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 :)



Ant


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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



From: Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 1:08 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.o

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
To: <reachout2is...@gmail.com>; Wikimedia Mailing 
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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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and individuals opt for creating their Wikipedia page.



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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 
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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 
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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: 
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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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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why we changed

2016-02-22 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 22/02/16 11:03, George Herbert a écrit :


I have been letting Lila's mail stew in my brain for a little while, and I am 
going to respond now having had time to think it over.

I apologize in advance for the length.  There are three main sections to my 
analysis and argument, and then some concluding points and implications.


First - the good.  I believe most here should agree that the Wikipedia 
movement, communities, projects all have had and have today major challenges.  
An immense good is done by what we have all communally built, but there are 
things wrong we haven't fixed.

Lila's ED statement lays out a subset of the total problems, effectively 
briefly explains her reasoning on why they are problematic, and forms a vision 
statement for engaging with fixing them.  It's a vision statement and a call to 
action, and contains the kind of leadership we need.

One can quibble about the set of problems to focus on or priorities, long and 
short term goals.  I am sure people will.  But the Foundation needs a 
leadership vision like this.  It can evolve over time, but we should think in 
these terms.


Second - I want to focus now on this section to explain what I see as having 
gone wrong.

Quoting Lila:


In practice this means I demanded that we set standards for staff
communication with our community to be professional and respectful. It
meant transitioning people, shutting down pet projects, promoting some but
not others, demanding goals and results to get funding. This level of
change is necessary to set up our organization to address the challenges of
the next decade.


All of this means stepping away from our comfort zones to create capacity
for building programs and technologies that will support us in the future.
It is a demanding and difficult task to perform an organizational change at
this scale and speed.



For context:

I am an IT industry technical consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area with 
well over 20 years experience and 18 of those consulting.  I have literally 
seen the insides of 100 organizations big and small.

Many of those organizations were broken or failing, and needed serious reform 
to succeed.  I've seen and participated in a number of restructurings, 
including helping plan some.  These things are sometimes necessary.

One phrase I see used quite often is "sometimes we need to break a few eggs."  
For those who are not native american english speakers, this is referring to the need to 
move beyond shifting things around into breaking things apart, letting people go who may 
not fit in the new plan, stopping things outright, etc.  The eggs - people, projects, 
structures, policies, assumptions - need to partly go away - be broken - in order to 
reform.

Lila's vision here clearly calls the change campaign out as having explicitly 
intended to break eggs.

It further suggests strongly that this was the Board of Trustees' intention in 
hiring her, and that they agreed with breaking those eggs.

These types of reforms are at times necessary.  I do not know from the outside 
whether they were necessary for successful at the WMF, but for now I agree this 
may well have been necessary and proper.  Some of those affected may disagree; 
I don't seek to diminish that discussion but for now am putting it aside.

We come now to what I think went wrong with this change that I agree may have 
needed to happen.

Broken eggs type major organizational changes are launched with varying degrees 
of planning and vision and coordination beforehand.  I have seen such launched, 
in process, or the aftereffects across the range of initial planning and 
communications from none at all at one extreme to clearly envisioned, planned, 
communicated, and executed at the other.

Lila here and now communicated a clear vision for what was intended and why, and the 
intention to "break eggs" to do it.  I had not previously seen anything like 
this, or even a good suggestion of this.  Nobody I know of in the community seems to have 
seen or guessed at it.  From the comments we are seeing, a lot of current and ex 
Foundation staff do not seem to have seen it.  Nobody has yet admitted they had seen it, 
after Lila's post.

I don't know how well it was understood before/during by more senior staff / 
leadership staff, the Board, or laid out this clearly and coherently in Lila's 
head.

There are undoubtedly a range of answers to those questions depending on who 
you ask and what time period we ask about.

I will bound the extremes of credible answers with "clearly articulated and communicated at 
high levels, including commitment to change by breaking eggs", or at the other extreme 
"this was not clearly envisioned or articulated or communicated at high levels 
beforehand."

I want to emphasize this: Either the senior leadership launched a major broken 
eggs extent reform without communicating what was happening to major community 
and staff stakeholders on purpose, or by accident, or somewhere in 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What is the Board's HR Committee doing to stem the tide of staff resignations?

2016-02-19 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 18/02/16 21:38, Brion Vibber a écrit :

On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 12:26 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak 
  wrote:



On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 3:16 PM, Brion Vibber 
  wrote:


What is the board doing, going forward, to stem the tide of staff
resignations?



  We have started with an engagement survey, and organizational facilitator
analysis. More and more current input can be provided by Patricio or others
from the Board's HR Committee, but there is also a lot of work done by the
HR department, under its new leadership.



Patricio, can you add more details here please?

The engagement survey in November showed very, very low support for the
Executive Director. I'm not sure what "organizational facilitator analysis"
is, but if it's related to the management coaching for Lila, there are some
unanswered emails on the staff list which are very discouraging. I can
forward them to you if you are unaware.

As a longtime part of Wikimedia's community and staff, I would really
appreciate some clear answers on what's going on and why we're losing more
and more longtime community and staff members while an ED who needs
management coaching is still in place.

-- brion


Coaching which might or might not help if the whole situation is a case 
of Peter Principle in action.


Florence



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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Africa 2015 results

2016-02-16 Thread Florence Devouard

Good evening everyone

Another day... another announcement :)

We closed yesterday the last vote session for winning pictures of Wiki 
Loves Africa 2015.


We are happy to announce our winners

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2015/Winners

First picture is a very relaxing sight of two beautiful ladies having 
fun together on a sunny afternoon, from a Kenyan photograph. The picture 
is considered a Quality Image on Commons and is currently used to 
illustrate one article : friendship.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amitié


Second picture was actually taken by a French citizen, and features a 
fashion designer in Senegal.

It currently illustrates one article about fashion :
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mode_(habillement)


The third picture represent a lady in Ghana, also by a photograph (I 
found his site and facebook page, but got no answer from him...)
We actually used that picture to illustrate our Wiki Loves Women writing 
contest : 
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projet:Wiki_Loves_Women/Concours_d%27écriture



The 4th picture is from Algeria and features a beautiful woman wearing 
an haik. This image has a featured status on Commons. It currently 
illustrate the article on veil : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veil



The first 3 pictures have been selected by a mixed jury of wikipedians 
and non wikipedians (including photographers, developer, chemical 
engineer, fashion blogger, and fashion designer).
Jury composition available here : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2015/FAQ#What_are_the_rules_of_the_contest_.3F

The 4th picture was chosen by the community.


Tunisia is the country who made it first in terms of number of images, 
followed closely by Côte d'Ivoire, our leader in 2014.



--

Whilst this was the continental contest, other winners were identified 
locally.


For example, check out winners in Algeria
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2015_in_Algeria#Our_Winner_in_Algeria

As you may notice, several of their images made it Quality Images or 
Featured Images status. And more prizes were delivered :)


--

In other countries, images have been celebrated differently.

For example, in Cameroon, a show of the best images have been set up at 
the Institut Français. Check out a few first pictures here : 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.500234113496441.1073741904.365857010267486=3

The show room is open till 27th of February.

--

More details will be featured in a couple of weeks on Commons in a 
project report.


Florence


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 15 days to create (at least) 15 biographies on notable African women!

2016-02-15 Thread Florence Devouard

Good evening everyone !

Results of the contest are published !


At the end of the contest,

15 Anglophone teams (27 participants)
18 Francophone teams (24 participants)
and 1 team (4 participants) from Armenian language (completely 
unexpected ... but so very welcome!)


produced no less than ...

71 new biographies in English,
122 new biographies in French
and 41 new articles in Armenian.

This result is way beyond our expectations! And so incredibly great!

Check out details here
* In English : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women_Writing_Contest#Results
* In French : 
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projet:Wiki_Loves_Women/Concours_d%27écriture/Résultats


Congrats everyone !

Anthere

Le 15/01/16 12:58, Florence Devouard a écrit :

The Wiki Love Women writing contest is now officially open !

Please join in to celebrate Wikipedia 15 by participating to the
bilingual (English/French) writing contest to increase the number of
notable African women that are covered on Wikipedia.
The contest is also meant as a starting point of Wiki Loves Women, a
content liberation project related to Women in Africa.

