[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open proxies and IP blocking

2022-05-19 Thread Florence Devouard
I have not further commented because I did not feel I could help further 
at this point. But I wanted to point out that the issue is still on my 
"concerns" list :)


I am looking forward to read your findings when process is completed.

Flo

Le 12/05/2022 à 01:02, Niharika Kohli a écrit :

Hi Butch,

Thanks for your suggestions. On our end, the Wikimedia Foundation 
Product department is currently undertaking stakeholder discussions in 
all the areas you mentioned to understand the problem from all 
different perspectives. As we go through this process we are also 
looking at potential technical solutions that would reduce some of the 
pain points that have been brought up both here and on the talk page. 
There are some existing recommendations on this mailing list and the 
meta page that are good starting points for these discussions.
We will be summarizing our findings and sharing them on this list and 
the talk page once we have completed this process. If anyone 
has direct feedback, my inbox is always open.


Thanks!



On Sat, May 7, 2022 at 9:59 PM  wrote:

Hello Everyone,

Let me suggest three things:

1. For Outreach events, campaigns, GLAM events that conduct new
user training and editathons, the Foundation Programs Team
(https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Campaigns/Foundation_Programs_Team)
should proactively coordinate with event organizers and/or
foundation grant applicants and offer assistance to link them with
administrators to grant IP exemptions or account creation / event
organizer rights.

2. For WMF Movement Communications Team and Foundation Product
Development Team to conduct stakeholder discussions (end users,
event organizers, active editors) including this mailing list,
talk pages, virtual / video conferences and come up with a
thorough document summarizing the feedbacks. We should not end
decisions on Talk pages and mailing list alone.

3. For the technology team & tech community to come up with an
update on the 18 year old IP block policy that is target bad faith
editors and balancing it with middle to low income communities
(Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, South America)
with shared internet infrastructure such as mobile data/ school
internet connections.

Thanks.


Kind regards,

Butch
Southeast Asia
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Simplifying governance processes

2022-05-19 Thread Florence Devouard

+1

Florence

(the WMF board elections Analysis Committee selection process... 
really... ugh)



Le 19/05/2022 à 13:50, Peter Southwood a écrit :


+1

P

*From:*Samuel Klein [mailto:meta...@gmail.com]
*Sent:* 18 May 2022 22:44
*To:* Wikimedia Mailing List
*Subject:* [Wikimedia-l] Simplifying governance processes

Dear Board (and all),

The growing complexity of governance efforts is defeating us. Process 
creep 
 is 
an existential threat for projects like ours – it is self-perpetuating 
if not actively curtailed, as it filters out people who dislike excess 
process. There's a reason 'bureaucrats' and 'stewards' have 
unglamorous titles.


Global governance in particular seems to be suffering from this now. 
Let's try to scale it back!  Recent developments, all at least 
somewhat confusing:


*Global Council*: A three-stage vote for the drafting committee.  
After 6 months of work in private, we know the charter will cover 
governance, resourcing, & community 
.  A 
ratifiable charter by 2023 should include Council scope, then 
*another* group may draft an election process. Council elections would 
start mid-2024.


*Conduct*: Two years from first draft to realization. Custom review & 
revision process for policy, set to change ~once a year. Enforcement 
by *another* group (U4C), not yet defined, with an idea about annual 
elections for it [starting in 2023?].


*WMF Board*: A /four/-stage election, with a new complex nomination 
template. Nominees evaluated by *another* elected 9-person Analysis 
Committee, followed by a two-stage vote.

Months of process, 16 staff facilitators.

Something has to give. We don't have time for all of these to be 
different, complex affairs.
And this complexity feels self-imposed, like trying to push spaghetti 
through a straw.


~ ~ ~

Four short proposals for your consideration:

1. Focus discussions on the decisions we need to resolve, not on process.
We need a foundation Board & global Council for specific practical 
reasons. What challenges do they need to resolve this year?  What 
major issues + nuances are at play?


2. Make elections simple, flexible, consistent.
Build tools and frameworks that /conserve/ rather than soak up 
community time.  Make longer processes capture proportionately 
detailed results. Empower a standing election committee.


3. Highlight ways people can engage with governance + prioritization, 
regionally + globally, beyond winning elections to procedural bodies. 
/Support/ organizers + facilitators rather than /hiring/ them out of 
their communities to facilitate on behalf of a central org.


4. Delegate more.  Delegate to community.  Delegate /design/ and 
/implementation/.


Our communities excel at self-organization, and rebel against 
arbitrary mandates. Avoid language or policies that remove agency or 
exaggerate staff-community division.


풲♡,  SJ

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[Wikimedia-l] Episode 5 Inspiring Open Podcast episode is out

2022-05-16 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello


The Wiki Loves Women team launched a podcast a few weeks ago.
We have released 5 episodes so far, with a frequency of two episodes per 
month.
All episodes are available on the usual podcast platforms, or may be 
accessed on Wiki Loves Women website with additional notes about each 
episode.

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The latest episode features Angela Lungati, current CEO of Ushaidi.

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open proxies and IP blocking

2022-04-26 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello


Ok, so viewing the IP is necessary. I added the barebone proposition on 
the meta page for futher refining.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:No_open_proxies/Unfair_blocking#On-wiki_feature
If anyone can edit the description to make it clearer, it would be great

Since you indicated seeing the IP is necessary, I have been wondering on 
steward pool


1) how do you truely evaluate/know of each steward activity or lack 
there of (steward activity). Probably easy to see the fully inactive 
ones (might not be wiki active anymore), or the super active ones. But 
for all those in-between how do you know the level of activity of 
the 40 or so ? I have looked at the past situation and see there are 
only 1-2 people removed for inactivity for most of the past few years. 
It seems a bit surprising to me.


2) Number of stewards has been more or less stable since 2009... the 
highest seem to have been 36. The lowest was 29 stewards in 2011. I am 
not sure how much the job has evolved since inception given the many 
roles added over time. But has the job been easier or more complicated 
since 2009 ? Is the current number of steward sufficient ?


3) I see the number of candidates has been fairly limited over the year. 
With a third to half of candidates rejected. 7 candidates in 2018 (2 
no), 14 candidates in 2019 (7 no), 10 candidates in 2021 (5 no), 7 
candidates in 2022 (2 no). Is this figure considered satisfactory to 
you, or would you be hoping for more good candidates ? Has the 
recruitement process been rather passive (simply posting an announcement 
to call for new candidates) or rather active (actively approaching 
potential candidates).



Flo


Le 22/04/2022 à 15:20, Rae Adimer via Wikimedia-l a écrit :

Hi Flo.

Viewing the IP address involved is necessary. There's a reason why 
Stewards and CheckUsers are generally the ones involved in handling 
IPBE requests. There's differences between people trying to use open 
proxies to edit through the Great Firewall of China, people caught in 
IPv4 blocks from CGNAT-using ISPs, people whose residential ranges are 
blocked as p2p proxies, and people who just want to edit with a proxy. 
Often there are rangeblocks with specific circumstances behind it, 
such as usage by LTAs or being a specific type of proxy. Knowing this 
background is necessary.


It would be incredibly helpful if there was a way to send in IPBE 
requests on-wiki and for Stewards to be able to respond to it on-wiki, 
confidentially. Where those affected can input the affected IP address 
and reason, and Stewards can answer the queue there quickly and 
easily. We can handle the quantity of requests if the process is workable.


I'm also wondering who the people discussed with privately are. Your 
suggestion here is one of the most feasible I've seen, and as far as I 
can tell there are very few people asking Stewards directly for input 
on this. I've seen a lot of comments which are misinformed about what 
is happening, why, and what is a feasible fix.


My message on the Meta-Wiki page outlines my views on this. Optimally, 
the WMF would discuss with Stewards ways to create a better system for 
this, and implement it. New problems, old tech.


Best regards,
Rae



User:Vermont <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Vermont> on 
Wikimedia projects
they/them/theirs (why pronouns matter 
<https://www.mypronouns.org/what-and-why>)



On Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 8:43 AM Florence Devouard 
 wrote:


I have read all the comments and discussed privately with a few
people.

There are some elements of answers that are purely in the hands of
stewards, they have to discuss and find common grounds, in
particular to implementing blocks, so that they limit damage on
good people, whilst preserving the projects from vandals.

However, the general observation is that the current system to
report an unfair block to stewards and get unblocked by them is
largely broken.
1) process is not simple to understand by the user
2) complicated to implement on the steward side (requires back and
forth discussion, checking legitimacy of request, copy pasting
information etc.)
3) the steward pool of volunteers is limited, whilst the stewards
willing to do that job is even smaller (I heard the VRT queue is
overflowing)
4) the process reveals IP private info
All this creates a bottleneck.

There is one path we could explore, a feature to simplify the
process of "adding legitimate users" to the Global IPblock
exemptions list, in a process inspired from the Global renamers one.
* new functionary role (eg Global IPblock exempters) : populated
by stewards, or people appointed by steward
* interface directly on wiki (bypass of VRT, bypass of copy
pasting between tools)
* a process which would NOT require revealing the IP address to
the functionary (it is sufficient tha

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open proxies and IP blocking

2022-04-22 Thread Florence Devouard

I have read all the comments and discussed privately with a few people.

There are some elements of answers that are purely in the hands of 
stewards, they have to discuss and find common grounds, in particular to 
implementing blocks, so that they limit damage on good people, whilst 
preserving the projects from vandals.


However, the general observation is that the current system to report an 
unfair block to stewards and get unblocked by them is largely broken.

1) process is not simple to understand by the user
2) complicated to implement on the steward side (requires back and forth 
discussion, checking legitimacy of request, copy pasting information etc.)
3) the steward pool of volunteers is limited, whilst the stewards 
willing to do that job is even smaller (I heard the VRT queue is 
overflowing)

4) the process reveals IP private info
All this creates a bottleneck.

There is one path we could explore, a feature to simplify the process of 
"adding legitimate users" to the Global IPblock exemptions list, in a 
process inspired from the Global renamers one.
* new functionary role (eg Global IPblock exempters) : populated by 
stewards, or people appointed by steward
* interface directly on wiki (bypass of VRT, bypass of copy pasting 
between tools)
* a process which would NOT require revealing the IP address to the 
functionary (it is sufficient that the system recognise the person is 
blocked in relationship with an Open Proxy/TOR stuff)
* a process which could provide info to the functionary to very quickly 
assess whether the person is a legitimate editor or not (every person 
fighting vandalism know how to do that... display last contribs... block 
log... number of edits... etc. or simply direct links to those info to 
simplify the functionary job)
* a process allowing various "unblocking" options, day, weeks, indef 
listing, pretty much as the blocking feature permit, so as to grant 
indef listing to the super trustworthy individuals, and a time limited 
listing to those more questionnable
* add a checkbox system where requesters can give pre-loaded reasons for 
their asking (edit-a-thons etc.), which will help make the system 
multilingual and language neutral for the functionary (in most cases, no 
need to discuss with the user)
* add any feature necessary to limit the risk of vandals abusing the 
feature (forced loging before submitting the request, capcha stuff)


In short, simply make the "add to the Global IP block exemption list" 
process fluid with removal of the current bottle neck (stewards), which 
in turn will be able to focus on more important security issues.



Is there any reasons why this would technically and socially not work ?

Flo


Le 22/04/2022 à 13:25, Rae Adimer via Wikimedia-l a écrit :

Hi all,

About unblocking IPs that geolocate to Africa, it’s not as though the 
blocked IPs are random. The problem with these affected ISPs are that 
they have many users on the same IP address. They aren’t traditional 
proxies (and traditional proxies will not be unblocked, that isn’t the 
issue here), they’re just poorly managed ISPs. I’m not even sure if 
there would be more vandalism from unblocking these ISPs, and I think 
it should be done.


“Smart blocking” would be a bad idea. It would take *a lot* of work to 
implement and would be a net harm to our ability to deal with abuse. I 
am strongly opposed to creating this. Also remember to a large extent 
the issue with these IPs isn’t a range, it’s that there’s multiple 
users on the *same* IP.


Regarding IPBE, the issue isn’t that we’re declining requests, it’s 
that we don’t get to them in a timely manner. There are a lot of 
requests.


I’ve tried to clear up a number of other misconceptions in a comment 
on the Meta-Wiki page as well.


Best regards,
Rae

On Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 07:03 WereSpielChequers 
 wrote:


Yesterday I was on a conference call that included several
Nigerian Wikipedians, I was surprised at how much of their
problems editing Wikipedia were over blocks.

The English language Wikipedia doesn't have an overall problem
with editing numbers, nearly eight years on, editing volumes are
still clearly above the 2014 minima. But we do have huge
geographic skews and in particular we badly underrepresent the
English speaking parts of Africa in our community and in our
Projects. I don't know if other languages have similar issues, but
it would not surprise me.

I get that lowering our guard overall against IP vandals would
increase the workload of  those who'd rather be improving
Wikipedia than clearing up after vandals. But there are a couple
of things that could fairly easily be done if we  want a more
global community.

Firstly, unblock IPs that geolocate to countries where we lack
contributors.Yes we will get more vandalism in those countries,
but far far less than if we also unblocked all IPs in countries
where we have lots of editors.


[Wikimedia-l] Open proxies and IP blocking

2022-04-20 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello friends

Short version : We need to find solutions to avoid so many africans 
being globally IP blocked due to our No Open Proxies policy.

*https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies/Unfair_blocking*


Long version :

I'd like to raise attention on an issue, which has been getting worse in 
the past couple of weeks/months.


Increasing number of editors getting blocked due to the No Open Proxies 
policy [1]

In particular africans.

In February 2004, the decision was made to block open proxies on Meta 
and all other Wikimedia projects.


According to theno open proxiespolicy : Publicly available proxies 
(including paid proxies) may be blocked for any period at any time. 
While this may affect legitimate users, they are not the intended 
targets and may freely use proxies until those are blocked [...]


Non-static IP addresses or hosts that are otherwise not permanent 
proxies should typically be blocked for a shorter period of time, as it 
is likely the IP address will eventually be transferred or dynamically 
reassigned, or the open proxy closed. Once closed, the IP address should 
be unblocked.


According to the policy page, « the Editors can be permitted to edit by 
way of an open proxy with the IP block exempt flag. This is granted on 
local projects by administrators and globally by stewards. »



I repeat -> ... legitimate users... may freely use proxies until 
those are blocked. the Editors can be permitted to edit by way of an 
open proxy with the IP block exempt flag <-- it is not illegal to 
edit using an open proxy



Most editors though... have no idea whatsoever what an open proxy is. 
They do not understand well what to do when they are blocked.


In the past few weeks, the number of African editors reporting being 
blocked due to open proxy has been VERY significantly increasing.

New editors just as old timers.
Unexperienced editors but also staff members, president of usergroups, 
organizers of edit-a-thons and various wikimedia initiatives.
At home, but also during events organized with usergroup members or 
trainees, during edit-a-thons, photo uploads sessions etc.


It is NOT the occasional highly unlikely situation. This has become a 
regular occurence.
There are cases and complains every week. Not one complaint per week. 
Several complaints per week.
*This is irritating. This is offending. This is stressful. This is 
disrupting activities organized in _good faith_ by _good people_, 
activities set-up with _our donors funds. _**And the disruption**is 
primarlly taking place in a geographical region supposingly to be 
nurtured (per our strategy for diversity, equity, inclusion blahblahblah). *



The open proxy policy page suggests that, should a person be unfairly 
blocked, it is recommended


 * * to privately email stewards(_AT_)wikimedia.org.
 * * or alternatively, to post arequest (if able to edit, if the editor
   doesn't mind sharing their IP for global blocks or their reasons to
   desire privacy (for Tor usage)).
 * * the current message displayed to the blocked editor also suggest
   contacting User:Tks4Fish. This editor is involved in vandalism
   fighting and is probably the user blocking open proxies IPs the
   most. See log


So...
Option 1: contacting stewards : it seems that they are not answering. Or 
not quickly. Or requesting lengthy justifications before adding people 
to IP block exemption list.
Option 2: posting a request for unblock on meta. For those who want to 
look at the process, I suggest looking at it [3] and think hard about 
how a new editor would feel. This is simply incredibly complicated

Option 3 : user:TksFish answers... sometimes...

As a consequence, most editors concerned with those global blocks... 
stay blocked several days.


We do not know know why the situation has rapidly got worse recently. 
But it got worse. And the reports are spilling all over.


We started collecting negative experiences on this page [4].
Please note that people who added their names here are not random 
newbies. They are known and respected members of our community, often 
leaders of activities and/or representant of their usergroups, who are 
confronted to this situation on a REGULAR basis.


I do not know how this can be fixed. Should we slow down open proxy 
blocking ? Should we add a mecanism and process for an easier and 
quicker IP block exemption process post-blocking ? Should we improve a 
process for our editors to pre-emptively be added to this IP block 
exemption list ? Or what ? I do not know what's the strategy to fix 
that. But there is a problem. Who should that problem be addressed to ? 
Who has solutions ?


Flo


[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Log/Tks4Fish

[3] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Steward_requests/Global_permissions#Requests_for_global_IP_block_exemption


*[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies/Unfair_blocking*




[Wikimedia-l] Re: Collection / Special:Book usage

2022-04-19 Thread Florence Devouard


Le 17/04/2022 à 09:59, Amir E. Aharoni a écrit :

> On Sun, Apr 17, 2022, 09:29 Strainu  wrote:
> >
> > The correct question is: does it still do anything of value?
> ‫בתאריך יום א׳, 17 באפר׳ 2022 ב-10:42 מאת ‪Jan Ainali‬‏ 
<‪ainali@gmail.com‬‏>:‬

>
> Even with all output options broken it is still a decent user 
interface for creating and organizing collections of articles.


This may well be true, but I'm wondering how much is it *actually* 
used. I know I never use it, but it's possible that thousand of other 
people do. If it's true, then everything is fine. I can't find a log 
of its usage, or a statistics page that shows how often do people use 
this feature.



If it was working, I would use it.

Instead, I do "print a page" for each article, then "save as pdf" for 
each instead of printing, then I merge pdf manually to make the booklet...


This week, we shall do that with about 100 pages from Vikidia, manually 
collecting them, generating a pdf for each, then merging all pdf, to 
create the jury report document for the WikiChallenge contest.

And every year, I look at the special:book feature and I sigh heavily.


Florence




It currently appears in at least two prominent places:
1. "Create a book" link in the desktop sidebar (in some wikis; I don't 
see it in the English Wikipedia, but I do see it in Swedish and Basque).
2. "Extensions used by Wikimedia - Main" group in translatewiki.net 
, which means that volunteer localizers are 
asked to translate it with (relatively) high priority.


If only, say, five people use it in the whole Wikimedia universe, then 
perhaps someone should consider downgrading its prominence or maybe 
removing it entirely.


On translatewiki, I can move it from "Extensions used by Wikimedia - 
Main" to "Extensions used by Wikimedia - Advanced" or even to 
"Extensions used by Wikimedia - Legacy", but again, before I do this, 
I'd like to make sure that it's not actually used by a lot of people.


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[Wikimedia-l] Announcing a new podcast, Inspiring Open

2022-04-11 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone

_Short version : _
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_Longer version : _


*

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*

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The stories and ideas behind successful African women will be shared for 
the next few months in the Inspiring Open 
Podcast<https://tr.fdske.com/ec/gABiOFRuUc_lYEdLjajuq4AvjKeZIKVrD9vmCd8_SUjDIAZXfqV7yxD8BAuYs_6mBC81oZWhO5F_oiMxYK8FWN0_lwANummUDiBq7CRz4rribz_clA71X2Lq46SPPZ4JhhKJQoga9UQlulYPZIgfU8Sy2zmOLfadfKP9qzxP_NQt20JbTs_prF9bW_GQSZqAa3vH4dXd1QW3jWaYfD2VgnbiSWw0G58OVQIlI-Nyual2AFC38LZ1D2NBWiUTULWWTRmwN-4TjgASKsk4AFgkQcgd4neoWkqSut9RgjcbjEhSQlHzNXN9E02e1NePwOwWLjEJLujKyrxzUR8WdXKmYUWA0Dm3nzbLrYELp-T0NZArnLj9VWk=>. 
From tech gurus to authors, educators to activists, the Inspiring Open 
podcast draws wisdom and insights from women who intersect the 'open 
movement' and inspire with their thoughts and actions.



**

*Episodes will be released every two weeks throughout 2022, for a total 
of 16 portraits of amazing women. The first two guests were released 
during March. They are:*


** ** Anie Akpe, founder of African Women In Tech (AWIT), an 
Africa-based organisation helping girls and women with education and 
mentorship within technology, as well as UX Diaspora, a unique community 
of people of colour in UX who are digitally migrating to educate, 
connect and inspire one another all over the world. ***


* Maryana Iskander, the Chief Executive Officer of the Wikimedia 
Foundation. With a proven track record for scaling complex organisations 
she has dedicated much of her work to breaking down systemic barriers of 
access to opportunity and education.


*Our newest episode is about *Maha Bali*, an open education 
innovator. Maha Bali comes from a family of medical doctors but she 
fancied studying computer science. This was not to last however, as it 
didn't gel with personality as an extrovert. She then made the happy 
option of becoming an educator **You may access the podcast on all 
the usual podcast plateforms. *


*As wikipedians, we have paid extra attention to details and worked hard 
to provide the most enjoyable experience. I invite you to have a look to 
the dedicated website : **https://podcast.wikiloveswomen.org*** Records 
are obviously freely licenced (including music), and a text-based 
version of the full interview is published * A fine artist have drawn 
portraits of our guests. Obviously all freely licenced * We have 
isolated interesting quotes for the immediate benefit of podcast 
addicts and long term benefit of Wikiquote :) * On the website, you 
may also access specific parts of each episode, reading suggestions and 
more *


Thanks !


Florence / Anthere


**

**

Inspiring Open is hosted by Betty Kankam-Boadu, co-founder of the Ghana 
Women Experts project that promotes women's voices for commentary in the 
media.Inspiring Open was created and produced by Wiki In Africa's Isla 
Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard, produced by Rachel Zadok, and sound 
engineered by Jey at Melody Hub Studio, Accra, Ghana with portraits of 
each guest created by Candace di Talamo. The podcast was funded through 
the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education 
2021, an initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, the 
Goethe-Institut and other partners. Wiki In Africa is supported by the 
Wikimedia Foundation.



*


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[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Wikimedia Announcements] Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month: We are back in 2022!

2022-02-24 Thread Florence Devouard

Thank you for your clarification Anton.

I fully agree with your last statement and it is indeed worth pointing 
out that the articles related to Ukraine are likely to see a big 
increase in readership. Your effort is definitly very important.


I hope everyone stays safe though. Those are very dark times.


Flo


Le 24/02/2022 à 13:49, Anton Protsiuk a écrit :
Hi. We at Wikimedia Ukraine are preparing a longer response to the 
concerns raised here, but in brief:
* The challenge overall and the CentralNotice campaign in particular 
were planned long before, as a general effort to enrich Wikipedia on 
Ukraine-related topics, not as a specific political statement. Its 
first edition was held last year within similar dates and advertised 
similarly. Its idea first emerged back in 2018, and we've been 
actively working to organize it since 2020.
* The challenge is supported by the Ukrainian government, but it has 
no influence on the content of articles, and neither does Wikimedia 
Ukraine. All participants have to follow relevant Wikipedia rules. 
Organizers only provide suggested topics for the challenge and prizes 
for most active participants (dependent on the level of activity, not 
the content of articles they created), as well as contribute to 
promotion efforts. Hopefully, we'll be able to ship physical prizes 
despite the Russian aggression; otherwise, we'll find other ways to 
award winners.
* On a personal note – advancing free knowledge by creating and 
expanding Wikipedia articles is a powerful tool to fight 
authoritarianism and unfreedom. Regardless of whether you want to 
support Ukraine (as I think the world should do), developing free 
knowledge in all ways compatible with Wikipedia principles and rules 
is the goal we're all united around.


Best Regards
Anton Protsiuk
Programs Coordinator at Wikimedia Ukraine


On Thu, Feb 24, 2022 at 2:30 PM Andy Mabbett 
 wrote:


On Thu, 24 Feb 2022 at 00:58, 4nn1l2 <4nn1l2.w...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> The timing of this campaign is of real concern and not prudent,
I think, especially for those of us who strive for neutrality.

Neutrality doesn't mean we pander to aggressors. HTH.

-- 
Andy Mabbett

@pigsonthewing
http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia payroll and related (WAS: Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy)

2022-01-30 Thread Florence Devouard
WMF started in Florida in 2004 (no staff). First staff was probably in 
2005 (Brion could confirm), with no office.
We had a handful staff in 2006 (around 5-8), with a 2-3 rooms office 
(not all staff was over there). Around May/June 2007, we hired Sue for a 
6 months term contract. After 6 months, she was made permanent (December 
2007). The move to SA was in 2008.


And no, employee expenses were not housed in Bomis. We clearly had 
already separated from Bomis some years before.



Flo

Le 31/01/2022 à 01:44, Nathan a écrit :
I suspect there weren't that many FT employees of the WMF in 2008, if 
any? If I remember, WMF started that year based in Florida and moved 
sometime during the year. Could be that employee expenses were housed 
in Bomis or ledgered as something other than a labor expense.


On Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 4:33 PM Chris Keating 
 wrote:




On Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 1:25 PM Andreas Kolbe 
wrote:


Cost per employee   28796   39801   51133 73896 84781 86493
 102053  106065  116726  131734  140419  149155


I find it hard to believe that the WMF's average cost per employee
has increased from $28,796 in 2008 to $149,155 in 2019. That does
not seem credible to me. The figure is remarkably low in 2008 and
remarkably high in 2019. Perhaps there is something else happening
in the data?
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Whose Knowledge? User Group annual report 2020-21

2022-01-30 Thread Florence Devouard
Thank you for the report Mariana. I found it very useful to get a better 
sense of Whose Knowledge in 2021 !
And congrats for the great work done in spite of last year challenges. 
Looking forward to the State of the Internet's languages



Flo


Le 27/01/2022 à 17:28, mari...@whoseknowledge.org a écrit :

Hello everyone!

The annual report of Whose Knowledge? User Group is available in Meta. We are 
glad to share with all of you our journey from September 2020 to September 2021.

