Re: [Wikimedia-l] Comment Open on U.S. Open Access Policy

2020-04-20 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Thanks Tito, Pete and Shani...

There is a formal comment period open until May 6. The U.S. government is
accepting letters or briefs from any individual or organization.

I've shared my own in the hopes others will do something similar.

If it hasn't already, the Wikimedia Foundation's Research and Public Policy
teams should seriously consider a submission.

It would also be appropriate for Wikimedia affiliates with any U.S.
presence, such as Wiki Project Med, to submit their own letters.

Submission is simple and instructions are here:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/19/2020-03189/request-for-information-public-access-to-peer-reviewed-scholarly-publications-data-and-code

This is a unique opportunity to shift funding and scholarly communications
policy. We shouldn't waste it.

Jake Orlowitz
Founder of the Wikipedia Library


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> > > My Letter to the U.S. Office for Science and Technology Policy
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> > > proposal for federally mandate open access to publicly-funded
> research...
> > >
> > > ---
> > >
> > > Wikipedia is one of the ten most popular websites in the world. Each
> > month
> > > 200,000 editors improve over 6 million articles. This vital public
> > > information is viewed on 1 billion unique devices as our pages are
> loaded
> > > by people around the globe 7,000 times per second.
> > >
> > > Wikipedia is the "free encyclopedia", both in its open CC-BY-SA
> licensing
> > > as well as the unpaid contributions of its volunteer editors. Yet
> > > Wikipedia's hundreds of thousands of editors struggle to access
> scholarly
> > > research. And, if they are able to read and cite it, then hundreds of
> > > millions of readers cannot verify or explore it for deeper research.
> > >
> > > Citations are the bridge between Wikipedia articles and a broader
> > landscape
> > > of reliable, secondary sources. Citations not only allow readers to
> > verify
> > > the reliability of the facts they find in Wikipedia; through citations
> > > readers can also deep-dive into any given topic by exploring the books,
> > > scholarly publications, and news stories referenced in an article.
> > >
> > > A recently released dataset of all citations with identifiers in
> > Wikipedia
> > > found that less than half of the official versions of scholarly
> > > publications cited with an identifier in Wikipedia are freely available
> > on
> > > the web. This chasm of for editors and for readers is a tragedy of
> public
> > > education and digital literacy.
> > >
> > > Just look at the most recent global catastrophe with Coronavirus. By
> > April
> > > 2020 the main articles on COVID-19 had received 50 million views.
> > > Wikipedia's medical content--made up of more 

[Wikimedia-l] Comment Open on U.S. Open Access Policy

2020-04-20 Thread Jake Orlowitz
My Letter to the U.S. Office for Science and Technology Policy regarding a
proposal for federally mandate open access to publicly-funded research...

---

Wikipedia is one of the ten most popular websites in the world. Each month
200,000 editors improve over 6 million articles. This vital public
information is viewed on 1 billion unique devices as our pages are loaded
by people around the globe 7,000 times per second.

Wikipedia is the "free encyclopedia", both in its open CC-BY-SA licensing
as well as the unpaid contributions of its volunteer editors. Yet
Wikipedia's hundreds of thousands of editors struggle to access scholarly
research. And, if they are able to read and cite it, then hundreds of
millions of readers cannot verify or explore it for deeper research.

Citations are the bridge between Wikipedia articles and a broader landscape
of reliable, secondary sources. Citations not only allow readers to verify
the reliability of the facts they find in Wikipedia; through citations
readers can also deep-dive into any given topic by exploring the books,
scholarly publications, and news stories referenced in an article.

A recently released dataset of all citations with identifiers in Wikipedia
found that less than half of the official versions of scholarly
publications cited with an identifier in Wikipedia are freely available on
the web. This chasm of for editors and for readers is a tragedy of public
education and digital literacy.

Just look at the most recent global catastrophe with Coronavirus. By April
2020 the main articles on COVID-19 had received 50 million views.
Wikipedia's medical content--made up of more than 155,000 articles and 1
billion bytes of text across more than 255 languages--has been ranked as
one of the top-3 most viewed sources for medical information on the entire
internet.

References are essential to the public's trust in Wikipedia. Indeed,
Wikipedia's medical content is supported by 757,855 references in English
and 1,596,528 in other languages, for a total of 2,354,383 across all
languages. In English 168,985 have a PMID while 261,850 do in other
languages. This means at least 430,835 references are journal articles.

What happens when those journal articles lie behind a paywall? The public
suffers from a dearth of good information to make decisions about their
lives as independent citizens and members of a global community.

As founder of The Wikipedia Library, I arranged partnerships with dozens of
leading scholarly journals, to give Wikipedia editors free access to their
reliable content and so they would be able to do effective and rigorous
research. This time-intensive process took 6 years to amass access to only
1/5th of the most highly regarded academic publications. Frankly, Wikipedia
editors--volunteers who selflessly give of their intelligence and passion
to educate--should not have to beg and borrow to access publicly-funded
research. Readers should not hit paywalls when they are seeking
citizen-supported knowledge.

I implore you to make the bold but entirely reasonable decision and ensure
that taxpayers have access to the vital scientific and scholarly studies
that they themselves fund. This is not only sensible, it is essential to
civic health, societal progress, and human flourishing.


Sincerely,
Jake Orlowitz
Founder of The Wikipedia Library


---

"Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code
Resulting From Federally Funded Research"

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/19/2020-03189/request-for-information-public-access-to-peer-reviewed-scholarly-publications-data-and-code
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[Wikimedia-l] U.S. Policy Comment Period for Open Access [important]

2020-02-26 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi all,

Amazingly, the U.S. science and technology policy office is considering
making *all* publicly funded research *open access*.

If you are a U.S. citizen, PLEASE comment by March 16th.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/19/2020-03189/request-for-information-public-access-to-peer-reviewed-scholarly-publications-data-and-code

Cheers,

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[Wikimedia-l] SEEKING A WIKIPEDIAN IN RESIDENCE! (U.S.)

2020-02-26 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi all,

Annual Reviews, an independent, nonprofit scholarly research publisher,
seeks an enthusiastic Wikipedian-in-Residence (WIR).

The aim of this role is to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of the sciences by
citing expert articles from Annual Reviews’ journals. The WIR will engage
with Wikipedia editors across life, biomedical, physical, and social
science articles and WikiProjects to help ensure responsible and valuable
expansion of content.

This is a temporary position for 10 hours/week, paid at $30/hour USD, and
is anticipated to last for up to 1 year. This position can only be based
remotely from the following states: CA, OR, OH, NV, NC, WA, WI, CO, MA, PA,
NY, HI, or MT.

PLEASE APPLY!
https://annualreviewsnews.org/2020/02/25/seeking-a-wikipedian-in-residence/

Cheers,

Jake Orlowitz
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*Seeker of well people and sane societies*
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Project Grant Proposal on *Disinformation*

2020-02-19 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi all,

I'm proposing a Wikimedia Foundation Project Grant to study
*disinformation* and provide actionable insights and recommendations.

Please check it out and endorse it if you support it.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Grants:Project/Misinformation_And_Its_Discontents:_Narrative_Recommendations_on_Wikipedia%27s_Vulnerabilities_and_Resilience

Cheers,

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[Wikimedia-l] Departing the WMF, the Future of The Wikipedia Library, and What's Next?

2019-09-06 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Dear Wiki-Friends,

September 6th marks the end of my time at the Wikimedia Foundation.

At my center has been the belief that I serve the movement above all else.
This was what motivated the creation of a research service for editors in
the first place. Today, it leaves me to look outside the Foundation to how
I can best influence and impact change for the open knowledge community,
and our broadly fractured society.

When I founded The Wikipedia Library in 2011, the course of my life
changed. I became a grantee with an Individual Engagement Grant, guided by
Siko Bouterse and Anasuya Sengupta, to expand TWL. It was a dream fulfilled
to be asked to join the Wikimedia Foundation full-time in 2014 to establish
the program worldwide.

With much mentorship and help, we grew TWL from a one-man, English-only
publisher signup project into an international, multilingual outreach
effort with a global campaign, national convenings, and a functioning
digital library stocked with 100,000 free-to-read scholarly journals. Those
sources can be used to verify information, write new articles, close
content gaps, and remedy systemic bias.


Now, librarians are as likely to be supporters and contributors as they
used to be critics. The movement is full of 'wikibrarians', from the
200-member Wikimedia and Libraries User Group to the 2000 person Wikimedia
+ Libraries Facebook Group. Conferences around the world have strong
advocates for the intersection and alliance of Wikipedia and Libraries.

