-prepared notes and slides from the mid-year review
 meeting of the Wikipedia Education Program team have now been posted
 in a similar format at

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Wikipedia_Education_Program/May_2013


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[Wikimedia-l] UNESCO to make its publications available free of charge as part of a new Open Access policy

2013-05-17 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_to_make_its_publications_available_free_of_charge_as_part_of_a_new_open_access_policy/

Great step done by UNESCO! If I understood well, only credit will be
necessary.

I am glad to see that, since in some conversations I've participated with
UNESCO folks or at their events, mainly about open education resources,
some didn't get why the non-commertial restriction is closed/non-free.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Spanish Wikipedia first million

2013-05-16 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi.

A curiosity. How could you go from 991k articles [1] to 1016k [2] in
so few time? That is more than 20k articles in less than 2 days.

Tom

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?oldid=5486358

[2] 
http://es.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Especial:Estad%C3%ADsticasaction=raw

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Spanish Wikipedia first million

2013-05-16 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 9:59 PM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga
t...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 [1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?oldid=5486358

Well, it seems this page on meta get dynamicaly this number from some
other place:

http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesArticlesTotal.htm

I read once some discussion on the definition of total number articles
because of this difference, I cannot remember where.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Spanish Wikipedia first million

2013-05-16 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Haha, gracias for clarifying!

And congratulations for the mark, it is indeeed impressive.

Although my main goal for the Portuguese Wikipedia will be to help our
comunity catalyse the quality of key articles for educational
purposes, not necessarily the quantity. ;)

On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM, Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com wrote:
 In fact, was a technical mistake for which the counter was not taking into
 account ~20,000 lists articles wich in spanish Wikipedia have a special
 name space (Anexo:...). Was a surprising also for us when that bugg was
 fixed today and true was revealed.

 However, the fact is today we have 1,000,000 articles and a plus. Don't be
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

2013-05-12 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
 appreciate (come on, there must be ONE) and tell
 them so?  You'd be shocked how much gratitude they'll feel, because you may
 be the first community member EVER to tell them that.

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

2013-05-09 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
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.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Russian Wikipedia in blacklist trouble again

2013-05-08 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
These days I just say this report

- Less than 14% of World Lives in Countries with Free Press
http://gijn.org/2013/05/07/less-than-14-of-the-world-lives-in-countries-with-a-free-press/

It would be interesting a global comparison on how these States with
less freedom deal with Wikipedia. We could have a page with a table of
countries where Wikipedia is partially/totally blocked, among other
things.

I wonder how it will be when we begin to use Internet for real.

Tom

2013/5/8 Tomasz W. Kozlowski tom...@twkozlowski.net:
 Hi all,
 I think it should be noted that the Russian Wikipedia is having more and
 more problems with the state-maintained Internet blacklist (an idea that
 they heavily opposed, and which made them go on strike last July).

 Apparently, the infamous cannabis smoking article was put back on the said
 blacklist two days ago (May 6)[1] due to a decision of the Federal Drug
 Control Service which doesn't like the current wording of the article. The
 blacklist now includes fifteen (15) articles related to drugs and suicide:
 thirteen (13) from the Russian, and two (2) from the English Wikipedia[2].

 This is the second time that the Russian Wikipedia is having trouble with
 the blacklist in the past 30 days, something that has unfortunately been
 missed over the DCRI controversy that occurred in the first days of April.

 shameless promotion
 For those of you who haven't heard of this yet, I prepared a short summary
 at http://twkozlowski.net/roskomnadzor-strikes-back/; the previous episode
 of the Wikipedia vs. Roskomnadzor story is described at
 http://twkozlowski.net/wikipedia-censorship-attempts/.
 /shameless promotion

 I'm quite sure that it is a mere coincidence that the Russian and French
 controversies occurred around the same time, but it's nevertheless a bit
 worrying to have to watch our communities being forced to edit the contents
 of articles to please the authorities  take them off blacklists.

 == References ==
 * [1]
 http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130507/181016379/Wikipedia-Cannabis-Article-Put-Back-on-Russian-Blacklist.html
 * [2] http://tiny.cc/e7urww

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

2013-05-07 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
It'd be great to see wikimedians there. Tom

-- Forwarded message --
From: Beatrice Martini beatrice.mart...@okfn.org
Date: 2013/5/7
Subject: [okfn-discuss] OKCon 2013 Call for Proposals – out now!
To: Open Knowledge Foundation discussion list okfn-disc...@lists.okfn.org


Hi!

We are glad and excited to give you the news: the *OKCon Call for Proposals
is launched today*!
Read all about it on the OKCon websitehttp://okcon.org/call-for-proposals/
.

Submit your proposals and share the news – we are looking forward to your
ideas!

Best,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiReaders4Kids

2013-05-05 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
That is a cool project. Congrats, Victor.

I've a wikireader with me someone gave a few years ago. Have someone tried
to install a Wikipedia of another language? I will try 
http://dev.thewikireader.com/language-packs/ sometime soon (alguém da WMBR
com mais tempo, se quiser, fale comigo).

What about using their software http://thewikireader.com/ on Linux? If
you were successfull with that, please, let me know. Their apps are just
for Windows and Mac stuff.

I'll check if'd possible to have these machines sold somehow in South
America. Ideas? At least we still don't have at our recent Amazon 
http://www.amazon.com.br/ site.

Maybe it would be good to suggest wikireader producers to have the hardware
source open as well, if that don't make they go bankrupt. Who knows we
could produce locally.

Tom


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 Hello everyone,

 My partner and I just started a campaign on Indiegogo.com to raise funds to
 buy all remaining WikiReaders and distribute them to schools and kids in
 places that don't have internet at no charge to the schools and kids.

 The campaign is here:
 http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-distribute-wikireaders-to-kids

 The video is here:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j07ROeiaFg0

 Please consider funding the campaign and if you can't fund the campaign,
 please share the link with others!

 While I am an employee of the Wikimedia Foundation, I am doing this
 entirely as a volunteer.

 Thanks!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [WCA] Chapters Portal - Yet another Summary of information on Meta

2013-04-25 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Thanks, Manuel. That is useful.

Also I am on of the people who think it is useless to have a chapters
association at this moment (maybe ever?), it is important for us to
organize such kind of information in a more centralized way. :)

We also would need to have  a way to share our best practices and learnings.

Tom

On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 9:22 AM, Manuel Schneider
manuel.schnei...@wikimedia.ch wrote:
 Dear all,

 it has been mentioned several times that Meta is sometimes a messy
 place, with information scattered everywhere around.

 It is on Meta (TM) is one of our most used (and feared) terms.

 Also Wikimedia Chapters often have a hard time to keep their info
 updated, provide their reports at the right place. A Chapters Portal
 which links all information has been mentioned.

 Since Ziko asked to link strategic plans on Meta (yet another place to
 keep updated) and we (WMAT) recently got harrased because we didn't
 publish our office address on a Meta page we never heard of before
 (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_offices - anyone?), I decided
 now to be bold and go ahead:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_Portal

 I also linked this page now on {{Chapters association}} and
 {{Chapters}}, so I hope people will find it and from there will find the
 information they need.

 Please, this is ongoing work - feel free to add more links, descriptions
 etc. I tried to cluster the links as much as I could and provide a brief
 description so people don't have to follow all the links to find what
 they are looking for but it is not yet ready.

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[Wikimedia-l] Highlight the positive aspects and multicultural comparisons

2013-04-24 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

I just saw a nice thread at the Portuguese Wikipedia [1] where
[[user:rjclaudio]], a very active wikipedian, point out the importance
of highlighting also good contributions and what is good for Wikimedia
projects, instead of only saying what is wrong, what you cannot do,
that you have done a mistake.

The discussion in this thread continues with wikipedians sharing their
general feeling of all policies and recommendations emphasizing too
much what cannot be done, what Wikipedia is not, what is not notorious
or reliable, instead of acknowledging and encouraging contributors
(mainly new ones), for small that is his or her contribution.

I see this as a general pattern in the Wikimedia movement, not only
online. But when asking people from other Wikimedia projects, like the
Arabic and Swedish Wikipedias, I was told there is a better reception
for new contributors, for instance.

What about the Wikimedia projects you are involved with, do you see
this pattern of highlighting only the odds? Or sometimes you only see
destructive critics? If so, how can we improve that? No visual editor
or editor engagement will improve that is we, as a global community,
do not acknowledge there is some problem.

Tom

[1] 
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Esplanada/geral/Fa%C3%A7a_coisas_positivas_(21abr2013)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Wikimedia Conference feedback - Grazie mille!

2013-04-21 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Tante tante grazie, Wikimedia Italia!

After 4 Wikimanias, this was my first Wikimedia Conference. A pity my
Brazilian friends still didn't realise the importance of this event.

So greate to see so many wonderful people to make things better and
congratulations for your work!

Arrivederci!