Please find the report here: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Whose_Knowledge%3F/Reports/2021

We recognize that 2021 was a year to build up resilience after all that 2020 
brought to us and our communities. Even though we continued to face the effects 
of Covid-19, and of other intersecting pandemics of racism, patriarchy, and the 
climate crisis, we also started to get our strength back and to embrace the 
future with joy and hope:

- Whose Knowledge? celebrated five mighty years of its existence in Sep 2021 
with a special social media campaign.
- WK? incorporated in the State of CA, as a public benefit corporation in June 
2021. We have worked with our esteemed Board in the last few months as well, to 
move WK? in the direction of its mission.
- The #VisibleWikiWomen campaign 2021 brought over 1700 images to Wikimedia 
Commons, illustrating pages in 38 different Wikipedia languages.
- We have successfully designed and developed a fully tailored website that 
will present the State of the Internet's Languages report to our wide audience 
in a user-friendly manner.
- We hosted a multilingual event on Decolonising Structured Data as a 
pre-WikidataCon event and we did a keynote at WikidataCon itself.

You can learn more about our activities, access the materials and resources 
created, and see  photos and presentations in the full report.

In the next few weeks we will be sharing a multilingual, accessible and 
multimedia website for the State of the Internet's Languages, and we will 
launch our next #VisibleWikiWomen campaign. Stay tuned through our website 
(https://whoseknowledge.org/), social media channels (@whoseknowledge on 
Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) and consider subscribing to our newsletter 
(https://whoseknowledge.org/join/), or reach out us in our discussion page on 
Meta (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Whose_Knowledge%3F).

In solidarity,

Mariana and the Whose Knowledge? team
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Words from Wikiquotes... The wisdom of 2,432 women made visible via WikiQuote :)

2022-01-30 Thread Florence Devouard


Le 28/01/2022 à 15:52, Camelia Boban a écrit :

Hi Florence, Isla and others,
Thank you for the announcement.

In the name of my affiliate, WikiDonne User Group, who organized the 
campaign in Italian Wikiquote, I want to thank the itwikiquote 
community which, for the second time, answered with a great 
enthusiasm. For the gadgets we offered, we chose a quote of a great 
women poet: ἰοίην (our Greek friends can say more, but as I know, the 
translation is /that I can go further/) the only word left of a poem 
written by Sappho. Maybe the richest word in hope that can exist.


This event and the previous one, helped on increasing the project 
content, so with 42.389 articles, Italian became the first language in 
Wikiquote.



Woohoo ! I had not realized that :)




I encourage all you to try to edit Wikiquote and learn the other how 
to do it,  you will find a lot of fun. It is also a good option to 
engage new editors and an easier way to start edit the Wikimedia projects.


Totally second that.

Florence

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[Wikimedia-l] Words from Wikiquotes... The wisdom of 2,432 women made visible via WikiQuote :)

2022-01-28 Thread Florence Devouard

We just published the results of the #SheSaid campaign

;tldr
During the SheSaid Drive hosted end of 2021, nine different language 
communities created 1500+ entries about notable *women* on *Wikiquote*. 
+ some entries improved. + Wikipedia articles created.

We rock ;)
All data, info, how to join, next drive : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women/SheSaid


++

;Long version

Wiki Loves Women’s 2021 #SheSaid campaign was launched in October. 
SheSaid is a drive that encourages *an increase in visibility for 
notable women’s voices online by adding their notable quotes to various 
language WikiQuote sites.*


For 2021, nine different language communities contributed –*Italian, 
Ukrainian, English, Tagalog, Igbo, Spanish, French, Central Bikol, and 
Catalan*. In addition to the global drive, 12 members of Wiki Loves 
Women’s Focus Group held local training and participation drives with 
their communities.


Across the 9 language Wikiquotes a collective of*1,514 articles were 
created*. This ensures that 1,514 notable women whose voices and wisdom 
had previously not been featured, can now be easily accessed. Articles 
for a further*309 women were improved*. In addition,*638 
articles*featuring notable women were created onKinyarwanda Wikipedia 
(/Wikipediya mu Kinyarwanda/) 
by the activities of the Wiki 
Loves Women Focus Group member in Rwanda in collaboration with Wikimedia 
Rwanda Usergroup.


The Italian language community through the enthusiasm of theWiki Donne 
user 
groupwasagain 
the most outstanding contributor to the SheSaid Campaign. This community 
created articles about 609 women and improved a further 227 articles. 
The next prolific contender, the Tagalog language community (currently 
in incubator status) created 308new articles. The third highest 
contributing language community was to the English language Wikiquote by 
creating 156 articles and improving a further 18 articles. The drive is 
also the opportunity to add structure to Wikiquote in creating relevant 
categories to host all those entries.


Below are the stats impact for the SheSaid Campaign across 9 different 
languages that participated in 2021;


 * SheSaid onItalian Wikiquote
   :609 new
   articles
   ,227
   improved articles
   
 * Tagalog Wikquote
   :
   308 new articles (currently inTagalog
   
incubator)
 * SheSaid on Ukrainian Wikiquote
   
:
   169 new articles, 55 improved articles
 * SheSaid on English Wikiquote
   : 156 new
   articles and 18 improved articles
 * SheSaid on the Central Bikol Wikquote
   
:
   138 new articles (currently in incubator status)
 * SheSaid on French Wikiquote
   : 65 new
   articles and 7 Improved articles
 * SheSaid o n Igbo
   Wikiquote incubator
   :
   40 new articles
 * SheSaid on the Catalan Wikiquote
   : 20 new
   articles and 2 improved articles
 * SheSaid on the Spanish wikiquote
   
:
   9 new articles

The lack of women’s voices in the digital domain is a global issue, one 
that we can collective work on in order to change how women are viewed. 
By hosting drives such as Wiki Loves Women’s SheSaid campaign, Wikimedia 
groups focused on gender help to right this historical imbalance whilst 
growing communities as they learn how to contribute.


We are awed by the response and enthusiasm to the second edition of this 
drive, and looks forward to the third version in 2022!


We urge that anyone can join this initiative and continue to make an 
impact by adding more articles about women.


All data, info, how to join, next drive : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women/SheSaid
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Meta, WikiMedia, and the Hewlett Foundation partner with Africa No Filter

2021-12-08 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello


Got that in my mailbox today.
I had known that for a few days because it had been displayed on ANF 
website and been the object of an ANF previous email a few days ago 
about a partnership between Wikimedia Foundation / ANF / African Union 
to fix the gap related to African representation. So it is not really a 
surprise to ME, but...


On one hand, it is a good news to see the big organisations get involved.

On the other hand... there are a few points bugging me and I wanted to 
share just that.



ANF has been announcing those partnerships for several days on their 
networks.
But from WMF... I see a complete silence. No announcement in the lists, 
nor in the grant space, nor on diff, nor to the affiliates impacted by 
this announcement;
Nothing. No mention of an Africa Knowledge Initiative on meta either. 
Nothing at all.



The total silence from WMF raises questions and concerns in my mind. 
Such as :


1) Is that partnership real and known from the Wikimedia Foundation ?

2) If it is, why is Wikimedia Foundation not informing the community 
about what seems to be a significant partnership ?
Is it that in truth no one at WMF cares about this partnership ? Or is 
it by fear of community reaction ? Or is it a wish to not have local 
groups involved at all ?


3) What's the role of the Wikimedia Foundation in that partnership ?
Is it just allowing ANF to use the Wikipedia brand ? Is Wikimedia 
Foundation providing a grant to ANF ? Is Wikimedia Foundation providing 
staff time to ANF ? Is Wikimedia Foundation offering volunteer time from 
the communities or facilitating recruitement of cheap labour ? Is 
Wikimedia Foundation planning to provide networking support in 
connecting ANF to the communities and usergroups ?


What is WMF role in this ?

4) When Usergroup Affiliates are approved, a thorough review of their 
request is made to avoid any situation of overlapping activities with 
the other usergroups. And once approved, there is a concern that they 
have to coordinate and inform about overlapping activities.
Clearly, the WMF is here officially supporting a collection of 
initiatives that will overlap with already existing activities and could 
impact existing usergroups. However, WMF did not inquire of existing 
groups opinion on such a partnership, nor did it actually sought to 
simply inform them. Did WMF tried to involve the impacted parties ?


In short, in a spirit of collaboration and shared mission... would not 
that be expected that impacted communities be informed/polled/or even 
involved ?


5) In the past few months, I have seen WMF staff increasingly get 
directly involved into Content Projects. It seems that WMF staff who 
once where busy developing tools to support the communities, are now 
rather spending time creating, leading or facilitating content projects. 
I suppose there are benefits to doing that. And do not misunderstand me, 
I appreciate every staff member involved in such effort and recognise 
their skills.
But when WMF staff move from support function to Content Projects 
leadership, it also can have detrimental consequences in our ecosystem, 
such as inequity in resources access between projects organized by WMF 
and projects organized by community members (*). It can have detrimental 
consequences in decreasing the opportunities for community members to 
take on leadership roles. It can have detrimental consequences in making 
WMF appear like a content producer.


My question would be... is this shift in WMF staff activities ... simply 
due to the lack of leadership at WMF level for the past months... or is 
it an deliberate move ?



Sorry, long rant today... but seeing the meta-name thiefs associated 
with our brand was the last drop ...



Florence

PS: I have examples...


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*8 December, Accra*: Narrative change organisation, Africa No Filter, 
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[Wikimedia-l] Photographic Contest Wiki Loves Africa 2022

2021-12-03 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone


Wiki Loves Africa launches again in 2022!

Our 2022 theme will be Home + Habitat.

Another amazing opportunity to submit photos, videos or audios that will 
this year celebrate Home+Habitat across Africa!
To have a better idea of what can be covered by the theme, check out 
this page : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2022/Theme


We plan to launch at the same time than last year, Feb 15th.

Whilst it seems we are back in touch very early on (nearly 3 months in 
advance), it is to give the time to interested parties to organize 
themselves.
As a reminder, everyone can participate to WLA, as long as it is on the 
theme and related to Africa.


Contrariwise to contests such as WLM, there is no notion of "registered 
countries". It is possible to participate from the entire African 
continent and beyond. However, every year, some african teams 
auto-organize to propose a program in their region or country around the 
photo contest. Such program can include training sessions, photo-walks, 
edit-a-thons, photo upload sessions, press conferences, ceremonies for 
national winners. The key point is flexibility. A group of two people 
will not do as much as a group of 15 people. A group may have grand 
ideas with many activities whilst another group will simply organize a 
photo-walk. Another will simply do some buzz on social media. The choice 
is entirely the group decision and any participation will be welcome.



HOW YOU CAN HELP (even if you are not african and/or not living in Africa)

1) you may participate to the contest
- if you have relevant pictures on your hard drive,
- or if visit Africa in the next 3 months, or
- if you go to museums/festivals relevant to this year theme.

2) you may volunteer to help organize the contest. Typically, we are 
ALWAYS looking for people to
- translate the meta pages or the Commons pages in French, Arabic and 
Portuguese in particular

- join the jurys (national and international)
- review the images, categorize them, label them as best images etc.
- help on social media to promote the contest
- etc.

There is a organizing portal on meta with lot's of information : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2022

And a telegram group : https://t.me/+Smc82PP53yscNUIs


ACTIVITY FUNDING

When a group decides to host activities, it may need some funding. 
Funding can be obtained through different means, and in particular 
through rapid grants requests.
What is important is that... to have a chance to have the funds in time 
for the contest, it is required to submit a Rapid Grant application now. 
The Rapid grants application deadline is 15th December.


To best support you, this year, the Wiki Loves Africa team propose 
Office Hours in the next two weeks. 2 will be hosted in English and 2 
will be in French. More meetings will be organized early 2022, but those 
December Office Hours are primarily meant to help you if you need 
support to submit a Rapid Grant to Wikimedia Foundation. If you can not 
join one of those, we can always help on the Telegram Channel. Do not 
hesitate to ask for feedback and advice.


WLA Rapid Grants Office Hours:
•In English, Saturday 4th December 2021 (10:00 AM UTC+2)
•In French,  Monday 6th December 2021  (12:00 PM UTC+1)
•In English, Monday 13th December 2021  (17:00  UTC+2)
•In French,  Wednesday 15th December 2021 (18:00 UTC+1)

Details: https://bit.ly/3d5wIvY


Florence for the team
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Summit 2022

2021-10-18 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello


Thank you for this information Nicole.

I think it is important for the other conference organizers to be aware 
of this change so that they anticipate with regards to calendar (right 
now... for example... wikiarabia, wikiindaba and wikiconvention 
francophone are already quite packed).


Otherwise, a meeting for the drafting committee looks like a very good 
idea to me.


Flo

Le 18/10/2021 à 16:29, Nicole Ebber a écrit :

Hi everyone,

We have some good and some bad news for you. First, the bad news:

Wikimedia Deutschland will not host the Wikimedia Summit in April
2022. We believe that the global pandemic will not allow for safe and
equitable travel for participants, especially from regions outside of
Europe and North America.

The good news is twofold:
We will not cancel but postpone the Summit, and are currently aiming
for the second half of the year, around September 2022. We will
continue working with the Wikimedia Foundation on the next steps and
keep you all updated about the situation. We surely look very much
forward to welcoming many of you to Berlin in the not too distant
future.

On top of that, we are in conversations with the Movement Strategy and
Governance team at the Wikimedia Foundation about the possibility to
use the originally blocked dates (1-3 April 2022) for a working
meeting of the Movement Charter Drafting Committee in Berlin. This
meeting could be complemented by some online auditoria, additional
hybrid sessions, where the committee could collect insights and
feedback from across the movement.

There is really not more to share about this right now, but we wanted
to make sure to provide an early update on what we are currently
thinking and talking about. More information will be shared in the
coming weeks and months, so please stay tuned.

All the best
Nicole




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[Wikimedia-l] Women, Wikiquote, SheSaid Launch, and Nigeria Independence Day...

2021-10-01 Thread Florence Devouard

Good idea !

I have created two (very meager to be honest) entries on Wikiquote (in 
French and in English) about a Nigerian lady, Anie Akpe.
(She has no Wikipedia article, just saying, maybe worth checking if she 
is notable enough ;) )




This is the perfect opportunity to promote the SheSaid drive starting 
today (for two months)


For those who do not know the #SheSaid drive (second edition), this is 
about giving a bit of love to Wikiquote, and to balance the gender gap 
at the same time.


So if you want to do something super cool for wikiquote, for women and 
for Nigeria today... all in one package...


> go create an entry about a Nigerian women today on Wikiquote... 
hashtags #shesaid #NG


https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women/SheSaid


Anthere

PS: Love you ❤️ Shola ;)


Le 01/10/2021 à 09:59, Olushola Olaniyan a écrit :


Reminder!!!

Hello friends

Today is the Nigeria  independence day anniversary, join us across the 
globe to celebrate the birth of our Nation by editing any Nigeria 
related articles in your language on @Wikipedia and please add #NG to 
your summary.


Let's do it together .

We love ❤️ you all!!!

Olushola Olaniyan
President  Wikimedia User Group Nigeria


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

2021-09-15 Thread Florence Devouard

Welcome Maryana

I am pleased to hear about your joining us and I would like to send my 
thanks to the board and the transition committee.
We have indeed a lot of expectations and hope. I look forward to have 
the opportunity to discuss with you during the Listening Tour ;)



Florence / Anthere


Le 14/09/2021 à 17:35, Maryana Iskander a écrit :


Dear All,

Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself to you.

When I read the job position [1] for the next leader of Wikimedia 
Foundation, I noticed that it opened with a seemingly simple 
statement: “Knowledge belongs to all of us.” Does it, really? It’s a 
striking statement. In an increasingly unequal and polarizing world, 
one in which almost nothing belongs to all of us, the idea that 
knowledge /must /belong to all is enough to capture anyone’s attention 
and imagination – certainly mine.


My story is shaped by a twin belief that knowledge can also set us 
free. Shortly after I was born in Cairo, Egypt, my parents left for 
the United States. During my time at university, graduate school, and 
law school, I was consistently pulled towards some of society’s 
toughest issues – women’s rights, civil rights, and the rights of 
prisoners. I was equally pulled by the need to be effective in making 
change – seeking out leadership positions and raising my hand and 
voice to change the institutions of power, not just protest against 
them. I learned that the opportunity to make meaningful impact often 
sits ‘in-between’ traditional spheres: in-between research and 
teaching at Rice University, in-between healthcare delivery and 
advocacy at Planned Parenthood, and in-between government and the 
private sector at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. My time at 
all of these organisations required listening to and learning from 
many diverse stakeholders – including volunteers – and using my 
position of leadership to champion often unheard voices.


In 2012, I followed my heart to South Africa and its very complicated 
society – a legacy of apartheid perpetuating deep inequality despite 
the resilience of communities full of potential and hope, and a 
country with one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. 
A new organisation had just been formed with a big vision to close 
this opportunity gap. I signed up, first as an unpaid volunteer, and 
then for many years as the CEO. My job has been to cultivate a common 
space of trust for the collective assets of the society – from 
government, the private sector, civil society, and millions of young 
people – to work in a coalition to tackle one of the most daunting 
challenges of our time. To do this, we relied on an inclusive, 
multi-channel platform that leverages all forms of technology as a way 
to serve communities still riddled by a basic lack of access. Our 
successes came from the power of connection, partnership, and a 
collective belief that young people are the solution, not the problem. 
As I began my tenth year, I felt it was time to make space for new 
leaders.


Why am I joining the Wikimedia Foundation at this moment? There are 
many reasons: (1) this collective of projects is growing what is 
perhaps the most important commons infrastructure of our modern world. 
I am excited to add my time and talents to this vision. What will it 
take to create – not just imagine – a world in which every single 
human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge? (2) I have 
experienced first-hand that distributed leadership models can usually 
achieve more than any group of people can do on their own. I am eager 
to support processes that will make this even more true for our 
movement; and (3) I am drawn to working with people of integrity and 
commitment, who also appreciate humor and joy. I can already see that 
I will meet new colleagues like this from all over the world.


My former colleagues will say that I believe progress is enabled by 
culture: one that is founded on accountability, diversity and 
inclusion in all its forms, and a way of working led by values. It has 
informed an organisational humility in working with others and a 
relentless focus on getting things done the right way – while doing 
the right thing.


During the recruitment process, I met with a leading academic in the 
United States named Rebecca. She told me a story of her primary school 
teacher asking the students to raise their hands if they did not have 
an encyclopedia at home. She was one of those students, and it made 
her feel, for the first time, that maybe she didn’t have equal access 
to the resources needed for her education.  The work of this 
collective community, should we achieve our vision, will make it 
unnecessary for a teacher to ever ask that question again. I then 
returned to South Africa and spoke to another Rebecca. This young 
woman grew up in a rural area where it was a struggle to afford text 
messaging, never mind any meaningful access to the digital world. She, 
too, did 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wiki Loves Africa's 2021 Winners announced outside Wikimedia community

2021-08-30 Thread Florence Devouard

Thanks for your on-going support Camelia !

Cheers

Florence


Le 30/08/2021 à 16:43, Camelia Boban a écrit :

Hi Isla & Florence & Ceslause,
congratulations to the participants, you - the organizers - and the 
jury team. Are wonderful images.

I will be happy to share that news on our social channels.

Camelia, WikiDonne

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Il giorno lun 30 ago 2021 alle ore 15:49 Isla Haddow-Flood 
mailto:islahad...@gmail.com>> ha scritto:


Hello all

We are very excited to announce the winners of Wiki Loves Africa
2021. Due to a permissions issue (that is now resolved - thanks
Commons heroes!) we had to delay the external announcement of Wiki
Loves Africa's 2021 winners.

As you will see on the official announcement


 [1]
there is so much to celebrate in the full collection but the
winners really do shine, and show why Commons and the Wikimedia
projects are so important. If you are interested, dig into the
information here …

Social media channels:
• Facebook page  [2]
• Twitter  [3]
• Instagram  [4]
• YouTube playlist


[5]
• Social media hashtag : #wikilovesafrica #wikilovesafrica21
#celebrateAfrica
We would really appreciate it if you would share the news!! And if
you are interested in exploring further, please take a look at the:

  * Press release


[6]
  * Press kit


[7]

Wiki Loves Africa could not happen without the tireless input and
energy from the Wikimedia communities, user groups and enthusiasts
across Africa and beyond. Thank you, thank you for your incredible
enthusiasm.

The international jury this year was made up of a heady balance of
Commonists and professional photographers. Your dedication, time
and experience was invaluable. I hope I have covered all of the
time and effort in this detailed jury repor

t
[8].

You can get a chance to meet the winners and hear about other
participants in the project on Friday's WikiAfrica Hour - details
on Meta here
 [9].

(A similar release in French will happen during the course of this
week!)

Speak soon,

warmest regards
Isla, and Flo and Ceslause


[1]

https://www.wikilovesafrica.net/the-universal-human-experience-celebrated-in-wiki-loves-africas-photo-competition-on-wikipedia/


[2] https://www.facebook.com/wikilovesafrica

[3] https://www.twitter.com/wikilovesafric

[4] https://www.twitter.com/wikilovesafrica

[5]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeiU2ZGuQDg=PLvyE0yEt-BKgEUM5QlcQOwsMtpbWCbsnA


[6]

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B6WwjdWVtuk_n4lxFYfk2BzxbedWdGI-/view?usp=sharing



[7]https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GPYaBMDiSfKTlMAp0JfJAuYVwM5eP3xp?usp=sharing


[8]

https://www.wikilovesafrica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Wiki-Loves-Africa-2021-Jury-Report-1.pdf


[9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiAfrica_Hour/Episodes

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

2021-06-24 Thread Florence Devouard

I believe Jan-Bart post reflect my perspective on the topic. I second.


Florence


PS: I will point out though... for historical perspective, that a rather 
similar situation happened in the early years of the WMF, when Eric 
Moeller chose to resign from his position as board member to be hired by 
Sue Gartner as Deputy Director. The board was not involved in the 
discussion, but was put in front of the "fait-accompli". But those were 
early days.



Le 24/06/2021 à 16:43, Jan-Bart de Vreede a écrit :

Hey

So with all due respect and sympathy for the individuals involved and 
me being unwilling to hurt people I feel it would be worse for me just 
keep quiet.


The Foundation is supposed to be an example of good Governance for our 
entire movement. We (as a movement) have come a long way in the past 
20 years (and that is important: as our organisation and budget grows, 
so do our responsibilities and the critical questions we get from the 
world)


My personal opinion with regards to this announcement it comes down to 
this:


It is NOT good governance to have a current board member suddenly 
resign and then create a situation where that person receives 
compensation for a position that seems to have been created 
specifically for that board member (or at least was not publicly 
posted?).


Even simpler
It is a good practice to create a 12 month waiting period before board 
members of non-profits can become a staff member/paid 
contractor/consultant.


No matter whether or not this is legally or procedurally explainable…

Jan-Bart de Vreede
(Writing this as a personal opinion)



On 23 Jun 2021, at 22:44, Maggie Dennis > wrote:


Hello, all. :)

I hope and trust that everyone is keeping well during these times!

I’m Maggie Dennis, Vice President of the Community Resilience & 
Sustainability group of Wikimedia Foundation, within the Legal 
department. I wanted to announce with pleasure that Maria Sefidari 
has agreed to consult with the Foundation on Movement Strategy and 
the ongoing Board evolution for the upcoming year. Many of us know 
María from her role as the chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of 
Trustees, from which she provided invaluable leadership in 
governance, oversight, and fundraising. Others may know her from her 
volunteer work as User:Raystorm 
, in which she has a 
broad range of experience.


María, based in Spain, commenced her assignment with the Foundation 
this week. We intend to tap into her expertise and knowledge of the 
Foundation to support a successful implementation of the Movement’s 
Strategy and to tap into new opportunities. (With her Board work, she 
will be supporting Quim Gil’s team with the Board election and 
helping Margo Lee in improving onboarding, documentation practices, 
and training.) María will report to me as part of our Community 
Resilience & Sustainability group. I’m excited that she accepted our 
offer for a more hands-on assignment, particularly given how 
important all of the work she’ll be supporting is. :) With more than 
15 years of Wikimedia experience, her contributions in the next phase 
will be a tremendous benefit to me and my team as we continue 
settling into our own work on Movement Strategy.


Those of you who are involved with Movement Strategy are used to 
seeing her at related meetings and still will. :) I anticipate María 
will be joining one or more of the Movement Strategy global 
conversations 
this 
weekend. Advertisement alert: maybe you can, too? Here’s more detail 
! 
I myself will be attending at least one of those sessions and look 
forward to seeing some of you there.


Warm regards,
Maggie


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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Winners of WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique 2020-2021 Edition

2021-06-13 Thread Florence Devouard

Thank you Aboubacar for taking the lead to announce this :)

A bit of context for those who might be confused...

The WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique (1) is a writing context organized by 
Wiki in Africa (2) and Fondation Orange for the past 4 years.
It runs in primary schools, often in rural areas, in schools frequently 
not connected to the Internet. Which makes it an offline project (3).


For this edition, the contest involved 100 schools in 9 French speaking 
countries, and the kids produced 134 articles published on Vikidia as 
well as over 800 pictures published on Wikimedia Commons.


The contest is expanding every year and is enhanced by the regular 
contribution from several wikimedia UG and of the Vikidia community.

This year, we got national support from

* Wikimedia Tunisia lead by Afek
* Wikimedians of Cameroon UserGroup lead by SerieMinou
* Groupe utilisateur de la communauté Wikimedia Guinée Conakry lead by 
Aboubacar

* Wikimedia Mali lead by Nfana

Our jury also welcomed two members of our community
* Fawaz from Wikimedia Benin
* Macassar, vikidian and board member of Vikidia Association

All articles are beautiful pieces of those kids daily life and culture. 
They are sometimes a bit strange for us to read, and not always 
formatted perfectly according to our wikipedia encyclopedic-approach 
habits.
But all of them are special and likely to teach you something. If you 
can read French, all articles of the last edition may be found here (4)


(1) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiChallenge_Ecoles_d%27Afrique/en 
(general information about the contest, in English and French)

(2) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_In_Africa (en)
(3) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Offline_Projects (en)
(4) 
https://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Projet:WikiChallenge_Écoles_d%27Afrique_2021/Articles 
(fr)



Anthere


Le 08/06/2021 à 10:00, Aboubacar Keïta a écrit :




Bonjours à tous


Les articles gagnants WikiChallenge écoles d'Afrique de la *Fondation 
Orange* 2020-2021.