We would love to see you participate to the writing contest !
If you want to, there are 3 ways to participate
* You want to create an article ? Please add your name here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wiki_Loves_Women/Writing_Contest/Teams.
You may be solo, or you could seek the help of others to join your team.
Or you can join an already existing team. You must start a new article
(translation from another language is allowed). You have 15 days :)
* Or you may simply add suggestions for articles to write here :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wiki_Loves_Women/Writing_Contest/Articles_suggestions.
Of course, be careful of notability etc.
* Or you would be willing to join the jury. If so, please drop to the
page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wiki_Loves_Women/Writing_Contest/Jury
to propose your help

It is all meant to be an easy going contest... no hassle... just for the
pleasure of working together on a theme still little covered on
Wikipedia (even after 15 years...)

Anthere and Isla


LINKS

The writing contest :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wiki_Loves_Women/Writing_Contest

On meta : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women_Writing_Contest

Wiki Loves Women website : http://www.wikiloveswomen.org (bear with
us... still very new)

Twitter #wikiloveswomen

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesWomen/


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Another goodbye

2016-02-13 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 12/02/16 02:24, Siko Bouterse a écrit :

Dear friends and colleagues,

I’ve had the amazing privilege of serving this movement in a staff capacity
for the past 4 ½ years, but I’ve now decided to move on from my role at the
Wikimedia Foundation.

Transparency, integrity, community and free knowledge remain deeply
important to me, and I believe I will be better placed to represent those
values in a volunteer capacity at this time.


Siko... I was sad to read about your departure.

And like Pete, I noted your words.

It is yet another crumb in a trail of worrying elements : the (too) 
numerous departures within staff, the staff survey, the recent board 
members cases, some staff members mentionning threats when expressing 
publicly their opinion, the change of tone in the glassdoor reports, the 
Knight grant, and so on. It is worrysome.


Florence

I am and will always remain a

Wikimedian, so you'll still see me around the projects (User:Seeeko),
hopefully with renewed energy and joy in volunteering.

This movement has become my home in so many unexpected ways, and I’m truly
honored to have learned from so many of you. It was an amazing experience
to have partnered with smart, bold, and dedicated community folks to
experiment with projects like Teahouse, IdeaLab, Inspire, Individual
Engagement Grants, and Reimagining Grants. I’ve seen you create some really
incredible content, ideas, tools, programs, processes, committees and
organizations, all in the service of free knowledge.

I expect my last day to be Thursday, February 25th. I have full confidence
in Maggie Dennis's abilities to lead the Community Engagement Department,
and I trust that my team will remain available to support the community’s
needs for grants and other resources throughout this time of transition.

Much love,
Siko





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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Africa 2015 community picture vote

2016-02-11 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello

Wiki Loves Africa 2015 will celebrate 4 winning pictures. 3 have already 
been selected by the jury. The 4th is to be selected by the community at 
large.



Please help us decide and vote here : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2015/Community_Prize_Selection


Thanks

Anthere

***

About Wiki Loves Africa

Wiki Loves Africa (http://www.wikilovesafrica.org) is a public annual 
contest where people across Africa can contribute media (photographs, 
video and audio) about their environment to Wikimedia Commons for use on 
Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wiki Loves Africa particularly encourages participants to contribute 
media that illustrate a specific theme for that year. Each year the 
theme changes and could include any universal, visually rich and 
culturally specific topic (for example, markets, rites of passage, 
festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, 
notable persons, etc).


The 2015 theme is: Cultural Fashion and Adornment
The competition scope is: media that shows representations of cultural 
dress and fashion; specifically fashion that is defined by local 
cultural influences and determines cloth, styles, ways of wrapping and 
hanging, etc. Adornment is also part of the theme, which means that 
media of culturally defined jewellery, make-up, hairstyles and 
headdresses, cloths, scarification and tattoos, woven materials, etc. 
can also be entered.


https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2015


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Changes to Community Engagement

2016-02-09 Thread Florence Devouard

Really sorry to hear about your departure Luis. You will be missed.
I wish you the best and congrats for the little baby !

Florence

Le 08/02/16 21:31, Luis Villa a écrit :

Hi, all-
This is a bittersweet email to send. I still, and will always, love this
place and this movement, but it was also time for me to go.

Working with so many awesome Wikimedians (including WMF's staff) has been
an honor and a privilege, and has given me many great experiences,
memories, and a long watchlist ;) that I'll treasure for a long time. The
list of people who I'd like to thank is long, so I won't bore everyone with
it. However, I do want to particularly thank Kat, who introduced me to
Geoff during his first week with WMF. That was ultimately the opportunity
that led me to this incredible ride - so I quite literally owe it all to
her. Many, many other people have been welcoming and friendly along the
way, and I can't ask formore than that.

I'm not going too far! I'll continue to be around the movement, both as a
contributor, and to support Maggie and the rest of the department during
the transition. I look forward to seeing where Community Engagement goes
next - I believe the department will continue to support contributors in a
healthy way, and I'm sure Maggie and my long-term successor will continue
to build exciting things on the foundation we laid over the past year.

Professionally, I have no firm plans yet. I plan to to take a few deep
breaths and then explore some new opportunities in the legal, community,
and tech spaces, as well as becoming a parent in May.

If you want to be in touch (to talk about interesting opportunities, flame
me for old time's sake, or just chat) I'm pretty easy to find: lu.is,
@tieguy on Twitter, LinkedIn, and of course on my enwiki talk page.

See you on the wikis-
Luis


On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:16 PM, Lila Tretikov  wrote:


Dear all,


I am sad to let you know that Luis Villa, our lead for the Community
Engagement department, will be leaving the Wikimedia Foundation. A year
ago, Luis took on a big challenge, transitioning from the Legal Department
to lead the newly created  Community Engagement organization. In that role,
Luis and our teams were tasked with many recent community initiatives, such
as the creation of the Community Tech team, gender-related and
anti-harassment programs, and improved alignment of WMF annual planning
with the Funds Dissemination Committee. Prior to that, as Deputy General
Counsel he was responsible for a number of legal initiatives, including
licensing, contracts, and product counseling. I’m grateful for his counsel,
and his leadership in the WMF movement throughout these years.

Later this month, Luis will transition out of his current position with the
Wikimedia Foundation to pursue other opportunities. He will remain in a
consulting role with the Foundation over the next few months, continuing to
support our ongoing strategy and annual planning processes.

I want to thank Luis for his commitment to the WMF mission, and for the
inspired energy and contributions he has brought to our movement. I’m
looking forward to his future accomplishments and staying in close touch as
he grows in his career.

Maggie Dennis will step in as the interim director for the CE team
effective immediately. Her deep community background, passion for our
mission, and outstanding teamwork are great assets in this transition. She
will also continue to serve as Director of Support and Safety. Maggie is a
respected leader, colleague, and community member. I am confident she will
bring critical insights, especially now as we plan for our next year.

The work of of the CE department will continue as planned, and the overall
structure of the department (including the Community Tech team, which will
continue to report into the Product organization) will stay on-course. Our
goal is to ensure a smooth transition as we continue our progress to
improve the WMF support for our communities.

It is my priority that the WMF continues to build upon the initiatives we
started in 2015 in support for the global Wikimedia community. Continued
leadership of the Community Engagement department at executive level in the
WMF is a part of delivering on those commitments. We will be looking to
fill the Community Engagement leadership role with someone with a strong
background in community programs, and an understanding of the Wikimedia
movement. We will also look to engage with you to find the right person for
this role. We will send an update on the next steps and the job description
shortly, which will include a further discussion of the role on-wiki.


Lila
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia at 15 & its African language editions

2016-02-01 Thread Florence Devouard

Couple of notes and pointers


I have added the link to the blog post here :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Statistics_related_to_Africa#Use_and_knowledge_of_Wikipedia_in_Africa
Please do not hesitate to drop information related to Africa in those pages.
Thank you Don for the info.



The writing contest closed this week-end. More info on that later, but I 
am glad to say we collected 121 new biographies in French and about 70 
in English. Yeah rock !