Along the way I had the true privilege of building a team that gave me
confidence and extremely good company. It's my conviction that good work is
calm, full of humor, and has care for people at its core. I found that
generous spirit heartily alive in my team at The Wikipedia Library. I
cannot thank them enough.

The work is not yet finished and yet it is in good hands. With Sam Walton
in charge of managing The Wikipedia Library, Felix Nartey and Aaron Vasanth
running global outreach, Jason Sherman developing the Library Card
Platform, and a whole crew of coordinated volunteers handling reference
services…much more is still to come.


You can reach out to TWL any time at wikipedialibr...@wikimedia.org.

As I look ahead to new vistas, I leave with questions and hope to hear your
thoughts. What needs to be done next? Who could use the most support? Which
organizations are ripe for change? What capacity still needs to be created?
Where can I best advocate and help grow? How can we collaborate?


Email me at jorlow...@gmail.com and share what's on your mind, or just say
hello.


It's been a true pleasure to serve our beautiful, messy movement: I
couldn't be more excited to join its ranks again.


Thanks and cheers,




Jake Orlowitz

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia@20 Book of Essays open for Draft Review and Comment

2019-06-21 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi all,

Joseph Reagle, of "Good Faith Collaboration" fame, has a new book project
looking at Wikipedia 20 years after its inception.

There are 20-30 essays up for draft review and comments which are qjuite
diverse and interesting.

Check them out and leave comments: https://wikipedia20.pubpub.org/

Cheers,
Jake Orlowitz
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing 1Lib1Ref (1Bib1Ref) in May 2019!

2019-04-25 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Librarians and library lovers,

Next month from May 15th to June 5th we will be joining together around the
world to make Wikipedia more reliable.  You can participate in #1Lib1Ref by
simply adding a citation to Wikipedia's content.

That's all we ask and imagine: a world in which every librarian (or
archivist, reference professional, and scholar) adds 1 more reference to
Wikipedia.

This is the fourth year of the #1Lib1Ref campaign and our second time
running it in May, when it's more convenient for the southern hemisphere.
You can learn about this year's January campaign too in our recently
released learnings report.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref/Lessons/2019

Full resources and guides for participating in May are available on the
http://1lib1ref.org campaign website.

The campaign will be fully tracked with daily metrics and leaderboard
updates.  You can make sure your contribution is counted by using the
Program and Events Dashboard for your event, institution, or region.

Login to start a new event or join up with an existing group for the May
Campaign here:

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/campaigns/1lib1ref_may_2019/programs

Please tell your library and library-loving friends about #1Lib1Ref in
May.  We need everyone's help to make Wikipedia more reliable!

Sincerely,

Jake Orlowitz

Head of the Wikipedia Library

Wikimedia Foundation

wikipedialibr...@wikimedia.org

@Wikilibrary

P.S. Don’t worry if you can’t make it for the May campaign, as now 1Lib1Ref
receives annual support and you can always reach out for assistance any
time of the year.
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[Wikimedia-l] Announcing 1Lib1Ref (1Bib1Ref) in May 2019!

2019-04-25 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Librarians and library lovers,

Next month from May 15th to June 5th we will be joining together around the
world to make Wikipedia more reliable.  You can participate in #1Lib1Ref by
simply adding a citation to Wikipedia's content.

That's all we ask and imagine: a world in which every librarian (or
archivist, reference professional, and scholar) adds 1 more reference to
Wikipedia.

This is the fourth year of the #1Lib1Ref campaign and our second time
running it in May, when it's more convenient for the southern hemisphere.
You can learn about this year's January campaign too in our recently
released learnings report.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref/Lessons/2019

Full resources and guides for participating in May are available on the
http://1lib1ref.org campaign website.

The campaign will be fully tracked with daily metrics and leaderboard
updates.  You can make sure your contribution is counted by using the
Program and Events Dashboard for your event, institution, or region.

Login to start a new event or join up with an existing group for the May
Campaign here:

https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/campaigns/1lib1ref_may_2019/programs

Please tell your library and library-loving friends about #1Lib1Ref in
May.  We need everyone's help to make Wikipedia more reliable!

Sincerely,

Jake Orlowitz

Head of the Wikipedia Library

Wikimedia Foundation

wikipedialibr...@wikimedia.org

@Wikilibrary

P.S. Don’t worry if you can’t make it for the May campaign, as now 1Lib1Ref
receives annual support and you can always reach out for assistance any
time of the year.
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[Wikimedia-l] New Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library Message

2019-03-13 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!

The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available through
the Library Card platform (https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/):

* Kinige (Primarily Indian-language ebooks)


* Gale - Times Digital Archive collection added (covering 1785-2013)


* JSTOR - New applications now being taken again


Many other partnerships--80,000 journals from over 50 publishers--are
freely available at: 

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikipedia projects. Sign up today!

-The Wikipedia Library Team

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[Wikimedia-l] Great first week for #1lib1ref

2019-01-22 Thread Jake Orlowitz
UPDATE for #1Lib1Ref
<https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/1lib1ref?source=feed_text=HASHTAG>:
What a first week! 3,341 edits from 21 languages. French is leading with
1,382 and user Mgquebec out front (265). 319 editors contributed so far and
76 are averaging one per day. Five languages are over 100 edits, and in
total we are 77% ahead of last year!

#1Lib1Ref has reached over 3 million users on Twitter 7.7 million times. 32
countries, from Nigeria to Malaysia to Colombia, are spreading the word.
Tell your friends: 1lib1ref.org
<http://1lib1ref.org/?fbclid=IwAR1PjxslfNFjr9yr7h8u5CUZG1yNXEhawXY3wiuHmKCKytwAS51XDvIMl2I>
 :)

Zoom in on the top 5 languages for #1Lib1Ref: Hebrew, English, Catalan,
French, and Serbian. Kudos to the top editors in each of those languages:
Dovidroth, Ambrosia10, Txescu, Mgquebec and Ванилица. You're doing amazing
work!

This year, whether you're a librarian or a library lover, an archivist,or a
museumist, or a student or researcher... you can make #1Lib1Ref your own.
Make an edit.  Hold an event with friends or colleagues.  Track your
impact.  Tell your story.


Jake Orlowitz
The Wikipedia Library
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[Wikimedia-l] #1Lib1Ref kicks off Tuesday...Give Wikipedia the 18th birthday gift of a citation

2019-01-16 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Dear Librarians and Library Lovers,

#1Lib1Ref begins Tuesday January 15th!  Imagine a world in which every
librarian added 1 more reference to Wikipedia...

Check out the new campaign homepage at *http://1lib1ref.org*
<http://1lib1ref.org>.  We’ve added new resources for both editing
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref/Resources#I_want_to_edit>
and organizing
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref/Resources#I_want_to_organize>
.

Our goal is to make this year’s campaign as inclusive and expansive as
possible. Stay in touch by using the campaign hashtag #1Lib1Ref on social
media. You can reach out to the organizers any time at
1lib1...@lists.wikimedia.org.

Happy birthday Wikipedia, and Happy #1Lib1Ref!


-Jake Orlowitz

The Wikipedia Library, WIkimedia Foundation
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[Wikimedia-l] New Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library Card

2018-05-30 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!

The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available through
the Library Card platform:


NEW
* Rock's Backpages (Music articles and interviews from the 1950s onwards):<
https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/partners/69/>

* Invaluable (Database of more than 50 million auctions and over 500,000
artists): 

* Termsoup (Translation tool):


EXPANSIONS
* Fold3 - Available content has more than doubled, now including new
military collections from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand:


* Oxford University Press - The Scholarship collection now includes
Electronic Enlightenment (http://www.e-enlightenment.com/):


* Alexander Street Press - Women and Social Movements Library (
https://alexanderstreet.com/products/women-and-social-movements-library)
now available:  

* Cambridge University Press - Orlando Collection (
http://orlando.cambridge.org/) now available:


Many other partnerships are available through the Wikipedia Library Card
Platform: 

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikimedia projects: sign up today!

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[Wikimedia-l] What's happening with #1Lib1Ref? (A lot...)

2018-01-29 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Each year the Wikipedia Library team, in collaboration with GLAM folks
(Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) all around the world, asks a
simple favor: Give Wikipedia the gift of a citation for its birthday.