*_Prix national_*



1er Prix - Eau Coyah  avec 
l'École primaire de Coyah




2ème Prix - Bagataye  avec 
l'École primaire Saint David de Kagbelin.




*_Prix international_ *



1er Prix Madagascar  : 
Vako-drazana  avec l'école 
des sourds et muets ADSF d'Antananarivo



2eme PrixRépublique démocratique du Congo 
 : 
Malewa  avec l'école Primaire 
à Matonge (Kinshasa)



3eme Prix Sénégal  : 
Exploitation du miel à Bandia 
 avec 
l'école Primaire de Bandia


En tant que facilitateur national de ce concours je tiens à vous 
remercier tous pour votre implication dans vos villes respectives.




Pour plus d'information clique sur ce lien :


https://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Projet:WikiChallenge_%C3%89coles_d%E2%80%99Afrique_2021/Guin%C3%A9e 








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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Update from the Wikimedia Foundation Board chair

2021-06-03 Thread Florence Devouard

Dear Maria,


I would like to thank wholeheartedly for all those years of service. You 
provided great leadership and I am very grateful for all what you did. 
Receive many many thanks.


Best - Flo


Le 03/06/2021 à 21:39, María Sefidari a écrit :

Dear All,

There is one last bit of news I would like to share following the 
Board meeting update.


After ~ 8 years on the Board of Trustees at the Wikimedia Foundation - 
a long time! - I have notified the Board that I am stepping down as 
Chair and trustee, effective end of day today.


As all of you know, the community-selected seats were due to expire 
last year and were extended at the request of the Board to see through 
these difficult and unprecedented times. Now, after chairing the last 
meeting of the fiscal year and having the call for candidates for the 
upcoming elections approved, it is the least disruptive moment for me 
to step down. The Foundation has asked me to consider an advisory role 
to support Movement Strategy and the onboarding of new trustees and 
the new CEO/ED, to help support leadership and this strategic 
transition. Nataliia Tymkiv, currently Vice Chair, will act as Chair 
until a new one is elected by the Board ensuring continuity.


Hopefully this news will not come as too much of a surprise. I am 
grateful to the community members who lent me their trust and support 
to become a trustee on two different occasions, to the staff, and to 
the trustees for their confidence in me in the different leadership 
positions I have held within the Board - first as committee chair, 
then two terms as Vice Chair, and two terms as Chair.


Together we have accomplished many things during this time, but if I 
had to single out only a few they would be the following: launching 
the Movement Strategy process, engaging in the most ambitious 
governance reform in the history of the Board, and working to ensure 
the stability and sustainability of the Foundation. It has been a time 
of change, of discussing strategy and our future, and deciding 
together what the path forward should be.


Of course, the work is never finished - it will be the task of the 
Board to continue what has been done and face the newer and complex 
challenges that will no doubt arise. I hope that we will see many of 
the women of the movement and people from the Global South as 
candidates in the upcoming community elections - I know there are many 
qualified people ready to step into these important roles. I look 
forward to supporting an increasingly capable and diverse Board.


Be safe and well everyone.

Tupananchiskama,

María

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Join the new Regional Committees for Grants

2021-05-25 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Tanveer


Thank you for those answers.

Some questions have been moved to meta as suggested, but have not 
received any answer yet. Can you please have a look ?


Thanks

Florence


Le 21/05/2021 à 19:12, Tanveer Hasan a écrit :

Hi Florence,

I wanted to bring to your attention that the CR team has responded to 
your questions on the discussion page of the Community 
Resources/Grants Strategy Relaunch 2020-2021 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021>. 
We are doing this (responding on discussion page) because of the 
importance of the questions that you have raised and hope that the 
questions and responses would be of help to other community members as 
well. We request community members to post their questions directly on 
the discussion page.


Regards,

P.S: CR team is going to be copy pasting all the questions raised here 
on the mailing list on the discussion page of the Grants Strategy 
Relaunch for the sake of continuity and having the option to translate 
questions and responses in multiple languages for the benefit of other 
community members. Please allow us a little time to respond to the 
questions that have already been raised in this email thread.


ಶುಕ್ರ, ಮೇ 21, 2021 ರಂದು 06:03 ಅಪರಾಹ್ನ ಸಮಯಕ್ಕೆ ರಂದು Florence Devouard 
mailto:fdevou...@gmail.com>> ಅವರು ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ:


Hello Julia


I apology if I missed a step at some point.
In this application, I read that

"All the current grant committees (both active and inactive) will
cease to function with the implementation of the new grants
strategy of the Community Resources Team effective from 1 July
2021. We strongly encourage current and former committee members
to apply to be part of the regional committees."

So... is it to understand that absolutely ALL grants provided by
the Wikimedia Foundation will go through those yet uncreated
committees ?

Does that mean all current recipients of APG grants will have to
address their annual request to those yet unknown teams in the
future ? (september in some cases)

To whom will grants requests have to be addressed to for those
groups who are not related to a specific region ? Do they have to
pick up a region of their choice and consider themselves attached
to it, or will they be appointed a region by default ?

Sorry if the questions seem to be unrelated to your call but...
1) I am trying to understand and measure how much unstable our
current situation is as grantees so that we can anticipate...
2) I am trying to evaluate the responsibilities that will be on
the shoulders of those new regional committee members


Best


Florence


Le 21/05/2021 à 08:06, Julia Brungs a écrit :

Dear all,

We hope this email finds you well and safe. The COVID 19
situation continues to affect many of us across the globe and our
thoughts are with everyone affected. We are also aware that there
are several processes currently in progress that demand volunteer
time and we do not want to add more work to anyone's plate.

We do want to draw your attention to our new Regional Committees
for Grants though as they are an opportunity for you to have an
active say in the future of our Movement!

 So today, we invite you to join our new Regional Committees
for Grants! 

We encourage Wikimedians and Free Knowledge advocates to be part
of the new Regional Committees that the WMF Community Resources
team is setting up as part of the grants strategy relaunch [1].
You will be a key strategic thought partner to help understand
the complexities of any region, provide knowledge and expertise
to applicants, to support successful movement activities, and
make funding decisions for grant applications in the region.

Find out more on meta [2].

Regional Committees will be established for the following regions:

  * Middle East and Africa
  * SAARC [3] region (Includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)
  * East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) region
  * Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean
  * United States and Canada
  * Northern and Western Europe
  * Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

All details about the Committees and how to apply can be found
on meta [4]. Applications have to be submitted by *June 4, 2021*!

If you have any questions or comments, please use the meta
discussion page [5].

Please do share this announcement widely with your Network.
Best wishes,
Julia on behalf of the Community Resources Team

[1]

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021

<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021>
[2]

https://meta.wikimedia.

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Join the new Regional Committees for Grants

2021-05-21 Thread Florence Devouard
Well, Isla and I were also discussing precisely this point this 
afternoon Bodhisattwa.


The fact board members+staff members+beneficiaries of grants are to be 
non-eligible can be very well understood from a conflict of interest 
point of view.
But practically speaking... if those are not eligible... setting up a 
regional committee in Africa for example, with knowledgeable, 
experienced and trusted individuals will be a challenge.
The system suggest that most of the current committee members should try 
to apply to be on a regional committee, but I am fairly sure that most 
of those would be ineligible.


Which actually brought another question to my mind... do candidates have 
to propose themselves only in the region where they live, or are they 
allowed to candidate to be on the commitee for other regions ?


Might it actually not be beneficial to see cross candidacies ? It would 
at the same time reduce the risk of conflict of interest and bring more 
opportunities for sharing experiences.


Florence

Le 21/05/2021 à 16:18, Bodhisattwa Mandal a écrit :

Hi,

I am concerned about the exclusion of affiliate board members in the 
regional committees. This decision would exclude a large portion of 
experienced volunteers who are there in different user group decision 
making committees. For global south countries, that would diminish the 
pool of volunteers who are experienced and suitable for this kind of 
work.


Regards,
Bodhisattwa

On Fri, May 21, 2021, 19:27 Risker <mailto:risker...@gmail.com>> wrote:


I am very concerned that you think you're going to get about 80
qualified and committed volunteers to do this work within the next
few weeks.  This is unrealistic. I also agree with Florence's
concerns.

Risker/Anne

On Fri, 21 May 2021 at 08:33, Florence Devouard
mailto:fdevou...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Hello Julia


I apology if I missed a step at some point.
In this application, I read that

"All the current grant committees (both active and inactive)
will cease to function with the implementation of the new
grants strategy of the Community Resources Team effective from
1 July 2021. We strongly encourage current and former
committee members to apply to be part of the regional committees."

So... is it to understand that absolutely ALL grants provided
by the Wikimedia Foundation will go through those yet
uncreated committees ?

Does that mean all current recipients of APG grants will have
to address their annual request to those yet unknown teams in
the future ? (september in some cases)

To whom will grants requests have to be addressed to for those
groups who are not related to a specific region ? Do they have
to pick up a region of their choice and consider themselves
attached to it, or will they be appointed a region by default ?

Sorry if the questions seem to be unrelated to your call but...
1) I am trying to understand and measure how much unstable our
current situation is as grantees so that we can anticipate...
2) I am trying to evaluate the responsibilities that will be
on the shoulders of those new regional committee members


Best


Florence


Le 21/05/2021 à 08:06, Julia Brungs a écrit :

Dear all,

We hope this email finds you well and safe. The COVID 19
situation continues to affect many of us across the globe and
our thoughts are with everyone affected. We are also aware
that there are several processes currently in progress that
demand volunteer time and we do not want to add more work to
anyone's plate.

We do want to draw your attention to our new Regional
Committees for Grants though as they are an opportunity for
you to have an active say in the future of our Movement!

 So today, we invite you to join our new Regional
Committees for Grants! 

We encourage Wikimedians and Free Knowledge advocates to be
part of the new Regional Committees that the WMF Community
Resources team is setting up as part of the grants strategy
relaunch [1]. You will be a key strategic thought partner to
help understand the complexities of any region, provide
knowledge and expertise to applicants, to support successful
movement activities, and make funding decisions for grant
applications in the region.

Find out more on meta [2].

Regional Committees will be established for the following
regions:

  * Middle East and Africa
  * SAARC [3] region (Includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)
  * East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) region
  * Latin America 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Join the new Regional Committees for Grants

2021-05-21 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Julia


I apology if I missed a step at some point.
In this application, I read that

"All the current grant committees (both active and inactive) will cease 
to function with the implementation of the new grants strategy of the 
Community Resources Team effective from 1 July 2021. We strongly 
encourage current and former committee members to apply to be part of 
the regional committees."


So... is it to understand that absolutely ALL grants provided by the 
Wikimedia Foundation will go through those yet uncreated committees ?


Does that mean all current recipients of APG grants will have to address 
their annual request to those yet unknown teams in the future ? 
(september in some cases)


To whom will grants requests have to be addressed to for those groups 
who are not related to a specific region ? Do they have to pick up a 
region of their choice and consider themselves attached to it, or will 
they be appointed a region by default ?


Sorry if the questions seem to be unrelated to your call but...
1) I am trying to understand and measure how much unstable our current 
situation is as grantees so that we can anticipate...
2) I am trying to evaluate the responsibilities that will be on the 
shoulders of those new regional committee members



Best


Florence


Le 21/05/2021 à 08:06, Julia Brungs a écrit :

Dear all,

We hope this email finds you well and safe. The COVID 19 situation 
continues to affect many of us across the globe and our thoughts are 
with everyone affected. We are also aware that there are several 
processes currently in progress that demand volunteer time and we do 
not want to add more work to anyone's plate.


We do want to draw your attention to our new Regional Committees for 
Grants though as they are an opportunity for you to have an active say 
in the future of our Movement!


 So today, we invite you to join our new Regional Committees for 
Grants! 


We encourage Wikimedians and Free Knowledge advocates to be part of 
the new Regional Committees that the WMF Community Resources team is 
setting up as part of the grants strategy relaunch [1]. You will be a 
key strategic thought partner to help understand the complexities of 
any region, provide knowledge and expertise to applicants, to support 
successful movement activities, and make funding decisions for grant 
applications in the region.


Find out more on meta [2].

Regional Committees will be established for the following regions:

  * Middle East and Africa
  * SAARC [3] region (Includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India,
the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)
  * East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) region
  * Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean
  * United States and Canada
  * Northern and Western Europe
  * Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

All details about the Committees and how to apply can be found on 
meta [4]. Applications have to be submitted by *June 4, 2021*!


If you have any questions or comments, please use the meta discussion 
page [5].


Please do share this announcement widely with your Network.
Best wishes,
Julia on behalf of the Community Resources Team

[1] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021 

[2] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021/Regional_Committees 

[3] https://www.saarc-sec.org/index.php/about-saarc/about-saarc 

[4] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021/Regional_Committees#How_to_apply 

[5] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021 



--
*Julia Brungs*
Senior Community Relations Specialist
Wikimedia Foundation 


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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Work needed from enthusiastic wikimedians

2021-05-12 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Margaret


Just in case... https://isa.toolforge.org/campaigns/140

Lovely pictures. Hope I get there one day !

Flo


Le 11/05/2021 à 05:21, Margaret Donald a écrit :
WLE 2021 in Australia is underway and so far has just 306 photos (with 
77 being judged as outside the competition)


There are two major tasks, I am hoping you all will be willing to 
participate in

1. Annotating the photos, by
1.1 adding "depicts" statements as structured data. This should include
1.1.1 species name if relevant
1.1.2 protected area (name of national park, IPA, nature reserve etc
1.2 adding appropriate categories, i.e.,
1.2.1 species name (if relevant)
1.2.2 category for the national park etc
1.3 Adding wikidata for national parks, marine reserves etc which do 
not yet have a wikidata item. This item should should show that the 
area is protected and you may be able find and add statements for:

1.3.1 P809 (WDPA ID) See. e.g.Q106099285s
1.3.2 P814 IUCN protected areas category (available from the WDPA ID) 
See, e.g.Q106099285
1.4 Classifying photographs which fail to comply with the competition 
rules as being outside the competition, i.e., categorise them using: 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images_from_Wiki_Loves_Earth_2021_in_Australia_outside_the_competition 
 

(These are a subcategory of the uploaded images and should not show 
them as belonging directly to 
Category:Images_from_Wiki_Loves_Earth_2021_in_Australia


The second task is to grade the uploaded images using the prejury 
tool. The essentials are shown here 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2021_in_Australia/Prejury 

and you join by clicking on prejury tool. (Images uploaded by you are 
excluded from your grading)
The prejury tool will only work well if many of us use it. (This is 
the statistician speaking).  So please use it. It will allow the 
judges to winnow out photographs which will not win.


Thanks for your help on this.

Regards,
Margaret

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimania Updates - Scholarships and Sessions

2021-05-11 Thread Florence Devouard

Child care is likely to be another answer ?

Flo


Le 11/05/2021 à 21:26, Mohamed ElGohary a écrit :
Connectivity for starters, and owning devices that are capable of 
enabling a good summit experience. Not all volunteers are privileged 
to contribute to a virtual event in a comfortable way. The Internet 
can be expensive for video calls for many countries / regions in 
Africa and Asia.

ᐧ

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 8:58 PM Esteban Zarate > wrote:


I don't understand what is the purpose of the scholarship this
year, there isn't to travel and no physical venue to host
Wikimania, what is the purpose of the scholarship?

El mar, 11 de may. de 2021 a la(s) 15:50, Winnie Kabinte
(kabi...@gmail.com ) escribió:

Dear Wikimedia Community Members,


We’re so excited to share some updates with you around
Wikimania 2021! We’ve been hard at work, getting things
running and putting things in place and realized we have so
much we’d like to share with you. Thank you for your
flexibility and understanding, as we navigate through this
rapidly moving ship.


1.

Wikimania 2021 will be happening! We’ve already announced
the dates (August 13-17) but wanted to remind you - in
case you had any doubts - that the first-ever virtual
Wikimania will be happening - and we want you there! [1]


2.

We noticed that all though we’ve been going full speed on
the back end at organizing Wikimania 2021, we haven’t
updated you as frequently as we would like… So, we will be
sending out a weekly update email to all of you on Mondays
- until the event goes live. Which in case you were
wondering, is in 3 months and 2 days! (Yes, that soon!)


3.

We will be having a Scholarship Program this year as well!
We’d like to remove most barriers of participation for
those who would otherwise not be able to join. More
information will be coming soon around Scholarships - so
stay tuned!


4.

This year's theme is: Celebrate 20 years of Wikipedia and
the humans who make it happen. We will also be opening up
submission proposals for sessions - you can apply as an
individual, a collective or a Community Organization.


We are excited about all the work and progress happening so
far to make this event happen. We're looking forward to
hearing about your amazing session proposals to help bring
Wikimania 2021 to life. We can't wait to convene to celebrate
two decades of free knowledge.


Best Wishes,

Winnie Kabintie (User:Ms_Kabintie
), on behalf
of the Wikimania 2021 Core Organizing Team.


[1]

https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2021:Save_the_date_and_the_Core_Organizing_Team




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[Wikimedia-l] [images in Africa] Re: Join the Africa Wiki Challenge Campaign!

2021-05-03 Thread Florence Devouard

We are slowly getting there Ziko.

Since the launch of Wiki Loves Africa in 2014, we have collected 70k 
images of the African continent. Not Historical Monuments or Landmarks, 
but mostly everyday life pictures.
Last year, we published an infographic to summarize the outcome of the 
photo campaign : 
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2020_A4_Infographic.pdf

Still a LOT to do, but already way better than a couple of years back.

The point I find the most satisfaction with is the reuse of those 
pictures into Wikipedia articles.
Check out for example reuse  percentage of WLA 2019 : 
https://tools.wmflabs.org/glamtools/glamorous.php?doit=1=Images+from+Wiki+Loves+Africa+2019_globalusage=1=1[wikipedia]=1] 
("Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2019")
This is 10% and as you may see, with a HUGE margin of improvement since 
most of the reuse are in French and English. I hope to see the other 
languages pick up sometimes...


But it takes time and energy to go through all the images collected to 
identify the best fit; so dedicated initiatives dedicated to that are 
precious.
WPWP initiative [2] is very important in that regards to improve use of 
all those images in Wikipedia articles.


Since you mention Klexikon, let me note that we just closed the 
WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique  [1] last week :)
And some countries teams are really putting a LOT of effort to 
illustrate the articles written by the children, either with locally 
taken pictures, or reusing Commons material (often published by 
well-known wikimedians).

See for example
* Tunisia : 
https://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Projet:WikiChallenge_Écoles_d%27Afrique_2021/Tunisie
* Cameroun : 
https://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Projet:WikiChallenge_Écoles_d%27Afrique_2021/Cameroun
* Guinea : 
https://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Projet:WikiChallenge_Écoles_d’Afrique_2021/Guinée


There are some pretty cool pages with LOTS of illustrations.

Remaining challenges are to better categorize and describe images, which 
we can do for example using the ISA tool [3]

LOT's of work to do in that direction

And finally... identification of best pictures (featured, good etc.) so 
that random visitors have more chance to stumble on them and reuse them 
(except for North of Africa really doing this sorting well, most african 
teams do not do it frequently, so this is another direction where we 
could help)


I welcome Ghana's new initiative to give a push into a new rather poorly 
explored direction yet.


Flo


[1] : 
https://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Projet:WikiChallenge_Écoles_d%27Afrique_2021

[2] : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Pages_Wanting_Photos_2021
[3] : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:ISA_Tool/Wiki_Loves_Africa_MetaData_Weeks



Le 02/05/2021 à 12:22, Ziko van Dijk a écrit :

Hello Ruby,

Allow myself to use the occasion to emphasize how important the 
campaigns for WikiAfrica/Africa Wiki are in order to provide pictures 
to the wikis and to the world.


It is still difficult to find good pictures on Wikimedia Commons that 
illustrate life in many African countries. I am grateful for the 
pictures tourists upload, and sometimes the pictures from national or 
foreign governments are quite usable. But there is something missing.


For our children‘s encyclopedia in German, Klexikon, it was a 
challenge to find pictures with some diversity when we wrote the 
articles about non European and non North American countries. And it 
still is, or: maybe there are more suitable pictures on Commons but we 
don‘t always find them because Commons as a platform itself... could 
be improved in a number of ways.


But in recent years, we have seen pictures made within campaigns such 
as Wiki loves women or the thematic challenges about work or transport 
in Africa. Step by step, our Klexikon articles can be essentially 
improved; although, there is still a certain bias towards pittoresque 
churches, nice beaches and other more „tourism related objects“.


Also, we have recently added a number of videos made by WikiTongues, 
another great initiative.


https://klexikon.zum.de/wiki/Algerien 

https://klexikon.zum.de/wiki/Äquatorialguinea 

https://klexikon.zum.de/wiki/Liberia 

https://klexikon.zum.de/wiki/Mosambik 



By the way, when I am looking for good pictures on Wikipedia (German, 
English, Dutch), I see that a lot of Wikipedia articles could need an 
update too - with regard to the pictures that have been made in the, 
say, last 10 years or even only 5 years.


(I noticed that Commons received a lot of good pictures about e.g. 
Barbados and Angola within the last 5 years only.)


So I am looking forward to the new pictures from this campaign, and to 
see how they will be used for display on the wikis.


Kind regards
Ziko

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

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Logo of MediaWiki has changed

2021-03-31 Thread Florence Devouard

Nice outcome. Congrats to all

Anthere

PS: yet a little bit sad though :(


Le 01/04/2021 à 01:27, Amir Sarabadani a écrit :

Hello,
After more than one year of design, discussion, vote, iteration, and 
months of legal work, I’m happy to announce that the logo of MediaWiki 
has been officially changed. This applies to both the software and 
logo of https://mediawiki.org .


The old logo of MediaWiki was adopted slightly more than fifteen years 
ago. This logo was featuring the nice concept of a sunflower 
representing diversity, constant growth and also wilderness.


However, with years, the logo became outdated and we realized that it 
had several problems, including but not limited to:


  * It was a bitmap picture so it’s unusable in large sizes
  * Its high details (“too realistic”) made it unusable in small sizes
  * Its fixed and realistic style made it hard to have variations or
adaptations

Most, virtually all, software products use a simpler and more abstract 
form following basic logo design guidelines and best-practices to 
avoid above (and more) issues. For example, docker, kubernetes, 
Ubuntu, Vue.js, React, Apache Kafka and many more.


You can find the discussion of changing the logo in 
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:Proposal_for_changing_logo_of_MediaWiki,_2020 
 
. As you can see on this page, a lot of interesting practical and 
theoretical exchanges happened, leading to the final vote and decision.


The new logo represents a collection of projects built on our engine: 
each petal is one of the many wikis that we support, and the lack of 
an explicit core shows that we are part of these projects, as well as 
and they are part of MediaWiki. The new logo also reflects the fact 
that evolution never stops, and like the petals of a flower, the 
development of each project, the growth of each community built on our 
engine allows everyone else to grow.


The designer of the new logo is [[User:Serhio Magpie]]. With the nice 
abstraction baked-in, you can use it in large or small sizes or you 
can adapt it for different usecases (there’s one already for mediawiki 
on docker: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T274678 
). There is a logo 
guideline for MediaWiki now: 
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:MediaWiki_logo_guidelines 



We already deployed changes to mediawiki.org  
and landed related patches on master, meaning from 1.36 release 
onwards, it’ll come with the new logo. You can follow the work of 
rolling it out in https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T268230. 



I humbly ask Wikimedians to update their wikis, for example usages on 
the main pages, Wikipedia articles, templates, and more. You can use 
the logos in this category on Commons. The files are already protected 
against upload vandalism. 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:MediaWiki_logo_(2020) 



A big thank you to all who helped this project to finish. From 
designers, community members, people who voted and discussed it 
intensively for months, Wikimedia Legal for doing all the necessary 
work for transferring the rights, clearing it and filing it for 
trademark. And many many more people.


Best
--
Amir (he/him)


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[Wikimedia-l] Launch of Wiki Loves Africa 2021

2021-02-16 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello friends


This is a short announcement to inform you that the latest edition of 
Wiki Loves Africa has launched !


The 2021 theme is "Health and Wellness" (surprised ?)
and can include representations of/traditional or western medical 
interventions or personnel/,/healthy eating/, or/exercise/etc..


Contest page is here : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2021


There is a lot of info being published at the moment from the main 
twitter account and facebook account. Do not hesitate to follow, like, 
share etc. (links on the contest page)


Many country teams are involved and you are welcome to support them in 
whatever way you will feel most helpful and relevant ;)



WLA over the last 6 years is

 * Over*64,000 images*collected
 * *8,120 unique*submitters
 * Images viewed*520 millions*times altogether (Sept 2020)
 * 270+ events in 23 African countries
 * Submitted images*viewed 41 million times*each month (April 2020);
 * *80%+ of competitors*are newbies;

For those interested by meta topics: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2021


Florence


PS: we are looking for some volunteer jury members from ANY country to 
help serve on national juries to support the small teams. If interested, 
please contact us.

(French, English or Arabic speaking please).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Katherine,


I like to thank you very much for all what you have achieved, stepping 
in the role at complicated time and really doing the job beautifully.
I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I will definitely miss 
you. I think many feel a bit orphans after the announcement.


Florence


Le 04/02/2021 à 18:47, Katherine Maher a écrit :

Hi everyone,

Earlier today, I announced to my colleagues at the Wikimedia 
Foundation my intention to step down as CEO later this spring. April 
15th will be my last day, marking my seven-year anniversary with the 
Foundation and the movement. This was not an easy decision, but it is 
the right one. For now, I want to share with you why I’m moving on, 
and what comes next. I’ll save the customary email with deeper 
reflections, memories, and thanks for later this spring!


In some ways, this was the easiest hard decision I’ve ever made. It’s 
never exactly a good time to step away -- transitions always have some 
rough edges -- but it’s always best to do so when the organization is 
strong, and before you’ve overstayed your welcome. The movement is in 
a good, strong place. Our communities are growing, our readership is 
too. Our 20th birthday, the launch of our Universal Code of Conduct, 
and the movement strategy recommendations are all milestone moments of 
solidity and strength. I have great hopes and confidence in the 
upcoming plans for strategy implementation, particularly the work on 
the movement charter and interim global council. We are healthy and 
thriving.


While we will always have more work to do to become the Wikimedia that 
we want to be, our movement and our organization is in a phase of 
renewal and regeneration. We have deepened our practices of 
consultation, collaboration, and inclusion that will be the foundation 
of the next decade of our work. We have a deep and stable financial 
position that will help us grow and protect us from any storm, and the 
trust in our projects has never been higher. Our communities are 
poised to take on deeper responsibilities of governance, 
accountability, and leadership, populating a rich, representative, and 
leaderful movement for free knowledge.