Tom

On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM, Fae faewik+g...@gmail.com wrote:
 I would like to give a personal thankyou to WMIT for successfully
 taking on the scary challenge of hosting the Wikimedia Conference.

 We can all see the team has put in a huge amount of effort and
 creativity into the conference. I loved visiting Milan for the first
 time, and being hosted in such a lovely venue and hotel (I can
 recommend eating out in Milan, all the food I have had here has been
 excellent). I look forward to being invited again :-D

 I'm in the feedback session right now, and I think there are excellent
 learning points to make to make life easier for our next host.

 Grazie mille!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Wikimedia Conference feedback - Grazie mille!

2013-04-21 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
[off-topic]

On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM, Chris Keating
chriskeatingw...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thanks also to the Foundation board for holding a boring meeting with no
 surprises.

Haha.

There was a surprise for me. Jimbo thinks in South America the most
spoken language is Spanish. Although looking now different places at
Wikipedia articles this seems a little controversial and we need to
fix some articles to to it be consistent. At this moment I left to
read my book.

And how come an English pub in Italia?! At least the grapa was good. ;)

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[Wikimedia-l] Open Organizations

2013-04-12 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Dear all,

some friends and I were translating this nice diagram bellow focused on
open government and I just had an idea. If you were going to add WMF in the
middle of this diagram, where would be each element of the Wikimedia
movement? Just a thought experiment. :)

Tom [image: Imagem inline 1]

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open Organizations

2013-04-12 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
I tried to add though gmail with an external link from flickr. Maybe that
is not allowed (I could see when sending).

He is the link of the image (sorry!).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46274765@N07/8600245980/in/photostream

Tom


On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM, Dennis Tobar dennis.to...@gmail.comwrote:

 I don't see any image :|


 On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga 
 everton.alvare...@okfn.org wrote:

  Dear all,
 
  some friends and I were translating this nice diagram bellow focused on
  open government and I just had an idea. If you were going to add WMF in
 the
  middle of this diagram, where would be each element of the Wikimedia
  movement? Just a thought experiment. :)
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposal to use the internal wiki more

2013-04-10 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM, Florence Devouard anthe...@yahoo.comwrote:

 Incidently... given that most people would not be willing to publicly post
 their phone number and possibly other personal information... and that a
 wiki is actually not necessarily the best place to do such a thing, has it
 ever been considered to set up something dedicated to actually host contact
 information ?


https://contacts.wikimedia.org/

Voilà.

Interesting that you don't know.

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

2013-04-10 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi Phoebe and all,

I am not say if saying this is wrong or brakes the confidentiality contract
I've signed as a contractor. My apologies if it is wrong, but I think it is
not. I am sorry to say there are some documents of projects I have been
working on that I believe could be done directly on meta or some other
public wiki. There are some cases, yes, some more elaborated document
should be done to be released in public, but I don't think it is always the
case.

I believe we are wasting resources and energy in some cases not using the
community intelligence and knowledge, even having very high qualified
professionals working on this documents, as it is the case I have seen so
far. Closed mailing lists, closed wikis, closed working groups, closed
meetings... all this doesn't make me feel comfortable, to be honest.

I don't want create a pandemonium here. My opinion here is just to share
one thing I've felt that can diminish the power of crowdsourcing we are all
used to and I believe we have to think ways to improve that.
Wikimediaworld it too complex, there is too much information, projects
and opinions
going on and it is really difficult to organize all that.

For instance, there is this https://collab.wikimedia.org What is this for?!
I have receive (maybe?) one e-mail about this wiki and once I've seen a lot
of crucial and important answers for the Brazil program were there. I
cannot understand why it is not public. Really. Just to you have an idea,
I've asked in December to have this collab (Collab of collaboration?) wiki
to be on the main page of office wiki, but no answer so far.

The organization has grown too fast and maybe it is time to rethink our
best practices and how we operate, analysing everything we are using,
creating a kind of guide, mainly for those professionals that will arrive?
If I am not wrong, how can we do that?

I love this from another group

Running through all of our activities is a strong emphasis on *decentralized
collaboration*. In particular, a primary aim is to help others develop open
material as well as creating it ourselves. We believe that the future lies
in collaboration between a multitude of different groups and that *no one
group or organisation can, or should try to, “do it all*”. It is when we
work together that we are the strongest.

and I am not saying it is easy to implement it. But we have to be self
critical on how to achieve this, for those who agree it is a better way to
work.

Tom

On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote:


 You're being snarky, but I am going to take this as a good-faith
 question

 I have access to the office wiki, left-over from being a board member,
 though I do not edit there and have only accessed it a couple of times over
 the years. I think I can safely say without violating confidentiality that
 it is mainly used as a tool to run a discrete, physical, boring office. It
 is where you will find things like staff phone numbers, info on the
 employee health plans, how to send to the office printers, and how to
 submit an expense report.

 As on internal, there's also lots of outdated stuff, like old notes from
 2008 staff meetings; there are scratchpad idea pages that probably could be
 elsewhere, and there are some pages about department functions and project
 drafts that I'm sure no one would mind being on meta, but much of the
 interesting stuff is public (the annual plan, the communications calendar),
 and as far as I can see with a quick scan there are not large-scale
 discussions happening there.

 So, back to the start of the thread: using a wiki effectively does seem
 like a scoping question, yes, and I think internal (and any other
 internal/private wiki) would benefit from specific scoping like Mike
 proposes; his suggestions seem reasonable to me. I think I can also say
 without violating confidentiality that almost all of the mail to the
 internal list in the last few months has not been discussion focused, but
 rather has been notices of chapter board elections, meetings and reports,
 and I would love to see all that traffic be public (even if it's on a
 separate list so not everyone has to get the notices if they're not
 interested) -- there's nothing inherently confidential about it, and it
 would be nice for that info to be easily findable.

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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: The Open Book now available online for free and in print

2013-04-09 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

for those in the Wikimedia movement interested on open knowledge more
broadly, please, see bellow. I added on Wikimedia Commons a direct link to
the PDF herehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TheOpenBook_issuu_FINAL.pdf
.

Tom

-- Forwarded message --
From: Kat Braybrooke kat.braybrooke AT gmail.com
Date: 2013/4/8
Subject: The Open Book now available online for free and in print
To: openbook openb...@okfestival.org
Cc: Antti Halonen antti.halonen AT finnish-institute.org.uk


Hello,

Thanks for your interest in the Open Book! We are happy to announce that
after a lot of work and passion, this long-awaited publication is now
available both online (for free!) and in print.

THE CONTEXT // From makerspaces to data wrangling schools to archives, the
digital is being remixed by the open – and it is changing society as we
know it. The Open Book http://theopenbook.org.uk is an ambitious project
to explore these emergent understandings, put together by The Finnish
Institute in London as a part of the critical Reaktio series 
http://bit.ly/ZvrLn8 with the help of the Open Knowledge Foundation 
http://okfn.org and a global team of contributors and mentors.

THE BOOK // Inspired by the world’s first Open Knowledge Festival 
http://okfestival.org this fall in Helsinki, The Open Book explores the
social and technological manifestations of this movement for the first
time, featuring over 25 in-depth thought pieces written by pioneers of
openness around the world from London to São Paulo - many of whom were
suggested by you! Also included is “The Evolution of Open Knowledge” 
http://bit.ly/YGwj7N, the world’s first crowdsourced timeline of openness
from 1425 to the current day which we asked you to contribute to 
http://bit.ly/122EuLV earlier this year.

THE CONCLUSIONS // Due to the divisive nature of such an experimental
publication, we do not attempt to present any single argument on what
‘open’ is. Instead, we hope The Open Book will serve as a platform for
discussion and a launching pad for new ideas about the future of a global
open knowledge movement in a time of rapid technological progress.

THE LAUNCH // As many of you already know, The Open Book was officially
launched at FutureEverything in Manchester last month: 
http://bit.ly/146xxwf Many thanks to everyone who came and showed their
support - it was a great event! Here's a summary by Antti Halonen, Head of
Society at the Finnish Institute: http://bit.ly/ZvqHjj

GET YOUR COPY // Web: The Open Book is now available online for free as a
PDF (CC-BY-SA license) at http://theopenbook.org.uk. Print: You can also
grab a beautiful print copy at-cost via Amazon: http://amzn.to/ZcZ2xn.
Please share with colleagues and friends!

THE END // Lastly, and most importantly, we'd like to thank each of you
from the bottom of our hearts for being involved - your ideas, advice and
support have made this project possible, and your work continues to inspire
us! We look forward to your discussions and feedback!

For questions about the publication, you can email us at
openb...@okfestival.org - and do take a moment to continue the debate on
Twitter using the hashtag #TheOpenBook.