Website:
http://1lib1ref.org

This year Wikipedia turns 17 and it's our third annual #1Lib1Ref campaign.
The 20-day campaign is now in its second week... What's happened so far?

Across the languages we are tracking, editors have added 2097 citations in
21+ languages.

5 languages have made over 100 edits: English, French, Hebrew, Serbian and
Catalan.

View contributions by language:
https://twitter.com/WikiLibrary/status/955590632545726464

On social media #1Lib1Ref is a hype-machine. 37 countries have made 2260
Twitter posts reaching 4.4 million potential readers 8.1 million times.

We invited librarians (and library-lovers) around the world to participate. Our
Wikimedia Blog post, written by #1Lib1Ref originator and GLAM Strategist
Alex Stinson, set the tone and made the case:

Read blog:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/01/16/1lib1ref-2018/

The blog included a visual 'explainer' video created by Wikipedia Library
team member Felix Nartey, narrated by famous U.S. Librarian Jessamyn West.

Watch Video:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1Lib1Ref_MySimpleShow_Explainer_Video.webm

We promoted the Story of #1lib1ref on social media using an 8-part
TweetStorm:

Read Tweetstorm:
https://twitter.com/WikiLibrary/status/955507752410869760

Also we redesigned a simple new graphic and logo for the campaign:

View Graphic:
https://twitter.com/WikiLibrary/status/955507757880295424/photo/1

Each year #1Lib1Ref grows and brings in more people from libraries, and
more people who believe that Wikipedia and librarians share a mission which
benefits from collaboration. It's an exciting part of our work and we're
very thankful to everyone who adds to its impact and success!

Join in. Make an edit. Teach someone how to add a citation. Share something
nice about the campaign this week in your social media circles. Help share
free knowledge. #1Lib1Ref. Pass it on...

Best,
Jake Orlowitz
Head of The Wikipedia Library
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@JakeOrlowitz
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimedia Foundation Partnerships Reflections [Announcement]

2017-05-31 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hello Wikimedia community,



To help better understand how teams at the Wikimedia Foundation work on
partnerships, staff from multiple departments have been regularly meeting
over the last year to exchange ideas and reflect on this important area of
our work.


In these discussions we realized that the Foundation had not laid out the
common practices that we developed for managing partnerships. It wasn’t
clear why, how, or with whom we partnered, what worked best, and what was
best to avoid.



If it wasn’t clear to us, then it couldn’t be clear to the community
either. Inspired by Wikimedia France’s Démarche partenariale
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/D%C3%A9marche_partenariale/en>,
we recognized the value of sharing our own best practices with the
community.



After much drafting and revising, we are happy to announce the publication
of what we have learned in our *Wikimedia Foundation partnership
reflections*
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia%20Foundation%20partnership%20reflections>,
now live on Meta-Wiki. The page will be an evolving document, and we
encourage feedback from the community: please join us in the conversation
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia%20Foundation%20partnership%20reflections>
.



**What we hope this can be used for**



We hope that the reflections document offers an expression of what we do as
Wikimedia Foundation employees and also helps the volunteer community and
Wikimedia movement Affiliates think about how they define the scope and
measure the impact of their work on partnerships.



We also want this document to help facilitate better interaction between
the Foundation the global community. Take for example, the Partnerships &
Global Reach team’s recent collaboration with the Iraqi Wikimedian User
Group <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_Wikimedians>. They were able
to work closely with the local community over the course of a year to
develop a partnership with one of the leading mobile organizations in Iraq
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/02/28/wikipedia-zero-iraq/>, providing
data-free Wikipedia access over mobile phones through the Wikipedia Zero
program.



Departments at the Foundation including Legal, Communications, and
Community Engagement frequently work with volunteers and organizations to
find the right combination of tools and support for their partnerships. We
look forward to doing more with you.

**Doing even more in collaboration with Affiliates**



The Wikimedia Foundation is certainly not the only organization within the
Wikimedia movement with expertise and experience creating partnerships with
external organizations. With the lead of Wikimedia Sverige, Wikimedia
France, and Wikimedia Deutschland, an informal working group has been
meeting to bring together Wikimedians working on developing and maintaining
partnerships.



This ‘Affiliate Partnerships Group’ helps support activities and has
collected the public learning and resources from their experience doing
partnerships in a Partnerships and Resource Development portal on Meta-Wiki
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Partnerships_%26_Resource_Development/Team>
that includes support materials, lessons learned, frequently asked
questions, and other resources.



After meeting at the Wikimedia Conference 2017
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017> in April, the
Affiliate Partnerships working group have launched a Facebook group:
the *Wikimedia
& Partnerships Learning Circle*
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/313443389072903/>. If you participate in
Wikimedia Partnerships for your local volunteer community, we encourage you
to join the group, and ask questions of various teams that work on
partnership activities.



**Join the conversation**

This effort has involved contributions from multiple individuals and team
at the Wikimedia Foundation, including Strategic Partnerships, Legal,
Communications, Community Programs, Community Resources, Language
Engineering, and more. We want to hear what you think!


Please join us in conversation at the Partnership Reflections page and in
the Wikimedia & Partnership Learning Circle: we want to learn from and with
you on how to best benefit the community with partnerships.



*Wikimedia Foundation partnership reflections on Meta:*

<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia%20Foundation%
20partnership%20reflections
<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia%20Foundation%20partnership%20reflections>
>



*Partnerships learning circle on Facebook:*

<https://www.facebook.com/groups/313443389072903/>



Thank you!



Jake Orlowitz

User:Ocaasi (WMF)

jorlow...@wikimedia.org

Head of the Wikipedia Library

Wikimedia Foundation


[1] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/D%
C3%A9marche_partenariale/en >

[2] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia%20Foundation%
20partnership%20reflections
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[Wikimedia-l] New Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library

2017-05-02 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research access available:

* Bloomsbury (Who's Who, Drama Online, Berg Fashion Library, and
Whitaker's):


* American Psychiatric Association (Psychiatry books and journals):


* Gaudeamus (Finnish publisher specializing in humanities and social
sciences):


* Ympäristö-lehti (The Finnish Environment Institute's Ympäristö-lehti
magazine): <
http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedian_Lähdekirjasto/Ympäristö-lehti
>

And expanded resources from:

*Gale - Biography in Context, new database


*Adam Matthew - All 53 collections now available


Many other partnerships with accounts are listed at:


Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!

-The Wikipedia Library Team
wikipedialibr...@wikimedia.org

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[Wikimedia-l] New Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library

2016-08-30 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!

The Wikipedia Library has five new free research donations available:

Nomos - Primarily German-language publisher of law and social sciences
books and journals: 

World Scientific - Scientific, technical, and medical journals:


Edinburgh University Press - Humanities and social sciences journals: <
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Edinburgh_University_Press>

American Psychological Association - Psychology books and journals:


Emerald - Journals on a range of topics including business, education,
health care, and engineering: <
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Emerald>

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on: <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/Databases>

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library Team

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2014-2015 now on-wiki

2016-05-19 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Seconding Lodewijk here. I can already count at least 5 phrases or
statements that David Emrany has said which made me cringe and wonder why
hasn't this been blocked/moderated already?

Hostile, accusatory, and vulgar behavior degrades this entire forum (beyond
its already damaged capacity for inclusion of multiple voices).

Please do something.

Jake Orlowitz (User:Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] How to get help (an essay)

2016-05-18 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi,

In light of yesterday's public call for help from one of our editors, I'd
like to share something I wrote last winter.

It's called, Journey of a Wikipedian.
https://medium.com/@jakeorlowitz/journey-of-a-wikipedian-c2890e3a8d0c#.o2hypa43i
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JRXqb6IcsVi3nEpXnN1FBSVLveAJgazJxPJj1tlFw30/edit?usp=sharing>

--
It reminds me of a few things worth stating:

1. We are a community of very real people with deep emotions and human
complexities.
2. We are deeply invested in this project, so much so it hurts us at times
even if it is also a passion or refuge for many.
3. You never know what someone has been through, or is going through.
4. We all need help at some point. There is no shame in needing help,
asking for help, or receiving help.
5. If you are ever feeling completely hopeless: Wait. Things really can get
better. Talk to someone about it.
6. Mental health carries a powerful stigma. The more we are open about it,
the less that weighs all of us down.
7. If we listen, we can learn from each other.
8. We need to be kind. This is a higher calling than civility, and entirely
compatible with rigorously sharing knowledge.
9. Our movement depends on its people. We are our most valuable resource.
10. We are not finished products. With time, space, support, and
practice--people can, and do, grow and change.