But whilst the contest was in English and French... a team went on 
translating articles in Armenian language.
They managed 41 additional articles : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women_Writing_Contest#Articles_in_other_languages




One of the articles (in English) was rejected for notability issue. It 
has been resubmitted and needs further review. If anyone can have a look...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Onel5969#Draft:_Theo_Sowa



I think the translation approach is an excellent one. I am a bit perplex 
as well as how little productive edit-a-thons with new users are. But 
the struggle to learn how Wikipedia operates on top of understanding an 
article structure on top of looking for relevant information is a bit... 
too complicated for a newcomer. It may be that starting with translation 
might make things easier ? Path worth to explore.


In that prospect, I love this page : 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wiki_Loves_Women/Writing_Contest/Articles_suggestions

and I discovered recently that page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Red/Missing_articles_by_nationality/Africa
created by created by @Emijrp and Edgars2007

We need more of those.

Flo


Le 01/02/16 17:24, Amir E. Aharoni a écrit :

It's quite true, sadly.

One thing that that blog post doesn't mention is that the periods of growth
in Yoruba and Malagasy happened mostly thanks to bots :(

There is some hard-to-notice, but real and organic growth in the number of
articles in Xhosa in the last year. I know it because I traveled to South
Africa and I had the privilege of meeting Nozibele Nomdebevana, the woman
responsible for it; see
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/07/07/new-wikipedia-translators/ . And it's
hard to notice, because almost all of it was done by that one woman, and as
great as her work is, it's too small to be noticed in the statistics
graphs, although I do hope that she will find other people and teach them
the Wikipedia writing craft.

I also noticed some growth in Somali in the last couple of months, also as
a work of one person; more on that further down.

For the most part, it's an unfortunate mix of several factors:
* very low usage of African languages in education: English, French and
Arabic are far more prominent in education on all levels, so most people
don't even imagine that their language can be used for a reference work or
that something useful can be found on Google in their language. Afrikaans
is an exception, but not a surprising one given that the government of
South Africa promoted its use in education for many decades.
* low penetration of Internet connectivity
* of the people who are connected to the Internet, many are connected
through phones, and Wikipedia editing doesn't work on mobile phones as well
as on desktops (though it's important to note that it works far better now
than it did three years ago)
* poverty and lack of free time to dedicate to volunteering

As a shameless plug, I'll suggest the project I'm working on—Content
Translation—as one solution that could help. In many cases, creating
articles by translation should be relatively easier than writing them from
scratch. Over 30% of the articles created in the Somali Wikipedia in the
last couple of months were made using Content Translation, which makes many
of the article creation and formatting steps much easier. See
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/CX for more info, and contact me personally
if you're interested in more details.


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

2016-02-01 17:18 GMT+02:00 Don Osborn :


FYI, a recent blog post looking at African language editions of Wikipedia
that may be of interest:

"Wikipedia at 15 and African languages" (31 Jan 2016)
http://niamey.blogspot.com/2016/01/wikipedia-at-15-african-languages.html

Am interested in feedback on accuracy, as well as observations or comments
from people active in any of the African language Wikipedias or other
Wikimedia projects about their experience and hopes.

Thanks in advance,

Don Osborn

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in the Board

2016-01-28 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 28/01/16 07:18, Michael Snow a écrit :

On 1/27/2016 1:44 PM, Kat Walsh wrote:

Thank you, Patricio.

And thank you, Arnnon. I am sure this must have been difficult for
you, that you had every intention of bringing your best work to the
role, and that your considerable experience and skills would have been
valuable. I appreciate your willingness to step up to the task, which
is not a small thing to ask of anyone, and now in light of the
challenges and complications it would bring, your willingness to step
down.

-Kat

If Kat can echo me, then I can echo Kat. Thank you to the Board, and
Arnnon in particular.

--Michael Snow

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Echo echo echo.

Thank you Arnnon and Board.

Anthere






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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Was the Wikimedia Foundation's removal of membership in 2006 legal?

2016-01-27 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 27/01/16 12:59, SarahSV a écrit :

On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 1:58 AM, Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>
wrote:


Hi Adam

The WMF has never been a membership based organization.


​Hi Anthere,


The bylaws as of September 2004 said: [1]

"​
This membership [
​v​
olunteer active membership] shall consist of all persons interested in
supporting the activities of the Foundation who have contributed under a
user name to any Wikimedia project prior to the election ballot request
deadline. The only other qualification for membership shall be the creation
of a user account on some Wikimedia project."
​

And:

"Each Volunteer Active Member and each Contributing Active Member shall
have the right to vote for the Volunteer User Representative to the Board
of Trustees."


Does that not suggest that the Foundation had a voting membership, and that
one form of membership was extended to anyone who had created a user
account? It did not set up dues, but is that necessary to establish
membership?



I read you Sarah. Good point. Hmmm.
But ianal...

I am sure it was discussed back then, but I forgot the details.

I contacted Brad on Facebook to suggest him to read the list. Perhaps he 
might be willing to comment on this ?



Flo





 The bylaws were changed in 2006 and now say: "The Foundation does not have

members."

Sarah


[1]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=Bylaws=620#ARTICLE_III:_MEMBERSHIP
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=Bylaws=620#ARTICLE_III:_MEMBERSHIP>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Was the Wikimedia Foundation's removal of membership in 2006 legal?

2016-01-27 Thread Florence Devouard

Hi Adam

The WMF has never been a membership based organization.

Actually, what happened (roughly) is this.

1) WMF is created in 2003. Legal obligation is to have at least 3 board 
members. Jimmy create it and ask two people working with him at that 
time to join the board. Those were Michael Davis and Tim Shell.
Fairly standard situation, that I have seen over and over, upon creation 
of similar organizations. So at this point, all 3 board members are 
appointed.


Jimmy indicates that he thinks community members should have space on 
the board and that he will make sure something is done before one year 
to get two additional people on board. Jimmy transfers any already 
existing asset to WMF (that was basically a couple of servers, a couple 
of domain names...).


Keep in mind that at this point... the Foundation is basically nothing 
except an administrative entity. And an entity to which people can send 
money to get new servers instead of sending money to Jimmy. But there is 
nothing else. And certainly no complicated procedures, no mission 
statement, no office, no staff. Just a paper, a couple servers and 
quickly a bank account I suppose :)


Bylaws ? IF there were bylaws, these were quick copy and paste of 
generic bylaws for the purpose of having bylaws. I am not even sure 
there were some back then when it was *created*... I suppose there was 
something...


Honestly... that was NO ONE concern back in 2003. Our concern is that 
Wikipedia was Lohipedia. To be very specific... there were times where 
from France I could only access Wikipedia in the morning. As soon as 
America woke up, there was so much lag that Wikipedia was simply not 
accessible. Our concern was tech. And tech meant "who owns the servers" 
and "how do we buy servers" etc.



2) In the following year, Jimbo set up first real bylaws with Alex. 
Those were not specifically discussed with community from memory. I 
think what happened is that Alex told Jimbo we needed bylaws. Jimbo said 
yes. Alex drafted something. And done.
Did they get through lengthy discussions and many lenses for proofing ? 
Not. Again... it was sincerely not the biggest concern then.
And yes... these bylaws were VERY complicated with regards to 
membership. There were Contributing Members, Volunteer Active, Honorary etc.
Why such a complexity ? Absolutely not in the perspective of board 
elections. It was made this way because at that time, it was perceived 
the way we would fund Wikipedia would be by membership fees.


We were looking for a model to fund us. First "inputs" were from Jimbo, 
his company and a few wealthy community members. But this was not 
sustainable. Original discussions included putting ads on the website 
(which led to the Spanish fork), selling tee-shirts, or getting fees 
from members...



3) A year after the creation, as promised, Jimbo made it so that a first 
vote be held to elect the first two trustees from the community (Angela 
and I). Tim and Richard stayed there, so practically we have 3 
self-appointed and 2 elected. That was in 2004.



4) At the first board meeting in summer 2004, Angela, Jimbo and I 
discussed finances.
To put things in perspective, the WMF was still pretty much a piece of 
paper, with a few servers, a bank account and a bunch of domain names. 
And bylaws of some sorts...
Wikimedia DE was already created and Wikimedia FR was just starting, so 
we had a couple of chapters already.
So logical thing to do at a board meeting... discussing those membership 
fees described in the bylaws and tossing figures.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Membership_fees
This page is interesting on this matter.

At this point, who cares about "electing board members" and how members 
would elect or appoint board members ? We just had an election. All 
good. What matters really is "how do we collect this cash we need to 
operate Wikipedia".