With much love,

The entire Open Book Editorial Team


hi, i'm: @kat_braybrooke http://twitter.com/kat_braybrooke | find me at:
kaibray.com
currently hacking popular culture at: mozilla http://webmaker.org
otherwise, i'm into: open design http://design.okfn.org/ | the open
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Gadgets

2013-04-07 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

I've started a page on meta for Wikimedia Gadget

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Gadgets

This page serves for people participating of the Wikimedia movement to
brainstorm on news cool, fun and interesting Wikimedia gadgets. The
ideas can discussed in several languages on the talk page to
facilitate each local group to speak their ideas in their local
language, if necessary. The idea is to expand the possibilities on
what we have so far in the Wikimedia Shop http://shop.wikimedia.org/
and other local groups shops using the global community ideas and help
local groups to outreach Wikimedia projects.

A lot of times someone saw a Wikipedia backpack I have and they found
really cool - people find these kind of things cool. This can help
also local groups to develop their own things to outreach Wikimedia
projects. Also, several times, I was faced in discussions with
colleagues on possible new gadgets beyond those produced by Wikimedia
Foundation, like a Wikipedia flip flop, for instance. Or when
volunteers in Brazil organized a challenge with a initial idea to give
some new gadgetd, like these ones in this news about this activity
http://blogs.estadao.com.br/link/positivo-quer-wikipedia-offline-em-computadores/.

I do think this can also help to outreach other less known Wikimedia
Projects. For instance, when a cool banner was made here in Brazil
https://docs.google.com/file/d/1c3Op5hG6ugo6gsQdmG7MzuG5jXyj_YJjYkcZ61DLi2aRBqlOXT-WKqqSAaKv/edit
by volunteers to use at events, I've  heard more than once people
saying they didn't know other projects and that that was really cool.
As another example, I've just discovered a cool t-shirt of Wikimedia
Sweeden for the Wikipedia education program
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_i_utbildning_tshirt.jpg
and their local shop http://wikimediasverige.spreadshirt.se/ with
original and creative products.

I hope this can bring new ideas and new gadgets. Please, make comments
in the wiki page.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Gadgets

2013-04-07 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Ciao Nemo.

2013/4/7 Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com:
 Everton Zanella Alvarenga, 07/04/2013 15:23:

 The idea is to expand the possibilities on
 what we have so far in the Wikimedia Shop http://shop.wikimedia.org/

 Is this approved by the WMF shop manager?

Humm... Do volunteer need permission to share ideas? Maybe I was not
clear, but the idea is to create prototypes so that we can have more
creative things. The next stages, like creating, sellilng and other
bureacratic stuff, is for the next stage.

 and other local groups shops using the global community ideas and help
 local groups to outreach Wikimedia projects.

 Is this approved by WMF legal? Wikimedia Italia had to close its shop years
 ago.

Well, when people from WMF comes to Brazil with t-shirts, brochures,
stickers etc., I think there is no need to ask any thing to WMF legal.
Here we just receive these resources and share with volunteers on
events and projects, helping to outreach Wikimedia projects. Since in
Brazil there is no legal entity approved as a chapter, I was not even
thinking about a local shop here, but just to focus on the creative
side of volunteers and leave the (boring) bureaucratic stuff for
bureaucrats. :)

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Gadgets

2013-04-07 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2013/4/7 James Forrester ja...@jdforrester.org:

 There's https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_merchandise
 which has a lot of this discussion already.

Damn. Sorry, I didn't find this page! Thanks for pointing this out,
James. I spent some minutes on meta looking for this, but the word
merchandise was not on my head.

And it seems some people who replied here didn't know also. Maybe it
is a good idea to point this page more explicitly at
shop.wikimedia.org. I'll suggest on wiki.

I'll move some of the content here to this page before being bited, hehehe.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Gadgets

2013-04-07 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Pessoal,

já existia uma página disse que eu não consegui achar

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_merchandise#Link_to_this_page_at_the_top_of_shop.wikimedia.org.3F

Depois seria legal traduzir a página principal no meta e pensarmos em
produtos tupiniquins.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-04-04 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Ccing Sophie, from Wikimedia Sweeden, whom I had the pleasure to talk
today and learned from their Education Program. We can still learn a
lot.

http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/02/14/wikipedia-education-program-sweden/

Context: http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2013-March/thread.html
(threads Office hour inside out (program evaluation))

More soon.

Tom

On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM, Jessie Wild jw...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 On Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 2:26 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:

 After re-reading my email to Jessie and looking again at some of the
 recent WMF Monthly Reports, I think I may be making some assumptions about
 how Programs and Evaluations works that may be incorrect. Jessie, would you
 be willing to have an IRC office hour? I think that might address my
 questions and concerns faster than a prolonged email discussion on this
 list, although it has the disadvantage that fewer people are able to
 participate. Please email me off-list if you're willing to set up a time
 when we're both available.


 Yes definitely. Sorry for just now responding: somehow I totally missed
 these emails last week.

 Pine and I will coordinate on a time and send it around to the list!


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-29 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:

 May I ask, if you're working on things like the Learning Portal, what
 are Frank and other people within the programs and evaluations
 group working on? I'm interested in seeing a list of the current
 initiatives, what their goals are, when they started, who the task
 leads are, and what progress has been made so far. I think Frank's
 appointment was in August 2012 and it would be great to get an
 overview about what's been happening in Programs and Evaluations
 a since then. I've been hoping to see that information in the WMF
 monthly reports but I've seen surprisingly little info in the
 past few reports.

I also would like to know that.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

2013-03-29 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
[off-topic]


2013/3/29 Matthew Roth mr...@wikimedia.org

 I hear 2014 will be a very busy year in Brasil
 Some sport thing with a ball and a large green pitch :)

Yeah, we are going to have the world cup, where millions and millions
of reais (our currency) is going to corrupts to an event that lasts
only a few days and only high middle class to rich people (and
foreigners, hey!) will have access to.

And silly people believe in the silly arguments of economical benefits
from this crap. Just hace a look at South Africa case. :(

Fortunately, I hope I will stay far from Brazil to don't see this,
because only who live here and use Brazilian public services (I am not
mentioneing the blind middle class) will see the consequences in the
mid and long term of so much corruption.

Hopefully hotels will be so expensive that Wikimania here won't be sustainable.

Tom

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[Wikimedia-l] Crisis of conscience Fwd: [REA]

2013-03-29 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Good example.


-- Forwarded message --
From: Barbara Dieu beeonl...@gmail.com
Date: 2013/3/27
Subject: [REA] Crisis of conscience
To: rea-li...@googlegroups.com


Entire library journal editorial board resigns, citing 'crisis of
conscience' after death of Aaron Swartz

In a dramatic show of support for the open access movement, the
editor-in-chief and entire editorial board of the Journal of Library
Administration announced their resignation last week. In a letter to
contributors, the board singled out a conflict with owners over the
journal's licensing terms, which stripped authors of almost all claim
to ownership of their work.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/26/4149752/library-journal-resigns-for-open-access-citing-aaron-swartz

Um abc
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[Wikimedia-l] Open Knowledge Conference is live! Fwd: [OKFN-Local-Coord]

2013-03-28 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

I think this event is of interest of the Wikimedia movement, since it
englobes open knowledge in a broad sense

http://okcon.org/

It would be nice to see Wikimedia and OKFN local chapters
collaborating for this event.

Tom


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Date: 2013/3/21
Subject: [OKFN-Local-Coord] OKCon is live!
To: Open Knowledge Foundation Local Coordinators Mailing List
okfn-local-co...@lists.okfn.org
Cc: local lo...@okfn.org


In case you haven't heard it through the Internet tubes today:

http://blog.okfn.org/2013/03/21/announcing-the-open-knowledge-conference-2013-open-data-broad-deep-connected/

Please tweet / blog / shout / smoke-signal like your life depends on it :)
We really hope to see many of you there! (there will be a bursary
program, more info later).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

2013-03-28 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Good point, Florence.

Is it like if we hired someone for a education position to work during
one school term for only 6 months.

Tom

On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM, Florence Devouard anthe...@yahoo.com wrote:
 Welcome again Ellie

 A question came to my mind when I read the description of the job.

 - making sure there is good continuity and knowledge-transfer as the
 conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.

 Yet, she is taking on the role as an annual contract.

 Is there not a contradiction here ?

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[Wikimedia-l] IdeaLab (it was: Office hour inside out (program evaluation)) Re:

2013-03-27 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi,

thanks for sharing the IdeaLab portal. [1] I didn't know it, although
I knew portals and individual inside him, like the Individual
Engagement Grants. I don't have time now to make longer comments, but
two questions:

1) Is there a possibility for thie committee to be more open, like the
WMF grants program? [2]

2) Isn't time for we think out of the box, I mean, out of the wiki and
try technologies that can foster the community evaluation of
projetcs/idea and discussions? I know the question is too general, but
recently, for isntance, I thought about using a reddit like system for
the Portuguese Wikipedia village pump for the community distringuish
try to distinguish what is good or not. I mentioned something like All
Our Ideas once http://www.allourideas.org/, but I think there are
other things worth trying, if possible.

P. S. Just look the discussion system inside a wiki. Damn.

Tom

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Jessie Wild jw...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Any initial thoughts on how to maximize the effectiveness of those two
 ideas (IdeaLab and Learning Portal)?