Hugs,
Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)

p.s. If you ever see someone in need of help, or are seeking it yourself,
please contact emerge...@wikimedia.org.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

2016-05-04 Thread Jake Orlowitz
In my personal opinion and recollection, two of the points raised above are
on-target:

1) Several staff, including myself, explicitly sought out Board members
whom they did not view as a directly loyal conduit to Lila, precisely
because they feared retribution from them/her.

2) The whistleblower policy was indeed insufficient because even very
serious ethical complaints raised did not rise to the level of strict
illegality.

We can do better.

Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] New Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library

2016-03-19 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has many new, free research donations available:

NEW
* Cambridge University Press (Major academic book and journals publisher)
  

* Alexander Street (Educational videos and documentaries including PBS &
BBC)
  

* Baylor University Press (Ebooks primiarly in religious studies and the
humanities)
  

* Future Science Group (Medical, biotech, and scientific research)
  

* Annual Reviews (Review articles in biomedical sciences)
  

* Miramar Ship Index (Comprehensive index to ships and their histories
since early 19th century)
  

NON-ENGLISH
* Noormags (Farsi-language aggregator of academic and professional journals
and magazines)
  

* Kotobna (Arabic-language ebooks)
  

EXPANDED
* Gale (Huge aggregator of newspapers, magazines and academic journals)
  

* Elsevier (Major academic company that publishes medical and scientific
literature)
  

50 other partnerships with accounts available are listed on:
 .

Do better research and help expand the use of high-quality references
across Wikipedia projects. Sign up today!

-The Wikipedia Library Team
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Are we too rigid?

2016-02-24 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Oliver wrote:

"The Foundation I would return to is not an organisation with a flat
structure. In fact, it could be an organisation that looks a lot like
this one, because I don't believe reporting lines or titles have as
much of an impact on dynamics as we think they do. What *does* have an
impact is how we recognise the value of emotional labour, how we
recognise our implicit biases and advantages, and how honest we are
with each other: not just in terms of what we *say* but in terms of
how we *listen*. In other words, the litmus test for me is: what
happens when the socially and politically weakest person in the
organisation has an idea?"

---

My thoughts:

It was always clear that Oliver was a genius, both analytically and
sardonically superior to most of us.  We always had a leg up on him
though, because he said some wacky and reckless things as a young lad
as part of his relentless diatribes.

It has been an enormous privilege to watch him turn into a genius of
culture and people as well.  To see someone so smart apply the same
rigor and ferocious focus to thinking about an entire systems (rather
than only where they fit in it) and all of its links (especially those
weakest or most vulnerable), is just phenomenal.

It also makes me sad, because we've lost him.  His only kindness was
leaving just as he was clearly going to surpass us all in both
intelligence and humanity.

Bye Oliver.  Keep your head way up.

-Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] New Wikipedia Library Access (signup)

2015-12-10 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available:

* Gale (multidisciplinary periodicals, newspapers, and reference sources)


* Brill (academic e-books and journals in English, Dutch, and other
languages)


* Finnish Literature Society (Literature in Finnish)
<
https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedian_L%C3%A4hdekirjasto/Suomalaisen_Kirjallisuuden_Seura
>

* Magiran (Farsi scientific journal database)
<
https://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%88%DB%8C%DA%A9%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D9%BE%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%A7:%D9%85%DA%AF%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86
>

* Civilica (Farsi magazine and journal articles)
<
https://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%88%DB%8C%DA%A9%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D9%BE%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%A7:%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%88%DB%8C%D9%84%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7
>

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on:


Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library Team
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Global Wikipedia Open Access Editathon Happening NOW

2015-10-19 Thread Jake Orlowitz
All week, in celebration of #OAWeek, SPARC and Wikipedia Library are
hosting a global, virtual, week-long, open access editathon.

You can jump right in with a full guide and easy entry points for making
your first contribution to the event.

We're aiming for *1000* improvements and tracking the progress of everyone
involved.

Please check it out, spread the word, add your name as a participant, and
make one change to bring us closer to a world of Open Access!

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/OA_week

Best,
Jake Orlowitz
The Wikipedia Library
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[Wikimedia-l] New Free Research Access via the Wikipedia Library

2015-09-17 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has several new, free research donations available:

* EBSCO (very expansive access to academic, newspaper, and magazine
sources):


* Newspaperarchive.com (historical newspapers from the United States,
Canada, UK and 20 other countries--includes Open Access "clippings"
feature):


* IMF Elibary (archival collection of IMF reports, studies and research on
global economics and development):


* Sabinet (large African digital publisher with a wide range of content in
English and other European and African languages):


* Numérique Premium (French language social science and humanities ebook
database with many topical collections):


* Al Manhal (Arabic and English database with a variety of sources mainly
focused on or published in the Middle East):
<
https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%88%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%8A%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7:%D9%85%D9%83%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A9_%D9%88%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%8A%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%86%D9%87%D9%84
>

* Jamalon (Arabic book distributor with physical book delivery to
volunteers):
<
https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%88%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%8A%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7:%D9%85%D9%83%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A9_%D9%88%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%8A%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7/%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%84%D9%88%D9%86
>

Many other are resources are available, including Elsevier ScienceDirect,
British Medical Journal, Dynamed, Project MUSE, DeGruyter, Newspapers.com,
Highbeam, and HeinOnline.

Do better research and help expand the use of high-quality references
across Wikipedia projects. Sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library Team


p.s. We engaged in a thoughtful debate this week about our access donation
partnerships.  You can read about our view, and we welcome your comments.

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[Wikimedia-l] Developer(s) Wanted: Build The Wikipedia Library's Digital Library Card Platform

2015-08-26 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Call for Developers

We are planning to create a Digital Library Card Platform for The Wikipedia
Library. We are looking for a developer, or team, with a history of
successfully developing web applications in open development frameworks
(such as Drupal, Angular, Ember, CiviCRM, etc.).  Efficient production,
clear communication, and well-structured and secure code are a must.
Additional consideration will go towards applicants who have worked in the
Library and Information Science field, on Open Source projects, or in the
Wikimedia/Mediawiki communities. Our budget currently allows for
$5000-$15,000 for development of a working version within 4- 6 months. We
expect to expand the platform in two later phases to add additional
functionality around standard library services.


The Wikipedia Library helps Wikipedia's top editors receive access to
donations from leading publishers and databases. Now that we have over 3
dozen publishing partners including Elsevier JSTOR, Oxford University
Press, and SAGE, AND nearly a dozen global branches with 2 dozen more
planned for the next year AND commitments to support other TWL programs
across the globe... we need to create a system that will facilitate our
expansion.  In the past, manual and separate processes for delivering
access were appropriate, but this year's focus is on scaling and
growth. Developing
the Digital Library Card Platform tool is a top priority for us this year.

Qualified and interested applicants should read this project overview and
fill out the form linked on this page:


*https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S_Da5E4mKcpVASNCtZyVnzkdXcVUPKD49bAwqxfHoIY/edit?usp=sharing
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S_Da5E4mKcpVASNCtZyVnzkdXcVUPKD49bAwqxfHoIY/edit?usp=sharing*


Please feel free to share this email with friends or colleagues who may
also be interested.


Best,

*Jake Orlowitz*
https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=AAIAAAvHNLMBweA-KfaGsjpRk0P4hoI6OoB64Tg

*Head of The Wikipedia Library https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/TWL*

*Wikimedia Foundation*
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[Wikimedia-l] 5 New Visiting Scholars Positions Open (now under Wiki Ed)

2015-07-13 Thread Jake Orlowitz
The Wikipedia Library https://enwp.org/wiki/WP:TWL is pleased to announce
five new Wikipedia Visiting Scholars
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:VS positions
with US and Canadian universities and research organizations as part of an
program expansion.

Visiting Scholars are remote, unpaid Wikipedia editors who become
affiliated with top research libraries. They receive full access to the
partner library’s e-resources to expand topics of institutional interest
which also need development on Wikipedia. This marks the second successful
round of institutions participating in the program
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/17/wikipedia-research-library/.

These new positions will be coordinated and managed by the Wikipedia
Library’s movement partner, the Wiki Education Foundation
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Education_Foundation (Wiki Ed). Wiki
Ed will process applications, connect to schools, and drive the growth of
the program in the North American region. They are in an excellent position
to help expand Visiting Scholars because of their extensive existing
connections to universities and desire to support Wikipedia’s best content
creators.