5) Over the following few months, we discuss this membership concept and 
basically conclude that it is simply not implementable. The discussion 
is not only "amongst board members", but largely on the mailing lists 
and meta. The membership structure is too complicated. How do we ensure 
privacy (most participants are anonymous) with membership and fees 
(which is impossible if members are anonymous). How do we manage fees in 
a world where 60 dollars is nothing for one but a hell of a cost for 
another ? Do we give more decision weight to those giving more ? How do 
we manage many members given that we have... no staff ?


Do we seek professional opinion on this ? Yes and no. We have no cash to 
pay expert feedback.


So is that "membership" thing implemented ? No. Never.

6) It is only when Brad Patrick joins in probono that the conversation 
about bylaws and membership came turn into something more practical. 
Brad proposes to rewrite bylaws and we accept this help wholeheartedly.


By then... we are in 2005-2006 and beginning to figure out that we could 
manage without putting 

[Wikimedia-l] COI - was Re: [Board-l] Fwd: WMF etc.

2016-01-22 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 21/01/16 20:05, Dariusz Jemielniak a écrit :

hi Florence,


Then I was astonished when I discovered that Dariusz, who has been a board

member for over 6 months, was not aware of the existence of the Conflict of
Interest Policy, which include a pledge of commitment and an obligation to
disclose potential conflicts of interest. A policy voted by the board
several years ago and mandatory for all board members. It is apparently not
enforced anymore, even though it is an approved policy and obviously a good
governance practice. This makes me think the board is not operating
properly anymore on this serious matter.




just to clarify this issue: I have been signing the COI pledges/disclosures
over the last 4 years, as the FDC member, and later as a Board member.
Apparently I did not make myself clear that I think it is worthwhile to
consider PUBLIC statements (as proposed in the email I was replying to),
and not statements in general (which we do have). It may have left you with
a reading that I was unaware of the COI policy as a whole; I apologize for
my clumsy phrasing.

best,

dariusz


My apologies Dariusz; This point was a misunderstanding on my part after 
reading this msg from you : 
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-January/080945.html


I am really happy to read your clarification and see that this point is 
in fact not an issue. Good :)


I actually stayed in confusion because I commented it, but you never 
gave any further feedback.

But some people warned me my emails got stuck in spambox...
I changed my email address for the lists this morning... sent a 
message... and it got stuck in moderation !

Hopefully this one will work out...


Florence

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Board-l] Fwd: WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google

2016-01-22 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 21/01/16 20:05, Dariusz Jemielniak a écrit :

hi Florence,


Then I was astonished when I discovered that Dariusz, who has been a board

member for over 6 months, was not aware of the existence of the Conflict of
Interest Policy, which include a pledge of commitment and an obligation to
disclose potential conflicts of interest. A policy voted by the board
several years ago and mandatory for all board members. It is apparently not
enforced anymore, even though it is an approved policy and obviously a good
governance practice. This makes me think the board is not operating
properly anymore on this serious matter.




just to clarify this issue: I have been signing the COI pledges/disclosures
over the last 4 years, as the FDC member, and later as a Board member.
Apparently I did not make myself clear that I think it is worthwhile to
consider PUBLIC statements (as proposed in the email I was replying to),
and not statements in general (which we do have). It may have left you with
a reading that I was unaware of the COI policy as a whole; I apologize for
my clumsy phrasing.

best,

dariusz


Thank you for that clarification Dariusz. I am happy to read that !

Misinterpretation on my part for what you wrote here : 
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-January/080945.html
After reading it again, it actually referred to public statements rather 
than private ones. And since you did not comment on the list when I 
raised the issue, my misinterpretation was not corrected. My apologies.


Flo




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google

2016-01-21 Thread Florence Devouard

I decided to support that vote.

This has not been an easy decision because I find it *tremendously* 
painful to vote against a person and it hurts me in my feelings to do so.
I hoped very dearly that the board would actually issue a statement that 
would have helped me understand the decision and convinced me that this 
appointement was a good decision. I hoped very dearly Arnnon would post 
on this list to address the issue and to convince me he was a good fit 
in spite of the whole situation. I waited... waited... waited... but 
nothing came.


I can't sit and say nothing.



Learning the whole story about Arnnon was a disappointment to me as it 
means the board selection process is not working as it should be (for a 
mature organization as WMF ought to be by now). If the screening process 
had been done properly, I believe the board would have refrained from 
selecting him, or at least would have taken the time to address the 
issue before any appointement announcement. This decreased my trust in 
the board a bit, but I can live with that. Such mistakes do happen ;)


Secundly, Kat completely nailed it with regards to integrity being one 
of our core values. 
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-January/080854.html. 
I do feel unconfortable with Arnnon being on the board.


Then I was astonished when I discovered that Dariusz, who has been a 
board member for over 6 months, was not aware of the existence of the 
Conflict of Interest Policy, which include a pledge of commitment and an 
obligation to disclose potential conflicts of interest. A policy voted 
by the board several years ago and mandatory for all board members. It 
is apparently not enforced anymore, even though it is an approved policy 
and obviously a good governance practice. This makes me think the board 
is not operating properly anymore on this serious matter.


Last, and not least, over two weeks after the issue was raised on the 
mailing list, by several trusted members of our community, the current 
board of trustees has not addressed the issue.


I hesitate between two interpretations. Either the board is completely 
paralyzed and no more able to make any decision as to what they should 
do. Or the board has decided not to provide any feedback, which I 
consider completely disrespectful to the community and unhealthy 
generally. Either way, I consider this lack of responsiveness from the 
board an even WORSE consideration than Arnnon being a board member.


I love you guys... Patricio, Alice, Frieda, Dariusz, Denny, and Jimbo 
(*). I love you very much. I know each of you. I value every one of you. 
You guys rock in most of what you do and I know it is hard. It is a big 
commitment, it is a lot of pressure, it is time-consuming. And I thank 
every one of you for your gardianship as well as boldness in taking some 
tough decisions.


But here... I do not understand what you are doing. Please take my vote 
as a respectful record of my perplexity.



Anthere

(*)Citing community-born members only. Appointed members bring great 
perspective, but I do not expect them to know it all about Wikimedia 
community.




Le 21/01/16 01:04, Fæ a écrit :

We are now approaching 2 weeks since the open letter to the Chairman
of the WMF board. There has been no formal response, nor any
commitment to take action. Consequently a simple open and public vote
of confidence for Geshuri's appointment has been created.

Link:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Vote_of_confidence:Arnnon_Geshuri

Please vote or add your comment there.

Thanks,
Fae

On 7 January 2016 at 10:38, Fæ  wrote:

Dear Patricio Lorente,

I request that the WMF board take immediate action to publish a
comprehensive account of why you appointed Geshuri as a trustee,
despite his direct involvement and being named as a defendant in the
on-going scandal of anticompetitive agreements at Google, or that
Geshuri chooses to step down from his new position of trust.

This is being separated out as an open letter to the board in a new
discussion thread, to avoid getting confused with other issues. In the
light of recent challenges to the WMF with regard to a dramatic loss
of confidence in their senior management and the politicking behind
the loss of James Heilman as a trustee openly advocating for
transparency to the actions of the WMF board, Geshuri's background
with anticompetitive practices can only damage confidence in the WMF
board with regard to their duty to hold WMF senior management to
account and acting with the highest possible accountability and public
transparency.

Links showing Geshuri's public footprint on this issue:
1. 
http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/27/2753701/no-poach-scandal-unredacted-steve-jobs-eric-schmidt-paul-otellini
2. 
http://www.lieffcabraser.com/Antitrust/Apple-Google-Silicon-Valley-No-Cold-Calling.shtml
3. 
http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/03/23/google-shareholders-miffed-over-wage-fight.htm
4. 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia's 15th BD

2016-01-15 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 15/01/16 14:31, Amir Ladsgroup a écrit :

About the celebration in Tehran, I think this video
 is worth watching :)

P.S. The hashtag we used for the celebration #wikipedia15fa is now being
used widely by everyone \o/

Best



Wonderful !!! Big smile.

Flo

(where are the women ?)