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-24 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi, Pine.

On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:

 Tom, I'm glad that you studied the IEP.

I did this in the beginning mainly through Jessie Wild's support, who
always kept articulating the SF staff for improve the education group
learnings, and Nitika Tandon, now at CIS - a pity I barely talk to Nitika
since a long time ago, although I have called her independently to learn
more once.

Although I have studied, we should have had more time for that. And I
believe now with the learning team this will be improved at WMF. I'll share
here also some thoughts I sent to my colleagues at the former global
develoment efforts mainling list...

I discovered some time ago an organization with interesting ideas
regarding failures, Admiting Failure http://www.admittingfailure.com/.
They say in the main page

We have a conundrum. It is really hard to talk about failure. Admitting
Failure is here to help. This is a community and a resource, created to
establish new levels of transparency, collaboration and innovation within
civil society.

Fear, embarrassment, and intolerance of failure drives our learning
underground. No more. Failure is strength. The most effective and
innovative organizations are those that are willing to speak openly about
their failures. Because the only truly bad failure is one that's
repeated.

Pretty interesting. :)

Also, I discovered an interesting article of professor Daniel Dennett these
days, which I would like also to recommend, How to make
mistakeshttp://ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/papers/howmista.htm,
where I quote

The main difference between science and stage magic is that in science you
make your mistakes in public. You show them off, so that everybody can
learn from them--not just yourself. This way, you get the benefit of
everybody else's experience, and not just your own idiosyncratic path
through the space of mistakes. This, by the way, is what makes us so much
smarter than every other species. It is not so much that our brains are
bigger or more powerful, but that we share the benefits that our individual
brains have won by their individual histories of trial and error.

The secret is knowing when and how to make mistakes, so that nobody gets
hurt and everybody can learn from the experience. It is amazing to me how
many really smart people don't understand this. I know distinguished
researchers who will go to preposterous lengths to avoid having to
acknowledge that they were wrong about something--even something quite
trivial. What they have never noticed, apparently, is that the earth does
not swallow people up when they say, Oops, you're right. I guess I made a
mistake. You will find that people love pointing out your mistakes. If
they are generous-spirited, they will appreciate you more for giving them
the opportunity to help, and acknowledging it when they succeed, and if
they are mean-spirited they will enjoy showing you up. Either way, you--and
we all--win.

Which reminded me a TED talk of Igor Nikolic on Complex Adaptive
Systemshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS0zj_dYeBE I
saw sometime ago, where he says

What we really do is make mistakes all the time. The question is, how can
we make mistakes in such a way we can recover from them? How do we do
social experiments? [...] How do we do without making a big mess? How do we
try different things in a environment without distroying it? And how do we
learn from things that went wrong? That is something that we really have to
address.

We have to grow. What do I mean by that? It has to be a step-by-step thing
evolving, adapting, learning. You cannot jump in the future. [...] And
maybe most importantly, we have to do it together.

Best wishes,

Tom

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[Wikimedia-l] Pizza, Wikipedia and Education!

2013-03-19 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

I would like to suggest a meetup soon in Milan for those interested in
the Education Program following the workshop that is going to happen
there. There will be a workshop already most of the day, then we could
have a meetup later in the night with Wikimedians from all over the
world e, naturalmente, i nostri amici italiani! :) I have made a
proposta on the talk page of the Education Workshop

http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikipedia_Education_Program/Education_Program_Leaders_Workshop_2013#Pizza.2C_Wikipedia_and_Education.21

Please, if you have suggestions of places to go (pizza?! :D) to gather
lots of Wikimedians interested in education or know people who might
be interested, comment above and share this link.

Arrivederci!

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-17 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi, Balázs and James,

orkut was the most popular social networking platform until a few
years ago. I don't have scientific research to prove that now, but
from my networking, which includes poor to high middle class people,
most have migrated to facebook. orkut is seen as a site where low
middle class and poor people access, which is true if youu visit a Lan
House in a slum in São Paulo - last time I went I've seen people using
both, orkut and facebook. All my friends from a slum I've worked in a
educational project near University of São Paulo use facebook, for
instance. James link also confirms that.

According to this Wall Street Journal news on social media in Brazil
[1], Facebook Inc. has some 65 million users in Brazil, which makes
it the company's second largest market after the U.S. by number of
users, according to social-analytics company Socialbakers.

Also People in Brazil are spending increasing amounts of time
connected to social-media sites. Globally, the average time spent on
Facebook dropped 2% to 361 average minutes per user per month by
September 2012, compared with a year earlier, according to comScore
research.

But in Brazil, Facebook time grew 208% to 535 minutes over the same
period. [...]

Quite a lot to understand and this makes the data of this facebook
page more striking.

Tom

[1] Brazil: The Social Media Capital of the Universe:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323301104578257950857891898.html
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-16 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 4:17 AM, Fabrice Florin fflo...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 I'm so happy for everyone -- particularly for all the folks in the
 developing world who are now getting access to free knowledge they wouldn't
 otherwise have.

This news was posted on facebook and a guy from Angola just asked when
it will be available there for the Portuguese Wikipedia as well

https://www.facebook.com/wikipediapt/posts/228266030650914?comment_id=947903offset=0total_comments=2

Kul, maybe it would be more useful for Angola and Mozambique than the
Banana Republic. :)

When I do the hangouts with Angolans and Mozambicans (on my spare
time, sure), [Note] I'll analyse this to have a better insight. ;)

Tom

[Note] The statistics of a facebook page (led by volunteers) of the
Portuguese Wikipedia [1]  has shown some curious numbers because
people who usually like it are from Luanda and Maputo cities in
Africa, I've shared this information with some wikipedians [2]
(obviously further analysis on this data with other methods is
necessary) and invited experienced editors to participate of google
hangouts where we are going to invite people from these countries to
explain about Wikipedia and the Education Program. [3]

Just to you have an idea, Luanda (population ~5 mi) has about 1.700
people who liked it, Maputo (pop. ~1.2 mi) 750, followed by São Paulo
(pop. 11.3 mi) and Rio de Janeiro (6.2 mi) with 230 and 180,
respectively. Maybe there is some bias on facebook we cannot have
access to, but it will be really interesting to try to figure out that
and the videos of these hangout can also be really interesting to try
to understand how people in these countries use Wikipedia. A mobile
project in these countries could also be interesting, but not sure if
we can have it in the short term.

I'll try to do these hangouts withe them, [3] anyone here is welcome to help.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/wikipediapt

[2] 
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Esplanada/geral/Estat%C3%ADsticas_sobre_a_Wikip%C3%A9dia_lus%C3%B3fona_atrav%C3%A9s_do_facebook_e_Programa_de_Educa%C3%A7%C3%A3o_na_%C3%81frica_(22fev2013)

[3] 
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Esplanada/propostas/Web_confer%C3%AAncia_sobre_a_Wikip%C3%A9dia_e_o_programa_de_educa%C3%A7%C3%A3o_com_leitores_de_Angola_e_Mo%C3%A7ambique_(22fev2013)

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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Support the Public Domain Review

2013-03-12 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
I think it is worth supporting it. Wikimedia Commons is one of its sources.
Tom

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wonderful and unusual out-of-copyright works available online*. Through its
curated collections and articles by leading scholars, writers, and
archivists it entertains and amazes us with the beauty and breadth of the
public domain -- *celebrating* and *raising the awareness* about the value
of our* shared cultural commons* at a time when it is increasingly under
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] fiction: WMF policy of paying less than market

2013-03-09 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Folks, please, stop with this irony and let's move the office from San
Francisco to Brazil. *Then* we can begin to speak about suits,
ferraris and being surronded by pretty girls with a WMF wage. We would
also have nice fruits and the best beaches.

Tom

On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Peter Gervai grin...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 2:32 AM, Tom Morris t...@tommorris.org wrote:
  Next time someone balks at my day rate, I'm just going to say I need a
  new Ferrari and twenty new Hugo Boss suits a year or you'll feel the force
  of a discrimination case at the employment tribunal.

 And I'll remind you to solve all opened tickets. You're welcome to
 speak up after finished. Have a nice day. Night. s.

 :-P

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[Wikimedia-l] Brazilian Wikipedia editing workshop in homage to International Women’s Day

2013-03-08 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
*After learning the basics needed to create a Wikipedia article, the
participants improved existing articles related to feminism, as part of a
celebration of International Women’s Day*

[image: Primeiro mutirão de edição da Wikipédia para e com
mulheres]http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Primeiro_WikiMulheres.jpg

Primeiro mutirão de edição da Wikipédia para e com mulheres

Para aproximá-las do universo “wiki,” os voluntários dos projetos

Knowledge is power: no one should doubt that. Although the possibility of
contributing knowledge to the biggest encyclopedia of the world, Wikipedia,
is free and open for anyone, about 91 percent of its editors are men. What,
then, is the prospect for women in this story?