We invite Wikipedia editors who specialize in content creation, and would
like access to a full research library, to apply for these new unpaid,
remote affiliate positions at the following research libraries:

   - *McMaster University
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMaster_University* is a public
   university in Hamilton, Ontario
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton,_Ontario, Canada. The library’s
   holdings in their Division of Research Collections and Archives contain
   many valuable and unique resources, with emphases in areas such as peace
   and war (with a particular emphasis on the Holocaust
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust and resistance), Bertrand
   Russell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_Russell, Canadian
   literature and popular culture.
   - *DePaul University https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DePaul_University* is
   a private university in Chicago https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago,
   Illinois. The library is looking for Wikipedians who can focus on Chicago
   history, Catholic social justice studies, and/or Vincentian Studies
   (including French history during the Napoleonic Era
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleonic_Era).
   - *The Smithsonian Institution
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smithsonian_Institution*,
   established in 1846 “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” is a
   group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the
   United States. The Warren M. Robbins Library of the National Museum of
   African Art
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_African_Art is
   looking for a Wikipedian in Residence that can focus on modern African art
   and artists.
   - *The University of Pittsburgh
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Pittsburgh* (PITT) is a
   state-related research university in Pittsburgh
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Visiting
   Scholar position will work with PITT’s Archives Service Center, Special
   Collections and Center for American Music to focus on: Pittsburgh and
   Pennsylvanian history including urban renewal in Pittsburgh, childhood in
   the industrial era of Pittsburgh, music composers of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
   theater or significant literary figures from Pittsburgh; Colonial American
   history; historic American songs; or philosophy of science.
   - *The University of Washington
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Washington* (UW), commonly
   referred to as Washington or, informally, UDub, is a public research
   university in Seattle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle,
   Washington. This Visiting Scholar position will work with UW’s Special
   Collections and focus on labor and the working classes in the Pacific
   Northwest, all aspects of Pacific Northwest history and literature, and
   Pacific Northwest architecture.


Full application information is available at the Wiki Education Foundation
signup page http://wikiedu.org/visitingscholars/apply/.
http://wikiedu.org/visitingscholars/apply/

Wiki Ed also invites editors to apply for a Visiting Scholar placement
pool. The pool will help grow the Visiting Scholar program by creating a
list of willing and interested candidates to offer to new partner
libraries. With the interests and needs of pre-qualified Wikipedians in
hand, Wiki Ed can work to find libraries that match your interests.

Access to research libraries as part of one of these visiting scholar
positions creates considerable opportunities for Wikipedia editors. It
allows them access to services and tools, including multiple paywalled
databases, integrated search and discovery tools, research collections and
recommendations from specialist librarians, and expert consultation. In
return, editors can begin a conversation with the library, which creates

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikipedia Library NEW Free Research Accounts

2015-06-18 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!

The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available to you...

*Taylor  Francis* — major publisher of academic journals with 2 subject
collections: Arts  Humanities and Biological, Environment  Earth Sciences
(30 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:TANDF

*World Bank eLibrary* — digital platform containing all books, working
papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank from the 1990s to
the present (100 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:World Bank

*AAAS* — general science publisher, which publishes the leading journal
*Science* among other sources (50 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:AAAS


New French-Language Branch donations!

*Érudit *— French-Canadian scholarly database of humanities and social
sciences, with sources in both English and French (50 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:Erudit
 http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:%C3%89rudit

*Cairn* — Cairn.info is a Switzerland based online portal of scholarly
materials in the humanities and social sciences. Mostly French, but also
some English (100 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:Cairn
 http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Cairn

*L'Harmattan* — French language publisher of non-fiction and fiction, with
a strong selection of francophone African materials  (1000 accounts)
 http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:L'Harmattan


Many other partnerships are still available, including an expansion of
Royal Society Journals:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/Journals

If you have suggestions for journals or databases we should seek access to
request it!
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/Journals/Request

We are looking for more help coordinating the Wikipedia Library's account
distribution and global development!
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/The_Wikipedia_Library/Coordinators/Signup

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Library NEW Free Research Accounts

2015-06-17 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!

The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available to you...

*Taylor  Francis* — major publisher of academic journals with 2 subject
collections: Arts  Humanities and Biological, Environment  Earth Sciences
(30 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:TANDF

*World Bank eLibrary* — digital platform containing all books, working
papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank from the 1990s to
the present (100 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:World Bank

*AAAS* — general science publisher, which publishes the leading journal
*Science* among other sources (50 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:AAAS


New French-Language Branch donations!

*Érudit *— French-Canadian scholarly database of humanities and social
sciences, with sources in both English and French (50 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:Erudit
 http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:%C3%89rudit

*Cairn* — Cairn.info is a Switzerland based online portal of scholarly
materials in the humanities and social sciences. Mostly French, but also
some English (100 accounts)
 http://enwp.org/WP:Cairn
 http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Cairn

*L'Harmattan* — French language publisher of non-fiction and fiction, with
a strong selection of francophone African materials  (1000 accounts)
 http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:L'Harmattan


Many other partnerships are still available, including an expansion of
Royal Society Journals:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/Journals

If you have suggestions for journals or databases we should seek access to
request it!
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/Journals/Request

We are looking for more help coordinating the Wikipedia Library's account
distribution and global development!
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/The_Wikipedia_Library/Coordinators/Signup

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!

*The Wikipedia Library Team*
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] New free research access in The Wikipedia Library

2015-05-09 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available:

* MIT Press Journals — scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and
social sciences  (200 accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:MIT

*Loeb Classical Library — Harvard University Press versions of Classical
Greek and Latin literature with commentary and annotation (25 accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:Loeb

*RIPM — music periodicals published between 1760 and 1966 (20 accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:RIPM

*Sage Stats — social science data for geographies within the United States
(10 accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:SAGE _Stats

*HeinOnline  — an extensive legal research database, including 2000
law-related journals as well as international legal history materials (25
accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:HeinOnline

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on: 
http://enwp.org/WP:TWL/Journals

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!

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[Wikimedia-l] New free research accounts in The Wikipedia Library

2015-05-04 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available:

* MIT Press Journals — scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and
social sciences  (200 accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:MIT

*Loeb Classical Library — Harvard University Press versions of Classical
Greek and Latin literature with commentary and annotation (25 accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:Loeb

*RIPM — music periodicals published between 1760 and 1966 (20 accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:RIPM

*Sage Stats — social science data for geographies within the United States
(10 accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:SAGE _Stats

*HeinOnline  — an extensive legal research database, including 2000
law-related journals as well as international legal history materials (25
accounts)
http://enwp.org/WP:HeinOnline

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on: 
http://enwp.org/WP:TWL/Journals

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references
across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!

--The Wikipedia Library Team
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library
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[Wikimedia-l] Helping Nepal Through Collaborative Mapping

2015-04-28 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Great article about how you can use pitch in with the Humanitarian
OpenStreetMaps Team (HOT) to aid Nepal rescue and recovery:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3045527/one-way-you-can-help-nepal-right-now-all-you-need-is-a-computer-and-a-little-time

I'm going to check it out.

Jake (Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Library Books Bytes Newsletter (Issue 10)

2015-03-04 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi library aficionados,
Catch up on the latest 2 months of news and developments from The Wikipedia
Library:
In this issue of Books  Bytes...
* New donations - ProjectMUSE, Dynamed, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and
Women Writers Online

* New TWL coordinators, conference updates, and new guide outreach guides
(including a  template for just for archivists)

*Foundation moves - TWL joints into the new Community Engagement department
at the WMF, completes quarterly review

* And a 360 degree view of the digital library world with Bytes in Brief
from around the web

*Read the newsletter:*

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Newsletter/January-February2015


Cheers!

The Wikipedia Library Team
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[Wikimedia-l] New Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library

2015-03-02 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available:

Project MUSE (humanities and social science books and journals):  
http://enwp.org/WP:Project_MUSE

DynaMed (clinical reference for medical topics):
 http://enwp.org/WP:DynaMed

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (pharmaceutical information and practice
resources):
 http://enwp.org/WP:RPharmS

Women Writers Online (digital humanities database focused on women's
literature):  http://enwp.org/WP:Women_Writers_Online

Newspapers.com (American newspapers database w/ open access tools):  
http://enwp.org/WP:Newspapers.com

And many other partnerships with accounts available are listed at:  
http://enwp.org/WP:TWL/Journals

Do better research and help expand the use of high-quality references
across Wikipedia projects.  Sign up today!