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikipedia celebrates 15 years of free knowledge

2016-01-14 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 15/01/16 00:52, Juliet Barbara a écrit :

This press release is also available online here:


https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikipedia_celebrates_15_years_of_free_knowledge



And as a blog post here:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/01/14/wikipedia-15-foundation-endowment/


For more information, see our commemorative website:

https://15.wikipedia.org/

Wikipedia celebrates 15 years of free knowledge

Community celebrates Wikipedia and sister projects with nearly 150
events on six continents

Wikimedia Foundation announces endowment to sustain Wikipedia for the future

San Francisco, CA. January 14, 2016 -- This Friday marks the 15th
anniversary of Wikipedia , the world’s free
encyclopedia that anyone can edit. This week, we celebrate not just
Wikipedia, but the birth of an idea: that anyone can contribute to the
world’s knowledge. Globally, readers and editors are coming together to
celebrate, with nearly 150 events across six continents. From editing
marathons
in
Bangladesh and lectures
in
Switzerland, to picnics
in
South Africa and a conference
in
Mexico, the world is celebrating the joy of knowledge
.

As part of this milestone, the Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to
announce the Wikimedia Endowment
, a permanent source of funding
to ensure Wikipedia thrives for generations to come. The Wikimedia
Endowment will empower people around the world to create and contribute
free knowledge, and share that knowledge with every single human being.
Our goal is to raise $100 million over the next 10 years. The Endowment
has been established, with an initial contribution by the Wikimedia
Foundation, as a Collective Action Fund at the Tides Foundation
.

Wikipedia launched on January 15, 2001 with a bold vision: a world in
which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all
knowledge.At the time, the idea that people around the world would
collaborate to build an encyclopedia—for free—seemed unbelievable. Since
then, Wikipedia has grown to more than 36 million articles in hundreds
of languages, used by hundreds of millions of people all over the world.
Wikipedia and its sister projects are still built by volunteers around
the world: each month, roughly 80,000 volunteer editors contribute to
Wikimedia sites.

"Wikipedia challenged us to rethink how knowledge can be gathered and
shared." said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, "Knowledge is no longer
handed down from on high, instead it is freely shared by everyone
online. Wikipedia seemed like an impossible idea at the time—an online
encyclopaedia that everyone can edit. However, it has surpassed
everyone's expectations over the past 15 years, thanks to the hundreds
of thousands of volunteers around the world who have made Wikipedia
possible."

We're celebrating Wikipedia's global community with a commemorative
website and week-long campaign, collecting and
sharing the stories of individuals and organizations that have helped
develop Wikipedia into the world's largest collection of collaboratively
created free knowledge. These stories show the truly global nature of
the Wikimedia community: from Ziyad Alsufyani
, a medical
student at Taif University in Ta’if, Saudi Arabia who has been editing
the Arabic Wikipedia since 2009, to Susanna
Mkrtchyan , a
professor and devoted grandmother working to giveArmenian students
better educational opportunities. We will continue to collect stories
throughout the month of January.

Today, we celebrate all of the projects, partnerships, events, and joy
the Wikimedia movement has inspired over the past 15 years, with many
still to come. Wikipedia is much more than a website. Wikipedia and its
sister Wikimedia projects represent a global, ever-expanding resource
and community for free knowledge. Here are just a few examples:

  *

Wikipedia started in January 2001 in English, but soon expanded to
other languages—within the first year, it grew to 18 languages.
Today, it is available in nearly 300.

  *

Volunteers constantly edit and improve Wikipedia. Every hour,
roughly 15,000 edits are made to Wikipedia. Every day, around 7,000
new articles are created.

  *

Wikipedia became one of the top 10 websites in the world in 2007,
and the only non-profit website anywhere near the top.

  *

It’s not just Wikipedia. There are 11 other Wikimedia free knowledge
projects, including Wikimedia Commons

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-10 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 10/01/16 16:40, Dariusz Jemielniak a écrit :

On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 10:22 AM, Fæ  wrote:


Thanks for talking about it Dariusz.

Could you please make a serious declaration of interests as is being
discussed at [1]. This will help set a ethical model for the rest of
the WMF board to follow without needing a year to think about it. If
you want to check some best practice examples of meaningful and frank
declarations, take a look at WMUK's.[2]



I have no problem with that. You've provided links from WMUK, so until
there is something similar for WMF, I don't think we can expect all Board
members to make declarations (but I also think it would be a good practice
to develop a similar model for WMF board, just observing that I don't know
of one yet; I will ask).


Oh...

Right...

Please check
* https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Policies
This is the list of policies you are bound to.

And amongst those, I would like to point out to:
* https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest_policy
* https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Pledge_of_personal_commitment

I am saddened to discover that pretty obviously... the board is no more 
following a policy it approved many years ago.


And also saddened to discover that new board members are not oriented 
about their obligations. Nor do new board members actually look at WMF 
site (if only to point out to approved policies obviously disregarded).



Florence



I terms of shares, I am a major shareholder in Druid Multimedia sp. z o. o.
(Polish abbreviation for LLC), which developed the largest online
dictionary in Poland. If there are any discussions related to Wiktionary or
other dictionary services (e.g. within Wikidata)  and the dictionary is
still published by the company, I am going to recuse myself. I also own a
significant number of shares in Insta.Ling sp. z o. o., which is a startup
oriented at online flashcard language acquisition (currently with about
50,000 users in Poland and Germany). If there is ever a language
acquisition project discussed, and I'm still in, I'm going to recuse
myself.

I've also had a number of academic affiliations, but these can hardly be
considered a potential COI, I think.

I'm glad the conversation is back to more civilized - I have to admit that
I don't quite enjoy being called a clown (while I have a healthy respect
and awe for clowns, and I don't consider myself to be suffering from
coulrophobia).

cheers,

dj





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google

2016-01-08 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 08/01/16 17:43, Kevin Gorman a écrit :

I'm going to publicly second (or third, or fifth,) the idea that given
Arnnon's role in an incident involving illegal anti-poaching agreements he
should either be removed from the board with haste, or the board should
publish an incredibly good reason as to why he should remain on it.  Keep
in mind that Arnnon wasn't a bystander to this scandal, he actively fired a
recruiter who failed to follow the terms of an illegal anti-poaching
agreement in less than one hour of being informed about it in the first
place.  I like to think of Wikimedia as a relatively humane movement, and
there are very few situations where I'm comfortable with someone who is
that comfortable with the idea of firing an employee (who had presumably
been there for some time) within sixty minutes of learning the employee
didn't follow an illegal agreement having the degree of influence over the
movement that members of the Board of Trustees have.

The Wikimedia movement is not a movement whose direction should be set by
someone with that degree of callousness - and the fact that he happily
participated in the sort of anti-competitive agreement he did, which he
must have known was illegal and which exposed his former employers to not
insignificant liability, brings forth significant doubt as to whether or
not he can reasonably be trusted to carry out his fiduciary duties as a
trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation.


Kevin Gorman


We can't be certain that he "happily" participated to that illegal 
anti-competitive agreement.


But except for the use of that "happily" word, I fully support Kevin 
statement.



Anthere

PS: another bed book : 
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Whistleblower_policy



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing new Wikimedia Foundation Trustees

2016-01-06 Thread Florence Devouard
Kelly and Aronnon, I will be happy to meet you in meat space at 
Wikimania in Italy next summer.


In a context where Stu is leaving the board, Kelly expertise will indeed 
reveal very precious. I am well aware a veteran financial expertise is 
one critical and difficult to find. I doubt not Stu waited till his 
replacement was identified before leaving ;)
Obviously as well, only a US citizen should take in that position and 
being located nearby the WMF also appears to me to be an asset. I 
appreciate Kelly is a woman as well.
I would suggest changing the profile picture though, otherwise the 
fundraising team might hire you to be Jimbo staring eyes replacement.


I am tempted to say that the board is being wise in adding Aronnon, an 
expert in "growing healthy cultures and organizations, leading 
innovative practices to identify, attract, and retain great people". 
Much needed at WMF if rumors are correct.


So, very warm welcome to both of you.


This said, with all due respect, I am also very *disapointed* by the 
lack of diversity on the current board.
Too much white. Too much tech. Too much California. Too much Big 
Companies related.


That sucks.


Anthere



Le 06/01/16 02:01, Dariusz Jemielniak a écrit :

Dear all,

As Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board Governance Committee, I am happy
to introduce the two newest members of our Board of Trustees: Kelly Battles
and Arnnon Geshuri.