The Foundation is also strong, and filled with passionate, 
values-aligned leaders at every level of the organization, deeply 
committed to the work of our movement and mission. Although we don’t 
always all perfectly agree on absolutely everything, we are working 
more openly and cooperatively with our movement than ever before. 
Collaborative strategic planning, sustainable programs to support 
technical communities and tooling, co-development and consultation on 
transformative new experiences welcoming newcomers, cooperative 
partnerships on public health data, bibliographic data, and human 
rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work to come. 
Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance, continue 
to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.


Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, 
and compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest 
challenges, from editor and readership growth, technical debt, 
representation and participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am 
proud of what we’ve done together and grateful for all the ways in 
which this movement has made my life immeasurably richer: friendships 
that will last a lifetime, intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so 
many memories of */so much dancing/*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.


As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a 
place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future 
when you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve 
been fully present for this movement. But as I look around, I see 
global challenges such as polarization, inequality, and climate 
change, as well as opportunities for generational renewal and 
optimism. As a Wikimedian, I lean toward optimism, and plan to apply 
myself in that direction!


*What’s next*

  * We announced this planned transition publicly on our
communications channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
  * A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who
is chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit
Committee, Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will
launch the search for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the
executive Transition Team on organizational operations, and with
the broader board on an open candidate call. The Board is working
with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of the 2021-2022
fiscal year.
  * We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is
well-prepared for a thoughtful search for the next phase of our
mission. The Board has decided to work with Kathleen Yazbak of
Viewcrest 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 201, Issue 38

2020-12-14 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello


Still waiting for explanation. But wanted to point out that the 
statement from John below is a bit problematic to me.


Wiki in Africa has been under APG for a year now. At no point have we 
been informed of any changes that would involve a "Tides Advocacy" 
organization.


Note that I completely assume good faith and I trust everything will be 
right. I am not worried.


But must point out that... if the information was meant to be public and 
communicated to all APG orgs... then it was not.


Florence



Le 13/12/2020 à 16:56, John Andersson a écrit :

Hi,

All of the Annual Planning Grants (APGs) to Wikimedia affiliates are 
next year paid through Tides Advocacy. Wikimedia Foundation has 
communicated this change to all of us affiliates that are affected 
many months ago, and there is nothing secretive going on. Please 
assume good faith.


Best,

John Andersson
Executive Director
Wikimedia Sverige

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It is the endowment.

Le dim. 13 déc. 2020 à 10:37 AM, Yair Rand mailto:yyairr...@gmail.com>> a écrit :

> No, the Wikimedia Endowment is a separate thing.
>
> -- Yair Rand
>
> ‫בתאריך יום א׳, 13 בדצמ׳ 2020 ב-4:18 מאת ‪Michael Peel‬‏ <‪
> em...@mikepeel.net ‬‏>:‬
>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Endowment
 ?
>>
>> On 13 Dec 2020, at 08:33, Yair Rand mailto:yyairr...@gmail.com>> wrote:
>>
>> According to the recent Independent Auditors' Report of the WMF
[1], at
>> some point prior to the end of June 2020, an entity called the
"Wikimedia
>> Knowledge Equity Fund" was established, and $8.723 million was
transferred
>> to it by the WMF, in the form of an unconditional grant. The
Fund is
>> "managed and controlled by Tides Advocacy" (a 501(c)(4)
advocacy nonprofit
>> previously led by the WMF's current General Counsel/Board
Secretary, who
>> served as CEO, Board Secretary, and Treasurer there). Given
that a Google
>> search for "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund" yields zero
results prior to
>> the release of the report, it is clear that the WMF kept this
significant
>> move completely secret for over five months, perhaps over a
year. The
>> Report FAQ additionally emphasizes that the WMF "has no right
of return to
>> the grant funds provided, with the exception of unexpended funds."
>>
>> The WMF unilaterally and secretly transferred nearly $9 million of
>> movement funds to an outside organization not recognized by the
>> Affiliations Committee. No mention of the grant was made in any
Board
>> resolutions or minutes from the relevant time period. The
amount was not
>> mentioned in the public annual plan, which set out rather less
than this
>> amount for the entire grantmaking budget for the year. No
application was
>> made through any of the various Wikimedia grants processes. No
further
>> information has been provided on the administration of this new
Fund, or on
>> the text of the grant agreement.
>>
>> I am appalled.
>>
>> -- Yair Rand
>>
>> [1]
>>

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/f/f7/Wikimedia_Foundation_FY2019-2020_Audit_Report.pdf


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikiquote webinar (#shesaid campaign)

2020-11-14 Thread Florence Devouard

so... correction because true experts took this into their capable hands !

So, it will not be on zoom, but on streamyard and it will go live on 
Facebook and YouTube



Youtube link : 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeHTpFVYdOw_channel=WikipediaWeekly


Facebook link suggested : 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikipediaweekly/permalink/3414320428615764/



Cheers


Ant


Le 14/11/2020 à 18:16, Florence Devouard a écrit :

Hello


The webinar to learn about Wikiquote will be hosted this SUNDAY 15th 
Nov at 6pm CET.  Link to join : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84625507631



This is part of the #shesaid campaign, to get more entries on 
wikiquote from notable women.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women/SheSaid

If you are a wikiquote expert, your input will be very welcome.
If you are interested to learn more about wikiquote and the way it 
works, this is the right time :)



Ant


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[Wikimedia-l] Wikiquote webinar (#shesaid campaign)

2020-11-14 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello


The webinar to learn about Wikiquote will be hosted this SUNDAY 15th Nov 
at 6pm CET.  Link to join : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84625507631



This is part of the #shesaid campaign, to get more entries on wikiquote 
from notable women.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women/SheSaid

If you are a wikiquote expert, your input will be very welcome.
If you are interested to learn more about wikiquote and the way it 
works, this is the right time :)



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] #SheSaid

2020-11-12 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello


Small update on the #shesaid initiative :)

Camelia Boban volunteers to host a webinar in the next few days, to 
explain Wikiquote to anyone interested. This is part of the #SheSaid 
initiative to enter valuable quotes from notable women on #wikiquote.
If interested in knowing more about Wikiquote, we are asking you what 
would be your favorite timeslot on doodle.


More info here : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wiki_Loves_Women/SheSaid


Anthere



Quote of the day :

"As unacceptable as this problem is -- I know we can fix it."
Kamala Haaris

Source for this (very much shortened) quote : 
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris (yes, you can improve that page)




Le 03/11/2020 à 02:58, Florence Devouard a écrit :


Did you know that quote

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your 
right to say it."


was authored by a woman ?


Do you know how many entries on Wikiquote are about women versus Men ?
14639 men entries... for 2977 women entries...

Suprised ?


I am happy to announce the new*#SheSaid campaign*. The #SheSaid drive 
is aimed at improving the visibility of women across Wikimedia 
projects (and beyond) by creating new or improving already existing 
Wikiquote entries spoken by notable women.


Here are a few statistics:

  * On the English Wikiquote main page on 6th of Oct 2020, in
the/Selected people/section... 29 men are featured and only 4
women (check out the screenshot on the right...)
  * There are 233 women who have a featured article on either French
or English Wikipedias... with no entry on the French
Wikiquotecheck it out

<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FFAsitelink%20%3FWQsitelink%0AWHERE%0A%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5.%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20%23%20There%20is%20a%20Wikipedia%20Featured%20article%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Abadge%20wd%3AQ17437796%20.%20%23%20Sitelink%20is%20badged%20as%20a%20Featured%20Article%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0AUNION%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%0A%20%20%20MINUS%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20frwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%20%09SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22%5BAUTO_LANGUAGE%5D%2Cen%22%20%7D%0A%20%7D>
  * There are 141 women featured article on the English Wikipedia with
no wikiquote entrycheck it

<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FFAsitelink%20%3FWQsitelink%0AWHERE%0A%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5.%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20%23%20There%20is%20a%20Wikipedia%20Featured%20article%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Abadge%20wd%3AQ17437796%20.%20%23%20Sitelink%20is%20badged%20as%20a%20Featured%20Article%0A%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%0A%0A%20%20%20MINUS%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20enwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%20%09SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22%5BAUTO_LANGUAGE%5D%2Cen%22%20%7D%0A%20%7D>
  * There are 519 women listed on the French wikiquotecheck it

<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%28GROUP_CONCAT%28%3FFAlang%3Bseparator%3D%22%2C%20%22%29%20AS%20%3FFAlanguages%29%20%3Fsitelinks%20WHERE%20%7B%0A%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Asitelinks%20%3Fsitelinks%20.%0A%20%20%0A%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20frwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%0A%20%20SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22fr%2Cen%22%20%7D%20.%0A%7D%20GROUP%20BY%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%3Fsitelinks%0AORDER%20BY%20DESC%28%3Fsitelinks%29>and
3117 men listedcheck it out

<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%28GROUP_CONCAT%28%3FFAlang%3B%20SEPARATOR%20%3D%20%22%2C%20%22%29%20AS%20%3FFAlanguages%29%20%3Fsitelinks%20WHERE%20%7B%0A%20%20%3F

Re: [Wikimedia-l] #SheSaid

2020-11-09 Thread Florence Devouard


Le 07/11/2020 à 15:56, Shlomi Fish a écrit :

Hi Florence and all!

Sorry for the late reply; see below for the text.

[One note first: despite what the "i" suffix may imply to English speakers, I
am a (genetic, non-trans/etc.) male. "Shlomi Fish" is my real and legal
name, but I also have adopted or been called by several nicknames, some of
which I still approve of which include "Rindolf" or "Slimy Fish". For more
info about all that, you may wish to peruse the first questions in my home
site's FAQ: https://www.shlomifish.org/meta/FAQ/ .]

On Tue, 3 Nov 2020 02:58:13 +0100
Florence Devouard  wrote:


Did you know that quote

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right
to say it."

was authored by a woman ?


I didn't know that.

For the record:

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/06/01/defend-say/

Evelyn Beatrice Hall, who went under the pen name "S. G. Tallentyre"

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Beatrice_Hall


Do you know how many entries on Wikiquote are about women versus Men ?
14639 men entries... for 2977 women entries...

Suprised ?


I am happy to announce the new*#SheSaid campaign*. The #SheSaid drive is
aimed at improving the visibility of women across Wikimedia projects
(and beyond) by creating new or improving already existing Wikiquote
entries spoken by notable women.

Here are a few statistics:

   * On the English Wikiquote main page on 6th of Oct 2020, in
 the/Selected people/section... 29 men are featured and only 4 women
 (check out the screenshot on the right...)
   * There are 233 women who have a featured article on either French or
 English Wikipedias... with no entry on the French Wikiquotecheck it
 out
 
<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FFAsitelink%20%3FWQsitelink%0AWHERE%0A%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5.%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20%23%20There%20is%20a%20Wikipedia%20Featured%20article%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Abadge%20wd%3AQ17437796%20.%20%23%20Sitelink%20is%20badged%20as%20a%20Featured%20Article%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0AUNION%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%0A%20%20%20MINUS%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20frwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%20%09SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22%5BAUTO_LANGUAGE%5D%2Cen%22%20%7D%0A%20%7D>
   * There are 141 women featured article on the English Wikipedia with
 no wikiquote entrycheck it
 
<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FFAsitelink%20%3FWQsitelink%0AWHERE%0A%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5.%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20%23%20There%20is%20a%20Wikipedia%20Featured%20article%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Abadge%20wd%3AQ17437796%20.%20%23%20Sitelink%20is%20badged%20as%20a%20Featured%20Article%0A%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%0A%0A%20%20%20MINUS%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20enwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%20%09SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22%5BAUTO_LANGUAGE%5D%2Cen%22%20%7D%0A%20%7D>
   * There are 519 women listed on the French wikiquotecheck it
 
<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%28GROUP_CONCAT%28%3FFAlang%3Bseparator%3D%22%2C%20%22%29%20AS%20%3FFAlanguages%29%20%3Fsitelinks%20WHERE%20%7B%0A%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Asitelinks%20%3Fsitelinks%20.%0A%20%20%0A%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20frwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%0A%20%20SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22fr%2Cen%22%20%7D%20.%0A%7D%20GROUP%20BY%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%3Fsitelinks%0AORDER%20BY%20DESC%28%3Fsitelinks%29>and
 3117 men listedcheck it out
 
<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%28GROU

Re: [Wikimedia-l] #SheSaid

2020-11-03 Thread Florence Devouard

If your mom satisfies notability and sourcing requirements, yes :
In truth... not always so simple...


On another note, If you have ideas of women and super cool quotes to 
feature on the promotional postcards, feel free to drop ideas in the 
talk page. Would be lovely to have women from various countries and 
cultures !


Flo


Le 03/11/2020 à 16:12, Samuel Patton a écrit :

I love this, and will gladly participate via my personal account!

/"It's not the last couch you'll ever buy."/
/
/
~ My mom, always a pragmatist, abundantly notable in my hometown. #SheSaid

On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 8:41 AM Rajeeb <mailto:marajoz...@gmail.com>> wrote:


Great to hear from you Florence and actually we all are grateful
that you came up with such an awesome initiative, definitely, I
will participate and will share with the broader community.

Namaste,

Rajeeb.

On Tue, 3 Nov 2020 at 16:27, Samuel Guebo mailto:sgu...@wikimedia.org>> wrote:

Hello Florence,
That's a superb initiative!

Cheers,
Samuel

On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 7:10 AM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l
mailto:wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>> wrote:

Yup cos this quote has been on my contributor page on Fr
Wiki for quite a long time.
Thanks for setting this up Anthere!
I made my first contribution thanks to #shesaid on a
famous quote of Monique Wittig, a renowned French author
(Les Guérillères, l’Oppoponax).

Warm regards,

Nattes à chat

Envoyé de mon iPhone


    Le 3 nov. 2020 à 02:58, Florence Devouard
mailto:anth...@anthere.org>> a écrit :



Did you know that quote

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the
death your right to say it."

was authored by a woman ?


Do you know how many entries on Wikiquote are about women
versus Men ?
14639 men entries... for 2977 women entries...

Suprised ?


I am happy to announce the new*#SheSaid campaign*. The
#SheSaid drive is aimed at improving the visibility of
women across Wikimedia projects (and beyond) by creating
new or improving already existing Wikiquote entries
spoken by notable women.

Here are a few statistics:

  * On the English Wikiquote main page on 6th of Oct
2020, in the/Selected people/section... 29 men are
featured and only 4 women (check out the screenshot
on the right...)
  * There are 233 women who have a featured article on
either French or English Wikipedias... with no entry
on the French Wikiquotecheck it out

<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FFAsitelink%20%3FWQsitelink%0AWHERE%0A%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5.%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20%23%20There%20is%20a%20Wikipedia%20Featured%20article%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Abadge%20wd%3AQ17437796%20.%20%23%20Sitelink%20is%20badged%20as%20a%20Featured%20Article%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0AUNION%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%0A%20%20%20MINUS%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20frwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%20%09SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22%5BAUTO_LANGUAGE%5D%2Cen%22%20%7D%0A%20%7D>
  * There are 141 women featured article on the English
Wikipedia with no wikiquote entrycheck it

<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FFAsitelink%20%3FWQsitelink%0AWHERE%0A%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5.%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20%23%20There%20is%20a%20Wikipedia%20Featured%20article%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Abadge%20wd%3AQ17437796%20.%20%23%20Sitelink%20is%20badged%20as%20a%20Featured%20Article%0A%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%0A%0A%20%20%20MINUS%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20enwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20

Re: [Wikimedia-l] #SheSaid

2020-11-02 Thread Florence Devouard

Lol Brad.

Side note lot's of activity on 
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris recently...


Bon courage for tomorrow.


Le 03/11/2020 à 02:59, Brad Patrick a écrit :


[Standing ovation!]

Fantastic, Anthere. Thank you. 

*From: *Wikimedia-l  on 
behalf of Florence Devouard 

*Reply-To: *Wikimedia Mailing List 
*Date: *Monday, November 2, 2020 at 8:58 PM
*To: *Wikimedia Mailing List 
*Subject: *[Wikimedia-l] #SheSaid

Did you know that quote

"/I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your 
right to say it."/


was authored by a woman ?

Do you know how many entries on Wikiquote are about women versus Men ?
14639 men entries... for 2977 women entries...

Suprised ?

I am happy to announce the new*#SheSaid campaign*. The #SheSaid drive 
is aimed at improving the visibility of women across Wikimedia 
projects (and beyond) by creating new or improving already existing 
Wikiquote entries spoken by notable women.


Here are a few statistics:

·On the English Wikiquote main page on 6th of Oct 2020, in 
the/Selected people/section... 29 men are featured and only 4 women 
(check out the screenshot on the right...)


·There are 233 women who have a featured article on either French or 
English Wikipedias... with no entry on the French Wikiquotecheck it 
out 
<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FFAsitelink%20%3FWQsitelink%0AWHERE%0A%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5.%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20%23%20There%20is%20a%20Wikipedia%20Featured%20article%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Abadge%20wd%3AQ17437796%20.%20%23%20Sitelink%20is%20badged%20as%20a%20Featured%20Article%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0AUNION%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%0A%20%20%20MINUS%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20frwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%20%09SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22%5BAUTO_LANGUAGE%5D%2Cen%22%20%7D%0A%20%7D>


·There are 141 women featured article on the English Wikipedia with no 
wikiquote entrycheck it 
<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FFAsitelink%20%3FWQsitelink%0AWHERE%0A%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5.%0A%20%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20.%0A%20%20%20%20%20%3FFAsitelink%20%23%20There%20is%20a%20Wikipedia%20Featured%20article%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Abadge%20wd%3AQ17437796%20.%20%23%20Sitelink%20is%20badged%20as%20a%20Featured%20Article%0A%3FFAsitelink%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2F%3E%20.%0A%0A%0A%20%20%20MINUS%0A%20%20%20%7B%0A%20%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20enwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%20%20%20%20%20%7D%0A%20%09SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22%5BAUTO_LANGUAGE%5D%2Cen%22%20%7D%0A%20%7D>


·There are 519 women listed on the French wikiquotecheck it 
<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%28GROUP_CONCAT%28%3FFAlang%3Bseparator%3D%22%2C%20%22%29%20AS%20%3FFAlanguages%29%20%3Fsitelinks%20WHERE%20%7B%0A%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581072%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Asitelinks%20%3Fsitelinks%20.%0A%20%20%0A%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20%23%20And%20a%20sitelink%20to%20a%20frwq%20page%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%20%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%20%20%0A%0A%20%20SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22fr%2Cen%22%20%7D%20.%0A%7D%20GROUP%20BY%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%3Fsitelinks%0AORDER%20BY%20DESC%28%3Fsitelinks%29>and 
3117 men listedcheck it out 
<https://query.wikidata.org/#SELECT%20DISTINCT%20%3Fitem%20%3FitemLabel%20%3FWQsitelink%20%28GROUP_CONCAT%28%3FFAlang%3B%20SEPARATOR%20%3D%20%22%2C%20%22%29%20AS%20%3FFAlanguages%29%20%3Fsitelinks%20WHERE%20%7B%0A%20%20%3Fitem%20wdt%3AP31%20wd%3AQ5%3B%0A%20%20%20%20wdt%3AP21%20wd%3AQ6581097%3B%0A%20%20%20%20wikibase%3Asitelinks%20%3Fsitelinks.%0A%20%20%3FWQsitelink%20schema%3Aabout%20%3Fitem%3B%0A%20%20%20%20schema%3AisPartOf%20%3Chttps%3A%2F%2Ffr.wikiquote.org%2F%3E.%0A%20%20SERVICE%20wikibase%3Alabel%20%7B%20bd%3AserviceParam%20wikibase%3Alanguage%20%22fr%2Cen%22.%20%7D%

[Wikimedia-l] #SheSaid

2020-11-02 Thread Florence Devouard

Did you know that quote

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right 
to say it."


was authored by a woman ?


Do you know how many entries on Wikiquote are about women versus Men ?
14639 men entries... for 2977 women entries...

Suprised ?


I am happy to announce the new*#SheSaid campaign*. The #SheSaid drive is 
aimed at improving the visibility of women across Wikimedia projects 
(and beyond) by creating new or improving already existing Wikiquote 
entries spoken by notable women.


Here are a few statistics:

 * On the English Wikiquote main page on 6th of Oct 2020, in
   the/Selected people/section... 29 men are featured and only 4 women
   (check out the screenshot on the right...)
 * There are 233 women who have a featured article on either French or
   English Wikipedias... with no entry on the French Wikiquotecheck it
   out
   

 * There are 141 women featured article on the English Wikipedia with
   no wikiquote entrycheck it
   

 * There are 519 women listed on the French wikiquotecheck it
   
and
   3117 men listedcheck it out
   


Obviously, not all women say/good quotes/that would make a wikiquote 
entry worth it. Still...



*How to get involved?

* *Give a bit of love to Wikiquote in the language of your liking. Check 
existing Wikiquote women entries and see if they might be improved. Or 
create new entries for notable women who produced notable quotes. 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Giving Commons a bigger public

2020-05-23 Thread Florence Devouard


Le 24/05/2020 à 00:23, Erik Moeller a écrit :

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 10:10 AM Gerard Meijssen
 wrote:


Hay Kranen created a proof of concept where Commons is searched for
pictures that (per standard) use a "depicts" statement.

This is a beautiful proof of concept; thank you for sharing it,
Gerard, and thank you, Hay, for developing it. It really illustrates
the power and importance of the Structured Data efforts.

To pick a different example, imagine that you want to illustrate an
article about the importance of wheelchair accessibility at your
university. You might try a major search engine like Google Images.
Try replacing the word "wheelchair" with translations in other
languages. Note how the result sets are different, and how you may get
a much smaller set of results in languages with a smaller Internet
presence.

https://www.google.com/search?q=wheelchair=isch (English)
https://www.google.com/search?q=kitimaguru=isch (Swahili, far less
relevant and smaller set)

In contrast, the use of Wikidata items means that, as long as a label
exists for a given language, you can search in _any_ language and get
the same images:

https://tools.wmflabs.org/hay/sdsearch/#q=haswbstatement:P180=Q191931

The fact that the UI of this tool is currently English is an
implementation detail; even with Hay's implementation, you can type in
"kitimaguru" and get the same results as in English.



Sorry Erik, but I do not follow you here...

For some reasons, it is true for "kitimaguru", but if I search for 
"lamp" (EN) versus "lampe" (FR), or "key" (English) versus "clé" 
(French), I really do not get the same results at all and of course, it 
does not proposes me the same Qs.


I love that functionality, do not get me wrong, I am delighted to see it.

But except for English speakers (and now Dutch speakers it seems), it 
can not be used.


So wonderful proof of concept. But please... let's have all languages here !

Florence




It would be wonderful to see this functionality developed further, and
to ultimately make this kind of search functionality central to the
user experience for Wikimedia Commons, so that speakers of any
language are  given _meaningful_ access to freely reusable media.

Warmly,

Erik

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New portal about Gender Gap on meta

2020-05-15 Thread Florence Devouard
Taking the opportunity to invite you to update this page : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Gender_Gap_Observatory


This page aims to track the presence of women both on the boards and in 
the leadership of affiliated Wikimedia groups, as well as the main 
bodies of the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation. The idea is to have 
a more accurate vision of how many women are taking positions of 
leadership and thus promote more equity in our movement.



Thanks


Ant


Le 13/05/2020 à 20:20, Florence Devouard a écrit :


Hello everyone


u:Alacoolwiki <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Alacoolwiki> and 
myself worked on the portal page of the Gender Gap on meta.


Before : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gender_gap=19889900

New : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap

Why ? The former page was very very outdated.
So first task was to clean it up, remove outdated info
Second task was to look for more recent data, do a bit of digging around.
Third task was to reorganize the whole portal. This was done along the 
same lines than the *Wikimedia Resource Center 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Resource_Center>. 


*


How you can help ?
Please note that the goal is not necessarily to have regular 
information being updated over there (because we do know it will not 
happen, right ? :)),
but to serve as a hub to link to all resources, groups, initiatives 
led within the community (and beyond). The current pages are by no 
means fully updated. Feel free to jump in and add.
Please do NOT drop links and be done with it. Have a _curated 
approach_ to make it useful AND practical.


In particuliar, I hope that gender-gap oriented groups will make the 
effort of adding their groups to the page listing them if it is found 
to be missing : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap/Groups


And I hope that people leading initiatives will add them here : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap/Initiatives



I hope it can be useful and better reflect the diversity of our 
mouvement and of the approaches we follow.


Last, I will outline that I am aware that the current design does not 
permit translation. I gave much thinking about that and, in light of 
former state of the page (very outdated) and former state of 
translations (very very weak...), I decided to favor design and 
useability :)



Cheers


Anthere




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[Wikimedia-l] New portal about Gender Gap on meta

2020-05-13 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone


u:Alacoolwiki  and 
myself worked on the portal page of the Gender Gap on meta.


Before : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gender_gap=19889900

New : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap

Why ? The former page was very very outdated.
So first task was to clean it up, remove outdated info
Second task was to look for more recent data, do a bit of digging around.
Third task was to reorganize the whole portal. This was done along the 
same lines than the *Wikimedia Resource Center 
. 


*


How you can help ?
Please note that the goal is not necessarily to have regular information 
being updated over there (because we do know it will not happen, right ? 
:)),
but to serve as a hub to link to all resources, groups, initiatives led 
within the community (and beyond). The current pages are by no means 
fully updated. Feel free to jump in and add.
Please do NOT drop links and be done with it. Have a _curated approach_ 
to make it useful AND practical.


In particuliar, I hope that gender-gap oriented groups will make the 
effort of adding their groups to the page listing them if it is found to 
be missing : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap/Groups


And I hope that people leading initiatives will add them here : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap/Initiatives



I hope it can be useful and better reflect the diversity of our 
mouvement and of the approaches we follow.


Last, I will outline that I am aware that the current design does not 
permit translation. I gave much thinking about that and, in light of 
former state of the page (very outdated) and former state of 
translations (very very weak...), I decided to favor design and 
useability :)



Cheers


Anthere



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[Wikimedia-l] New portal about Gender Gap on meta

2020-05-13 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone


u:Alacoolwiki  and 
myself worked on the portal page of the Gender Gap on meta.