--The Wikipedia Library Team
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[Wikimedia-l] Awesome Gender Gap Panel Streaming Live from WVU March 4th

2015-02-26 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi all,

March is an amazing month for raising awareness, excitement, and initiative
around broadening the presence women in our community and our content.

In that spirit, West Virginia University is hosting a stellar panel through
its Talking Publicly symposium series at WVU Libraries and the Reed College
of Media.

*Where Are All the Women? Wikipedia’s Gender Gap*
*March 4th 7:30pm EST *
Watch it Live:
http://tlcommons.wvu.edu/Webcasts/
#WikiGenderGap
https://twitter.com/search?f=realtimeq=WikiGenderGapsrc=typd

The panel includes:
*Adeline Koh -- Co-founder of The Rewriting Wikipedia Project which
supports and advocates for efforts to add entries and posts to Wikipedia
that focus on postcolonial studies as well as ethnic/minority and
marginalized peoples. Koh is currently an associate professor of literature
and the director of the Stockton College Center for the Digital Humanities.
She also is a core contributor to the Profhacker Column at the Chronicle of
Higher Education. Koh uses Wikipedia research writing assignments in her
classes and teaches others how to start activist instructional initiatives
of their own.

*Jami Mathewson -- Educational Partnerships Manager at the Wiki Education
Foundation where she develops partnerships with educational institutions
and academic associations to systematically bring more student editors and
high quality content to Wikipedia. Over the last three years, Mathewson has
focused her volunteer editing on improving content about women’s issues.
Mathewson identifies ways to support partners who are looking to promote
the use of Wikipedia as a teaching tool on a large scale.

*Sydney Poore -- Wikipedian in Residence at Cochrane Collaboration an
international not-for-profit research organization that provides
accessible, credible information to support informed decision-making health
care. Poore is a member of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) Fund
Dissemination Committee and was a member of the Wikipedia English
Arbitration Committee and the WMF Ombudsmen Commission.

*Frank Schulenburg -- Executive Director of the Wiki Education Foundation
and former member of the executive management team of the Wikimedia
Foundation. His work primarily has focused on broadening participation and
developing the public understanding of Wikipedia, especially among subject
matter experts. Schulenburg has been involved with Wikipedia since 2005,
both as an author and as a photographer.

The following day WVU will host a 3-hour workshop to address strategies on
campuses underway for correcting the gender gap and introduce the protocols
of writing for Wikipedia at WVU with ideas for proven course assignments
and strategies for adoption in their courses.

This is only the kick-off in a year-long focus at WVU on Women and
Wikipedia.  WVU Dean of Libraries Jon Cawthorne was touched and inspired
after he heard the story of Adrianne Wadewitz and is dedicating this year
of discussion, experimentation, and action to her.

For full information about both events:
http://reedcollegeofmedia.wvu.edu/about/featured-events/wiki-panel

*Again, March 4th at 7:30pm EST*
*Watch it Live: http://tlcommons.wvu.edu/Webcasts/
http://tlcommons.wvu.edu/Webcasts/*

Cheers,

   - Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library (New in December)

2014-12-18 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available this month:

*Elsevier - science and medicine journals and books
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Elsevier_ScienceDirect

*Royal Society of Chemistry Gold Access - chemistry journals
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:RSC_Gold

*Pelican Books - ebook monographs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Pelican_Books

*Public Catalogue Foundation - art books
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_Catalogue_Foundation

Many other partnerships are still available too...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Journals

Please notify your local community about the signups.

Accounts are open to ALL global editors with a 1 year old account and
1000 edits. Signups mostly happen on English Wikipedia, UNLESS a local
Wikipedia
Library branch has been started, like we've done on Arabic, Chinese, and
German.  To get started, please contact Ocaasi at
[[User:Ocaasi (WMF)]], oca...@wikimedia.org.

Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] Free Research Accounts via the Wikipedia Library (New in December)

2014-12-17 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi!
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available this month:

*Elsevier - science and medicine journals and books
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Elsevier_ScienceDirect

*Royal Society of Chemistry Gold Access - chemistry journals
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:RSC_Gold

*Pelican Books - ebook monographs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Pelican_Books

*Public Catalogue Foundation - art books
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_Catalogue_Foundation

Many other partnerships are still available too...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Journals

Please notify your local community about the signups.

Accounts are open to ALL global editors with a 1 year old account and
1000 edits. Signups mostly happen on English Wikipedia, UNLESS a local
Wikipedia Library branch has been started, like we've done on Arabic,
Chinese, and German.  To get started, please contact Ocaasi at
[[m:User:Ocaasi (WMF)]] or oca...@wikimedia.org

Thanks!

The Wikipedia Library Team
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikipedia Library Signups: Free Research Accounts!

2014-11-05 Thread Jake Orlowitz
(sorry this conversation is happening across multiple lists, I should have
used cc for the emails... )

Responding to Mitar on open access:

You know I think it's sad too that we have to go around asking for
donations and selling Wikipedia's value as a portal to publishers.  On the
other hand, we have 500 million monthly readers and when they come to
Wikipedia they will see the content we have summarized from sources.  The
only question is whether that content is from full-text-available-online
sources *only*, or from all of the best sources regardless of their access
status.

At the end of my day, I have to serve our editors and readers as best I can
and that means giving them as much access to the best research as possible
today.  You may think this is a devil's bargain, but I have to admit that
I'm a pragmatist and I'd rather have our editors summarize paywalled
content for our readers than for that content to not be represented on
Wikipedia at all, even if readers may hit a paywall when they click-through.

It's long been Wikipedia's policy (at least English Wikipedia) that
accessibility is not a deciding factor when it comes to what is a reliable
source.  That applies to out of print manuscripts as well as to embargoed
journals--we use the best sources now because we have an encyclopedia to
write.  If we aim to change that, it requires a very deep discussion about
how we prioritize and strategize our mission.

I do whatever I can to support OA, to tweet about open access button
efforts, to promote WikiProject Resource Exchange, to support the OA
signalling project, to engage with initiatives like the Open Access reader,
and to discuss the broader mission of sharing knowledge with reference
experts and journals.  The tides are changing and I see it daily as I speak
with librarians and journal publishers.

In other words, the efforts of The Wikipedia Library advance our mission
and are indeed *complementary* to the radical vision of open access that I
wholeheartedly support.

So, I hope you take this as my saying, I agree completely and also So
what, we have an encyclopedia to write!

Happy to continue discussing this.

Best,
Jake (Ocaasi)

On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 6:42 PM, Mitar mmi...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi!

 This reminds me of ugly practices of proprietary software companies
 giving free software to students so that they are able to learn the
 tools and then later on have to pay. So we will be making links to
 paywalled journals and we will be able to do it for free, but then our
 readers will have to pay to read them? So Wikipedia will provide free
 advertisements for paywalled content? Nicely done, nicely done.

 This is not open access. This direct opposite to open access. We
 should not be proud of this.

 (Please don't take this as an attack on anybody personally and I think
 The Wikipedia Library Team is doing a great job, but I really feel
 this is a bad deal. And it was sent to the open access mailing list.
 Which this is not.)


 Mitar

 On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM, Jake Orlowitz jorlow...@gmail.com wrote:
  Hi!
  The Wikipedia Library has new, free research donations available:
 
  NEW
  *DeGruyter: 1000 accounts for English and German-language research, sign
 up
  on one of two language Wikipedias:
English signup https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:De_Gruyter
German signup https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:De_Gruyter
  *Fold3: 100 accounts for American history and military archives
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Fold3
  *Scotland's People: 100 accounts for Scottish Genealogy database
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:ScotlandsPeople
 
  EXPANDED
  *British Newspaper Archive: 100+ new accounts for British Newspapers
  archives
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:BNA
 
  OPEN
  *Highbeam: 100+ accounts for newspapers and magazines
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:HighBeam
  *Questia: 100+ accounts for various aggregated journals and social
 science
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Questia
  *JSTOR: 100+ accounts for journal archives
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:JSTOR
 
  Accounts are available to ALL global editors with a 1 year old account
 and
  1000 edits.  Please notify your local community about the signups.
 Signups
  for now are mostly on English Wikipedia, UNLESS you have started a local
  Wikipedia Library branch like we've done on Arabic, Chinese, and
 German.  To
  get started, please contact Ocaasi at [[m:User:Ocaasi (WMF)]] or
  oca...@wikimedia.org
 
  Thanks!
 