Kelly and Arnnon bring deep expertise in strategy and financial oversight,
and diversity and organizational development, and a passionate commitment
to advancing Wikimedia’s vision for the world. You can learn more about
them in the blog post here:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/01/05/new-wikimedia-foundation-trustees/,
and their biographies have been added to the Board of Trustees page, here
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees.

Over the past several weeks, the Board considered many qualified candidates
from around the globe. We were looking for people with experience in
strategic and organizational development to help guide the Wikimedia
Foundation’s future. We were also looking for people with a sense of
empathy and cultural awareness, who would value and strengthen the unique
culture of our diverse, global movement.

We are excited to announce that with Kelly and Arnnon, we have found
exceptional new Trustees who have these qualities, as well as many more.
They were approved unanimously by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
Trustees. Both terms are effective Jan 1, 2016 and will last for two years.
We look forward to working with them on the Board and toward our mission.

Please join me in welcoming them.

Dariusz
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you, Jan-Bart and Stu

2016-01-06 Thread Florence Devouard

Thank you for this message Lodewijk !

I would like to join the messages already posted to thank both Stu and 
Jan-Bart. I was on the board when we ask them to join us and I have no 
memory of ever regretting that decision ;)


I wish you both the best !
JB, can we expect to see you in Italy next summer ? I sure hope so...

Anthere

 Le 06/01/16 08:10, Lodewijk a écrit :

While we have long discussions on this list about board composition, we
seem to almost ignore the fact that two long time veterans are leaving the
Wikimedia Foundation board, as scheduled. Jan-Bart de Vreede and Stu West
have been around longer than many regular editors nowadays, and I think
there are not many people who can recall the days that the board didn't
have them on it. I have never had the pleasure to serve on the board with
them, but a little thank-you from our community side, would seem in place.

Stu joined the board already in 2008 (filling Michael Davis' seat), and has
been a solid power on the board's audit responsibilities (I believe he
chaired the audit committee for quite a while) and was a force behind the
accountability of movement affiliates. While we often strongly disagreed on
affiliate issues, I appreciate the fact that he always remained
constructive and wanted to think about solutions rather than problems. He
served both as treasurer and vice chair.

Jan-Bart was on the board even longer, since early 2007, and I recall
already working with him through Kennisnet (a Dutch foundation for
education and IT) before that. Jan-Bart is one of those rare people who
went to ALL wikimania conferences, and can be easily recognised there with
his big smile. I can't remember a theme Jan-Bart didn't work on in the past
years (Affiliates, HR, searching a new Executive Director) and he served
the board in many positions, including as chair.

I'm sure that the WMF communications staff and/or board has a nice thankyou
coming up - with a more accurate description of the awesome work they did,
that I now made up from the top of my head. But in the mean time, I'd like
to do it myself: Thank you Jan-Bart and Stu for all the time, energy and
effort that you poured into our movement. I know that not all of us
appreciate this as much as we perhaps should, and sometimes you may even
have perceived us as hostile. I do sincerely hope that you had fun with us
though, and I'm confident that you made a big dent in our impossible
mission of sharing the sum of all knowledge with everyone.

I hope to meet you again soon, at least in Italy at Wikimania, and I hope
to see you around in our movement in many different ways.

Best,

Lodewijk
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation to explore new ways to search and discover reliable, relevant, free information with $250, 000 from Knight Foundation

2016-01-06 Thread Florence Devouard

Great news

And...

Just pointing out to the Privacy Policy in case, for memory.

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy

This is the list of WMF engagement with regards to the collection and 
use of our data. It should be printed and be the book next to the bed 
for the team in charge of this project. Just saying.


Anthere



Le 06/01/16 15:37, Juliet Barbara a écrit :

This press release is also available online here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikimedia_Foundation_to_explore_new_ways_to_search_and_discover_reliable,_relevant,_free_information_with_$250,000_from_Knight_Foundation

And as a blog post here:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/01/06/explore-new-ways-to-search-and-discover/



Wikimedia Foundation to explore new ways to search and discover
reliable, relevant, free information with $250,000 from Knight Foundation


/Funds support research and testing to improve how people find
information on Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects/


SAN FRANCISCO—Jan. 6, 2015— The Wikimedia Foundation will launch a new
project to explore ways to make the search and discovery of high
quality, trustworthy information on Wikipedia more accessible and open
with $250,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Funding
will support an investigation of search and browsing on Wikipedia and
other Wikimedia projects, with the goal of improving how people explore
and acquire information.

Wikipedia includes more than 35 million articles across hundreds of
languages. Its standards for neutral, fact-based and relevant
information have made it a reliable resource for nearly half a billion
people every month. With more than 7,000 articles created every day and
250 edits made per minute, Wikipedia is constantly growing and
improving. Its open, nonprofit model, allows anyone to participate and
contribute. This project will help improve discoverability of this vast
resource of community-created content.

Over the last decade, the world has seen a surge in digital information.
People today can access vast amounts of information online, mostly
through a small number of closed technologies. Through this project, the
Wikimedia Foundation will test ways to make relevant information more
accessible and investigate transparent methods for collecting,
connecting, and retrieving this information consistent with the values
of Wikipedia and the open web.

With Knight support, the Wikimedia Foundation has begun six months of
deep research, testing, and prototyping on user search habits and
practices on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Using these
platforms as testing grounds, the organization will examine questions
around content preferences, queries, the quality and relevance of
results, and what information people consume and why. It will conduct
open discussions with the Wikimedia community to help inform the
project. A public-facing dashboard will display results and metrics from
this discovery and lessons will be shared widely.


“Finding an article on Wikipedia is like opening the first page in the
book of knowledge. We have an obligation to our communities to make this
first experience captivating for every user. We share Knight
Foundation’s belief in the power of open information in building
engaged, strong communities. We are excited for the potential of this
project to bring free, relevant, trustworthy knowledge to every person,”
said Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Lila Tretikov.

“As the amount of digital content continues to grow, helping people
search for and discover relevant information so they can make decisions
important to their lives is becoming increasingly essential,” said John
Bracken, Knight Foundation vice president for media innovation. “This
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that, drawing on the Wikimedia Foundation’s commitment to an open and
free Internet.”

For more information visit:
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community consultation on the future of Wikimania

2015-12-07 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 03/12/15 20:21, Austin Hair a écrit :

On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 5:11 PM, Ellie Young  wrote:

A lot of work has gone into preparing for  the consultation.It will be 
going out December 14.  We are looking forward to getting everyone's feedback 
in the weeks after and into early January.


Is there a particular reason it's being delayed until the 14th?

Austin

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Hello

I do not know if this is the only reason, but whilst the consultation is 
proposed by WMF, the steering committee has been invited to comment and 
to propose any modification that members would think needed (I answered 
by email to this request).
I believe the additional days is simply to make sure that some 
stakeholders review the current proposition to make sure that it is the 
clearest and most comprehensive one before it is open to community 
input. Call it review of the consultation ?


Flo

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] I'll be moving on

2015-10-09 Thread Florence Devouard

Sorry to see you go Jan ! Thanks for all the energy and work done.
See you in Esino

Flo

Le 08/10/15 10:22, Jan Ainali a écrit :

All,

For the last three years I have been the Executive Director for Wikimedia
Sverige. Before that I have been Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary of the
board (at different times) and have been involved since the founding of the
chapter in 2007. It is perhaps even an understatement to say that the
chapter has been a big part of my life. I have had the opportunity to be
part of a fantastic journey from starting the first chapter’s activities to
today, with stable strategic activities, seven people in the office, and a
diversified board. It has been an awesome time in my life and I have met
and worked with some truly wonderful persons along the way, and I am
thankful to all of you that have made it so inspiring. But now, as my
contract is about to come to an end, I feel that it is time for me to move
on to new endeavours. I am confident that the chapter is already in good
hands, with a professional board and an office with experienced staff
members and functional processes, but I’ll be around until at least the
beginning of January to make it a smooth transition.

I will obviously always be a wikimedian at heart and probably pick up on my
editing again and I will also stay subscribed to most mailing lists. If not
earlier, I’ll see you in Esino Lario.