Before : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gender_gap=19889900

New : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap

Why ? The former page was very very outdated.
So first task was to clean it up, remove outdated info
Second task was to look for more recent data, do a bit of digging around.
Third task was to reorganize the whole portal. This was done along the 
same lines than the *Wikimedia Resource Center 
. 


*


How you can help ?
Please note that the goal is not necessarily to have regular information 
being updated over there (because we do know it will not happen, right ? 
:)),
but to serve as a hub to link to all resources, groups, initiatives led 
within the community (and beyond). The current pages are by no means 
fully updated. Feel free to jump in and add.
Please do NOT drop links and be done with it. Have a _curated approach_ 
to make it useful AND practical.


In particuliar, I hope that gender-gap oriented groups will make the 
effort of adding their groups to the page listing them if it is found to 
be missing : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap/Groups


And I hope that people leading initiatives will add them here : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap/Initiatives



I hope it can be useful and better reflect the diversity of our 
mouvement and of the approaches we follow.


Last, I will outline that I am aware that the current design does not 
permit translation. I gave much thinking about that and, in light of 
former state of the page (very outdated) and former state of 
translations (very very weak...), I decided to favor design and 
useability :)



Cheers


Anthere



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Message to readers from the Wikimedia Foundation regarding COVID-19

2020-03-19 Thread Florence Devouard
Hello

Worth it if someone also took the time to craft us a message to relay on
social media. Maybe a good punchy visual reusing that site notice message.

Le jeu. 19 mars 2020 à 21:27, Joseph Seddon  a
écrit :

> Dear list,
>
> Given the unfolding global events, the Wikimedia Foundations feels it is
> important to reassure readers across the globe.
>
> We'll be displaying a short message at the top of the projects reaffirming
> our commitment to keep Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects online, open
> and free for all. Readers often turn to Wikipedia for neutral information
> in times of stress. This is a critical moment for students who can't go to
> school, people who have to stay home with their families, and anyone who
> needs a trusted source of unbiased information.
>
> We also want to take a moment to acknowledge the invaluable work of all the
> medical contributors on Wikipedia. Thank you for keeping a close watch and
> keeping misinformation at bay. Coronavirus topics have received tens of
> thousands of edits by thousands of editors since the start of the pandemic.
> The article has been read more than 30 million times, in English alone.
>
> The message will be displayed just once to readers, and you can preview the
> banner [1]. The draft is in English but we want this message to be
> multilingual. If you have a moment, please help translate this banner into
> your language [2]. Thank you all, for your work and efforts.
>
> Stay safe, and wash your hands!
>
> --
> Seddon
>
> [1] - Banner Preview:
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA?banner=programmatic_mlWW_rsp_covid19=1=US
>
>
> [2] - Translate link:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate=Centralnotice-tgroup-Programmatic_translations_2020=view=%21translated=translate
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[Wikimedia-l] Update Wiki Loves Africa

2020-03-17 Thread Florence Devouard
The Wiki Loves Africa photographic contest is currently running, for the
6th year, under the theme "Africa on the Move"

It should be made clear that the goal of the contest is not limited to
collecting freely licenced images to illustrate wikipedia articles
(though of course, there is also that...). It is also the opportunity to
recruit and train new contributors. It is also the opportunity to
promote the wikimedia projects in countries where the awareness can
still benefit from improvements. It is also the opportunity for tiny new
groups to join the larger community and increase their knowledge of our
mouvement.
Naturally... this implies that a large part of the photo contest
operations usually take place in offline (face-to-face) events
(edit-a-thons, photo walks, upload sessions etc.). Which obviously is
currently a problem...

So... we have just announced some modifications to the contest rules and
operations.

This is due to the global health crisis with all Wikimedia related
events being cancelled.
And this is due to a context... with rather few cases in most African
countries, the population in Africa is currently not following the
recent recommandations to practice social distanciation or even to stay
at home.

First note that all offline activities are being cancelled as expected.
Second, winners ceremonies will be either cancelled (and gifts sent by
postal mail to winners) or will be delayed till... later (we recommand
to maintain the ceremonies and host them after the crisis is over)
The entry deadline for Wiki Loves Africa has been extended to *15th
APRIL 2020* to accomodate the following changes :
We suggest people to upload already existing, archived, images that are
sitting on their hard drives at home.
We will also be hosting some ONLINE events and activities to ensure that
participants and teams are all supported and can still enter. Bear with
us... this will be an experiment ;)

We also decided to urge people to stay at home using the hashtags
#StayAtHome 
and #RestezChezVous and hope that this will help local teams further
spread this message locally for the sake of all.
We have created a bunch of visuals to improve communication in those
directions, which will be used in the next few days.


Links
* https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2020
* https://www.facebook.com/wikilovesafrica/
* https://twitter.com/wikilovesafrica


The team
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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Women "Tell Us more about Her" campaign

2020-03-06 Thread Florence Devouard
The Wiki Loves Women initiative is celebrating Africa’s women leaders 
throughout March 2020 with the ''Tell Us About Her'' drive on the ISA 
tool. The drive is aimed at improving the visibility of political 
leaders and activists across Africa on Wikimedia projects.


If you do not know it yet, the ISA tool is a fun and mobile friendly 
tool that helps you to add better descriptions onto the photographs 
uploaded to Wikimedia Commons within selected categories, so that they 
are more useful on Wikipedia and Wikidata. Information added to the 
image description is structured data (depicts or captions). Categories I 
chose for this campaign are related to politicians, activists and in 
particular feminists from Africa.


I invite you to check out what the ISA tool is (if you have not yet done 
so during previous drives). And I of course invite you to join and help 
add structured data information on our ISA current campaign ''Tell Us 
about Her'' :)))


Play here: https://tools.wmflabs.org/isa/campaigns/53


Anthere


ISA Tool : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:ISA_Tool
Wiki Loves Women : 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Wiki_Loves_Women




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] "The Foundation does not care so much of the French-speaking contributors"

2019-09-19 Thread Florence Devouard
Sorry to say Jane, but your answer strikes me as being completely beside 
the point :(


The issue Natachat was raising is related to funding our local 
activities, a situation currently made difficult by the new rapid grant 
system (*) She gave the example of the Art and Feminism, but this is a 
single example and other projects are also impacted by those changes.
I do not see how a problem with WMF funding scheme could be solved by 
talking to other volunteers. I very much doubt Natachat would need 
Valerie to explain her how to set up and run a local project on 
gender-gap issues. We are slightly beyond this...


The bottom line is that the community engagement department changed a 
LOT in the past few months, with arrivals and departures. And this 
department is essential for the smoothness of volunteer-run initiatives.


So yes, it was to be expected that the project leads would have been 
happy to meet WMF staff to have the opportunity to better understand the 
changes and the new directions the WMF is heading to.


Florence


* in the new system, grant requests for some targetted drive (such as 
art and feminism or wiki loves) must be made during specific time frame. 
The idea in itself is not a bad one and could help the grant team to be 
more efficient. The problem is that the agenda is too tight, which means 
volunteers have to start activities before they get the financial 
support and to a certain extent even start the activities before they 
get the approval of support.


Le 16/09/2019 à 08:45, Jane Darnell a écrit :

As far as Art+Feminism goes, this project concentrates on biographies of
female artists. The English Wikipedia project "Women in Red" is open 24x7
all year round and concentrates on biographies of women on English
Wikipedia, period. So you can take all of your local Wikipedia questions
about A+F to your local WiR women for each non-English Wikipedia, and if
there is no overlap yet, I suggest starting your own local A+F/WiR in your
local Wikipedia. We should probably start a multi-lingual one for Commons,
since it has proven so difficult to get pictures of female artists to
illustrate articles about them.

On Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 8:27 PM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:


Thank you Thierry. To be honnest a few of us were really waiting for
Valerie D'Costa, the new Chief of Community Engagement because we had
questions for her about the new rapid grant funding agenda which seems
totally inadapted to volunteer’s need in terms of flexibility. One has to
wait a soecific month for Art+feminism and very often the timing has not
been adapted to when the events are actually taking place. For a volunteer
this is way too procedural. We need more flexibility.
We had other questions regarding the departure of several people which
were very important for the gender gap.
So ... Some of us were disappointed indeed.
Kind regards,
Natacha




Le 15 sept. 2019 à 20:02, Thierry Coudray  a écrit :

Valerie D'Costa, the new Chief of Community Engagement,



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

2019-05-17 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Sati

I am sorry to hear about your departure. You were an important asset of 
the Wikimedia Foundation. Farewell Sati and thank you for your 
contributions during the journey !


Florence



Le 16/05/2019 à 22:21, Sati Houston a écrit :

Hi All,

After almost 5 years at WMF, I’ve decided to move on from the Foundation.
My last day will be June 4th.

These last few years have been an unexpected journey. When Anasuya Senguta
and Jessie Wild recruited me in 2014, I didn't know what awaited me. I
didn't know that I could learn so much about epistemology, power,
resilience, and community in such a short period of time. I couldn't know
how indelibly I would change - in my perspectives, my approaches, and my
beliefs.

But I have learned *so much*. From the countless conversations I've had and
observed. From working with hundreds of staff and volunteers to understand
different community needs
[1], build new
tools [2], reflect
[3]
on
current programs, understand the breadth and depth of our gaps
[4], understand
our longer-term impact [5],
and find the path forward.

And because we are Wikimedia, it's unsurprising that I leave having learned
the limits of my own knowledge, the power of collective discourse
[6], and the weight of my own
power and privilege in seeing systemic, cultural change happen.

This journey honestly wasn’t an easy ride. I laughed and cried, triumphed
and despaired, argued and made up; I felt supported and isolated, powerful
and powerless. I saw the tremendous beauty that Wikimedia creates and the
long road still to come.

But despite the rough ride, when I think back on my time here I will always
treasure the kaleidoscope of small moments that brought me joy: grammar
advice from Asaf, introducing Felix to Korean food, learning that many of
you are artists or musicians or poets, learning wikitext (yes, I actually
enjoyed that), dancing until my feet hurt, learning to love karaoke,
impromptu lunches and dinners, and many *many* walks and virtual coffee
chats.

So thank you all for sharing your wisdom, humor, and time with me. Thank
you Wikimedia for being a place that I could grow and learn. I will still
be around on the interwebs (and in San Francisco if you ever are in town),
and look forward to watching how you grow.

For now, I leave you with this quote:

"In a complex, technological world, most of us are experts at something.
More importantly, being a true expert means having a healthy dose of
humility. If you have really studied something and really gone deep into
how it works, then you should come away knowing how much you don't know. *In
a sense, that is the real definition of an expert — knowing the limits of
one's own knowledge.*" - Adam Frank, National Public Radio [7]

With much love,
Sati

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development
[2] https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking
[7]
https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/04/07/522992390/why-expertise-matters




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Africa 2019 on the theme PLAY

2019-01-23 Thread Florence Devouard

Hmmm. And a sentence got deleted in the process...

so...

There are several prizes to grab. Including two special prizes for photo 
essays that capture Women in sport or Culturally specific or traditional 
formal forms of play, recreation or events.


More on the theme here :
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2019/Theme

Florence

Le 23/01/2019 à 22:22, Florence Devouard via Commons-l a écrit :

Hello everyone,


We are proud to announce the launch of the 5th Wiki Loves Africa 
photographic contest, on the 1st of February 2019.


This year, the theme of the contest will be PLAY.

The theme Play! encourages the submission of visual representations of 
joyful and serious games, sport, and recreation in the form of board or 
mental games, physical fun or contests, playful interactions, theatrical 
and musical performances, etc. It is intentionally broad and open to 
interpretation.*Play*is a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated 
activities done for recreational pleasure and enjoyment.


As with last year, there will be two separate prize categories for 
photos and media that encompass:


As its name might make it obvious... this is about Africa. But diaspora 
and interested people from everywhere around the world are welcome to 
participate... as long as it is related to Africa :)



Compared to previous years, the contest will be shorter this year (one 
month instead of two). But we expect no less success !
If you want to help (photo cleanup, relaying messages, translations 
etc.), please contact us or simply jump in.



For your general interest, some stats may be found here : 
https://tools.wmflabs.org/wikiloves/africa


There is a rather active Facebook page (for the public) and Facebook 
group (for organizers) : https://www.facebook.com/wikilovesafrica/

Like us to follow the news.

The contest page is available here : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2019



Cheers


Florence


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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Africa 2019 on the theme PLAY

2019-01-23 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone,


We are proud to announce the launch of the 5th Wiki Loves Africa 
photographic contest, on the 1st of February 2019.


This year, the theme of the contest will be PLAY.

The theme Play! encourages the submission of visual representations of 
joyful and serious games, sport, and recreation in the form of board or 
mental games, physical fun or contests, playful interactions, theatrical 
and musical performances, etc. It is intentionally broad and open to 
interpretation.*Play*is a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated 
activities done for recreational pleasure and enjoyment.


As with last year, there will be two separate prize categories for 
photos and media that encompass:


As its name might make it obvious... this is about Africa. But diaspora 
and interested people from everywhere around the world are welcome to 
participate... as long as it is related to Africa :)



Compared to previous years, the contest will be shorter this year (one 
month instead of two). But we expect no less success !
If you want to help (photo cleanup, relaying messages, translations 
etc.), please contact us or simply jump in.



For your general interest, some stats may be found here : 
https://tools.wmflabs.org/wikiloves/africa


There is a rather active Facebook page (for the public) and Facebook 
group (for organizers) : https://www.facebook.com/wikilovesafrica/

Like us to follow the news.

The contest page is available here : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2019



Cheers


Florence

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A difficult goodbye

2019-01-14 Thread Florence Devouard
Thank you for your work Victoria and all my best wishes of success for 
Atlas AI.


Florence

Le 11/01/2019 à 01:29, Victoria Coleman a écrit :

Dear all,

I have some difficult news to share.

A few months ago and completely out of the blue, an opportunity came up for me 
to exercise the full spectrum of my skills as the CEO of an early stage mission 
oriented startup. It has been a mighty struggle between my commitment to my 
team, the Foundation and  the movement and this opportunity to bring all my 
skills to bear and build something from the ground up to do good in the world. 
I will not lie to you - it has not been easy. But ultimately I decided that I 
have to give it a go and I accepted the offer. I plan on starting there on Feb 
4th so my last day at the Foundation will be Feb 1st.

These past two years have been amongst the most enjoyable in my professional 
career. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the movement and what fuels it and I’ve 
been incredibly privileged to work with a Tech team like no other. We have 
together strengthened the technical infrastructure of the movement and while 
much work remains to be done we have a much stronger team in place to take the 
mission to the next level. And I have personally made friendships that will 
last a lifetime.

The organization I will be moving to is Atlas AI, a public benefit corporation 
supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. I will be leading an exceptional team 
of AI and earth system science experts striving for improvements in human well 
being through data driven insights. Our focus areas are drawn from the UN’s 
sustainable development goals of no poverty and zero hunger with emphasis on 
Sub Saharan Africa.

I leave behind a Technology department that I am certain is well on the way to 
achieving our vision to create the infrastructure for the free knowledge 
movement. I am also pleased that during my tenure, we have built leaders who 
are equipped to take on this challenge.

Erika Bjune will be serving as interim CTO. Erika joined us a little over two 
years ago and she has distinguished  herself as one of the finest people 
leaders I have ever worked with. Both she and Katherine will have my ongoing 
support — I will stay on in a consulting role to Erika on organizational 
matters and for the mid term planning work we have ahead of us in the remainder 
of the fiscal year.  I know that I am leaving the Tech team in good hands until 
a permanent CTO is hired.

I want to close this difficult message with my heartfelt thanks to all of you 
for letting me be part of this incredible movement. Being a Wikimedian is a 
great privilege. I wanted you to know that I’m not walking away from something; 
I am walking towards  something that is very  important to me and the world. I 
will miss you all. Deeply. Truly. And a lot!


Victoria

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A difficult goodbye

2019-01-11 Thread Florence Devouard
Thank you for your work Victoria and all my best wishes of success for 
Atlas AI.


Florence

Le 11/01/2019 à 01:29, Victoria Coleman a écrit :

Dear all,

I have some difficult news to share.

A few months ago and completely out of the blue, an opportunity came up for me 
to exercise the full spectrum of my skills as the CEO of an early stage mission 
oriented startup. It has been a mighty struggle between my commitment to my 
team, the Foundation and  the movement and this opportunity to bring all my 
skills to bear and build something from the ground up to do good in the world. 
I will not lie to you - it has not been easy. But ultimately I decided that I 
have to give it a go and I accepted the offer. I plan on starting there on Feb 
4th so my last day at the Foundation will be Feb 1st.

These past two years have been amongst the most enjoyable in my professional 
career. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the movement and what fuels it and I’ve 
been incredibly privileged to work with a Tech team like no other. We have 
together strengthened the technical infrastructure of the movement and while 
much work remains to be done we have a much stronger team in place to take the 
mission to the next level. And I have personally made friendships that will 
last a lifetime.

The organization I will be moving to is Atlas AI, a public benefit corporation 
supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. I will be leading an exceptional team 
of AI and earth system science experts striving for improvements in human well 
being through data driven insights. Our focus areas are drawn from the UN’s 
sustainable development goals of no poverty and zero hunger with emphasis on 
Sub Saharan Africa.

I leave behind a Technology department that I am certain is well on the way to 
achieving our vision to create the infrastructure for the free knowledge 
movement. I am also pleased that during my tenure, we have built leaders who 
are equipped to take on this challenge.

Erika Bjune will be serving as interim CTO. Erika joined us a little over two 
years ago and she has distinguished  herself as one of the finest people 
leaders I have ever worked with. Both she and Katherine will have my ongoing 
support — I will stay on in a consulting role to Erika on organizational 
matters and for the mid term planning work we have ahead of us in the remainder 
of the fiscal year.  I know that I am leaving the Tech team in good hands until 
a permanent CTO is hired.

I want to close this difficult message with my heartfelt thanks to all of you 
for letting me be part of this incredible movement. Being a Wikimedian is a 
great privilege. I wanted you to know that I’m not walking away from something; 
I am walking towards  something that is very  important to me and the world. I 
will miss you all. Deeply. Truly. And a lot!


Victoria

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[Wikimedia-l] Announcing release of WikiFundi V2 !

2018-11-22 Thread Florence Devouard

**

*WikiFundi is a software that provides an off-line editing environment 
that mimics the Wikipedia environment. WikiFundi allows for training and 
contribution when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are 
not available at all. It enables individuals, groups and communities to 
learn how to edit Wikipedia or Vikidia, and to work on articles 
collaboratively. Once connected to the internet, the articles can be 
uploaded online on Wikipedia or Vikidia (manually, no automatic syncing).*


*

The plateform has been developed by Florence Devouard (Anthere), 
Emmanuel Engelhard (Kelson), Florent Kaisser, Renaud Gaudin, and other 
members of the community, in collaboration with Kiwix and Wikimedia CH. 
The development of this software is made possible thanks to the 
Wikimedia Foundation and the Orange Foundation. The WikiFundi software 
and its documentation are licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.


The WikiFundi software is intended to support the WikiAfrica 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiAfrica>movement and Wikimedia 
volunteers across Africa. It is published by the South-Africa based 
association Wiki in Africa <http://www.wikiinafrica.org/>. It has 
already been used by wikimedia usergroups accross Africa for outreach, 
as well as by several education projects, such as the WikiChallenge 
Ecoles d’Afrique 
<https://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Projet:WikiChallenge_Ecoles_d%27Afrique>.


The best way to get information about the tool is : * on meta: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiFundi/en


* website : http://www.wikifundi.org<http://www.wikifundi.org/>* 
Wikimedia Foundation blog: https://tinyurl.com/y8ue28o5




For additional information or questions, please contact Florence


#africa #wikifundi #wikipedia #vikidia #offline #education #digitalskills

*

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia France short update

2017-09-10 Thread Florence Devouard
I thought the electoral commission would forward the results but over 
24h hours after the GA closed... apparently not.



So very brief summary:


Saturday, Wikimedia France held a full day General Assembly.


The agenda was here : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimédia_France/Assemblée_générale/septembre_2017


Results of votes are available there : 
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/WMFR_AG_2017-09-09.pdf



Key points
* Emeric (chairman until end of June) resigned the day prior to the 
General Assembly
* the remaining board (5 people) was constituted of Samuel (Chair), 
Marie-Alice (Vice Chair), FloFlo (treasurer), Edouard and Florence 
Raymond (not me...)
* Raymond, who was an appointed board member, was confirmed by the 
General Assembly
* the General Assembly voted by 73% the "lack of trust" in the previous 
board
* however, the General Assembly voted to retain the remainer of the 
previous board despite the distrust, in order to allow transfer of 
information and to support the new board during the audit.
* Floflo and Edouard will finish their term in 6 weeks (may resign 
earlier). Samuel and Marie-Alice indicated they would resign at the 
earliest convenience, only staying to help the transition and the audit


* 6 new people were elected on the board. 4 for slightly more than a 
year, 2 for a duration of 6 weeks. All of those are experienced members, 
including former board members and former president (I suppose 
presentations will follow next week)

* the chapter mailing list is reopened
* the members whose new memberships or renewal had been rejected will be 
invited to re-apply

* the prior vote passed in July to expell members will be cancelled
* the GA also voted to support the adoption of a non-discrimination 
policy, for a complete revamping of the conflict of interest committee, 
and for a financial audit to be done.


Sides notes

Next General Assembly will take place around 20th of October and will be 
the opportunity to elect new board members to fill the remaining seats. 
Except for the appointed board member, it is likely the board will be 
entirely renewed in the next few weeks (compared to this last summer one).


Also, WMF published two documents to guide the next few months


WMFr site visit report - septembre 2017
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMFr_site_visit_report_-_septembre_2017

Grant expectations for Wikimedia France - 2017-2018
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grant_expectations_for_Wikimedia_France_-_2017-2018

I wish the best to the new board. They have a lot of work to do to 
rebuild the complete mess left by the previous management. Please, help 
them as much as you can.


Florence

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board approval of FDC recommendation 2016-2017- Round 2

2017-06-30 Thread Florence Devouard

Morning


I would like to thank the FDC and the board of Wikimedia Foundation for 
their decisions regarding Wikimedia France.


As of today, the management of Wikimedia France has still not informed 
the membership about the WMF decision. The most active and connected 
members are aware of it thanks to twitter or facebook. But the majority 
of members are still in their bubble.



Florence

Le 28/06/2017 à 16:35, Dariusz Jemielniak a écrit :

Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, I write to
confirm that the board has approved [1] the full slate of the FDC’s Round 2
2016-2017 recommendations [2] for the Annual Plan Grants. We also have
taken good note of the FDC recommendations concerning the Wikimedia
Foundation's annual plan. In this round, 4 organizations will be receiving
a total of roughly US $1,605,000. Grants are made in local currency, so the
USD figure is approximate.

One entity appealed to the Board about the recommendations of the FDC. The
Board has carefully considered the appeal. After considering all of the
information, the Board decided not to override the recommendations of the
FDC, and separately  responded to the appeal in more depth.[3]

The Board wants to thank the Funds Dissemination Committee members and
staff for the time and effort they have put into this process, as well as
all members of the community who have participated in this round of review,
analysis and deliberations. We appreciate that so many Wikimedians have
contributed to this participatory process, and we value those efforts.

Thank you to all the organizations who submitted proposals in this round,
and for the work that the volunteers and staff of these organizations have
put in to further our movement’s mission.

Volunteers are at the heart of the Funds Dissemination Committee. We are
lucky to have a committee comprised of nine dedicated community members who
give a lot of their time and energy into making this funding program a
reality. We thank you all for your work this year.

Five of the members of the FDC have terms that have ended this year. I want
to thank Itzik Edri (User:Itzike) and Michael Peel (User:Mike Peel) for
their years of service to this  committee and congratulate (Michał
Buczyński (User:Aegis Maelstrom), Lorenzo Losa (User:Laurentius),  and Liam
Wyatt (User:Wittylama) for their reelection. I also welcome back Osmar
Valdebenito to the FDC and welcome Katherine Bavage as a first timer on the
FDC and congratulate them both for being elected. The Board is looking
forward to working with you.


Sincerely,

Dariusz Jemielniak (“pundit”), on behalf of the WMF Board of Trustees


[1]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Board_approval_of_FDC_recommendation_(2016-17,_Round_2)

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_recommendations/2016-2017_round_2

[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation

2017-06-25 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 24/06/2017 à 13:10, Rogol Domedonfors a écrit :

This Board was fomed in 2007 to advise the  Wikimedia Foundation, and was
required to be renewed annually.  No resolution was made to do so in 2015,
so by the beginning of 2016 it had lapsed.  This status is reflected at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Advisory_Board but the corresponding page
at https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Advisory_Board is seriously out of
date (it was written when the board was still in existence).  Just about a
year ago, Dariusz assured me that "it is one of the BGC's priorities to
revise and re-ignite the Advisory Board" and indeed the BGC minutes for
April published a couple of days ago at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee/Minutes_13-04-2017
show that the BGC took a paper (not made public) from Dariusz on the
subject and agreed to "submit a formal proposal to the Board".  No Board
resoultion on the subject has yet been published.

Rather confusingly, shortly after the BGC meeting, Florence wrote a page
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/WMF_Advisory_board
recording the Advisory Board's opinions on matters arising in the current
movement strategy process.  So it would seem that within a fortnight of the
BGC meeting, an entity called the Advisory Board was already in existence
again.

What is the status of the Avisory Board?  Has it been reconstiuted, and if
so, when, and who are its new members?  If it has not been reconstituted,
what is the status of Florence's record?  If and when the Advisory Board is
reconstituted, will input from the Community for potential members be
welcome, and if so how will it be gathered?  Once the Board is in operation
again, is it expected that it will interact with  the Community, and if so,
what will the mechanism be for that interaction.

"Rogol"
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I was asked to help with the strategy discussion design at the end of 
2016. When the strategy discussions were effectively launched, I thought 
it made sense to actually ask their feedback to advisory board members. 
It does not really (in my view) what the current administrative status 
of the advboard is, there are wise people out there and it made sense to 
ask them for their opinion. Practically speaking, I could not pursue the 
talks very far (in particular in the second phase) due to multiple 
personal issues that really impaired my available time recently. But I 
think it simply made sense to get them involve, aware of the strategic 
process ongoing and inform them enough that they can jump in if needed.