In order to engage women in the “wiki” universe, volunteers of the
Wikimedia projects in Brazil, with the support of the Wikimedia Foundation,
organized a workshop about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia
projectshttp://br.wikipedia.org/wiki/chapter:Dia_Internacional_da_Mulher/2013
and
proposed a joint effort for editing the encyclopedia in homage to International
Women’s Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women%27s_Day. The
meeting took place on March 2nd at The Hub http://saopaulo.the-hub.net/ and
gathered men and women interested in learning and practicing the editing of
Wikimedia projects.

About 15 people attended the event, where they discussed the criteria for
writing and publishing a Wikipedia article, the sources that may be
considered reliable and the collaborative dynamic of editing. At the end of
the workshop, the group dedicated themselves to improving articles related
to women and feminism: “Women’s Rights” and “Grace Hopper” (“Direitos da
mulher” http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direitos_da_mulher and “Grace
Hopper”http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper in
Portuguese) were two examples of such contributions.

“The steps for editing an article are simple, and from what I have observed
in the meetup, anyone can learn them quickly,” said Fernanda Campagnucci,
from Ação Educativa http://www.acaoeducativa.org.br/, who edited the
article about women’s rights, her first contribution to the project. “But
we live in a society where the sharing of knowledge is unequal and the
technology is still often considered part of the masculine universe. It is
this vision that we need to break.”

To discuss and overcome the lack of women collaborating on Wikipedia, the
Wikimedia movement maintains a page (Gender
Gaphttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_Gap)
to gather information, references and ideas on the subject, in addition to
promoting activities like this workshop. With the goal of increasing
women’s participation in the project, new women editors are encouraged to
join mailing lists https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/gendergap
 and online 
communitieshttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_Gap#Projects_within_Wikimedia_communities
.

The Wikimedia movement in Brazil expects that this initiative in Sao Paulo
will inspire volunteers from other regions of the country to help the event
become regular every March, extending the debate about women’s
participation in Wikipedia and lowering the gender gap. You can
contact the Wikimedia
volunteers in Brazil http://br.wikimedia.org/ to obtain more information.
Everybody is welcome to participate and organize upcoming events!

*Fernanda Campagnucci (NGO Ação Educativa)*
*Translation by Tom and Cristiana Gonzalez*

   - See more photos of the edithaton
herehttp://br.wikimedia.org/wiki/Dia_Internacional_da_Mulher/2013#Fotos


http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/08/wikipedia-editing-workshop-in-brazil-honors-international-womens-day/

Happy women's day!

Tom

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[Wikimedia-l] Students for Free Culture annual conference

2013-03-06 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
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From: Students for Free Culture webleader+rss-...@freeculture.org
Date: 2013/3/5
Subject: [FC-discuss] Register for FCX2013!
To: disc...@freeculture.org


Students for Free Culture will be having its annual conference at [New
York Law School][1] on April 20-21st!

The Students for Free Culture Conference is an annual gathering of
student and non-student activists, thinkers, and innovators who are
dedicated to advancing discussions on technology, law, and public
policy. Through panels and keynote speakers, FCX 2013 will focus on
current issues in intellectual property law, open access to educational
resources, maker culture, and technology policy. Through workshops, the
conference will revisit the core pillars of the free culture movement,
examine the success stories from our movement, and identify new ways in
which Students for Free Culture can advocate for a more free, open, and
participatory digital environment.

For more information about the conference, visit the conference
[website][2].

Registration is [open][3]!

Through the generosity of our sponsors, [Students for Free Culture][4]
is once again able to offset student travel costs for this year’s
conference in NYC. Our first priority is to provide funding to at least
one student from every active chapter in the organization – but funding
is available to _all_ student activists and leaders who would like to
attend FCX2013.

If you can’t afford the cost of traveling to NYC next month, please do
not hesitate to fill out this [form to request travel funding][5]. We
have some money and we want to give it to you.

If you have friends at schools that do not currently have an active SFC
chapter but you think they should be at the conference, please pass
along [this link][5] to them, too. Sometimes attending the conference is
just the spark that someone needs to get out there and start a new
chapter on their campus!


   [1]: https://www.google.com/maps?q=new+york+law+schoolhl=ensll=40.6
97488,-73.979681sspn=0.69759,1.233215hq=new+york+law+schoolt=mz=15

   [2]: http://freeculture.org/feed/fcx2013.org

   [3]: http://fcx2013.eventbrite.com

   [4]: http://freeculture.org/

   [5]: http://bit.ly/fcx2013_travelfunding

URL: http://freeculture.org/blog/2013/03/06/register-for-fcx2013/
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[Wikimedia-l] Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia Foundation

2013-03-01 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi all,

I would like to invite you all to help to improve this page on
possible and actual collaborations between the Open Knowledge
Foundation and Wikimedia Foundation.

http://wiki.okfn.org/Open_Knowledge_Foundation_and_Wikimedia_Foundation

In Brazil, Germany and UK, we have already seen some projects where we
had OKFNers and wikimedians collaboration with each other. I invite
you all to think how to improve it for the sake of the awesomeness of
both organizations and their visions.

http://okfn.org/about/vision/

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Vision

Hugs,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia Foundation

2013-03-01 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
(Quick comment - cannot engage in the discussion now)

Fae, thanks for moving this page! I agree with this.

Sarah, I'll be using OKFN wiki, which I've been using since 2011, for
organize the bylaw, board and advisory board. Let's discuss this on
the OKFN channels later, it's a pity I could not go to Cambridge this
year to strongly oppose that. I don't think we (OKFN) should have an
internal wiki (!) and/or close it.

If OKFN stops using its wiki or closes it (I hope we don't!), we
should move the page I started with Kat to meta.

Tom

On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:
 On 1 March 2013 13:42, Sarah Stierch sarah.stie...@gmail.com wrote:
 We're actually even considering making the wiki internal because it's not
 fruitful for anyone outside of the internal community. So..don't expect much
 to happen with that wiki space.

 I think it would be great to have a public page like this to
 demonstrate our partnerships between the two organizations. It is a
 handy thing to point to, in order to show off some of the stuff our
 global networks of volunteers work together on. It seems a pity to
 only do this on a country-by-country basis.

 The UK chapter has a page for active GLAM partnerships
 https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cultural_partnerships and a historical
 record forms part of our Annual Report (the next one will be at
 https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/2013_Annual_Report/Partnerships). I
 think doing something wider like this for a couple of close partners
 is sensible (i.e. those partners where our Mission greatly over-laps),
 so long as it can be maintained and is somewhere where we can find it
 again (!)  ;-)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Provisional Wikimedia Kenya no longer a chapter

2013-03-01 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2013/3/1 James Alexander jameso...@gmail.com:

 I'm very confused, could you explain a bit more about what you were trying
 to say with this link?

http://br.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation/Comit%C3%AA_de_Cap%C3%ADtulos/Resposta_aos_questionamentos_2010_02

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[Wikimedia-l] The Church of Reason

2013-02-20 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
[...]

It began with reference to a newspaper article about a country church
building with an electric beer sign hanging right over the front
entrance. The building had been sold and was being used as a bar. One
can guess that some classroom laughter started at this point.
The college was well known for drunken partying and the image vaguely
fit. The article said a number of people had complained to the
church officials about it. It had been a Catholic church, and the
priest who had been delegated to respond to the criticism had sounded
quite irritated about the whole thing. To him it had revealed an
incredible ignorance of what a church really was. Did they think that
bricks and boards and glass constituted a church? Or the shape of the
roof? Here, posing as piety was an example of the very
materialism the church opposed. The building in question was not holy
ground. It had been desanctified. That was the end of it. The
beer sign resided over a bar, not a church, and those who couldn’t
tell the difference were simply revealing something about
themselves.

Phædrus said the same confusion existed about the University and that
was why loss of accreditation was hard to understand. The real
University is not a material object. It is not a group of buildings
that can be defended by police. He explained that when a college lost
its accreditation, nobody came and shut down the school. There were no
legal penalties, no fines, no jail sentences. Classes did not
stop. Everything went on just as before. Students got the same
education they would if the school didn’t lose its accreditation. All
that
would happen, Phædrus said, would simply be an official recognition of
a condition that already existed. It would be similar to
excommunication. What would happen is that the real University, which
no legislature can dictate to and which can never be identified
by any location of bricks or boards or glass, would simply declare
that this place was no longer holy ground. The real University
would vanish from it, and all that would be left was the bricks and
the books and the material manifestation.

It must have been a strange concept to all of the students, and I can
imagine him waiting for a long time for it to sink in, and perhaps
then waiting for the question, What do you think the real University is?

His notes, in response to this question, state the following:

  The real University, he said, has no specific location. It owns no
property, pays no salaries and receives no material dues. The real
University is a state of mind. It is that great heritage of rational
thought that has been brought down to us through the centuries and
which does not exist at any specific location. It’s a state of mind
which is regenerated throughout the centuries by a body of people
who traditionally carry the title of professor, but even that title is
not part of the real University. The real University is nothing less
than
the continuing body of reason itself.