Best regards,

*Jan Ainali*
Executive director, Wikimedia Sverige 



*Tänk dig en värld där varje människa har fri tillgång till mänsklighetens
samlade kunskap. Det är det vi gör.*
Bli medlem. 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Biggest disappointment from Wikimania 2017

2015-10-07 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 06/10/15 06:25, Gnangarra a écrit :

This has been going on for three days, yet not one person involved in this
decision has take a moment to reachout personally to the people who worked
on bids, They have tabled justifications on list discussions, they have
changed the status of Meta pages but not once have they given anyone the
courtesy of owning the mistakes that have caused this,


Actually. I did.

Florence


not even the WMF has

made any personal attempt to help reconcile the damage at a more personal
level..

my month ahead;

- in three hours a meeting with a bid sponsor
- in 2 days a workshop with GLAM commencement of a new project that will
include 100,000+ image donation
- in 5 days WMAU AGM where no doubt these events will be a topic of
discussion
- in 15 days on 21st & 22nd I'll giving presentations at a national GLAM
conference about working with us and about we have already started

I do all of this and a lot more as a volunteer not a paid employee,  3 days
ago my perception in the openness, honesty and integrity of the projects
took a big hit, so as hollow as it'll be now it'd still be nice to think
that the people involved in this have the courage to acknowledge & own
their failures in the way the changes evolved and were communicated.

As a foot note I contacted the WMF three days ago asking for information
and an apology then that I could take to those outside our community who
have also put time, effort and resources into the bid, those email havent
even been acknowledge as being received.





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 Montreal - scooped by Signpost

2015-10-07 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 04/10/15 21:03, Fæ a écrit :

On 4 October 2015 at 18:48, Pavel Richter  wrote:
...

Let's face some truths here:
5. Dear Wikimania Committee: Your communication of thi
s whole thing
sucked
, big time.
Consider yourself scolded. Move on.


BACKGROUND

Well, yes Pavel, of course "we" are going to move on. It's the old
overused mantra of every time there is a blunder "it's in the past
community, move along now". The problem is we should be able to also
*see* measurable non-subjective changes and improvement to the way
things are done, increasing transparency and putting the volunteer at
the center of decision making, even if resources and most of the work
are paid positions.

I really liked the early reply and effective apology by Florence:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2015-October/079256.html

But I found the response by the current Chair of the committee
unconvincing. The attempt to change thread title and move to a far
less subscribed email group, shows how the strategy is a quick
political "nothing to see here" rather than leadership that shows
active learning and openness:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2015-October/079273.html

CONCLUSION

It would be super if Florence would consider temporarily taking over as
Chair, or starting a public process to ensure some new faces in the
next few months, including a change of the Chairman. This would show
the Committee recognizes this was a real serious failure which should
see proportionate changes of roles on the Committee. If everything
stays exactly the same for the next six months, then this would show
the Committee is more interested in protecting itself, than ensuring
that the unpaid volunteer and community consensus is central to the
way this process *should* be seen to work, and in line with the
original mandate for the Committee itself.


Hello

I appreciate the thought Fae. But I must face my own limitations :)
I already struggle to keep up with my current commitments. It would not 
be wise and fair to anyone interested and/or impacted in that process to 
do that.


However, I do recognize that the lack of responsiveness of the Chair is 
an issue. I will bring this to the table at next meeting. It may also be 
that new faces be necessary. Since there will be an open discussion on 
Wikimania in a few weeks, I suggest that this point be raised and that 
any interested volunteer... raises his/her hand (that person should be a 
seasoned wikimedian and should not be a newbie with regards to Wikimania 
please).



Ant



P.S. were I the current Chair, I think I would publicly apologise to
Montreal before stepping down. The way this has been stitched up
behind closed doors is probably an very unfair way for their hosting
of Wikimania to be seen to start off. Most unfortunate.

Thanks,
Fae






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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 Montreal - scooped by Signpost

2015-10-04 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 04/10/15 16:15, Theo10011 a écrit :

I thought the mandate of this committee was to facilitate and coordinate
bidding, set up policy and best practices. The page on Meta still mention
the same as its purpose[1].

When did a committee intended to facilitate an already established, open
process make the leap to downright owning the process and instead, doing
away with it all together? We went from an open jury system to finalizing
things behind closed doors in a physical meeting that seemingly the same
people attend regularly.

It's downright patronizing to hear plans about rotating wikimania from
Europe (excluding eastern Europe for some reason?), to North america and
the "rest of the world". This seems more like someone picking holiday
destinations, talking about countries, entire continents and rest of the
world, in a manner so cavalier.

It's constantly mentioned that the open bidding process is unwieldy and too
cumbersome. While that may be true for the bidding teams, it's still an
open, accessible process that gives everyone the same chance. The entire
idea of the committee was to move the process away from a single
individual's initiative to a group, not make the same individual chair who
just does away with the entire process and decides things on a whim.

Lastly, I don't think this is the usual WMF communication shortfall. This
is more of a committee issue, with its quasi-official status, they took
some liberty with the entire process and their own stated purpose, made
some sweeping changes and forgot to tell anyone, for months. The foundation
could have been as out of the loop as the rest of us.


Theo



There are roughly three components on the Wikimania committee.
One component is WMF staff.
One component is former and future Wikimania organizers.
One component is community members.

WMF staff does not have the same obligations and standards than the 
other members.


The rather unique situation of this committee is that... whilst it 
should include much community input... for most years (not all), 
Wikimania is actually mostly funded by WMF and beyond funding, some WMF 
staff put quite a bit of work in it. To say it bluntly, most of the 
time, without WMF input, Wikimania would simply not happen. This is no 
criticism to local teams (without them, Wikimania would not occur 
either), but a simple statement. WMF is a key stakeholder. What is the 
consequence of that from a committee member perspective ?


In my opinion, the consequence to that is that community members on the 
committee do not feel that they "own" this committee. It "does" feel 
like being invited on a Wikimedia Foundation committee. And as such, it 
feels like a sort of special attention/listening should be given to WMF 
staff members on that committee. And when things go ashtray... we 
hesitate being bold. It is not about forgetting.


So... two examples...

1) early October, Io stated that we should really push the announcement; 
Ellie answered that Canada organizer was on an unplanned leave and that 
she would prefer to work more on the Canada case before any 
announcement; And here it goes... no announcement.


2) last message on the committee list was, on the 2nd, Ellie saying that 
"James F. is the owner of the process document announcement" and "I do 
think we should post something today if at all possible".
Uh. I answered "yes please, post". What happened ? Nothing. James F. has 
not sent ANY message to the committee till the 21th of August (that 
is... 6 or 7 weeks ago ?) I have no idea why. Maybe there is a good 
reason. But did any members of the committee feel free to publish 
anything whilst James is the Chair and Ellie wants more time ? Well, 
obviously not.


Good thing the google docs were public, right ?

You are correct. This is not a "Wikimedia Foundation communication" by 
large shortfall. This is more of the committee. And this is because it 
is "too official" a committee.


Now, beside head rolling... (uh, ouch :)) what do you suggest to fix that ?

Anthere



[1]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Committee#Purpose_and_process

On Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 12:55 PM, Pine W  wrote:


Yes and no. Considering that I've been waiting for months for answers to
questions about the WMF Annual Plan, I would say that there is much room
for improvement in communications.

On the other hand, the WMF Comms department itself seems to more or less
ok, and I personally think we'll of WMF's chief communications officer.

So, some good points, and some room to improve. I agree that the status quo
has been this way for awhile and it would be good to see across-the-board
communications SLAs.

Pine
On Oct 4, 2015 12:18 AM, "Mathias Damour" 
wrote:


Le 04/10/2015 05:36, Craig Franklin a écrit :


I take your point Pine, but "improving communication with the community"
seems to have been a WMF priority for as long as I can remember, yet

there

doesn't seem to have been any 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 Montreal - scooped by Signpost

2015-10-03 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 04/10/15 00:13, Nathan a écrit :

Evidently the Signpost has scooped the WMF by revealing that Montreal has
been selected for the 2017 Wikimania host city in a secret process that
completed this past August. [1]

It seems like the community could have been looped into this new method
before it was a done deal.

~Nathan

[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-09-30/News_and_notes
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As member of this community, I would to shortly comment in my individual 
capacity.


The situation is completely embarassing. Yeah, it is.