I have no further comment to make on the Adv Board (it is not to hide 
anything. It simply is that I have no further comment to make).


Florence


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Let's go gender neutral

2017-04-08 Thread Florence Devouard
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked - in my capacity of meta admin - to 
change the phrasing of a site notice on meta, meant to call for 
participation to the month of Francophonie.


https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=MediaWiki:Centralnotice-template-WikiFranca_MC17=prev=16482259

The sentence of the call in the site notice was in language neutral 
terminology.


"les Wikimédien.nes" instead of the more traditionnal but non neutral 
"les Wikimédiens".


That phrasing raised an uproar on the French pump. So I replaced the 
term by "nous" (we). Seems to settle things.


Clearly the French speaking community is not ready to adopt the gender 
neutral specific language accross the francophones projects. 
Alternatives (such as the "we") are possible but not always.


Florence



Le 06/04/2017 14:58, Fæ a écrit :

Thanks for the examples from French and I'm sure that our experienced
translators will have in mind specific best practice guides to turn
to. I like your illustration of "un/une adminstra-teur-trice" to show
the challenges. The use of "singular they" remains uncomfortable for
many English readers, but it has become a recommended standard for
journalists writing in English.[1]

Once the principle of gender neutrality is agreed, I just don't know
what our next steps will turn out to be for non-English versions.
However I am much encouraged by the positive views on Commons, and I'm
hopeful we can, and should, find a way to set a better example for our
fellow projects in our aim to feel welcoming for all contributors. :-)

Links
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they

Thanks
Fae
Wikimedia LGBT+

On 6 April 2017 at 12:30, Antoine Musso  wrote:

Le 05/04/2017 à 12:52, Fæ a écrit :

  I'm taking that further by
proposing that we stick to a neutral gender for all our policies and
help pages. In practice this means that policies avoid using "he or
she" and stick to "they" or avoid using a pronoun at all.


As a non native English speaker the use of a plural form definitely
confuses me or at best.  The example takes a sentence from Commons:FAQ
which roughly looks like:

A photographer has to be given credit when his or her picture is used.

With the proposal to instead:

A photographer has to be given credit when their picture is used.

Why isn't "picture" plural as well?  If using masculine as a neutral
pronoum is the issue, just stop using the pronoum entirely. Eg one can
instead write:

A photographer has to be given credit when the picture is used.


That is going to be quite a challenge when ported to other languages.
For 'A photographer', the english indefinite article is gender less.

In french that would be either 'un' (masculine) or 'une' (feminine).
What some are advocating is using:

   Un/une photographe

If the noun varies as well, that becomes messy. Here for 'administrateur':

  Un/une adminstra-teur-trice

That is not solvable in french and all other latin based languages most
probably have the same issue (blame Rome!).


--
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What's making you happy this week? (Week of 19 March 2017)

2017-03-23 Thread Florence Devouard

Eh. We need the link to the movie !


Flo

Le 23/03/2017 à 08:48, Natacha Rault a écrit :

Here what's making me happy this week!
The filmed conference on non sexist language in French that we held at the 
francophone wikiconvention in Paris in august 2016 was elected media of the day 
on commons last tuesday.
Four of the women we trained last year in a gender gap contribution workshop in 
Lausanne asked us to do another in Sion (Canton of Valais in Switzerland) and 
we have 19 participants! Some of them registered in the WikiMooc, the french 
free massive online open course to learn how to edit Wikipedia.
So I have a sense that we are really building a community here and this makes 
me feel that all the time invested was worth and it was not only something 
evolving around national issues but truly about something global going over 
national identities and bridging cultural and ideological gaps as well.

Nattes à chat


Le 22 mars 2017 à 21:56, Amir E. Aharoni  a écrit 
:

Here's what making me happy this week:

The Hebrew Wikipedia community completed initial training of ORES, so ORES
can be enabled in this language soon.

48 Wikipedians manually examined 5000 random diffs and marked them as
damaging or not, and whether they appear to have been done in good faith or
not.

If you keep hearing about ORES and you have not idea what it actually is,
then you'll be able to see it very soon in Recent Changes in the English
Wikipedia. I tried it briefly, and I was amazed: it guessed pretty well
which recent changes are likely to be vandalism. This technology is likely
to revolutionize how Wikimedians patrol their wikis for bad edits, and make
unintentionally bad edits less damaging.

If you'd like to add ORES support for your wiki, look at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_labels

Kudos to users EpochFail, Ladsgroup, Mooeypoo and everybody else involved
for making this possible.


--
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
http://aharoni.wordpress.com
‪“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬

2017-03-22 22:37 GMT+02:00 Pine W :


Borrowing an idea from Wikipedia Weekly, I think it would be nice to have a
thread about the good things that are happening around the Wikimedia
universe. If people enjoy this then it can be started (by anyone) on a
weekly basis.

My comment for this week: I enjoyed reading a post from the Wikimedia blog:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/03/21/why-i-elements/: "Why I periodically
write about the elements on Wikipedia", by Mikhail Boldyrev.

Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

2017-03-17 Thread Florence Devouard
And... magically... just today, I got the query data thanks to Amanda, 
EricB and Roan ! Thanks a lot !


I copied it here : 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1m9Kefc7QE3Ler7955vK4BMk1NK2XMrivw99K06_9GFE/edit?usp=sharing


So in the end, we had 160 unique participants alltogether !

Flo

Le 17/03/2017 à 14:11, Florence Devouard a écrit :

Hello everyone


Time for some feedback about the #16WikiWomen translation drive !

The #16WikiWomen translate-a-thon was largely successful ! It not only
contributed more content for Wikipedia, but also visibility about the
African women gap !

Some figures

* Overall, 116 articles have been created based on translation from the
English version.
* Out of those, 64 are basically a near equivalent of the master article
in terms of quality
* Additionally, 39 previously existing article versions have been improved
* The overall number of languages concerned is 44 (+ English)
* Several communities created local pages on their own wiki to
coordinate the effort (nice !)
* The most active linguistic communities to participate to produce high
quality content were French, Spanish, Catalan, Hebrew. We also had good
participation rates from Dutch, Portuguese, Punjabi, Swahili and very
cool content from Igbo, Yoruba, Creole Haitien etc. (please do not be
offended if I do not cite all languages ;))
* Half a dozen other articles were also suggested and though they raised
less interest from translators, they are now noticed...
* Whilst we have not been able to figure out exactly how many people
participated, 54 people self reported participating to the
translate-a-thon ! Awesome !

I hope everybody enjoyed it.


If I may share some "organizational feedback with you"

1) It is quite challenging to actually communicate with many linguistic
communities. As much as I was motivated, trying to actually post
information on a wiki where I do not recognise anything (like Hebrew or
Arabic ...)... very tough

2) I have not been able to identify someone who could help me do the
query that would allow to know how many people participated. I really
tried... but failed. I must say I found that very frustrating to know
that the info is out there but I do not have the skills to do the query
myself and not able to find someone to help within two months. Missing
something here

3) Much to my dismay, many people obviously did not use the translation
feature. I had put a very visible link though. Weird

Thank you to all those who participated or relayed the information about
the drive around.

Next steps: we plan to do... booksmarks... with the ladies biographies ;)

Florence


Le 20/02/2017 à 11:10, Florence Devouard a écrit :

In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves
Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon

The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the
Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16
languages (African or international languages).

The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women.
The list of language can be, but is not limited to:
* International languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
Mandarin, German
* African languages: Akan, Afrikaans, Igbo, Hausa, Wolof, Tswana, Zulu,
Xhosa, Shona, Swahili, Yoruba, Sudanese, Amharic, Tsonga, Ewe, Sesotho,
Chichewa

The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:
* Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
* Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best
initial version was in French
* Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
* Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former
under-secretary-general of the United Nations
* Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
* Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
* Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
* Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
* Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
* Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human
rights activist
* Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in
Arabic
* Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
* Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
* Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
* Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
* Nassima Saifi, a Paralympian athlete from Algeria

Please jump in ! And help relay this message accross communities !


If you wish to participate, please feel free to add your name and any
comments here :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/participants



Results will be tracked on this page :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/tracking





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sambad's 100 Women Editathon

2017-03-17 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 17/03/2017 à 05:04, Sailesh Patnaik a écrit :

Dear All,
Inspired by BBC's 100 Women Editathon, The Odia Wikipedia community is
organising an "100 Women Editathon" [1]in collaboration with the Sambad
newspaper. Sambad is one of the largest circulated newspaper in Odisha and
its Eastern Media ltd. is also a popular media house. The event is going to
be organised in Sambad Bhavan on 18th and 19th March 2017. [2]

The theme of this event is to write articles on women achievers of Odisha.
The Sambad is interested in organising regular events in bridging the
gender gap in content and will also provide images of Women from its
archive.

1. https://or.wikipedia.org/s/13hj
2.
http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/women2019s-history-month-sambad-collaborates-with-odia-wikipedia-for-a-two-day-edit-a-thon


Media mentions:
1.
http://sambad.in/news/state/sambad-wikipedia-to-host-first-ever-100-women-edit-a-thon-in-india/40857.html
2.
http://odishasuntimes.com/2017/03/15/sambad-wikipedia-to-host-100-women-edit-a-thon-in-odisha/

Thanks and Regards
Sailesh



Awesome !
Keep us up to date on FB so that we can relay your success !

Flo


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

2017-03-17 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone


Time for some feedback about the #16WikiWomen translation drive !

The #16WikiWomen translate-a-thon was largely successful ! It not only 
contributed more content for Wikipedia, but also visibility about the 
African women gap !


Some figures

* Overall, 116 articles have been created based on translation from the 
English version.
* Out of those, 64 are basically a near equivalent of the master article 
in terms of quality

* Additionally, 39 previously existing article versions have been improved
* The overall number of languages concerned is 44 (+ English)
* Several communities created local pages on their own wiki to 
coordinate the effort (nice !)
* The most active linguistic communities to participate to produce high 
quality content were French, Spanish, Catalan, Hebrew. We also had good 
participation rates from Dutch, Portuguese, Punjabi, Swahili and very 
cool content from Igbo, Yoruba, Creole Haitien etc. (please do not be 
offended if I do not cite all languages ;))
* Half a dozen other articles were also suggested and though they raised 
less interest from translators, they are now noticed...
* Whilst we have not been able to figure out exactly how many people 
participated, 54 people self reported participating to the 
translate-a-thon ! Awesome !


I hope everybody enjoyed it.


If I may share some "organizational feedback with you"

1) It is quite challenging to actually communicate with many linguistic 
communities. As much as I was motivated, trying to actually post 
information on a wiki where I do not recognise anything (like Hebrew or 
Arabic ...)... very tough


2) I have not been able to identify someone who could help me do the 
query that would allow to know how many people participated. I really 
tried... but failed. I must say I found that very frustrating to know 
that the info is out there but I do not have the skills to do the query 
myself and not able to find someone to help within two months. Missing 
something here


3) Much to my dismay, many people obviously did not use the translation 
feature. I had put a very visible link though. Weird


Thank you to all those who participated or relayed the information about 
the drive around.


Next steps: we plan to do... booksmarks... with the ladies biographies ;)

Florence


Le 20/02/2017 à 11:10, Florence Devouard a écrit :

In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves
Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon

The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the
Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16
languages (African or international languages).

The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women.
The list of language can be, but is not limited to:
* International languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
Mandarin, German
* African languages: Akan, Afrikaans, Igbo, Hausa, Wolof, Tswana, Zulu,
Xhosa, Shona, Swahili, Yoruba, Sudanese, Amharic, Tsonga, Ewe, Sesotho,
Chichewa

The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:
* Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
* Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best
initial version was in French
* Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
* Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former
under-secretary-general of the United Nations
* Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
* Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
* Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
* Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
* Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
* Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human
rights activist
* Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in
Arabic
* Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
* Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
* Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
* Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
* Nassima Saifi, a Paralympian athlete from Algeria

Please jump in ! And help relay this message accross communities !


If you wish to participate, please feel free to add your name and any
comments here :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/participants


Results will be tracked on this page :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/tracking




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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Women on German/Austrian/Swiss TV

2017-03-09 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello

Other people reported that in other channels, but I just realized no one 
has done so here.


I invite you to watch http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=play=65290

This video was made by Tim Lienhard, commissionned by the Goethe 
Institute. A longer video will be published later. The video was made in 
partnership with Goethe-Institut, Lagos 3SatTV (Germany) and Wikimedia 
Nigeria.


It was shot in Nigeria with the Nigeria Team under the leadership of 
Olaniyan Shola. The Facebook page of Shola reports a lot the story of 
the video shooting with great pictures :)


Check out posts around the 23rd of February : 
https://www.facebook.com/olaniyan.shola?fref=nf


And as always... to know more about Wiki Loves Women, please head to 
https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesWomen/ and like our page ;)


Florence

I think I went over my self-defined post allowance the last 2 days. I'll 
be quiet now. But that was an amazing International Woman Day !



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of Wiki Loves Women explainer video

2017-03-08 Thread Florence Devouard

Anytime Anna !

Speaking about Spanish... all of our biographies for the #16WikiWomen 
translation drive were translated in Spanish. Kudos ! 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/tracking


Flo


Le 08/03/2017 à 15:42, Anna Torres a écrit :

Thanks Isla and Florence!

This is so cool! We should work closer to improve in Spanish African women
in Wikipedia :) Let's talk?

Hugs!

2017-03-08 11:37 GMT-03:00 Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>:


Hello everyone

Wiki Loves Women is officially launching its presentation video today.

Please check it out here and tell us what you think :
https://vimeo.com/207432965

It is also on Commons : https://commons.wikimedia.org/
wiki/File:Wiki_loves_Women_-_English_WebM_-_Final.webm

This video was a partnership between WikiAfrica, Goethe Institute and
Blink Tower.

It brought quite a few challenges... such as myself being completely happy
with the exact terms of the script, succeeding to get every element of the
video under a free licence including the background music, getting a nice
african women voice for the narrative, getting curly hair rather than flat
ones, identifying nice examples of western as well as african concerns...
etc. We tried to be as inclusive as possible.

Well, we hope you like it.
If you do... please litterally "like" the video and "like" our facebook
page

A French version is currently being recorded and should follow shortly.

Last, we would love to see the video subtitled in many langages. If you
want to give a hand for the translation, please get in touch with us (by
email, or twitter, or facebook, or on our meta talk page :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women)
I'll set up a page for translation on meta shortly.

http://www.wikiloveswomen.org
https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesWomen
http://www.twitter.com/wikiloveswomen

Isla and Florence



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[Wikimedia-l] Launch of Wiki Loves Women explainer video

2017-03-08 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone

Wiki Loves Women is officially launching its presentation video today.

Please check it out here and tell us what you think : 
https://vimeo.com/207432965


It is also on Commons : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wiki_loves_Women_-_English_WebM_-_Final.webm


This video was a partnership between WikiAfrica, Goethe Institute and 
Blink Tower.


It brought quite a few challenges... such as myself being completely 
happy with the exact terms of the script, succeeding to get every 
element of the video under a free licence including the background 
music, getting a nice african women voice for the narrative, getting 
curly hair rather than flat ones, identifying nice examples of western 
as well as african concerns... etc. We tried to be as inclusive as possible.


Well, we hope you like it.
If you do... please litterally "like" the video and "like" our facebook page

A French version is currently being recorded and should follow shortly.

Last, we would love to see the video subtitled in many langages. If you 
want to give a hand for the translation, please get in touch with us (by 
email, or twitter, or facebook, or on our meta talk page : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women)

I'll set up a page for translation on meta shortly.

http://www.wikiloveswomen.org
https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesWomen
http://www.twitter.com/wikiloveswomen

Isla and Florence



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[Wikimedia-l] Occupation of Women on WikiData

2017-03-08 Thread Florence Devouard

This is a tool done by Envel Le Hir using WikiData and published today.

I actually inspired him the idea during a conference, when talking of my 
desire to get generic data about women professionnal occupation. My main 
argument is that I felt many of the added biographies about women were 
about actors, singers, or football players. Much less about politicians 
and business. But it was a "guess" and I wanted more hard data.


And apparently... he got busy

http://tools.dicare.org/gaps/gender.php

Ok.
Hard data (1950-2005 birth dates):
* 80% of the biographies of porn actors are about women.
* 98.3% of beauty pageant contestants are about women.
* 24% of politicians are about women
* 8.4% of computer scientists are about women.

Or ... In Algeria... the more popular occupation of women by far is... 
Volley Ball !

In France... actors.
And in Guinea... well... hard to say... only 17 biographies about 
Guinean women anyway.


Florence


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"

2017-03-02 Thread Florence Devouard

Thanks for jumping in Zach.

Good explanations and contextual background. Thanks.

Bunch of suggestions for fixes and small improvement (sourcing, legend) 
have been offered on this list by others. Good.



I have another easy to implement suggestion that might help to decrease 
potential confusion.


Currently, the default fact displayed at the top of the fact page and on 
every other page is the "half of refugees are of school-age".


Typically, this fact is not so obviously related to Wikipedia and it is 
probably a bit confusing to see it appear so proeminently in the annual 
report.


When jumping into the fact page, the refugee fact is still at the top 
and followed by the global warming one (maybe again not so Wikipedia 
obviously related)


Maybe a pick for the default top fact, more directly related to 
Wikipedia, would have been a good idea, such as "most wikipedia articles 
are in languages other than English" or "wikipedia is updated 350 times 
per minute".


I think the "wikipedia is updated 350 times per minute" might be the one 
which makes the more sense to put first as it explains faked news concept.


In short... maybe reshuffling the order of "facts" and choosing another 
default one.



What do you think ? Makes sense ? Or was there a specific thought behind 
putting the refugee first ? (aside from putting a pict of children that is).


And adding perhaps a one-liner to explain this "facts" approach.


A question... is translation of the annual report considered ?

Florence


PS: Otherwise, I think Risker makes a good point.


Le 02/03/2017 à 02:26, Zachary McCune a écrit :

Hi everyone -

Zack here from the Communications team at the Foundation. I want to say
some more about the theme for the Foundation’s annual report and why we
picked it.

We chose the theme in early October as a way to remind the world how
Wikipedia works and why our movement matters. By that time, and before the
U.S. elections, the state of fact-based information had become a
highly-discussed topic internationally. We received questions from the
media about how and why Wikipedia was able to avoid the fake news
phenomenon, while many other companies had become amplifiers for false
information. We heard from donors about the importance of Wikipedia in a
world where verifiable information is not promised. We saw, as always, an
unwavering commitment from the community to presenting the facts.

International conversations around fake news and facts only serve to
reinforce how the Wikimedia movement’s commitment to verifiability and
neutrality are indispensable.[1] This is not just an American or a
political phenomenon. Last year in India, a false story about a
surveillance chip in a new 2,000 rupee bill spread widely on WhatsApp,
which has 50 million monthly users in India (the news was eventually
debunked).[2] Just this week, 37 French news organizations came together to
launch CrossCheck a collaboration to address the spread of false
information online.[3]

In this year’s annual report we offer 10 facts as ways into our communities
and our work. They are introductions for Wikimedians who document climate
change, increase the number of women’s biographies, offer language and
learning to refugees, or add new languages to Wikipedia (welcome Tulu!).
They are stories, as are always included in the annual report, that show
who Wikimedians are and why their work is so powerful. The stories are
meant to appeal to even the most general and non-Wikimedia-familiar reader.
So we consciously work to show how the big data points of 2016 last year
are evaluated and interpreted by Wikimedians.

The 10 facts are also ways to examine the impact of Foundation projects.
From Support & Safety to understanding New Readers, there are stories of
how collaborations between communities and departments make amazing things
happen.

Concerning the banners, we crafted that language as a broad thank you and
an invitation for the curious to learn more about the Wikimedia movement
and the Wikimedia Foundation. Quite consciously we sought language that is
not political. If you have copy ideas on how to relate that message better,
I would be happy to work with you! -> zmccune [at] wikimedia [dot] org

Yair, Florence, and everyone, I am grateful that you opened this
discussion. And I hope I can help explain more things as questions come up.

- Zack

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Verifiability

[2]
http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/nope-rs-2000-note-does-not-have-a-gps-nano-chip-inside-it/
[3]
http://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2017/02/28/lutte-contre-les-fausses-informations-le-monde-partenaire-du-projet-crosscheck_5086731_4355770.html



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Date: Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 1:08 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"

2017-03-01 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 02/03/2017 à 01:15, Erik Moeller a écrit :

On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 3:44 PM, Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com> wrote:

For example... the message "one in six people visited another country in
2016"... illustrated by "SeaTac Airport protest against immigration ban.
Sit-in blocking arrival gates until 12 detainees at Sea-Tac are released.
Photo by Dennis Bratland.CC BY-SA 4.0"

Really... "visiting a country" is a quite different thing from
"immigrating".


The caption is in fact misleading because it uses the phrase
"immigration ban", which is a mischaracterization of the ban. The
Executive Order was not an immigration ban; it (temporarily) banned
people from those countries from entering the United States, even for
visits, with some exceptions. See:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/31/us/politics/trump-immigration-ban-groups.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13769#Visitors.2C_immigrants_and_refugees

If the photo remains, I recommend changing this caption to use either
"travel ban" or "entry ban"; both phrases are used in the Wikipedia
article.

Erik


Nod. Erik and Dan, what you say make sense.

Florence



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"

2017-03-01 Thread Florence Devouard
I must say I also find the political message behind this a bit too 
heavy. It lets me a bit unconfortable.


That most of the themes reported here are not Mr Trump cup of tea is 
quite obvious. That the whole page is a message against the president, I 
get it.


But in some cases, I think it is really lacking subtility or a bit too 
manipulative. And that is not so cool.


For example... the message "one in six people visited another country in 
2016"... illustrated by "SeaTac Airport protest against immigration ban. 
Sit-in blocking arrival gates until 12 detainees at Sea-Tac are 
released. Photo by Dennis Bratland.CC BY-SA 4.0"


Really... "visiting a country" is a quite different thing from 
"immigrating".


I think the choice of picture inappropriate.

Florence


Le 01/03/2017 à 21:15, Lodewijk a écrit :

I didn't see the banner, but the page definitely looks... 'funny'.

I'm especially confused on what the purpose of the campaign/page is, even
after reading the different sections. It mostly feels either like a
political statement about refugees (which takes very clearly center stage)
or an 'unfinished' page which is work in progress. The landing page is
confusing (why am i taken there? What am I supposed to discover?), the
'refugees' banner is repeated on each page (which seems to emphasize it
should be the focus) and there's a few (minor) errors to be improved
(visible paragraph separator characters in the sustaining donor list, the
balance sheet is claiming to span a whole year).

Is this perhaps still work in progress?

On the visual end, it looks great though. I love the chatting group of
Wikipedians as a background.

Best,
Lodewijk

2017-03-01 20:59 GMT+01:00 Joseph Seddon :


Hi James.

You can find out more about the Endowment here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Endowment

Seddon

On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 7:54 PM, James Salsman  wrote:


The statements Yair quoted are appropriate unless you believe
"empower" in the Foundation's Mission statement merely means "enable"
or "facilitate," without regard to economic or political power, so I'm
very glad to see them, as I am to see all of the eleven sections in
https://annual.wikimedia.org/2016/consider-the-facts.html

Yair omitted mention of the descriptions of how, in each of those
eleven cases, our volunteers are using Foundation projects to address
the identified issues. Those who think discussion of these issues
should be suppressed or are cause to leave could talk with the
volunteers whose work has been profiled so that both sides can
understand the motivations and concerns of the other. Maybe Roxana
Sordo or Andreas Weith are on this list and can address the concerns
raised about the description of their work directly? In any case, free
culture isn't compatible with prohibition of discussion and
censorship. And the impulses toward such suppression aren't rational,
given the extent to which the human endocrine system regulates
personal, group, hierarchical, and reciprocal relationships, as shown
in Table 1 on page 192 of Daphne Bugental's (2000) "Acquisition of the
Algorithms of Social Life: A Domain-Based Approach," in Psychological
Bulletin 126(2):187-219, at http://talknicer.com/Bugental2000.pdf

Regarding the Annual Report financials, it looks like the investment
income the Foundation is earning has fallen below 1%. I don't think
it's fair to donors to hold $47 million dollars in cash and
equivalents as per https://annual.wikimedia.org/2016/financials.html
-- Are people waiting for the Endowment Committee to meet before
investing? Does anyone know when the Endowment Committee will ever
meet?


On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 11:58 AM, Yair Rand  wrote:

An unscheduled CentralNotice just started running, linking to a rather
bizarre page [1]. Purporting to be the WMF's 2016 Annual Report, it

starts

off with some text about refugees. "FACT: Half of refugees are

school-age",

followed by some completely unencyclopedic text about the topic: "That
means 10 million children are away from their homes, their communities,

and

their traditional education. Each refugee child’s experience is unique,

but

every single one loses time from their important learning years. Many

of

them face the added pressure of being surrounded by new languages and
cultures." The linked page goes on to detail some of Wikimedia's vision

and

how Wikimedia projects aid refugee populations. Following that, we have

an

entire page on climate change and some of its effects, similarly

written

in

a style that is not befitting the movement: "In 2015, [Wikimedian

Andreas

Weith] photographed starving polar bears in the Arctic. As the ice
declines, so does their ability to find food. “It’s heartbreaking,” he
says." After all that, we finally have some pages on interesting

statistics

about Wikimedia, mixed in with some general odd facts about the world,
followed by a call to donate. There are also letters 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

2017-02-24 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello

Since the launch of the translation effort, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asmaa_Mahfouz went from 11 languages to 20 
! Nice !


We still need your help to give a bit more visibility on the web to 16 
African women.


Please join to help here or relay : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon?



Anthere

#16WikiWomen



Le 20/02/2017 à 11:10, Florence Devouard a écrit :

In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves
Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon

The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the
Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16
languages (African or international languages).

The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women.
The list of language can be, but is not limited to:
* International languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
Mandarin, German
* African languages: Akan, Afrikaans, Igbo, Hausa, Wolof, Tswana, Zulu,
Xhosa, Shona, Swahili, Yoruba, Sudanese, Amharic, Tsonga, Ewe, Sesotho,
Chichewa

The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:
* Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
* Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best
initial version was in French
* Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
* Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former
under-secretary-general of the United Nations
* Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
* Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
* Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
* Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
* Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
* Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human
rights activist
* Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in
Arabic
* Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
* Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
* Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
* Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
* Nassima Saifi, a Paralympian athlete from Algeria

Please jump in ! And help relay this message accross communities !