  In addition to this state of mind, reason, there’s a legal entity
which is unfortunately called by the same name but which is quite
another thing. This is a nonprofit corporation, a branch of the state
with a specific address. It owns property, is capable of paying
salaries, of receiving money and of responding to legislative
pressures in the process.

But this second university, the legal corporation, cannot teach, does
not generate new knowledge or evaluate ideas. It is not the real
University at all. It is just a church building, the setting, the
location at which conditions have been made favorable for the real
church
to exist.

  Confusion continually occurs in people who fail to see this
difference, he said, and think that control of the church buildings
implies
control of the church. They see professors as employees of the second
university who should abandon reason when told to and take
orders with no backtalk, the same way employees do in other corporations.

  They see the second university, but fail to see the first.

[...]

The primary goal of the Church of Reason, Phædrus said, is always
Socrates’ old goal of truth, in its ever-changing forms, as it’s
revealed by the process of rationality. Everything else is subordinate
to that. Normally this goal is in no conflict with the location goal
of improving the citizenry, but on occasion some conflict arises, as
in the case of Socrates himself. It arises when trustees and
legislators who’ve contributed large amounts of time and money to the
location take points of view in opposition to the professors’
lectures or public statements. They can then lean on the
administration by threatening to cut off funds if the professors don’t
say what
they want to hear. That happens too.

True churchmen in such situations must act as though they had never
heard these threats. Their primary goal never is to serve the
community ahead of everything else. Their primary goal is to serve,
through reason, the goal of truth.

[...]

Zen and the 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising testing

2013-02-20 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi, Megan.

Wouldn't be better to add our data on some wiki page or spreadsheet?

By the way, I've seen the banner once yesterday on the Portuguese
Wikipedia (blue background), but I seldom use Wikipedia logged out. I
am in São Paulo.

Tom

On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM, Megan Hernandez
mhernan...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 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 note on the
 fundraising meta discussion page:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fundraising_2013

 Thanks!

 Megan

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Your support is wanted: The WMF Board of Trustees is looking for a new Board member

2013-02-18 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi,

sure I didn't mean every external consultancy is evil. Sorry if I
sounded like that. Firstly, the world is not divided between good and
evil, like if we had an axis of evil. :P

Just as an example, the same company I just criticized had a better
performance in another country. Things can vary a lot and I am sure
people in charge of the particular process are aware of that. I just
wanted to remind a particular case that I believe is worth studying.

And I do think sometimes to have an external consultancy can help us
to diminish our own bias.  ;)

Tom

On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 9:52 AM, Jan-Bart de Vreede
jdevre...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hi

 Sounded like good intervention, thanks for reminding me :)

 Truth is of course that board Governance Committee is driving this process 
 together with Gayle. That means that multiple community (s)elected board 
 members are involved in the initial screening and that the whole board will 
 be included in the final selection.

 This would also be a good opportunity to make a small point: not all external 
 consultancy is evil :) As a community we tend to be naturally suspicious of 
 people that get paid a lot of money for tasks that theoretically could 
 also be done my the community… There is a good reason why we sometimes rely 
 on paid external advisors, some of which were given by Gayle.

 m|Oppenheim in particular has been a great partner in WMF hiring with great 
 results, and I hope that they can be as effective in this search (which we 
 hope you can help out with by suggesting good candidates to them)

 Regards

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Interesting research?

2013-02-18 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi, Andrew.

Recently I came to a subject I first listened about 13 years ago in
the work of Murray Gell-Mann on complex adaptive systems, when I just
started to study physics. I think Wikipedia is an interesting system
to analyse such subject. Please, see

http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/wealth_of_networks/10._Social_Ties:_Networking_Together#The_Magic_of_Wikis.3F

http://wiki.cas-group.net/index.php?title=Self-Organization#Web_2.0_and_Wiki

I haven't been making research recently, but on my spare time I've
been studying related to that. And because of Jonathan Morgan reseach
bellow on WikiProjects

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Wikiproject_Participation_%26_Mentorship

this paper

https://docs.google.com/file/d/1nTHh4GRswNaa5mQE4aQc3AZQf3SpSojGsOR9LQTbCj1OBlq4xnLNalkuvKAP/edit

and discussion with the Portuguese Wikipedia community, we are trying,
through discussions with the network of the Ministry of Healthy in
Brazil, to revitalize the medicine WikiProject on the Portuguese
Wikipedia as part of the Wikipedia Education Program. The idea is to
form a critical mass of contributors and see how much it will improve
the content on this subject, working also together with other partner
we have made through the catalyst program in Brazil, like translation
universities.

Thus a complex adaptive system is the most interesting thing that came
to me because of Wikipedia.

Tom

On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM, Andrew Gray andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk wrote:
 Hi all,

 A speculative question: what's the most novel, thought-provoking, or
 otherwise interesting piece of research you've seen, either

 a) using information from Wikipedia (ie extracted text), or
 b) looking at Wikipedia itself as a subject?

 I'm giving a talk next month which will cover research about/with WP
 and other WM projects, and I'm curious to know what people think would
 be most interesting as examples. I've a few, but the things I find
 interesting are often unusual :-)

 Suggestions appreciated!

 Thanks,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Interesting research?

2013-02-18 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
P. S. because of that, I am also really curious on what will happen
when someone use a MOOC with Wikipedia. See this proposal, for
instance

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wikipedia_Massive_Open_Online_Courses

It will be quit interesting to see the possibly good effects of
students engaging on Wikipedia to improve it. This is very related to
this also interesting research on what Wikipedia can teach us about
the future of journalism

http://gigaom.com/2012/12/19/what-wikipedia-can-tell-us-about-the-future-of-news/

Tom

On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga
t...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hi, Andrew.

 Recently I came to a subject I first listened about 13 years ago in
 the work of Murray Gell-Mann on complex adaptive systems, when I just
 started to study physics. I think Wikipedia is an interesting system
 to analyse such subject. Please, see

 http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/wealth_of_networks/10._Social_Ties:_Networking_Together#The_Magic_of_Wikis.3F

 http://wiki.cas-group.net/index.php?title=Self-Organization#Web_2.0_and_Wiki

 I haven't been making research recently, but on my spare time I've
 been studying related to that. And because of Jonathan Morgan reseach
 bellow on WikiProjects

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Wikiproject_Participation_%26_Mentorship

 this paper

 https://docs.google.com/file/d/1nTHh4GRswNaa5mQE4aQc3AZQf3SpSojGsOR9LQTbCj1OBlq4xnLNalkuvKAP/edit

 and discussion with the Portuguese Wikipedia community, we are trying,
 through discussions with the network of the Ministry of Healthy in
 Brazil, to revitalize the medicine WikiProject on the Portuguese
 Wikipedia as part of the Wikipedia Education Program. The idea is to
 form a critical mass of contributors and see how much it will improve
 the content on this subject, working also together with other partner
 we have made through the catalyst program in Brazil, like translation
 universities.

 Thus a complex adaptive system is the most interesting thing that came
 to me because of Wikipedia.

 Tom

 On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM, Andrew Gray andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk 
 wrote:
 Hi all,

 A speculative question: what's the most novel, thought-provoking, or
 otherwise interesting piece of research you've seen, either

 a) using information from Wikipedia (ie extracted text), or
 b) looking at Wikipedia itself as a subject?

 I'm giving a talk next month which will cover research about/with WP
 and other WM projects, and I'm curious to know what people think would
 be most interesting as examples. I've a few, but the things I find
 interesting are often unusual :-)

 Suggestions appreciated!

 Thanks,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Interesting research?

2013-02-18 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga
t...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 http://wiki.cas-group.net/index.php?title=Self-Organization#Web_2.0_and_Wiki

Using google cache because this page is not working (maybe only today?)

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:C7l687ionEAJ:wiki.cas-group.net/index.php%3Ftitle%3DSelf-Organizationhl=pttbo=dstrip=1

See Web 2.0 and Wiki.

T

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimediaau-l] Sue Gardner interview on ABC Radio

2013-02-15 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 2:06 AM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 There is now a downloadable MP3 (50min) at
 http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/02/15/3691244.htm .


Have someone tried to ask permission to open this content with a free
license? At least in Brazil it worked sometimes with me when I asked
and I could add them on Commons, even when dealing with the big news
media.

Tom

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[Wikimedia-l] Massive open online course(s) about Wikipedia Fwd: [Wikimedia Education]

2013-02-13 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
-- Forwarded message --
From: Sage Ross ragesoss+wikipe...@gmail.com
Date: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 1:18 AM
Subject: [Wikimedia Education] Massive open online course(s) about Wikipedia
To: Wikimedia Education educat...@lists.wikimedia.org


Hey folks! I just put up an Individual Engagement Grant proposal for
an idea I've been kicking around for a while now: getting a course
about Wikipedia onto one of the big 'massive open online course'
systems that have been so successful lately (Coursera, Udacity, edX).
Coursera classes typically have tens of thousands of students, so
there's huge potential for recruiting new Wikipedians and bringing
together a lot of the knowledge we've developed about teaching *about*
Wikipedia.