The community met during Wikimania.
- We discussed committee membership.
- We discussed moving away from the current bidding process, which is, - 
in our opinion, broken
- We discussed making Montreal our choice, to be announced at the 
*earliest* convenience (keep in mind this was discussed in July), as 
part of our new process but only after talking with the Montreal team

- We finally discussed a notion of location with global areas
Very rough notes of that meeting were posted on meta : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Committee/2015-07-16


We closed that meeting with the following todos
- Ellie had to check with Montreal (which she did)
- James had to propose areas (which he did)
- the committee had to meet again a month later (which it did)

When August meeting came,
- we discussed and finalized membership (keep in mind that not all 
members were in July meeting and not all members were in August meeting)
- Ellie informed us that Montreal team was happy to move forward and we 
planned an announcement

- James proposed a set of areas, with propositions for the coming years
- James proposed a draft of announcement

AND THIS IS WHERE THE WHOLE SITUATION BUGGED

The announcement of the new bidding system, the locations and Montreal 
were in one document only. And the problem is that the committee did not 
agree collectively with the area chosen, nor with the predetermination 
proposed.
(I, in particular, indicated my (very) deep disagreement that middle and 
south africa were completely excluded from the list. I expressed my 
(serious) desire that the decision of the rotation places be not made 
now by the committee, but with community input). The committee concluded 
that 1) the draft announcement was to be reworked and that 2) we would 
announce the new system and seek input from the community before its 
finalization in the following weeks.


This was over a month ago. Since then, what happened ? We made some 
improvements to the draft. Iolanda tried to push for the announcement of 
the new process and of Montreal to be made. Ellie noted that the 
organizer of Montreal was on a leave for 3 weeks and that she would 
prefer to wait his return and a visit to Canada to finalize things more, 
and that she would rather that the new process be announced as part of a 
larger community consultation that would include discussion both about 
the program and the future location, to be held in October.


And there you are... there is this...dual situation between ... the 
community wanting to know as soon as possible, so as to weigth in the 
decision... and the staff... who want to polish things as much as 
possible before any public announcement and call for input. And of 
course... these two tendancies are not fully compatible.
And a pinch of feeling of "non ownership" from committee members, as 
only the Chair of the committee should be the one to finalize and send 
the announcement.


Eh :)

Well, there you are. Now things are out.

We are indeed seriously considering Montreal pending a site visit this 
month (october).


Josh, for the record, I am very sorry because I had no idea you were 
preparing a bid. I thought only Montreal had been really.
This is actually part of the reasons why we wish to change the biding 
process. We have seen too many teams work like crazy for weeks, even 
months, to prepare a bid that will go nowhere because another city will 
be winning. This is such a loss of energy and time ! We think it would 
be so much positive to get community members to focus more on building a 
great program more than on finding the proper venue/hotel/restaurant etc.


Hopefully, James will be available to post a clearer and complete 
message early next week on that topic. Bottom line is that there is a 
community consultation planned on that topic.


Again, I post this in my personal capacity.

Florence








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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Africa photo contest is back

2015-10-02 Thread Florence Devouard

Hi friends

The photographic contest Wiki Loves Africa is back !

Wiki Loves Africa (http://www.wikilovesafrica.org) is a public annual 
contest where people across Africa can contribute media (photographs, 
video and audio) about their environment to Wikimedia Commons.


WLAf is a two-month competition which started yesterday (1st October) 
and will end on the 30th November 2015.

The 2015 theme is: Cultural Fashion and Adornment
The competition scope is: media that shows representations of cultural 
dress and fashion; specifically fashion that is defined by local 
cultural influences and determines cloth, styles, ways of wrapping and 
hanging, etc. Adornment is also part of the theme, which means that 
media of culturally defined jewellery, make-up, hairstyles and 
headdresses, cloths, scarification and tattoos, woven materials, etc. 
can also be entered.


The project is run across the whole african continent, however, some 
specific actions (training, communication, press conference, photo hunt 
etc.) are held in some countries with national organisers.
Check out the team here : 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2015


On the Wikimedia projects, the contest will be advertized during two 
months in the site notice in African countries. The site notice will 
also appear in France when the site notice slot is available.


As usual... if you can participate... please join !
You do not need to be african to join ;) There are african museums and 
african collections all over the world. Consider a trip to your favorite 
museum to document african fashion and adornement !


If you know people who might have good content to provide on this year 
theme, please relay !


If you think that the project is cool and want to follow on SM :
* https://www.facebook.com/wikilovesafrica/
* https://twitter.com/WikiLovesAfrica

If you are willing to part of the jury (or if you have a name to 
suggest), please contact me.


If you are a Commonist... help clean through the uploaded images :)

And last, if you have a bit of money and want to participate fund the 
prizes, this is the way : 
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fund-prizes-for-wiki-loves-africa-2015/x/9055616#/
We need 1200 dollars and have already funded 28%. Please help us reach 
our goal !


Anthere


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Departure

2015-09-22 Thread Florence Devouard

Le 10/09/15 23:53, Garfield Byrd a écrit :

All,

For the last four years, I’ve led the Wikimedia Foundation’s finance,
administration, and office IT teams. I've had the opportunity to work
closely with many of you through collaboration with the Wikimedia
affiliates. They have been remarkable experiences, and I am grateful for
all I’ve learned from you during my time here. Therefore it is with some
sadness that today I am letting you know that I’ve decided to take a new
opportunity outside the WMF, at a California-based foundation focused on
public education.

It has been a privilege to work with so many exceptional people over the
years. I’ve watched the WMF mature and take on many new challenges, and our
community grow and diversify. Our commitment to our free knowledge mission
is as strong as ever, and now shared by even more people. While I’ll no
longer be on staff, I plan to find ways to stay involved in the Wikimedia
community. I look forward to seeing the movement continue to do its
important work.

My last day will be September 30. I look forward to staying in touch and
continuing to support our mission.

Best,

Garfield




I am very sorry to read that Garfield. I really enjoyed meeting you and 
working on various issues with you (yeah... remember the Finances 
meeting in Paris ? :))


I am glad I hugged you back in Mexico. I wish you my best in your new job.

Virtual hugs

Florence


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-14 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Erik

I am going to join others and thank you for your work and involvement 
all those years. It is an odd chapter to turn in the book. I wish you 
the very best in the new problem spaces.


Anthere

Le 13/04/15 20:12, Erik Moeller a écrit :

Hi all --

As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
for me to do something different and new.

It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
the gift of free knowledge.

I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
:) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
community health and diversity.

I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
thrive in years to come.

But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
-- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.

I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
spaces and new ideas.

Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
a very natural point for me to pursue something new.

What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.

I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
success and joy :-)

Love,

Erik





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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Africa winners and call to participate to Community Prize

2015-02-18 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello

The :Wiki Loves Africa photographic contest is reaching its end and the 
jury has decided the first three winners.


https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2014/Winners


We wish to add a fourth prize that will be voted by the community. A 
selection of 20 images (the best of the selection by jury, from n°4 till 
n°23) is proposed here :

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2014/Community_Prize_Selection


Please cast your vote !
(only one vote per person please. Yes, it is frustrating, I know :))

Thanks

Anthere


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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Africa : crowdfunding and contest last few days

2014-11-26 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello everyone

This is crowdfunding season :)

We are running the last few days of the Wiki Loves Africa Cuisine 
photographic contest.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa

And we need your help in... three possible ways.

First, feel free to contribute more pictures to the contest... as long 
as it fits with this year theme: African Cuisine !

The theme encompass the
* foods
* dishes
* crops and husbandry (or more generally, growth of ingredients)
* Traditions and rituals around food
* cooking methods and processing
* ustensils
* food markets as well as supermarkets or informal traders
* food festivals
* culinary events
* culinary art
* famine food and any other issues related to cuisine on the African 
continent.


Second, please feel free to help categorize the images already uploaded. 
Help translate descriptions when provided (many were provided in arabic 
for example). And help use these pictures to illustrate Wikipedia and 
other Wikimedia projects.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images_from_Wiki_Loves_Africa_2014

Third...  we launched a crowdfunding project to fund the gifts that will 
be offered to the winners.

If you feel like giving a few dollars...
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fund-prizes-for-wiki-loves-africa-contest/x/9055616

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


All the best,


Anthere


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