If you wish to participate, please feel free to add your name and any
comments here :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/participants


Results will be tracked on this page :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/tracking




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

2017-02-21 Thread Florence Devouard
slator.

The two above illustrative categories have different scope.

Please, correct me if I am wrong.


Best,

Isaac
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.

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From: Romaine Wiki <romaine.w...@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:46:12
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Cc: Florence Devouard<anth...@anthere.org>
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

Why using a category?

Categories are especially useful for navigation purposes or maintenance. A
category here seems useless.

The only categories that are useful are the ones for categorising women in
various ways like profession, country, etc. I hope that kind of categories
can be filled with many articles about women in Africa.

Romaine

2017-02-20 22:11 GMT+01:00 Olatunde Isaac <reachout2is...@gmail.com>:


Hi Flo,

I am curious, is there a category we could place articles translated as
part of 16 WikiWomen?

Best,

Isaac.
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.

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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves
Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon

The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the
Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16
languages (African or international languages).

The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women.
The list of language can be, but is not limited to:
* International languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
Mandarin, German
* African languages: Akan, Afrikaans, Igbo, Hausa, Wolof, Tswana, Zulu,
Xhosa, Shona, Swahili, Yoruba, Sudanese, Amharic, Tsonga, Ewe, Sesotho,
Chichewa

The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:
* Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
* Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best
initial version was in French
* Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
* Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former
under-secretary-general of the United Nations
* Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
* Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
* Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
* Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
* Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
* Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human
rights activist
* Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in
Arabic
* Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
* Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
* Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
* Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
* Nassima Saifi, a Paralympian athlete from Algeria

Please jump in ! And help relay this message accross communities !


If you wish to participate, please feel free to add your name and any
comments here :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_
Translate-a-thon/participants

Results will be tracked on this page :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/tracking




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[Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

2017-02-20 Thread Florence Devouard
In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves 
Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.


https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon

The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the 
Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16 
languages (African or international languages).


The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women. 
The list of language can be, but is not limited to:
* International languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, 
Mandarin, German
* African languages: Akan, Afrikaans, Igbo, Hausa, Wolof, Tswana, Zulu, 
Xhosa, Shona, Swahili, Yoruba, Sudanese, Amharic, Tsonga, Ewe, Sesotho, 
Chichewa


The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:
* Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
* Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best 
initial version was in French

* Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
* Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former 
under-secretary-general of the United Nations

* Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
* Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
* Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
* Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
* Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
* Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human 
rights activist
* Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in 
Arabic

* Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
* Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
* Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
* Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
* Nassima Saifi, a Paralympian athlete from Algeria

Please jump in ! And help relay this message accross communities !


If you wish to participate, please feel free to add your name and any 
comments here : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/participants


Results will be tracked on this page : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/tracking





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Moderation notice

2017-02-13 Thread Florence Devouard

Same in French...

Le 13/02/2017 à 12:35, John Erling Blad a écrit :

It is common to refer to those that cooperated with the Nazis during WWII
as "kollaboratører" (kollaborators) in Norwegian too.
https://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kollaborat%C3%B8r

Translating between languages are fun! =)

John

13. feb. 2017 09.08 skrev "Jane Darnell" :

… The only disrespectful
thing I could find in his recent edits was his remark that he is not a
collaborator because his cultural heritage assumes "collaborators" are
"nazis", which is offensive in English. I would like to point out here that
the word collaborator really does mean nazi in Dutch. It's one of many
translation challenges, so there is even a Wikipedia article that spells it
all out:
https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaboratie
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed permanent Executive Director

2017-01-30 Thread Florence Devouard

Congratulations to Abraham for the new responsibility !

Florence

Le 30/01/2017 à 16:57, Tim Moritz Hector a écrit :

Dear Wikimedians,

It is our great pleasure to announce that during last weekend’s Board
retreat, we voted to appoint Abraham Taherivand as Executive Director of
Wikimedia Deutschland with immediate effect.

Abraham has joined Wikimedia Deutschland in 2012, has been the director of
our Software Development department, and interim ED in the past two months.
In all his roles he has shown vast experience and qualifications as well as
the much needed, deep commitment for Free Knowledge. We are convinced that
Abraham is the right person at the right time for Wikimedia Deutschland and
have great confidence that the management of the office is in good hands
with him. Abraham will continue to lead the Software Development department
on an interim basis until we have been able to fill this position with a
new permanent director.

Together with Abraham, WMDE staff, our members and communities as well as
other interested parties, the board will analyse and – where applicable –
revise the composition of leadership and decision making structures at WMDE
in 2017. Kurt Jansson, Sebastian Moleski and myself will be steering this
process and are available for your questions and feedback via email (
praesid...@wikimedia.de).

We wish Abraham the very best in this role, and the Board looks forward to
continuing to work with him. Please join us in congratulating Abraham!

For the Supervisory Board
Tim Moritz Hector
Chair
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Exciting update about development of structured data on Commons

2017-01-10 Thread Florence Devouard

Wow ! Awesome !

Florence

Le 09/01/2017 à 20:48, Wes Moran a écrit :

Hello Wikimedia community,

It’s our delight to inform you that we received a US$3,015,000 grant from
the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
 [1] to expedite
development of structured data on Commons. The grant will be given over the
course of three years, and will allow us to develop a team, in
collaboration with the Wikidata team at Wikimedia Deutschland, that can
focus on integrating the structured data features of Wikidata into
describing the media files on Commons.

This work will allow us to expedite features both on the Wikidata
development roadmap, and in other products supported by the Wikimedia
Foundation. The grant also provides funding to ensure that movement
stakeholders, like Wiki Loves Monuments and GLAM-Wiki program leaders, and
external partners who contribute heavily to Commons, such as GLAMs, can be
involved in the development.

We have drafted a high level overview of the grant and its scope, available
on Commons

[2]. A blog post about the grant is also available on the Wikimedia blog

[3].

We are currently in the process of identifying the technical lead for the
project. If you have questions, Alex Stinson, the Foundation’s GLAM-Wiki
strategist, will be leading the community engagement and communications for
the project until we hire a community liaison as part of the grant. Stay
tuned for more details about the project in the coming months.

We’re excited to be able to support this project, and look forward to your
participation in its development.

Thank you,

Wes Moran and Maggie Dennis

*Wes Moran, Vice President of Product*
*Maggie Dennis, Interim Chief of Community Engagement *
*Wikimedia Foundation*

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_P._Sloan_Foundation
[2] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Structured_data/Sloan_Grant
[3] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/01/09/sloan-foundation-structured-data
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipack Africa call for application open

2016-11-21 Thread Florence Devouard
Information sent to African Wikimedians as well as Wikimedia mailing 
lists. Please do not hesitate to relay to anyone you think could be 
interested.


-

What is Wikipack Africa ?

WikiPack Africa is an action pack containing devices, material and 
content to facilitate the outreach work done by local Wikimedia 
chapters, local Wikimedia User Groups and isolated individuals in 
African countries. The pack allows for ongoing training and contribution 
even when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not 
available at all.
It operates thanks to a Raspberry server and an off-line editing 
environment that mimics the Wikipedia called WikiFundi. WikiFundi, the 
offline editing environment, is to be used in the training of 
Wikipedians and the development of articles by groups.


In addition to WikiFundi, the Raspberry PI will also be loaded with 
off-line copies of Wikipedia, select WikiBooks, Wiktionary and a 
resource pack that will assist with and support contribution to 
Wikipedia. Other outreach and reading resources will also be part of the 
packs. All digital resources and the application platform are available 
under a free licence. When delivered, the Wikipack Africa will also 
comprise some offline materials (posters, leaflets, pull-up banner, 
tee-shirts, etc.).


The langages implemented are French and English.

More information available at

* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipack_Africa
* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiFundi
Documentation on meta is available in both langages

The current call for application is meant to be a pilot for the Wikipack 
Africa. We have a limited number of servers available, so please only 
make a request if you really intend to use the pack and are confronted 
to connectivity issues.


Please note: should your request be granted, there will be an obligation 
to  provide details of its use, and usefulness as a tool for outreach in 
the form of a survey. This could be requested several times up to 12 
months after you have received the unit. This is meant to evaluate the 
userfulness of the tool as well as identify issues or to help us take 
into account improvement requests in a future release.


How to apply

Link : http://tinyurl.com/j78yyk3

Answers may be provided in French or English.

For any further information, please contact Anthere or Isla.


Who did that ?

The project has been conceptualised and conceived by Florence Devouard 
and Isla Haddow-Flood.
The project is run in partnership with Wikimedia CH and the Orange 
Foundation and is primarily implemented by Florence, Isla, and Emmanuel 
Engelhart (the Kiwix master).



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Victoria Coleman as Chief Technology Officer

2016-11-03 Thread Florence Devouard

Excellent news. Welcome Victoria !

Florence

Le 02/11/2016 à 19:49, Samantha Lien a écrit :

This press release is available online here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikimedia_Foundation_welcomes_Victoria_Coleman_as_Chief_Technology_Officer


And also as a post on the Wikimedia blog here:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/11/02/victoria-coleman-chief-technology-officer/



Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Victoria Coleman as Chief Technology Officer


Victoria brings more than 20 years of experience leading development and
strategy for complex technologies at scale

San Francisco, California November 2, 2016 – The Wikimedia Foundation is
pleased to announce Victoria Coleman as our new Chief Technology
Officer. As the Foundation's senior technology executive, Victoria will
be responsible for setting the vision and strategy for technology and
operations behind the Wikimedia projects, in cooperation with the global
communities of volunteer contributors, users, and researchers. Her first
day is 7 November 2016.

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization behind
Wikipedia, one of the world’s largest and most popular web properties.
The organization also operates 11 other Wikimedia projects
,
including MediaWiki, the open-source wiki software that powers Wikimedia
projects and many other online collaborations. Together, the Wikimedia
sites are visited by hundreds of millions of people each month from
every corner of the globe.

The Chief Technology Officer oversees the organization’s Technology
department  and
technical roadmap, and is responsible for the evolution, development,
and delivery of our core platforms and architecture. In this role,
Victoria will work closely with the Wikimedia Foundation’s technology
teams to ensure an accessible and performant technology infrastructure
and anticipate scale and capability challenges for the Wikimedia projects.

“Victoria brings the right combination of deep technical knowledge,
operational expertise, and the steady hand that is needed in this unique
role, ” said Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia
Foundation. “Her experience leading development for a wide array of
technology platforms at scale, as well as her love for education and
passion for our mission, make her an excellent addition to our
leadership team.”

Victoria has more than 20 years of experience in consumer and enterprise
technology. She is a strong leader with expertise in strategy and
development in software engineering, mobile platforms, connected
devices, cyber security, and web services, and has been a longtime
advocate for innovation in education and the public sector.

“Over the past 15 years, Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects have
radically changed how people access knowledge,” Victoria said. “But the
vast majority of people today still don’t use or have access to these
resources. As we look ahead, we’ll consider how we can grow and evolve
our technologies to support the Wikimedia vision: a world where every
person has access to all knowledge. I look forward to collaborating with
the existing team at the Foundation and the Wikimedia communities in
this important work.”

Most recently, Victoria served as Senior Vice President and Chief
Technology Officer for the Connected Home Division of Technicolor, where
she was responsible for innovation strategy, product management,
technology roadmaps, and technical due diligence for acquisitions and
partnerships. Previously, as Senior Vice President of Research and
Development at Harman, she led the core technology platforms of the
Infotainment Division including systems and software, media, tuner,
navigation, connectivity, and advanced driver assist systems.

As Vice President Engineering at Yahoo! Inc., where she led Yahoo!
membership, web presentation technologies such as the Yahoo! User
Interface Library, mobile web services, notification services, backend
SDKs including accounts and messaging, mobile application testing, and
the Yahoo! Developer Network. Before joining Yahoo!, Victoria served as
Vice President, Emerging Technologies at Nokia, Vice President, Software
Engineering of Hewlett-Packard’s webOS global business unit, and Vice
President of Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology. She has also
held director roles at Intel and SRI International, in security
technology and system design, respectively.

Before joining SRI International, Victoria was a Reader in Computer
Science for two years at Queen Mary and Westfield College and a Lecturer
in Computer Science at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College for six
years, both at the 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] LGBT+ safety considerations for conference venues

2016-10-18 Thread Florence Devouard
With all due respect Pax... whilst I am fully in agreement with the 
concept of selecting a country with the safety of ALL participants in 
mind, I totally disagree with the concept of selecting a country based 
on "high human records" generally.


We are not serving the part of humanity that has the chance to live in 
countries with high human records. We are serving everyone, no matter in 
which country they live.


People living in those countries with poor records, already suffer from 
poor human rights. Why would we add to that ?


Anthere




Le 18/10/2016 à 16:00, Pax Ahimsa Gethen a écrit :

Gerard, this isn't about "holiday destinations", it's about human rights
and dignity. That's why I emphasized in my original post that I'm
concerned not only about the safety of conference attendees, but also
about those living in the host country. The choice of a venue in a
location with a poor human rights record reflects poorly upon
Wikipedia/Wikimedia and our mission to share knowledge. There's a reason
a number of major companies pulled their events and funding out of North
Carolina after the restrictive restroom laws were passed for example...

- Pax


On 10/18/16 6:26 AM, Gerard Meijssen wrote:

Hoi,
For me safety is to a large extend secondary to what we aim to
achieve. Our
primary goal is to improve on our primary goal and it is "sharing in the
sum of all knowledge". It is not for going to the perfect holiday
destination.
Thanks,
  GerardM

On 18 October 2016 at 13:56, Fæ  wrote:


Gerard, could you provide some tangible examples of how other safety
aspects of Wikimania would be compromised if there is any specific
attention paid to the safety of LGBT+ Wikimedians? I cannot imagine
how such a thing could be true.

Based on my reading, nobody in this thread has asked for the safety of
LGBT+ attendees to be "prioritized" over other safety aspects. Please
don't make it appear as if they have.

Thanks,
Fae

On 18 October 2016 at 11:42, Gerard Meijssen 
wrote:

Hoi,
I do care that everybody can come to places where they are safe. All
the
specific LGBT attention to safety is however on many levels problematic
when we prioritise this over other safety aspects. The big picture
for me
is that we need to go to places where bringing Wikipedia and what it

stands

for the most good. It is why I would go to Russia, to China to India to
South Africa.

--
fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae







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[Wikimedia-l] Africa Destubathon launched

2016-10-17 Thread Florence Devouard
What : Africa general stub elimination contest launched on the English 
Wikipedia.


Thousands of stubs are listed for your interest...

Though a general content improvement contest, this contest is also being 
run in partnership with WikiProject Wiki Loves Women and WikiProject 
Women in Red to de-stub and create start-class articles about women.



Contest is about all african countries. Prizes are by countries. That 
means... lot's of prizes...
Prizes have been offered by Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia UK and 
Dthomsen.



If you are not a destuber oriented person, we also provide a list of 
selected articles that we would love to see get to GA status. Join in to 
help them get there !




When : Oct 15 - Nov 27.


Langages : Entries in all languages, especially French, are welcome



Where :
Main page : https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Wikipedia…/The_Africa_Destubathon



Help needed: we also need a few judges... Dr. Blofeld, the main 
instigator, needs help to triage and judge entries.



Please relay :)


Anthere


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looking for the admin of CentralNotice on meta

2016-10-14 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 14/10/2016 à 21:55, Gergő Tisza a écrit :

On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 11:27 AM, Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>
wrote:


Hello everyone

I am looking for the admin of CentralNotice on meta.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CentralNotice/Request

Anyone knows who that might be ? Please ?



Are you looking for the list of CN admins? You can filter Special:ListUsers
by user group:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3AListUsers==centralnoticeadmin=50
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wow... I did not know that list. Stupid me. Did not think it was a role...

And yes, thank you very much for you help Joseph :)

Flo


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[Wikimedia-l] Looking for the admin of CentralNotice on meta

2016-10-14 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone

I am looking for the admin of CentralNotice on meta.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CentralNotice/Request

Anyone knows who that might be ? Please ?

Thanks

Florence


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-13 Thread Florence Devouard
I vividly remember the day we met, in Paris, before you joined the WMF. 
I am really glad you decided to join the aventure for so many years. You 
will be missed.


Florence

Le 13/07/16 à 23:25, Geoff Brigham a écrit :

Hi all,

Over the past five years, I’ve been honored to serve as the General Counsel
and Secretary of the Wikimedia Foundation. This job has been amazing, and
I’m grateful to everyone who has made it so rewarding. It's now time for my
next step, so, in the coming days, I will be leaving the Foundation to
pursue a new career opportunity.

I depart with such love for the mission, the Foundation, the Wikimedia
communities, and my colleagues at work. I thank my past and present bosses
as well as the Board for their support and guidance. I stand in awe of the
volunteer writers, editors, and photographers who contribute every day to
the Wikimedia projects. And I will hold special to my heart my past and
current teams, including legal and community advocacy. :) You have taught,
given, and enriched me so much.

After my departure, Michelle Paulson will serve as interim head of Legal,
and, subject to Board approval, Stephen LaPorte will serve as interim
Secretary to the Board. I can happily report that they have the experience
and expertise to ensure a smooth and professional transition.

The future of the Foundation under Katherine's leadership is exciting.
Having had the pleasure of working for her, I know Katherine will take the
Foundation to its next level in promoting and defending the outstanding
mission and values of the Wikimedia movement. Although I'm delighted about
my next opportunity, I will miss this new chapter in the Foundation's
story.

My last day at the Foundation will be July 18th. After that, I will take a
month off to recharge my batteries, and then I start my new gig at YouTube
in the Bay Area. There, I will serve as Director of YouTube Trust & Safety,
managing global teams for policy, legal, and anti-abuse operations. As with
Wikimedia, I look forward to learning from those teams and tackling
together a new set of exciting, novel challenges.

For those who want to stay in touch, please do! My personal email is:
geoffrey.r.brig...@gmail.com.

With respect, admiration, and gratitude,

Geoff
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fresh data on the gender gap in content

2016-06-16 Thread Florence Devouard
I think the project evolved over time. It may be that this page did not 
exist in the first version.


Clearly, the site has been modified recently because the name changed 
from WIGI to WHGI. And I see the main four pages has been updated.


If you look at "Gender by language" for example, it mentions "As of 
January 2016 about 98% of biographies were attached to at least one 
Wikipedia site, so this data is mostly complete."


Gender by date of birth and death mentions "As of January 2016, only 
about 72% and 36% of biographies, had date of birth and date of death 
data, respectively, so this data is incomplete."


Gender by country mentions "As of January 2016, only about 30% of 
biographies, had place of birth, so this data is incomplete."


and "As of January 2016, only about 65% of biographies, had culture, so 
this data is incomplete."


Recently, these dates were much further in the past. I know because I 
noticed and ask Max for fresher data

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/wigi-project/CCLSKN2tmQE
A small table published there may answer part of your questions.

Ant

Le 17/06/16 à 00:22, Asaf Bartov a écrit :

Thanks, Florence!

I was aware of the WIGI research project (and have linked to it in the
==See Also== section of my page), but I was not aware of this page.  Neat!
So I won't need to update my own page. :)

   A.

On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM, Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>
wrote:


Hello Asaf

Just making sure that you knew about WHGI :
http://whgi.wmflabs.org/gender-by-language.html

Do you know if there are differences in analysis between the two analysis ?

I checked a few figures and it fits pretty well.

Flo


Le 16/06/16 à 21:14, Asaf Bartov a écrit :


Hullo everyone.

I was asked by a volunteer for help getting stats on the gender gap in
content on a certain Wikipedia, and came up with simple Wikidata Query
Service[1] queries that pulled the total number of articles on a given
Wikipedia about men and about women, to calculate *the proportion of
articles about women out of all articles about humans*.

Then I was curious about how that wiki compared to other wikis, so I ran
the queries on a bunch of languages, and gathered the results into a
table,
here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ijon/Content_gap

(please see the *caveat* there.)

I don't have time to fully write-up everything I find interesting in those
results, but I will quickly point out the following:

1. The Nepali statistic is simply astonishing! There must be a story
there.  I'm keen on learning more about this, if anyone can shed light.

2. Evidently, ~13%-17% seems like a robust average of the proportion of
articles about women among all biographies.

3. among the top 10 largest wikis, Japanese is the least imbalanced.  Good
job, Japanese Wikipedians!  I wonder if you have a good sense of what
drives this relatively better balance. (my instinctive guess is pop
culture
coverage.)

4. among the top 10 largest wikis, Russian is the most imbalanced.

5. I intend to re-generate these stats every two months or so, to
eventually have some sense of trends and changes.

6. Your efforts, particularly on small-to-medium wikis, can really make a
dent in these numbers!  For example, it seems I am personally
responsible[2] for almost 1% of the coverage of women on Hebrew Wikipedia!
:)

7. I encourage you to share these numbers with your communities.  Perhaps
you'd like to overtake the wiki just above yours? :)

8. I'm happy to add additional languages to the table, by request.  Or you
can do it yourself, too. :)

   A.

[1] https://query.wikidata.org/
[2] Yay #100wikidays :) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/100wikidays





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fresh data on the gender gap in content

2016-06-16 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Asaf

Just making sure that you knew about WHGI : 
http://whgi.wmflabs.org/gender-by-language.html


Do you know if there are differences in analysis between the two analysis ?

I checked a few figures and it fits pretty well.

Flo


Le 16/06/16 à 21:14, Asaf Bartov a écrit :

Hullo everyone.

I was asked by a volunteer for help getting stats on the gender gap in
content on a certain Wikipedia, and came up with simple Wikidata Query
Service[1] queries that pulled the total number of articles on a given
Wikipedia about men and about women, to calculate *the proportion of
articles about women out of all articles about humans*.

Then I was curious about how that wiki compared to other wikis, so I ran
the queries on a bunch of languages, and gathered the results into a table,
here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ijon/Content_gap

(please see the *caveat* there.)

I don't have time to fully write-up everything I find interesting in those
results, but I will quickly point out the following:

1. The Nepali statistic is simply astonishing! There must be a story
there.  I'm keen on learning more about this, if anyone can shed light.

2. Evidently, ~13%-17% seems like a robust average of the proportion of
articles about women among all biographies.

3. among the top 10 largest wikis, Japanese is the least imbalanced.  Good
job, Japanese Wikipedians!  I wonder if you have a good sense of what
drives this relatively better balance. (my instinctive guess is pop culture
coverage.)

4. among the top 10 largest wikis, Russian is the most imbalanced.

5. I intend to re-generate these stats every two months or so, to
eventually have some sense of trends and changes.

6. Your efforts, particularly on small-to-medium wikis, can really make a
dent in these numbers!  For example, it seems I am personally
responsible[2] for almost 1% of the coverage of women on Hebrew Wikipedia!
:)

7. I encourage you to share these numbers with your communities.  Perhaps
you'd like to overtake the wiki just above yours? :)

8. I'm happy to add additional languages to the table, by request.  Or you
can do it yourself, too. :)

   A.

[1] https://query.wikidata.org/
[2] Yay #100wikidays :) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/100wikidays





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing WikiFundi and the Wikipack Africa

2016-06-15 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Phoebe

Yes it is.

Please note that there will be no automatic syncing. We considered it 
would create too many practical problems.


I think it would be conceivable to create a semi-automatic for image 
"transfer" though, but recent discussions about the use of Commons as 
"hosting system" led me to think it was urgent to do nothing on that 
matter for the moment.


Flo

 Le 14/06/16 à 18:50, phoebe ayers a écrit :

Hi Florence!

This is a very cool and ambitious project! Is the idea that offline
contributions would be loaded into the relevant projects when internet is
available?

Phoebe
On Jun 13, 2016 5:59 PM, "Florence Devouard" <fdevou...@gmail.com> wrote:


Hello everyone

WikiAfrica has recently started a new project, the Wikipack Africa.

The project amalgamates:

* the coding of a software, WikiFundi, that provides an off-line editing
environment that mimics the Wikipedia environment. The software will be
made available in French and English.

* the creation of action packs for use by local Wikimedia chapters, user
groups or isolated individuals in Africa, and

* a Wikipedia Writing Contest to be run in African Schools, #WikiChallenge
African Schools



It will roll out in two phases :

Phase 1 involves the creation of the WikiPack Africa. WikiPack Africa is a
digital kit located via a local network device (Raspberry PI). The local
network device will provide access to an off-line editing platform that
mimics Wikipedia, and provides related materials and additional OER
resources. The WikiPack Africa will both facilitate the outreach work of
Wikimedia chapters, User Group and individuals, and encourage the growth of
digital skills and content contribution by teachers and students across
Africa. The pack allows for ongoing training and contribution even when
technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not available at all.

The WikiPack Africa delivered to users will comprise two Raspberry PIs and
some offline materials (posters, leaflets, pull-up banner, tee-shirts,
etc.). The WikiPack will be delivered to several Wikimedia User Groups
located in Africa end of 2016. A Call for Interest will be made to identify
which groups will receive the Packs (8 countries will be covered as part of
the pilot launch).


The project has been conceptualised and conceived by Isla and myself after
seeing how frustrating limited access to internet or even to electricity
could be when trying to participate to Wikipedia.

The WikiPack Africa is primarily meant for individuals and groups wanting
to implement outreach projects and:
* work with galleries, libraries, archives and museums to bring cultural
content online;
* work with education partners to get educators and students contribute or
better understand Wikimedia projects;
* more generally, organise edit-a-thons, photo hunts, workshops, press
conferences, etc. to promote Wikimedia projects.



The #WikiChallenge African Schools (Phase 2) will use the WikiPack Africa
to facilitate an entertaining, powerful, collaborative and interactive
content creation competition between schools in Sénégal, Côte d'Ivoire,
Guinée, Niger, Tunisia, Madagascar, and Cameroon (countries may change...).
The challenge will run early 2017.



The full project is run in partnership with Wikimedia CH and the Orange
Foundation. It will be primarily implemented by Florence, Isla and Emmanuel
Engelhart (Kelson, from Kiwix) from May 2016 until summer 2017.

The project proposal, its documentation and its outcomes will be under a
CC BY SA 4.0 licence.

-

CALL for SUPPORT

Current next steps include in particular

* working on the WikiFundi software. This shall be lead by Kelson and part
of the development should be done during the Kiwix Hackhaton prior to
Wikimania. If you are interested to help, and simply interested to better
understand what is planned, please get in touch;

* working on the content that will be put on WikiFundi.
We will NOT provide the entirety of Wikipedia on the plateform, but only a
mix of "presentation material", some "help:pages", "showcase of best
articles" and a large % of templates currently available on Wikipedia. If
you want to help or provide insightful input, please get in touch (with
me), by email or on the wiki talk page or during Wikimania.
We start working on the English content first. My current challenge is to
identify the most relevant help pages... and adapt them to this offline
editing environnement.