  The Wikipedia Library Team
   http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library
 
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[Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Library: Books Bytes Newsletter is out!

2014-10-08 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hello fellow library enthusiasts!

Our August-September edition of Books  Bytes is full of news:
*TWL is now a Wikimedia Foundation program, moving on from its grant status
under IEG to a full-time contract
*Our *four* new partnerships, including a huge *De Gruyter* donation and a
pilot program with industry leader *Elsevier*
* Lots of updates about our new TWL coordinators, news from Wikimania,
details on a redesigned account distribution platform in the works,
upcoming Wiki Loves Libraries events, and our Fall 2014 conference calendar
* Special Spotlight: Traveling Through History - A passionate editor
talks about his experiences using TWL resource Newspapers.com
* Bytes in Brief:  Short clips about libraries, open access, and digital
humanities from around the web

You can read it all at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Newsletter/August-September2014


Best,
Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
The Wikipedia Library
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[Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Library: June/July Books and Bytes Newsletter and Final Report

2014-08-01 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hello all,

The June/July double-issue of our Books  Bytes Newsletter is out:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Newsletter/June2014


You can also catch up on the high level happenings from the past year of
grant-work in our schnazzy final report:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/The_Wikipedia_Library/Renewal/Final


Long story short:  2000 editors received 3000 accounts individually worth
over a million dollars.

We hope all of you attending Wikimania will drop by the talk, The Future
of Libraries and Wikipedia

https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/The_Future_of_Libraries_and_Wikipedia


And you can stay around after the Wikimania talk for our first ever global
Wikipedia Library Meetup.
https://plus.google.com/events/ct52hv6rnk0g1mu9c3pdoroee98

Hope you're all well and we're looking forward to lots of more great work
with Wikipedia and Libraries!

Jake, Sadads, The Interior, and the rest of the Wikipeidia Library Team
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[Wikimedia-l] New free research accounts available through The Wikipedia Library

2014-07-28 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi All,

The Wikipedia Library has new free signups available:

*American newspaper database Newspapers.com
http://enwp.org/WP:Newspapers.com

*British genealogical database FindMyPast.com
http://enwp.org/WP:FindMyPast

*Religion and women writers collections at Past Masters
http://enwp.org/WP:Past_Masters

*Several large archival collections from Adam Matthew
http://enwp.org/WP:Adam_Matthew

Medical editors can sign up for BMJ and Cochrane.
http://enwp.org/WP:BMJ
http://enwp.org/WP:COCHRANE

Accounts are still available for JSTOR, British Newspaper Archives,
Questia, and HighBeam. Sign up!

http://enwp.org/WP:JSTOR
http://enwp.org/WP:BNA
http://enwp.org/WP:QUESTIA
http://enwp.org/WP:HighBeam

Note that signups are happening on English Wikipedia until you have
journals set up on your local Wikipedia library branch.  Don't have a
local Wikipedia Library branch??  Contact me to get started setting
one up!

Please help share this news at your local community discussion or noticeboard :)

Thanks and cheers,

Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
jorlow...@gmail.com

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[Wikimedia-l] The Internet's Own Boy: Aaron Swartz

2014-07-01 Thread Jake Orlowitz
The Aaron Swartz Documentary was released this weekend.  I don't know what
quite to say except that you should watch it, and it's free (cause it's
CC-licensed).

Watch on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNNHsycaCY

Watch on internet archive: 
https://archive.org/details/TheInternetsOwnBoyTheStoryOfAaronSwartz

Purchase from Takepart.com:
http://www.takepart.com/internets-own-boy

I don't know what the family or filmmaker would want in contributions, but
I know two organizations that would benefit from donations, now as much as
ever:

DemandProgress:
http://www.demandprogress.org/

Electronic Frontier Foundation:
http://www.eff.org

Hope you're all well,

Jake (Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Library: New Free Accounts Available

2014-06-19 Thread Jake Orlowitz
The Wikipedia Library has new, free research account signups available:

New
* British Newspaper Archive http://enwp.org/WP:BNA (50 accounts)
* Keesing's World News Archive http://enwp.org/WP:Keesings (25 accounts)

Expanded
* Credo Reference http://enwp.org/WP:CREDO (200 new accounts)
* JSTOR!! http://enwp.org/WP:JSTOR (400 new accounts).

Medical
* BMJ http://enwp.org/WP:BMJ (25 accounts)
* Cochrane Library http://enwp.org/WP:Cochrane (100 accounts)

Other
*Questia Online Library http://enwp.org/WP:Questia (500 accounts)
*HighBeam Research http://enwp.org/WP:HighBeam (500 accounts)

 Sign up!

Accounts are available to ALL global editors with a 1 year old account and
1000 edits.  Please notify your local community about the signups.  You can
signup today on English Wikipedia.  But!  If you have started a local
Wikipedia Library branch you can host signups on your local Wiki (Arabic,
Chinese...).  To set up a Wikipedia Library branch email Ocaasi at
jorlow...@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
The Wikipedia Library
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library
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[Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Library: Books Bytes Newsletter (#4)

2014-03-03 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi all,

The latest edition of Books  Bytes is out, with a full overview of recent
Wikipedia Library organizing and outreach opportunities, our Spotlight
editorial/interview, plus news and notes from around the open access and
library world.  Hope you'll check it out!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:TWL/Newsletter

Best,

Jake Orlowitz (User:Ocaasi)
Coordinator, The Wikipedia Library
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Visiting Scholar, George Mason University (apply now)

2014-01-21 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi! George Mason Univeristy is taking on a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar.
 It's a position where you gain full and free remote library access to work
on Wikipedia articles by being granted 'research affiliate' or 'visiting
scholar' to do so.

GMU is looking for someone with an interest in history and new media, but
this is history very broadly construed and could include 'recent history'.
 I'd encourage anyone to apply and explain what your area of focus is.
 There are not a lot of applicants yet, so if you're just clear and honest
in your application you have a good shot.

 If you're interested, please fill out the application  by January 27th.

Application:  http://enwp.org/WP:TWL/WVS/GMU
Visiting Scholarinfo: http://enwp.org/WP:TWL/WVS

Cheers, Jake (Ocaasi)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Let's accept Bitcoin as a donation method

2013-12-11 Thread Jake Orlowitz
I can think of a few reasons why we should accept bitcoin:

* It's consistent with our leadership in internet technology
* Our peers like EFF, and Internet archive accept it
* It's secured using the same kinds of encryption we rely on to maintain
user privacy
* It permits donations from countries that do not have Visa/Mastercard
services
* It has a fanatically loyal and growing following that is dying to give us
money in that currency

Most imporantly, current technology would permit us to accept bitcoin
without ever *holding* bitcoin.
Companies like BitPay ( https://bitpay.com/) and CoinBase (
https://coinbase.com/) are little different than accepting Visa,
Mastercard, or Paypal.  It's now possible for funds received as bitcoins to
be *immediately* converted to USD.

I don't think we should 'make a statement' by accepting bitcoin, I think
the currency is simply at the stage where it would be to our benefit to do
so.

Jake (Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Library's Books and Bytes newsletter

2013-12-05 Thread Jake Orlowitz
 of $250,000 from the National Science
Foundation. The site nets over 2 million visitors a month.

Open access and museums: The Mellon Foundation published Images of
Works of Art in Museum Collections: The Experience of Open Access A
Study of 11 Museums.


Further reading

There's lots of great digital library information online. Check out
these neat resources for more library exploring.

The Digital Shift: http://www.thedigitialshift.com
In the library with the lead pipe: http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.o=
rg
Code4Lib: http://code4lib.org/
Digital Public Library of America: http://dp.la


The Wikipedia Library

partners
Credo
HighBeam
Questia
JSTOR
Cochrane
OCLC

resources
Reference Desk
Resource Exchange
Resource Guides
Book Sources
Online archives

wikiprojects
Libraries
OA
Bibliographies
Books
Journals
Citation
Unreferenced
Fact check

outreach
Wikipedia Loves Libraries
GLAM
WMF Grant

Thanks for reading! To receive a monthly talk page update about new
issues of Books and Bytes, please add your name to the subscriber's
list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Newslet=
ter/Recipients

To suggest items for the next issue, please contact the editor, The
Interior at https://Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Newsletter/Suggestions.

-Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
@JakeOrlowitz
jorlow...@gmail.com

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[Wikimedia-l] Some sad news

2013-11-20 Thread Jake Orlowitz
User:Jackson Peebles is no longer with us, he passed away in late
October. Jackson was a Western Michigan University Honors student
studying behavioral science and biology. He worked as an ice hockey
referreee and volunteered with the Red Cross. His Wikipedia efforts
focused on counter-vandalism and adoption, greeting new users,
encouraging civility, and [obsessively] reviewing recent changes.

Jackson was a Teahouse host, an instructor in the Education Program,
and the lead on a Video Tutorials Project through the WMF. User:Go
Phightins! originaly adopted Jackson but he went on to run his own
adoption school and facilitated a Western Michigan University course
himself. Among his userboxes he said, This user is not a Wikipedia
administrator but would like to be one someday.

Jackson was born in 1992 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated Mattawan
High School and was Senior Class President there. At Western Michigan
University, he was a 2011 Medallion Scholar. He worked at the Waldo
Library at the reference desk and volunteered for the National
Alliance for Mental Illness. He was one of three students in the
nation invited to represent the US at the International Red Cross and
Red Crescent’s Global Youth Conference in Vienna in 2012.

Jackson had recently proposed a WMF Individual Engagment Grant called
Reimagining Wikipedia Mentorship. I think this project is incredibly
important and should be pursued, User:EpochFail wrote in an
endorsement. The grant scored highly and looked likely to be funded.
A very interesting concept...may become a 'keystone piece' in the new
editor onboarding process. wrote one IEG committee member. Another
wrote, Taking a 'Teahouse approach' in building sustained motivation
and preventing editor dropouts is a wonderful opportunity to develop a
true mentor-mentee support system that would increase the activity of
new contributors. Finally, Proposers are highly qualified and driven
mentors with a useful background in teaching new editors and
understanding the learning process.

He was excitedly planning a trip to Australia in the coming weeks.

On Wikipedia, Jackson earned barnstars in Mentorship, Random Acts of
Kindness and Resilience. Friends and teachers glowingly recalled his
sense of humor and his hard work ethic.

His last edit to our site was on October 21 2013, the day he died.
Jackson welcomed an i.p. editor to Wikipedia: Thank you for your
contributions, such as the one you made to Nikah mut‘ah. I hope you
like the place and decide to stay.

Please leave remembrances and condolences at
http://enwp.org/User_talk:Jackson_Peebes. We'll try and contact the
family and share your thoughts with them. You can read more
reflections on Jackson's amazing life there. Donations to the
Kalamazoo NAMI chapter would have made Jackson very happy and are the
family's wish.

--Ocaasi14:26, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

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[Wikimedia-l] Books and Bytes: The Wikipedia Library Newsletter (#1)

2013-11-04 Thread Jake Orlowitz
*Books and Bytes*

Welcome to the inaugural edition of *Books and Bytes*, The Wikipedia
Library's monthly newsletter. The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub
for connecting libraries to Wikipedia and encyclopedia editors back to
libraries and reliable sources.

There's lots of news this month for The Wikipedia Library, including new
accounts, upcoming events, and new ways to get involved:


*New positions: Sign up to be a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar, or a Volunteer
Wikipedia Librarian

*Wikipedia Loves Libraries: Off to a roaring start this fall in the United
States: 29 events are planned or have been hosted.

*New subscription donations: Cochrane round 2; HighBeam round 8; Questia
round 4... Can we partner with NY Times and Lexis-Nexis??

*New ideas:  OCLC innovations in the works; VisualEditor Reference Dialog
Workshop; a photo contest idea emerges

* News from the library world: Wikipedian joins the National Archives full
time; the Getty Museum releases 4,500 images; CERN goes CC-BY

* Announcing WikiProject Open:'''  WikiProject Open kicked off in October,
with several brainstorming and co-working sessions

* New ways to get involved: Free accounts, user profiles, subject guides;
room for library expansion and exploration


Read the full newsletter:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Newsletter/October2013

Thanks for reading! --Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi) and Pat Earley (The Interior)

*To receive future updates of Books and Bytes on Wikipedia, please add your
name to *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The Wikipedia
Library/Newsletter/Recipients
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Adventure, alpha testers needed

2013-10-26 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hey David, Thanks!  This is a known bug and I'm fixing it this weekend.  If
you make an edit, you can see the rest of the game.  This is first priority
for fixing, though.  Thanks again! Jake (Ocaasi)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Adventure, alpha testers needed

2013-10-26 Thread Jake Orlowitz
David, I think I just fixed it with the help of Village Pump Tech.  Please
give it another go.

http://enwp.org/WP:TWA

Cheers! Jake (Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] Generation Wikipedia: Summer Youth Conference Proposal

2013-10-23 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi folks! For the next round of Individual Engagement Grants from the WMF,
Keilana and myself are proposing ''Generation Wikipedia'', a pilot,
week-long summer conference for young Wikipedians and Wikimedians from
around the globe, to develop skills, leadership, and community in a safe
environment. Please come and check it out and share your thoughts.

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

Cheers, Jake (Ocaasi)
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[Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Adventure, alpha testers needed

2013-10-16 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi folks! I've been working for the past 7 months on an interactive guided
tour for new editors called '''The Wikipedia Adventure''', as part of a WMF
Individual Engagement Grant.  The game is an experiment in teaching our
aspiring future editors in an educational but playful way.

*This week I need some '''alpha-testers''' to kick the tires and basically
try to break it.  I'm interested in general impressions and suggestions of
course, but I'm really looking for gnarly, unexpected browser issues,
layout problems, workflow bugs, and other sundry errors that would prevent
people from playing through and having a positive experience.

*If you're able to spend 1-3 hours doing some quality assurance work this
week, you would have: a) my sincere gratitude b), a sparkly TWA barnstar,
c) special thanks in the game credits, and d) a chance to leave your mark
on Wikipedia's outreach puzzle and new editor engagement efforts.

*Please note that the game automatically sends edits to your own userspace
and it lets you know when that will happen.  If you want, you can register
a new testing account just for the game, but it won't work properly unless
you're logged-in by step 8 of mission 1 (when it lets you register on the
fly).

You can try it out at http://enwp.org/WP:TWA and leave feedback at
http://enwp.org/WP:TWA/Feedback]].

Thanks much and cheers!

--Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikipedia Library

2013-08-26 Thread Jake Orlowitz
I'm sensitive to concerns about the Library's location.  It is partly a
legacy issue:  The Wikipedia Library partnerships started on English
Wikipedia, and that's where the Credo, HighBeam, Questia, JSTOR, and
Cochrane account donations were coordinated.  This made some sense at the
time because these were English language source being donated (although the
donations were promoted to and open to all global editors and projects).   That
will remain--global notifications about account donations and organizing
will be sent using Global Message Delivery, Wikimedia Foundation blog posts
and Signpost mentions will make other announcements.

This is always a tricky issue for our movement but the intent is very much
to benefit all projects and conduct outreach to all regions.  For
neutrality, META is obviously best, but for overall convenience, English
Wikipedia remains the largest and most active project, with the highest
concentration of English language speakers.   So in that sense it's a
question of maximizing convenience versus equalizing inconvenience.  If
hosted on Meta, everyone has to switch wikis to get there.  If hosted on
ENWP, all non-ENWP still editors have to switch wikis to get there, but the
huge chunk of ENWP editors do not.
This will hopefully become much less of an issue with interface changes
like Flow and Global Watchlists.  Meta did just get notifications, so
that's helpful, but I still feel collaboration is somewhat limited by our
current infrastrcutre.

There are other concerns such as turning Meta into a true hub for all of
our editors, and representing our global nature by hosting global projects
there.  These are important, and I want to give it more thought.

So, in the meantime going to look into hosting this on Meta, and I will
definitely at least mirror a portal there.  It may take some time while we
continue to organize and get set up

I'd like to continue talking more about this.  Cheers,

Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
jorlow...@gmail.com
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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med Foundation meetup in HK

2013-07-30 Thread Jake Orlowitz
Hi folks!

We're going to have an open Wiki Project Med Foundation (WPMEDF) meeting in
Hong Kong over lunch to discuss activities, next steps, and just to see
each other in person.  WPMEDF works on global medical outreach through
Wikipedia.  Anyone who's interested in medicine, medical education, public
health, research science, or related subjects should just pop in and join
us.  We'd love to meet you.

We'll gather outside the main eating area (wherever that is) and go find a
spot to sit down and chat.

I hope to see you there!

Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)

*Where: Wikimania, Hong Kong (outside the main eating area)*
*When: August 10th, 1pm-2pm (lunchtime)*
*
*
*More info: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WPMED*
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