If you're interested, have a look at the proposal:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wikipedia_Massive_Open_Online_Courses

And if you have an interest in *leading* a MOOC, let's talk.

Cheers,
Sage Ross (in a volunteer capacity)

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[Wikimedia-l] Global Wikipedia: International and cross-cultural issues in online collaboration

2013-01-19 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
(Sorry for the cross-posting, but today is Saturday.)

*Important dates:*

Proposals Submission Due: January 31, 2013
Full Chapters Due: March 15, 2013
Final Submission Due: July 1, 2013

*Editors (to whom chapters should be sent and questions addressed):

Pnina Fichman (fichman at indiana.edu mailto:fichman at indiana.edu); Noriko
Hara (nhara at indiana.edu mailto:nhara at indiana.edu) Indiana
University, Bloomington.

*Introduction:*

Wikipedia offers articles in 285 languages and more than 80% of
Wikipedia articles are written in languages other than English. In
addition, the English Wikipedia itself attracts users from all over the
world. This global nature of Wikipedia provides a rich socio-technical
environment to examine a wide range of international and cross-cultural
issues. Despite the global reach of Wikipedia, most of the published
works about Wikipedia are based on the English site. More research
should pay attention to the global, multilingual nature of Wikipedia to
gain a better understanding of online international cooperation, on one
hand, and of cross-cultural variations in mass knowledge production
processes and outcomes, on the other. The purpose of this book is to
explore a wide range of international and cross-cultural issues as they
are manifested on Wikipedia. We are particularly interested in research
that takes a socio-technical perspective on the global Wikipedia and
integrates social theory to explain online interactions. For example, we
invite studies on online global collaboration, coordination, and
conflict management in this rich socio-technical environment. We hope
that these works will highlight implications for other socio-technical
environments or extend the use and development of social theory. This
unique publication aims to be a collection of international and
cross-cultural research on the Wikipedia.We expect that this edited
volume will appeal to academic researchers, graduate, and undergraduate
students interested in Wikipedia and, more broadly, in social studies of
information and communication technologies, as well as to Wikipedia
contributors.

*Recommended topics*:

We are seeking chapters that include both empirical and conceptual work
and soliciting innovative analysis of international and cross-cultural
aspects of Wikipedia to be part of this book.

Appropriate topics for chapters include (but are not limited to) the
following list:

·Case studies of Wikipedia in one of the 285 languages, with special
interest in small and medium size Wikipedias; for example, focusing on
policies, processes, interactions or information quality

·Conflict and collaboration in editing international entries on any
particular language of Wikipedia

·International and cross-cultural collaboration; for example,
international cooperation in fighting vandalism

·Intercultural synergy across boundaries on Wikipedia or Wikimedia projects

·Cross-cultural studies that compare more than one Wikipedia, for
example, focusing on:

·Cross-cultural comparisons of content, structures, and contributions

·Comparative studies of policies, interactions, and processes

·Efforts to understand similarities and differences across Wikipedia in
multiple languages in user motivations, establishment and maintenance of
local communities and challenges

·Comparative analysis of editing policies around the globe

·Information quality across two or more Wikipedia languages

·Comparison of scope and representation of topics across Wikipedia in
several languages

·Vandalism and trolling behaviors across national and language boundaries
Chapters are expected to have between 4000 and 5000 words (excluding
references, figures, and tables). Only original work whose copyright is
owned (or cleared) by the chapter authors and not considered for
publication elsewhere can be considered for inclusion.

*Important dates*:

*January 31, 2013:  submit 2-3 page chapter proposals and authors’ bios
(200 words)
*Feb 1, 2013: receive acceptance notification
*March 15, 2013:*submit first full chapters
*May 15, 2013: receive reviewers’ comments
*July 1, 2013: submit final versions

This book is scheduled to be published by Scarecrow Press. For
additional information, please visit https://rowman.com/Scarecrow.
Scarecrow Press is the publisher of, among other titles, /Digital
Media/: /Technological and Social Challenges of the Interactive World/
(2011). The publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation named Knight News Challenge winner

2013-01-18 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Awesome. I have close people that arrived in the finals of this
challenge, and I know how difficult it is to be awarded with this
prize.

Congratulations!

Tom

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM, Oona Castro ocas...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 +1 to what Fabrice said (not only myself but many others I know have
 applied a couple of times)

 Congratulations!

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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Brasil] Fwd: Demand justice for Aaron Swartz

2013-01-17 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
-- Forwarded message --
From: Alexandre Hannud Abdo abdo at member.fsf.org
Date: 2013/1/17
Subject: [Wikimedia Brasil] Fwd: Demand justice for Aaron Swartz
To: Wikimedia BR wikimediab...@lists.wikimedia.org


Ni! Friends,

I just received this email from Demand Progress and Lawrence Lessig, in
response to Aaron Swartz's tragic passing. Click here to support Aaron's
Law and the effort to achieve justice for Aaron:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/aaron_justice/?referring_akid=1969.1596981.8zbJ9Vsource=mailto

We spent yesterday burying and mourning our friend Aaron. We're sad,
we're tired, we're frustrated -- and we're angry at a system that let
this happen to Aaron. Now we want to set upon honoring his life's work
and helping to make sure that such a travesty is never repeated.

We and Aaron's friends and family have been in touch with lawmakers to
ask for help, and several of them -- who've worked with Aaron and Demand
Progress on SOPA and other issues -- are beginning to take action. We're
asking them to help rein in a criminal justice system run amok, wherein
authorities are encouraged to bring frivolous charges and hold decades
of jail time over the heads of people who are accused of committing
victimless crimes.

1) Representative Zoe Lofgren has introduced what's been named Aaron's
Law. It would fix a key part of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
(CFAA), which is one of the statutes under which Aaron was indicted. We
need to pass Aaron's Law AND further amend the CFAA.

The CFAA makes violations of a website's terms of service agreement or
user agreement -- that fine print you never read before you check the
box next to it -- a FELONY, potentially punishable by many years in
prison. That's how over-broad this dangerous statute is, and one way it
lets showboating prosecutors file charges against people who've done
nothing wrong.

Aaron's Law would decriminalize violating these agreements: They're
essentially contracts, and as with other contracts, disputes about them
should be settled in civil courts rather than in out of control criminal
trials under threat of decades of prison time.

Aaron's Law alone wouldn't have saved Aaron -- there is still more to do
to make sure that victimless computer activities are not charged as
felonies -- but this is a solid start that we can pass now and it's a
law he wanted to change. Then we'll keep pushing forward.

Click here to join us in demanding justice for Aaron:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/aaron_justice/?referring_akid=1969.1596981.8zbJ9Vsource=mailto

2) Additionally, we asked Congressman Darrell Issa -- who controls the
powerful Oversight Committee -- to open an investigation into
prosecutorial misconduct in Aaron's case.

Amazingly, he's already responded and is sending an investigator to the
office of the U.S. Attorney who was pressing charges against Aaron.

We want the inquiry to proceed, and to be broadened to include a more
thorough investigation into rampant over-prosecution of alleged crimes
with no victims -- as in the case of what Aaron was accused of. And we
want those who abused their power to be held to account.

We loved Aaron -- so many people loved Aaron -- and his death is tragic.
We and others who were close to him are overwhelmed by the outpouring of
support, and the calls for justice. Thank you for joining us in that fight.

Click here to join us in demanding justice for Aaron:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/aaron_justice/?referring_akid=1969.1596981.8zbJ9Vsource=mailto


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] This is an encyclopedia

2013-01-17 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi, Pine.

I want add the Portuguese version on mine later. I added on our
village pump and a volunteer from Portugal kindly translated it

http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Esplanada/geral/Isto_%C3%A9_uma_enciclop%C3%A9dia_(16jan2013)

A wikipedian even suggested a Wikipedia globe around the pale blu dot
and some other artistic ideas after the above thread.

Kindness will bring kindness. Beaty will bring beauty. :)

Tom

On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:
 Tom,

 I too like that work of Catherine. I have it on my userpage also.

 Pine


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[Wikimedia-l] This is an encyclopedia

2013-01-16 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
THIS

IS AN
ENCYCLOPEDIA

One gateway to the wide garden
of knowledge, where lies
The deep rock of our past,
in which we must delve
the well of our future,
The clear water we must leave untainted
for those who come after us,
The fertile earth, in which
truth may grow in bright places,
tended by many hands,
And the broad fall of sunshine,
warming our first steps toward knowing
how much we do not know.