-

* To read more about Wikifundi:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiFundi

* More information about the wikipack :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipack_Africa/en and
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipack_Africa/fr

* WikiProject page on the English Wikipedia :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Wikipack_Africa


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[Wikimedia-l] Announcing WikiFundi and the Wikipack Africa

2016-06-13 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone

WikiAfrica has recently started a new project, the Wikipack Africa.

The project amalgamates:

* the coding of a software, WikiFundi, that provides an off-line editing 
environment that mimics the Wikipedia environment. The software will be 
made available in French and English.


* the creation of action packs for use by local Wikimedia chapters, user 
groups or isolated individuals in Africa, and


* a Wikipedia Writing Contest to be run in African Schools, 
#WikiChallenge African Schools




It will roll out in two phases :

Phase 1 involves the creation of the WikiPack Africa. WikiPack Africa is 
a digital kit located via a local network device (Raspberry PI). The 
local network device will provide access to an off-line editing platform 
that mimics Wikipedia, and provides related materials and additional OER 
resources. The WikiPack Africa will both facilitate the outreach work of 
Wikimedia chapters, User Group and individuals, and encourage the growth 
of digital skills and content contribution by teachers and students 
across Africa. The pack allows for ongoing training and contribution 
even when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not 
available at all.


The WikiPack Africa delivered to users will comprise two Raspberry PIs 
and some offline materials (posters, leaflets, pull-up banner, 
tee-shirts, etc.). The WikiPack will be delivered to several Wikimedia 
User Groups located in Africa end of 2016. A Call for Interest will be 
made to identify which groups will receive the Packs (8 countries will 
be covered as part of the pilot launch).



The project has been conceptualised and conceived by Isla and myself 
after seeing how frustrating limited access to internet or even to 
electricity could be when trying to participate to Wikipedia.


The WikiPack Africa is primarily meant for individuals and groups 
wanting to implement outreach projects and:
* work with galleries, libraries, archives and museums to bring cultural 
content online;
* work with education partners to get educators and students contribute 
or better understand Wikimedia projects;
* more generally, organise edit-a-thons, photo hunts, workshops, press 
conferences, etc. to promote Wikimedia projects.




The #WikiChallenge African Schools (Phase 2) will use the WikiPack 
Africa to facilitate an entertaining, powerful, collaborative and 
interactive content creation competition between schools in Sénégal, 
Côte d'Ivoire, Guinée, Niger, Tunisia, Madagascar, and Cameroon 
(countries may change...). The challenge will run early 2017.




The full project is run in partnership with Wikimedia CH and the Orange 
Foundation. It will be primarily implemented by Florence, Isla and 
Emmanuel Engelhart (Kelson, from Kiwix) from May 2016 until summer 2017.


The project proposal, its documentation and its outcomes will be under a 
CC BY SA 4.0 licence.


-

CALL for SUPPORT

Current next steps include in particular

* working on the WikiFundi software. This shall be lead by Kelson and 
part of the development should be done during the Kiwix Hackhaton prior 
to Wikimania. If you are interested to help, and simply interested to 
better understand what is planned, please get in touch;


* working on the content that will be put on WikiFundi.
We will NOT provide the entirety of Wikipedia on the plateform, but only 
a mix of "presentation material", some "help:pages", "showcase of best 
articles" and a large % of templates currently available on Wikipedia. 
If you want to help or provide insightful input, please get in touch 
(with me), by email or on the wiki talk page or during Wikimania.
We start working on the English content first. My current challenge is 
to identify the most relevant help pages... and adapt them to this 
offline editing environnement.




-

* To read more about Wikifundi:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiFundi

* More information about the wikipack :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipack_Africa/en and 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipack_Africa/fr


* WikiProject page on the English Wikipedia : 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Wikipack_Africa



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimédia France board update

2016-05-30 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 30/05/16 à 12:18, Jean-Frédéric Berthelot a écrit :

Dear fellow Wikimedians,

As you may know Christophe Henner, the Chair of Wikimédia France, has
resigned from the board, as he is moving on to his next challenge at the
Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. We won't even try to
summarise in a few sentences everything Christophe has brought to Wikimédia
France in his 10 years stint as a board member ; let us just deeply thank
him for his service!

Our board of trustees had a meeting last week-end, during which we elected
new officers of the board, following the resignation of Christophe.

* Samuel Le Goff is our new Vice-chair,
Samuel is 42 years old and lives in Paris. He works as a journalist, former
parliamentary assistant for many years. He has been in the board since late
2014. He helps volunteers to deal with French governmental and public
organization relationships, public consultations, and to expose Wikimedia
positions in public debates. He will be in charge of internal organization
and governance too.

* Emeric Vallespi is our new Chair,
Emeric is 29 years old and lives in Montpellier (south of France). He works
as a Branch director in a bank. He has been at the board since late 2012,
serving as Vice-chair since 2014. He's involved in internal organization,
governance and international affairs and is interested in internal control,
finance and strategy topics.

Pierre-Selim Huard, our Secretary, will be in charge of the international
affairs too. Other current officers are continuing in their functions.

Our board is now structured as follow:

* Emeric Vallespi, Chair
* Samuel Le Goff, Vice-chair
* Guillaume Goursat, Treasurer
* Sébastien Beyou, Deputy treasurer
* Pierre-Selim Huard, Secretary
* Jean-Frédéric Berthelot, Deputy secretary
* Edouard Hue, Board member
* Benoît Prieur, Board member
* Florian Pepellin, Board member

Cheers,




Congrats guys and good luck !

Florence

PS: May I dare say that your next real challenge is to make sure to have 
at least one lady on the board ? ;)



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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Fwd: Hello Mr. ccc, Now you can have your own Wikipedia page

2016-04-06 Thread Florence Devouard

A relationship of mine received the email below and forwarded it to me.
http://yourprmanager.com/

This company is known ?

Flo


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Début du message réexpédié :

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Objet: Hello Mr. ccc, Now you can have your own Wikipedia page
Date: 6 avril 2016 14:34:27 UTC+2
À:

Hello Mr. ccc,

Wikipedia is the most trusted and preferred source of original content 
online. Therefore, it is not surprising why institutions, organizations 
and individuals opt for creating their Wikipedia page.



To increase your popularity online, it is recommended to create a 
Wikipedia page about yourself or your company and for a new Wikipedia 
page to go up, there are certain eligibility criteria. That means not 
everyone is immediately a good candidate to feature on Wikipedia.


Here are some benefits of having a Company or Personal Wikipedia Page:

1. Great exposure. Wikipedia is a heavily used web site, and having an 
article about your company means more exposure, more eyeballs, and so forth.


2. Reputation management. As I mentioned above, your Wikipedia article 
will probably rank on page one for your company name, and that helps 
with your online reputation management.


3. Increased trust. There’s no underestimating the need to earn trust, 
both from customers and search engines. A Wikipedia article can help 
with both, I believe.




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Who runs the Wikimedia Shop ?

2016-03-21 Thread Florence Devouard

Thank you

I sent you a private email.

Flo

Le 21/03/16 11:28, Joseph Seddon a écrit :

Hey Florence,

Regarding your first question the shop is Foundation owned and run but
hosted by Shopify, an e-commerce provider. [1] The orders are then sent to
our fulfillment partner, SWAGBOT. [2] We have a staff contractor, Gretchen
Holtman, who runs the shop for the Wikimedia Foundation. [3]

The email address is responded to by Wikimedia Foundation staff typically
either Gretchen for regarding issues surrounding the Wikimedia Shop, or
myself in relation to the merchandise giveaway scheme. [4]

Feel free to contact me off list if there is anything I can help you with.

Seddon

[1] https://www.shopify.co.uk/
[2] https://store.wikimedia.org/pages/our-fulfillment-company
[3]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff_and_contractors#Fundraising_Operations
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Merchandise_giveaways
On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 9:47 AM, Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>
wrote:


Is that directly run by Wikimedia Foundation staff or is that run by an
independant company "paid" by WMF to manage the shop ?

Who is behind the email address merchand...@wikimedia.org ?

Thank you

Florence


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[Wikimedia-l] Who runs the Wikimedia Shop ?

2016-03-21 Thread Florence Devouard
Is that directly run by Wikimedia Foundation staff or is that run by an 
independant company "paid" by WMF to manage the shop ?


Who is behind the email address merchand...@wikimedia.org ?

Thank you

Florence


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cross-wiki notifications beta feature now available on all wikis

2016-03-15 Thread Florence Devouard

I concur

Very useful feature. Thanks a lot !

Flo

Le 13/03/16 22:16, Anna Stillwell a écrit :

I enabled it last week and found two new messages. Thank you. Very useful.
/a

On Sun, Mar 13, 2016 at 6:31 AM, David Cuenca Tudela 
wrote:


Finally it is here! Now I don't miss conversations that are happening
elsewhere.
I know that many don't like it, but combined with Flow it works like a
charm :)

Thanks
Micru

On Sun, Mar 13, 2016 at 1:24 AM, Biplab Anand 
wrote:


This is amazing.
Thanks.
On 13 Mar 2016 03:20, "Andy Mabbett"  wrote:


Cross-wiki notifications


This is great, thank you.

Two requests:

Please could we have two icons, one for local notifications, another

for

those from elsewhere?

And could we have some way to avoid mass notifications when we are
mentioned in a newsletter like The Signpost, This Week in GLAM, or the
Wikidata Weekly Summary, which are posted to many talk pages?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] Wikimedia Foundation executive transition update

2016-03-11 Thread Florence Devouard

Excellent !

All my support Katherine !

Anthere

PS: Hopefully the list will regain a bit of peace and be productive again ?

Le 11/03/16 03:59, Katherine Maher a écrit :

Thank you, Patricio.

I want to thank the Board for this opportunity, and for their confidence in
the Foundation. I also want to thank community members and staff for
continuing to be such committed advocates for our future -- your passion
and belief in our movement and purpose have been tremendous things to
behold.

As a movement, we’ve had some challenges lately. We’ve started on a process
of change, but as Lydia Pintscher (User:Lydia Pintscher (WMDE)) recently
reminded us,[1] “Change happens at the speed of trust.” We will need to
work together over these coming months to build that trust, and open
critical lines of communication and accountability. I get the sense from
many people that that’s exactly what they’d like to do: absorb the lessons
we’ve learned, re-engage with each other, and get back to advancing our
global movement.

At the Foundation, we have an opportunity to center around our values, and
practice open and collaborative communication. During the interim period, I
want to get things working well and improve transparency and communication,
both internally and with the communities. We will work to create a
supportive, fair environment where people can get things done, engage with
their colleagues and community members, and understand how their work has
an impact on our mission. This includes delivering on important deadlines
for the Annual Plan and strategy,[2] filling key roles, and making progress
on issues raised in our recent engagement survey.

We are committed to delivering the first version of the 2016-2017 Annual
Plan no later than April 1st for community and FDC review, and are on track
to meet this deadline. The WMF 2016-2018 strategy development is also
underway, with a draft version open for comments until March 18.[3] Over
the coming weeks, we’ll be moving forward with our Chief Technology Officer
(CTO) search, and working with the Talent and Culture team to reinvest in
our culture. As new other emerge, we’ll work together to prioritize them.

To accomplish all of this, we are going to need your help. I want to hear
from you about what you would like to achieve in this interim period. This
includes how we can collaborate together to prepare the organization and
movement to welcome our next Executive Director. The Foundation is prepared
to actively support the Board in the search, and we will work closely with
them to share important information and create opportunities to give
feedback throughout the process.

Just a few weeks ago, we marked the 15th birthday of the movement.[4]
Millions of people around the world shared their love for Wikimedia. It was
a celebration of why we do what we do, and how much joy the movement brings
people everywhere. That’s something I try to keep in mind every day.

Yours sincerely,
Katherine

[1] https://twitter.com/nightrose/status/660043284841107457
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Combined_strategy_and_annual_plan_timeline
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Draft_WMF_Strategy
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15

On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 6:55 PM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:


Hello all,

I’m happy to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation leadership team has
proposed an interim Executive Director, and the Board has given our full
support. Starting on March 14th, current Chief Communications Officer
Katherine Maher (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_(WMF))
will step into the role of interim Executive Director. We thank the
C-levels for their careful consideration in this process, and Katherine for
stepping up during this period of transition.

In choosing an interim ED, the C-levels started by identifying immediate
priorities for the coming months, including building trust, improving
communications, and filling key leadership positions. They felt, and we
agree, that Katherine is the right person to lead the organization while it
addresses these and other important issues. Additionally, this will allow
the rest of the executive team to focus on critical organizational
functions, including community and engineering management, fundraising, and
strengthening our human resources function. You can read more about our
process and thinking here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/March_2016_-_Leadership_Team_transition_planning


Katherine has been with the Foundation as Chief Communications Officer for
about two years now. During that time, she has developed a versatile and
effective team that serves the needs of the organization and movement,
collaborating closely with other departments and the community. She has
thoughtfully introduced new capacities and led her team through
transitions, and played a critical role in shepherding the strategy process
and the 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] My posts going to spam

2016-03-01 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 01/03/16 05:11, Austin Hair a écrit :

On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 4:48 AM, Michael Snow  wrote:

On 2/29/2016 5:37 AM, Jimmy Wales wrote:


I'm switching to this email address for posting, because apparently
there is some kind of weird problem between yahoo and google such that
gmail users see all or most of my messages in their SPAM folder.


It's not just Google either. My provider uses Yahoo's service for email, and
yet Jimmy's messages to the list, and as best I can tell only Jimmy's from
the ymail account, appear to get bounced and never even reach my spam
folder, let alone my inbox.


Just to be clear, this is not a list admin issue—Jimmy's ymail address
was initially moderated as a new subscriber, but we unmoderated him as
soon as he posted from it. The rest is on gmail, unfortunately.

It's also not the first time we've seen it. Others have had issues
posting from Yahoo addresses in the past.

Austin


Yup. I had the same issue in January with a yahoo address.

Admins (and several users) warned me. I switched to gmail and it works 
perfectly well now.


Florence



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What it means to be a high-tech organization

2016-02-28 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 27/02/16 22:41, SarahSV a écrit :

On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 6:49 PM, Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>
wrote:



Removing a COI is not the only issue at stake Sarah.

Would WMF get involved into such a process, it would also possibly change
its legal reponsibility. Right now, WMF does not get involved in the
editorial process, which allows to claim WMF is only hosting the content.
If WMF is somewhat involved in an editorial process which results in
paying the authors, then WMF might lose the "host" status.

Flo


​Hi Flo, I've heard so many contradictory positions about that over the

years that I have no idea what the implications would be.

Moving away from the very complex issue of paid editing, Brion opened the
thread with different views of what a high-tech organization is, one of
which involves lack of diversity, overemphasis on engineering, and
exploitation of staff and users at the cost of their physical and emotional
health. He argued that the WMF should instead cultivate and support staff
and volunteers.

So what can we do to move the WMF away from the bad aspects of high-tech
organizations and toward a position where the health of the paid and unpaid
workforces is actively nurtured?



I had written a LONG email to tell the story of how "Wiki Loves Women" 
ended up NOT funded by Wikimedia Foundation (it is entirely funded and 
supported by partner Goethe Institute).


But in the end... I thought the whole story would bore people here. So 
let me toss two ideas



1) It would be nice that it be possible to ask for grants from WMF that 
would not fall in either of the 4 options, currently

- annual plan grants (for big official affiliates)
- PEG (for groups and individuals)
- individual grants
- travel grants

PEG is capped (roughly around 30.000 dollars apparently). So between PEG 
and affiliates... there is a big void.



2) It would be nice that WMF set up a system where it is officially 
supporting a project, even though it is not funding it with REAL cash (= 
it is easier to look for other funding organizations when WMF has 
already put a sort of "yeah great project" stamp on it.)



Florence




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What it means to be a high-tech organization

2016-02-28 Thread Florence Devouard
I am not a lawyer so would not have the correct legal words to explain 
this. But roughly... the legal responsibility is not the same when you 
are simply "hosting" content published by others, as opposed to 
"publishing with an editorial role".


For example, when you are simply a host provider, you can not be held 
responsible if you host a content which is defaming a person as long as 
you were not aware of it. Once the host is informed of the existence of 
the illegal content, it has an obligation of removing it.
And to a certain extent, the host has an obligation to make sure that 
steps are taken to avoid illegal content to land on its servers. This is 
one of the reason for the existence of terms of use. Or this can justify 
recommandations made by WMF to the community to be super careful when 
dealing with biographies of living people.


However, when the company is considered to have an editorial role (and 
this is very vague...), it may be considered legally responsible for any 
illegal content being on its servers. It is by default considered aware 
of the illegal content, and even worse... supporting its presence there.


The LAST thing we want is to have the WMF being recognized as having an 
editorial role.


Is that clearer ?

Flo


Le 27/02/16 18:50, Anthony Cole a écrit :

Florence, can you explain to me the actual risk the foundation  would be
exposed to if ir got involved in editorial decisions, please? Perhaps some
hypothetical examples would help.

Anthony Cole


On Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 9:49 AM, Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>
wrote:


Le 27/02/16 00:37, SarahSV a écrit :

On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 12:11 PM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com>

wrote:



However, if the core interest (as Sarah suggests) is to create paid
opportunities for those who excel at Wikipedia writing and editing, those
opportunities exist, and are increasingly available. The money doesn't
need
to flow through the WMF. In my opinion, it's much better if it doesn't;
the
WMF has enough political challenges to deal with, without getting
involved
in paid editing.


​Hi Pete,



I didn't intend to start a detailed discussion about paid editing in this
thread. I mentioned it only as one of the ways in which the Foundation
could help unpaid editors.

To address a few issues: the point of suggesting the Foundation as a
neutral broker is to remove the paid editor's COI. The editor would have
no
relationship with the people wanting the article, and would not be chosen
by them. The brief from the Foundation would be to produce a well-written,
reasonably comprehensive, neutral article about X, based on the best
sources available. (Someone referred to this as advertising. It would be
exactly the opposite.)

It needn't be the Foundation that organizes this. A third party might
work,
but the danger of a private company doing it is that they would rely on it
for profit, and therefore would be sensitive to pressure from companies.
The idea of the Foundation as broker is that it would always place the
core
policies above the desires of the client. Foundation involvement struck me
as the only way for an editor to be paid for an article without having a
COI.

I believe someone else suggested in this thread that it could be run the
way the Education Program is, as a related but separate body. That would
be
something you would be perfectly placed to lead, Pete, given your
experience as consultant, editor, and former Foundation employee.

Sarah
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Removing a COI is not the only issue at stake Sarah.

Would WMF get involved into such a process, it would also possibly change
its legal reponsibility. Right now, WMF does not get involved in the
editorial process, which allows to claim WMF is only hosting the content.
If WMF is somewhat involved in an editorial process which results in
paying the authors, then WMF might lose the "host" status.

Flo



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What it means to be a high-tech organization

2016-02-26 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 27/02/16 00:37, SarahSV a écrit :

On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 12:11 PM, Pete Forsyth 
wrote:



However, if the core interest (as Sarah suggests) is to create paid
opportunities for those who excel at Wikipedia writing and editing, those
opportunities exist, and are increasingly available. The money doesn't need
to flow through the WMF. In my opinion, it's much better if it doesn't; the
WMF has enough political challenges to deal with, without getting involved
in paid editing.


​Hi Pete,


I didn't intend to start a detailed discussion about paid editing in this
thread. I mentioned it only as one of the ways in which the Foundation
could help unpaid editors.

To address a few issues: the point of suggesting the Foundation as a
neutral broker is to remove the paid editor's COI. The editor would have no
relationship with the people wanting the article, and would not be chosen
by them. The brief from the Foundation would be to produce a well-written,
reasonably comprehensive, neutral article about X, based on the best
sources available. (Someone referred to this as advertising. It would be
exactly the opposite.)

It needn't be the Foundation that organizes this. A third party might work,
but the danger of a private company doing it is that they would rely on it
for profit, and therefore would be sensitive to pressure from companies.
The idea of the Foundation as broker is that it would always place the core
policies above the desires of the client. Foundation involvement struck me
as the only way for an editor to be paid for an article without having a
COI.

I believe someone else suggested in this thread that it could be run the
way the Education Program is, as a related but separate body. That would be
something you would be perfectly placed to lead, Pete, given your
experience as consultant, editor, and former Foundation employee.

Sarah
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Removing a COI is not the only issue at stake Sarah.

Would WMF get involved into such a process, it would also possibly 
change its legal reponsibility. Right now, WMF does not get involved in 
the editorial process, which allows to claim WMF is only hosting the 
content.
If WMF is somewhat involved in an editorial process which results in 
paying the authors, then WMF might lose the "host" status.


Flo


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] I am going to San Francisco

2016-02-26 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 26/02/16 16:46, Theo10011 a écrit :

Hmm. I wonder if Jimmy is going to be named the interim bosssomeone has
to be.


Speechless...


Finding an ED is a long painful process, something that is bound to get
more difficult after Lila and Arnon. The only question is, if the board
brings back someone or chooses to promote/move someone around. Food for
thought.


Either an interim ED (there are plenty on the market in SF), but I see 
way more reasons not to go down this route than benefits.


Or getting a current (or ex) C level to be interim deputy whilst the 
loong search process delivers its fruits.


Flo



Theo


On Fri, Feb 26, 2016, Lodewijk  wrote:


#Iamwithrisker
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Executive transition planning

2016-02-25 Thread Florence Devouard

+ 1 Brad.

And I would like to say thank you Lila for your efforts and best of luck 
for the future.


Flo

Le 25/02/16 20:01, Brad Patrick a écrit :

Best of luck to the Board moving forward with this process. You have a lot of 
work ahead.

Brad



On Feb 25, 2016, at 1:50 PM, Patricio Lorente  
wrote:

Dear friends,

This week, the Board of Trustees accepted Lila’s resignation. Her last day will 
be  March 31, 2016.

I would like to thank Lila for her efforts over these past two years, and her 
passion for our shared mission. Together, we wish her the best in her future 
endeavors and accomplishments.

The Board of Trustees is meeting regularly to determine next steps. Our top 
priority is to develop a clear transition plan that seeks to build confidence 
with community and staff, appoint interim leadership, and begin the search for 
a new Executive Director. We will continue working closely together over the 
coming days, and will share an update next week.

This work will require extensive collaboration by the Board over the next few 
weeks. Although we know you’ll have questions, it is likely we’ll be very 
focused on planning the next steps. We appreciate your patience and 
understanding during this time.

Patricio

TRANSLATION NOTE: This message is also posted on Meta at the Board Noticeboard 
for for translation. You can find it here: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/25_February_2016_-_Executive_transition_planning
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Transition plans for WMF leadership - Board Reform

2016-02-25 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 25/02/16 13:13, Milos Rancic a écrit :

On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 2:23 AM, Denny Vrandecic
 wrote:

- the Board members have duties of care and loyalty to the Foundation - not
to the movement. If there is a decision to be made where there is a
conflict between the Movement or one of the Communities with the
Foundation, the Board members have to decide in favor of the Foundation.
They are not only trained to so, they have actually pledged to do so.


First, I suppose it's clear to you that you won't be reelected because
of this paragraph. While your legal obligations belong to WMF, your
political obligations belong to those who elected you. And the
paragraph above is far from being politically wise.

Second, this is the exact part of the Board's internal mythology about
the enemies inside of the movement. They've been repeated since
Florance and Angela leaved the Board.


Amusingly... when we were first elected, Angela was the representant of 
non-contributing members (the term to say they did not pay a fee to be 
members) whilst I was representant of contributing members (the ones who 
paid a fee. Hm)


I suppose Jimmy is the most

responsible for spreading that. What I can't understand is the fact
that I don't see that too much (s)elected Board members have integrity
above Jimmy's rumors threshold.


You are not very clear here Milos. Can you rephrase ? Thanks

Flo



Third, may you give to me *one* example of movement being in
confrontation with WMF's legal foundations, thus requiring Board to
react to protect WMF against the evil community?





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Transition plans for WMF leadership

2016-02-23 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 23/02/16 04:00, Sydney Poore a écrit :

On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 2:08 PM, Pine W  wrote:



I also hope that the current Board members will thoughtfully consider
whether it's in the best interests of the Wikimedia Foundation and the
larger Wikimedia movement for them to continue as Board members.


The instability that would result from large scale resignations of
Board members would be devastating to WMF.

That aside, under the best of circumstances, the volunteer BoT of WMF
are faced with an extremely demanding and challenging work load. And,
no volunteer board has the skill set to manage the problems that have
come up over the last few months and have escalated out of control.

I strongly encourage giving the BoT time to react to the most recent
comments, and develop a responsible plan of action.

Sydney
User:FloNight



+1.

Most of the board is actually rather new. Plus two members will possibly 
(probably) change next summer. So asking for resignation is absolutely 
not the right thing to do at the moment. We need the current members to 
stick here. We need stability.


I will openly say that I am completely disappointed by the lack of 
(official) communication from the board in the past couple of weeks (or 
months). I thank Dariusz very much for maintaining a line of contact here.


But otherwise... I'd say we need to let the board do its job.

And we should rather reflect on how we can HELP them do that.

I think it is helpful for the board that the community AND the staff 
give their frank opinion about what is going on so as to help them see 
clear.


I think Molly timeline might be helpful for the board to get a better 
grip of the important keypoints and opinions.


I think providing private insights to the board if relevant might be 
helpful.


I think dropping them a private email to ask them if they are ok and 
giving them a bit of wikilove might be helpful.


And probably other things.

Anthere


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timeline of recent events at the Wikimedia Foundation

2016-02-22 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 22/02/16 13:20, GorillaWarfare a écrit :

Recent discussion of the Knowledge Engine/Wikimedia Discovery project,
issues with senior leadership, lack of transparency, and the like has been
fairly well spread across several Wikimedia projects and mailing lists, as
well as on Facebook, in the media, and in other venues.

I just published an attempt to aggregate some of the events that I think
are particularly informative given what's been going on:
http://mollywhite.net/wikimedia-timeline/

I hope it's helpful, and please feel free to suggest changes if it's
incomplete.

– Molly (GorillaWarfare)
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Molly... Thank you ! Amazing job.

Florence


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