*Catherine Munro*


inspired by *This is a printing
officehttp://infoshare1.princeton.edu/rbsc2/ga/unseenhands/labels/wardePrintOffice.html
*,
by Beatrice Warde http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrice_Warde


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:CatherineMunro


Just discovered from a wikipedian friend from Kenya.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 15% off merchandise today at the Wikimedia Shop

2013-01-14 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
When Wikimedia projects volunteers in Brazil were organizing a
challenge for the Portuguese Wikipedia [1], there were some ideas of
making personalized Wikipedia objects [2] adapter for the local
context for the prizes, like flip flops, among others, mainly because
of our famous [citation needed] havaianas. [3]


[1] 
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/12/21/grand-prix-wikimedia-brazil-racing-towards-a-better-wikipedia/
[2] 
http://blogs.estadao.com.br/link/positivo-quer-wikipedia-offline-em-computadores/
[3] http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havaianas

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

 On 14 January 2013 14:02, WereSpielChequers
 werespielchequ...@gmail.comwrote:

   snip
 
  But if you really want me to get excited about the shop, try stocking
  flip
  flops with modified soles. I'm sure I'm not the only person who'd like
  to
  walk along the beach leaving a trail of [citation needed] tracks.
 
  WSC
 

 I have to saythis is brilliant. Plus it made me laugh out loud.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-14 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
It is worth to listen professor Lessig interview on Democracy now

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/14/an_incredible_soul_lawrence_lessig_remembers#.UPRn4_WqvF0.twitter

An Incredible Soul

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Harvard urges Elsevier boycott

2013-01-14 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Don't worry, Richard, this news is now hot, but the situation din't
progress that much from what it could be.

We have the Busapest Open Access Initiative since 2002
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/openaccess/read. We can find
videos of professor Jean-Claude Guédon, one of the person who wrote
this initiative one decade ago, explaining in details the logics
behind all this.

The publish (on closed journals) or perish still reigns in the
academia, so it is very important we explain the importance of
knowledge to be free for every single person we meet. Still a lot to
do.

Tom

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM, Richard Symonds
richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:
 Good lord, so it did. My apologies! It was making the rounds tonight and my
 excitement got the better of me.

 This is why I don't work in communications!


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-13 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Congrats for the blog post about Aaron. I asked some friends to create
a homage for him and I will translate for Portuguese.

From another mailing list, a petition was create on Avaaz, an
organization Aaron work to also. See bellow.

-- Forwarded message --
From: Harry Halpin hhalpin AT ibiblio.org
Date: 2013/1/13
Subject: [okfn-discuss] Petition to have MIT and US Govt. issue an
apologies for prosecuting Aaron Schwartz
To: Open Knowledge Foundation discussion list okfn-disc...@lists.okfn.org



I made a petition to demand an from MIT and the US Attorney of
Massachusetts apologies for their prosecution of Aaron Schwartz, a
prosecution that his parents say is partly to blame for his suicide.
The US Federal Government is also added since laws on the federal
level allow this kind of absurd prosecution. Feel free to sign:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Federal_Government_and_MIT_issue_a_formal_apologies_for_the_death_of_Aaron_Schwartz/?wgeiRd

From the official statement of Swartz's family:

Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product
of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial
overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts US
Attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US
Attorney's office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges,
carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged
crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to
stand up for Aaron and its own community's most cherished principles.


On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 6:20 AM, Andy Mabbett a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk wrote:
 Splendidly done. I'm mobile all day; could someone add a link to that, from
 the relevant section of [[WP: RIP]], please?
 On Jan 13, 2013 6:45 AM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 The blog post it out now:

 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/01/12/remembering-aaron-swartz-1986-2013/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-12 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
I just created an article for him on Portuguese Wikipedia.

I want to improve about this On July 19, 2011, he was arrested for
harvesting academic journal articles from JSTOR.

Very sad.

Tom

On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl wrote:
 Sorry, I don't know better - in what way was A. S. related to the
 Wikimedia movement?
 Kind regards
 Ziko

 2013/1/12 Andrea Zanni zanni.andre...@gmail.com:
 I never met Aaron, nut this is very, very sad news.


 On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:

 On 12 January 2013 12:04, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:
  Killed himself.
 
  http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html

 Awful news.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-12 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
[...]

The first site I built was called get.info. The idea was to have a
free, online encyclopedia that anyone could edit or add things to or
reorganize, right through their web browser. I built the whole thing,
added lots of cool features, tested it on all sorts of browsers, and
was very proud of it. It actually won even a prize for one of the best
new web applications that year. Unfortunately, the only people I knew
at the time were other kids in my school, so I didn't really have
anyone writing a lot of encyclopedia articles. (Luckily, several years
later, my mother pointed me to this new site called Wikipedia that
was doing the same thing.)

[...]

From How to Get a Job Like Mine https://aaronsw.jottit.com/howtoget.

Thanks for the links bellow. This was a really horrible lost for all of us.

Tom

On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 As has been noted, Aaron (User:AaronSw) was a prolific Wikipedian
 since 2003 and a candidate in the 2006 Board election. His writings
 during his election campaign are worth re-reading:

 http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/wikiroads
 http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/whowriteswikipedia
 http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/whorunswikipedia
 http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/morewikipedians
 http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/morewikipedias
 http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/wikicodeislaw

 He was also described as one of the early architects of Creative
 Commons by Larry Lessig [1], and founded infogami which merged into
 Reddit, so he's sometimes called a Reddit co-founder as well.

 Since then he's turned to activism and co-founded Demand Progress
 which has been rallying opposition to bad Internet law, including
 SOPA/PIPA.

 Cory Doctorow's obituary is a very personal goodbye and includes a
 video of Aaron's talk How we stopped SOPA.

 http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html

 Aaron was an intense, passionate and focused intellectual who
 dedicated his life to changing the world for the better - and he did.
 It's a shocking loss and deeply sad that he left us so early, that he
 saw no other way. May he rest in peace.

 Erik

 [1] http://www.lessig.org/2006/09/if-i-could-vote-on-the-wikiped/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Consequences, risks and side-effects of “non-commercial” licenses

2013-01-09 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Please, see bellow the message of Joris. Since he is not subscrived,
his e-mail returned.

On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM, Joris Pekel joris.pe...@okfn.org wrote:
 Hi all,

 we have used Transifex to translate the document and the source text can be
 found there.
 https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/NC-License
 I have just set up a Portugese translation which people can join. Other
 languages can be added to.

 Best,

 Joris



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[Wikimedia-l] Consequences, risks and side-effects of “non-commercial” licenses

2013-01-08 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
After reading this document which was published under a cc-by license
we decided that it was worth it to create an English version as well.
We put out a request to the German OKFN volunteers and got a couple of
responses. Within a few days the complete document was translated.
Then, the original authors were consulted and they agreed to proofread
the document. This was also a great opportunity to implement some of
the comments they received from the German Wikimedia community after
publishing. With the help of Wikimedia Deutschland, we were able to
fit the document in the same design as the original.

And now in early 2013, we are very happy to announce the final version
of the document translated to English.

Download “Consequences, Risks, and side-effects of the license module
Non-Commercial – NC” here.
http://openglam.org/files/2013/01/iRights_CC-NC_Guide_English.pdf

http://blog.okfn.org/2013/01/08/consequences-risks-and-side-effects-of-the-license-module-non-commercial-use-only/

It is funny that in this morning I was just explaining to a chemistry
friend about the risks of the NC restriction and I gave just some of
the examples used in this guide. Wikipedia is the best way to explain
to people about that.

Congratulations to Wikimedia Deutschland and Open Knowledge Foundation
Germany for this work.

Tom

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Consequences, risks and side-effects of “non-commercial” licenses

2013-01-08 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Nathan,

I am ccing my friend Joris Pekel, from OKFn, who might help you in
puting you in touch with the right people. :)

I shared it on my facebook and a wikimedian is already willing to
translate to Portuguese now with the English version.

Off: this makes me think again how would Portuguese Wikipedia improve
in a hypothetical scenario where at least 50% of the Brazilian
population knew English (well, a good fraction barely speak well their
mother tongue).

Tom

On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:
 Thanks for posting this, very interesting reading. Quick suggestion to WMDE
 if they plan on publishing this formally in English - it could stand some
 editing by a native-level English writer.

 Thanks again!



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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Education] Add your resources

2013-01-03 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
For those here interested that are not part of the education list.


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From: LiAnna Davis lda...@wikimedia.org
Date: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia Education] Add your resources
To: educat...@lists.wikimedia.org


I've been working on revamping the Resources page in the education
portal of the outreach wiki, with the goal of making it a better place
for all of us to share help resources across the different programs:
http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education_Portal/Tips_and_Resources

As more and more education programs start around the world, it's even
more important to share resources across our countries and languages
so that new programs are not reinventing the wheel and are instead
building off of what others have already created. With that in mind,
I'm encouraging anyone who has created good reference materials for
instructors or students participating in an education program to add
those resources to the page. All types of references are welcome —
brochures, handouts, videos, online trainings, slide decks, etc.

I welcome any additions to the page, as well as any feedback or ideas
on how to make the page even more useful for all of us!

LiAnna

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